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- -- Batman src
Bruce Wayne was the son of physician Dr. Thomas Wayne and Martha and the couple had two sons: Bruce and Thomas Jr. There are inconsistencies that have yet been cleared as to which of the Wayne brothers was the elder and who the younger. As a small kid, Bruce was exposed to one of his father's costumes, which resembled a bat and was used by Dr. Wayne for a masquerade party.
A few weeks later, Dr. Wayne, Martha and young Bruce were walking home from a night out at the movies. A mugger named Joe Chill leapt from the shadows of Park Row and assaulted them, demanding the pearl necklace Martha was wearing. Dr. Wayne tried to fight back, but Chill shot him directly in the chest, killing him. He then turned his gun on Martha and viciously ended her life as well. Bruce stared on in horror, as his parents lied murdered beside him. Chill turned on his heel and ran from the alleyway. Bruce made a graveside promise that he would bring the lowly killer to justice and avenge their deaths. Years would pass before Bruce would learn the truth behind Joe Chill's actions.
Upon hearing of his parents' deaths back home, Thomas Jr. was instantaneously crushed and sank into a complete emotional and mental collapse that would last for years, forcing his Uncle Philip — who had been appointed the boys' guardian — to commit him to a mental institution.
Bruce would largely forget about his brother due to the trauma and his uncle Philip Wayne lying that the catatonic Thomas Jr. had died. Bruce would not meet his brother again until far later in their adult lives.
Shortly after the funeral, Social Services handed Bruce over to the care of his uncle — Philip Wayne. He stayed at Philip's estate and, because his uncle had to travel due to his work and was rarely at home, became close friends with the housekeeper, Mrs. Chilton. Although he never knew it, Mrs. Chilton was also the mother of Joe Chill — the man who murdered his parents.
Teenage Years and Robin
As Bruce became a teenager, he dedicated himself towards learning everything he could about police procedure. He decided to track down the city’s most famous private detective, Harvey Harris. Donning a bright red, yellow and green costume to conceal his identity, Bruce tracked Harris down, only to find a criminal waiting to ambush him. Bruce used a large advertising display piece to waylay the thug, saving Harris's life. Harris was so impressed with the teen's verve that he agreed to take him under his wing. Thinking the masked teenage boy looked as colorful as a robin redbreast in his costume, Harris decided to call him Robin.
As Robin, Bruce spent several weeks training under Harvey Harris's tutelage. Harris instructed him on the finer points of criminal detection, trained him in gymnastics, and hand-to-hand combat. Working together, the two became inseparable and in the span of just a few years, they managed to deal a marked blow against the criminal underworld.
Training and Education
When it was time for Bruce to enter college, he parted company with Harvey Harris and threw himself into his studies. He specialized not only in criminology, but in the sciences as well. After four intense years, he was nearly ready to fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming a law-enforcement agent.
Upon graduation however, Bruce began to re-evaluate his future. He recognized the fact that law enforcement agencies were often the victims of an endless bureaucracy that hampered them from meting out true justice. He could not in good conscious follow such an ineffective path.
Bruce returned to his family's original estate, Wayne Manor, now old enough to assume control of his father's business interests at Wayne Enterprises, but there was still the unsettled matter of his graveside vow.
One evening, Bruce sat in his study pondering his dilemma when a bat flew into the room from an open window. Immediately, his mind harkened back to the image of his father, Thomas, dressed up as a bat-man at the costume party. It was an omen. He decided that he would become a living symbol to strike terror into the hearts of all criminals. He became the Batman.
It would be as Batman that Wayne began his personal crusade against the underworld forces that operated within Gotham city almost unchecked. His first exploits as the Caped Crusader are not entirely recorded, but soon after he started operating in the city, he proved to be an effective crime fighter through sophisticated analytical and detective processes than the tried and true battering ram techniques of contemporary police, Batman began to gather the support of Gotham City Police Commissioner James Gordon.
Robin, Alfred and the Justice League
Batman was drawn to the traveling Haly's Circus during an investigation about a local mob boss. That night, the trapeze artists known as the Flying Graysons were victims of the mob boss and the kid, Richard Grayson was left and orphan. Wayne would take in "Dick" Grayson and focus the kid's anger into training and enhancing his skills, which would ultimately result in Grayson becoming Batman's junior partner, Robin.
Sometime after Bruce Wayne took in Dick Grayson as his ward, Alfred Pennyworth showed up unannounced at Wayne Manor to become the butler, having made a promise to do so by his dying father Jarvis Pennyworth, Thomas Wayne's old butler. Although at first Wayne and Grayson kept their identities a secret from him, Alfred soon learned their secret during an emergency and began assisting the Batman and Robin team, adding maintenance of the Batcave to his many duties at Wayne Manor.
Together, Wayne and Grayson would protect Gotham City from many costumed villains as well as many powerful crime lords and mob bosses. Batman and Robin also started working in many far reaching cases outside of Gotham City, which would involve other heroes, most notably Superman.
Batman later joined Superman and other notable heroes in their attempt to repulse the invading Space alien Starro who planned on enslaving the entire planet Earth and its populace. It would be during this adventure that Wayne along with the other heroes would form the Justice League of America.
The Dynamic Duo
Batman and Robin continued working together, even when Dick Grayson started attending high school.Bruce Wayne was concerned over the future of the Gotham Village, as there were people who tried to rebuild the historical place and other who sought to protect it. Investigating as Batman, he managed to locate a large criminal gang operating underneath the village and together with Robin, they capture the criminals, including their leader, Roland Meacham. Shortly after this, Batman and Robin set out to capture the Tri-State Gang, but in the process, Alfred was killed. After the criminals responsible were captured, Bruce decides to honor Alfred’s sacrifice and he starts the Alfred Foundation. Unfortunately, upon Alfred’s demise, Dick Grayson’s Aunt Harriet decides to move to Wayne Manor and help Bruce and Dick with the daily chores. In Alfred’s absence, Bruce built an elevator that connected Wayne Manor to the Batcave, which was concealed behind a secret panel and he also upgraded the Batmobile into a convertible sport car. Soon, Batman and Robin captured a wanted criminal, after being ambushed in an ancient English castle and captured some foreign spies who incited violence among people.
Batman then met Patricia Powell, a police officer recently graduated from the academy who had a crush on Bruce Wayne. Patricia and Batman solved a crime together and afterwards, Bruce decided to invite her to a party at his place the next night. Unfortunately, the party was disrupted by some criminals and they had to work together to bring the crooks to justice. After this encounter, Bruce never attempted to work or meet with Patricia ever again. Shortly after this, Bruce Wayne’s identity was stolen by some criminals, leading Batman and Robin into an investigation in which they met Ralph Dibny, the Elongated Man, and this would be the first of many collaborations with him.
After this, Batman was attacked by the Grasshopper Gang, who stole several objects from him under the instructions of the mysterious criminal known as The Outsider. Before they could investigate that case further, Batman and Robin had to capture the criminal known as the Make-Up Man and stop the criminal activities of the Penguin. It wasn’t until Batman and Robin confronted and captured a mysterious witch, that the Outsider threatened them once again. Shortly after this, Batman and Robin capture the elusive Getaway Genius after a series of unsuccessful attempts to nab the criminal. Batman then acquired superhuman strength in his fists, but the power was only temporary.
Rise of the Rogues Gallery
Batman and Robin then confronted a series of lesser known costumed criminals such as Mr. Incognito, the Bouncer, the Monarch of Menace, Death Man among many others. However, the Dynamic Duo also confronted high profile enemies such as the Riddler, who returned to Gotham, years after Batman and Robin captured him for the first time. He tried to trick the heroes into believing that he had reformed, but Batman deduced his real plans and captured him. After this, Batman and Robin were once again attacked by the Outsider, who used their own weapons against them. Before they could investigate further, the Joker started a new crime spree based on iconic film comedians, until he was stopped by Batman. Next, they stopped the monstrous criminal called Blockbuster. Once again, Batman teamed-up with the Elongated Man, only this time, they were also joined by The Atom and the trio captured some wanted criminals.Shortly after, the Outsider struck again, this time by the means of the Blockbuster, who he had manipulated since the beginning in order to eliminate Batman. The Dynamic Duo managed to defeat Blockbuster, but the Outsider escaped. Later, Batman and Robin had to fight against the Cluemaster, a costumed criminal who tried to discover Batman’s identity, but was ultimately captured by the heroes. After this, Batman was utterly charmed by the new criminal in town, Poison Ivy, that he almost allowed her to escape. However, he pulled himself together and captured the gorgeous and cunning criminal. After this, Batman and Robin stopped the notorious enemy of The Flash, The Weather Wizard from his crime rampage in Gotham City and Batman later stopped the Hooded Hangman. Finally after months of indirect encounters, Batman and Robin confronted and defeated the Outsider, just to realize that it was their butler Alfred, all along. Alfred had been revived using experimental machines, which turned him into the Outsider, but after he was defeated, he returned to normal and resumed his activities as Bruce Wayne’s butler.
The increase in the number of costumed criminals didn’t stop and soon Batman was confronted by goons like The Eraser, Spellbinder and they even confronted Scarecrow, who returned after years of inactivity.
Eventually, Batman learned that his once catatonic brother, Thomas Wayne Jr., had seemingly recovered. However, Deadman took possession of Thomas's body and Batman tracked down Deadman, demanding that the ghost relinquish his hold on Thomas Jr.'s body and fragmented persona. Deadman fought against Batman and Superman for control of the body, but lost control over it back to Thomas Jr. In a selfless act to protect the unaware Batman, Thomas Jr. dove in front of firing gunmen; saving his brother's life at the cost of his own.
World's FinestEarly on in their careers, Batman and Superman met each other during a case when they would attempt to protect each other from the danger posed by a gang of Kryptonite smugglers. This would end with the Dynamic Duo and Superman working together for the first time to stop the gang. Soon, Batman and Superman learned each other’s secret identities, but promised to keep them a secret and they subsequently started working on several cases together. When Superman rescued Batman and Robin from a mob attack, he would accidentally reveal his secret identity to Lois Lane, prompting Batman and Robin help stage an elaborate hoax in order to once more protect Superman's identity. When Clark Kent and Lois Lane were captured by criminals who used heavy artillery in their crimes, Batman and Robin were led to their hideout thanks to Superman's secret aid and they captured the thugs. Sometime later, Batman and Superman came up with an elaborate hoax wherein Batman poses as a swami and needs Superman’s assistance in order to capture a group of crooks. When Batman was exposed to a lethal gas by the Purple Mask Mob that would've killed the Dark Knight should he be physically active, Superman and Robin made Batman believe that he had a broken leg to keep him out of action until the poison wore off.
Batman and Superman started a competition to define in which of their cities would a science convention should be held, but the heroes were equal and the science convention took place on both cities. Batman and Superman worked together to stop the evil Professor Pender, who used a machine to swap powers between them. Using their respective abilities, Super-Batman and Normal Superman managed to defeat Pender and return to their normal forms. Next, Superman summons Batman and Robin to Metropolis to try and figure out who is trying to reveal Superman's secret identity. This all turns out to be a ruse to keep the Dynamic Duo preoccupied while Superman travels out to Gotham City to capture the Varrel Mob. Superman and Batman stopped the Mole Gang, while also working on their civilian identities as temporarily reporters in order to report the epic gang battle and save the Gotham Gazette from bankruptcy.
When Superman went missing, Batman and Robin were asked to track down the Man of Steel and help him expose yet another empty threat from a criminal attempting to expose Superman's secret identity. This case would bring the earliest meeting between Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent. Sometime later, Batman and Superman investigated the mysterious case of the deaths of Robin and Jimmy Olsen, learned about a purposeful deception and captured an important gang in the process. After this, they confronted the menace of the Composite Superman, who vanished away after creating serious havoc. Next, the Batman and Superman team almost disappeared as a grudge grew between the heroes, but after working together to save Kandor, they moved past their disagreements. Following this, the heroes stopped the double threat of Braniac and Clayface with help from their sidekicks Robin and Jimmy. Batman and Superman later pulled a hoax on Doctor Zodiac, a notorious con-artist and captured him along with several other gangsters.
Batman started collaborating with different heroes; most of them part of the Justice League of America, team in which Batman was a member. The first team-up happened when the criminal known as The Time Commander impersonated Batman and attacked Gotham City. Batman asked Green Lantern’s help and together they stopped the Time Commander twice. Shortly after, Batman was reunited with Marcia Monroe, a former lover who vanished years ago without an explanation. Batman helped Marcia capture the super-villain Eclipso, but afterwards, Marcia left again without a trace. Later, Batman teamed-up with The Flash and together they captured the Speed Boys gang that worked in Gotham City. When the Joker, the Penguin and the Riddler worked together against Batman, he sought the help of Metamorpho and together they captured the evil trio. When Batman’s identity was almost revealed by The Collector, he asked Hawkman’s assistance to stop the criminal.
Wayne would have many of the extreme cases that would directly effect him such as dealing with the Earth-Two Robin and Huntress. While Wayne was almost immediately accepted by the Earth-Two Wayne's daughter who affectionately referred to the Earth-One Wayne as her "Uncle Bruce", Wayne was not so well received by the adult version of his junior partner who felt that the Earth-One Wayne was another pretender to the role that the Earth-Two Wayne had originated. The Earth-Two Grayson's feeling was in part from his own feelings of failing as Batman II and that no one could really measure up to the Earth-Two Batman, especially not a Batman who was even younger than him. The Earth-Two Grayson and Earth-One Wayne would resolve their differences later on and team up on many occasions, though Grayson would never again adopt the role of Batman II.
The Earth-One Wayne would never actually meet his Earth-Two counterpart who was dying of cancer and was actually killed in battle. But the Earth-One Batman would occasionally venture to Earth-Two and meet with his extended family native to that reality. He would continue on protecting and defending the Earth-One reality when the Crisis on Infinite Earths came to Earth-One. Like all the heroes and other powered beings who fought at the "Dawn of Time", Batman was saved from the erasure that compressed all five of the surviving realities into one universe. It would be in the last Crisis battles on the newly formed Primary Earth that the Earth-One Batman would find the incinerated remains of the Earth-Two Robin and Huntress who were killed by the Thunderers of the Anti-Monitor.
The Earth-One Batman was ultimately destroyed and reintroduced to match the new universe as a new person with a completely new history and origin.
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- Criminology: Batman is an expert in all fields relating to criminal investigation.
- Indomitable Will: Possessed great mental strength. In one instance, Batman is captured and subjected to torture, part of a process called The Demolishment, including spending days in a sensory deprivation tank that had test subject go mad within two days. He survives by repeating the name "Joe Chill" over and over as a mantra to maintain his sanity.
After perfecting his body with intensive training, Batman was capable of lifting up to 700 pounds.
- Utility Belt: The Batcave is equipped with a state-of-the-art computer network system, as well as the most advanced criminal analysis detection equipment available. When he is out fighting crime, Batman's greatest asset is his utility belt, which houses a wide variety of useful tools and gadgets.
- Batmobile: Batman utilizes a custom-made urban assault vehicle commonly referred to as the Batmobile. Over the years, he has used many different Batmobiles, all of which are equipped with different modifications to suit his present needs.
- Batarang: Batman believes that the mind is a combatant's single greatest weapon, but he also bolsters his offensive capabilities with a supply of razor-edged, collapsible Batarangs.
- This version of Batman, including all history and corresponding appearances, was erased from existence following the collapse of the original Multiverse in the 1985-86 Crisis on Infinite Earths limited series. Even though versions of the character may have since appeared, this information does not apply to those versions.
- DC Comics has never made a clear distinction between when the Golden Age Batman stories end, and the Silver Age Batman stories begin. As such, there is also room for interpretation in determining which Bronze Age Batman stories carry over into the modern Post-Crisis environment and which ones should be considered apocryphal. Mike's Amazing World of DC indicates Superman #76 as the first appearance of the Earth-One Batman. It is believed by some, that this issue represents the earliest possible appearance of the Earth-One Batman.
- Superman claims that he has only once ever seen Batman truly express fear... and that was during the Crisis on Infinite Earths.
- In a story published in 1957, Bruce Wayne briefly takes on the mantle of Starman in order to thwart Professor Milo, who had hypnotized him into a terrible phobia of bats. This 'Starman of 1951' was later retconned (post Crisis on Infinite Earths) to have been Charles McNider rather than Bruce, however.
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