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Quote1 The Batman seldom enjoys himself! I'm certain he envies those who can lead peaceful lives! He's driven... he's burdened with a compulsion to battle crime! It isn't pretty-- it's simply what he does... what he needs to do! Don't pity him-- but don't condemn him either! Quote2
-- Batman src

Origin

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. Nonetheless, Bruce never met his brother during their childhood and they never knew of each other's existence until they were both adults.[6] 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.[7] He was also exposed to the mysterious avenger called The Shadow, who saved his and his father's life during a robbery. Bruce was instantly inspired by The Shadow and both events influenced in Bruce's adult life.[8]

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. Right after his parents were murdered, Bruce was comforted by Leslie Thompkins, a lady who witnessed the tragedy and decided to look after the young orphan.[9] Afterwards, Bruce made a graveside promise that he would bring the lowly killer to justice and avenge their deaths and years would pass before Bruce would learn the truth behind Joe Chill's actions.

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.[6]

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.[10]

Teenage Years

Bruce, the first Robin

Bruce, the first 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.[11]

As Robin, Bruce spent several weeks training under Harvey Harris's tutelage. Harris instructed him on the finer points of criminal detection,[12] 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.[13] 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.[citation needed] Bruce travelled around the world in preparation for his ultimate crusade and during this journey; he visited many places for different purposes. He trained in Mexico with a Witch Doctor to hone his wisdom and learn to trust his instincts.[14]

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.

Batman

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.[15]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed] Although at first Wayne and Grayson kept their identities a secret from him, Alfred soon learned their secret during an emergency[citation needed] 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.[16]

The Dynamic Duo

Batman and Robin continued working together, even when Dick Grayson started attending high school.[17]

Alfred's apparent death

Alfred's apparent death
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.[18] 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.[19] 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.[20] Soon, Batman and Robin captured a wanted criminal, after being ambushed in an ancient English castle[21] and captured some foreign spies who incited violence among people.[22]

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.[23] 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.[17] 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,[24] and this would be the first of many collaborations with him.[25]

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.[26] Before they could investigate that case further, Batman and Robin had to capture the criminal known as the Make-Up Man[27] and stop the criminal activities of the Penguin.[28] It wasn’t until Batman and Robin confronted and captured a mysterious witch, that the Outsider threatened them once again.[29] Shortly after this, Batman and Robin capture the elusive Getaway Genius after a series of unsuccessful attempts to nab the criminal.[30] Batman then acquired superhuman strength in his fists, but the power was only temporary.[31]

Rise of the Rogues Gallery

Batman and Robin then confronted a series of lesser known costumed criminals such as Mr. Incognito,[32] the Bouncer,[33] the Monarch of Menace,[34] Death Man[35] 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.[36] After this, Batman and Robin were once again attacked by the Outsider, who used their own weapons against them.[37] Before they could investigate further, the Joker started a new crime spree based on iconic film comedians, until he was stopped by Batman.[38] Next, they stopped the monstrous criminal called Blockbuster.[39] 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.[40]

The Dynamic Duo

The Dynamic Duo
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.[41] 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.[42] 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.[43] After this, Batman and Robin stopped the notorious enemy of The Flash, The Weather Wizard from his crime rampage in Gotham City[44] and Batman later stopped the Hooded Hangman.[45] 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.[46]

The increase in the number of costumed criminals didn’t stop and soon Batman was confronted by goons like The Eraser,[47] Spellbinder[48] and they even confronted Scarecrow, who returned after years of inactivity.[49] Another criminal who made a comeback was Mister Zero, who started calling himself Mister Freeze. [50]

Soon after this, Batman was marked as Bruce Wayne into a mysterious murder chain and he left encoded clues for Robin to find.[51] As Batman went into some sort of trance, he was rescued by Robin, who figured out the clues and once free, Batman captured the criminal responsible for the attack.[52]

Batman and Robin constantly faced their usual enemies on several more occasions. The most recurrent villains that they confronted were Poison Ivy,[53] Joker,[54][55][56] Penguin,[57] Riddler,[58][59][60] Scarecrow[61][62] and Catwoman.[63][64]

After the wave of costumed criminals waned, the Dynamic Duo had to stop regular mobsters and criminal masterminds such as Salvo, Chino[65] and the Schemer.[66] Batman also captured the treasurer of the Wayne Foundation, who was planning to murder Bruce Wayne in order to seize the company’s assets.[67]

Batgirl

Enter Batgirl

Enter Batgirl

Eventually, Batman met Batgirl, a new crime-fighter who adopted the mantle of the bat. At first, he refused her collaboration on crimes, but when she proved vital in capturing Killer Moth, Batman allowed her to keep working as his close ally.[68] After her second case, Batman managed to convince Batgirl that he could not be Bruce Wayne under the mask.[69]

When Batman was affected by a rare swamp fever, Batgirl teamed-up with Robin in order to prevent the Caped Crusader from accelerating the process of the illness by overworking himself. When the fever reached the most critical stage, Batman received attention as Bruce Wayne and during his absence, the Batgirl-Robin team prowled the streets of Gotham.[70] Jealous of Batgirl’s success, Catwoman tried to impress the Dark Knight by making Batgirl look bad. Her plan backfired as Batgirl found a way to outsmart Catwoman and Batman was able to arrest the feline criminal.[71]

A short time after this, Dick Grayson finally graduated from high school and moved out of Wayne Manor to attend Hudson University. In order to deal with the loss of his partner, Bruce decided to leave Wayne Manor altogether with the Batcave and moved to the penthouse of the Wayne Foundation building. Bruce and Alfred decided to start working there as their main base of operations both for work at daylight as well as nighttime. As Bruce Wayne, he created a special Wayne Foundation program for victims of crimes and as Batman, he decided to return to the basic principle upon which the whole concept was based. In order to instill terror into the new breed of criminals, Batman became a terrible creature of the night once again; a decision that created a whole new perspective in Batman’s career.[72]

The Dark Years

Batman, the Grim Avenger

Batman, the Grim Avenger

Working alone once again, Batman's tactics and methods became much more serious and so did his enemies. Bruce Wayne was invited to a party in a Mexican graveyard, where he learned of a conspiracy to spread madness and as Batman, he stopped an immortal couple from succeeding.[73] Upon returning to America, Bruce saved a Senator from a complot against him and managed to help an anti-crime bill to support the new Wayne Foundation programs.[74] After this, Batman prevented a madman from killing himself over a ghostly delusion of a past love and retrieved valuable art pieces that the man had stolen.[75] Later, Bruce travelled to Germany, where he learned that someone had been turning mild animals into wild beasts. During the investigation, Batman managed to overcome a deadly trap with wild bats and finally captured the criminals responsible.[76]

Shortly after, Batman rescued Commissioner Gordon from a vengeful martial artist who sought revenge against him.[77] Then, Batman was challenged by the Stalker, a big time hunter to a deadly hunt, which he eventually lost.[78] When Batman was framed for the murder of a talk show host, the GCPD chased down Batman and hunted him as a criminal. For a short moment, Batman worked outside of the law, until he cleared his own name and Commissioner Gordon resumed their partnership with Batman.[79] Afterwards, Batman was partially responsible for the tragic accident that transformed Philip Reardon into the Ten-Eyed Man, a blind villain capable of seeing though his fingertips.[80] Not long after this, Batman confronted a costumed killer known as The Reaper while looking for Nazi criminals. Unfortunately, Reaper met his ultimate demise as Batman tried to save him from himself.[81]

Eventually, Batman also met the “toughest cop in Gotham”, Shotgun Smith and they worked together to stop a drug dealing ring.[82] After this, Batman stopped a criminal from releasing nerve gas in Gotham City during New Year’s Eve.[83] Batman continued to face strange enemies like Colonel Sulphur,[84][85] and Ravek the Butcher who tried to murder Robin,[86] and then stopped the criminal scheme of the Sheikh.[87] Batman’s efforts to stop evil schemes and capture regular criminals remained a constant throughout his entire career.

Man-Bat

Batman first came across Man-Bat while trying to capture the Blackout Gang. Teaming up with Man-Bat, Batman first mistook his appearance for a disguise and thought he had made a powerful ally.[88] Unfortunately, Batman soon learned the tragic origin of Man-Bat as a scientist who experimented on himself, causing the strange mutation.
Bat vs Man

Bat vs Man
Batman then tried to help Man-Bat by creating an antidote, but his efforts were futile and he was forced to fight Man-Bat inside the Batcave. Batman managed to get the upper hand and while Man-Bat was unconscious, he started working on the antidote.[89] Seeing that Man-Bat refused to be cured, Batman tried to get help from Langstrom’s fiancée, Francine, but his attempt backfired when Man-Bat convinced her to use the Man-Bat Serum on herself, transforming her into a She-Bat. When the monsters tried to get married, Batman interrupted the ceremony and forced them to take the antidote, reverting their mutations.[90]

Shortly after, Kirk and Francine got married and Batman acted as their best man. Unfortunately, Kirk had a relapse and transformed into Man-Bat once again. After a lengthy chase, Batman managed to revert the transformation with a stronger antidote and prevented Langstrom from becoming Man-Bat permanently.[91]

A few months later, Batman learned about a bat creature in the desert of Las Vegas, Nevada. He investigated and learned that Francine Langstrom had turned into She-Bat again. Batman worked with Kirk Langstrom to stop She-Bat and help her by giving her a blood transfusion to stop her transformation.[92]

League of Assassins, Talia and Ra’s al Ghul

Batman first became aware of a mysterious group of killers called the League of Assassins, when he saved a shipping magnate from being killed by one of the members of this group.[93] Afterwards, Bruce learned of a second attack on another wealthy industrialist and after investigating as Batman, he confronted the so-called President of the League of Assassins, Dr. Darrk. Batman was captured by Darrk, but when he managed to escape the deadly trap, Darrk had no choice but to retreat without claiming the life of his victim.[94] After thwarting the League on these two occasions, Batman was lured into a trap by his old enemy, Dr. Tzin-Tzin, who had been hired by the League to eliminate Batman. Tzin kidnapped Robin and almost defeated Batman, but the Dark Knight managed to rescue his partner, thwarting Tzin and the League’s plans once again.[95]

Enter the Demon

Enter the Demon

Following the trail of Dr. Darrk, Batman tracked him to Asia, where he was captured by members of the League and locked away with a woman called Talia. Batman and Talia worked together to bring down Darrk, who was killed by Talia during the final confrontation.[96] Not long after this, Batman was informed that Robin had been kidnapped and he rushed to the Batcave to investigate the clues. Inside his sanctuary, Batman met the man who would become his most formidable adversary, Ra's al Ghul. He was the father of Talia and he sought Batman’s help to find her, as she had also being kidnapped in the same way as Robin. Batman agreed to help Ra’s and they travelled together to Calcutta and later the Himalayas, following the trail of the Brotherhood of the Demon, the faction responsible for the kidnappings. After overcoming several obstacles, Batman and Ra’s got separated, but by the time Batman located Robin on the lair of the brotherhood, he had rightfully deduced that Ra’s and his men were behind everything. After Batman and Robin knocked down their opponents, Batman demanded answers from Ra’s and his fake quest, to which Ra’s replied that it was all part of a test to verify Batman’s worthiness to become his successor since his daughter Talia, was in love with him. Batman had passed Ra’s test and he was offered Talia’s hand in marriage along with Ra’s al Ghul’s empire.[15]

Forbidden Love

Forbidden Love

Batman continued his crusade against crime, ignoring Ra’s intentions, but he was soon prompted to save Talia from killing one of Ra’s former scientists, who had developed a formula which could be turned into a deadly plague.[97] After this, Batman started investigating the murder of another scientist and the theft of his brain. He was joined by Talia, but he learned that she had interrupted his investigation on purpose to cover Ra’s criminal activities. When Batman learned that Ra’s was behind the gruesome crime, he realized Ra’s evil nature and their longtime rivalry started. Although, Ra’s became his enemy, Batman still had romantic feelings for Talia.[98]

After learning of Ra’s wickedness, Batman faked Bruce Wayne’s death in order to gather a small group of people to fight Ra’s. He recuited Dr. Harris Blaine, one of Ra’s own assassins and he tried to recruit the gangster Matches Malone, but he was forced to pose as him since Malone killed himself by accident.[99] With Blaine and Lo Ling, Batman traveled to Switzerland, where they struggled to locate Ra’s secret lair and after locating it, they learned that Ra’s was dead. After confirming the events, Batman retreated along with Talia, leaving Ra’s corpse behind.[100]

Batman vs Ra’s al Ghul

Batman vs Ra’s al Ghul

However, before they could reach safety, Batman and the others were attacked by a crazed Ra’s al Ghul, who had been brought back to life with help from a Lazarus Pit. Batman was easily defeated and Ra’s escaped along with Talia, forcing the Dark Knight to track them down again to stop Ra’s once and for all. Batman tracked Ra’s to his secret base in the desert, where he was forced to fight Ra’s on a duel to death and he almost lost the fight. Talia was responsible for saving Batman in the last minute and mustering all his strength, Batman finally captured Ra’s al Ghul and gave Talia a well-deserved kiss, after which he took Ra’s to the authorities.[101]

After having finished his business with Ra’s, Batman returned to Gotham, where he learned that someone was claiming that Bruce Wayne had been murdered. Batman had to step in to solve the mystery before he could fake Wayne’s sudden reappearance.[102] Shortly after this, Batman was faced by a crazed Ubu, who was exposed to the Lazarus Pit during a big explosion as a result of his last encounter with Batman. Seeking revenge, Ubu travelled to Wayne Manor, where he destroyed great part of the place and seriously injured Alfred, until Batman confronted him. In the struggle, Batman kicked Ubu with such strength, that caused him to fall into a splintered wood, ending his life.[103]

The Spook

Batman eventually confronted a criminal and escape artist known as The Spook, who used scare tactics and gimmicks to help the criminals of Gotham. At first, Batman was unable to capture the crook, but when he posed as a criminal in need of help,[104] Batman eventually confronted a criminal and escape artist known as The Spook, who used scare tactics and gimmicks to help the criminals of Gotham. At first, Batman was unable to capture the crook,[105] but when he finally captured the criminal, Batman learned that Val Kaliban, The Spook’s real name, was a convicted criminal who was supposed to be dead years ago.[106] The Spook escaped and Batman captured him for good after learning how did he managed to fool everyone into thinking he was dead. Batman made sure that The Spook couldn’t escape a second time.[107]

The Return of the Rogues Gallery

After years of inactivity, some of Batman’s greatest enemies started appearing, one at a time, and all of them with a new mindset in order to challenge the new and more ruthless methods of The Dark Knight.

Joker

The Joker's Return

The Joker's Return

The return of Batman’s greatest foes was heralded by the return of The Joker, who started a killing spree in Gotham and Batman was forced to save the Joker’s former henchmen from the madman’s murderous plans. Although he failed to save most of them and he almost fell victim to Joker’s trap, in the end Batman managed to capture the criminal.[108] Unfortunately, the Joker escaped and Batman was compelled to help the madman clear his name, as another criminal framed him for murder. Eventually, Batman learned it was all part of Joker’s scheme and he re-captured the crook.[109]

Soon after this, Batman was told by Two-Face about Joker’s escape attempt from Arkham Asylum and he tried to stop the madman, but he failed and was dosed with a special variation of Joker Venom. The drug would’ve killed Batman in 72 hours, but Batman managed to locate the one scientist who could create a cure and afterwards, he captured the Joker.[110] The next time Joker escaped, he poisoned an entire prison and forced Batman to fight Wildcat in order to provide the antidote. Batman tricked the Joker into surrendering the antidote and afterwards captured him.[111] Eventually, Joker escaped from Arkham again and the final confrontation between him and Batman took place inside the an amusement park's house of mirrors, where Joker was recaptured.[112]

Two-Face

After years of being locked in prison, Two-Face escaped and started a second crime spree, with the ultimate goal to seize an ancient treasure from a notorious ship. Batman investigated the case and managed to stop Two-Face, before the madman could steal the treasure.[113]

Eventually, Two-Face escaped and started a new series of crimes until Batman and Green Arrow stopped him. However, they were unable to bring him to the authorities.[114] Afterwards, Two-Face escaped from Arkham Asylum and used an atomic bomb to blackmail the US Government. Batman confronted Two-Face and stopped his mad scheme.[115]

Catwoman

Batman confronted Selina Kyle when he and Robin were investigating a murder case on a circus and they learned by chance about Catwoman’s plan to steal some of the wild tigers held captive by the circus. He plan was thwarted by Batman and Robin, who also captured the murderer.[116] Batman followed Catwoman’s transport to prison closely, but he was unable to prevent her escape. Knowing that Catwoman had resumed her old habits as well as her old costume, Batman used a valuable gem a bait to find Catwoman and captured her after her cat pet led him to her hideout.[117]

Penguin

Batman became aware of the Penguin’s return to crime when he kidnapped the King from a foreign country and locked him in his castle hideout. Joined by Robin and assisted by Talia Batman managed to defeat Penguin.[118]

Scarecrow

Batman learned of the Scarecrow’s return after he was affected by a fear-inducing remote device, which was used for criminal purposes. Batman destroyed the device and stopped Scarecrow’s evil scheme.[119]

Riddler

While trying to round-up a criminal organization that provided criminal services, Batman was eventually challenged by the Riddler and his puzzles, which he managed to solve every time until he deduced that Riddler was using the Gotham Zoo as his hideout. Batman confronted the Riddler and captured him for good.[120] The Riddler eventually escaped from prison and Batman was challenged by his many riddle-clues. Fortunately, Batman got help from Robin and together, they stopped Riddler and his associates.[121]

Unusual Challengers

Besides the most notorious criminals before mentioned, Batman confronted several other enemies starting with the Judge, a crooked man who wanted revenge against Batman.[122] With that same purpose, the Spook returned and used subliminal messages on Batman to frame him for his murder, but Batman turned the plot against the Spook and returned the criminal to prison.[123] Afterwards, Batman stopped the wacky criminal called Captain Stingaree with help from The Flash.[124]

Eventually, Batman encountered the ruthless vigilante called Black Spider, who murdered criminals in the name of justice.[125] After learning the man’s background, Batman managed to put a stop to his vigilantism.[126] Afterwards, Batman was trapped inside the Bat-Signal by the Signalman, who returned after years of absence. Batman managed to break free from the deadly trap and put an end to Signalman’s crime spree.[127] Tzin-Tzin eventually returned with the purpose of getting revenge on Batman, but his plans where once again thwarted by the Dark Knight.[128][129] When the Calculator tried to take on Batman, the Dark Knight outsmarted the villain, even after Calculator had defeated most members of the Justice League.[130]

Bat-Murderer

Batman murders Talia

Batman murders Talia

While working on a case to capture a notorious criminal, Batman encountered his troublesome lover, Talia, who had become the leader of a criminal gang. In the encounter, Talia tossed her firearm to Batman, and the weapon automatically fired, killing her. Batman was charged with murder on the first degree and he became wanted by the law.[131] Batman went to prison in order to interrogate Ra’s al Ghul about this frame-up and after the villain confessed it was all part of his plan, he shot himself, making it look as if Batman had also killed him.[132]

Batman continued his investigation to clear his name and after stopping the notorious silver smuggler Sterling Silversmith,[133] he teamed-up with the Creeper in order to solve the case.[134] The two heroes discovered the secret hideout of the League of Assassins, who were behind the whole plot and when they confront them, Batman finally learned the truth. Talia and Ra’s were both alive and well, and they planned his frame-up in order to force him into joining them. In the final confrontation, Batman saved Talia from a burning circus tent, but Ra’s was apparently killed in the fire. With Talia in his custody, Batman was able to clear his name.[135]

After this, Batman worked with Commissioner Gordon to stop the Underworld Olympics that took place in Gotham.[136][137][138][139]

World's Finest

Batman and Superman switch identities

Batman and Superman switch identities
Early 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.[140] 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.[141][142] 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.[143] 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.[144] 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.[145] 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.[146]

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.[147] 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.[148] 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.[149] 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.[150]

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.[151] 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.[152] After this, they confronted the menace of the Composite Superman, who vanished away after creating serious havoc.[153] 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.[154] Following this, the heroes stopped the double threat of Braniac and Clayface with help from their sidekicks Robin and Jimmy.[155] Batman and Superman later pulled a hoax on Doctor Zodiac, a notorious con-artist and captured him along with several other gangsters.[156] Eventually, the Composite Superman made a comeback, and he almost defeated the heroes. However, he sacrificed himself to prevent another alien from killing them and afterwards, Batman and Superman created a memorial in honor of Joseph Meach.[157] Some time later, Batman and Superman worked together to stop Dr. Light from killing Superman with a magical staff he created.[158]

Batman and Superman then worked with Metamorpho after he gained their powers and together they captured an international criminal.[159]

Lost Brother

Eventually, Batman learned about his brother, Thomas Wayne Jr., and he also learned the truth about his past. Unfortunately, Thomas had become involved with the notorious criminal known as the "Boomergang Killer" and Batman was forced to stop his brother.[6] 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.[160] After this event, Batman never mentioned his brother again.

Super-Hero Team-Ups

Batman and Deadman Team-Up

Batman and Deadman Team-Up

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[161] twice.[162] 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.[163] Later, Batman teamed-up with The Flash and together they captured the Speed Boys gang that worked in Gotham City.[164] 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.[165] When Batman’s identity was almost revealed by The Collector, he asked Hawkman’s assistance to stop the criminal.[166]

Batman was later joined by Green Arrow on a mission to help a Native American, who was victim of a complot against him.[167] Shortly after this, a robot convention was held at Gotham City, but it was all part of a plot by an evil scientist to use robots to perform crimes. Batman teamed up with the Metal Men in order to stop the hordes of crazed robots and capture the criminal responsible.[168] When the supernatural villain called Shahn-Zi attacked Gotham’s Chinatown, Batman teamed-up with the Spectre in order to stop the foe from achieving his ultimate goal.[169] Next, Batman teamed up with Plastic Man in order to stop the Molder from destroying Gotham.[170] Following this, Batman worked together with the Atom to capture a crook known as the Cannoneer.[171]

Batman and Green Arrow

Batman and Green Arrow

Shortly after this, Batman prepared a trap for the "sneaky" villain known as Copperhead. Batman asked Batgirl and Wonder Woman to pretend to be in love with him in order to lure Copperhead into a trap. The plan backfired, but soon the trio worked together to capture Copperhead and recover the stolen loot.[172] After this, Batman learned of the existence of Deadman and decided to help the ghostly avenger to find his killer, but in the process, Batman confronted Max Chill, the brother of his parents' assassin.[173] Batman then teamed-up with The Creeper, then a wanted criminal, in order to stop Hellgrammite.[174] Next, Batman saved Aquaman from a hypnosis trance and they worked together to stop Ocean Master, who was responsible for Aquaman’s trace and a criminal ring in Gotham City.[175]

Batman was then assisted by the Teen Titans on a mission to capture a criminal organization that hijacked oil operations in Gotham.[176] Bruce Wayne later helped Ted Grant, a former boxing champion, getting back into business and becoming the masked hero Wildcat once again.[177] Afterwards, Batman was assisted by the Phantom Stranger on a mission to get rid of evil spectres haunting Gotham.[178] Then, Batman worked together with Black Canary and stopped the Collector.[179]

Eventually, Batman started to team up with unlikely heroes. The first one was The Demon Etrigan and his host, Jason Blood and they stopped a man turned into a monster thanks to an ancient curse.[180] Then, Batman captured a gang of counterfeiters with help from his personal hero and inspiration, The Shadow.[181] The next time, Batman teamed up with Man-Bat, as Langstrom learned how to control his transformation and used it to help Batman capture the Getaway Genius.[182] Shortly after this, Batman worked together with Mister Miracle to uncover a mystery on the ancient Egypt.[183]

Eventually, Batman also teamed-up with Swamp Thing and together they saved Gotham from a failed government experiment.[184] Batman would once again team-up with Green Arrow and the Atom to stop the combined efforts of Joker and Two-Face.[185][186] Afterwards, Batman worked alongside Richard Dragon to bring a fugitive to justice.[187]

Distant "Relatives"

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.[188]

The End

The Earth-One Wayne would never actually meet his Earth-Two counterpart who was dying of cancer and was actually killed in battle.[citation needed] 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.[189]

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.


Abilities

  • 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.[193]

Strength level

After perfecting his body with intensive training, Batman was capable of lifting up to 700 pounds.[194]

Equipment

  • 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.

Transportation

  • 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.
  • Batplane
  • Bat-Copter
  • Batboat
  • Whirly-Bat

Weapons

  • 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 initially erased from existence following the collapse of the original Multiverse in the 1985-86 Crisis on Infinite Earths limited series. However the ending of Convergence retroactively prevented that collapse, saving all the alternate realities, though in an "evolved" form. 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.[195]
  • 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.
  • Bruce Wayne was named after his father's cousin, Bruce N. Wayne.

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Footnotes

  1. Detective Comics #237
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Detective Comics #412
  3. Detective Comics #306
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Batman #120
  5. Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 3) #7
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 World's Finest #223
  7. World's Finest #255
  8. Batman #259
  9. Detective Comics #457
  10. Batman #208
  11. Untold Legend of the Batman #1
  12. Detective Comics #226
  13. Batman #96
  14. Detective Comics #449
  15. 15.0 15.1 Batman #232
  16. Brave and the Bold #28
  17. 17.0 17.1 Batman #166
  18. Detective Comics #327
  19. 19.0 19.1 Detective Comics #328
  20. Batman #164
  21. Detective Comics #329
  22. Detective Comics #330
  23. Batman #165
  24. Detective Comics #331
  25. Detective Comics #343
  26. Detective Comics #334
  27. Detective Comics #335
  28. Batman #169
  29. Detective Comics #336
  30. Batman #170
  31. Detective Comics #338
  32. Batman #173
  33. Detective Comics #347
  34. Detective Comics #350
  35. Batman #180
  36. Batman #171
  37. Detective Comics #340
  38. Detective Comics #341
  39. Detective Comics #345
  40. Batman #177
  41. 41.0 41.1 41.2 Detective Comics #349
  42. Detective Comics #351
  43. Batman #181
  44. Detective Comics #353
  45. Detective Comics #355
  46. Detective Comics #356
  47. Batman #188
  48. Detective Comics #358
  49. Batman #189
  50. Detective Comics #375
  51. Detective Comics #366
  52. Detective Comics #367
  53. Batman #181
  54. Batman #186
  55. Detective Comics #365
  56. Detective Comics #388
  57. Batman #190
  58. Detective Comics #362
  59. Detective Comics #364
  60. Detective Comics #377
  61. Batman #200
  62. Detective Comics #389
  63. Batman #201
  64. Batman #210
  65. Detective Comics #379
  66. Batman #205
  67. Detective Comics #380
  68. Detective Comics #359
  69. Detective Comics #363
  70. Detective Comics #369
  71. Batman #197
  72. Batman #217
  73. Detective Comics #395
  74. Batman #219
  75. Detective Comics #397
  76. Batman #221
  77. Detective Comics #399
  78. Detective Comics #401
  79. Batman #225
  80. Batman #226
  81. Batman #237
  82. Detective Comics #428
  83. Batman #247
  84. Batman #241
  85. Batman #248
  86. Batman #246
  87. Batman #268
  88. Detective Comics #400
  89. Detective Comics #402
  90. Detective Comics #407
  91. Detective Comics #416
  92. Detective Comics #429
  93. Detective Comics #405
  94. Detective Comics #406
  95. Detective Comics #408
  96. Detective Comics #411
  97. Batman #235
  98. Batman #240
  99. Batman #242
  100. Batman #243
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  102. Batman #245
  103. Detective Comics #438
  104. Detective Comics #434
  105. Detective Comics #434
  106. Detective Comics #434
  107. Batman #252
  108. Batman #251
  109. Brave and the Bold #111
  110. 110.0 110.1 110.2 Batman #260
  111. Brave and the Bold #118
  112. Batman #286
  113. Batman #234
  114. Brave and the Bold #106
  115. Batman #258
  116. Batman #256
  117. Batman #266
  118. Batman #257
  119. Batman #262
  120. Batman #263
  121. Batman #279
  122. Detective Comics #441
  123. Batman #276
  124. Detective Comics #462
  125. Detective Comics #463
  126. Detective Comics #464
  127. Detective Comics #466
  128. Batman #284
  129. Batman #285
  130. Detective Comics #468
  131. Detective Comics #444
  132. Detective Comics #445
  133. Detective Comics #446
  134. Detective Comics #447
  135. Detective Comics #448
  136. Batman #272
  137. Batman #273
  138. Batman #274
  139. Batman #275
  140. Superman #94
  141. Superman #76
  142. World's Finest #94
  143. World's Finest #71
  144. World's Finest #72
  145. World's Finest #73
  146. World's Finest #75
  147. World's Finest #76
  148. World's Finest #77
  149. World's Finest #78
  150. World's Finest #80
  151. World's Finest #84
  152. World's Finest #141
  153. World's Finest #142
  154. World's Finest #143
  155. World's Finest #144
  156. World's Finest #160
  157. World's Finest #168
  158. World's Finest #207
  159. World's Finest #217
  160. World's Finest #227
  161. Brave and the Bold #59
  162. Brave and the Bold #69
  163. Brave and the Bold #64
  164. Brave and the Bold #67
  165. Brave and the Bold #68
  166. Brave and the Bold #70
  167. Brave and the Bold #71
  168. Brave and the Bold #74
  169. Brave and the Bold #75
  170. Brave and the Bold #76
  171. Brave and the Bold #77
  172. Brave and the Bold #78
  173. Brave and the Bold #79
  174. Brave and the Bold #80
  175. Brave and the Bold #82
  176. Brave and the Bold #83
  177. Brave and the Bold #88
  178. Brave and the Bold #89
  179. Brave and the Bold #91
  180. Brave and the Bold #109
  181. Batman #253
  182. Batman #254
  183. Brave and the Bold #112
  184. Brave and the Bold #122
  185. Brave and the Bold #129
  186. Brave and the Bold #130
  187. Brave and the Bold #132
  188. Brave and the Bold #182
  189. Crisis on Infinite Earths #12
  190. Detective Comics #344
  191. Detective Comics #404
  192. World's Finest #200
  193. Brave and the Bold #134
  194. Detective Comics #339
  195. Crisis on Infinite Earths #2


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