This version of Damian Wayne is in a future where Damian becomes Batman after he is unable to save Batman from being killed by an unknown killer. Damian has some supernatural power, is willing to kill, as well as having a cat he has named Alfred. He seems to have developed a rivalry with Commissioner Barbara Gordon (who strongly condemns his actions, claiming he killed someone close to her). When asked why she hates him so much, she says, "That monster was responsible for the death of...of a good friend. He can't be trusted". Damian as Batman is cruel and darker than his father, more willing to injure and kill opponents if he judges it to be necessary to do so and possesses some form of supernatural ability (most visibly, the ability to heal catastrophe wounds in moments). It is implied that Damian made a literal deal with the Devil: his soul in exchange for the immortality and healing abilities he felt he needed to protect Gotham.
Sometime during his tenure as Batman, Michael Lane, the former Azrael, returns to Gotham insanely obsessed with destroying Batman at the behest of his master, Simon Hurt. Dressed in his old Simon Hurt "substitute Batman" costume, Lane kills five of the top Gotham mob bosses, including Phosphorus Rex, Professor Pyg, Loveless, and Candyman. Commissioner Gordon thinks Batman is responsible for their murders, but quickly sees the light as the Dark Knight publicly confronts Lane. After defeating Nikolai, the Weasel, Jackanapes, Max Roboto, and Eduardo Flamingo, the Dark Knight not only defeats Lane, but executes him.
After that was settled, one of Damian's current enemies, 2-Face-2, along with his hired goon Max Roboto, steals the Joker's old joke-book and takes over Gotham's new artificial climate control system, causing it to rain Monster Serum and Joker Venom all over the city. The majority of Gotham's citizens are morphed into crazed Joker-ized zombies. The double-faced villain also kidnaps an infant named Terry McGinnis and shoots him up with Joker Venom. Batman takes out Roboto and confronts his boss in Carter Nichols' old lab. After defeating 2-Face-2, Batman watches with surprise as Nichols from the year 2010 appears and kills Nichols from this time. In a twisted form of suicide, Nichols murders his older self to "spare him" from the horror of the current era, sends the corpse back to 2010 where it is discovered by police and ruled as a suicide in that time. Meanwhile, Nichols is free to travel the timestream as he pleases, since the world believes that he died fifteen years ago. Batman then gives an antidote to the Joker Venom/Monster Serum to baby McGinnis, who will become Batman in about twenty-five years later, being mentored by none other than Damian himself.
However very soon, the entire planet was falling into chaos. In a government-quarantined Gotham, Batman and Commissioner Gordon fight off the remaining populace, that were Joker-ized. Per Damian's mother, Talia al Ghul's orders, Simon Hurt (who is revealed to have ascended to the highest levels of the American government) authorizes a nuclear strike on Gotham, wiping the city clean off the face of the planet. Everyone is killed, including Damian, Commissioner Barbara Gordon, and the people of Gotham.
After being told of this future by his father as the reason he formed Batman Incorporated, Damian himself said this to truly be his clone brother The Heretic, who rises up to follow his mother's dreams.
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