- I am the hole in things! I bring hell on Earth and to the world debasement!
- -- Doctor Hurt src
- -- Doctor Hurt src
Simon Hurt was a devil-worshiping ancestor of Bruce Wayne's named Thomas Wayne, who attempted to summon a demon named Barbatos, but instead was confronted by the Hyper-Adapter, the hyper-dimensional creature tasked by Darkseid with overseeing Batman's voyage through history after he was struck by the villain's Omega Effect. Corrupted, or perhaps possessed, by the Hyper-Adapter's energies, Wayne became extremely long-lived (potentially immortal), living through until the present day, when he was taken in by Batman's parents, Thomas and Martha Wayne. Wishing to help him, the Waynes send him to Willowood Asylum claiming that he's their son Thomas Wayne Jr. Sometime later, he renamed himself Simon Hurt, who soon became a doctor connected in some way with the American military. However, he was also involved with a secret organization known as the Black Glove, a cult of "Satanists".
The Isolation Experiments
Simon Hurt was the psychiatrist chosen to oversee Batman during his time in the isolation experiment in his work for NASA. He was also participated with the GCPD to train three replacement Batmen in the event of the original Batman's death. Using his exceptional skills as a psychiatrist, he deduced that Batman was essentially "powered by tragedy". So for the three men who were chosen to be Batman's heirs, he set out to traumatize them to ostensibly make them better crimefighters. During the Isolation Experiment, Hurt placed hypnotic suggestions in all of the men's minds so that they could all effectively be "activated" or "deactivated" at any time he chose.
The Three Ghosts
Doctor Hurt was involved in a program which created three "replacement Batmen" with the participation of the Gotham PD. Sometime after the three replacements had been trained, Simon Hurt was hired by Batman to oversee an isolation experiment. During this process, he gave Bruce Wayne a post-hypnotic trigger connected the phrase "Zur-En-Arrh". He also arranged for the replacements to fight the dazed Batman, but they were defeated. Batman suspected nothing of this.
It is revealed in R.I.P. that Simon Hurt was behind the targeting of Batman's allies and what conspired on Mister Mayhew's island, and that he also leaked information to the press suggesting that Thomas and Martha Wayne were criminals, drug addicts and perverts, and that Alfred may be Bruce's real father. While Bruce was trying to figure out who and what the Black Glove was, they made their move. Hurt activated Bruce's post-hypnotic suggestion, drugged him and left him on the streets of Crime Alley with no memory of who he is. However, Hurt was not yet done with him, he wanted to pit him against his ultimate evil, the Joker. Batman managed to overcome the Joker, but the neurotoxins from the flowers disoriented and paralyzed him. But this still was not good enough for Hurt, he wanted to completely ruin Bruce's soul. So he buried Bruce alive and was exhume what was left and disfigure him to make him look like his worst enemy and the figure lurking in the darkness, the Joker. Whilst waiting to exhume Bruce's remains, Hurt was threatened by the Joker who said that "Devil is double is deuce. And Joker trumps Deuce", stating that he will make a wager on the fact that Batman will escape and capture each and every member of the Black Glove and that he will collect his winnings in time. Shortly after Batman arrives and confronts Hurt, Hurt claims to be Thomas Wayne, Bruce's father, and that he had his death faked, Hurt then claims that he is the hole in things, the piece that can never fit, there since the beginning, he tries one last time to corrupt Bruce or his family suffers. Bruce again declines and Hurt is shocked as the Black Glove always wins and as Batman's black glove smashes into the helicopter, it goes down and crashes.
Batman & Robin
Shortly after Red Hood's insurrection, El Penitente, a man who wears the same Bat-Mask as Hurt, calls Oberon Sexton and tells him his sins have found him out, echoing what Hurt says to the Black Glove in R.I.P.
Later we see that El Penitente is indeed Hurt, alive and that he is returning home to Gotham, after being in Mexico approximately for six months after surviving the helicopter crash with Batman, and that he always finishes what he started.
Soon, Dr. Hurt is holding Batman and Robin, both of which are tied up and beaten by a group of goons. Dr. Hurt has Dick Grayson unmasked, taunting him while Grayson states that Hurt's plan is over. Hurt then shoots Grayson at the back of the head as Robin watches in horror. But, prior to this, with the Joker working as an unreliable ally, Hurt used the Circus of Crime to release a drug into Gotham's air with the intention of driving the city mad, subsequently making a public return as 'Thomas Wayne' with the intention of setting up his headquarters in the Batcave. Back at the present time, Hurt shot Dick Grayson in the back of the head and attempted to force Damian Wayne to swear allegiance to him in order to save Grayson's life. However, Grayson and Damian had already anticipated his attack, Grayson surviving Hurt's attack relatively unharmed while Hurt's attempts to open the box that Bruce Wayne left in the past revealing nothing but a Batarang and a note saying "Gotcha!", the room subsequently filling with smoke as another Batman appears, marking Bruce Wayne's return to the fold. In the subsequent confrontation, Hurt attempts – and fails – to trap Bruce Wayne in a prison in the Batcave, but nevertheless escapes through the cave's water access while Bruce is busy rescuing Alfred. Having escaped to a graveyard, Hurt is confronted and defeated by the Joker. The Joker doses Hurt with Joker venom and buries him alive, claiming that he proved to be a disappointment as a 'new' arch-enemy. The Joker claims that he has "taken care" of Hurt, but Bruce Wayne is not quite willing to believe that the Doctor is truly dead.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
- Acting: He also has acting and theatrical capabilities.
- Immortality: Possessed by the demonic Hyper-Adapter, Simon Hurt cannot die from old age and has not aged for hundreds of years.
- Psychiatry: Doctor Hurt is an expert in psychiatry and hypnosis. Having lived for many years, his wisdom and intelligence surpass that of the average human.
- It should be noted that on several occasions Simon Hurt is described as the Devil by Michael Lane, James Gordon, the Joker, and Batman himself. This alludes to the fact that the Black Glove movie was cursed and how Hurt knew Batman would die on his next mission.
- Simon Hurt was an adult human male in 1765. This would make him a contemporary of Batman ancestors Darius and Anthony Wayne, but whether he was a parent, uncle, or brother to them is unclear.
- Hurt's alias among Thomas and Martha Wayne's friends, Mangrove Pierce, may be a reference to the author Ambrose Pierce.
- Like many members of the Black Hand, Doctor Hurt travels around in a black limousine, but also occasionally travels by helicopter.
- Many weapons Doctor Hurt uses cause more psychological than physical damage, such as his Thomas Wayne operatic mask and cape or the words 'Zur-En-Arrh'. He may also occasionally carry a handgun as a last resort.
- 32 Appearances of Simon Hurt (New Earth)
- 25 Images featuring Simon Hurt (New Earth)
- 3 Quotations by or about Simon Hurt (New Earth)
- Character Gallery: Simon Hurt (New Earth)
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