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The 20th century was a turning point in the history of Earth. The population explosion following World War II caused an increase in the crime wave. To counterbalance this, many humans took up vigilantism or used scientific advancements to fight crime. By the end of the century, mankind had begun working on splicing the genome, gaining advances in nanotechnology, sending men to Mars and had sent small ships out to Alpha Centauri. Earth had just begun contact with the galactic community.


Cyrus Gold

Cyruc Gold

Jazz Age[1][]

  • Cyrus Gold is killed and his body is dumped into a mystical swamp. He begins the process of transforming into Solomon Grundy. (JL: The Terror Beyond)




Savage's fate

Vandal Savage's plans are foiled.


World War II

Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima


Charlie's License

Charlie Collins' driver's license.


Late 1940s[]

  • Aresia is brought to Themyscira by a sea captain after a battle and a shipwreck. (JL: Fury)
  • Solomon Grundy rises from the dead, and becomes an urban legend among the populace. (JL: The Terror Beyond)


Justice Guild

The Justice Guild.

Early 1960s[]

  • The last Justice Guild comic book is released parallel to the deaths of the Justice Guild in a parallel universe. (JL: Legends).
  • Jax-Ur and Mala are imprisoned in the Phantom Zone for instigating an uprising on the planet Krypton.

Mid 1960s[]

Joe Chill

The Wayne's murderer, Joe Chill.

Late 1960s[]


Early 1970s[]

Mid 1970s[]

Late 1970s[]

  • Bruce Wayne travels abroad to learn to be a crime-fighter. He begins by studying to be a detective, and he also studies science under Nobel laureates. (BTAS: Night of the Ninja)


Zatanna and Bruce

Zatanna and Bruce Wayne

Early 1980s[]

  • Bruce Wayne spends a month under magician Zatara's tutelage. While there, he learns escape artistry, and he develops an attraction to Zatara's daughter Zatanna. He goes by the name John Smith. (BTAS: Zatanna)
New Kids in Town

Three members of the Legion of Super Heroes arrive in Smallville



Bruce Wayne asks Andrea Beaumont to marry him.

  • After many years abroad, Bruce Wayne returns to Gotham City. While attending college, he meets and gets engaged to Andrea Beaumont, daughter of Carl Beaumont. When Carl's mobster connections force them to move, Andrea breaks her engagement to Bruce. Around the same time, Bruce, still haunted by his parents' deaths, begins crime-fighting. At first, he attempts to do it dressed in common clothes, but then realizes that he must strike fear into the heart of his enemies and dons cape and cowl to become Batman. (Batman: Mask of the Phantasm)
  • Batman fights a gang of jewel thieves. (The Dark Knight's First Night)
  • Batman's first Batmobile breaks down and he hires Earl Cooper, a former auto executive, to build him a brand new Batmobile. (BTAS: The Mechanic)
  • Dick Grayson is placed into Bruce Wayne's custody after his parents are killed by Tony Zucco. After learning of Bruce's secret, Dick becomes his crime-fighting partner Robin. (BTAS: Robin's Reckoning)


Late 1980s[]

  • Carl Beaumont is murdered by a hitman hired by Sal Valestra. (Batman: Mask of the Phantasm)



  • During a fight between Batman and Sal Velestra's goons, a mobster is dropped into a vat of acid, and becomes the Joker. (TNBA: Mad Love)


  • Psychiatrist Dr. Harleen Quinzel interns for a semester at Arkham Asylum. She soon meets Joker and begins having one-on-one sessions with him, after which she falls in love with him. She eventually adopts the alias of Harley Quinn and frees Joker from Arkham and becomes his partner and girlfriend from then on. (TNBA: Mad Love)
  • District Attorney Harvey Dent, while running for a re-election campaign is badly disfigured on the left side of his body following an explosion, in his attempts to catch and stop Rupert Thorne's illegal dealings. Dent goes insane and adopts the alias Two-Face. (BTAS: Two-Face)


  • Dick Grayson graduates from Gotham State University. Following a heated argument with Batman over his manipulative and ruthless behavior after stopping another of Joker's crimes and upon discovering Batman's knowledge of his girlfriend Barbara Gordon being Batgirl and that they both did not tell him, he abandons his role as Robin and leaves Gotham City. (TNBA: Old Wounds)


  • Street thief and orphan Tim Drake encounters Batman and becomes his new ward after getting involved in one of Two-Face's plots involving his father. After stopping him, Bruce inducts Tim as his newest crime-fighting partner and the new Robin. Dick Grayson returns to Gotham City after two years to everyone's surprise and adopts the identity of Nightwing. (TNBA: Sins of the Father)