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"I am vengeance! I am the night! I am BATMAN!"[3]

Batman, otherwise known as Bruce Wayne, was a Gotham City vigilante who rose up to fight common criminals, Metahuman threats, and eventually even gods, extra-dimensional entities and intergalactic tyrants.

History

Early Life

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Young Bruce Wayne would often watch the television adventures of the Gray Ghost with his father. Bruce would take many ideas from this show later.[4]

On the way home from seeing the film, The Mark of Zorro, Bruce Wayne watched as his parents were gunned down by a mugger.[5] Some say that Bruce died that night with his parents, and in his place, The Batman was born. (Batman once told Wonder Woman that he hadn't been a "kid" since he was eight years old.)[6] Young Master Bruce was taken home to Wayne Manor, where he was raised by the Waynes' faithful friend and butler, Alfred Pennyworth.

Batman learned many arts and sciences toward the goal of eliminating the crime that took his parents from him. He learned from masters in their fields, such as escape artistry from Zatara[7] and martial arts from Yoru Sensei.[8] While he trained with Zatara, he and his mentor's daughter Zatanna became very close (the two would go on to work together in the Justice League).[9]

Bruce very nearly gave up his plan to become a force for justice in the night when he nearly found happiness with Andrea Beaumont. When Ms. Beaumont walked out of his life, he became even more determined and dove headfirst onto the path of becoming Batman.

On a night like many others before and since, Bruce sat reliving his parents' murder. While absorbed in this horrific daydream, a bat crashed through the window of his study. It was then that his obsession and plan was given form. He would become the bat, he would be the night and strike fear into those who preyed on the innocent.

Using the caverns he discovered below Wayne Manor right before Alfred broke the bad news about Andrea, Bruce built his secret headquarters, the Batcave.[10]

Bruce Wayne took in Dick Grayson as his ward after Grayson's parents were killed. Batman eventually took Dick as his partner, Robin.[11]

New Adventures

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Batman spent years keeping the people of Gotham City safe from common criminals and bizarre villains. He had several partners and occasional imitators such as Batwoman,[12] but his most common partner was Barbara Gordon, who had officially taken the job at his side as Batgirl. While on another mission, Batman would rescue the young Tim Drake from Two-Face, who had made an attempt to kill the boy. The young boy found himself inspired by Bruce's desire to stand up to people like Two-Face. In combination with his own rebellious nature, Tim would unwittingly steal the Robin costume from the Batcave, and take up the mantle as the second Robin. Receiving Tim as his new sidekick, Batman gave the young boy three rules. Rule number one: You give me everything you've got. Rule number two: Then you give me more. And rule number three: I make the rules.[13]

Joining Up

For a short amount of time, Dick Grayson returned to Gotham as Nightwing to assist his former mentor. While he was a welcome addition, the two of them never truly seemed to forget the argument that caused Dick Grayson to leave.[14] Despite this, the partnership remained stable. Nightwing would spend a decent amount of time in Gotham, but he would later leave to establish himself in a another city.

Batman would later find himself in Metropolis, having followed the Joker to the city. While his long-time nemesis struck a deal with Lex Luthor, Batman would find himself working with Superman to thwart the plot.[15] After foiling the Joker's plans to kill the Man of Steel and destroy Metropolis, he would return to the city a couple of times to stop villains from his own rogue's gallery. He would also form an unlikely partnership with the young Static when another case brought the heroes into one another's home city. While these two partnerships did not usually start off well, Batman would eventually learn to respect their abilities and would trust both of them with his secret identity.[16]

Batman had also worked with other superheroes such as the demon Etrigan, and the the Creeper.[17]

It is later revealed that he was acquainted with many more of the world's greatest heroes. This group of heroes would later come together to foil an alien plot to take over the Earth. Forming a new partnership, they became the founding members of the Justice League.

Saving the World

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Batman's costume in the Justice League years.

Over the course of a few months, Batman had detected several security breaches in Wayne Tech's deep space monitoring network. While investigating the Wayne Tech Metropolis sub station, he encountered three scientists speaking a strange language. These scientists tampered with the station's antenna, and when confronted, displayed superhuman strength and resilience. Though Superman arrived to assist, he was incapacitated by J'onn J'onzz' telepathic contact. Batman was unable to prevent the scientists from destroying the antenna. After the antenna's destruction, Superman gave Batman a signal watch to call him for help if he needed it. Batman tracked the scientists to an abandoned S.T.A.R. Labs facility where he found the scientists being held in stasis pods. He was attacked by a shape shifting sentry and rendered unconscious, but not before signaling Superman with the watch.

Superman found the unconscious Batman at the S.T.A.R. Labs facility, just as a meteor crashed to Earth in Metropolis park. Superman left Batman with an ambulance crew and flew off to investigate the meteor. Just as the medic was about to look under Batman's mask, he reached up and grabbed her hand saying "don't even think about it".

When the Imperium's attack walker emerged from the meteor, incapacitated Superman and began raining destruction down on Metropolis, Batman took off in the Batwing which he seemed to have summoned while lying on the gurney. Batman began firing missiles on the walker and then two more walkers emerged from the meteor. When military air and armor units arrived on the scene, Batman followed Superman who had mysteriously left the battle without explanation.

Batman tracked Superman to a military base in the mountains outside Metropolis where they found more humans in stasis pods and the imprisoned J'onn J'onzz. After freeing J'onzz and learning of the Imperium, the trio were stopped by Imperium forces posing as military personnel.[18] Outnumbered, Batman fled with the incapacitated J'onn J'onzz in the Batwing while Superman covered their escape. The Batwing was pursued by Imperium craft and shot down, but rescued by John Stewart and Hawkgirl before the crippled Batwing could crash. Batman witnessed the other heroes battling the Imperium craft and the appearance of Wonder Woman. The Flash arrived at the end of the battle, having retrieved the Batwing's severed wing. After J'onzz informed the assembled heroes of the Imperium's invasion of Mars, their eventual defeat, and their inadvertent release by Earth astronauts, the Imperium's factories began manufacturing smoke to block out the sun's rays.

The heroes split up to disable the factories. Batman went to Giza, Egypt with Wonder Woman and J'onn J'onzz. The trio infiltrated the factory and found the Ion Matrix Crystal, a vital component of the plant. Batman and Wonder Woman provided a diversion to allow J'onzz to remove the crystal. As he removed the crystal, J'onzz was incapacitated by Imperium forces. Batman then covered Wonder Woman and J'onzz' escape from the plant, but was himself trapped inside and cornered by Imperium forces. J'onzz reported that Batman was dead,[19] but in truth, he had mentally shielded Batman to prevent the Imperium forces from detecting him.

Batman remained hidden until the Imperium arrived on Earth. He then revealed himself and reversed the ion charge in the Ion Matrix Crystal, causing the plant to burn off the smoke it had been producing. With the sun shining again, the heroes defeated the Imperium and freed their human prisoners, then mopped up the remaining Imperium forces around the globe.

Inspired by a general's speech about vigilance and the possible return of the invaders, Batman had the Watchtower constructed by Wayne Enterprises, hiding the funding as a "line item in the aerospace R&D budget". Batman invited the other six heroes who had repelled the invaders to the station. The seven heroes formed the Justice League. Claiming he wasn't a "people person", Batman did not officially join the League, though he did offer to be on call when the League needed his help.[20]

Long considered the brains of the League, Batman often found solutions that eluded the other members. He was quick to place himself in danger, despite the awe-inspiring powers of his teammates. During the Atlantis Usurpation, Batman put a stop to the melting of the Polar Ice Caps.[21] On another occasion, Batman single-handedly defeated five dangerous criminals before being taken prisoner by an Amazon trained criminal.[22]

During his time with the League, Batman showed his distrust of Superman. After Superman was brainwashed by Darkseid[23] and when Batman had to pull Superman back later when he attempted to end Darkseid's life,[24] Batman began carrying a piece of Kryptonite, which he acquired from Luthor.[25] However, Batman still held a deep respect for the Man of Steel, especially after he had seemingly died at the hands of Toyman. But, regardless of his respect, Batman remained stubborn in his disbelief in Superman's death, and refused to mourn for him for quite a while.[26]

During the Thanagarian Invasion of Earth, Batman was forced to reveal his identity to his teammates.[27] After successfully retaking the Watchtower from Thanagarian Forces, Batman piloted the Watchtower through the Earth's atmosphere in an attempt to plunge it into a Hyperspace Bypass, a city-wide machine that would generate a wormhole through the Earth. As Batman lost consciousness due to the heat surrounding him, Superman rescued him and as the Watchtower destroyed the Bypass.[28]

With the Watchtower's destruction and Hawkgirl's resignation from the League, Batman and the five other members reformed the Justice League with a new Watchtower and an expanded roster of heroes. Batman was instrumental in recruiting Green Arrow into the league, who along with other human league members, helped keep the league from becoming an autonomous Metahuman army.[29] He also succeeded in demonstrating to Amanda Waller that Cadmus was being used as a tool to further Lex Luthor's personal agenda to discredit and destroy the Justice League.[30]

Amanda Waller was so impressed with Batman that she created Project Batman Beyond to ensure that the world would always have a Batman.[31]

Late Adventures

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Batman's partnerships would end following Robin's kidnapping by the Joker and Harley Quinn. Tracking them to the abandoned Arkham Asylum, Joker revealed that he had brainwashed and genetically altered Tim to resemble the Joker's own son, and had learned Batman's secret identity. Vowing to break the Joker, the Dark Knight and the Clown Prince of Crime had their final fight. In the end, however, the Joker was killed by Tim, with a weapon intended for Batman. After Tim was mentally restored, Batman forbade him from ever being Robin again, and later ended his partnership with Batgirl.[32]

In his middle age, suffering from the effects of a hard life of crime fighting, Batman developed a powered suit that augmented his physical abilities and allowed him to continue the never-ending battle for a while longer.

At this time, his corporate rivalry with Derek Powers began, and Wayne Enterprises resisted a bid for corporate takeover.

Injuries suffered through the long decades of physical punishment and an ailing heart finally took their toll, and even the suit couldn't compensate any longer.

While attempting to rescue his old friend Veronica Vreeland's daughter Bunny Vreeland from kidnappers, Batman was forced to point a gun at a common thug to save Ms. Vreeland and his own life. After being forced to rely on the weapon of his parents' cowardly murderer, Batman was ashamed and vowed to never again wear the cowl.[33]

Passing the Mantle of the Bat

"Without Batman, crime has no punch line."
— The Joker[34]

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When Bruce Wayne hung up the mantle of the bat, Gotham City was without a Dark Knight for several years. Bruce became a recluse, shut off in Wayne Manor. During one of his yearly pilgrimages to the spot where his parents died, he met a dog who saves from from a Jokerz. He takes the dog into his home and names him Ace.[35] He withdrew from the day to day operations of Wayne Enterprises, a decision that left the company vulnerable to a takeover by Derek Powers and caused Wayne much regret.

Chance brought teen-aged Terry McGinnis to the gates of Wayne Manor, where he learned of Bruce's past secret life.Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag.

For years, Bruce coordinated with Terry, supplying advice and direction from the Batcave while McGinnis worked in the field. He also ran the labs and developed new gadgets for Terry to use in the new crusade against crime. During their adventures, he would help Terry defeat modern adversaries, and even some of Bruce's own villains, such as Mr. Freeze,[36] Ra's al Ghul,[37] and the Joker, reborn through a chip implanted in Tim Drake all those years ago.[32]

The elderly Bruce Wayne occasionally ventured into the field to support Terry. His sense of duty and self sacrifice ever present, he once donned a suit of Batman armor to rescue Terry from the villain Inque, despite Inque's metahuman power and the strain produced on Bruce's already damaged heart.[38]

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As Bruce Wayne continued to age, he suffered a kidney failure. When it was discovered that Terry was not just a suitable donor but a perfect one, their relationship reached its weakest point; Terry, like Dick Grayson before him, felt betrayed, manipulated, and outright used. He set off to uncover the truth from someone willing to reveal it.

Terry confronted Amanda Waller and learned the truth about his heritage. In her earlier years, Waller realized the world would always need a Batman. Taking fate into her own hands (unbeknownst to Bruce), she gathered a sample of Bruce Wayne's genetic material, after a battle that left Batman in need of medical attention. Using her Cadmus connections, Waller implanted this genetic material into a young Warren McGinnis, replacing his genetic material with Bruce's. Thus, Terry McGinnis was born, the son of Bruce Wayne, sharing half his genetic code.

Terry returned to Wayne manor with a new sense of purpose. Bruce wondered about the fate of Gotham, and Terry replied "I've got it covered. Always." Their relationship seemed repaired; Bruce had truly become the father Terry had lost long ago.[31]

Alternate timelines

The Savage Time

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Vandal Savage created an alternate timeline by interfering with the historical events of World War II. In this alternate timeline Bruce Wayne became Batman and the leader of the resistance movement against Vandal Savage's regime.

In this timeline, Bruce Wayne's parents were killed for speaking out against the regime. Bruce then dedicated himself to taking down Savage's brutal regime.

When the Justice League from our timeline appeared on Earth, Batman helped them escape from the authorities and learned of our timeline. Batman assisted the League in breaking into the facility where the time portal had appeared. Batman did not accompany the League into the past to thwart Savage. He preferred to stay behind and continue to run the resistance in case the League failed.[39]

The Once and Future Thing Part Two: Time, Warped

When Batman, Green Lantern and Wonder Woman followed Chronos into the future, They were immediately hijacked by a group of enhanced Jokerz. After being rescued by the future Justice League members, they met up with the elderly Bruce Wayne. Although Static reasoned that, whilst planning to take down Chronos, the fact that the elder Bruce existed meant that Batman would live through the event and that they would eventually succeed, Bruce pointed out he had no memory of ever traveling to the future and meeting his older self or of anything else that was happening that day.

He aided the League's members in locating Chronos. When Terry was killed by Dee Dee, Bruce was visibly saddened. These events were however erased, and never occured, except John Stewart and Batman retained memory of the experience.

Batman's Secret Identity

While Batman kept his identity a closely guarded secret, there were a number of individuals to whom he had either revealed his identity or had discovered it:


Powers & Abilities

Batman, though considered a "superhero", had no metahuman abilities. He was however, at the peak of human physical and mental conditioning, having extensively studied the sciences, technology, martial arts, detection, and many other disciplines under masters of their respective fields[47].

He was a master of stealth and infiltration (all the more remarkable given that he stands 6'3" and weighs 240 lbs), and often revealed himself to his enemies when they least suspected him to. This also allowed him to just disappear from allies in midsentence, a habit that frequently annoyed the likes of Commissioner Gordon ("I hate it when he does that.") and Harvey Bullock ("I wonder how the Commish puts up with that").[48]

Batman was capable of incredible feats of agility. During the Second Apokolipsian invasion, Darkseid commented with surprise that Batman had been the first one to dodge his Omega Beams.[49]

With his martial arts prowess, occasionally augmented by technology, Batman was usually more than a match for any foe he encountered, human or otherwise.

His mental powers were equally strong. He once manipulated the super-genius Ultra-Humanite into fighting with the nearly mindless Solomon Grundy.[50] On at least two occasions, he overcame the temptation to live in a fantasy world with his "ideal" life, in order to save the day.[51][5] On another, he overpowered the mind control of a telepath that simultaneously overpowered the minds of nearly the entire Justice League, despite previously not sleeping for three nights in a row.[52]

Perhaps Batman's greatest ability was his mind. He was one of the foremost detectives on Earth (Ra's al Ghul always addressed him as "Detective" and Andrea Beaumont stated he was the "World's Greatest Detective"), possessing one of the sharpest analytical minds [53] and skill in multiple fields of science, as well as speaking several foreign languages.[54][55] As a member of the Justice League, he contributed much of the technology that kept it going, including the Watchtower and Javelins. In addition to his fighting abilities, his contributions to the team as a scientist, a detective, and a strategist, have proved invaluable time and again.

Equipment

As the head of Wayne Enterprises, Bruce Wayne had access to cutting edge technology and Batman made good use of it in his field equipment.

Batsuit

See dedicated article: Batsuit

Utility Belt

Batman's Utility Belt had compartments to hold several items, the contents of which change according to his needs, and often include items such as flashlights, laser cutters, underwater rebreathers, binoculars, a fingerprinting kit, remote controls for his vehicles, and more.

Vehicles

Batman had used several vehicles in the course of his crimefighting career, including:

Background Information

Appearances

Batman is the only character to appear in every DCAU TV show at least once. He also was mentioned in and influenced the webtoon Gotham Girls. This is somewhat parallel to the Mainstream Comics Batman who according to Wizard Magazine is the only DC superhero to appear in every monthly title.

Trivia

The movie which Bruce and his parents were watching before the murders was The Mark of Zorro, which was an inspiration to both Bob Kane and Bill Finger to create the Batman persona.

Appearances and References

Batman: The Animated Series

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The New Batman Adventures

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Batman Beyond

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The Zeta Project

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Justice League

Justice League Unlimited

Footnotes

  1. In Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League, and Justice League Unlimited
  2. In Superman: The Animated Series, and Batman Beyond
  3. Batman: The Animated Series, "Nothing to Fear"
  4. 4.0 4.1 Idem, "Beware the Gray Ghost"
  5. 5.0 5.1 Justice League Unlimited, "For the Man Who Has Everything"
  6. Idem, "Kid Stuff"
  7. 7.0 7.1 Batman: The Animated Series, "Zatanna"
  8. 8.0 8.1 Idem, "Night of the Ninja"
  9. Justice League Unlimited, "This Little Piggy"
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
  11. 11.0 11.1 Batman: The Animated Series, "Robin's Reckoning"
  12. Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman
  13. 13.0 13.1 The New Batman Adventures, "Sins of the Father"
  14. 14.0 14.1 Idem, "Old Wounds"
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Superman: The Animated Series, "World's Finest"
  16. Static Shock, "The Big Leagues," "Hard as Nails," "A League of Their Own," "Future Shock"
  17. The New Batman Adventures, "The Demon Within"
  18. Justice League, "Secret Origins, Part I"
  19. Idem, "Secret Origins, Part II"
  20. Idem, "Secret Origins, Part III"
  21. Idem, "The Enemy Below, Part II"
  22. Idem, "Fury, Part I"
  23. Superman: The Animated Series, "Legacy"
  24. Justice League, "Twilight, Part II"
  25. Idem, "Tabula Rasa, Part II"
  26. Idem, "Hereafter"
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 27.3 27.4 27.5 Idem, "Starcrossed, Part II"
  28. Idem, "Starcrossed, Part III"
  29. Justice League Unlimited, "Initiation"
  30. Idem, "Panic in the Sky"
  31. 31.0 31.1 Idem, "Epilogue"
  32. 32.0 32.1 32.2 Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker
  33. 33.0 33.1 Batman Beyond, "Rebirth, Part I"
  34. Batman: The Animated Series, "The Man Who Killed Batman"
  35. Batman Beyond, "Ace in the Hole"
  36. Idem, "Meltdown"
  37. Idem, "Out of the Past"
  38. Batman Beyond, "Disappearing Inque"
  39. Justice League, "The Savage Time, Part I"
  40. Batman: The Animated Series, "Day of the Samurai"
  41. Batman Beyond, "Hidden Agenda," "Final Cut"
  42. Batman: The Animated Series, "Off Balance"
  43. Justice League Unlimited, "Ultimatum"
  44. Batman: The Animated Series, "The Strange Secret of Bruce Wayne"
  45. Batman Beyond, "Sneak Peek"
  46. Batman: The Animated Series, "The Demon's Quest"
  47. Batman: The Animated Series Official Website
  48. Idem, "A Bullet For Bullock"
  49. Justice League Unlimited, "Destroyer"
  50. Justice League, "Injustice For All, Part II"
  51. Batman: The Animated Series, "Perchance to Dream"
  52. Justice League, "Only a Dream, Part II"
  53. CartoonNetwork Official Website, Page 4 of 9, Characters: Batman
  54. Idem, "Secret Society, Part I"
  55. Idem, "Maid of Honor, Part I"


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