DC Animated Universe
Lazarus Pit

A Lazarus Pit located in the Himalayas.

"For centuries, I've kept myself alive by immersing my body in Lazarus Pits. Their wondrous powers rejuvenated me. But each time, the effects were more and more short-lived."
Ra's al Ghul[1]

A Lazarus Pit was a mysterious fluid-filled pit found at various points on earth. Most notably used by Ra's al Ghul, the pits would regenerate and even revive the dying and kill the healthy, though with some side effects, most famously bouts of insanity, though other long-term effects include dependency.


The most notable user of the Lazarus Pits was Ra's al Ghul, who kept himself alive through their wondrous power and lived for over 600 years. Ra's had a plan for terrorism on a grand scale by causing Lazarus Pits to bubble up to the surface, killing the entire population of Earth (save for Ra's al Ghul, his underlings, and possibly the terminally ill), allowing him to remake the world into an environmental utopia (under his domination, of course).[2] Despite his prolonged exposure, the Pit's effects were more and more short-lived, until they could no longer sustain him to the point of dying.[1] In the future, the process of using the Lazarus Pits has become much safer and although the Pit's restorative powers made Bruce's body more youthful, he had only been given a smaller dosage than Ra's al Ghul was used to in order to ensure the new dosage was safe. Although pleased with the results, he commented his advanced age would have required many more dosages, and ultimately rejected this idea. Within a week, his body reverted to the appearance of his proper age.[3]

Sightings and references[]

Batman: The Animated Series

Superman: The Animated Series

Batman Beyond


  1. 1.0 1.1 Fogel, Rich (writer) & Riba, Dan (director) (September 18, 1999). "The Demon Reborn". Superman: The Animated Series. Season 4. Episode 1 (airdate). Episode 51 (production). Kids WB!.
  2. O'Neil, Dennis (writer) & Altieri, Kevin (director) (May 3, 1993). "The Demon's Quest, Part I". Batman: The Animated Series. Season 1. Episode 57 (airdate). Episode 60 (production). FOX Kids.
  3. Dini, Paul (writer) & Tucker, James (director) (October 21, 2000). "Out of the Past". Batman Beyond. Season 3. Episode 5 (airdate). Episode 44 (production). Kids WB!.