Flashpoint Vol 2 #1 (July, 2011)
Justice League Incarnate
Justice League Incarnate
Reading: Batman (Thomas Wayne)
In the Flashpoint Timeline, Thomas Wayne was the man who became Batman rather than his son Bruce Wayne. As opposed to his son, he used more barbarous methods to fight crime, even go ampere far as killing his enemies. Though initially confined to the universe, Thomas was brought to Earth Prime by the Reverse-Flash. Wanting his son to leave the character of Batman, Thomas set into motion plans to convince Bruce to give up the mantel and let him operate in Gotham City .
The Flashpoint reality is a world which was created when Barry Allen travelled rear in time to save his mother from being murdered by Professor Zoom. This caused a butterfly consequence that rewrote the integral history of Earth-Prime and the Multiverse. As a solution, Barry became trapped in this universe with his original memories but no memory of having caused the universe ‘s boot. Like his most of his counterparts, Thomas Wayne was a billionaire surgeon in Gotham City. Living in the ancestral Wayne Manor, he married to Martha Kane and had a son, Bruce. While travelling through an alley after attending a film in the Monarch Theatre, the class were ambushed at point by Joe Chill. As opposed to most versions, Bruce was killed by the mugger, shattering both parents ‘ sanity. After months of searching, Thomas located Chill and beat him to death whilst trying to inject him with a deadly drug. Upon returning, he learned that Martha had carved a Glasgow Smile into her face and begun calling herself the Joker. Soon afterwards, she murdered Alfred Pennyworth after he failed to find her pearls. With their marriage damaged beyond haunt, he had her committed to Arkham Asylum. Thomas became the timeline ‘s Batman, operating from the cave underneith Wayne Manor. He besides abandoned the house, letting it fall into severe disrepair. To cover suspicions, he invested in Gotham City ‘s casinos, becoming a major gambling mogul during the day. Thomas besides kept Joe Chill ‘s gunman in the Batcave ‘s trophy display, reminding him why he had initially begun his crusade. Thomas fought many criminals in Gotham ‘s underworld, many of which resulted in their deaths. One exception to this was Selina Kyle / Catwoman, who simply requested him to pull the gun trigger. Recognizing her forlornness and the similar age with his son, Thomas alternatively took her under his wing as his crime-fighting spouse. His relationship with Selina helped mend the psychological scar from Bruce ‘s end. however, this ended when Martha broke into the Manor and snapshot Selina, paralyzing her from the waist down. [ 1 ] Rather than let her retire, Thomas set her up as the information broker Oracle .
After Joker kidnapped the twin children of Harvey Dent, Thomas interrogated her associate yo-yo. When she refused to cooperate, he let her shed from the build up, though she was saved by Cyborg and the Justice League. Refusing to cooperate with them, Thomas returned to the Batcave, where he discovered Barry Allen. Attacking the man, Thomas stopped when Allen referred to him as “ Bruce ”, leading him to reveal his identity. Learning of Barry ‘s function as “ the Flash ” and Bruce ‘s destine to become Batman, Thomas agreed to help him restore the proper timeline and discover the perpetrator. Creating a device to recreate the accident that gave Allen his powers, Thomas helped him rally the Justice League to stop Wonder Woman and Aquaman ‘s war. During the investigation, Thomas located Martha at Wayne Manor, saving the Dent ‘s twins. During the fight, he informed her of a timeline where they died in Bruce ‘s place, asking her aid to ensure it happened. however, when he revealed that their son would become the timeline ‘s Batman, Martha refused and fled the scenery. Chasing her, Thomas watched as she fell into the caves, killing her. [ 2 ]
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Motivated to help Barry, Thomas took partially in the final conflict, helping fend off Aquaman and Wonder Woman ‘s forces. During the final stages, he stabbed Eobard Thawne through the chest of drawers to save Allen ‘s life. mortally wounded by the Enchantress, Thomas gave him a letter to give to Bruce when he restored the timeline. As he left, he thanked Barry for giving him hope and let him restore the timeline .
Breaking the Bat
Following the events of DC ‘s Doomsday Clock, the entirety of the Flashpoint population was erased from being. Thomas survived however as he was saved by the Reverse-Flash as a mean of revenge for Thomas having aided in stopping his plans. In this new global, Thomas hated the fact that his idolize son Bruce had grown up to become the Batman and wished to push Bruce out of the dangerous vigilante life style. Thomas hunted down Bruce and tried to convince him to give up his life of superintendent heroics and rather retire to marry Selina Kyle and settle down. When Bruce did n’t listen, Thomas held him at point to try and convince him to hang up the hood, only to be incapacitated by Catwoman from buttocks. Bruce and Selina had Thomas sent to Arkham Asylum where within he allied himself with the recently imprisoned Bane who wished to break Bruce ‘s mind and personal biography. Thomas ‘s argue here being that he wanted to emotionally torment Bruce into giving up his life of vigilantism. together they ruined Batman and Catwoman ‘s wedding causing her to leave him at the alter, about had Batman send Mr. freeze to the end penalty for a crime he did n’t commit, and made people think he was insane by having Bane convert the doctors of Arkham he was incapacitated while in reality he was racketeering the events. After kidnapping Damian Wayne, hiring the KGBeast to seemingly assassinate Dick Grayson, and having Bane murder Alfred Pennyworth, Thomas incapacitated Bruce with fear-toxin and kidnapped him. Thomas dug up the coffin of the Prime Universe ‘s Martha Wayne and took it along with a drug and kidnapped Bruce to the deserts of Ra ‘s alabama Ghul. Thomas wished to use the Lazarus Pit to resurrect Martha so that they could all be a happy family again. When Bruce figured out what Thomas was planning, he secretly removed Martha ‘s cadaver from the coffin and buried her in an unmarked grave in the desert before filling her coffin with her cadaver ‘s weight in rocks. When they last reached the Lazarus Pit, Bruce revealed this information and beat Thomas to a pulp before taking his supplies and leaving him there. bet on in Gotham, Bane had taken over the city and used the powers of the Psycho Pirate to replace the authorities with the super-criminals of Arkham and Blackgate. When Thomas returned to Gotham, he became its new Batman with Hugo Strange as its commissioner and Bane as its rule. Thomas still had Damian Wayne as a hostage and he operated out of Wayne Manor where he used Arnold Wesker as his butler due to Wesker being relatively immune to Psycho Pirate ‘s powers .
Background Information and Notes
Adam Kubert created the original design sketch for the Flashpoint batsuit. At some point it was decided to add hosterled pistols to the thighs, adding more of the red color .
In other Media
- Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox: Thomas appears in the adaptation of Flashpoint, maintaining the same role as the original comic with minor alterations.
- Batman: Arkham Knight: Thomas’ Batman costume is available as DLC for Arkham Knight.
- DCAU: While never appearing in DC Animated Universe, a figure known as “Thomas Wayne as Batman” was created for the Batman: The Adventures Continue figurine-line. In addition, the character will appear in the tie-in comic-line, set to feature within the DCAU.
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