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Bruce Thomas Wayne [ 1 ]
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Vigilante, Former Businessman
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|Flashpoint Vol 2 #5
- His parents died when he was so young. Shot. Killed right in front of him. He was raised alone. A kid in a huge mansion. With his memories of his mother and father. He had love, and they took it from him. He should be a killer. He should want to tear the world apart for what it did. And yet he took that pain. That shock of death. And he turned it into hope.
- — Superman src
Batman is the superhero defender of Gotham City, a anguished, brooding vigilante dressed as a bat who fights against evil and strikes fear into the hearts of criminals everywhere. In his populace identity he is Bruce Wayne, billionaire industrialist and ill-famed playboy. Although he has no superhuman abilities, he is one of the world ‘s smartest men and greatest fighters. His physical art, technical inventiveness, and tactical think make him an incredibly dangerous opponent. He is besides a establish extremity of the Justice League.
early on biography
Main article: Batman Origins
Bruce Wayne was born to wealthy doctor Dr. Thomas Wayne and his wife Martha, who were themselves members of the prestigious Wayne and Kane families of Gotham City, respectively. When he was three, Bruce ‘s beget Martha was expecting a second child to be named Thomas Wayne, Jr. however, because of her captive to find a educate for the underprivileged in Gotham, she was targeted by the manipulative Court of Owls, who arranged for her to have a car accident. She and Bruce survived, but the accident forced Martha into premature department of labor, and the child was lost. [ 2 ] While on vacation to forget about these events, the Wayne Family butler, Jarvis Pennyworth was killed by one of the Court of Owls ‘ Talons. A letter he ‘d written to his son Alfred, warning him away from the besiege Wayne family, was never delivered. As such, Alfred – who had been an actor at the Globe Theatre at the clock time [ 3 ] and a military medical officer before that, traveled to Gotham City to take up his father ‘s stead, serving the Waynes as butler. [ 4 ] As he grew older, his syndicate ‘s repute made Bruce restless, and he began sneaking out of school to visit Gotham City, where he would n’t be so easily recognized. [ 5 ] On one such out, when he was ten-spot years old, he was picked up by Officer Jim Gordon and his spouse on their patrol. En road back to the station, Bruce witnessed Jim accepting a impinge coat as a bribe from a tailor — though neither realized it was a bribe at the time — but Bruce would remember it as an indicator of Jim ‘s character. After his parents picked Bruce up at the police station, the Waynes went to see The Mark of Zorro at the Monarch Theater. When the Waynes were walking home after the movie, a mugger named Joe Chill attempted to rob them at point, and panicked, shooting both Thomas and Martha dead. [ 6 ]
Following his parents ‘ deaths, Bruce attempted to commit suicide with a razor blade. however, fair before he went through with it, he realized that this was n’t what his parents would want, and it was at that here and now Bruce vowed to spend the respite of his life sentence warring on crime. [ 7 ] Bruce became obsessed with the search for mean in the loss of his parents. He thought possibly the fabulous Court of Owls was responsible, but he never found anything to prove it. [ 8 ] curtly after their deaths, Bruce became obsessed with using dally guns and killing the man who murdered his parents. Because of this, Alfred sent Bruce to an Arkham boys ‘ rehabilitation family upstate where he first gear met Harvey Dent. The boy became estimable friends but would n’t realize their identities until years later. [ 9 ] In his youth, Bruce attended Gotham Academy. It was there that he dated Julie Madison, but his psychological issues with his parents ‘ deaths ultimately led to the end of their relationship. One day, he was asked by a professor to answer a problem involving a projectile being fired at a prey. This triggered Bruce to answer the question by burning the answer on the professor ‘s front yard. [ 10 ] Bruce was late expelled from Gotham Academy and began attending Roxbury Fielding Academy. [ 11 ] Troubled by grief, Bruce found that he could n’t function the way he was, so he hired a homeless man to pretend to be Alfred to approve of the paperwork so that Bruce could erase his memory with electroconvulsive therapy therapy, but chose not to go through with it, and to use his pain as a incentive. [ 12 ] At the age of 18, he used his kinship with Erin McKillen [ 13 ] – a daughter of the Irish gang, and with whom he attended Roxbury Academy [ 14 ] – to locate Joe Chill, and learned that he had just needed the money, and there was no abstruse intend to his parents ‘ deaths. [ 15 ] During his final year as a student, Bruce participated in at least one belowground fight and dated a young womanhood named Dana, who talked him out of becoming a patrol officer, noting how ill-sorted to the job he would be, and encouraged him to think on a larger scale. [ 16 ] He was besides psychoanalyzed by Doctor Hugo Strange, who he exposed as a imposter .
Travels and train
Fueled by the loss of his parents, Bruce began a global sojourn. He began in Paris, briefly training with the world ‘s best fencer ; he would best said swordsperson after two weeks of train. sometime belated, Bruce encountered the Grey Shadow, a french cat burglar of eminent fame. Though he initially intended to turn the Shadow in, after some conversation and consideration ( and no humble total of teasing ), he became her protege. In the action of his train, the copulate would rob the CEO of Sunrise Oil, Hubert Glonet, unaware that Hubert was the ill-famed series cause of death known to the french populace as ‘The Foundling ‘. Bruce developed feelings for the Shadow, culminating in a kiss ; however, the Shadow, who shared his attraction, rejected him as excessively young. Moments by and by, the pair would be interrupted by ill-famed manhunter Henri Ducard, who was hired by Alfred Pennyworth to track Bruce down. [ 17 ] The three worked together to take down the Foundling. They were successful, but the confrontation resulted in Henri becoming hospitalized. For his own good, the Shadow fired Bruce, though they parted amicably ; Bruce then approached Henri, seeking to learn the art of manhunting from the fecund manhunter ; he accepted, and Bruce became his adjunct. [ 18 ] Bruce besides became close training partners with Ducard ‘s son, Morgan. however, when Bruce discovered that Henri often killed his targets, he left. This caused Henri to send Morgan after him, but Bruce managed to defeat him, throwing him into Henri ‘s office. [ 19 ] [ 20 ] One of his earliest stop was in Tibet, where he trained in martial arts and sword fighting under Shaolin monks. [ 21 ] Bruce studied under Giovanni Zatara in Las Vegas, struggling to master the basic precepts of stagecoach magic trick. During this period, he became very close with Giovanni ‘s daughter, Zatanna, with the pair striking up an attraction. Hoping to impress Bruce, Zatanna introduced Bruce to real, arcane charming. however, Zatara disagreed with this choice, and erased the memory of this discovery from Bruce ‘s beware. [ 22 ] After two months of searching, Bruce arrived at the Dojang of Master Kirigi on Paektu Mountain in North Korea. He was mutely denied entrance by a lookout, who shoved him to the grind ; over the next few nights, this summons repeated violently until last he was allowed entry. While training under Kirigi he became acquainted with another acolyte of Kirigi ‘s, one who identified himself as Anton. They bonded over their share desire to fight criminals, despite their differ motivations. ‘Anton ‘ and Bruce, going by ‘Jack ‘, spent about a year atop Paektu batch train under Kirigi. [ 23 ] curtly after the arrival of a raw crop of a aggressive, combatant students sent by a ‘benefactor ‘ of Kirigi ‘s, Bruce left, leaving his coach under Kirigi technically incomplete as a result of his refusal to learn the deadly ‘Vibrating Palm ‘ proficiency. On his way down the mountain, Bruce was attacked by these newly students, assassins-in-training. alone, he fought valiantly, but was on the scepter of being overwhelmed until ‘Anton ‘ arrived, and together, they fought off the attackers and resolved to train together moving fore. [ 24 ] At the senesce of 19, he learned how to slipstream cars in life-and-death situations from brazilian criminal, Don Miguel. [ 25 ] soon subsequently, Bruce and Anton were apprehended in Moscow after staking out an FSB agency trying to locate Avery Oblonsky, an ex-KGB freelance private detective and held in prison for fourteen days. During their escape from captivity, it was revealed that the warden who had been keeping them captive was, in fact, a cloaked Oblonsky, who agreed to train the pair in the art of disguise and manipulation. In the process, Wayne ‘s true identity was revealed to a surprised Anton. [ 26 ] After training with Oblonsky, Bruce and ‘Anton ‘ travelled to the wilds of northern British Columbia, hunting down the world ‘s greatest marksman, Luka Jungo, besides known as “ The swiss Mark ”. The match trained under Luka for several months. In the process, Luka made the pair that they would swear to never use firearms against other people. Luka, unsettled by Anton ‘s behavior, confronted him, proclaiming him a killer. The confrontation resulted in Luka ‘s death at Anton ‘s hands, and the pair became very aware of the gulf between their motivations, coming to blows. Despite having a gunman to Bruce ‘s head, Anton could not bring himself to shoot Bruce, and parted ways. [ 27 ] He was besides trained in stealth by an nameless master in the Hida Mountains, in Japan. [ 28 ] At age 21, Bruce studied the ins and outs of technical gadgetry under the steering of the brilliant inventor, Sergei Alexandrov. [ 29 ] At age 24, Bruce was training in Norway, and after 28 hours of fighting a new opposition each hour, Bruce ‘s determination struck fear into all the Queen ‘s men. [ 30 ] Bruce spent meter with a mobile people in the nigerian abandon enduring grueling education. It was during this time that Alfred attempted to contact him, but when Bruce received the phone call, he could n’t bring himself to answer. [ 31 ] sometime during his meter overseas, Bruce besides trained with Chu Chin Li and Tsunetomo, two martial arts masters in the Far East and was besides arrested for illegal base jump at Meru Peak. [ 5 ] He was besides, at some indicate, trained by expert packer ( and erstwhile JSA member ) Ted Grant. [ 32 ] Throughout Bruce ‘s train, he constantly crossed paths Minhkhoa Khan, who was learning skills to become a vigilante excessively. Bruce and the man who would become Ghost-Maker became rivals, having fought on a few occasions due to their differ opinions on killing criminals. [ 32 ] Towards the end of his travels, Bruce returned to study under Zatara once more. Over the course of his renewed studies, Bruce and Zatanna encountered a monster known as Shantoz, a being that would escape hell every twenty years to feast on the soul of those with break hearts. This time, when the secret of actual magic was revealed to Bruce, he was allowed to remember, and together the pair was finally able to defeat the monster by using Bruce ‘s injury as bait. Despite the temptation, Bruce decided against learning true charming, unwilling to pay the price it would exact on his soul. [ 33 ] Bruce travelled to the Himalayas to train with Shihan Matsuda, who taught him to fight with the katana. He soon struck up a romanticism with the sword-sharpener ‘s daughter, Mio. Matsuda warned him against creating personal ties with others, and to embrace his colored english. Matsuda ‘s wife, though encouraged it, and because of Bruce ‘s feelings for her, he unwittingly let an assassin into the Matsuda family. In the be course of events, Bruce discovered that Mio had been hired by Matsuda ‘s wife to seduce him and then kill Matsuda. Both women and Matsuda himself were badly injured, but before he died, Matsuda warned him that death is what would come of fostering close personal relationships. Taking this example to heart, and after seven long years of absence, Bruce ultimately returned to Gotham [ 34 ] at the historic period of 25. [ 35 ] To formally end his aim, Bruce climbed to the top of Wayne Tower and did a base-jump off the top, resulting in a concussion, road rash, & a dislocate shoulder and elbow. [ 36 ]
With entirely his deputation in mind and no concern for his bequest as a Wayne, Bruce moved himself out of Wayne Manor and into a brownstone on Park Row from which he based his early attempts to infiltrate the Red Hood Gang after entirely six weeks binding. [ 37 ] Despite trying to remain off the grid, Bruce ‘s uncle Philip Kane had kept tabs on him and had besides gained control of Wayne Enterprises in Bruce ‘s absence, hiring strategist Edward Nygma, who advised him to have Bruce killed if he would n’t play ball. [ 5 ] Philip outed Bruce ‘s tax return to the media. When Bruce refused to return to the company while his uncle was selling weapons, Nygma advised Philip to have Bruce killed, and the Red Hood Gang soon attempted fair that by blowing up Bruce ‘s brownstone with him inside. [ 29 ] Injured, Bruce crawled back to Wayne Manor, where Alfred reaffirmed his support for him and bandaged his wounds. [ 30 ] In the original New 52 continuity, Bruce decided to take on the appearance of a bat following this attack; however, following subsequent continuity changes, this was adjusted to align with previous continuities. [ 38 ] During an early out, while disguised as a veteran, Bruce encountered Selina Kyle on the streets of Gotham ; at the time, she was operating as a prostitute. They came to blows, and Selina would by and by remember this as their first gear meet, though Bruce would disagree for semantic reasons. [ 39 ] During this excursion, Bruce would be grievously injured, and was nursed second to health by Alfred however again. Afterwards, he would decide to take on the guise of a cricket bat, presenting the concept to Alfred the take after dawn. Alfred rejected it at inaugural, but Bruce was haunting. Over the following few days, they assembled the lawsuit, and on the follow Saturday, Bruce made his beginning patrol as the Batman, attracting the attention of journalists, who chronicled what they knew of the cryptic vigilante in a front-page article in the Arkham Post the day after. [ 40 ] soon subsequently, industrial baron David Lambert was murdered, and Bruce would investigate ; this would become his first real probe as Batman- an venture he would late recall as the Case of the Chemical Syndicate. [ 41 ]
Using the fact that his return was outed publicly to his advantage, Bruce called a wardrobe conference outside the ACE Chemical establish to expose the Red Hood Gang ‘s plans to the media. The gang attempted to disrupt it, and inside the plant, Bruce used a amnesia to debut the Batsuit. Through blackmail, Philip was recruited into the Red Hood Gang, and when he failed to kill the Batman, he was shot dead. In fighting with Red Hood One, Batman knocked the serviceman into a tub of chemicals, and he was thought dead .
The Zero year
late, Nygma returned to detonate an EMP blast that left the stallion city in the night. [ 35 ] Commissioner Loeb declared the Batman a vigilante criminal as Bruce began investigating a series of murders committed by a disgruntled Waynetech employee, while building a jammer to prevent another EMP attack when world power was restored. [ 42 ] The ex-employee, Dr. Karl Helfern was challenging enough that Batman allied himself begrudgingly with Jim Gordon, and together they learned that Helfern was the Riddler ‘s instrument. [ 43 ] Their design to defeat both men failed, and the jammer was destroyed such that when the ability was restored, the Riddler steal arrant manipulate of the might grid, shutting it down and flooding the city. [ 44 ] In the be months, the city fell into ruin, with the Riddler nightly challenging the citizens to best him with a riddle in order to earn back refinement. [ 45 ] Allying with Jim Gordon and Lucius Fox, Batman planned to locate the Riddler by piggybacking his signal during the challenge. [ 10 ] The plan failed, but Batman managed to find the Riddler in the home they ‘d first met, and best him in a battle of wits, both restoring office and saving the city from an inevitable air-strike. Afterwards, Bruce and Lucius began rebuilding Wayne Enterprises. [ 46 ] In the original New 52 continuity, Jim Gordon was then immediately advanced to the role of commissioner; however, following subsequent continuity changes, Jim Gordon remains Captain as late as the Joker’s debut. [ 47 ] While the city was recovering from the Riddler ‘s attack, Batman encountered the first Mister Bloom, Daryl Gutierrez. Sometime later, Bruce began targetting the Falcone Crime Family .
At some subsequently point, Batman came into conflict with Cormac Dodge, who became the supervillain known as the Escape Artist. Cormac, a master engineer, was able to hack into the early Batcave ‘s systems and learn a capital conduct about Bruce ‘s investigations. Using this data, Cormac put Batman into increasingly devilish manufactured scenarios. Cormac recruited the young, homeless Anita Jean as his prodigy but refused to let her have friends or pets. Seeing her aloneness, Batman made her an offer, and she became an insider in Cormac ‘s operation. finally, Anita and Batman cornered Cormac atop the Gotham Incinerator Plant. Cormac threatened to reveal Bruce ‘s identity to the earth if he was arrested, claiming that Bruce and Anita would lose everything if he went toss off. Panicking, Anita blast Cormac. Bruce intensely reprimanded her, not realizing her fragile country, and Anita subsequently appeared to commit suicide, though Bruce would learn years late that she surivived. [ 48 ] While investigating the appearance of Parademons, Batman encountered Green Lantern for the first fourth dimension, and the two teamed up. Believing them to be aliens, the pair sought Superman for answers, [ 49 ] and he attacked them, thinking they were a terror, prompting Lantern to call on The Flash for assistant until Superman was convinced of their effective intentions. [ 50 ] Joined by Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Cyborg in fighting off the Parademons approach, the team soon learned that Darkseid of Apokolips was behind the invasion. [ 51 ] It was Batman who convinced the heroes to work in concert as a team, and then secretly traveled to Apokolips in research of a kidnap Superman, whom he then rescued from Darkseid ‘s torturers. Upon their hark back to Earth, they forced Darkseid back to his homeworld, and received praise and recognition. Batman insisted that they remain a team in holy order to maintain public approval. [ 52 ]
class Two and the War of Jokes and Riddles
not retentive after the Zero Year, Batman had his first confrontation with the resurface Red Hood One, now going by the name “ the Joker “. The clown had attempted to poison the Gotham Reservoir, lone to be stopped by the Bat, [ 53 ]. Having created a archetypal interpretation of it during the Zero Year, Jim Gordon took the risk of placing a Bat-Signal on the roof of the GCPD precinct. [ 37 ] Batman for a while worked closely with Jim Gordon and Harvey Dent in a war on organized crime until Dent was scarred with acid by the condemnable Erin McKillen. [ 54 ] approximately a year after his initial kill, the Riddler broke out of prison and spurred a war between himself and the Joker, who had lost the ability to laugh, in what would be called “ the War of Jokes and Riddles ”. With each side recruiting all the villains they could to fight for them, the city was turned into a war zone for weeks, forcing Batman to choose a side to work with in order for the casualties to stop. Batman begrudgingly chose the Riddler and meticulously took out all of Joker ‘s forces until only the clown was left. When Batman predictably betrayed the Riddler, Nygma surrendered and revealed that he orchestrated the entire war in an attempt to solve the riddle of how to make the Joker joke again. angry that Riddler caused the deaths of so many innocent people for something so trivial, Batman lost restraint and attempted to stab Nygma in the face with a kitchen knife, only to be stopped by the Joker himself – this event becoming one of Batman ‘s greatest failures. [ 55 ]
The First Robin
Around this clock time, Bruce took in young circus acrobat Dick Grayson after his parents were murdered by the gangster Tony Zucco. Without knowing Bruce ‘s secret, Dick would sneak out of Wayne Manor at nox, hunting Zucco, and the Batman would be there to protect him every time. finally, when Bruce was ready, he last revealed his identity to his ward, but, at that point, Dick had figured it out for himself. With the coarse goal of justice, the pair began fighting crime as Batman and Robin. [ 56 ] soon after Robin ‘s debut, they caught Catwoman as she attempted a armed robbery aboard a boat in Gotham ‘s harbor, disguised as an previous womanhood. Bruce considered this to be their first base true meet, despite their former encounters, because this was the first time they ‘d met as their amply realized selves. [ 57 ] At this point, the Scarecrow became an active condemnable and gassed the Dynamic Duo with his concern toxin for the first time. In one particular deputation, Batman and Robin tracked Scarecrow ‘s external operations by following him to Prague. Batman realized that the Scarecrow was dealing with a child seller named Mother, who planned to use his experimental “ injury toxin ” to create more traumatize children to abduct. Bruce kept this information secret from Dick, convincing him the deputation was entirely to capture Scarecrow. Bruce contacted Mother, pretending to be interested in purchasing a substitution Robin, but the ruse was unsuccessful. Mother escaped and remained dormant for years. [ 58 ] early in Dick ‘s career as Robin, before Bruce fully trusted Superman, the trio teamed up to take down the Penguin, who had recruited the extra-dimensional Thunderers of Qward to act as heavies on the advice of Lex Luthor. [ 59 ] At some point, Bruce came into conflict with Ra ‘s Al Ghul. He fell in love with his daughter Talia, [ 60 ] and unwittingly fathered a son with her. A group including Carter Hall erased Bruce ‘s memories of a critical event ; this would remain unknown to him for many years. [ 61 ]
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While trailing a low-level costumed criminal to Singapore, Bruce and Dick encountered Bruce ‘s former rival, the Ghostmaker. Per their previous agreement, Batman and Robin reluctantly left Singapore, knowing that Ghostmaker would capture the criminal and see to it that he was extradited back to Gotham. Batman once took Dick on a mission with the Justice League so that the male child could understand his deserving as depart of a superhero team. even though Robin was outclassed for most of the mission, Batman assured the male child that, in the future, he would n’t barely be a member of the League – he was bound to be its leader. [ 62 ]
sometime late, Barbara Gordon had caught Batman ‘s attention and was recruited into his crusade as Batgirl. At some point, the pair would face off against Catman atop the El Payaso Candy Company build. [ 63 ]
The Devil Nezha
A little nudge
Bruce, convinced that Dick was wasting his potential by remaining a buddy to Batman, decided that Dick needed a tug out of the nest. To that end, leading up to and on the day of Dick ‘s eighteenth birthday, Bruce began implimenting increasingly nonindulgent and draconian rules, criticizing Dick more often, and by and large attempting to push him away indeed that he might find himself as an autonomous person. As a result, Dick Grayson quit his character as Robin and became Nightwing. sometime after that, Batman caught orphan Jason Todd trying to steal prescription drug drugs from Dr. Leslie Thompkins. Believing that Todd had the potential to turn over a raw flick, Wayne offered him the vacant stead of Robin and, when he accepted, trained him for months. however, soon after Jason had become active as a vigilante, he was lured into chasing a charwoman he believed to be his mother to the middle east – a frame-up by the Joker – and killed before Batman could save him. [ 64 ] After the death of Jason Todd, Batman became increasingly fierce and heedless, which worried a boy named Tim Drake. Tim, who had deduced Dick Grayson ‘s identity as Nightwing, tried to convince Dick to return as Robin once again in club to rein in Batman ‘s fury. When Dick refused, Tim put on a Robin costume to aid Batman and Nightwing in a crusade against Two-Face. Tim was of full of life aid in that battle, and Batman agreed to train Tim as the third base Robin. [ 65 ] Tim would former leave his identity as Robin to become Red Robin and lead the Teen Titans. [ 66 ] In an feat to take command of Gotham City, Bane ran Batman ragged, and then broke his binding. [ 67 ] Sometime by and by, Ra ‘s aluminum Ghul attempted to eradicate the population of Gotham City using the Ebola Gulf-A Virus, and was thwarted by the Batman. [ 68 ]
Black Adam and Khandaq
Black Adam formed a group of heroes including Atom Smasher who entered Khandaq and deposed dictator Asim Muhunnad, despite the efforts of the Justice Society. His newly reclaimed kingdom was not wholly volition to submit to his rule ; the northerly tribe built a underground, targeting a fresh desalination plant in the Ahk-Ton Desert. He sent Atom Smasher to put down this rebellion with a show of wedge, but instructed him not to harm the rebels. by and by that day, he was confronted by Batman, who had infiltrated his palace with the purpose to depose him. Out of respect, Adam returned to his human human body, wanting to fight Batman on equal flat coat. Batman underestimated Adam, who fought him to a stand using martial arts techniques alone one with an inordinately long animation could master. Forcing a pause, Adam offered to grant Batman a part of his ability, so that he could watch over Gotham for centuries, like Adam would with Khandaq. Batman refused, and soon they were interrupted by the attack rebels. ferocious at Batman for distracting him, he renewed his attack, only to realize that he needed Batman ‘s help. While Batman helped the palace staff and the injured within get to safety, Adam engaged the rebels with extreme point prejudice. [ 61 ]
Batman and Son
Bruce ‘s longtime concubine, Talia Al Ghul returned to Gotham and introduced the Dark Knight to his son, Damian, whom she had grown in a lab and trained to lead the League of Asssassins from birth. She intended for Bruce to train their son in the ways she could not, and in the hope of curbing his homicidal tendencies, he took on the boy as Robin to keep a close eye on him. [ 69 ] not long after taking on Damian, though, Bruce was apparently killed by Darkseid, [ 70 ] having in fact been sent back in prison term. While Nightwing finally took on the role of Batman in his stead, training Damian as Robin, [ 71 ] Bruce fought his way forward through time. [ 72 ] and upon his return key, announced that he had been privately funding the Batman, and declared the universe of Batman Incorporated .
While Bruce Wayne revealed plans to revolutionize the city of Gotham, the GCPD uncovered a body with ties to the legend of the Court of Owls and a warn of an try against Bruce ‘s animation. [ 73 ] Batman believed the Court of Owls were just a legend, but after taking a meet with an concern commercial enterprise partner in Lincoln March, Bruce was closely killed by an assassin dressed like an owl in Wayne Tower. [ 74 ] While investigating the assassination attempt, Batman became trapped in an metro inner ear where the very much actual Court of Owls held him for eight days and attempted to drive him harebrained. Despite this, he managed to break his way into an underground share of the Gotham River [ 75 ] and was found and revived from cardiac collar by Harper Row. [ 76 ]
Urged on by Batman ‘s interference, the Court of Owls elected to resurrect all of their undead Talons from over a century of assassinations, in order to kill off several outstanding Gothamites and regain wax control of Gotham City. [ 76 ] A pour of assassins attacked Bruce Wayne at his home, but he was able to fend them off using an emergency robot-suit in the Batcave. [ 77 ] After tracking the Court of Owls back to their hideout, Batman found all its members dead – poisoned by their food. Following clues to the ruins of a mental hospital, Batman learned that Lincoln March, his former business partner, was behind the treachery within the Court. March believed himself to be Bruce ‘s Wayne ‘s younger brother, Thomas Wayne, Jr., [ 2 ] and that, when he was a male child, he had been taken in by the Court and raised to believe Martha Wayne was his mother. March grew to resent Bruce and took the role of King of the Owls to win control of the city for himself and to kill Bruce. In their run into, Lincoln March escaped, leading Bruce to assume the Court of Owls would one sidereal day return. [ 4 ] At that same time, a homicidal vigilante called NoBody began attempting to win Bruce ‘s son ‘s loyalty away from him, encouraging him to break with Batman ‘s no-kill policy. He soon realized that this man was Morgan Ducard, with whom he had trained in man-hunting some years ago. [ 78 ] When Damian declined to join him, cipher turned on him, and Batman was forced to save him. In the result battle, it was Damian who made the final shove off and killed cipher, [ 79 ] causing his don to worry if he ‘d ever be able to train him not to perpetuate the motorbike of violence. [ 80 ]
Having waited for closely a year in concealment, the Joker reappeared at the GCPD Headquarters and killed several officers to signal his tax return to Batman, and to retrieve his face from the attest footlocker, which he had cut off and left behind before his fade. [ 81 ] The Joker then threatened to recreate one of his first recorded murders with Gotham ‘s Mayor, but he killed all of the guards outside the Mayor ‘s position alternatively, leaving disturbing frowns rather of the trademark Joker smiles on their faces. Seeing a model in Joker ‘s twist recreations of by crimes, Batman went to the A.C.E. Chemical build up, where a distraction provided by a reluctant Harley Quinn allowed the Joker to go to Wayne Manor and assail Alfred. [ 82 ]
once loose, Batman returned to the Manor to find a cassette tape revealing that Alfred had been kidnapped and tortured. Confiding in Nightwing, Batman asked him to keep Alfred ‘s kidnapping a privy, insisting that the Joker had not however deduced his identity. Meeting next at the Gotham Reservoir, the Joker claimed that he did know everyone’s identities and promised to kill each of the allies who had made Batman unaccented within 72 hours. [ 53 ] Bruce ‘s allies compelled him to admit that after his second run into with the Joker, he had found one of the Joker ‘s cards in the Batcave but had never believed that his identity was compromised. Insisting that his allies remain safe in the cave, Batman followed a leash to Arkham Asylum, where he learned that the Joker had taken over without being noticed. [ 83 ] There, Batman discovered that the Joker has renovated and rearranged the build into a kind of palace, of which Batman was King, and he was Jester. The merely way to find out what happened to his kidnap allies, whom the Joker had captured in the interim, was to go along with the skit the lunatic put in concert and electrocute himself in his hot-wire “ toilet ”. [ 84 ] Batman woke at a dinner postpone in the Batcave surrounded by his allies, all with bandaged faces. Removing the lids from the dinner platters in front of them, the Joker revealed each of their faces. After discovering that the bandages and severed faces were a fake-out, Batman chased down the Joker, who chose to fall into a chasm rather than allow Batman to reveal either of their identities and spoil his fantasy. Despite everyone being alive and well, Bruce ‘s imperativeness on keeping secrets the Joker ‘s taunts drove a bomber between he and his family. [ 85 ]
Armed with the League of Assassins ‘ power, Leviathan began taking over the city of Gotham, and in an attempt to gain more information, Batman took on the identity of Matches Malone to infiltrate the crime band. He was, however, betrayed to Leviathan and sentenced to death, requiring Damian – who had been grounded in the Batcave, to defy his father ‘s wishes to save him. [ 86 ] Batman was captured even again by Man-Bat Commandos and put in a death ambush by Talia, who had taken over Wayne Tower in the interim. Against Batman ‘s wishes, Alfred allowed Damian to leave the Batcave, once again, and help his father. [ 87 ] While Batman escaped his end trap, Damian faced the nefarious Leviathan agent the Heretic alone. Though he fight well, Damian was no match for it and he was skewered on the Heretic ‘s blade, perishing. [ 88 ] Thwarted in avenging his son, Bruce was thrown from the Tower, and later held a little, individual funeral for Damian, tied as his city was overrun by Leviathan and the Mayor declared him a menace, forcing Wayne Enterprises to cut fund to Batman Incorporated. [ 89 ] Borrowing the become of Sorrows to face Talia and the Heretic, Batman transformed himself into a bat-creature [ 90 ] After Batman pummeled the Heretic and discovered with disgust that he was a clone of Damian, the Heretic escaped Batman alone to be executed by Talia for failing to follow her orders. [ 91 ] Batman and Talia came to a concluding confrontation in the Batcave, with the charwoman forcing him to choose between taking her life or giving his life sentence along with his city – with the flim-flam being that she had already poisoned him. In a bid for Batman ‘s life, Wingman offered the Oroboro device Talia sought, as a distraction, as the headmistress of Spyral blastoff her in the read/write head, freeing the city of Leviathan ‘s appreciation. In the consequence, Bruce Wayne was arrested, but charges were dropped. Upon his return to the manor, he and Alfred discovered that the corpses of both Damian and Talia had been dug up and stolen by Ra ‘s aluminum Ghul. [ 92 ]
Damian ‘s end left Bruce an emotional shipwreck, [ 93 ] compounded by the fact that his romantic matter to, Natalya Trusevich had been murdered by the Mad Hatter when he allowed her to get close to him. [ 94 ] He began going through the five stages of grief, beginning with defense. Bruce began alienating his family but, after spend time with each of them however, Bruce began to accept that he had lost a son, and that he was not completely responsible, which allowed him to see that Alfred, besides, had blamed himself and been going through pain. [ 95 ] While attempting to recover from his grief, Batman was faced with the threat of The Wrath – a cop-killing arms trader who had a vendetta against the GCPD, but soon defeated him. [ 96 ]
In the hopes of ridding the earth of malefic, Pandora tried to have members of the Justice League open Pandora ‘s Box for her, believing that their virtue would prevent the calamity that occurred when she opened it. [ 97 ] Unbeknownst to her, a clandestine organization was using her as a pawn in a ploy to have the three Justice Leagues come into conflict. The leagues split up in regulate to discover their own solutions to the puzzle of Pandora ‘s Box. [ 98 ] Batman headed the team who believed that there was a scientific explanation for the box and its apparent feign on Superman. [ 99 ] Upon their eventual convergence upon the box, the Leagues discovered that it was a doorway to another world, from which the Crime Syndicate emerged, and imprisoned the majority of the Justice Leagues within the Firestorm Matrix. [ 100 ]
lone Batman and Catwoman evaded the Syndicate ‘s imprisonment and, after bringing a critically hurt Cyborg to S.T.A.R. Labs for compensate, learned that Nightwing ‘s secret identity had been revealed by the Syndicate. in concert, Batman and Catwoman decided to seek him out and rescue him from imprisonment. [ 101 ] While searching for more resources in a Wayne Enterprises storage facility, Bruce and Selina encountered Lex Luthor and his followers, who were besides prepared to combat the Syndicate. Their confusion at Batman ‘s survival was smothered by the arrival of Power Ring. Hoping to counter him, Batman donned a Sinestro Corps Ring, only to have it removed and destroyed. [ 102 ] Fortunately, Sinestro, himself was drawn by the surround ‘s department of energy, and killed Power Ring, suggesting that Batman join the Sinestro Corps, if ever he had the opportunity to wear a yellow ring again. [ 103 ] After being forced to follow Lex Luthor ‘s tip, begrudgingly, the pair discovered Nightwing trapped within an Apokoliptian device called the Murder Machine, deep within the ruins of the Justice League Satellite. Dick warned, though, that the device he was strapped to was synced with his kernel rate, such that they would either blow up with the device, or they would have to kill him. Despite Dick ‘s beg, Bruce refused to leave him. More decisively, Lex chose to suffocate Dick until his heart stopped, buying them the time to get him out of the machine and then resuscitate him. [ 104 ] He had, in fact, given Dick a pill that would stop his heart temporarily, requiring a scene of epinephrine before brain death. once Dick was revived, he, Batman, and Catwoman escaped to seek out the remainder of the Justice League. With a design to use Wonder Woman ‘s Lasso of Truth to pull the League out of the Firestorm Matrix and Steve Trevor out of action though, martian Manhunter appointed Batman to be the one to wield the Lasso, because of his connection to Wonder Woman. Using it, he saved the captive heroes while Lex and his allies defeated the Crime Syndicate. Afterwards, despite his meanness with Catwoman, Batman insisted that they could not start a romance together and returned family with Dick. Having been presumed dead, Batman offered him an opportunity to take advantage of his compromised identity by joining Spyral. In the interim, Gotham had become a war zone between the inmates of Arkham Asylum and the inmates of Blackgate Penitentiary the latter of whom were led by Bane. [ 105 ] As victor, Bane claimed the mantle of the Bat for himself, requiring Batman to wrest it back from him. When Bane was safely imprisoned in Arkham, Bruce Wayne promised funds to improve the refuge ‘s security and to the city ‘s restoration. [ 106 ]
soon after taking control of the city again, Batman experienced a blast from the past when Erin McKillen returned to Gotham to meet with the other crime families to take back the city from the “ addict ”. McKillen ‘s reappearance caused a dispute with Two-Face, who received his celebrated scars from McKillen. After Batman managed to stop the two from killing each other, McKillen was arrested, her design thwarted, and Two-Face, disillusioned with his life, shoot himself through the head. [ 107 ] besides, around this time, Batman and his allies were mind controlled by Scarecrow and a group of Batman ‘s other psychologically focused foes into believing they were living in Gothtopia, an idyllic interpretation of Gotham. however, Batman broke barren of the control before his allies did, and, not realizing the world they were living in was fake, they targeted him for obviously losing his judgment. The Bat successfully stopped the Scarecrow and brought his friends rear to reality .
When a cryptic criminal came to Gotham City with a yearlong plot to destroy Batman ‘s life, phase one of the mastermind ‘s system involved framing Commissioner Gordon for the murders of a derail string car full moon of people, which Batman swore to exonerate him for. simultaneously, the originator invited former Gotham gang knob Carmine Falcone back from his safety in Hong Kong to initiate a gang war with the Penguin, again to add another conflict on Batman ‘s hands. however, despite the corrupt substitute Commissioner Forbes ‘ interference, Batman, with the help of the GCPD, captured the two gang leaders, apparently putting their war to an conclusion. [ 108 ] While hunting for Hush, a condemnable that was hired to participate in the real number genius ‘s plan, Batman had his first – albeit indirect – confrontation with The Spoiler, who used him to save her from assassin Eduardo Flamingo who had been after her because she knew something about the mysterious of the attack on Gotham. [ 109 ] Another character of the plot to wear down Batman was to resurrect the evil cult drawing card Deacon Blackfire in Arkham Asylum, but this plan was ( largely ) foiled by Batwing and Jim Corrigan. however, the building of Arkham Asylum was destroyed in the serve, setting its inmates loose in Gotham. [ 110 ] When Batman finally managed to catch Hush, it was besides recently – Batman had been distracted so long that the veridical conductor had wholly cleaned out all of Batman ‘s unavowed appliance caches and sold them to his enemies. [ 111 ] While still searching for who was behind this complicate conspiracy, Batman set his sights on Ra ‘s alabama Ghul who, besides, was another red herring. [ 112 ] Upon Bruce discovered that while he ‘d been distracted chasing down leads, the city was on fire, and its infrastructure had been turned against the citizens. He then, at last, received an invitation back to Beacon Tower, to watch the end of everything he cared about. When he arrived, the one who met him there was The Cluemaster. [ 113 ] however, despite all the Cluemaster ‘s twit and explanations as to how he pulled the schema over on Bruce, he was unexpectedly murdered by the one who had really been behind it all – Lincoln March – the serviceman who believes himself to be Bruce ‘s younger brother. [ 114 ] In their battle, Bruce found himself besides weak to fight, but was bolstered when Jim Gordon called on the entire city to take on the role of Batman and be heroes for the sake of their own city. Soon, Batman ‘s allies rallied around him, and it was Spoiler who beat March down – though he escaped into the sewers, only to be caught by the Court of Owls. Following Arkham Asylum ‘s end, Batman allowed Wayne Manor to be the impermanent home plate to its inmates, and even went into the raw refuge clandestine as the dead man “ Jack Shaw ” to investigate a series of murders. Despite solving the mystery, and having the opportunity to get his home binding, Bruce let the city keep the Manor until they were able to erect a permanent surrogate in the wake of the late attack on Gotham. [ 115 ]
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finally, Batman decided at last to begin the search for Ra ‘s aluminum Ghul and the steal bodies of Damian and Talia. When Batman had ultimately tracked down Ra ‘s and successfully defeated him, Damian ‘s sarcophagus was stolen by Glorious Godfrey and taken back to Apokolips. Ignoring the League ‘s dissent, he snuck onto the Satellite to steal a specialize Batsuit designed to help him survive against the threat of Apokolips. [ 116 ] While Batman fought his way to Glorious Godfrey on Apokolips, his family decided that they would not allow him to fight this struggle alone and kidnapped Cyborg, forcing him to open a Boom Tube that would get them to Apokolips arsenic well. Before they left, Alfred gave each of them a newfangled costume resembling that of Robin to remind them who they fought for. [ 117 ] After questioning Godfrey, Batman united with his allies and learned that Darkseid ‘s son Kalibak was using a herculean stone known as the Chaos Crystal and Damian ‘s sarcophagus to power a weapon called the Chaos Cannon that could destroy an stallion moon. [ 118 ] Batman ‘s arrival on Apokolips roused flush Darkseid himself, who challenged the determined beget. Managing to get to Damian ‘s body, Batman thrust the load Chaos Crystal shard into Damian ‘s thorax and restored him. [ 119 ] Escaping Darkseid ‘s world through a Boom Tube, it was then that they discovered Damian ‘s resurrection from the Chaos Crystal had given him super-human abilities. [ 120 ] which wore off after some time. [ 121 ] While recovering from an attack by the Scarecrow, Batman was attacked by a Jokerized Justice League, signaling the Joker had returned again at last. [ 122 ] After subduing the Justice League, Batman then learned that the newest doctor of the church at Arkham Asylum – Eric Border – had actually been the Joker in disguise all along. The lunatic, shedding his disguise in presence of the hero, activated a toxin in Gotham that rendered all of its citizens Jokerized. [ 123 ] Looking for a cure for the newly song of toxin, Batman sought patient zero at the hospital for an antibody but discovered that patient zero was Joe Chill, the murderer of his parents. After hearing many rumors from friends and enemies alike, Batman began to believe that the Joker could possibly be deity thanks to an photograph to the chemical element Dionesium, a component found in Lazarus Pits. [ 124 ] By the clock Batman had discovered the fabled pool of Dionesium that had been in the Joker ‘s organization, the villain had found him and attacked him in the tunnels. They fought viciously until both of them were near death, and as the cavern collapsed around them, Bruce held the Joker back from the healing pool, forcing him to acknowledge that he had not been around for centuries as he ‘d claimed. together, Batman and the Joker died in that cave .
resurrection and Memory Loss
When Batman ‘s dead body was discovered in the debris of the crumble cavern, he suddenly came awake, apparently revived by the Dionesium within the cavern ‘s pit. Alfred discovered that the revival had had the profound impression of remaking Bruce ‘s genius from scrape – with no memories of his past life. Alfred told him all that he felt necessary but withheld the fact that Bruce had been the Batman. Bruce – a new valet – had not wanted to know anyhow. [ 125 ] He belated reunited with Julie Madison, an old girlfriend of his, and began working with her at the Lucius Fox Center for Gotham Youth in an campaign to serve Gotham. [ 126 ] many of Batman ‘s early allies tried to contact Bruce, including the Justice League, but Alfred insisted that Bruce ‘s past as Batman remain a privy to him. Any invitation that was made for Bruce to become a champion again was by buried by Alfred. After seeing firsthand merely how frightful the effects of the new super villain Mister Bloom ‘s attacks were, Bruce ‘s feelings on the publish were resolved, and he decided to accept being Batman again. [ 127 ] Despite Alfred ‘s efforts, Bruce made it past him to the Batcave and discovered a device his erstwhile self had built in order to create clones who would have all of Batman ‘s skills and memories. Bruce used the machine to get his memories spinal column and returned at final to the role that killed him before. [ 128 ] The newly returned hero faced and defeated Mister Bloom and was returned the entitle of Batman from its current owner – Jim Gordon. [ 129 ]
Bruce returned to being Batman just in time for an acute multiverse crisis – the Anti-Monitor and Darkseid were going to war, and they chose Earth as their battlefield .
The New God Metron, having infinite cognition of the multiverse due to his Mobius Chair, came to the Justice League and tried to warn them of their impend destine. As a sacrificial precaution, Batman removed Metron from his electric chair and sat on himself to gain more cognition of the war. By doing thus, Batman was filled with every answer in the galax, total omniscience and nigh-unlimited omnipotence. He became the God of Knowledge. Batman asked the moderate questions to test its cognition, such as who his parents ‘ murderer was. When the chair answered correctly, he asked the identity of the Joker, of which it responded “ there are three “. With his fresh world power on the Mobius Chair, Batman patrolled Gotham. Though Jim Gordon lit the Bat-Signal for him, Batman informed Jim it was unnecessary because now he knew every crime happening in Gotham and every crime that would happen. Jim questioned Batman ‘s ethics with such a power, but the fresh God ignored him and harshly punished manque criminals before they committed their crimes. Batman discovered he could n’t change crimes in the past though when he tried to stop his parents from being murdered. Furious, alternatively, he traveled to the show to the imprison cell of his rear ‘s murderer Joe Chill. Batman angrily scolded the man and, in an effort to torture him, revealed that he – Batman – was Bruce Wayne before teleporting away. Chill was traumatized by the incident and did n’t tell anybody what he had learned. Batman ‘s power had another price – he was incapable of escaping the Mobius moderate. As the battle between Darkseid and the Anti-Monitor culminate, Green Lantern Hal Jordan made a desperate attempt to detached Batman from the president ‘s control by gifting him his Lantern ring, giving Batman adequate willpower to leave the chair for beneficial .
I Am Gotham, I Am Suicide, I Am Bane
Main articles: Batman: I Am Gotham, Batman: I Am Suicide, and Batman: I Am Bane
While reestablishing himself as the defender of Gotham, Batman was greeted by two new super-powered heroes – Gotham and Gotham Girl – who he began to trust to serve the city. [ 130 ] however, the two rookies soon found themselves victims of the mind-altering villain Psycho-Pirate, who was working under the direction of Hugo Strange. [ 131 ] Batman former discovered both men had been recruited to put a catch to the horizontal surface of crime in Gotham City by Amanda Waller, but Strange had betrayed that mission. [ 132 ] Psycho-Pirate drive Gotham into a rage, causing him to kill criminals in an undertake to prevent crime, while simultaneously rendering Gotham Girl a skittish crash. With the help of the Justice League, Batman was able to restrain Gotham, but the overexertion of his powers killed Gotham. [ 133 ] Batman, wanting to find Psycho-Pirate to force him to fix Gotham Girl, discovered he had escaped to alien state of Santa Prisca and was under the security of Bane. In order to get the Pirate back, Batman was encouraged by Waller to assemble a team that was practically “ suicidal. ” He recruited a total of villains from Arkham Asylum : ventriloquist, Bronze Tiger, Punch and Jewlee, and finally Catwoman, who was being held on 237 counts of murder. [ 134 ] The deputation was a success ; Batman and his team escaped with Psycho-Pirate and left Bane beaten. [ 135 ] Bruce subsequently discovered Selina had taken the blame for the murders in decree to protect her friend Holly Robinson, who had very committed the killings. She knew that if she took the fall, Batman would never let her die on death course and Holly ‘s life would be saved. [ 136 ] Bane returned to Gotham to seek revenge on Batman for humiliating him. [ 136 ] He fought and defeated dozens of Batman ‘s rogues at Arkham Asylum to get to Batman, culminating in a fight between the two. Bruce emerged victorious, albeit barely. [ 1 ] After the Justice League were forced to team up with the Suicide Squad to fend off Maxwell Lord ‘s nefarious plot for peace, Batman recruited an assembly of heroes and villains he thought could do some good to form the modern Justice League of America. [ 137 ]
Batman discovered he was being monitored by surveillance equipment, and after investigating he discovered Gotham ‘s early heroes were being monitored as well. He recruited his cousin Kate Kane, besides known as the vigilante Batwoman, to form a new team dedicated to combating this threat. The couple formed a boot camp for young heroes that would become known as the Gotham Knights, consisting of Red Robin, Orphan, Spoiler and a newly reformed Clayface ; [ 138 ] although the team would late recruit Batwing and Azrael equally well. The Gotham Knights fought threats such as the Colony, a U.S. government agency dedicated to creating an army of soldiers modeled around Batman headed by Bruce ‘s uncle ( and Kate ‘s father ) Colonel Jacob Kane, [ 139 ] the Victim Syndicate, a team of victims caught up in Batman ‘s war on crime who sought retaliation, [ 140 ] the League of Shadows, an outgrowth of the League of Assassins headed by Lady Shiva, [ 141 ] and the order of St. Dumas. [ 142 ] The team fell apart after Batwoman killed Clayface, who had gone rogue and was about to destroy the city. Batman objected to her habit of deadly effect, dividing the team and ultimately contribute to its crumble. [ 143 ]
Following his discovery of a cryptic button lodged in the walls of the Batcave, Bruce attempted to research the release to no apparent avail until, one day, it had a reaction when placed near Psycho-Pirate ‘s mask. apparently connected, Reverse-Flash broke into the Batcave and began to wallop Batman until he was cryptically disintegrated by a being he claimed was God. [ 144 ] In an attack to discover who had killed Reverse-Flash and was manipulating the timestream, Batman and the Flash used the Cosmic Treadmill to follow the button ‘s radiotherapy and landed in the timeline Barry had created after he had gone back in time to save his mother. There, Bruce met the version of his beget from that world who had himself become Batman after the death of his son. [ 145 ] Thomas Wayne encouraged Bruce to stop being Batman, and rather try happiness. [ 146 ] Batman and Flash managed to escape the collapsing timeline and return to their populace with the avail of Jay Garrick, who was stuck in the Speed Force. [ 147 ]
invasion of the Dark Multiverse
Main article: Dark Nights: Metal For some time, Bruce had been investigating the ability of mysterious metals that he believed had been impacting the global since the dawn of world. By the meter it was excessively late, Batman discovered that he had been selected by the monster Barbatos to be the vessel for his invasion of the Multiverse. [ 148 ] Over the years, the Court of Owls, who were in fact worshipers of Barbatos, had exposed him to four of the five heavy metals required to open the portal vein to the Dark Multiverse. They exposed him to the final alloy, Batmanium, which transformed Bruce into a doorway, allowing Barbatos and his united states army of Dark Knights to enter. [ 149 ] While his Justice League teammates fought the Dark Knights, Bruce ‘s mind was trapped in the bloodcurdling Dark Multiverse. There, Barbatos told him that he first saw Batman when he was sent back in time to the dawn of man, and he had shaped Bruce ‘s biography in order to lead him to this bespeak. [ 150 ] Superman attempted to restore Batman, but he excessively was captured in the Dark Multiverse. [ 151 ] With the help of Wonder Woman and Lady Blackhawk, Batman and Superman were rescued. Batman defeated the Batman Who Laughs, the leader of the Dark Knights, by teaming up with his most unlikely ally, the Joker. The Over-Monitor told the Justice League of the exponent of the Tenth Metal, Element X – the most brawny metallic of all. Through channeling the bantam amount of Element X present in every living human being, the heroes were able to restore the Multiverse to its normal state, however in the march they shattered the Source Wall, the wall surrounding the Multiverse. As the League prepared to face any and all threats this could cause, Bruce presented his plans for a new Hall of Justice. [ 152 ]
Rules of engagement
Main article: Batman: Rules of Engagement (Rebirth) (Collected)
Following his father ‘s advice and motivated by a conversation with Gotham Girl, Bruce decided to seek happiness in his life and proposed to Catwoman using the rhombus she had stolen when they beginning met, [ 153 ] and she accepted. [ 55 ] While Bruce and Catwoman temporarily left Gotham on a mission to find Holly Robinson in the state of Khadym, Alfred informed Dick, Jason, Duke and Damian of the engagement. Despite his initial doubts, Damian accepted his father ‘s decision. [ 154 ] When Batman returned to Gotham, he was encouraged by Catwoman to tell his closest ally Superman of his betrothal. [ 155 ] Batman, Superman, Catwoman and Lois Lane went on a bivalent date ; a rare occasion in which the two heroes got to spend prison term together outside of crime active. [ 156 ] Wonder Woman arrived in Gotham, informing Batman that The Gentle Man had decided to take them up on an offer. Years ago, Batman and Wonder Woman discovered The Gentle Man, a man who endlessly protected earth from the invasion of creatures from another kingdom. They offered him the probability to take his invest for a day and he had decided to take them up on their offer. The Gentle Man failed to tell the heroes that time passed differently in this region ; while they spent what felt like years in battle, bare hours had passed on Earth. [ 157 ] While alone for so many years, Batman and Wonder Woman about gave in to a quixotic attraction but refrained out of love for their partners. Catwoman forced The Gentle Man to swap places with Batman and Wonder Woman once more. [ 158 ] In an attack to instill peace across the planet and protect earth from destruction at humans ‘ hands, Poison Ivy used her control over establish topic to take control of the minds of the entire satellite ‘s population, forcing them to live in harmony. Batman managed to inject himself and Catwoman with an antidote, leaving them the only people unmoved. [ 159 ] Batman and Catwoman executed a plan to get to Harley Quinn, who he theorized could be used to break Ivy ‘s control. The plan was a achiever and, upon the two women reuniting, Ivy dropped her control over humanity. [ 160 ] The time-travelling superhero Booster Gold, inspired by Superman ‘s gamble to an alternate reality where Krypton survived, decided, as a marriage confront to Batman, to create an alternate world where Bruce ‘s parents survived. however, after altering the timeline, Booster became trapped in this new, benighted world for two years until he was able to fix it again. Booster told Bruce about his attempted-gift but was permanently scarred from the incident. [ 161 ]
The Wedding of Batman and Catwoman
Main article: Batman: The Wedding (Collected) When the Joker discovered that Batman and Catwoman were getting married, he staged an attack that he felt would ruin their marry. Taking hostages at a cathedral, he forced Batman to play along in his mock-ceremony. Catwoman arrived, despite Batman ‘s request that she stay family, and she fought off the Joker while Batman was incapacitated. As function of his plan, the Joker gave Catwoman the opportunity to let him bleed out and die, but she refused and actively saved his life. Though the clown was stopped, and the marriage was saved, during the crusade, the Joker had gotten into Catwoman ‘s head, sewing doubt that possibly if Batman was happily in a loving marriage, he would n’t be Batman anymore .
Afterwards, while fighting Kite-Man, Batman suggested to Catwoman that their marry take place that dawn, on top of the build up they were presently on – finger Tower. The couple found a judge to officiate the ceremony – one they felt was so a lot of a intoxicated, he ‘d forget their identities after the fact. Bruce asked Alfred to be his best valet and his witness, while Catwoman freed Holly Robinson from prison to act as her maid of honor and witness. Though everything was going as planned, Bruce concisely reconsidered the marriage but, after a small soul searching, confidently told Alfred he was cook. Selina had doubts of her own, as her maid of honor Holly continued to stoke Selina ‘s concern that marriage would ruin Batman. That dawn, after everything had been put into plaza, Catwoman never arrived, leaving Bruce entirely at the altar. She gave into her concern and believed not getting married was for the best. When Holly Robinson was returned to Arkham Asylum, she reported back to Bane that she had successfully stopped the wedding. All the events the past few months were orchestrated by Bane to mentally and emotionally break the Bat .
consequence of Breakup
Batman, after being left by Catwoman, became even more depress than common. During this depress state, he viciously went after Mister Freeze, who had been accused of murdering three women. Batman beat him mercilessly until he confessed to the crime. [ 162 ] When Freeze ‘s case went to test, coincidentally, Bruce Wayne was ordered to appear as a extremity of the jury. During the case, Bruce realized that he had made a mistake – Fries was actually innocent of the crimes – and had to convince the rest of the jury that Batman ‘s attest was not credible. Charismatically arguing against himself, Bruce successfully convinced the jury to acquit Mr. freeze. Afterwards, needing a fresh start, Batman decided to switch out the Batsuit he normally wore, equipping one of his older models. He admitted he did n’t want to wear the one that Catwoman left him in anymore. [ 163 ] When the Joker learned that the Batman Who Laughs became the direction he was due to a chemical that activated when he broke his Joker ‘s neck, the Prime Earth clown inject himself in the heart in front of Batman to activate the same chemical. Though Alfred managed to resuscitate the Joker after the fact, the design worked, and Batman was temporarily infected to become evil just like the Batman Who Laughs. however, using Bruce Waynes from across the multiverse, Batman managed to overcome the toxin and even defeated the original Batman Who Laughs. [ 164 ]
Bane ‘s conspiracy
During Bruce ‘s jury session, Dick Grayson covered for him as Batman. After the trial, the mentor and mentee caught up with one another, and Dick expressed pastime in returning to Gotham permanently. [ 165 ] however, as region of Bane ‘s ultimate plan to break Batman, the KGBeast was hired to shoot Nightwing in the head, damaging his brain and giving him total amnesia. [ 166 ] [ 167 ] More angered than always, Batman tracked the KGBeast to a distant location in the north and beat him otiose, leaving him to try to survive in the coarse tundra by himself. [ 168 ] Batman returned to Gotham and was contacted by The Penguin, who informed him that Bane was behind everything : the wedding, the separation, and the shooting of Nightwing. Bane had killed his favorite penguin, and Oswald had decided to defect from his plan. [ 169 ] Bruce, trusting the information, went after Bane in Arkham, against the authority of the GCPD, and proceeded to beat up Bane in captivity, despite the villain claim he had no involvement. Jim Gordon tried to intervene, but Batman punched him in anger. [ 170 ] Gordon, cutting ties with the Bat wholly, destroyed the Bat-Signal with a baseball bat. [ 171 ] In his pursuit for answers, Batman was captured by Bane, who hooked him up to a car designed by Dr. Crane to generate non-stop naturalistic nightmares. After many aroused, horrifying scenarios, Bruce broke exempt from the machine and battled his way out of Arkham Asylum, tactically taking out about every convict who had been let free in the downtime. however, after the fact, Batman ‘s allies found no evidence of the break when they returned to Arkham hours late, leading them to question his sanity .
Main article: Doomsday Clock Vol 1 While Batman dealt with the growing conspiracy against him, approximately a year after Superman was merged back into a singular being, political tensions rose in the United States due to the “ Superman Theory ” – the idea that the US government was actively breeding superpowers in its citizens due to the exponentially higher accumulation of super-powered people in the West. Simultaneously, Batman ‘s vigilantism was subject to far-flung protests in Gotham by activists who felt the Bat ‘s power went unbridled. Further escalating the tension, Wayne Enterprises was financially struggling and was under threat of being taken over by LexCorp. [ 172 ] At this time, travelers from another proportion arrived in Gotham, looking for their peer Doctor Manhattan, who would solve their political crisis back on their earth. Rorschach II was assigned to contact Batman for serve in their mission and, upon finding the Batcave, shared the original Rorschach ‘s journal with Bruce in order to better explain the situation they were in. Batman took the time to read the daybook, decided the integral story was lunacy, and tricked Rorschach into a cell at Arkham Asylum. [ 173 ] however, Batman learned to trust the story and, after finding and confronting Rorschach ‘s drawing card Ozymandias, Veidt deemed Batman not useful to their cause and kicked him into a group of anti-Batman demonstrators. The protestors brought Batman to the Joker to be killed, but he was saved by Saturn Girl and Rorschach, having been released from Arkham by the erstwhile. [ 174 ] As political tensions continued to rise, now pitting the Earth ‘s governments against one another, Batman aided the travelers in hopes that Doctor Manhattan could save his world excessively. Batman specifically kept the US atomic warhead operators from overreacting and launching their weapons against Russia. Upon summoning him, Manhattan admitted to his separate in altering this populace ‘s timeline and, inspired by the level good of Superman, reset the timeline once again to repair the damages he had made .
City Of Bane
physically and emotionally drained from all the challenges he had gone through, Bruce returned to Wayne Manor to find Bane last initiating his endgame design with Alfred as his prisoner. Standing beside Bane was his co-conspirator – an alternate-reality interpretation of Thomas Wayne. Unprepared for another fight, Batman was physically demolished by Bane as Alfred begged for clemency. When Bruce awoke from unconsciousness, he found himself having been brought to a defect by his alternate-reality church father. Thomas revealed that they were on their way to a Lazarus Pit to resurrect Bruce ‘s mother ‘s cadaver. Though the two Waynes fought and bickered along the way, by the time they reached the Lazarus Pit, Bruce revealed he had secretly buried Martha ‘s cadaver in the defect without Thomas know. Both angered, the two men fought, and when morning arrived, merely one Batman escaped the pit and returned to Gotham : Thomas. back in Gotham, Bane had taken control of the city and let all of the villains informal, assigning them as his newfangled dystopian “ police violence ”. Batman ‘s allies were powerless to stop the chaos as Bane had a hostage : Alfred, who he threatened to kill him should any Bat-Family member insert Gotham. meanwhile, Bruce was stuck in the wilderness, unknown how farseeing he had been travelling for and on the verge of death. He only survived because he was found by Catwoman, who brought him to an apartment in Paris and helped him recover. spinal column in Gotham, Bruce ‘s son Damian ignored Bane ‘s warning and single-handed sneak into Gotham to depose Bane himself. however, Damian was captured, and, making beneficial on his menace, Bane killed Alfred in presence of the male child, now using Robin as his new hostage .
once Bruce had recovered enough at Catwoman ‘s side, he convinced her he needed to return to Gotham and save it from Bane ‘s chaos. Though Selina was hesitant, she agreed and went with him ; the time they spent in Paris helped rekindle their kinship. Upon returning to Gotham, Batman teamed up with Clayface to take down all the villains that Bane had set free. concurrently, Batman ‘s allies made an attempt to rescue Damian from Bane but, despite their best campaign, they were all defeated by Thomas Wayne. Batman finally fought his way to Bane ‘s location and faced off with him, one on one, no equipment or avail. Batman successfully defeated Bane by cheating, but, before Bruce had the opportunity to physically break his opponent, Thomas Wayne betrayed them both and them unconscious mind. When Bruce came to, he was shown Alfred ‘s lacerate cadaver for the first time by his father. In Thomas ‘ eyes, his plan was complete – he had emotionally broken his son to give up being Batman. however, Alfred ‘s end had empowered Bruce to strike out against his alternate-reality father. After a street fighter fight, Bruce reigned victorious over Thomas and swore that he was no longer his father .
Batman took part in the first fight for the Totality, where he shrunk himself inside Superman ‘s body to protect him from the Totality ‘s power. The Dark Knight had to fight against Lex Luthor, who shrunk himself vitamin a well, and infiltrated inside the body of Clark. Bruce was deeply injured in the fight, as Lex was powered up by the piece of the Totality he already possessed : both the Dark Knight ‘s legs and arms were broken. [ 175 ] During Drowned Earth, Bruce was the only defense of the Hall of Justice, and managed to fight the Legion of Doom alone, but in the end lost, and Luthor was able to take the Totality away from the Justice League. [ 176 ] During the League ‘s excursion in the Sixth Dimension, Bruce tricked the World Forger into believing the Dark Knight was his ally, while he gave Superman a opportunity to free himself up and counter the actions of Alpheus. Batman then convinced the World Forger into becoming a partially of the League ‘s active roll. [ 177 ] Back on Earth, Bruce went to the future in concert with Wonder Woman and Superman, for a last feat against Luthor, who turned into the Apex Predator : finding themselves against Brainiac One Million, they were able to prevail thanks to the help of respective Justice Leagues from the future, retrieving a piece of the Totality lost in time. [ 178 ] In the concluding conflict between Justice and Doom, Batman battled Luthor inside a transform Hall, but thanks to Perpetua ‘s wax awaken, Justice lost. Transported away by the Quintessence, Batman was region of the League ‘s last mission leading them to defeat Perpetua, [ 179 ] but they once again fail. Coming back to Earth, they found their home turned into the Batman who Laughs ‘ Metalverse. [ 180 ]Incomplete
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Main article: The Joker War While hush recovering from the personnel casualty of his mentor and don visualize, Batman was dragged into a criminal conspiracy that had lasted for years regarding a secret supervillain named the Designer, and at the lapp time was forced to fight off five assassins who were after him as part of the Designer ‘s exalted scheme. The Riddler besides staged an attack on Gotham, while he was broken physically and mentally ascribable to not treating himself by rights, being besides busy trying to come up with the ultimate riddle to fool Batman. however, Batman quickly took out most of the assassins and teamed up with Deathstroke, Catwoman, Harley Quinn to defeat Riddler. Through all this the Joker was planning his ultimate surprise for the Dark Knight and his Bat-Family, with the startling cognition of their secret identities once more. After Batman tracked down the Designer, it was revealed the Joker was playing everyone, pulling the strings all along. He initiated his plot with his new buddy Punchline, sending out waves of Joker rioters, who instantaneously took over the city. He besides injected Batman with a toxin that made him see visions of Alfred and his parents with break in necks. Using the Designer ‘s overlord plan designed for Catwoman, the Joker even successfully stole the Wayne luck, making himself rich. Using more of the Designer ‘s information, including a formula to reanimate corpses, the clown lend people back from the dead as zombies to attack Batman and Harley. [ 181 ] meanwhile, Joker was wasting Bruce ‘s money everywhere, on things like Jokerized limousine and amber chain necklaces. Batman and Harley found their means to the stay of the Bat-Family, where they met and came up with a plan. Bruce besides regifted the Nightwing Costume to Dick Grayson, who had gotten a large parcel of his memories back since his blast. ultimately, Batman went to confront the Joker once and for all at his headquarter – allied command europe Chemicals. Upon his arrival, Bruce discovered that the Joker had partially resurrected Alfred ‘s cadaver as a zombi. Though Batman was emotionally crushed by the batch, he was forced to fight the Joker, who was wearing his own Jokerized batsuit. [ 182 ] [ 183 ] Using Batman ‘s gadgets against him, the Joker finally got the amphetamine hand on Batman and, as he was about to finish him off, was ambushed with a bullet train through the eye by Harley Quinn. Harley then strapped bombs to both herself and Joker, forcing Batman to make the decision of which of the two he would defuse in time. To Joker ‘s surprise, the Bat chose Harley, apparently leaving the Joker to die. With the Joker War officially over, in the consequence, Bruce discovered the Joker ‘s bombard had been defused, theorizing that the Joker used his bat-equipment to set himself free. Bruce reburied Alfred ‘s cadaver with his allies. [ 184 ]
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Powers and Abilities
- Batarangs: His main set of weapons. Some of these bat shaped blades are electrically or sonically charged, while others are explosive. He even carries batarangs that are made of Nth Metal that can disrupt the presence of ghostly entities, magical creatures, and even break enchantments.
- Sandman reveals to Batman that his influence is felt throughout the dream-world. He causes nightmares to the wicked and instills hope in people he has saved.
- As deadly and as skilled Lady Shiva is, not even she would want to cross Batman.
- Midnighter finds Batman overrated, but soon admits that he’s pretty awesome.
- Batman considers Superman as his favorite superhero.
- Superman considers Batman to be his best friend.
- Batman admits that Superman is his best friend.
- Amanda Waller considers Batman a metahuman, though he does not fit the traditional or the expanded definition of the term.
- Batman has been shown to carry lollipops in his Utility Belt, stating they are effective for distracting children at emergency scenes.
- Like in previous continuities, Bruce rarely drinks alcohol and instead fools people by drinking ginger ale.
- Bruce visits his parents’ grave once a week.
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