Batman: Shadow of the Bat #1
( artist ) Alan Grant (writer) Norm Breyfogle (artist)
Reading: Victor Zsasz
Extreme intelligence, physical strength, and agility.
Unpredictability. Hand-to-hand combat.
Anthony Carrigan Victor Zsasz ( referred to as Zsasz or Mr. Zsasz ) is a prolific serial killer and an enemy of Batman. Zsasz is a unmanageable killer to track as he has no modus operandi outside of posing his victims ‘ corpses in lifelike poses, and carving a tally-mark into his flesh for each stamp out. Zsasz is motivated by believing all life to be meaningless cycles of annoyance and that he is actually saving his victims from having to live on .
Zsasz was the head of his own international company and had amassed a big personal luck in addition to his family ‘s wealth. At the age of 25 his parents died in a boating accident, sending him into a deeply depression. He turned to gambling, losing money in competitions around the global. He gradually squandered his entire luck, ultimately betting everything he owned against the Penguin at a Gotham Casino. “ My body flushed with epinephrine. I ‘d never felt so stimulate. surely, this was the ultimate rush ”. The Penguin cheats and Zsasz loses the match ; afterwards realizing that his life was empty, driven by desire, and there was no charge to his being. Stunned, he became convert that “ there was nothing at all at the center of [ him ] … no cause for being, no motivation, no purpose. [ He ] was just a automaton, sleepwalking from one distraction to another, hiding from the truth. ” While he was attempting to commit suicide by jumping from Gotham Bridge, a homeless man tried to assault him with a knife after he refused to give him money. instinctively grabbing the knife, Mr. Zsasz saw in the man ‘s eyes that all life is meaningless and that nothing nor anyone matters. Mr. Zsasz had seen “ nothing. He was a automaton, driven by forces he did n’t even know exist. He was a animal, an animal, a subhuman. alone end could always save him from his own vanity. ” He then proceeded to stab the man to death as a “ endow ” for saving his life sentence. From then on, he dedicated himself to “ liberating ” others from their pointless being ( Mr. Zsasz often refers to victims as “ zombies ” ). Mr. Zsasz recalled that “ [ he ] had found [ his ] true calling : helping poor beasts shuffle off this deadly coil. ” Making a cut on his weapon for his foremost victim, Mr. Zsasz began a score on his body that would grow to include more than 143 other scars. He normally preys on unseasoned women, but has no scruple over whom he murders. He slits his victims ‘ throats and leaves them in graphic poses, adding a tally sign to his body each time .
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He has been diagnosed as insane and is regularly incarcerated in Arkham Asylum courtesy of Batman, breaking out on occasion to carry on killing. During his introduction appearance in Shadow Of The Bat’ s opening history arch, Batman: The Last Arkham, Mr. Zsasz bribes a contractor to include a secret enactment leading out from his cell during the refuge ‘s reconstruction under its newly head, Dr. Jeremiah Arkham, who inherited the refuge from his uncle, Amadeus Arkham .
Although Mr. Zsasz is restrained during the day when he is being treated personally by Dr. Jeremiah Arkham, he is brought back to his cell at night where he would leave the mental hospital through the clandestine passage, unbeknown to the prison-guards. After murders fitting Mr. Zsasz ‘s modus operandi begin surfacing, Batman and Commissioner Gordon fake the Caped Crusader ‘s insanity in order to get him inside the mental hospital and investigate Mr. Zsasz. Dr. Jeremiah Arkham is exceptionally barbarous towards Batman, who had purportedly murdered a patrol officer ; over the run of the “ discussion, ” Mr. Zsasz had warped Dr. Jeremiah Arkham ‘s heed and turned him into a mere confederate. due to these continuous conversations with Dr. Jeremiah Arkham, Mr. Zsasz realizes that Batman is a plant and subsequently murders both the contractor and another inmate at Arkham Asylum who knows of Mr. Zsasz ‘s ploy. however, both Nightwing and Batman catch astir to Mr. Zsasz when he tries to escape for the concluding time and re-incarcerate him in Arkham Asylum. Mr. Zsasz subsequently appears in Part 3 and 4 of the Knightfall saga. In Part 3 of Knightfall, Mr. Zsasz takes an all girl ‘s college hostage and holds the students at knife period until Batman arrives, concisely leaving to kill two policemen who were sent to arrest him. Though weaken both physically and mentally, Batman fights with Mr. Zsasz and tries to ignore the lunatic ‘s parody. however, he is finally driven partially insane after Mr. Zsasz says that they are actually one and the like and administers a barbarous perplex. In The Batman Chronicles #3, a psychiatrist found herself unable to understand why the series killer did what he did. “ You do n’t exhibit the common signs of genial illness. No voices, no hallucinations, no dementia. Why do you kill ? ” she asked him. “ I have no dysfunctional syndicate background. I suffered neither childhood misuse or injury. I kill for ONE reason entirely, repair — because I CHOOSE to. ” Luring the doctor to the border of his cell, Zsasz thrust his sleeve out, grabbing her by the throat ( “ There ‘s no use struggling. I commit isometrics for sixteen hours every day. ” ) Dropping the cadaver to the floor, Zsasz repeated “ I kill because I want to kill. Because I choose to kill. ”
Zsasz subsequently appears in Detective Comics # 796, where he fights Stephanie Brown in her role as Robin. He attempts to slit her throat, but is distracted by her unexpected ferocity and falls back, where he attacks and attempts to kill Batman. however, Stephanie finally defeats him. Zsasz makes a brief appearance in Infinite Crisis # 7. He is separate of the Secret Society of Supervillains and is one of the many of their members sent to attack the city of Metropolis. The club loses. Mr. Zsasz is not seen in any major character again until Detective Comics # 815, released in March 2006, entitled “ Victims ”. Before a quarterly psychiatric review, Zsasz kills his guards with metal poles attached to his neck bracket and escapes to kill again. Batman hunts for Zsasz, which proves unsuccessful until Zsasz gains access to a charity event ( attended by Bruce Wayne ) and stabs his beloved butler, Alfred Pennyworth, in the stomach. however, Wayne saves Alfred ‘s animation by driving him to a hospital. To lure Zsasz to him, Wayne holds a crush conference in which he announces that Alfred is silent alive. Having already made a scar for Alfred, Zsasz realises that his reckoning is off by one ( Zsasz remarks : “ My skin … it ‘s crawling … every inch of it feels … amiss. ” ) During the second part of “ Victims ” ( Detective Comics # 816 ), after a fight with Batman, Zsasz proceeds to the hospital to finish off Alfred. Batman catches him napping and knocks him unconscious, therefore saving Alfred ‘s life and sending Zsasz back to Arkham .
Zsasz is late seen again the Gotham Underground story arc where in issue 3, he appears in a disguise Batman ‘s cell at Blackgate Prison, having been hired for the murder of Matches Malone. Zsasz attempts to kill Batman with a knife. He ends up cutting Batman ‘s arm just as he was waking up and the resulting contend ends with Zsasz being knocked unconscious mind and Batman being rushed to the hospital. Zsasz is one of the Arkham inmates forced to work for Black Mask. He becomes one of Black Mask ‘s more trust agents, and is given free reign to do as he wishes. With the money he is given, Mr. Zsasz starts up a gladiatorial arena in which children are forced to fight first each-other, and then Zsasz himself. Batman and Robin go to investigate. Robin lets himself be captured without Batman ‘s cognition. He is surprised by Zsasz ‘s skill in the stadium, and is incapacitated. Before Zsasz can deliver the killing blow, he is stopped by Abuse, who had been captured aboard Robin. Robin recovers and defeats the lunatic.
Powers and Abilities
- Moderate Intelligence
- Physical strength
In early Media
The Arkhaverse version of Zsasz appears concisely in Batman: Assault on Arkham .
In the movie Birds of Prey, Victor Zsasz is portrayed by actor Chris Messina and is the right-hand-man turned lover of Roman “ The Black Mask ” Sionis. here is is a serial-killer, torturer and assassin who had operated for 15 years and even took part in the massacre of the Bertinelli Crime-Family. This lead to his undo as he was finally shot in the thorax by the Huntress .
- Zsasz also appears as a boss in the Batman: Dark Tomorrow game. He is used by The Joker to attempt to kill Batman in Arkham Asylum.
- Tim Booth reprises his role as Zsasz in the Batman Begins video game, during which Zsasz appears chained to a wall while Detective Arnold Flass asks him what Dr. Jonathan Crane is planning. When Booth reprised his role as Zsasz, it seems to make it clear that, at least in the game, Zsasz is genuinely insane. Zsasz later threatens Rachel Dawes, as in the movie, but she takes advantage of Batman’s appearance to taser him while he is distracted. The game explains his trademark scars and says that he’s “running out of room.”
- Zsasz appears in Nintendo DS version of Lego Batman: The Video Game as an enemy bounty in the “Villain Hunt” minigame.
- Mr. Zsasz appears in DC Universe Online.