Bruce Wayne, aka Batman, is a costumed crimefighter and superhero operating out of Gotham City in Earth-1001. Also known as The Dark Knight, The Caped Crusader, The World's Greatest Detective, The Masked Manhunter, The Cowled Crimefighter, and simply, The Bat, he is remarkable for having no superpowers of any sort. Bruce Wayne dedicated his life to put criminals to justice after the death of his parents when he was very young. He is one of the most formidable superheroes of Earth-1001, despite his complete lack of any extraordinary gifts save for his intellect, extensive training, wealth, technology, and will.
Early Life Edit
Bruce Wayne was born to Dr. Thomas and Martha Wayne on February 19th, 1995. He was raised by them alongside the Wayne family's longtime Butler and old friend, Alfred Pennyworth. Growing up, Bruce was introduced to Gotham City, including its significant people who had a part in Wayne Enterprises that would play a part in his adult life. Greatly admired by his son, Thomas Wayne had great expectations for Bruce, promising him that he would one day do wondrous things for Gotham. Bruce was intended to take over the family business of Wayne Enterprises after his parents retired.
Fateful Night Edit
However, Bruce's life was met with great tragedy on June 26, 2005. On that night, he was taken to the Monarch Theatre in Gotham; shortly after the performance, they took a route through a back alleyway, where they were confronted by a mugger. The mugger, Joe Chill, pulled a gun on the Waynes and demanded they hand over their money and valuables. Initially compliant, a short misshap caused the mugger to panic and fire on both Thomas and Martha, but when he aimed the weapon at Bruce he could not bring himself to murder the child, and instead fled the scene. Bruce, abandoned by the mugger, could only break down in devastation having witnessed his parent's murder. He was later found by the Police, but was unable to provide details of the crime to investigators; after this, he was taken home by Alfred.
Bruce would spend the next few years deeply mourning the loss of his parents, feeling guilty that he was unable to prevent their loss and wanting to take revenge on the murderer. He was continuously comforted by Alfred, who came to be a father figure for Bruce and tried to help him move on from his grief.
Eventually at age 13, Bruce swore and oath to rid the world of crime and dedicated himself to extensive training. Alfred realized this, and decided to help Bruce with his fury by providing some physical exercises and self-defense techniques he had learned in his youth. For a time, this would satisfy Bruce, making him feel powerful enough to fight crime, but ended up realizing that this would not be enough to make any real difference.
Starting in January of 2009 at age 14, he used his fortune to travel the world and learn as much as he could, training himself to intellectual and physical perfection and learning a variety of crime-fighting skills, including chemistry, criminology, forensics, martial arts, gymnastics, disguise, and escape artistry.
He went to some of the most renowned schools on the planet, including Cambridge and the Sorbonne, but would not stay longer than a semester, dropping out afterwards. In addition to intellectual studies, he would train under a wide array of combat skills from dozens of martial arts instructors, one being Henry Ducard (who was an associate of Ra's al Ghul). At age 20, he attempted to join the FBI, but after learning about its regulations and conduct, he decided against it, realizing he would never be able to completely oppose crime while working within the legal system.
Batman Begins Edit
Bruce returned to Gotham in June of 2015, having trained himself to the physical and intellectual peak but finding that despite his extensive capabilities he was still missing something. While sitting in his study of Wayne Manor one night, he was startled when a large bat crashed through the window and rested upon the bust of his chamber door. Recalling the fear he experienced of bats during his childhood as well as the specific training he received from Henry Ducard, Bruce decided to make his appearance resemble that of a bat, to instill fear in the criminals he would encounter.
Bruce made contact with Lucius Fox, the head of Applied Sciences and research in Wayne Enterprises. Fox introduced an extensive array of experimental technology at Bruce's request; using his wealth and the resources of Wayne Enterprises, Bruce put together the gadgets and equipment he would need for his crusade. Much of this technology was never cleared for field use since it was still in testing phases, marking a period of dangerous exercises to get used to the gadgets and develop improvements of his own using his skills acquired over the years.
He applied the Bat motif to much of this equipment, working with Alfred to develop what would eventually become his standard items for fighting crime. After a year of work, the first Batsuit and gadgets were finished and ready for use in September of 2016.
Batman began his Crime-Fighting in October, dealing initially with small crime such as mugging, theft, and burglary. He used this time to not only gather information on the extensive crime families and operations that had essentially taken over Gotham City, but also to put word out that there was a new authority in town that all criminals should fear. Batman's decision to operate at night helped to fuel this, proving successful in starting an urban legend which spread among the underground quickly.
The largest families caught these words, with the lowest underlings growing suspicious; these suspicions were dismissed by the higher ups, who didn't believe that any sort of 'mythical figure' would be able to stop them. They continued their plan to enact a celebration of their years of successful domination over the City, planning a dinner party on the eve of the 8th anniversary of their beginning.
That night, October 14th 2016, on the eve of the 8th anniversary, the dinner party was held in the Falcone family building, with much of the most corrupt and influential figures of the City attending. The party started at 8:00 pm, and was planned to carry on well into the night. But at 11:00, Batman made his appearance, destroying the lights, incapacitating the guards, and posing himself through a fearsome visage of a shadow against a light of his own. He promised them that their reign of terror and crime over the city would eventually end, before vanishing without a trace.
After this, Batman drew the attention of the Gotham City Police Department, and being a vigilante was hunted by the law. The most notable member of the force was Lieutenant Jim Gordon, one of very few uncorrupt and honest cops in the City. On October 20, Batman paid him a visit in the GCPD Headquarters and tried to gain him as an ally. Though Gordon was opposed to working with a costumed crime fighter as it was against the law, and tried (but failed) to capture Batman immediately after, the meeting stayed in Gordon's mind and would later influence him to becoming one of Batman's most trusted allies.
A new breed of Crime Edit
Unfortunately, Batman's presence made both good and bad changes to Gotham; the big Crime Families were in fact intimidated by his introduction during the dinner, with most of them withdrawing from big operations save for a few occasions. But the void that this left was soon filled with a new breed of criminals, no longer the simple thugs and gangsters involved in Organized Crime but rather unique individuals with more dynamic personalities, operating methods, and threat levels.
This was the start of the extensive Rogues Gallery of villains that Batman would come to face over the years. The first of these was a cat burglar going by the title Catwoman, who would prove to be a long-lasting adversary and occasional anti-hero ally to Batman; following her was Professor Hugo Strange, a brilliant mastermind who sought to use mind-controlled monster men to gain what he wanted.
After Batman dealt with Strange, he would come across his ultimate nemesis for the first time: the mysterious, insane clown prince of crime known as the Joker. Their first confrontation led to the creation of the Bat-Signal, which would be used to call upon Batman during any time of need by the GCPD. At this point, now-Captain Gordon's influence through the Police force persuaded the police to reluctantly rely on Batman's aid in extremely desperate times, which came about starting with Hugo Strange and the Joker.
Later on, Batman would come across others such as The Scarecrow, The Riddler, Poison Ivy, Mr. Freeze, and the Penguin.
The alliance Edit
Throughout the rest of the year leading into 2017, Batman and Jim Gordon would work together to put away these criminals in Arkham Asylum, a penitentiary for the Criminally Insane. The success of these operations led to Gordon being made the new Police Commissioner of Gotham in January; the duo would later recruit the aid of District Attorney Harvey Dent, in an attempt to bring down the biggest remaining Crime Lord in Gotham, Carmine Falcone. They formed a triumvirate together, putting away many criminals but mainly working to bring down the Falcone family.
However, this came to a tragic end in October, one year after Batman's career began. During the trial of Mob Boss Maroni, Dent was permanently disfigured by acid flashed from Maroni; this induced a downfall to his already shaky psychosis, resulting in the beginning of a new villain named Two-Face.
Despite the loss of their ally, Batman and Gordon would continue to work together, capturing criminals that either broke out of prison or would newly pop up in the streets of Gotham.
Batman is a dark and grim hero with a personal vendetta against criminals. Traumatized by the death of his parents, Batman has sworn to rid Gotham from the criminal elements that took his parents from him. He is very paranoid and obsessive, which often makes it difficult for him to trust other people that aren't Alfred, the Robins, or the Batgirls.
Despite this, Batman has proved to have a great love for humanity, which was instilled by his parents. His father was a doctor, while his mother was a crusader against child abuse. Indeed, Batman's oath of vengeance is tempered with the greater ideal of justice. He refrains from killing, as he feels this would not make him any better than the criminals he fights.
To protect his secret identity, Batman has constructed a fake persona he can use in his civilian identity. To the world at large, Bruce Wayne is a self-absorbed, superficial, irresponsible playboy and philanthropist. Only his closest allies know that this attitude is just an act.
Thomas and Martha Wayne Edit
Alfred Pennyworth Edit
Jim Gordon Edit
Selena Kyle Edit
Talia al Ghul Edit
Vicki Vale Edit
- Indomitable Will
- Peak Human Condition
- Peak Human Strength
- Peak Human Speed
- Peak Human Reflexes
- Peak Human Endurance
- Peak Human Agility
- Martial Arts
- Genius Level Intellect
The Batsuit is Bruce Wayne's signature apparel when fighting crime and has become a signature staple of his image. There are multiple variations of the suit, each developed for various situations that Batman may find himself in so as to be prepared for all scenarios. Though each one is designed a little differently and has different sets of gadgets, all of them have the same basic attributes: appearance modled after a bat to intimidate enemies, protective measures such as bullet and knife-proof resiliency, and an array of enhanced equipment to provide a stealthy, tactical edge in the field.