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Real Name
Current Alias

Identity

Alignment

Relatives
Thomas Wayne (father, deceased), Martha Wayne (mother, deceased)

Universe

Base Of Operations

Characteristics
Gender

Height
6' 2"

Weight
210 lbs (95 kg)

Eyes

Hair

Status
Citizenship

Marital Status

Occupation
Philanthropist


First appearance

Batman: Gotham by Gaslight Vol 1 #1
(February, 1989)

Contents

History

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Pre-Crisis

Gotham by Gaslight

Main article: Batman: Gotham by Gaslight

Bruce Wayne became the Batman due to witnessing the deaths of his parents of a highwayman as a child. He was cared by Alfred Pennyworth and a godfather Jacob Packer. Sometime in his adult life, Bruce traveled around the world learning variable skills and lessons in his fight against crime and injustice, including in his last venture of meeting and teaching with Dr. Sigmund Freud in Vienna.

Following his lessons with Freud, Bruce returned to Gotham City by ship from England in which by coincident he met Jacob Packer returning from his vacation in Europe. After reuniting with Alfred, Bruce later visited his friend Inspector James Gordon and learns from him of how the city have developed through the years and as well of the city's increasing crime rate.

By then, Bruce donned the cape and cowl of the Batman and pursue of his war against crime. However, the Batman eventually became suspicious by the public and police as being connected to the series of murders towards women, in which it is later revealed to be the work of London's notorious serial killer, Jack the Ripper. However, despite being mislabeled by the press, Bruce personally have thought of his pursuit for justice as the Batman was necessary from the beginning as the public alienates him as a threat.

Bruce was later eventually framed for being the Ripper following the arrogant Commissioner Tolliver's discovery of a blood-stained surgeon knife and gloves in Wayne Mansion. In a week long trial, Bruce was heavily charged for the crimes and was sentenced to be hang despite meaningful help from Jacob Packer. Bruce was then awaited for his execution while imprisoned in Arkham Asylum. However, Bruce was secretly provided with police evidence and leads to the killer by James Gordon, who was doubtful of Bruce for the murders, and spent his weeks in trying to solve the identity of the actual murderer. Following a long week period, Bruce was about to give up on the case until he discover from a photograph bearing a lead to the identity of the killer. Bruce managed to escape the asylum with the help of Alfred Pennyworth and donned himself as Batman. He managed to tracked down the killer and chased him to Gotham Cemetery and revealed him to be Jacob Parker. Bruce learned from him that Jacob fell in loved with Martha Wayne and was rejected by her, in which he suffered a mental trauma causing him to kill women who he have thought resembled to Martha. Also it is Jacob that hired the highwayman to kill Bruce's parents and was responsible for framing him for the murders. After being confronted by James Gordon and several policemen Jacob tried to kill Batman with a hidden knife but was immediately gunned down by Gordon. Despite being wounded, Batman gave thanks to Gordon and continues his crusade on crime.

Master of the Future

Eighteen months after the death of Jacob Parker, Bruce Wayne have given up the cape and cowl of the Batman and believing that he have succeed in avenging the death of his parents. However, some people of Gotham including James Gordon, having become commissioner of Gotham's Police Department with his predecessor Tolliver becoming mayor of the city, and Julie Madison, Bruce's fiance who was saved by him as Batman from a gang of thugs, wish for him to become the city's protector and guardian once again.

When a French air pirate Alexandre LeRoi threatens Gotham City's 20th Century celebrations from happening with technological force, Bruce is compel to become the Batman again. Ultimately, LeRoi attacked the celebration and a portion of Gotham's slum district with a special solar lens weapon from his airship. Bruce dons the Batsuit provided by Alfred Pennyworth and saved Julie and a girl she was trying to save from LeRoi's devastation. In reaching LeRoi's airship Batman used a hangglider from the celebration exhibition and flies to the airship by manipulating the hot air from the fires caused by LeRoi's solar weapon. After accidentally destroying LeRoi's robot pilot Antonio by pushing LeRoi into him, the two take the fight to the balloon above, fighting inside the hull of the ship where the ships gas pipes are located. The two are equally matched, but the ruined robot falls and apparently overloads the engines, after which Batman escapes, and Alexander LeRoi plummets to his death in the fires.

Batman later uncovered and confronted Franklin Claypool, a landowner of Gotham who was the owner of the ruined slum districts, for being LeRoi's mysterious benefactor and planning to sell the now higher valued properties once LeRoi's work was done. However, Claypool admitted to him that he was despondent over the loss of lives caused by LeRoi and subsequently surrender himself to James Gordon.

Sometime later Bruce brought Julie in the outskirts overlooking Gotham City, and is surprised to learned that his fiance knows that he is Batman (after being rescued by him and seeing the eyes "of the man I love") in which she pledge to him that his secret is safe.

Post-Infinite Crisis

Following the events of Infinite Crisis, Bruce Wayne's reality became known as Earth-19, and much of his history as Batman (if not all) apparently remains intact. As Batman he allied with the newly experience superhero Blue Beetle (Daniel Garrett) in stopping a Man-Bat that terrorizes Gotham during the night and teamed up with the Challengers from Beyond. After learning that Green Lantern, Kyle Rayner, was the Man-Bat after having been bitten by a vampire from Earth-43, Batman and his allies fought him until the Blue Beetle cured Kyle's condition with the mystical power of the Blue Beetle Scarab. Once having solve the mystery Batman and the Beetle bid farewell to the Challengers as they travel to another reality, leaving the two heroes to ponder about traveling alternate realities.[1]

Batman was later unwillingly recruited by Monarch into fighting against his counterparts (The Bat of Earth-40 and the Vampire Batman of Earth-43) in the mad villain's search for the fittest being in his army as part of his war against the Monitors. In the alternate beings' holding room Batman and The Bat tried to rally their prison mates in resisting Monarch. Soon later Batman and his counterparts were force to fight each other in the Monarch's Arena. The Bat saved him from being bitten by the Vampire Batman by sacrificing himself in his place making, but not without knocking out Batman, making the Vampire as the winner. Batman was taken into a stasis prison and along with the other beaten heroes in the later Arena battles.[2][3][4] He and the others were then rescued by Superman of Earth-31 and was presumably taken back to his reality of Earth-19.[5]

Powers and Abilities

Abilities

Master detective

Martial Art Master: Due to Bruce's travels around the world he masters an idiosyncratic admixture of See Thai Boxing, Pentjak Silat, Wing Chun, and Judo.[2]

Paraphernalia

Weapons

Batarangs, daggers.

Trivia

  • In the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "The Trials of the Demon" after Jim Craddock's magic ruins Batman's costume, Etrigan changes the costume into the Gotham by Gaslight suit.

See Also

Links and References

  • Batman at Wikipedia
  • Batman: Gotham by Gaslight
  • Batman: Master of the Future
  • Countdown Presents: The Search for Ray Palmer: Gotham by Gaslight #1

Footnotes

  1. Countdown Presents: The Search for Ray Palmer: Gotham by Gaslight
  2. 2.0 2.1 Countdown: Arena #1
  3. Countdown: Arena #2
  4. Countdown: Arena #3
  5. Countdown: Arena #4
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