The Dark Knight
|Family:|| Thomas Wayne (father, deceased)|
Martha Wayne (mother, deceased)
|Occupation:|| CEO of Wayne Enterprises|
Vigilante (in secret)
|Appeared In:|| Batman|
Batman & Robin
|Played by:|| Michael Keaton |
- "You see, I'm both Bruce Wayne and Batman. Not because I have to be. Now... because I choose to be."
Bruce Wayne is a billionaire from Gotham City, CEO of Wayne Enterprises. He became Batman in response to the sudden and brutal murder of his parents by the gangster Jack Napier when he was ten. He sees himself as the protector of Gotham, aiming to clean up the city's crime and corruption while bringing its criminals to justice by any means necessary. One of his first enemies was Napier, who Batman accidentally transformed into the far more dangerous "The Joker". Battling against the Joker's plan to poison Gotham with "Smylex", they had a final confrontation in which the Joker fell to his death- avenging Batman's parents.
Over the years to come, Batman would fight many other eccentric criminal masterminds, including the monstrous Penguin, the seductive Catwoman, the twisted Two-Face, the manic Riddler, Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy. In the course of these events, Batman found a crime-fighting partner in Dick Grayson, who became Robin, and another ally in Alfred's niece Barbara Wilson, who became Batgirl. He also seemed to come to terms with his parents' deaths, seeming to enjoy his role as Batman.
Bruce Wayne had been born to wealthy but civic-minded parents in 1955. The noble Doctor Thomas Wayne and the philanthropic Martha Wayne had worked tirelessly to reverse Gotham City's urban decline, and had become renown for their glittering charity fundraisers and their support of initiatives to stimulate the city's growth as a place without crime and poverty.
In 1963, on one cold late October night when he was ten years old, Bruce urged his parents to take him to see a movie and his father gave in. The family went to the Monarch Theatre to see Footlight Frenzy.
After the movie, his father had decided they should walk for a bit before taking a cab back to Wayne Manor. The family happily walked down the sidewalk and it wasn't long before his mother had noticed someone following them. Attempting to evade the followers, who turned out to be two hoodlums, Bruce and his parents found themselves cornered in a dead-end alley as the hoods, on orders to kill the Waynes due to their meddling in mafia affairs, confronted them. One of them goes up to them and tore Martha's pearl necklace off of her neck, and Thomas struggled with that thug. The second hoodlum pulled out a gun and shot down Thomas. Martha screamed, and she was then shot down by the same thug. As the first hoodlum that Thomas had struggled with began to run away, the second with the gun approached Bruce, saying, "Tell me kid.... you ever dance with the Devil by the pale moon light?" The hoodlum with the gun came out of the shadows wearing a wide, demented, devilish grin that Bruce would never forget. The cops could be heard coming and the first hoodlum shouted, "Oh, Man, let's go!" Just as the second cocked the gun, he then turned upon hearing, "Let's go, Jack!" Jack then turned back to Bruce and said, "See you around, kid", and began to walk away, leaving Bruce alone in the alley.
Little did he know that his prediction would come true -- that he and Bruce would meet again. Bruce went down on his knees between the dead bodies of his loving parents and began to cry. He prayed that he would eradicate crime from Gotham's streets so that no one else would suffer the same pain. Beat cop Jim Gordon was the first official on the scene and attempted to console Bruce, but to no avail.
On the night of his parents' wake, the priest's words gave the distraught Bruce no comfort. Bruce walked over to his father's desk and noticed a red leather book lying on it. It was his father's journal. His father had written in it every day in his life, but now the journal will never be finished. Bruce took the red journal and ran out into a powerful storm. He fell in to a centuries old cave. When he got up he looked forward and saw a figure approaching him in the darkness. It was a giant bat. Bruce was at first scared but then decided to take that image and put fear into the hearts of those who did evil and criminals.
When Bruce grew up, he studied combat, science, psychology, and criminology. With the assistance of his butler and guardian, Alfred Pennyworth, he developed new technologies and weapons in the "bat caves" beneath Wayne Manor, and a new persona for himself -- that of "the Batman," a frightening, phantom-like vigilante whose self-appointed mission was to lurk the darkened streets of Gotham, meting out rough justice to criminals.
Powers and Abilities Edit
- Acrobatics: Batman's agility is comparable to that of an Olympic gymnast.
- Computer Hacking: A master in the use of high-level technology.
- Martial Arts: Having trained his entire life in fighting arts and constantly engaging in battle with various foes, Batman has earned a reputation as one of the world's best fighters.
- Kung Fu
- Tae Kwon Do
- Muay Thai
- Krav Maga
- Indomitable Will: Although he has no superhuman powers, Batman's unstoppable determination and strength of will make him an extremely formidable opponent. This makes him able to function while tolerating massive amounts of physical pain,
- Interrogation: As a vigilante and detective, Batman extracts information from his enemies through intimdation and strength.
- Investigation: He has earned a reputation as the World's Greatest Detective.
- Stealth: Batman can infiltrate high-security facilities without raising suspicions or getting captured.
- Hand-to-Hand Combat (Advanced)
- Genius Level Intellect
- Polymath: He has studied Biology, Technology, Mathematics, Physics, Mythology, Geography and History. Bruce gained degrees in Criminal Science, Forensic Sciences, Computer Sciences, Chemistry and Engineering by the time he was 21. He had mastered Diverse Environmental Training, Security Systems, and illusion/sleight of hand by the time he was 23. He gained even more degrees in Biology, Physics, Advanced Chemistry, and Technology by the time he was 25. He has also learned Medical Sciences and Expanded Computer and Engineering Sciences.[original research?]
- Eidetic Memory: Batman has total recall and can remember anything in great detail.
- Investigation: He is widely considered the World's Greatest Detective, capable of observation, forensic investigation, and inductive and deductive reasoning of the highest caliber. Human intuition is an unlearnable trait and one of Batman's most effective tools. Given any mystery, he can arrive at the correct conclusions with a fraction of the data.[original research?]
- Multilingualism: He is able to speak Spanish, French, Latin, German, Japanese, English, Russian, Cantonese, Mandarin, Greek, Portuguese, Arabic, Sanskrit, Hindi, Thai, Farsi, and possibly more.
- Tactical Analysis: He commonly utilizes cunning tactics to outwit his foes, relying on his plans and experience to outmanoeuvre many of his superhuman friends and adversaries. Batman is known as one of the greatest strategists and tacticians in the universe.
- Leadership: He is known for having great leadership. He is leader of the Outsiders, the Batman Family and Batman Incorporated. He is also in charge of his company, Wayne Enterprises.
- Escapology: He has been described as second only to Mister Miracle as an escape artist. He has been seen escaping from a Posey straitjacket in less than 52 seconds, and remarked afterwards that the time was way too slow for his usual standards. In fact, Batman was taught the arts of escapism by Zatara..
- Driving: Bruce is proficient at driving many vehicles like cars, motor bikes and trucks, and he is also skillful at driving jets, helicopters, auto boats and small ships.
- Tracking: Trained in hunting techniques by African Bushmen (the Ghost Tribes of the Ten-eyed Brotherhood, among others).
- Disguise: Had mastered the art of disguise by the time he was 23. Had further learned expanded disguise techniques by the time he was 26, through various instructions from Alfred. Batman has many aliases he uses to infiltrate the underworld or just to go undercover in public situations. Among his various aliases are: Matches Malone, Thomas Quigley, Ragman, Detective Hawke, Sir Hemingford Grey, Frank Dixon, Gordon Selkirk, and Mr. Fledermaus.
- Mechanical Aptitude: Proficient at combat driving. Has learned improved vehicle designs. Was trained and proficient in basic vehicles operations.
- Mechanical Engineering: Capable of designing and creating suits of armor capable of outracing missiles and protecting the wearer from its detonation at point blank range. Also, designed and created a highly powerful suit of armor known as the Hellbat armor, the latest version of which was used by Lois Lane to gain the upper hand in a fight against a powered-up Eradicator, who had just defeated Superman.
- Business Management: Bruce Wayne has extensive skills and experience in business management, has thorough understanding of financial marketing and management and is often seen as a example of a successful industrialist and businessman on a par with Lex Luthor.
- Gadgetry: In combat, Batman uses an arsenal of non-lethal weapons and devices of his own creation.
- Peak Human Condition
- Peak Human Strength: Batman regularly bench-presses at least 1000 lbs. during his exercise routine. This allows him to be capable of doing amazing feats such as punching a SWAT officer through a brick wall. He's able to break steel handcuffs, and bend prison bars with his bare hands. He once pulled the maximum weight of 300 lbs scale bar behind him with all his effort, using one arm.
- Peak Human Reflexes: Bruce's reflexes were honed to such a degree that he has caught one of Green Arrow's arrows in mid flight when he tried to shoot him. He is able to dodge gunfires at close range.
- Peak Human Speed: He can run and move at speeds comparable to the finest competing athletes. He has shown enough speed to catch up a speeding car while running.
- Peak Human Endurance: His endurance is comparable to that of the finest Olympic Decathlon participant.His lung capacity is so great that he could hold his breath underwater for 3 minutes and 15 seconds. He can survive in the airless vacuum of space for exactly 27 seconds. He continued to function after a gunshot that injured one of his legs without feeling any pain.
- Peak Human Stamina: At peak capacity, Batman can physically exert himself for approximately an hour before the build up of fatigue toxins began to impair him.
- Peak Human Agility: His agility exceeded than that of a Chinese acrobat and an Olympic gymnast. His main phase of movement was Parkour which he learned in France and used to scale the city's rooftops or on widow buildings in an acrobatic manner.
- Peak Human Balance: His balance and dexterity is at the peak of human perfection. He has been shown to perform feats greater than those of skilled athletes.
- Businessman Management
- Multilingualism: Known to be fluent in French, German, Kaznian and Spanish.
- Tactical Analysis
- Weaponry: Through his martial arts training, he has become an expert on all melee weaponry. Wayne has displayed exceptional sword fighting capability and proficiency with knives, sticks and various other weapons. He practices during his combat sessions to keep his skills intact, but he prefers unarmed combat.
- Stick Fighting
- Ventriloquism: Learned the basics from Zatara.
- Mimicry: Batman could impersonate Commissioner Gordon's voice to help himself on his investigations.
- Criminology: Bruce Wayne obtained a college major in criminology.
- Forensic Pathology
- Psychology: Bruce Wayne's college minor was in psychology.
- Heart Condition: In the future, Bruce has an illness that prevents him from doing any serious exercise. He requires rest and his medicine after doing anything tiring.
- Restricted Mobility: Also in his elderly age, Bruce requires a cane to walk around, unable to on his own anymore.
- Single-Mindedness: Batman's drive to protect Gotham has been used against him on several occasions, most notably when Bane decided to confront Batman only after wearing him down by destroying Arkham Asylum, knowing that his foe would try and capture all the escaped inmates himself and thus push himself to the brink of exhaustion.
- Grapple Gun
- Utility Belt
- Smoke Pellets
- Toxic Gas
- Air Filter
- Gas Pellets
- Grappling Hooks
- micro-emergency transmitter
- bat-language translator
- gas masks
- Batcomputer: A computer capable of analyzing every sort of evidence from crime scenes. It contains a massive information database on criminal records and general iformation. The batcomputer was always upgraded to the latest technology developments and even much more capable that most of the computers on the year 2040.
- First Batmobile: Batman's first Batmobile was an adapted car of his own design.
- Second Batmobile: After the first car broke down, Batman acquired the services of Earl Cooper, a car designer who had been fired for whistle-blowing, to design him a new one.
- Third Batmobile: An upgraded version of the second one after its destruction at the hands of the Penguin.
- Fourth Batmobile: Also known as the KnightStriker, the fourth Batmobile served Batman during his years in the Justice League.
- Fifth Batmobile: A flying Batmobile, primarily used by his successor to the mantle, Terry McGinnis.
- First Batwing: A sleek experimental flying wing.
- Second Batwing: A more conventionally shaped fighter jet. He made spares; several of them were destroyed in battle.
- Third Batwing: During his later years in the Justice League, Batman designed a more futuristic jet that was up-to-date with the latest aeronautical innovations.
- Javelin: During his years in the Justice League, Batman would occasionally travel in one of the League's Javelins rather than his own vehicles.
- All-Terrain Bat-Vehicle
- Conventional: Designed to incapacitate, disarm foes
- Exploding: Demolish obstacles/walls, handle opponents with greater durability than normal humans
- Electric: Electrocute/stun opponents, disable electrically sensitive beings.
- Bolas: Weighted cables designed to restrain foes
Behind the ScenesEdit
- "Keaton's hero is dark, mysterious and melancholy--"the way I created Batman in 1939""
- ―Bob Kane
- In the script of the first film, Batman is referred to or described with such words as the Bat, Black Apparition, Black Figure, Human Bat and Black Spectre.
Batman & RobinEdit
- ↑ It is mentioned in Batman Forever
- Bruce Wayne (Burtonverse) at DC Comics Database
- Batman at Tim Burton Wiki
- Batman (Michael Keaton) at Batman Wiki
- Batman (Val Kilmer) at Batman Wiki
- Barman (George Clooney) at Batman Wiki
- Batman at the DC Cinematic Universe Wiki.
- Batman at the Batman: The Animated Series Wiki.
- Batman from DC Movie Universe Wikia