|Bruce Wayne (Scenesys ID: 165)|
|Occupation:||CEO Wayne Foundation|
|Groups:||Hellfire Club, Bat Family, Justice League|
|Apparent Age:||42||Actual Age:||42|
|Date of Birth||7 October, 1978||Played By||Anson Mount|
|Hair Color:||black||Eye Color:||blue|
Batman is the father figure to many of the young vigilantes of Gotham, and the erstwhile defender of that city known as the Dark Knight. Criminals flee him, allies fear him. Even years after first being spotted by the media, Batman remains an elusive and mysterious figure in the legends of Gotham. Quite the contrast to the billionaire Bruce Wayne, playboy-turned-father to a cavalcade of adopted children.
"Yes, Father. I Shall Become A Bat."
- Batman: Year One
October 7, 1978 - Bruce Thomas Wayne is born to Thomas and Martha Wayne in the Damask Room of Wayne Manor, Crest Hill, New Jersey
1982 - Bruce begins to attend church and Sunday School, a habit he will maintain until the death of his parents shatters his belief in a higher power.
Early 1983 - Bruce watches the Sign of Zorro (1958) starring Guy Williams while staying up past his bedtime to watch television. He begins a boyhood obsession with the character, frequently dressing up as Zorro and fencing with imaginary opponents.
June, 1983 - After the death of Jarvis Pennyworth, his son Alfred arrives at Wayne Manor to take over as butler for the Wayne Family. Bruce's parents disapprove of his obsession with Zorro, but Alfred quietly encourages it and ingratiates himself with a young Bruce. Inspired by Zorro, Bruce gets into a fight at school while trying to protect another student from a bully.
August, 1983 - Bruce's earliest memory (and his happiest) is formed when he, his parents and Alfred spend the day playing in the gardens of Wayne Manor. It will be a memory that he clings to and which drives him onward for the rest of his life.
January, 1986 - Mafia boss Vincent Falcone brings his son, Carmine, to Wayne Manor after the latter is wounded in a gunfight with Luigi Maroni. Against his better judgement, Thomas agrees to tend to the younger Falcone while Bruce watches on in secret.
February, 1986 - Bruce first sees the Gray Ghost television series and becomes enamored with the character who will be one of his major influences later in life. He will remain a closeted fan of then Gray Ghost well into his adulthood.
April, 1986 - Thomas Wayne saves the mother of Marla Elliot from death after a fatal car accident kills her husband. Unbeknownst to Bruce at the time, his childhood friend Tommy had cut the brake lines of their limo.
June 26, 1986 - Thomas and Martha Wayne are slain by mugger Joe Chill in the Park Row theater district after a night at the Monarch Theater seeing 'The Mark of Zorro' (1940). The slaying will shock Gotham to its core and forever dub the once-prosperous district as Crime Alley.
July, 1986 - Bruce learns from close family friend Dr. Leslie Thomkins that Child Protective Services intend to make him a ward of the state as no biological relation had emerged to take him in. In response, Bruce exercises his extraordinary focus and skill to forge paperwork that makes Alfred and Leslie his official guardians.
October, 1987 - Alfred arranges for Giovanni Zatara to perform at Bruce's birthday party. Bruce forms a connection that he will pursue years later when learning a host of different skills.
September to November, 1992 - Bruce is enrolled in the Gotham Preparatory School for Boys in Bristol, where he rooms with Harvey Dent. While there, he purchases a grapnel launcher which he uses to scale the buildings in the evening hours.
27 June, 1993 - Bruce drops out of Gotham Preparatory after only a semester, following through with a plan to travel the globe training himself to do battle in one way or another with the criminals of Gotham City. He will return only intermittently over the next nine years.
Intermittently, 1993 to 2000 - Bruce will attend dozens of world-class universities with false identification to audit classes. He studies at Cambridge, Oxford, the Sorbonne, and the Berlin School of Science just to name a few.
Late 1993 - Bruce travels to the Paektu-San Mountains in North Korea, where he learns the arts of Ninjutsu, Shotokan Karate, and the Kage-no-Ken style of karate taught exclusively among the League of Assassins from the League's head trainer - Kirigi.
Summer, 1994 - Bruce travels to Paris and tracks down renowned bounty hunter and tracker Henry Ducard. He studies with him for several months, though Ducard often admonishes his unwillingness to kill.
Late August, 1997 - Bruce, under the alias of 'Frank Dixon' assists veteran detective Harvey Harris in solving a slew of serial killings in Huntsville, Alabama. Despite stopping the killer, Harris is killed in a firefight.
Fall, 1998 - Bruce seeks out Richard Dragon in St. Louis, driving away his other students in order to train with him exclusively. Through these lessons, Bruce masters tan tui and wushu kung fu among other martial arts.
Early 1999 - Bruce visits the home of stage magician Giovanni Zatara where he aims to learn the art of magic. While he proves to be a natural illusionist, when Zatara reveals the dangers and costs of true magic Bruce decides he does not trust it.
December, 2000 - Nearing the end of his global sojourn, Bruce travels to Alaska and gets lost in the mountains. Rescued by members of the Otter Ridge tribe, he learns of the myth of Bat and Raven which will partly inform his choice of guise several months later.
4 January, 2001 - Bruce returns to Gotham City and reunites with Alfred, whom he has only seen a handful of times in the last decade. He begins preparations to wage his war on crime.
11 March, 2001 - Adopting the disguise of a scarred war veteran, Bruce takes to Gotham's East End streets in his first effort to fight crime. He is stabbed while attempting to break up a fight and then soon after shot by a police officer who misunderstands the situation. Upon returning home near-delirious from blood loss and the pain, he witnesses a bat crashing through his study window and takes it as a sign from his father to 'become a Bat.'
Mid-March, 2001 - Bruce explores the caves beneath Wayne Manor and, with the help of Alfred, begins construction of the Bat Cave.
April 5, 2001 - Bruce wears the original Batman costume on patrol for the first time. He investigates a series of break-ins at Leslie Thompkins' Park Row and prevents a mugging.
August 7, 2001 - As Batman, Bruce encounters Catwoman (Selina Kyle) for the first time. She will be the first 'true' member of his Rogues Gallery, although their relationship will change greatly over the years.
2001 - 2005 - Over the course of his early career, Batman will go from urban myth to confirmed vigilante as he progresses from stopping petty crimes to engaging in major investigations both alone and with the GCPD. Almost as if it were in response to the Batman, costumed and gimmicky criminals begin to crawl out of the woodwork.
May 9, 2005 - Bruce attends Haly's Circus and witnesses the tragic death of the Flying Graysons. Remembering the death of his own parents, Bruce is stricken with sympathy for the surviving member - the young Richard Grayson - and will arrange to take him in as a ward and foster parent before he is lost to the system.
June, 2005 - After discovering Bruce's secret identity as Batman, Bruce attempts to give focus to the young man's rage and aggression by training him much to Alfred's chagrin.
Early December, 2005 - Dick passes a battery of tests designed by Bruce and is officially considered ready to work with Batman. He designs his own costume as a testament to those worn by his family during their acrobatic performances and becomes the first Robin.
Summer, 2009 - Batman and Robin encounter a young woman in a homemade costume calling herself 'Batgirl'. Bruce soon learns that this is the daughter of his ally in the GCPD; Jim Gordon.
Fall, 2009 - After false starts and attempts to dissuade Batgirl, Bruce finally accepts Barbara as part of the growing 'Family' and grants her access to the Batcave.
April, 2011 - The Joker surprises Barbara at her home and shoots her, rendering her a paraplegic. Bruce temporarily considers eschewing the help of Robin but ultimately chooses to keep the Family together.
Late April, 2011 - Gotham is struck by a tidal wave and severed from the mainland. It is declared 'No Man's Land' by the federal government and ejected from the United States. The city's villains carve up the city into little fiefdoms while Bruce attempts to persuade the government to re-admit Gotham. He divides his time between this and holding things together in Gotham alongside the Family and the stranded GCPD.
October, 2011 - The 'No Man's Land' decision is rescinded and the rebuilding of Gotham begins.
2012 - A coalition of alien empires known as the 'Alliance' attempts to invade Earth. Batman united with Superman, Wonder Woman and several other preeminent heroes to form the Justice League. They spearhead the defense of Earth and are ultimately responsible for expelling the Invaders.
June, 2013 - Dick, now a young man, has begun to continually chafe under Batman's strict need for control. After an argument he returns the Robin costume and leaves to become Nightwing.
Late June, 2013 - Batman encounters a young Jason Todd attempting to steal the wheels from the Batmobile. After learning about his violent past and troubled home life, Bruce arranges to adopt him (something he would not do for Dick until a few years later) and move him into Wayne Manor. Shortly after, he begins to train him as the second Robin. Alfred is once again incensed that Batman would seek to not only replace Dick, but endanger another child.
December, 2013 - Jason 'graduates' and becomes the second Robin officially, wearing a uniform very similar to Dick's own.
27 April, 2015 - Jason is beaten near to death by the Joker before being killed in a bombing orchestrated by the Clown. His death is officially listed as 'smoke asphyxiation' when filed with the city.
February, 2016 - After a prolonged period of working alone and becoming increasingly violent, Tim Drake (having deduced the identity of Batman and the Robins) begins acting as the third Robin of his own accord until Batman finally accepts him for training.
January, 2017 - Tim Drake officially graduates and becomes the third Robin.
Summer, 2017 - Doomsday attacks and Superman dies defeating him. The Justice League all but disbands in response. Batman returns his full focus to Gotham City.
2018 - Batman encounters Cassandra Cain for the first time, who later joins the Bat Family as Orphan/.
December, 2018 - After the death of his parents, Bruce formally adopts Tim Drake who lets go of the 'Robin' mantle and becomes Red Robin.
March, 2020 - Damian Wayne arrives in Gotham City and is revealed to be Bruce's son with Talia al Ghul.
May, 2020 - Damian Wayne becomes the fourth Robin.
Batman cares deeply for the lives of innocent people, not just of Gotham, though that is very much his focus, but even for the world as a whole. And indeed, that compassion extends beyond even the innocent, and all the way to the villains he fights. He may be ruthlessly efficient in stopping their plans, and certainly can be violent in that struggle, but ultimately Batman is driven by the simple desire that no one should have to endure the type of pain he went through in losing his parents, not even those who care for those he battles against, nor the people he fights themselves. For all his grim demeanor and fearsome reputation, it is respect for life which is the core of Batman?s person.
While not by any means a split personality, one might be forgiven for thinking that was the case with Bruce Wayne and Batman. Batman is a grim, supremely focused, often-violent vigilante and Bruce Wayne, once you strip away the affected facade of the playboy dilettante, is a deeply compassionate philanthropist, but also a far warmer and less emotionally reserved person, even behind closed doors among those ?in the know.? To an extent, Batman compartmentalizes these personas himself, and despite often claiming that Batman is his ?real self? (to the degree that he can answer ?I?m Batman? to the question of his true identity and it will be accepted as truth even by supernatural methods of detecting deceptions) Bruce Wayne is more a part of him than he often realizes. In his best moments he blends the two seamlessly, and at his worst he focuses almost entirely on one than the other (almost always Batman over Bruce but there have been rare occasions of the opposite).
Batman is extremely self-disciplined and driven. He is easily capable of tuning out distraction and other concerns to devote himself fully to any given task at hand, to a degree that can make him seem positively monomaniacal at times. When he sets goals he pursues them relentlessly and with often-ruthless efficiency. Sometimes to his own detriment.
Batman, being a rational fellow, is aware that one cannot plan for every contingency. That doesn?t stop him from trying to plan for just about every contingency it is feasible to plan for. He has applied his exhaustive experience and knowledge to finely-tune every aspect of his crime-fighting arsenal to help provide the maximum chance for success. It doesn?t stop him from adjusting on the fly, but chances are in many given situations Batman already has devised a method or plan for dealing with it effectively. He has, for example, spent several years building up immunities or resistances to many common poisons. He?s never been a Boy Scout but he puts them to shame at their own motto of ?Be Prepared.?
Perhaps not surprising for the ?world?s greatest detective? Batman?s mind is highly attuned towards logic and rationality. It is not so ironclad that he refuses to accept that there are things that cannot yet be explained by science and rational thought, but he is uncomfortable with those concepts and even then will try to place them in some kind of framework he can more easily relate to. When strange circumstances arise he will go to considerable effort to find the ?rational explanation.? This also tends to make him a bit of a skeptic when it comes to things like ?Magic? and supernatural phenomena and the like. Not that he isn?t aware that it is a real force, but he very much hews towards the ?technology/science we just don?t understand yet? belief.
Batman has adopted such a strict self-discipline that emotional control is very much a fundamental part of his personality. He tends towards stoicism at the best of times, though with the mask off or around his close allies and friends he can sometimes betray more warmth and humor than many expect from him. However coupled with some of his other tendencies this is part of what gives Batman a reputation among those that don?t know him so well for being...at best a bit cold and at worst a callous jerk.
Batman is a very self-sacrificing individual. He gives generously not only of his fortune as Bruce Wayne, but also of himself as Batman. He?s given up virtually the very thought of ever having a ?normal life? in order to protect Gotham and Earth. He would think nothing of giving his life to save innocents. He has no fear of harm, pain, death or discomfort for himself, save circumstance where incurring such things puts innocents at risk. He pushes himself harder, farther, and for greater spans of time than anyone ought to in order to keep others safe. Indeed, he is so without regard for his own well-being that it can sometimes become a serious problem for him.
Without question Batman is one of the most intelligent humans on Earth, well into the supergenius range. However while he is outstripped by several others in various specialized scientific and engineering fields, there is likely no one else on Earth who is as multifaceted as Batman is. He learns at an amazingly fast rate and has an eidetic memory, which has allowed him to achieve mastery or near-mastery over an astonishing array of wildly different fields, and allows him to learn new ones (or improve in existing ones) with equal alacrity. While within human bounds, his intellect pushes the limits of human capability.
Perhaps even beyond his intellect and physical capability, it is Batman?s indomitable will that drives him to accomplish the amazing things he does. He can push himself harder than virtually any human alive. He can face down Gods and Supernatural beings of immense power without flinching. He can withstand enormous amounts of pain, discomfort, or even outright torture of both the physical and psychological variety without breaking. He can tune out a multitude of distractions to focus on accomplishing his goals. He might waver. He might stumble, and he might make mistakes or suffer temporary defeats, but ultimately...his unwavering sense of purpose is virtually impossible to break. He could easily wield a green power ring (or a yellow, for that matter), and he tends to break free of mind control and other such influences far more quickly than others, or resist it outright.
Batman is easily the equal of a world-class olympic gymnast several times over in terms of balance and coordination. Years of rigorous training and experience have given him an uncanny ability to flip, twist, tumble, and dodge his way out threatening situations. Only a few notable exceptions among human levels could claim more agility and acrobatic prowess than Batman, foremost among them being his own protege, Nightwing.
While more of a physical capability then actual skill, Batman's body has been honed to the peak of human capability. It's entirely likely that barely anyone on earth can exceed him in overall physical fitness and still be considered ?human.? Batman can run a mile in about three minutes, hold his breath for seven minutes, deadlift almost 1000 pounds, and place in the top five at the Boston Marathon while barely breaking a sweat. He can endure tremendous amounts of punishment (primarily blunt force trauma) with little loss in performance. Also included among his physical abilities is his incredible control over his own body. Batman can effectively 'play dead' by slowing down his vital signs, or dislocate (and relocate) or contort his own limbs almost on command. Many of his own body-control techniques almost break the barrier into the mystical, but in truth are simply extensions of his phenomenal willpower and martial arts training.
Batman has mastered dozens of different martial arts styles, and is familiar enough with most others that he can identify their use on-sight and recognizes their techniques. He is not likely among the top 5 martial artists in the world but probably comfortably seated within the top 10, and is skilled and resourceful enough that he has been known to battle the most superb martial artists and occasionally manage a win. His own style borrows techniques from the multitude of styles he knows, creating an amalgamation that is more than the sum of its parts.
Batman is also extremely skilled in the use of thrown weapons such as shuriken, boomerangs, darts, bolos, throwing knives, and other such implements, often using customized variations on them in his crime-fighting. He is also intimately familiar with swords, staves, and most other melee weapons, though he practices with them more to have an idea what to expect from his enemies than for the intention of using said skills in battle directly.
Finally, Batman is more than passingly familiar with ranged weapons as well, including archery, and even firearms, which he may abhor, but he has learned to use out of respect for their deadliness, and if nothing else for a complete knowledge of ballistics and forensics surrounding such weapons. All told, Batman is one of the world?s most formidable all-around combatants, at least among those that fall within human capability.
Batman is commonly referred to as 'The World's Greatest Detective'. It's not a name that is unwarranted. Batman's array of detection and deductive skills range from the techniques of Zulu trackers in Africa to the modern forensic science of the FBI or Scotland Yard. He can spot clues and evidence with mind boggling ease, and his eye for detail is unparalleled (his photographic memory is a great help in this, of course). Additionally, Batman is easily the match of the finest forensic scientists on the planet, and is familiar with all the state of the art methods, as well as the simpler modes of analyzing crime scenes. He can often accomplish with a mere glance what less skilled detectives require weeks of analysis to accomplish. Finally, Batman's deductive mind is second to none. He can take even the shakiest of evidence and clues, link them together, and come to a usually frighteningly accurate conclusion as to the who, how, and why of any given situation. His leaps of logic and incredible instincts often astound and amaze those that work with him, to include his compatriots in the JLA.
Batman is skilled in disguise, acting, and impersonation, having been taught largely by Alfred himself. He has been known to apply realistic prosthetics and wigs to alter his appearance and take on alternate identities, most notably that of ?Matches? Malone, a mid-level Gotham criminal. He can tell bald-faced lies so well that he fools lie detector machines, and perhaps most notably can school his body language to subtly differentiate between, for example, Batman and Bruce Wayne.
Infiltration and Escape:
Batman has long since lost count of the number of traps he's managed to escape from. He is intimately familiar with lockpicking, safe-cracking, and general escape artistry. He is easily on par with master thieves in avoiding, disabling, or circumventing security systems, though perhaps not -quite- as gifted as (for instance) Catwoman He can contort and dislocate his limbs as necessary to escape bonds, to include straitjackets, ropes, chains, and even more sophisticated bonds. His keen mind allows him to break through electronic locks and security systems with relative ease. Of course, such techniques are much more effective when he has adequate tools to utilize, but he's proven time and time again that often his ingenuity and whatever happens to be on hand are more than enough to evade nearly any deathtrap.
Batman knows how best to use his image and reputation to strike fear into the hearts of evildoers, at a level he has practically elevated to an art form. Through a combination of psychological know-how, fearsome reputation, dark appearance, and a simply overpowering presence, Batman can make just about -anyone- nervous. Often he can accomplish this even without -trying- and often even fellow heroes and teammates have been known to comment about Batman 'making them nervous' or 'spooking' them.
Beyond his direct crime-fighting skills, Batman is an expert in a vast array of other fields, from survival techniques to virtually all major (and several specialized) scientific and engineering disciplines, to computer programming, driving, piloting, linguistics (fluent in a multitude of languages), cryptography, and business. And given his formidable intellect, he can brush up on old fields and learn new ones extremely quickly. This includes a tremendous amount of seemingly-trivial knowledge across a multitude of subjects. He is very much a ?walking encyclopedia? and ?jack-of-all-trades? though in his case a ?master of many? rather than ?none.?
One of the more effective skills Batman has mastered is the arts of silence and invisibility. In the shadows of the city, Batman is a ghost, and only the most perceptive of individuals ever find him unless he wishes it. So talented in the arts of stealth is Batman that he has even effectively hidden from Superman, despite the Man of Steel's ultra-enhanced senses. Of course, to hide from those with superhuman perception usually requires special equipment/devices/chemicals of some kind, which means prior knowledge of his opponents abilities (not usually much of a problem for Batman) is a must. But under normal circumstances, no ordinary human being is going to find Batman unless he?s not trying to avoid detection. Included in this ability is his uncanny knack for slipping out of Commissioner Jim Gordon's presence in the middle of any given conversation.
Batman has a commmanding knowledge of 'life on the streets'. While of course it is primarily focused on Gotham, it easily extends into nearly any other city as well. He knows they kinds of places drug dealers like to hang out, who makes the best informants, who's taking orders from who on the street, and which businesses the 'family' is using as fronts. He knows the ins and outs of criminal organizations like the back of his hand, from the simplest street gang to the oldest bastions of organized crime such as the Mafia. He also knows how and where the 'Black Market' sets up shop (figuratively speaking), and knows how illegal goods flow in most cities. Basically, Batman has the criminal element essentially 'mapped out' in his mind, which gives him a tremendous advantage in his crimefighting escapades.
Tactics and Strategy:
Batman has a genius for tactics and strategy that almost matches his genius for deductive reasoning. Batman can easily devise plans at the drop of a hat, with very little prior notice or warning. Furthermore, it can just as easily adapt to rapidly changing situations and adjust those tactics and strategies accordingly. Whether it's planning the retaking of a city, or the defeat of an ancient alien death machine, Batman is more than equal to the task of discovering and implementing how best to go about accomplishing the desired goal. There are those that say that Batman could find a way to defeat just about anyone or anything, given time to prepare. That may be a slight exaggeration, but there?s little denying that Batman often manages to hold his own even amongst metahumans of unimaginable power.
Over the years Bruce has gathered a collection of several younger heroes that he has trained and molded to varying degrees of success, as well as having always had the loyalty of the ever-faithful Alfred Pennyworth. Even those who have become estranged are often still willing to help Batman and Gotham when pressed, even if they might disagree on the methods to do so. Most would die for him. One for all intents and purposes did. He tries very hard not to let it happen again. Either way, his close group of Robins, Batgirls, and various others (including several ?civilians?) provides an incredible array of expertise across a wide span of different fields, several of them exceeding Batman himself in their most specialized fields, and others offering invaluable support to the operations of Batman and his fellow vigilantes in Gotham.
Batman uses two primary vehicles in his war against crime. The first is, of course, the infamous Batmobile. The Batmobile is a specially designed supercar, capable of reaching extremely high land speeds, and carrying a wide array of gadgets and equipment that assist Batman in a variety of ways. It?s an array that seems to only get bigger with each new iteration of the Batmobile. Batman's second most prevalent vehicle is the Batwing. The Batwing is a supersonic jet fighter that is easily on par with anything a modern military can devise. Unlike the Batmobile the Batwing tends to be armed, and is most often used alongside the JLA against superhuman foes. Batman also has a veritable fleet of other somewhat more 'mundane' vehicles, that have generally been modified to suit the 'Bat' motif. They are all top-of-the line quality with state-of-the-art technology, and may very well have further modifications and innovations designed and incorporated by Batman himself.
For more details see +info Batman/Vehicles.
While Batman?s primary headquarters remains the massive Batcave beneath Wayne Manor, he has several smaller outposts scattered throughout Gotham for use in emergencies or occasionally by other members of the Bat-Family. Most of these have little more than a spare costume and utility belt, extra supplies for the replenishable components of said utility belt, medical supplies, a berth for the Batmobile, Batwing, or perhaps both (though a few are too small for even this, instead usually housing a Bat-cycle), and a remote link to the main computer terminal in the primary Batcave, which in addition to all of the above hosts a full forensic laboratory, training spaces, a full infirmary stocked for trauma care, a biochem laboratory, and deep down a mooring for a Batboat. It also contains a ?vault? of equipment and trophies, some of which are prototype designs of Batman?s own making, such as a few different variants of powered armor, and others are acquired from his foes (For example, he has a fully-working Freeze Gun from Mr. Freeze, albeit an older model). One never quite knows what he might pull out of there (but anything particularly fantastic will be TP only).
This ultra-sophisticated crime computer serves as the 'heart' of the Batcave, and potentially Batman's most useful tool when conducting an in-depth investigation. On its own, the computer is a match for the finest supercomputers on the planet, with immense data-storage and processing capabilities. What's more, the computer has access to the JLA mainframe, and a direct link to Oracle and all of her (even more extensive) electronic resources. The computer also has 'back door' (in other words, hacked) access to Scotland Yard, Interpol, and the FBI. Furthermore, a skilled user can easily use the computer to 'hack' into other agencies if time and the situation permits. Aside from some of the systems Oracle uses, there may be no other more comprehensive and sophisticated crime-analysis computer system in the world. The main batcomputer of course rests in the primary Batcave beneath Wayne Manor, but it can be linked to from nearly all of the ?mini-Batcaves? Bruce has set up in and around Gotham.
Even outside the Bat-family and JLA, Batman has a wide network of individuals that can assist him in his work. From informants on the streets of Gotham, to experts in particular fields he might not be quite as gifted in, to various superheroes and vigilantes he has managed to form respectful acquaintanceships with. Batman may be a supremely resourceful individual, but despite legends to the contrary he does not know EVERYTHING. But if he doesn?t know something, there?s a good chance he knows someone who does know the thing.
As to be expected, Batman's costume has a wide variety of innovations built into it to allow for more effective crime fighting. It protects him from low to medium caliber bullets, as well as a fair amount of blunt force. The cape is weighted to be used as a weapon and can also become a gliding mechanism. The cowl of the uniform has radio and night vision capabilities, among others, as well as a voice modulator that distorts his voice enough to make it not-immediately recognizable. Finally, the suit has an electrical anti-tamper feature that activates in the case of Batman falling unconscious. Batman also maintains a few unique suits for specific situations.
For more information on Batman?s costumes, see +info Batman/Costumes.
While Batman does at times have a contentious relationship with the GCPD, for the most part they work well together, largely due to his friendship with Commissioner Jim Gordon. Individual opinions of Batman may vary on the force but a slight majority seem to view him and his partners as a net positive for Gotham City. Aside from being an alternative source of ?backup? when notified, Batman is on occasion allowed to view evidence and access files for open cases he assists on. In exchange, Batman (and company) stand ready to answer the GCPD?s call whenever the famous bat-signal lights up the night sky.
Batman has longtime connections to the Justice League of America, and can generally count upon assistance from their membership and access to their collective resources as-needed, though of course he?s expected to offer assistance of his own (which largely consists of helping to fund the operation when it?s active, though he does take part in operations with them as-needed. As much as Gotham is his focus he?s well aware there?s a larger world beyond Gotham that needs protecting, too.
The heart of Batman's crime fighting arsenal, the utility belt consists of several compartments carrying a wide variety of tools to assist Batman's nightly escapades. The contents of the belt are usually tailored to the task at hand, but a 'typical' load would include: A dozen or so of Batman's custom shuriken, one or two batarangs, a penlight, lockpicks, several smoke pellets, Batman's grapple launcher and hook with de-cel cord, a bit of cash, a pocketknife or 'leatherman' style tool, a rebreather with 30-minute oxygen supply, and a small first aid kit. Other items that Batman has been known to carry include tear gas pellets, flash-bang pellets, miniaturized forensic kits, small cutting torches, illumination sticks (chemlights), thermal blankets, and god only knows what else. Batman's uncanny resourcefulness and planning ability insure that no one can ever be quite sure what he's going to pull out of his belt next.
As majority owner of Wayne Enterprises Bruce often uses the corporation to provide him with necessary equipment and resources as Batman (though of course he covers his tracks well, particularly with Lucius Fox aiding and abetting him). Through them, he can acquire state-of-the-art technology, loads of raw material, pharmaceuticals, and all sorts of other potentially useful items. It also makes him a major player in the business world and while Lucius Fox is known to be the brains of the outfit Bruce is still its? face, and has access to the social network of the biggest names in business.
Bruce Wayne is likely among the top 5 wealthiest men on the planet, at least as far as those for whom there are reasonable methods of tracking said wealth. He is the majority shareholder of Wayne Enterprises and the Chairman of the Board (though Lucius Fox often holds his proxy), giving him a positively massive amount of wealth in terms of business ownership. When he is not Batman he lives a life of luxury though not really excess. He has a massive estate in Wayne Manor, as well as Penthouse Apartments in downtown Gotham and Manhattan. He wears almost entirely custom-tailored clothing by some of the best designers, tailors and shoemakers in the world. He has a fleet of high-end luxury automobiles (many of them classic) and modern supercars. He has multiple private jets at his disposal, and a fully stocked wine cellar that contains numerous extremely rare and valuable vintages. About the only common thing for people of his wealth that he DOESN?T have is a megayacht and he has the connections to rent one whenever he?d like. He can afford the best of everything that money can buy. And can afford to have it made if it doesn?t exist. As Batman has been known to quip when asked what his superpower is by those who are aware of his identity: ?I?m rich.?
Batman has amassed a wide array of villains over his career, from the psychotic Clown Prince of Crime called the Joker to the international criminal mastermind Ra?s al Ghul, and a vast array of others. There are a LOT of extraordinarily skilled, powered, and/or dangerous individuals that would love nothing more than to see Batman dead, or at least to see him suffer in defeat. Worse yet, a few of these villains already know his secret identity.
As noted, Batman is extremely selfless, but he can at times take that to extremes that are severely detrimental to his health and performance. He has been known to go without food, water, and particularly sleep for far longer than he ought to when matters are at their most critical. He will push himself to continue the fight even when injured, weakened, or otherwise distracted. While this can at times be admirable, he has been known to take it to a level that borders on being a form of self-harm. Likewise, he?s been known to keep secrets from even those closest to him, in an effort to shield them from burdens he feels they shouldn?t have to shoulder. Which often can lead to those very critical circumstances that wear him down. It?s a vicious cycle if he?s not careful to keep it in check and listen to those closest to him.
Batman keeps his identity a very closely-guarded secret from all but a select few individuals (and an even smaller number of villains who have discerned it but for whatever reason don?t spread the secret around). Were his identity to become public knowledge, not only would it open a vast array of avenues from which to attack and hamper him, it would also put all the people he cares most about in grave danger, to say nothing of potentially embarrassing certain friends and allies (most notably Commissioner Gordon of the GCPD).
As a follow-on to this, while many of Batman?s ?family? are quite capable of taking care of themselves, several of his nearest and dearest are, if not noncombatants, at least far less overtly capable than say, Nightwing or Cassandra Cain. This includes Wayne Enterprises CEO Lucius Fox, Alfred Pennyworth, Dr. Leslie Thompkins, and to an extent even Commissioner James Gordon, to say nothing of a long list of women that have been romantically attached to Bruce Wayne at any given time (he may not be linked to them anymore, and several of the relationships may have ended poorly, but that doesn?t mean he wouldn?t go out of his way to protect them). All of whom would be in an exceptional amount of danger if his secret identity were ?outed.?
Batman knows that many of the things he does skirt a lot of lines...legal, moral, ethical, and so he holds himself to a strict standard of behavior to prevent himself from falling too far on the wrong side of those lines. Most notably is that he adamantly refuses to use lethal force and techniques, even against the deadliest and most murderous of opponents. While this is often only a minor impediment in the heat of combat, it has insured that however well-intentioned Batman might be, he is all-but-doomed to a cyclical pattern of battle-capture-escape with most of his recurring foes. While Batman would like nothing more than to see his mentally ill enemies rehabilitated, thus far there has been very little success at it. Batman is well aware that it would be more efficient and likely even save lives if he were to simply do away with some of his opponents. He?s even been tempted from time to time. But he knows if he crosses that line he will become something no better than the man that killed his parents, and it would likely trigger an identity crisis that could turn Bruce from one of the world?s foremost protectors to one of its? greatest threats.
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|After Dinner Strolling||December 3rd, 2023||Tis the season for giving!|
|Night of the Living Dollatrons||November 8th, 2023||The Bat Family faces off against the Circus of Strange!|
|Batcakes and Batbusted||November 6th, 2023||Damian and Gabby sneak down for breakfast and Bruce finds them having pancakes.|
|Long-Range Reconnaissance Probe||November 6th, 2023||The Kryptonian Hegemony is not resting on its laurels. Knowing out there is a world with Kryptonians on it, it has sent out probes to known inhabited worlds from their own timeline. The probe lands in Gotham City. Batman and Superwoman arrive just in time to stop it sending out a report that would bring the Hegemony right to our doorstep.|
|Derby Queens vs The World||November 3rd, 2023||The Derby Queens face off against the Flat Iron Flatterers in a Roller Derby game for the ages!|
|A Drop of Blood for a Bat||October 24th, 2023||Damian persues Phoebe for an answer on why her healing powers didn't work. Bruce presses for more information. Phoebe insists that she can handle it -- which Batman hesitantly agrees to.
Really, everyone is surprised.
|Themy-Scare-Ya||October 23rd, 2023||We did the mash. We did the monster mash.|
|Cave Pitstop||October 21st, 2023||Batgirl pays a visit to the Bat Cave, with a busted up car, and a box full of fancy power pucks (their alternate name!)|
|Undefeated, apparently||October 4th, 2023||Batman and Jinx meet under the most unlikely of circumstances when The Apex Predator attempts to pitch them against each other to prove who is the mightiest once and for all.|
|The Wrath of Gotham||September 21st, 2023||A new threat reveals itself in Gotham City - Wrath. Hell bent on making police pay for their corruption, he was even prepared to duke it out with the Dark Knight himself. He was less prepared for a Dark Knight Superwoman duo though. Best laid plans and all that. Wrath got away and Alura's attempts at blending in with Humanity have seemingly failed.|
|Big F'ing Guns||September 11th, 2023||Cap traces an exotic weapons shipment, arrives in Gotham just in time for a gang war using them. Batman, Batgirl, Red Robin and Oriole swoop in to save the day.|
|Cruise Holdup||August 25th, 2023||The caricaturish Count Nefaria goes to try and steal a slowly cruising cruise ship. He is stopped in the process by Thunderbolt and Batman in the Bat-Marine with a last second sparkly save by Tarot!|
|On Kryptonian Justice||August 23rd, 2023||Superwoman and Batman meet and she patches him up with fanceh alien technologee, then gives him a ride home.|
|Injustice For All: The Opening Salvo||August 22nd, 2023||Grood and the Reverse-Flash resurface in Metropolis with a surprise in store for the heroes that answer the bell. The lives of the Justice League and their allies are about to get much more complicated.|
|Turning over a new leaf||August 22nd, 2023||Batman checks in on Ivy, and seems content with her activities. For now.|
|Heist at the Gotham Royal Hotel||August 11th, 2023||Out on a routine patrol, Spider-Man (II) and Atom Eve stumble across a heist-in-progress at a Gotham Royal Hotel ancient artifact exhibit. With the help of Starfire, the Shadow, Osprey, and even Batman, the they are able to subdue the members of THE GILDED HAND... all except for ELARA THORNE, who escaped to pursue her coveted Obsidian Scarab another day. For what purposes? Perhaps The Shadow Knows...|
|Dem Dumplings||August 7th, 2023||Tim, Bruce and Babs meet in a lovely little Dumplings restaurant to discuss all manner of topics, mainly revolving around Tim's post-college plans.|
|Gotham University Summer Commencement||August 6th, 2023||The Riddler springs a pop quiz on some graduating seniors, but unlucky for him, one of them was a Wayne. Cue massive beatdown and a (mostly) successful commencement ceremony!|
|Phoenix Towers: The Criminal Underground||August 1st, 2023||Team Arrow and friends venture through the underground passages beneath Hell's Kitchen on a scouting mission against the local Triad. It doesn't stay just a scouting mission for long.|
|Symkaria Below||July 11th, 2023||A meeting with Silver Sable lends credence to her being, in effect, a businessperson. Further issues with kidnapping and chinese food are brought to light, and the possibility of royal kidnappings being afoot!|
|Smells Like: Trouble in the Subway||June 27th, 2023||Batman, Daredevil, Fleece and Kai.
Not the latest superband, but definitely a performance seven thugs and Kevin Noh will not soon forget.
|When in Glass Houses...||June 26th, 2023||Talia and Phoebe have a conversation during a storm|
|Big Houses||June 11th, 2023||Talia, Bruce and Phoebe have a discussion of the Orphan situation and open an investigation into Lady Shiva|
|Flying High Into The Wild Blue Yonder||May 30th, 2023||Batman and the blond Batgirl trail a smuggler's plane in the Batwing. Giving them plenty of time to talk.|
|Cat out of Hell||May 23rd, 2023||Batman tracks down Hellcat and they bust some heads together. (Note: players forgot the characters met early in the game's existence, so wave your hand and pretend this fits in somehow!)|
|Intervention||May 22nd, 2023||Damaged bodies lead to damaged egos. Silver Sable is working Gotham? We'll see about that.|
|Bad Men in Nice Hotels||May 17th, 2023||An attempted assassination leads to a tete a tete between Cat and Bat.|
|Bats in the Bel... Library!||May 4th, 2023||Bruce and Phoebe have a talk in the library at Wayne Manor|
|The Nightclub Under Your Bed||May 1st, 2023||The Under Your Bed dive bar for monstrous folks is unfortunately lost as it suffers multiple holes in its walls and severe fire damage. Whether it is written off for the insurance money by whoever owns it is uncertain, but Iara, Sally and Andi meet for the first time, they all get a taste of Batman at work, and they all have a pretty stereotypical night in Gotham: Interrupted by villains and not finding any peace.|
|Robins||April 23rd, 2023||Tim and Bruce discuss a proposal|
|Orphans||April 22nd, 2023||Cass updates Batman on her recent activities and they discuss the merits of ballet|
|Joke's on You, Batman!||April 18th, 2023||The Joker is on a rampage, and only the heroic duo of BATMAN and OSPREY can stop him! Same Bat-Time, Same Bat-Channel!|
|Met Gala 2023||April 15th, 2023||The annual event is a success. Everyone who was anyone attended! Or just those that had nothing else to do that night.|
|Detective and the Daughter||April 14th, 2023||No description|
|So A wolf walks into a tea bar...||March 25th, 2023||A Wolf walks into a tea bar, and there's conversation, motor parts, and ships passing in the night.|
|Lighting the Phoebe Signal||March 12th, 2023||What starts as a sparring match with a prize of cookies turns into something much deeper when the elder Bat himself comes to talk to Phoebe and Talia.|
|Passing Time in the Library||February 28th, 2023||Talia updates Bruce on the status of her talking with Phoebe and there's some gentle teasing over Damian.|
|Batman and Robin(s)||February 24th, 2023||Tim submits a project proposal. Bruce takes it under consideration.|
|Advice is the Hardest Pill to Swallow||February 9th, 2023||Phoebe attempts to ask Alfred some advice regarding boys. Everything goes precisely the opposite of to plan. Phoebe steals all the hummus to herself, with Bruce having the flu and Alfred being disappointed that he never got the flu shot.|
|Daughter of the Demon in the Manor||January 22nd, 2023||Talia is extended an inviation to move into Stately Wayne Manor and to try and help Phoebe.|
|A Time for Talking||January 22nd, 2023||What started out as a check-in turns into something a little deeper. Phoebe slightly questions her place in the Waynes and in the Bat Family, and Bruce assures her that she not only is welcome, but belongs. Now if she just stopped kicking people in the head for threatening Alfred...?|
|Bougie for the Dogs||January 12th, 2023||Coming across Talia in public, with Idu in tow, Bruce and Phoebe settle for coffee|
|Black and Blue and Bat All Over||January 2nd, 2023||Two guys, chillin' in a hot tub, because they're both vigilantes who got the crap beat out of them and hot water jets are good for sore, bruised muscles.|
|A Very Batfam Christmas||December 17th, 2022||In the spirit of Christmas, Bruce runs a Nerf hunt through Wayne Manor. Alfred wins. Cassandra ninjas everyone in the end.|
|We Need to Talk About...||December 11th, 2022||Damian and Bruce discuss leaving the proverbial Robin's nest. Good times were had.|
|Tea Time with The Batman||December 11th, 2022||Batman was invited to tea with a Witch. Although Nettie Crowe could not advise on his magical charge's doings, she can advice on Gotham's supernatural happenings and places where Magic gathers.
Batman has expanded information on The Flipside, the Curio, and is no closer to figuring out why Exploding Glitter Imps infested an office building.
|Same Old Paces||December 10th, 2022||Bruce brings Austin and Phoebe in to spar. He learns both have been dealing with more ninjas than expected lately.|
|Visitation Rights||December 3rd, 2022||Damian and Bruce go to visit Talia. It goes about as well as any family attempt at a heart to heart can go.|
|All Manor of Reasons for the Season||December 1st, 2022||At Stately Wayne Manor on this dreary December day, the Bats gathered round and Christmas decorating was underway. The garland and baubles were hung with care, and cider was had by all to share... until Mariah Carey came on the radio and everyone scattered like rats.|
|The Vehicle of The Future, Today||November 29th, 2022||Batman and Donna investigate a tech startup that is supposed to be making electric cars. Instead they're making death satellites using Brainiac technology. This fully operation HYDRA base is no match for the dynamic duo though. Hostages are rescued and West Virginia has a new hole in the ground.|
|Info for the League||November 20th, 2022||Superman fills in the other leaders of the League about Pete Ross' information. Computers will be hacked and Amazons will guard.|
|Putting the Deco in Decorating||November 19th, 2022||Selina's decorating Wayne Mansion and Bruce has some opinions to solicit.|
|Defend the Clocktower||November 6th, 2022||The Hand's war against the Defenders is just getting started, but the first assault is finally over with the capture of Nobu and the defeat of a small army of ninjas in Gotham City.|
|New Yorkers For Children Gala||November 6th, 2022||The charity gala goes off without a hitch. Or well...until the end of course!|
|Harley Quinn and the Joker's Gauntlet||October 29th, 2022||The Bats and the Birds put Harley to a bit of a test of will to get through a Joker-themed gauntlet to save her friend from certain death! Or... from plastic TNT under her chair. Certain boredom? Who knows! Batman attends, and isn't real pleased about the methods, but in the end... maybe it will pay off?|
|Perfect Piston Timing||October 27th, 2022||Phoebe and Bruce have a flat conversation over the sound of jet engines and high tech cars. Phoebe's left a little confused, but was correct that the timing on the Piston was off.|
|Not Older But Better||October 11th, 2022||Bruceday Party! ACTIVATE!|
|Aw, You're My Dumpling||October 4th, 2022||Bruce speaks about his birthday plans while Selina plots to give him a present of worth.|
|Hazing Rituals||September 24th, 2022||Bad luck follows a criminal who tries to make his mark in a club.|
|The one where Bruce dumps Phoebe out of a chair||September 22nd, 2022||Phoebe still needs work on her situational awareness|
|THE ADJUSTER: Poeme Symphonique||September 11th, 2022||The Time Cops are gathered ... their mission? SAVE TIME ITSELF!|
|Searching For Dear Old Dad||September 10th, 2022||Bruce offers advice while Stephanie searches for her escaped convict father.|
|Meanwhile in the Swamps of Gotham!||September 10th, 2022||No description|
|Henchmen Henchmen Everywhere!||September 7th, 2022||No description|
|Priority Mission, Codename: Corduroy Sasquatch||September 3rd, 2022||The Outsiders answer a priority alert message and take down a massive creature terrorizing the old fashion district of Gotham.|
|15 Fears: Golden Child||July 30th, 2022||The Justice League Dark head to an Ivory Tower in the Astral Plane to rescue Rien from the Old Ones. In the process, Rien gets a new Name, and a certain mannequin gets blown to bits more than once.|
|A Family Meeting||July 15th, 2022||Some of the Batfamily have a talk about current events. There's coffee and cookies and now Batman has to go punch Bane.|
|Games in the Dark: Stairs in the Woods||June 25th, 2022||On a first outing since her return, The Bats employ Phoebe's expertiese to try and work out how a random stairway appeared in the park. Realizing that it was a trap as Red Hood, Red Robin and X-23 battle monsters trying to drag them to the Ominous Stairs, Batman asks Balm to destroy the stairs if possible.
With the stairs destroyed, two of Gotham's finest recovered from it, Phoebe has a better idea of who is behind the incidents -- and what their intent is when they offer to trade the lives of others for hers.
|Beacon Dark: The Gotham Angle||June 19th, 2022||After Phoebe Beacon told Alfred Pennyworth she would be back in time for patrols, the teenaged magician and young Bat-Family member hasn't shown up for several weeks. Batman takes a couple of steps to break down some barriers in his investigation -- namely the door to the Gotham occult bar, The Flipside.
Finding enough to start investigating what direction Phoebe went in, the next stop is New York City.
|Fairfield Gardens Club revisited||June 5th, 2022||A balcony proves a spot to get some air and away from the banality of a Gotham charity event for Bruce Wayne, soon joined by Stephanie Brown in similar need of a break.|
|Et Tu, Ghost||May 21st, 2022||No description|
|The Sun Never Shines in the Batcave||May 21st, 2022||Humanoid sharks, secret safe houses, and imaginary Sunday breakfasts. Just a day in the life of the world's most dysfunctional family!|
|Bat Cat||April 29th, 2022||Bruce and Selina prepare for a night out.|
|A Scene||April 12th, 2022||No description|
|The Dark Below - Second Seal||March 25th, 2022||No description|
|A Lovely Night for Punching||March 6th, 2022||What started out with a paper sack of fried plaintains ends up with rescuing stolen artifacts, gathering information about a man against returning artifacts to their countries of origin (for his collection's sake), and a brand new, somewhat creepy stalker for the Bat Fam to contend with. Raptor (Austin Reese), Balm (Phoebe) and Batman (Bruce Wayne) were on-scene for teamwork and combat.|
|Sunrise Party||March 5th, 2022||Jon's return party is a resounding success with drinks, food, and best of all karaoke (including one highly unexpected opener.)|
|Get that girl a Library --||February 24th, 2022||Phoebe and Bruce in the Library with ... books and a heartfelt conversation...?|
|People are Strange, When You're a Stranger||February 19th, 2022||Crime was fought and ideas were shared. Lunch was NOT cold!|
|Along came a Huntress||February 18th, 2022||Faced with committing another murder, Huntress was offered another way. One that she uncertainly accepted.|
|All Grown Up||February 16th, 2022||Dick and Stephanie stop by the Manor to give Bruce some news.|
|PoG: Bat-ermath||February 6th, 2022||Phoebe and Tim spend time in the Family Room of Wayne Manor, on mandated recover on orders of Batman. Light things are discussed, other things are discussed, Phoebe's fear of sitting on furnature is somewhat resolved, and Phoebe turns in her adoption papers to Bruce Wayne himself, who welcomes her to the Wayne family.
Phoebe and Tim briefly discuss a Super Sentai Robin team, and then proceed to act like siblings and be obnoxious to the tune of a bunch of Audley End items with Mrs. Crocombe references being shipped to the manor.
|Phone Home||February 1st, 2022||Batman and Robin discuss the 'Angel Problem', strategize, and the idea of a private zoo is floated.|
|POG: Scars that tell a story||January 15th, 2022||Batman comes to visit a busy bee Balm in her not-quite-a-sanctum. The young woman shows Batman her calculations made in black-light marker in her makeshift lab. Batman cannot help what Phoebe plans, but he can give her the knowledge he has garnered over a life of heroism -- Willpower.|
|Cards and Humanity||January 14th, 2022||A meeting at the Hellfire Club over cards turns into discussions of the stars and teleportation! He's a good listener.|
|A Bat in Grand Central Station||January 12th, 2022||Batman shows up at Grand Central Station to give Jon some intel on the angels' headquarters. He uses the door!|
|The Word of Batman||January 8th, 2022||In an effort to dissuade her from joining Michael, Batman tries to break Caitlin Fairchild's resolve. She proves to be more resilient than expected.|
|Sorcerer's World: Into the Flames of Hell||January 7th, 2022||The Justice League and their allies, with the help of Victor von Doom assault the gates of Hell itself, seeking the Candle of Neron to attempt to level the playing field with Felix Faust and stop his mad schemes before they are realized.|
|From Cat to Bat, for now||January 7th, 2022||Separated in Manhatten and Gotham, Catwoman contacts Batman to confirm his survival after the initial Angel attack. Bruce asks Selina to use the Bat moniker to help keep order during the refugee situation in Gotham, supplying Selina with her own Bat suit. There are... confused, but fairly positive feelings. Selina ultimately agrees, essentially - but not officially - becoming a Batwoman for now.|
|Path of Glory: All Kings Shall Fall (2)||January 6th, 2022||The Battle with the Vanguard of the Hosts almost ends in victory but a rebolstering of the enemy pushes the defense force to retreat at the last moment.|
|Monitor Duty||December 28th, 2021||Arthur and the Batman discuss life, the universe, and spaceports.|
|By the Street's Lights||December 28th, 2021||Batman formally recruits Balm to serve Gotham. Phoebe Beacon starts heavier training in the morning.
She is definitely going to have a panic attack at some point during the night, but that's for Future Phoebe to worry about. Batman does not immediately throw her off a roof, so it's a great start.
|Holly and Alley||December 25th, 2021||Phoebe and Austin have a bit of a heart-to-heart on their way to a Bodega and discuss the super hero life -- which is interrupted by Batman fighting Tombstone.
Batman gets wished a Merry Christmas by Balm and Reese.
|A Family Quandary||December 11th, 2021||Alfred, Tim, and Bruce discuss the situation surrounding Helena Wayne and what it entails for the family.|
|Official Recognition||December 5th, 2021||The inaugural offical meeting of the Justice League Dark goes off with only the faintest of hitches including: a talking cat, BATMAN, and condiments and glitter. Seems that they're getting off on the right foot when it comes to weirdness.|
|A Long Way Back To Recovery||December 4th, 2021||In the aftermath of Bruce's injury, Selina frets.|
|EROTEME: Less Than Zero||December 3rd, 2021||Another piece of the Riddler's puzzle comes to light, and Mr. Freeze strikes the most brutal blow yet.|
|We Kiss in a Shadow||November 20th, 2021||Date Night. Gotham.|
|A Good Feeling; A Lame Excuse||November 6th, 2021||Bruce inspects Selina for any lingering affects of the fear gas shortly after the incident at the baseball stadium. Physically she's fine, but internally she struggles with a newfound anxiety over their relationship sparked by her intoxicated visions, which she does not share with Bruce. She opts not to stay when offered, though they part on positive terms.|
|EROTEME: The Old Ball Game||October 29th, 2021||The Scarecrow brings terror to the final game of the World Series.|
|EROTEME: Lore||October 22nd, 2021||The Bat-Family take on the Riddler's Hall of Death Traps!|
|A Little Change||October 16th, 2021||Selina feels compelled to debut a new costume, to Bruce's approval; but prompts a question she's not ready to engage with yet.|
|Into the Shadows||October 6th, 2021||M'gann comes to the Watchtower with a request for Batman and leaves with the first test of her new training.|
|The Truth About Bats and Cats||October 6th, 2021||Bruce and Selina discuss their status as a couple.|
|The Birthday Party||September 28th, 2021||Everyone shows up to celebrate Bruce Wayne turning 43. Beware strangers bearing gifts in salmon pantsuits.|
|Breakout||September 25th, 2021||Catwoman, Ms. Martian and Batman rescue Red Robin from Apokolips ... sorta.|
|Post-Hell Debrief||September 25th, 2021||Selina accompanies Bruce on a post-Apokolips checkup on Tim. The cat is let out of the bag as they all agree to acknowledge each other's secret identities.|
|Alpha-Omega: Down Among The Dead Men||September 23rd, 2021||Beneath Manhattan, the Forces of Apokolips emerge.|
|Strix, spies a night owl.||September 22nd, 2021||Owlman murders a gang leader, and the batfam investigate.|
|A Nightly Visitor: Bat and Bird||September 21st, 2021||Having gotten wind of her activities, Batman pays Harper Row a surprise visit. Provides advice, a training manual and makes it clear he'll be keeping abrest of her activities. It's on her to prove worthy for anything more.|
|Overdue Returns||September 3rd, 2021||Two concurrent investigations are discussed. Bruce provides a key piece of information that helps Tim run down a lead.|
|Not That Different||September 1st, 2021||The night Batman came to Selina's apartment, he makes a decision to risk allowing Selina to finally know the truth. The Bat's out of the bag|
|Important Questions||September 1st, 2021||Batman goes to Selina's penthouse to find out if she may have carried his child in the past. She hasn't. Selina admits she doesn't want him to leave. He doesn't. Turns out they both think rather highly of each other~|
|Who is Helena Wayne||August 31st, 2021||Babs makes a personal visit to the Batcave to talk to Bruce about Helena Wayne. They have plenty of wild theories about what could be going on and not enough information. With Bruce's permission, Babs is going to dig deeper in to this and see if she can't find out what's really going on.|
|News From The Belfry||August 31st, 2021||See Terry speak to Batman. See Terry sweat. Sweat, Terry, Sweat.|
|Wayne and Kane||August 27th, 2021||Bruce and Bette talk about Damian|
|EROTEME: The Challenge||August 27th, 2021||The Riddler's gauntlet is thrown.|
|Loaded Gifts For Loaded People.||August 26th, 2021||Selina impulsively brings Bruce a gift that carries more emotional weight than she'd intended. Feelings are stirred, but secrets are held on to.|
|Great Art=Great Donor||August 23rd, 2021||Batman and Zatanna have a late night conversation that ends in them launching on a quest for the most important object in Zatanna's life.|
|Stare Into The Abyss||August 22nd, 2021||A crew of Bats, Birds, and adjacent allies oversee a brief window of maintenance at Arkham Asylum that has many of the inmates temporarily housed in the yard. Quick response times on their parts manages to stop a riot before it can start, thwart an assassination before it can be attempted, and uncover a plot that might have had explosive consequences, without casualties. Though a lot of people got punched real hard.|
|Deathtrap in Black||August 21st, 2021||Truly a work of art, the Batman himself showcases his ability to escape a deathtrap! Orphan learns a few things in the process.|
|After The Patrol||August 13th, 2021||Members of the Bat Family cross paths in the Batcave as Bruce returns with injuries from fighting a reptile in the sewers.|
|The Quiet Night||August 9th, 2021||The Bat and the Cat start a spat.|
|Sorcerer's World: The Hunt For Jason Blood||July 14th, 2021||Jason Blood remains elusive. For now. And just who has taken up Excalibur? And for what purpose?|
|Mayan Horrorscope||July 11th, 2021||Batman, Zatanna and Phoebe attempt to gather intel on Bane's militia in the Cauldron, but an attempted assault by a local gang to get their territory thwarts the element of surprise. Jovian is an unknown factor. The gang members are stopped and the Batfamily regroups for another try later.|
|Sorcerer's World: A Date With DOOM||June 18th, 2021||Faust's efforts to recruit another new ally are interrupted but the monarch of Latveria is hardly grateful from the unasked assist.|
|enhanced interrogation||June 16th, 2021||Batman gets a tip from Bane|
|Sorcerer's World - A Mirror Perilous||May 26th, 2021||Faust's attempt to lay claim to the Siege Perilous is thwarted after a long chase through the Mirror Dimension and a little help from a surprising source. But why does it feel as if everything is still going that megalomaniac's way?|
|Sorcerer's World - The Dark Side of the Moon||May 16th, 2021||Felix Faust and his allies manage to successfully draw forth Eclipso, the one time Spirit of Vengeance from Dr. Bruce Gordon and lay waste to the Gotham Observatory. But their victory is not without cost as the Demon Rath is badly injured and banished. Perhaps for good? And what is the fate of Jason Blood, corrupted by Eclipso and unleashed as the Demon Etrigan? What is Felix Faust's ultimate end? Far too many questions and too few answers.|
|A Strong Right Paw||May 15th, 2021||The information to continue to hunt for the KGBeast may have made it into their hands at last, but the Joker's involvement definitely throws a wrench into things. Gotham's vigilante's are one step closer to finding out what the true agenda of the Beast's Paw might be.|
|A Bumpy Ride||May 8th, 2021||No description|
|Open Event: Wardrobe Malfunction||April 16th, 2021||Heroes at a museum exhibit about heroes and villains find the villainous costumes come to life with the powers of their former owners. Also, Trevor had a good time.|
|A Very Wayne Birthday||March 31st, 2021||Bruce Wayne's birthday brings out his family and friends for a quiet celebration. The cake was a hit. Dick got an unexpected cupcake. Bruce's heart grew three sizes that day. But then he put it in the dryer to shrink it back down.|
|Court of Owls: The Fall of the Court||March 22nd, 2021||It's time. The Court of Owls /must/ fall. Months have been spent in preparation for this final act and this time Batman and his colleagues will be victorious.|
|Law Enforcement Convention||March 16th, 2021||The National Law Enforcement Convention kicks off in Gotham City, with Commissioner Gordon doing the introduction, and Bruce Wayne speaking as corporate sponsor of the event.|
|A Tiny Case Of Remodeling||March 11th, 2021||Bruce, Dick and Stephanie discuss some matters, villainous and otherwise.|
|Court of Owls: Plan of Attack||March 11th, 2021||The Bat-clan gather at Strix's safehouse for a presentation of the Court of Owls. Much needed information was divulged by the mute assassin, priming them to take out the Court once and for all.|
|A Thorn In The Side||March 6th, 2021||Felix Faust might very well have added another ally to his ranks, but again he finds himself driven away by the Justice League and their allies. More and more eyes are turning towards him and he is accumulating enemies as quickly as allies. Soon he may have nowhere left to run. Or will he manage to bring his hidden goals to fruition and at last gain his revenge on those that have humiliated him so often before...|
|The Beast: Out of the Shadows||March 6th, 2021||The leader of the Beast's Paw is revealed with explosive results. With their true target finally established the bat Family and their allies will need to put an end to the Beast's activities before he plunges all of Gotham into an underworld war.|
|Two Bats with One Stone||February 22nd, 2021||Batman, Robin and Troia discuss strained relationships, Kryptonian dangers, and a lack of sharing.|
|In hot pursuit of a Cat.||February 20th, 2021||Catwoman has a run in with Batman. Information is exchanged.|
|The Beast in the Locker||February 16th, 2021||The Beast's Paw makes their play and finds that the vigilantes of Gotham are more then up to the case. The stash of military grade weaponry remains in the GCPD custody. For now.|
|When Justice Attacks||February 16th, 2021||Felix Faust makes a play, stealing away Professor Amos Fortune right under the Justice League's nose. And what the hell is Bruce going to tell Barbara about what he did with her ward?|
|Gotham U Winter Fest (And Steph's Birthday)||February 10th, 2021||A winter festival at the Gotham U campus draws people from all over. The funnel cakes were the hit of the event.|
|Calling a Bat||February 6th, 2021||Catwoman contacts Batman and exchanges information on the recent Falcone attack.|
|An Owl's Cry for Help||February 2nd, 2021||Strix hunts down Batman to ask him a very important question: Will he help her leave the Court of Owls? Batman agrees and sets her up into a safehouse.|
|What is teamwork||February 1st, 2021||Damian and Bruce have a little father/son moment while suiting up for a night of busting heads and whipping ass.|
|Demon Claws Are Not Nice Things||January 31st, 2021||Bruce has a social event to be seen at, but first he helps Alfred and Leslie Thompkins check out some demonic clawings on Stephanie that are starting to fester, courtesy of Felix Faust.|
|The Jar, The Bell, and The Wheel||January 20th, 2021||Felix Faust manages to acquire the Jar, the Bell and Wheel, summoning the Demons Three. While the heroes managed to deal with the demonic invasion of the Gotham Museum of History, the wizard and his new followers make their escape.|
|The Beast's Gambit||January 18th, 2021||The plans of the Beast's Paw come into greater focus as they manage to successfully achieve at least part of their objective with burning of Chinatown and the trap to provoke more violence between the gangs of Gotham. Still, heroes like Batman, Batwoman, the Shadow and the unlikely Harley Quinn prevent the loss of life from being as great as it could have been.|
|The Symkarian Job||January 12th, 2021||A tense political situation boils over thanks to the manipulations of T.O. Morrow, but what did the mad scientist want with terabytes of astrological data? The Pythian Comet continues here!|
|Goliaths Win! ...in a riot||January 2nd, 2021||The riot comes to an end. But the questions are just beginning...|
|Santa comes to the docks||December 28th, 2020||Two Bats, a Shadow and an Harley remind Vinny and his thugs why smuggling stuff in kid's toys is wrong.|
|To Be Determined||December 2nd, 2020||No description|
|An Inside Straight Flush||December 2nd, 2020||The Royal Flush Gang is apprehended and no doubt headed for prolonged incarceration. But was it really nothing more then a robbery gone wrong?|
|Shadows of Gotham||November 28th, 2020||With their meeting of the minds finished, the Dark Knight and the Shadow go their separate ways.|
|Vacation Notice||November 25th, 2020||Batman is invited to a pleasent picnic...with the Joker! Can the Caped Crusader escape the Clown Prince of Crime's deadly dinner? And what is Joker's startling new adventure in crime? Shell Game begins here!|
|Revenge of the Paw||November 22nd, 2020||The violence in Gotham is dealt with. For now. Will the Bat Clan hunt down Frank Castle? Will the city develop a squirrel proof dumpster? And who will track down the hidden hand behind the Paw of the Beast first? The Bat Family or Shiva?|
|Legacies||November 14th, 2020||Barbara and Bruce surprise Stephanie with a Batgirl costume, and trusting her with Barbara's legacy. Cass speaks!|
|The AMAZing A.I.M. Robbery||November 13th, 2020||When a coup within an A.I.M. cell goes wrong, the Justice League must stop the mad scientists from destroying Queensland Park! But the mad Professor Ivo has a parting gift for his old colleagues; the super android AMAZO! Can the Justice League defeat an opponent able to duplicate their own powers, weapons, and skills? And what is Ivo's master plan?|
|Firepower||November 6th, 2020||An arm's deal was prevented but the clean-up remains. As do questions, questions about the Shadow, questions about the Beast and of course, was that really a giant mutant turtle?|
|Cleanin' House||October 31st, 2020||The Bat trio of Batman, Spoiler and smol Robin visit Harley when she is doing clean-up chez April's store. The hyenas are disappointed about no caramel chew though apparently Harley is somewhat different from the past. Is it for real though?|
|Cavern Musings||October 28th, 2020||Bruce gets a chance to get an update from Stephanie and Cassandra. There is much bleeding on things.|
|Spooktacular Justice Party||October 19th, 2020||The Justice League Halloween party!|
|Court of Owls: Can't Stop The Signal...Or Can You||September 26th, 2020||Batman and Batgirl brainstorm on ways of mapping the Gotham Undercity, in search of the Court of Owls.|
|Court of Owls: The Talon's Claws -- Catcall||September 23rd, 2020||The Batman hires the Catwoman for a job that may bring the Court's wrath upon her, with some moral lines definitely being skirted for the Dark Knight when it comes to payment.|
|Court of Owls: Red Dead Redemption Fin - Aftermath||September 19th, 2020||Jason and Tim return back to the Batcave in... interesting regalia, with bits and pieces of a story to tell.|
|Court of Owls: Red Dead Redemption Interlude 1 - Ravager||September 19th, 2020||Rose arrives to Wayne manor, bloody and broken. It's clear she knows The Secret.|
|Court of Owls: Red Dead Redemption Three - The Cave||September 19th, 2020||Batman, Batwoman, and Robin fend off a home invasion, and discover a vulnerability in their foes that turns the tide, of both the battle and maybe the war.|
|The Hall of Justice: About King T'Challa of Wakanda||September 16th, 2020||The Justice League deliberate on the idea of expanding teleporter use raised by Kara. While the idea fails at logistics, the group seems genuinely interested in knowing more about Wakanda and T'Challa.|
|London Bridge is falling down||September 13th, 2020||The Justice League, with some unexpected help, repel a rampaging dragon tourist from space. Zero stars!|
|And My Bow||September 11th, 2020||Green Arrow introduces Arsenal to Batman and Red Robin. It seems he's a great fit for the Outsiders.|
|A Fantastic Dinner Party||August 30th, 2020||Some of the Bats have a nice dinner with some of the FF. The drama may not come from the direction you expect.|
|Court of Owls - Black Book Prologue||August 29th, 2020||No description|
|Happy Birthday Jason, You're a Real Boy||August 25th, 2020||Jason comes home on his birthday to find Bruce waiting for him with a surprise he wasn't ready for.|
|A Visit from a Large Bat||August 24th, 2020||An evening of pool and socializing turns awesome when Batman shows up bearing gifts of new transport. Also, Hope shoots Batman.|
|This is not my beautiful house!||August 22nd, 2020||Batman warns Catwoman about the Court of Owls in the process of gently foiling her robbery. Catwoman is Catwoman about it. He gives her a GPS device to summon him in case of trouble.|
|The Way We Were||August 19th, 2020||Star-crossed lovers share a bittersweet reunion.|
|Watchtower Unveiling||August 17th, 2020||A crowd of dignitaries, journalists, and superheroes gather at the Justice League's moon base to celebrate the inauguration of the Watchtower.|
|Doom Over Gotham - Alpha||August 17th, 2020||Bats, Sparrow, Red Robin and Nightwing work together to prevent one of Doctor Doom's tests from going out of control. Minimal collateral damage, zero casualties and maximum results. That's how the Bat Family rolls.|
|Court of Owls: Bloodlines - Prologue||August 16th, 2020||Damian Wayne gets a bit of a family history lesson...and a dangerous set of marching orders...from his father.|
|Court of Owls: Gotham Society Fall Gala||August 16th, 2020||Drama and spilled drinks and rogues and fainting socialites, oh my|
|Court of Owls: A First Strike||August 7th, 2020||The first of Bruce's family falls to Talon blades, but not the last. Tim is stitched up, but the first shots have truly been fired by the court.|
|Court of Owls: Marshalling Forces||August 7th, 2020||The Batman reveals what he knows of the Court of Owls to some of his closest allies. And Ravager.|
|A Totally-Not-Surprise Bat-Birthday Party!||August 7th, 2020||Damian Wayne celebrates his 15th Birtday! There's Ox-Blood Soup, Assorted Swords, Cute Animals...and only one stabbing!|
|Bam! Zoom! Straight to the Moon!||August 5th, 2020||Three particular members of the Justice League of America discuss plans to revitalize that team, along with ideas for a shiny new HQ.|
|Tacit Permission||August 2nd, 2020||Bruce and Tim have some discussions about Tim's new team... and a couple of other things.|
|Court of Owls: Dark Horizon||August 1st, 2020||Lucius Fox informs Bruce Wayne of brewing discontent amidst Wayne Enterprise's Board of Directors.|
|Dinner with ... Dad||July 30th, 2020||Carrie and Henry survive dinner with Bruce.|
|Benefit for Bushwick||July 27th, 2020||The benefit is a success. Funds raised, and everyone who shook Senator Kelly's hand should wash it immediately.|
|On the Outside, Looking In||July 18th, 2020||Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson discuss Tim Drake's team-in-the-making, among other things, and Nightwing reveals some future plans.|
|Court of Owls: Prologue - In The Grip of Talons||July 12th, 2020||Some curiosity on the part of Bruce Wayne leads him to a vicious battle against mysterious new...or perhaps very old...foes.|
|Court of Owls: Lincoln March Re-Election Fundraiser||July 6th, 2020||Mayor Lincoln March unveils a bold new vision for Gotham's future at his first Re-election fundraiser, and faces some tough questions.|
|(Bat) Family Matters||July 5th, 2020||Alfred Pennyworth informs Bruce Wayne of the arrival of his granddaughter, Julia Pennyworth. Arrangements are made for her to stay at Wayne Manor.|
|Running Late||July 4th, 2020||Tim brings a new problem to the Batclan. Fun will be had by all because the Joker will likely decree it.|
|Mojo's Arcade Legend: Howling Abyss||June 30th, 2020||Mojo and Arcade throw Mockingbird, IMP, Jemma Simmons, Victorious, and the Batman into an arena with some of Batman's 'friends'. They cheat. So does Batman.|
|A Hellfire Masquerade||June 28th, 2020||A Hellfire Masquerade Ball!|
|Grappling For Dummies||June 5th, 2020||Bette works on an investigation while Dick does maintenance and Stephanie trains. All under the watch eye, and paintball gun, of Batman.|
|Temp Title - GA and Bats||May 30th, 2020||Green Arrow makes a pitch at Batman to help reform the JLA.|
|What's in a Name||May 16th, 2020||Tim and Jason sit down at the table with Damian, and try to help him understand what the mantle of the Robin really means.|
|One step closer to Justice||May 16th, 2020||Kal calls upon Diana, Bruce, and Hal to meet him on the Embassy roof and discuss the future of the Justice League.|
|With a Side of Mustard||May 12th, 2020||The Batlings run afoul of Condiment King; Batman provides ominous commentary.|
|The Tolling of Silver Clockbells||May 3rd, 2020||Shang-Chi, Catwoman, Nightwing and Batman foil the Clock King's latest caper.|
|A Change in the Detente||April 26th, 2020||With Tim Drake and Jason Todd both metamorphed into gorillas, the Bat-Fam takes on the problem as a team to find a way to treat the two vigilantes and cure their affliction.|
|The Tuxedo Caper||April 22nd, 2020||Finished.|
|Scouting the Campus||April 17th, 2020||While scouting out Gotham University from the rooftops, Hellcat once more runs across Batman.|
|Craven: Prowling Gotham Zoo||April 9th, 2020||Hellcat and Batman foil Kraven the Hunter's poaching attempts.|
|The Play's The Thing||April 7th, 2020||Both Selina and Bruce have a bad date at a theater show. This time it's not with each other!|
|Limos are for Bat Birthdays||March 30th, 2020||Bruce Wayne's birthday party. It ends about as well as one would expect. Not well.|
|Going Back to Gotham, Harley Style||March 30th, 2020||Harley comes to Gotham to confront one of her inner demons.|
|Remember the Family||March 27th, 2020||Carrie confronts Bruce about being a father to Damian.|
|Spoiler Talks With The Batman||March 21st, 2020||Stephanie returns to Wayne Manor to talk to Bruce and see where she stands with him.|
|A Case of the Cackles||March 16th, 2020||Cackler tries a strongarm robbery in Gotham and bites off more than he can chew when the BatFam shows up.|
|The First and the Scion||March 12th, 2020||The rest of the bay group get to meet Bruce's biological son, hijinxs ensue. Damian's head gets bumped, Dick shows his daddy issues. Batman does the shadow thing, it was overall a gas.|
|Holy Resurrected Capes, Batman||March 10th, 2020||Superman Returns: Superman contacts Batman and Nightwing, seeking some advice. Nightwing is somewhat surprised to learn Superman is alive.|
|Handling the Hand.||March 6th, 2020||Elektra and Batman trail a shipment of the Hand in Gotham. An unexpected, temporary alliance ensues.|
|When a Kitty Leaves a Calling Card||March 2nd, 2020||Batman warns Catwoman that Talia al Ghul might be gunning for her.|
|Hoop Shootin||February 20th, 2020||Tony and Bruce play some b-ball|
|Cash Crop||February 18th, 2020||The Scion of the Al Ghul clan pays a visit to the Waynes.|
|The Houses of Stark and Wayne||February 17th, 2020||Bruce talks family, Tony talks anything but.|
|A falling star named Kara||December 22nd, 2017||(FLASHBACK) Kara Zor-El makes land fall on Earth after losing two decades while her baby cousin grew up to be Superman. With Batman's help, she is reunited with her seriously injured cousin and begins her journey of learning about Earth, her new home.|
|No Man's Land: Severed||May 25th, 2011||Gotham is declared a No Man's Land. The Penguin makes his move. Gotham's heroes rise up.|
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