After witnessing the murder of his parents, Bruce Wayne dedicated his life to fighting crime in Gotham City. With years of intense physical and mental training, and a vast family fortune, he has became a symbol that strikes fear into the hearts of criminals. He is Batman: The Dark Knight.
Real Name:Bruce Wayne
Base of Operations:Gotham City
A wealthy philanthropist, Thomas Wayne, his wife Martha and their 8 year-old son, Bruce Wayne, were coming out of a movie theater. The time was 10:47 p.m. As they stepped onto Park Row (now called Crime Alley), a masked gunman named Joe Chill came out of the shadows wanting Martha's pearl necklace she was wearing. Before young Bruce's eyes, Chill shot and killed Thomas Wayne in cold blood and then Martha as she was screaming for help. Bruce, traumatized at the sight of his parents' death, would never be the same. After his parents' death, Bruce was raised by his the wise and loyal butler Alfred Pennyworth, and inherited his family's vast fortune as well as his father's company Wayne Enterprises.
Facing his parents' gravestones, Bruce made a solemn oath to avenge his parents' deaths. He toured the world looking for experts on various fields, training himself mentally and physically. Despite fiscal security, happiness eluded Bruce. Young Bruce was comforted by Dr. Leslie Thompkins, who helped him to mourn his parents and find a purpose in life. At age fourteen, Bruce started a twelve year walkabout around the world to study and learn various subjects. For academics, he studied at Cambridge in England, the Sorbonne in France, as well as other famous European universities. A Frenchman named Henri Ducard taught him man-hunting, a ninja named Kirigi taught him stealth, an African bushmen trained him in the art of the hunt, and Nepalese monks taught him healing.
He would return to Gotham City, where he decided to become a vigilante. But despite all his honed skills, he knew something was missing. Bruce believed criminals to be a "superstitious and cowardly lot", and in order to rid Gotham of evil, he needed to reinvent himself into a terrifying symbol that would strike fear in the hearts of criminals. While in his father's study, a large bat came crashing in. Bruce saw this as an omen, and recalled his fear of bats as a child and decided to use the bat as his symbol. Using his vast wealth, Bruce designs a costume and state of the art equipment based on bats. From this point on he lead a double life. By day, the playboy billionaire Bruce Wayne, and by night, vigilante crime-fighter Batman.
"Cobblepot isn't going to help us without something to offer. . but, I do have tabs on something we can barter. . One of his own is an informant for the the GCPD. We squeeze him, and we can find out some weaknesses to exploit with the Penguin. " Tim faced the window, his hands adjusting his tie. The Red Robin's network spanned the entire eastern seaboard. . the only one who could see as much as he could was Oracle. . And she wasn't as ruthless. "We trap Bane, pin him to Luthor, and I'll buy out LexCorp when the smoke clears. . Maybe get Vicki Vale to run an article in Forbes or something to add insult to injury after Luthor's legacy becomes mine."
"Luthor will pull out all the stops when I take him out. . I'm not worried about myself, I'm concerned for the others. . And Stephanie." Tim frowned, as he watched his 'father' closely. Bruce rarely, if ever, pitted himself against the likes of Luthor outside of costume. . well, except when Gotham was a No-Man's land. . As for Bane? "As long as you're careful around him. . Although, we can reverse his strategy on himself, Bruce. .what if I used my contacts to pit him up against some of the other criminal lords of Gotham? Maybe falsify records of Venom in Penguin's cache?"
"I like to think Gotham is a Wayne Family curse passed down throughout the generations in hopes that someday a Wayne can restore the values on which this city was built." A curse? Sara tilted her head slightly off to the left at the reference that Bruce made about the Wayne Family. Surely, Bruce did not honestly believe it was a curse. Perhaps Bruce should take a more positive approach, "Cursed? Bruce... forgive me for speaking my mind here. No, no, I don't think you are cursed. I don't see some dark shadow, lingering over you causing you nothing but grief and misery. I may not be privy to know everything about you, and your family's history but what little I know thus far. I don't think you are cursed. You are blessed more than most in this city. You have a home, you have family that loves you and adores you. You have an education, you are a very successful businessman. Your handsome, charming, a gentleman. At least chivalry isn't dead in your family roots." Sara smiled as she spoke honestly towards him. "You have so much, more in life and I'm not talking about materialistic things. I'm talking about what you hold dear to your heart. So please, don't sit there and tell me that you are cursed when you are not."