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Real Identity: Bruce Wayne
Powers/Skills: Peak Physical Attributes, Genius, Acrobatics, Martial Arts, Stealth, Marksmanship, Strategy, and Disguise
Voiced By: Ben McKenzie

Bruce Wayne is the son of Thomas and Martha Wayne. At age seven, all three went to a movie theater in Park Row to watch "The Mark of Zorro." On the walk home, they were accosted by Joe Chill. Chill shot and killed both adults and ran off. Wayne was raised at Wayne Manor by the family butler, Alfred Pennyworth. He didn't forget his parents' deaths and vowed to help rid Gotham City of all evil once and for all. At age 13, Wayne embarked on a journey across the world to study various ways of fighting crime, including chemistry, criminology, disguise, escape artistry, forensic studies, gymnastics, and styles of martial arts. After 12 years, Wayne reached his physical and mental peak.

At age 25, Bruce Wayne returned to Gotham City. He quietly moved past news reporters in the Gotham Airport and did not comment on rumors he was involved with Princess Caroline. Wayne returned home and paid his respects at his parents' graves. A month later, Wayne was still troubled he was missing something. On March 11th, no longer able to wait, Wayne donned a simple disguise and walked around in the East End. A pimp named Stan mistook him for an undercover police officer and a street fight followed. While fighting Selina Kyle, Wayne surrendered but was shot by an officer anyway. He came to in the backseat and caused the police car to flip over. He escaped and pulled the two officers to safety. Injured and bleeding, Wayne managed to return home and realized he needed to make his prey afraid. A bat crashed past the windows and landed on the bust of Thomas Wayne.

Over the period of five weeks, Batman committed 70 assaults between the hours of midnight to 4 a.m. and concentrated his efforts in the East End. He made no exceptions and confronted anyone from junkies, suppliers, pushers, to corrupt police. During a cocaine delivery, Batman took out Jefferson Skeevers, a dealer, and Detective Flass. Flass was heavily injured in the scuffle. On May 19th, Batman formally introduced himself by invading a dinner attended by the most influential and corrupt figures of Gotham, including Commissioner Loeb and crime boss Carmine Falcone. For the next month, Batman managed to ignore traps set by the police and continued to terrorize Falcone. On June 5th, he hog-tied a naked Falcone and dumped Falcone's Rolls-Royce into a river. At some point, Batman allied with Assistant District Attorney Harvey Dent, who was suspected by Lieutenant Gordon of being the vigilante. Detective Essen, however, surmised he was Bruce Wayne as he had the money to finance an arsenal and a personal tragedy.

In early June, Batman saved an old woman from getting hit by a van but the police opened fire on him. Shot in the right leg, Batman entered an abandoned tenement on Robinson Park. The building was surrounded and firebombed on Loeb's orders. Batman took out the S.W.A.T. units and won the crowd's favor. He fled the scene with a police motorcycle and disappeared amidst a colony of bats he summoned with an ultrasonic device. In September, Batman "convinced" Skeevers to testify against Detective Flass and implicate the officer in his drug operation. On November 2nd, Batman infiltrated Falcone's property in order to learn what his next move was. While recording a conversation between Falcone and his nephew, Johnny Vitti, Batman was amiss when Catwoman arrived and caused a disturbance with the guards outside. The next day, he realized Falcone wanted to kidnap Gordon's family and raced over to stop it. Not knowing who he was, Gordon shot him and commandeered his motorcycle. Wayne swore to Barbara Gordon he would save her son and rescued him from certain death after he, Gordon, and Vitti fell off a bridge. Gordon, blind without his glasses, thanked Wayne and let him go. On December 3rd, Batman met with Captain Gordon to be briefed on someone named the Joker, who was threatening to poison the Gotham reservoir.