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|Full Name||Bruce Wayne|
|Base of Operations||Gotham City|
Harvey Dent (Formerly)
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||210 lbs (95 kg)|
|Voice Actor||Kevin Conroy|
|First Appearance||Detective Comics #27 (May,1939)|
When his parents were gunned down in front of him, young Bruce Wayne resolved to rid Gotham City of the criminal element that had taken their lives. He trained extensively to achieve mental and physical perfection, in addition to mastering martial arts, detective techniques, and criminal psychology. When he returned, he was inspired by a bat in his ancestral home of Wayne Manor. He then became Batman who fights crime with the aid of specialized gadgets and vehicles and operating out of a secret Batcave below Wayne Manor. He led a successful twelve-year, crime-fighting career until he was publicly unmasked by the Scarecrow during the Arkham Knight incident. Following the incident, with his identity fully exposed, he initiated The Knightfall Protocol and disappeared from the public eye. Despite this, his legacy lives on with the citizens of Gotham.
Incident Reports Edit
When he was 8 years old, a young Bruce Wayne watched helplessly as his parents were gunned down in front of him. The first person to talk to him after the tragedy was a kind police officer named James Gordon. He offered the boy what little comfort he could. The family's faithful butler Alfred became Bruce's legal guardian and tried to help him live as normal a life as possible. As the heir to the Wayne Family fortune Bruce still had a promising future, but he was unable to turn a blind eye to injustice. He dedicated himself to learning every science known to man and concluded that he would need to operate outside the law in order to honor his vow to his parents. Upon completing his mental preparations he left the United States to continue his training. So Bruce went on a journey to learn and master the many forms of Asian martial arts and eventually travelled to North Korea. There he discovered a secret Korean monastery where he met martial arts master Kirigi of the League of Assassins. At first nothing more than servant and a foreigner, Bruce was eventually allowed to train with his students in Tokagure-Ryu and other Shinobi arts similar to the Japanese Ninjutsu. Mastering all of them, and even managing to defeat Kirigi's best student Shiva, Bruce earned the sensei's respect and was allowed access to the knowledge that he had been seeking as well as more advanced training.
Returning to Gotham after several years abroad, ostensibly to reclaim his inheritance and become the CEO of his family's company, Bruce realized that he needed to become a symbol to fully utilize everything he'd learned on his journey. He chose the image of a bat, an old childhood fear, and began crafting an identity to prey on both of the superstitions and the cowardice of criminals. He confided this plan to Alfred, who did not initially approve but faithfully stood by his charge and helped him renovate the caves beneath Wayne Manor into a base of operations: the Batcave. Bruce befriended Lucius Fox, though he didn't share his plans with him at first, and used his position to develop or "borrow" custom-made items that could be useful in his crusade. He assembled his first armored Batsuit and utility belt out of various materials from the batcave and Wayne Enterprises, and re-purposed a prototype stealth jet to act as the "Batwing", a means of transport and an aerial delivery system, with plans to develop the future Batmobile. He also undertook an investigation into a brutal serial killing incident around the time of Halloween of his first year, which Alfred later referred to as "a long one".
For over two years Batman waged a covert war on Gotham crime, focusing on everything from typical muggings and robberies to powerful figures such as Carmine Falcone, his rival Sal Maroni, and up-and-coming crime lords Black Mask and the Penguin. He also solved several cases beyond the police's capability to handle, such as the holiday themed killer named Julian Day and a crime wave perpetuated by the mysterious Red Hood, which Batman suspected of being a cover identity assumed by more than one person. His first and only confrontation with the Red Hood ended in disaster during a break-in at the Ace Chemicals plant. The villain fell into a vat of chemicals, either by accident or on purpose to escape justice, which marked the first failure in the young vigilante's career. The Hood's body was never found.
Batman continued his war, gaining more confidence with each victory and continuing to develop his arsenal. Most criminals believed him to either be an urban legend or some kind of supernatural entity, both of which gave him a psychological edge to exploit as they began to realize that someone or something out there was an active threat to their stranglehold on Gotham. He avoided media attention for as long as possible, adding to the power of his chosen symbol. As a new year drew closer, Batman believed himself to be the only thing standing between the innocent and the predatory, and that he could handle any opponent.
Christmas Eve in Gotham began with a bang when Black Mask led a sudden and seemingly random all out attack on Blackgate Prison, taking Police Commissioner Gillian Loeb hostage. Batman responded immediately. His first act upon entering the facility was to rescue Warden Joseph from being beaten by one of Black Mask's mobsters. After following a trail of destruction and subduing several of Black Mask's thugs and escaping inmates, Batman noticed that a drone was tracking Black Mask through the prison. He finally caught up to Black Mask in the Death Row execution chamber, but was too late to prevent the mobster from releasing Calendar Man and executing Loeb in his place. Batman stopped pursuing Black Mask and his escort to retrieve the damaged drone's memory card before heading to the roof. Black Mask escaped via helicopter while Batman confronted the first of eight hired assassins: Killer Croc. After defeating Croc, Batman interrogated him for information about Black Mask's whereabouts to no avail, and left him for the GCPD.
Batman returned to the Batcave, scanned the damaged drone's memory card on the Batcomputer, and learned that some of the world's deadliest assassins had come to Gotham to claim a $50 million bounty Black Mask had placed on his head. He headed into the city to track down the drone's operator; Oswald Cobblepot. As the Batwing neared the city, Batman noticed a jamming signal interfering with the plane's systems and entered the Coventry GCR Tower to investigate further. Finding it under siege by armed thugs, Batman rescued the hostages and investigated the murder of a Gotham Optics employee named David Shannon, who had been killed by an explosive placed in an access panel. Further scanning indicated that it had been placed there by a criminal named John F. Baker who had mysteriously turned up dead later in the Diamond District. Batman shut down the jamming signal and was contacted by Enigma, a mysterious hacker who had jammed the Batwing's signal in all the GCR towers in Gotham.
Batman then made his way to Jezebel Plaza to interrogate Penguin's arms dealer, Ricky "Loose Lips" Leblanc and observed him and Penguin's gang selling weapons until he interrupted their deal. The vigilante attempted to interrogate the terrified Leblanc... only to unintentionally choke him into unconsciousness. Not long after, Batman started to interrogate him on the roof of the Gotham Merchant's Bank before Cobblepot texted Loose Lips to check the progress of the deal. Batman took the phone's memory card to hack into Penguin's communications, dropping the now unnecessary Loose Lips off the roof and straight into the plaza's Christmas tree.
Batman tracked the Penguin to his private ship, The Final Offer, by a series of radio comm stations, believing that Cobblepot would give up a lead on Black Mask's location. There Batman faced the would-be assassin Electrocutioner, knocking the loud mouth out with a kick to the face. After Batman goes after Penguin's assistant, Tracey Buxton, he receives a message about Electrocutioner, who left the arena and claims he will be back for him. Batman finds Tracey in the casino and locks her in a cell before unlocking the security locks barring his progress. Batman interrupted the Penguin's torturing of his rival's son, Alberto Falcone. He learned from Penguin that Black Mask had "problems of his own" related to a murdered committed at his Lacey Towers safe house before being interrupted by another assassin, the far more capable Deathstroke. Batman managed to defeat Deathstroke and purloin his Remote Claw device.
Batman contacted Alfred to arrange an anonymous tip about Deathstroke's whereabouts to the GCPD before his manservant informed him of police band chatter that indicated the Lacey Towers murder victim may have been Black Mask himself. After he left the Final Offer, Batman discovered a transmission from Anarky, who threatened to bomb "corrupt" institutions all over Gotham and challenged the vigilante to deactivate them. Arriving at Lacey Towers, Batman learns that the police believe Penguin had killed Black Mask and investigates the murder scene where Black Mask and his girlfriend had been murdered... several days ago.
Piecing together the evidence, Batman concluded that the victim was not Black Mask. Penguin had visited the scene after the murder was committed. An unknown intruder had attacked the real murderer, and that murderer may have been a new criminal known as "The Joker".Needing more information to solve the case, mostly a DNA analysis to confirm who the murder's assailant had been, Batman infiltrates the GCPD in order to access the National Criminal Database. Making his way through the building, he learns that the corrupt SWAT leader Howard Branden is determined to claim the bounty and, with Loeb dead, other corrupt officers were concerned that James Gordon would be considered for Commissioner, already discussing ways to damage his reputation. Finding his way to the Server Room barred by a set of electronic locks and a jamming device, Batman snuck into the Interrogation Room to confront Loose Lips again about a Disruptor. He learns that it could jam weapons and override security protocols. Before he could retrieve the Disruptor from the Evidence Room, Batman stumbles upon SWAT's attempt to undermine Gordon; instigating a riot in the Holding Cells by covertly releasing several inmates, including a Venom user. Batman dealt with the riot, passed the Server Room's locks with the use of his new Disruptor, and attempted to collect the information he would need. In the midst of his escape, Batman encountered the newly promoted Captain James Gordon, who still thought the vigilante was as much of a menace as not only the criminals, but also the SWAT team that hoped to eradicate Gordon and collect Black Mask's bounty on Batman for themselves. Gordon was unfortunately knocked unconscious during the course of the fight.
With advice from Gordon's daughter, Barbara, Batman entered the sewers beneath the GCPD to secure permanent access to the database. There he found Black Mask's crew planting explosives under several buildings, including the GCPD. This was strange since most of the force was in the crime lord's pocket. After he subdued Black Mask's thugs, Batman finally reached the terminal that would allow him to access the database and complete his investigation. The database allowed him to deduce that Black Mask was the third person on the scene, and had sent in a body double as a decoy before he attacked the murderer, only to be subdued and kidnapped by the mysterious Joker, who intended to use Sionis's bio-metric data to access the Gotham Merchant's Bank. As midnight struck, Batman and Alfred exchanged Christmas well wishes before the Dark Knight came face-to-face with the greatest challenge of his career.
Batman found the bank already broken into and full of the dead bodies of Black Mask's men. Batman caught Black Mask in the middle of escaping with the bank's money. In a stand off, the leader of the operation revealed himself to be the Joker in disguise: the Joker had replaced Black Mask days earlier, seized his criminal empire, and placed the bounty on Batman. Before Batman could stop him the Joker escaped with a captured Black Mask and an ambulance full of cash, which left Batman to catch the strangely hysterical bank manager and escape the exploding vault after the Joker tossed a grenade at him while departing. Batman survived, stunned by the blast, and found the bank manager dead with an enormous grin on her face, the first of the many victims of Joker Toxin. Batman dispatched a team of thugs sent in by Joker to find his body and interrogated the last remaining thug to learn that the Joker had killed members of Black Mask's gang who wouldn't join him and had taken Black Mask to the Steel Mill.
Batman pursued the Joker to the Sionis Steel Mill, intending to capture either the Joker or Sionis. Infiltrating the building, he hacked into Black Mask's computer and found that Sionis had a pacemaker installed and was having the Joker followed. In the elevator Batman found and scanned the corpse of one of Joker's men, discovering that he had been poisoned by a neurotoxin that caused powerful hallucinations before eventual death. Continuing toward Black Mask's Office, Batman freed then interrogated the crime boss for the Joker's whereabouts, until the venomous assassin Copperhead attacked and poisoned him. Delusional and fading fast, Batman scanned traces of the poison and sent them to Alfred to hastily manufacture a cure. Batman then forced himself to stagger through a gauntlet of hallucinations that consisted of a disappointed Alfred, the bank manager, and Commissioner Loeb.
Finally making it to the upper floor drop-off point, Batman was forced to fight, from his fevered point of view, multiple illusions of Copperhead, keeping her at bay through sheer willpower. After the container arrived, Batman cured himself, easily defeated Copperhead, and locked her in one of the shipping crates.
Tracking the Joker through the specific electromagnetic signal generated by the Electrocutioner's Shock Gloves led Batman to the Gotham City Royal Hotel. Batman found that the lunatic and his men had taken control of the building, filled it with explosives, murdered the staff, and had taken the guests hostage. To make things even more complicated SWAT had arrived on the scene and were making sure that Gordon and the rest of the GCPD didn't know about the takeover. Joker was using the building to hold a meeting with the remaining assassins about their failure to kill Batman, ending it by kicking the Electrocutioner out a window to his death. The assassins all departed, except for Bane who believed that Batman would soon be coming for the Joker.
Batman recovered the Electrocutioner's Shock Gloves and used them to charge deactivated electrical equipment throughout the hotel and deliver powerful shocks to the army of Joker thugs in his way. Batman worked his way through the building, eventually confronting Joker and fighting Bane. Concerned that his charge was outmatched, Alfred alerted the GCPD for help, who interrupted the fight. Batman placed a tracker on Bane as he escaped by helicopter, pausing only to fire a rocket at the Joker. The concussive force sent the Joker falling from the hotel balcony. Batman dived after him and saved the Joker before leaving him with the GCPD.
Returning to the Batcave, a weary Batman learned that Bane was gunned down by the GCPD and left to investigate the body at the GCPD Morgue. Alfred implored Batman to abandon his crusade, fearing he would die, but Batman refused to listen. After he entered the GCPD Morgue, Batman discovered the body of a Venom user instead of Bane, and scanned the body to find that it was dosed with chemicals that may have caused both heart and brain damage. Batman then entered Bane's Field Headquarters, examining a lab where Bane had been working on a new Venom compound, and discovered computers that were full of evidence: Bane knew that Batman was Bruce Wayne. Enraged, Batman destroyed the computers and warned Alfred that Bane was most likely on his way to Wayne Manor and that he would be safer in the Batcave.
Before Batman could return home Firefly launched an assault on the Gotham Pioneers Bridge, which forced both Batman and Captain Gordon to work together to overcome the assassin and his bombs. In the middle of defusing them, Batman saved Branden from Firefly's thugs. Branden then repaid the vigilante by attempting to attack him, only to be thwarted and left unconscious, naturally. Batman defused all but one of the bombs, but then had to battle the pyromaniac himself. Gordon ignored the vigilante's advice to let him handle the entire operation solo and prevented Firefly from detonating the last bomb. Batman defeated Firefly by damaging his jet pack and left him hanging for the police to arrest. He and Gordon then had a secret, but terse, exchange in the aftermath, in which they both admitted that they wouldn't have been able to salvage the affair without the other. Meanwhile, Bane broke into the Batcave and beat Alfred nearly to death. Batman returned to find the Batcave in ruins and Alfred dying in the rubble. He passed away in Batman's arms, uttering his final request that Bruce not "add [him] to the weight that he had carried." A desperate Batman managed to resuscitate Alfred by using the Electrocutioner's Shock Gloves. As they returned to the medical bay a call came in over the police band: the Joker had taken over Blackgate.Finally accepting that he needed allies, Batman worked with Gordon and the GCPD to retake the prison. Batman found Deathstroke still in his cell after defeating several escapees, but the mercenary had no more interest in the vigilante unless another price were to be put on his head. Finally catching up to the Joker in the prison's Panopticon, Batman was forced to fight Bane to the death as Joker strapped himself, with a hostage Jim Gordon, to an electric chair that would automatically kill him unless a heart beat monitor attached to the chair registered Bane's death. With seemingly no alternative, Batman used the Shock Gloves to shock Bane into cardiac arrest. Satisfied, the Joker left, intent on detonating the bombs that were placed all around the city. Batman used the Shock Gloves to resuscitate Bane, which was his plan all along, but Bane was enraged because he'd been denied peace. He injected himself with a potent experimental steroid that was known as TN-1, which transformed him into a hulking beast. Batman managed to defeat him and discovered that the steroid's side-effects had permanently damaged Bane's memory, thereby preserving his secret identity.
With Gordon's help Batman fought his way to the Joker in the Prison Chapel. Dismayed to learn that Batman had saved Bane, the Joker tried to goad Batman into killing him, but Batman subdued him with a ferocious beatdown and let the clown live, once again. Gordon decided to let Batman go and believed that the vigilante could help the city. Before the end, Gordon contacted Batman to apprehend the 20 escaped Blackgate prisoners that were all over Gotham. After Batman apprehended the 20 inmates, Gordon thanked Batman for his help. Batman then asked a favor: tell the GCPD to back off and let him do his job. Gordon offered to think about it and Batman told him to not take too long: he had a feeling that they would be doing this again soon.
Cold Cold HeartEdit
One week later, on New Year's Eve, a week into the city's recovery, Bruce Wayne hosted the Humanitarian of The Year Awards Ceremony at Wayne Manor and fully supported the winner, GothCorp CEO Ferris Boyle. The party was interrupted by a startling temperature drop and then a gigantic ice explosion in the Ballroom. Wayne Manor was soon under siege by Penguin's thugs, who wielded strange cryogenic weaponry and took the guests hostage. Their leader, a man in a mechanized suit that they called "Mister Freeze", marched in and demanded that Ferris Boyle be brought to him. Amid the panic, Bruce slipped away and attempted to contact Alfred with no success. He walked into an ambush set by several thugs, subdued them easily, and rescued Alfred. Bruce left Alfred to take care of the guests in the Manor's study and entered the Wine Cellar to access another entrance to the Batcave, after subduing several more of Penguin's thugs along the way. Donning the Batsuit, Batman returned to locate Boyle and found the Manor in flames. Returning to the library, Batman rescued Alfred, Vicki Vale, and several other guests who had been taken hostage. After he left them in the study, Batman had a terse conversation with Vale, who had advised him to "manage that image before someone else managed it for him." Batman rescued Boyle from more of Penguin's thugs, but was blind-sided and immobilized by Freeze. The latest of Gotham's new class of criminal expressed no interest in finishing off the vigilante and dragged Boyle away. Batman managed to break free of the ice that had trapped him, disappointed some opportunistic thugs who had thought a half-frozen vigilante would be easy pickings, and confronted the last of the invading force in the Ballroom, which included two thugs in thick padding and another wielding a scaled-down version of Freeze's own weapon. He interrogated the last remaining thug and learned that one of Penguin's South Gotham dealers might know where Freeze was taking Boyle. Sickened that anyone would attack such a humanitarian, Batman rode the Batwing into the city and vowed to take Freeze down.Batman found South Gotham mostly deserted but chaotic. For starters, the entrance to the Gotham Pioneers Bridge was blocked off by a wall of ice that was erected by ambitious freeze ray thugs, and Anarky's activists were continuing the riots all over the city. While he tried to find Penguin's dealer, Batman found a frozen cop and learned that Penguin's thugs had used cryogenic weapons to freeze people in ice. If he was going to break them all free, he needed his Thermal Gloves. After he followed the trail, Batman interrogated Penguin's dealer about Freeze's location and learned that Freeze was located at GothCorp. Batman entered GothCorp to search for Freeze and learn where he was taking Boyle. Batman found Freeze, who had been betrayed by Penguin, and Boyle, who was still Freeze's hostage. Batman distracted Penguin by taking out some snipers as Freeze created a wall of ice behind him as he departed, trapping Penguin within it. Batman learned from Penguin that the only way to break the ice, was with a cryodrill that his men had stolen and hidden in My Alibi. After he arrived at My Alibi, the XE suit arrived from Alfred, and Batman donned the suit. Batman then entered the nightclub to search for the cryogenic drill. He found Loose Lips in the private back room and interrogated him for the drill, but learned that the drill was in pieces. After he retrieved the cryodrill pieces, Batman needed a supercoolant that was used in a lab that was run by a Victor Fries. Batman returned to GothCorp, found Fries's abandoned lab, and learned the truth behind Fries's transformation into Mr. Freeze while he retrieved the supercoolant to use for the cryodrill. Batman returned to the Propellant Lab to break the ice with the cryodrill and left Penguin there, frozen. Batman entered the Cryogenic Testing Facility and found Freeze, Boyle, and Freeze's wife, Nora. Batman disabled the three generators powering the cryogenic pods. After the generators were disabled,
Batman fought Freeze. When Freeze's wife, Nora, was in danger, however, Freeze went to save her, giving Batman an opening. Batman grabbed Freeze from below and took him down. Boyle was released and activated some coolant pipes. Batman pushed Freeze out of the way and got frozen. Boyle attacked Freeze with one of the pipes, but Batman thawed out just in time to rescue him. Batman brought Boyle to justice by knocking him out and saved Freeze. Batman then saved Nora by restoring her pod and told Freeze that he couldn't give him peace, but justice. Batman then placed the supercoolant into Freeze's suit to restore it to subzero.
Return To BlackgateEdit
Three months later, while patrolling, Batman encountered a thief stealing something from a high-tech building. The thief, who called herself Catwoman, escaped and left Batman to deal with Department of Extra-Normal Operations guards that were stationed in the building and on the surrounding rooftops. After a long chase, Batman took down Catwoman and left her for the police to arrest.
Two weeks later Batman received an urgent message from Captain Gordon. Another riot had broken out at Blackgate and it was under the prisoners' control. Batman approached the prison by the river and made his way inside. After saving Catwoman from several thugs, he learned that Joker, Penguin, and Black Mask had taken over three separate areas of Blackgate: the Administration Offices, the Cell Block, and the Industrial Area. Catwoman offered to team up and helped him navigate the prison. She also mentioned that several hostages were being held in the Arkham Wing and that Joker had cut the air supply to the area, leaving them with only a few hours of oxygen.
Batman began with the Cell Block. He discovered that Penguin was hosting a fighting arena, which he attempted to break up. He was forced to fight Penguin's reigning champion, Bronze Tiger. Batman quickly defeated Tiger, but refused to kill him. As Penguin's thugs closed in Tiger held them off, which gave Batman a chance to go after Penguin.
Penguin managed to escape to the Lighthouse and cut off the path. Batman returned to the Administration Offices to acquire the recently completed Line Launcher in order to proceed. He then encountered Joker, who had captured Warden Joseph and had him rigged to several bombs.
After he acquired the Line Launcher from the offices Batman went back to the Lighthouse and continued to pursue Penguin. He was finally able to catch up to him and defeat him. Then he learned that Black Mask was attempting to overload Blackgate's power generators and cause a chain reaction that would destroy everyone and everything in the building, which included Batman and Joker, who he blamed for his downfall three months earlier. While making his way to the Industrial Area, Batman encountered a large undead being in the sewers that called itself Solomon Grundy. Batman defeated the creature, confronted Black Mask, and foiled his plan.
With Black Mask taken care of, Batman returned to the Administration Building to stop the Joker and rescue the Warden. He was intercepted by Deadshot, who had made a deal with all three bosses, tripling his commission, and was eager to kill Batman for the great prize. After defeating the assassin Batman rescued Joseph, then proceeded to his office, and confronted the Joker. After taking down the Clown Prince of Crime, Batman acquired the set of codes that he needed to shut down the gas that was about to be released on the hostages, but noticed that the Arkham Wing's air supply hadn't been cut off at all, contrary to what Catwoman had told him.
Having finally defeated all three of the villains, Batman proceeded to the Arkham Wing, where he discovered that there were no hostages at all. Instead he found a weak, skinny Bane. Catwoman revealed that she had been using Batman to get to Bane, who was the target that she was hired to recover to pay off a debt. Batman pursued Catwoman to the docks and fought her again. Before he could learn her employer's identity, a special forces team that was led by Captain Rick Flag intervened and arrested Catwoman. Though questioning the team's actions, Batman said nothing about it and flew off into the night. The Blackgate riot was contained, though Black Mask, Penguin, and Joker had managed to escape custody in the aftermath.
Throughout the night the riot had been secretly monitored by Amanda Waller. The breakout might have been staged by her department in an attempt to acquire Bane, who was one of several potential candidates for the Suicide Squad. While Catwoman had failed in her mission, since Flag had to leave Bane behind to waylay suspicion, Waller did manage to retrieve Deadshot and Bronze Tiger. As Waller and Flag's helicopter flew off they were unaware that one of Batman's tracers had been placed on its underbelly.
Assault on Arkham Incident Edit
After tracking down the Riddler in order to learn the location of a dirty bomb that the Joker was planning to use, Batman saved him from Amanda Waller's guards and returned him to Arkham Asylum. A few days later he discovered Harley Quinn vandalizing a department store. She claimed to simply be coveting a new line of dolls, her manic heartbeat making it difficult for Batman's Detective Mode to discern whether or not she was telling him the truth. Suspicious, Batman nevertheless left Harley for the police to return her to Arkham and unknowingly helping the Suicide Squad begin their infiltration of the facility.
Later he rescued a woman from Victor Zsasz. Returning to the Batmobile, he was contacted by Alfred about a possible "code yellow" at Arkham Asylum, though security footage showed everything to be normal until the presence of a guard who wasn't working that night told Batman that it was being looped. Racing to the island, Batman found it on full alert and found the Suicide Squad breaking into the asylum's evidence room. A fight broke out, naturally, with Batman taking on the Squad's various skills and stolen weapons. He was facing off with Black Spider in the rafters when a huge explosion interrupted them. King Shark, Killer Frost, Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, and Harley Quinn fled the scene. "Black Spider" emerged from the wreckage, carrying Batman's utility belt as a trophy, and was apparently set to go down in history as the man who killed the Bat.
The Suicide Squad made it to the Medical Center as part of a plan to disarm the bombs that were implanted their necks with the Riddler's help. "Black Spider" stood guard while Riddler attempted to use voltage from the electroshock chairs to overload and disable the rest of the Squad's implants. Waller tried to contact Deadshot mid-process, realized she was being double-crossed, and attempted to blow the bombs. Tragically, only King Shark's went off, his super tough hide proving too thick for the shocks to work. This didn't explain why "Black Spider" was still standing, however. Batman, having switched costumes with Spider during the explosion, dropped the disguise just as the Joker burst into the room, opened fire, and spirited both Harley and her hammer away. Batman gave chase, but was temporarily taken out of action when one of Joker's bullets grazed his temple.
He recovered in time to prevent a mass break-out of all the other Arkham inmates and chased after Joker and Harley's stolen helicopter in the Batwing. The helicopter eventually crashed into a skyscraper. He faced off with Harley while Deadshot and Joker fought one floor down. Batman defeated Harley and disarmed the bomb that Joker had planted inside her mallet just in time. A day later, with Arkham back under control, but both Joker and Deadshot missing, Batman confronted Waller in her office and warned her to stop her games or there wouldn't be a next time.
Road to Arkham Asylum IncidentEdit
After the Joker's escape from Arkham Asylum two months earlier, Batman had been on a constant search for the Clown Prince of Crime. During his second month of searching, Batman was notified about an anonymous tip that was left in Dr. Sarah Cassidy's Office at Arkham that revealed she had been kidnapped by Zsasz and taken to the Old County Hospital. He took Zsasz out by surprise and rescued Cassidy from his clutches. In the same month a second tip came in the form of a note attached to a test tube. Unsurprisingly to Batman the tube contained an extremely potent, colorless, and odorless Fear Gas. It was similar to Scarecrow's Fear Toxin but was much stronger.While experimenting with it in the Batcave, a few molecules escaped from the vacuum seals and caused Batman to fight his way out of a series of fears and hallucinations. Batman was able to create an antidote from the formula and ambushed the Scarecrow, attacked the psychologist, took him back to his cell, and cured his victims. The GCPD received the third and final tip in the form of a 911 call that arrived moments before the Joker raided Gotham City Hall and took the Mayor hostage.
The Joker strapped the Mayor to the side of a large pillar on the roof of the building and attached a bomb to his waist. Batman destroyed the Joker's detonator and removed the bomb before it exploded. The Joker attempted to escape with a parachute but Batman easily thwarted the villain. Whilst escorting the Joker back to Arkham he spoke with Oracle through radio and vocalized his suspicions on the three tips and whether they came from the same source, as well as the easy nature of the Joker's capture. Despite these suspicions he drove the Joker back to Arkham and hoped that they would disappear once he was back behind bars.
The Joker's PartyEdit
Batman arrived at Arkham in the Batmobile and took the Joker to the Intensive Treatment Facility. The Joker remained in high spirits and was pleased that he was back in Arkham.
Joker was strapped to a prisoner movement trolly and wheeled through Intensive Treatment by a variety of security guards, including Frank Boles, with Batman following close by. Batman sensed that something was amiss about the capture - Joker had never let himself be captured this easily before.The Joker commented on all the brand new security at Arkham and how it was rather funny that a fire at Blackgate Penitentiary had sent a hundred of his goons over to Arkham. During the escort Joker made snide remarks to many of the Arkham Staff which included: Warden Quincy Sharp, Officer Aaron Cash, and Dr. Penelope Young before being taken down the elevator. During the elevator journey a temporary blackout happened. Guards panicked as the Joker laughed hysterically before the restored lights revealed that Batman had restrained him by the neck. As the Joker was moved into the lobby area he was unstrapped and escorted by a guard and an orderly while Batman and Commissioner Gordon looked on. That was when the Joker made his move.
Batman could only watch as the Joker broke free and killed the unsuspecting doctor and guard as the Dark Knight pounded his way through a re-enforced security window. The Joker escaped. Harley Quinn had taken control of Arkham's security system the entire time he'd arrived. For his first trick, the Clown Prince of Crime had released several nearby thugs from the their cells. After Batman had easily defeated them all, the Joker made his way to the Patient Transfer Unit, and goaded Batman to follow him.
Batman followed the Joker through the depths of the Intensive Treatment Facility and found a trail of destruction that was littered with deceased Arkham security guards. Batman halted briefly to defuse a hostage situation in the Patient Pacification Chamber, where an escaped Victor Zsasz had taken a security guard, Mike, hostage and had strapped him to an electroshock chair. After taking down Zsasz he was greeted by Harley Quinn via the hijacked asylum monitors, taunting him and showing off Sharp, her new hostage. Batman left the Patient Pacification Chamber through the ventilation system, followed Joker's trail of spray painted smiles and arrows, and confronted the villain in the Secure Treatment Transfer area.
The Joker opened up a large patient transfer cell and released a large experimental monster (bearing a resemblance to Amygdala). The monster attacked Batman before dying of an apparently simultaneous heart attack and brain aneurysm, much to the Joker's annoyance. As a result the Joker offered one free shot, goading Batman to knock him off his perch and into a lethal fall, ending the madness. Batman drew a Batarang but hesitated, still unwilling to kill his enemy. The Joker laughed and dubbed him as "too predictable". As the Joker escaped via the Patient Transfer System, he announced that he was organizing a "party" with the villains all over Arkham. While Batman tried to get the transfer unit working again, the Joker appeared on a monitor and showed Batman an image of a treacherous Frank Boles knocking out Gordon and taking him hostage, ready to kill him should Batman follow him.
Batman attempted to track down and rescue Gordon, by using his cowl's Detective Mode to detect alcohol traces from Boles's bourbon flask that was left in the air. Along the way, Joker left traps with Joker Venom as well as many gag chattering teeth. Navigating the elevator shaft and returning to the Intensive Treatment Lobby, Batman finally caught up to Boles, only to find his corpse strapped to a gurney, and having outlived his usefulness, and no sign of Gordon. Batman was contacted by the Riddler who had hacked into his communication system to challenge the Dark Knight to solve his riddles and challenges and to collect the Riddler Trophies that were placed all over Arkham Island.
The Joker took control of Arkham's intercom system, and told his goons to destroy the Batmobile as he took over the West side of Arkham Island. Batman contacted Oracle, and told her to disable the car's defenses in case her father was with them. The wrecking crew didn't have Gordon, but Batman found the Commissioner's pipe, which was a birthday gift from Barbara, and a trail of Wild Country Tobacco. Batman was able to isolate the tobacco trail with his Detective Mode: a sign that Gordon had left to show he was still alive. After he had retrieved a supply of Explosive Gel from the Batmobile's trunk, the Dark Knight resumed his search.
The forensic trail suggested that Gordon had been dragged to the Medical Facility, which was under siege by the Joker, and he ordered his goons to round up all the doctors in the area, specifically Dr. Penelope Young. Batman defeated the goons and proceeded to rescue the captive doctors and Aaron Cash. Dr. Young insisted on returning to the Arkham Mansion to retrieve her notes. Cash offered to escort her, despite Batman's misgivings. Batman then took out another raiding party of thugs before taking the elevator to the lower levels to follow Gordon's trail. He found the place under the control of Scarecrow, and the murdered body of Jim Gordon. His mind reeling from one his greatest fears, Batman was confronted by the animated corpses of his parents and a twisted obstacle course overseen by a giant, omnipotent Scarecrow. Realizing he was experiencing a Fear Toxin hallucination, Batman overcame the delusion, finally tracked down Gordon, and rescued him from Harley Quinn in the Experimental Chamber.
Batman admitted that he wasn't sure that he could stop the out of control Joker this time, but Gordon had reassured him he would, and suggested that they examined something mysterious that Joker was keeping in the holding cell below them. They found Bane, though not as they had known him. The giant was emaciated and hung from the ceiling by his Venom tubes, and was drained of Venom for days, by Dr. Young, rather than the Joker. The Joker was more than happy to take advantage of the situation, however, pumping Bane full of a new formula that restored him to his TN-1 induced size, and had seemingly made him even more powerful. The two then fought in the Boiler Room. Batman had managed to dismantle Bane's delivery tubes before escaping as the ceiling came down on them. Batman was afforded only a temporary respite as a still fully powered Bane smashed his way to the surface and vowed to first break Batman, and then Dr. Young. Batman responded by sending a remote controlled Batmobile crashing into Bane, and sent both the villain and the vehicle into the ocean.
Sending Gordon back to Gotham and relative safety by boat, Batman headed to the secret Batcave that he had built at Arkham's infamous Dead Man's Point years ago. There, Oracle sent him files that she had hacked from Dr. Young's computer, and shed light on the Joker's latest scheme: Young had been working on "project Titan", an experimental chemical treatment to repair possible brain damage. Derived from Bane's Venom, the process instead had the potential to create super strong monsters that were twice as powerful as Bane. Young had learned who her benefactor was, and attempted to shut down the process, so Joker had staged an entire crime wave and his own capture to take over Arkham in order to take control of the Titan himself. Batman's objective was now clear: find and destroy Dr. Young's missing Titan formula before the Joker could create an army of a thousand Banes.
Heading through the catacombs beneath Arkham, Batman headed for the Arkham Mansion in search of Dr. Young, and found it overrun with Joker's men. After he freed a captured Aaron Cash, Zach Franklin and several other hostages in the Records Room and the Library, Batman resumed his search, and accessed Dr. Young's Office to search for the formula. Security footage from her computer was promising; she had already hidden the formula somewhere else. Setting up Detective Mode to isolate her recent fingerprints, Batman traced the evidence back to the Library, found the written formula hidden in a book, and destroyed it. The Joker wasn't outdone yet, however, and sent Zsasz after Dr. Young. Batman raced off to find her, but was gassed by Scarecrow again, and trapped in a hallucination of the night that his parents were murdered. He managed to free himself a second time, but was too late to prevent Zsasz from taking Young hostage in Warden Sharp's Office.
Batman incapacitated Zsasz and rescued the doctor. A distraught Young lashed out at Zsasz, the night's event taking their toll. Batman managed to calm her down enough to get her to explain about a chemical production facility that was hidden in the Asylum's Botanical Gardens, which Joker would be sure to use to produce Titan now that she had been forced to surrender the formula. She explained that Batman would need Warden Sharp's security codes to access it, and was about to retrieve them from his safe, only to come face to face with the spray painted face of a Joker booby trap. Batman was powerless to save her, and was knocked out in the blast that had killed Young.
Coming to, Batman was taunted by Harley Quinn who beat a still captive Sharp with his own cane before leaving the Dark Knight with a few thugs to "prepare" him for the party. Batman made short work of them, and scanned a sample of Sharp's DNA from the blood smears on the broken cane head in order to track Quinn down. The trail led to the Penitentiary, where Batman was accosted by a still imprisoned, but hysterical Poison Ivy in her cell. Ivy begged Batman to help her plants, and claimed that they were in pain, an insanity plea that he had naturally ignored, and told Ivy to remain in her cell. He tracked Sharp's DNA trail to the Penitentiary's Security Control Room where Sharp was tied up in the control booth. Batman was also taunted by an imprisoned Clayface who was impersonating Cash, then Sharp, and finally, Gordon, but wasn't fooled into releasing the shape changer. Batman freed Sharp just as the Joker cut in with the video footage of Harley freeing Ivy and his release of all the truly insane inmates from the cell block to wreak havoc and, to add insult to injury, lock Batman and Sharp in together. Batman demanded Sharp's code sequencer, despite Sharp's protest that it was useless without the destroyed terminal in his office. Batman improvised by simply plugging it into his Cryptographic Sequencer, which allowed him to overload all of the security terminals throughout the asylum and disable the numerous barriers that Joker had placed in his way. He told Sharp to stay where it was safe as he went after Harley, the warden was all too happy to oblige.
Batman confronted Harley Quinn in the cell block, defeated the thugs that she had thrown his way, and disabled all the electrified floor panels that she had used to slow him down. He chased her into the Guard Room, and found Louie Green and another guard suspended over electrified water with a bomb of Joker Gas that was rigged to detonate. Batman was able to get both Green and the other guard out safely before the bomb exploded. He followed Quinn to Extreme Incarceration, and once again dealt with her goons and electrified floor. Harley's failure prompted Joker to remove her from the 'party list'. Batman defeated her, took her party list, locked her up, and used her DNA traces from around the island to track Joker to the Botanical Gardens. There, Joker forced him to play a deadly game in the Aviary, by stringing a pair of orderlies, Luke Curtis and Robert Stirling, in birdcages over a deadly chasm and challenged Batman to rescue them as his men patrolled the area.
Batman was successful in the hostage situation, re-discovered Harley's trail, and hacked into the Titan Production Facility's secure entrance which had slowed him down just enough for Joker to perfect his Titan formula. Batman watched as The Joker demonstrated by injecting two of his thugs and left them to attack Batman, with an elevator full of Titan. Batman defeated both of the monsters and pursued Joker, and passed by the dead bodies of Robert Stirling and Luke Curtis on his way back through the gardens. Batman realized that in order to stop Joker, he would need an antidote. After Batman tracked down Ivy, he learned from her that there were plant spores beneath the sewers in Killer Croc's Lair. As Batman continued in his pursuit of the Joker, the villain revealed over the intercom that he had teamed up with Poison Ivy and injected her with Titan, which caused her to become far more powerful and take control of the island surface with her evolved plants. Batman located Cash in the Arkham Mansion and was told by him that there was another door to Croc's Lair at the Intensive Treatment building.
Batman defeated Scarecrow, who gassed him for the third time, and Killer Croc down in the sewers and successfully harvested the spores that were needed to make an antidote for the Titan in Croc's Lair. Batman then went down further into the sewers and found that Joker was trying to pump Titan pollutant into the Gotham River, and told his men to stop Batman from preventing this in a threatening, and serious manner. After Batman had shut off all 3 of the pumps, Joker sent a Titan monster as a token of his disapproval.
Batman defeated the monster and escaped the sewers. Driven by more hunger, Ivy betrayed Joker and swore to go after him once Batman was killed. Joker assured her that he would be prepared for her with an army of Titan monsters, and said the she could "bring the wine" and he would "make the salad". Batman had managed to defeat Ivy in the gardens by using his Explosive Gel to blow Ivy's protective shell that caused her plant to go out of control. With all of the enemies on Joker's 'party list' defeated, Joker had his men set off fire works and directed Batman, the 'guest of honor', to the 'party' at the Visitor Center by the Cell Block. Rather than fight Batman, upon his arrival and confirmation of being on the 'guest list', the goons acted friendly, cheered him on, and even allowed him safe passage. Batman found a bomb planted by Joker in the Visitor Center and upon its explosion, discovered the Joker's Lair, a throne room atop various plastic toys from which he had been broadcasting to the island.
Joker was holding Scarface the puppet and taking out his frustration on him by having a fictional argument with him before throwing him away. He then sent two more Titan powered thugs at Batman, who defeated them. Joker then revealed that he had recaptured Gordon. Firing a Titan strain at Gordon, Joker was overjoyed when Batman took the shot himself. However, he was angered when Batman had resisted and had fought off Joker's attempts to make him give in. Joker then claimed that he had nothing to live for, as Batman would not allow him victory, and shot himself in the neck with his Titan injection gun, and comically acted as if he was committing suicide.He quickly awoke and mutated into the most horrific Titan monster, while still retaining his regular intelligence due to him already being insane. He then directed the circling Gotham News helicopters and Jack Ryder to the rooftops of Arkham so that they could watch his final fight with Batman. Strapping Gordon to an electric chair above a makeshift fighting arena (making him the "referee"), the mutated Joker goaded Batman to give into his injection, as it was the only way they could be on even fighting terms. Batman refused and used the only antidote injection on himself, which the Joker found hilarious. The two, with assistance from Joker's henchmen, then fought a brutal battle, with Batman knocking Joker into the electrical generator that was used to torture Gordon. The Joker got up from the attack and said he could take anything that Batman threw at him, and asked if the Dark Knight was ready for the next round. Spraying Explosive Gel onto his glove, Batman declared that he would never let Joker win and would always be prepared for his tactics. Enraged, Joker prepared to kill his relentless nemesis as Batman charged him. The gel on Batman's fist fiercely knocked Joker down as he was punched in the face. The GCPD then retook control of Arkham Island, imprisoned all of the inmates back in their cells, and watched over the Titan injected thugs as they returned to normal. Joker's transformation back to humanity was quite painful compared to the others, culminating with the severe injuries that he had received in his battle with Batman. He was then securely locked back up, his plans having ultimately failed.
Outside the Visitor's Center, Gordon told Batman that the effects of Titan were starting to wear off the Joker and his men, and that they were all being taken back to their cells. Batman was informed that Two-Face was raiding the Second National Bank of Gotham, and flew away into the night in the Batwing to the scene of the crime.
Enter Arkham CityEdit
Six months following the Joker's rampage at Arkham Asylum, Commissioner Gordon informed Batman that Joker's Titan Formula had found its way into Gotham City and had turned up in the form of the brother-sister team: T&T. Wasting no time, Batman correctly suspected Two-Face to be T&T's previous employer, based on the fact that a pair of mirror images like T&T working together would be prime candidates for recruitment into Two-Face's gang.
Tracking him down to one of his old hideouts, Batman discovered Two-Face had been beaten, battered, and broken. Two-Face revealed information about T&T in exchange for a 30 minute head start. He explained that shortly after the Joker's rampage, crates full of Titan had washed up in the docks where Two-Face had bought them. He made the mistake of having T&T bring the crates into storage in his cellar.
Over the past six months, T&T had experimented with the drug in small doses, thereby gaining control over themselves in their Titan forms. Two-Face also stated that T&T had slaughtered his gang and that the rest of Gotham was next. At Quincy Sharp's new town hall dedication ceremony, T&T attacked, and Batman arrived to stop them. Perhaps getting the idea from his last fight with the Joker Batman had installed gel sprayers on his costume which gave his strikes extra power.
During the fight, Batman overheard T&T being given orders over their radio. Before Batman had the chance to apprehend and interrogate the duo, they had committed suicide via surgically implanted explosives, killed hundreds in attendance of the press conference, and destroyed the rebuilt Gotham City Hall. Batman began to believe that T&T were working for someone who was in cahoots with Mayor Sharp, and thus infiltrated his mansion, which had doubled as a temporary city hall.
There, Batman used Sharp's personal files to check in on his past, and revealed that Sharp was essentially a schizophrenic blank slate, who was extremely vulnerable to suggestion to the point that he had to be told to hang up a phone in order to do so. At this point, Batman was assaulted by non lethal weaponry, which lead him to conclude that this was a trap that was meant to study him.
Choosing to deny his opponent his triumph, Batman fled the mansion. Meanwhile, Harley Quinn successfully broke out the dying Joker from Arkham Asylum, and despite Batman's best efforts, they had successfully escaped to Arkham City.
Later on, Batman disguised himself as a small time street thug who was named Lester Kurtz and with the added help of Oracle, who had planted a criminal record into the GCPD database, infiltrated Arkham City where he had learned of a rising gang turf war between the Joker and the Penguin who were willing to slit the others throat to be the top dog in Arkham City.
As a test of the Lester Kurtz identity, Batman infiltrated and temporarily joined both gangs and assured that the Lester Kurtz identity was safe, because neither Joker nor Penguin, two of his old enemies who knew him best, had figured out the Lester Kurtz identity. In the process, he had destroyed an arms shipment that was meant for TYGER that they were both after.
Unfortunately, it seemed that in a matter of hours, the Lester Kurtz Identity was compromised when Batman walked into a trap set by Warden Sharp's accomplice who used the TYGER Guards. Batman discovered that the TYGER Guards had been extensively working out specifically to match Batman in a fight and had been given impact absorbing armor in order to lessen his super-charged punches.
Batman was only saved by the timely arrival of Catwoman who was revealed to have already hijacked the weapons shipment and freed Poison Ivy from TYGER custody. Batman left Catwoman to her business and went to get some answers. He captured and interrogated a TYGER Captain into revealing the true identity of the one of was pulling the strings in Arkham: Hugo Strange.
Mere hours after this discovery, Batman instructed Robin and Alfred to dig up all that there was to know on Hugo Strange so that he, as Bruce Wayne, could publicly reveal it. Strange was a step ahead of the Dark Knight, however, as he has Sharp announce his involvement in the Arkham City project so that he could paint a positive image of it and also give him an alibi for his actions. Arkham City opened on schedule and went unopposed.
Search For The CureEdit
Eighteen months after the Joker's takeover of Arkham Asylum, Quincy Sharp was elected the Mayor of Gotham City, and claimed to be the one who was responsible for ending the Joker's control of the island.
Shortly after assuming the role, Sharp declared that both Arkham Asylum and Blackgate Priison were uninhabitable, and ordered the construction of Arkham City on the southern banks of Gotham against the better judgement of both Batman and James Gordon. Batman believed the project to be a ticking time bomb and kept a watchful eye on Arkham City for months, and looked for any excuse to break into the well-guarded prison city.Bruce Wayne took action, and lead a protest against Arkham City. During a televised press conference that was covered by both Vicki Vale and Jack Ryder, TYGER Guards stormed the scene, and arrested and dragged Bruce into Arkham City. Bruce was confronted by the prison city's Warden, Hugo Strange, who revealed that he knew who Batman really was and claimed that he would be unable to stop something that was called Protocol 10. Flung out into the streets with Jack Ryder, Wayne was immediately captured by Penguin, who quickly put a bounty on his head. Bruce was able to escape with ease, and headed to the Ace Chemicals, building to recover the Batsuit and his equipment, which were delivered via the Batwing under automatic pilot by Alfred. Batman immediately went to the Solomon Wayne Courthouse to rescue Catwoman from Two-Face, who had planned to execute her to gain the respect from the prisoners of Arkham City, and to join his gang. After taking out his gang, Two-Face shot Batman in the chest before he can execute Catwoman but she freed herself and scratched Two-Face's good side of his face, Two-Face pulls out his second gun but Batman who survived from the gunshot tied Dent up and leaves him hanging above the acid. After Batman had rescued Catwoman from Two-Face, he questions her about Strange's master plan as she doesn't trust Strange and she tells him some other things but the Joker attempted to assassinate her to keep Batman from learning the secrets of Arkham City. Batman notice the sniper laser pointing at her and grabbed her from being shot. Tracing the trajectory of the bullet, Batman was able to deduce that the shot had originated from the bell tower from the Gotham City Cathedral, which had been transformed into the Arkham City Medical Center. Later, Batman confronted Harley Quinn and her thugs who are taking the staff hostage. After he had rescued the members of the staff, Batman learned from Aaron Cash that Quinn had captured one of the medical team, Dr. Stacey Baker. Batman went to the bell tower to investigate the scene and to determine the Joker's location and get answers that regarded Protocol 10. Batman discovered that the gun was controlled by Joker and escaped from the bell tower explosion that was set off by bombs by the Clown Prince of Crime.
The Dark Knight traveled through Arkham City until he reached the Sionis Industries Steel Mill, which had become the Joker's hideout. After he had infiltrated the base, Batman tried to rescue Stacey from Joker's men. When she was safe, Batman learned from Stacey that Joker was poisoned by the Titan chemical that he had injected into himself from Arkham Island. After returning to the loading bay, Batman confronts Mr. Hammer and Joker's thugs and defeats them. Batman eventually came face to face with the dying Joker. He fell for the ruse and the Joker infected Batman with his tainted blood, and poisoned the Dark Knight with the same disease that was affecting him. Joker told Batman that he had contracted Mr. Freeze to work on a cure and sent Batman to find him, and cited that Joker had also sent samples of his own blood to Gotham hospitals. 30 people were already reported as infected.Soon after, Batman found Freeze's hideout in Arkham City, which was in the old Gotham City Police building at Amusement Mile. However, Freeze had been taken captive by the Penguin and his goons after Batman had interrogated one of Penguin's thugs for Freeze's whereabouts. Batman went to the Museum to face the Penguin, but first had to disable the security systems that Penguin had established that had interfered with Batman's equipment and uploaded to Alfred at the Batcave and Oracle at the Clock Tower. After he had disabled the three jammers, Batman fought his way through the Museum, and rescued police officers that were sent in to investigate Arkham City in the process; as even James Gordon was unaware of what had happened inside Arkham City's walls, while trying to find and rescue Freeze. Penguin had other plans, and had taken Freeze's equipment for use against Batman and had deployed a Titan powered soldier to protect the Museum. Batman confronts Penguin using Freeze's gun to protect himself. Batman found Freeze in the war room but was ambushed by Sickle, Mr. Hammer's twin brother, and Penguin's gang. After defeating them, Batman freed Victor from the exhibit. When Freeze refuses to help him, Batman removed the coolant that keeps him alive and Freeze tells that he had an override chip in his suit that will disable the cryo gun. With Freeze's help, Batman disabled Penguin's weapons, fought Solomon Grundy, and stopped Penguin. Nonetheless, Freeze revealed to Batman that there was no cure for what was affecting both him and Joker, as the cure had broke down quickly after creation. After showing a specific DNA strand to Batman that the cure had lacked, the Dark Knight quickly realized that the DNA was a match for Ra's al Ghul's blood and set out to find him in Arkham City. One of the League of Assassins escaped from the display case, leaving a trail of blood that will lead Batman. Fortunately, Ra's had set up a base in Arkham City. After he had left the Museum, Batman still following the blood trail and was attacked by assassins from the League of Assassins and who were Talia al Ghul's personal guard. He pursued them, and during the fight covertly implanted a tracer to one of the ninjas. He allowed them to defeat him so that he could track them to Ra's, but was interrupted by Tim Drake, the current Robin. Robin vowed to stay and help, but Batman sent him away and went after Talia on his own. Batman went down underground to follow the signal, and he saw Joker's men stealing weapons underground. Batman discovered that Strange handed weapons to Joker and his crew.
Going into the abandoned subway system, Batman eventually found the headquarters of the League of Assassins in the abandoned Wonder City. Batman scanned the mechanical guardians to show him the memory tape of the ninjas secret entrance for a way in. After a near death experience from his affliction, Batman agreed to take the Demon Trials so that he could continue to live. Batman drank the blood of the Demon and joined the spirit form of Ra's where he was tested to see if he was worthy. During the last trial, he refused to kill Ra's and take over the League of Assassins. Talia was betrayed as her father, who had threatened her life, relented that Batman and Ra's had deserved each other and left. Batman took the sample of Ra's blood to Freeze. Batman heard Strange had imprisoned Quincy Sharp in Arkham City. After he had rescued Sharp, Batman interrogated him for information on Strange, and learned that Strange was being used by someone else who had funded Arkham City.
Returning to Arkham City, Batman delivered the blood sample to Freeze who quickly refused to give him the cure as the Joker had his wife, Nora. After their battle, Freeze agreed to give Batman the cure, but Harley Quinn had managed to steal the cure from Freeze's safe. Batman pursued her to get the cure, but was diverted when Vicki Vale's news helicopter was shot down by the Joker. After he had rescued her, Batman pursued Harley back to the Steel Mill.With increased security, which included snipers and guards that used ultraviolet goggles to detect him, Batman was able to break into the Steel Mill after he had rescued Nora Fries and gave her coordinates to Victor. As he made his way through the Steel Mill, Batman eventually came face to face with Harley, who had been tied up by Talia and revealed to Batman that Joker had stolen some of Freeze's equipment and locked it down in the Boiler Room. Batman went to Joker's Office where he was quickly attacked by Joker's goons and a Titan powered goon and found that the Joker was healed.
After his fight with Joker, the ceiling gave way and Batman was trapped. Joker was about to kill him, when Talia appeared and offered him immortality in exchange for Batman's life. The Joker took the deal and let Batman live, and left with Talia who had reactivated the tracking chip that Batman had previously placed on one of her ninjas earlier. Batman briefly reunited with Bane, who had double-crossed him, and the Dark Knight was forced to destroy the remaining Titan containers on his own.While Batman had pursued Talia, Hugo Strange activated Protocol 10 and his TYGER troops began systematically destroying Arkham City, and Catwoman rescued Batman at the Steel Mill. At both Oracle and Alfred's pleading, Batman decided not to pursue Talia, and instead went to stop Strange by penetrating Arkham City's defenses at Wonder Tower. Batman fought his way through the TYGER Guards and learned that Arkham City was merely the first step in a much larger plan for Strange and his benefactors to eliminate crime with new cities that were expected to be completed in both Keystone City and Metropolis within the next year. Batman was able to stop Strange and hacked into the computer network alongside Oracle to stop the attack on the city. Strange struggled and gloated about how he had proven himself better than Batman in his ability to end crime, only to be stopped by Ra's who had revealed that the League had used Strange to take over the city. Strange, knowing that he was defeated, activated Protocol 11: explosive charges that destroyed Wonder Tower. Ra's and Batman both escaped; however, Ra's was impaled on nearby debris when he hit the ground. After he had activated the tracker after Arkham City was safe, Batman discovered that Joker and Talia were at the Monarch Theater. After taking down the patrols that had guarded the entry, specifically snipers that were armed with weapons that were capable of penetrating the Batsuit, Batman infiltrated the Monarch Theater and found Talia and Joker in the main room. After a brief stand down, Batman learned that Talia had intercepted the cure from Harley, and had also seemingly killed Joker in the process by stabbing him with her sword. However, Batman then deduced from the various things that he had heard that the Joker he had seen was actually a double and attempted to warn Talia, but she ended up shot by the real Joker. The stabbed "Joker" was revealed to be Clayface, who quickly attacked Batman. Batman manage to throw freeze grenades at Clayface, grabs Talia's sword from his melted body and slices him into pieces. Joker trigger bombs on the floors as Batman to falls to the Lazarus Pit chamber along with Clayface and fights him and his mini versions of him. With Clayface defeated, Batman took the cure and Joker came for it. Batman struggled with the decision to give the Joker the cure, was stabbed in the arm, which caused him to quickly drop the cure which then shattered, and was absorbed into the ground. Joker tried frantically to ingest the cure, but failed. Batman revealed that he would've given the Joker the cure despite everything that he had done in the past and knowing that he would probably do again in the future. With a laugh and a smile, the Joker died from the toxin. Batman silently carried Joker's body out the Theater, and left Harley Quinn and the henchmen in horror, with Catwoman observing from a certain distance. Batman walked out Arkham City as the GCPD watches Batman carries Joker's body, put the body on a police car, ignored Commissioner Gordon when he had asked what had happened, and left without explaining to Gordon.
Leaving Arkham CityEdit
After Batman left Arkham City, he contacted Alfred to tell that his work there was done and that Arkham City was shut down, but was struck by bolts of electricity and confronted by the second Electrocutioner who wanted payback on Batman for stealing the Shock Gloves from Lester Buchinsky's (his old boss) corpse on the rooftop. Batman had managed to freeze his face with the Freeze Grenade and knocked him out while he was frozen. When Batman left him for the GCPD, the Electrocutioner was confronted by the Arkham Knight, who then executed him with a shotgun. The day after, he discussed with Alfred the risk of endangering his lives, which was becoming more common, as well as his duties as Bruce Wayne.
Harley Quinn's RevengeEdit
Batman returned to Arkham City to apprehend Harley Quinn who had taken over the Industrial District and had redesigned the Sionis Industries Steel Mill into her own image. Batman was summoned by Commissioner Gordon at the bridge entrance of the Gotham Dock Yard where he was informed that Quinn had kidnapped several police officers and brought them to the Steel Mill as part of some elaborate trap that was set just for him.Batman headed to the Loading Bay Office inside the Steel Mill and saw a police officer that was held captive by a group of Harley's thugs. Batman quickly defeated the gang and rescued the officer who then revealed that the other remaining officers were being held hostage deep within the other sections of the Steel Mill. Batman continued his search for the remaining officers by using a blood trail that he had found at the gate entrance of Steel Mill which lead him to a secret TYGER entrance that required three key codes to access. After he entered the Shipyard, Batman found the second cop and took out the thugs that were guarding him, but fell into a coma when Quinn shot the Dark Knight in the chest and imprisoned him in an airtight, glass ball that was in a gigantic Joker Robot for two days.
Robin later arrived and stole Harley's key codes to the ball and freed Batman. Harley revealed that there were three bombs that were stolen from the GCPD lockup that were placed around the Shipyard for the Dark Knight to detonate, before she unveiled her final plot of revenge by activating the Wonder City Mechanical Guardians and pitted them against him. After he had destroyed them all, Batman took Quinn out, but not before she had revealed that she had intended on blowing up the entire Shipyard with Robin, Batman and herself still inside. However, Batman escaped with Harley, who attempted to stab him from behind, but was knocked out cold by Robin. Batman then quickly left Arkham City.
Life After Joker Edit
With Harley Quinn arrested, Batman continued to carry out his crime fighting routines, while also making plans to reinvent Gotham's image, by using Wayne Industries' resources. On one night, a posthumous message by Joker was broadcast all across Gotham, and revealed his plan to blow up the walls of Arkham City, and would release its prisoners onto the streets of Gotham. Joker pointed Batman toward Arkham Asylum, where he could find the solution to defuse the bombs. Joker warranted a search for his dead body to be returned to Harley Quinn, with the prize money of one hundred million dollars, or several bombs that were rigged around Arkham City's wall would go off, and would release its remaining inmates onto the streets of Gotham. Joker had also left behind a message for Batman to go to Arkham Asylum, to retrieve the code that could be used to deactivate the bombs. This, however, turned out to be a trap, as the bombs were actually placed within Joker's cell in the asylum by Clayface, in order to lure Batman in. The trap caused a large explosion, and destroyed a large portion of the asylum. Batman, however, managed to survive, and later contacted Gordon to meet up. The Joker was later cremated with both Gordon and The Dark Knight present. Gordon handed Batman the flash drive that was found in Joker's body, which he would later analyze in the Batcave. Inside was a video recording that was entitled: "The Last Will and Testament of the Joker", where he had explained his reasoning for inducing chaos in Gotham.
Only moments after watching Joker's recording, Batman received a call from Gordon, who was affected by Joker's toxin, and began to lose his sanity. Batman requested the help of Officer Aaron Cash in handling Gordon, while he went to the new Blackgate Prison to retrieve Harley Quinn, in order to locate the antidote for the Joker Toxin. Initially, Harley guided him to the antidote storage, but it was revealed to be a trap, as Killer Croc was waiting there for him. The two of them fought, and while Croc seemed to have the upper hand, Cash's intervention gave Batman the time to retrieve his last Freeze Grenade and immobilize Croc. Gordon was cured in the nick of time. Harley, on the other hand, escaped and joined forces with Penguin, who was on the search for Scarecrow.
Days later, Batman, as Bruce Wayne, had held a conference at the entrance of Arkham City, where he had announced his plans for the reformation of Gotham, which was known as "Gotham Reborn". The conference, however, was attacked by Harley's thugs. Bruce and Lucius Fox had managed to hold them back, but Harley arrived and attacked Fox, and took his tablet as well as one of his fingers for security clearance. The tablet, however, had a self-correcting protocol, which required Fox's login every 15 minutes, and thus rendered it useless in the hands of Harley and Penguin. After having Fox hospitalized, Batman discussed with Oracle about getting her father to run for the position of Mayor. He later joined Robin in a training session, while discussing plans to repair the Batmobile.
Some time later, Bruce and Fox traveled to Germany for the Central European Future Tech Expo, while also setting up to meet their contact, Zimmer, who could provide Batman with a new Batmobile. However, not long after their arrival, both Fox and Zimmer were kidnapped by several thugs, and forced Bruce to don his suit and get into action. After a lengthy car chase throughout the streets of Germany, Batman stopped the thugs, and rescued Fox and Zimmer, and then took them back to Zimmer's office, where they discussed the plans for the Batmobile, as well as the delivery time. A few days after returning from Germany, Batman encountered Kid Shark, who was the son of King Shark, who had wanted to exact revenge on Batman and the Suicide Squad for his father's death. With Gordon's help, Batman easily defeated the kid of knocking him in the head with a fire hydrant, and brought him in. The two of them then discussed Gordon's plan for retirement, which was suggested by Barbara.
Penguin's attempts at cracking Fox's tablet, while mostly unsuccessful, were not in vain, as he had managed to find a date and a location, which, unbeknownst to him, was the shipping date and the location for the delivery of the Batmobile. He then recruited the Tweedle brothers, and provided them with heavy weaponry, as well as an enhanced brute, whom he named Tweedle Die. The Tweedle trio then piloted a helicopter to intercept a shipping truck, which contained the Batmobile, but then encountered Batman. He then battled Tweedle Die on top of the shipping container, while the two brothers Dee and Dum handled the helicopter controls. Eventually, Batman sprayed Explosive Gel on the container, which stunned Die, and allowed him to get inside his new vehicle, and drove it out of the container. After Batman had secured the new Batmobile, he came back inside the helicopter, and subdued the Tweedles. He brought the three of them back to the GCPD, but then was surprised to hear rumors about him killing the second Electrocutioner from two GCPD officers. That night, the Arkham Knight snuck inside the GCPD holding cells, and murdered the Tweedle trio.
One morning, while he jogged with Gordon and Barbara, Bruce had revealed his plan of making Gordon run for Mayor. While Gordon had initially refused, both Bruce and Barbara had managed to convince him to take a shot at it. Bruce and Gordon then went back to his office to discuss it further.
On Halloween night, Scarecrow unleashes his newest strain of fear toxin in a diner, and threatens to release it throughout Gotham. Six million civilians are evacuated, but the city's criminals and supervillains stay behind, leaving Commissioner James Gordon and the Gotham City Police Department outnumbered. Batman meets Gordon on the rooftop of the GCPD with a lead on Scarecrow. After leaving Gordon behind, Batman rescues an officer from criminals and getting hit by a military vehicle. Batman drives the Batmobile to chase after the driver and firing missiles at the vehicle and crashed it. After interrogating the driver, Batman investigates Scarecrow's presence, and rescues Poison Ivy from a rooftop safehouse, where she was being held captive by Scarecrow's henchman. When Batman is bringing Ivy in, he is confronted by three militia who are sent by their unknown commander. He controls the Batmobile and fired three of them and firing militia tanks. Arrived at the GCPD, Batman locked Ivy in a containment cell.
In a makeshift Batcave in Gotham's Clock Tower, Barbara Gordon is collecting information on Scarecrow's new toxin, and Batman tries to activate radio towers. Batman activates the first tower at Panessa Studios, then sees that militia soldiers have taken a hostage at the Falcone Shipping Yard. After taking out two of them, Lucius Fox sent a high tech Batsuit, allowing Batman to take down two or more foes in quick succession. Batman took three militia down, rescued the hostage, activates the second tower and traces its production to Ace Chemicals. Batman goes to investigate, but is confronted by the mysterious "Arkham Knight" in a military chopper while crossing the bridge. Fighting through the Knight's militia, and saving two workers after a showdown between him and the Arkham Knight controlling his attack chopper, Batman confronts Scarecrow, who has rigged the Ace Chemicals building to explode. While interrogating Crane, he revealed to Batman that he knows that Barbara Gordon is Oracle. Batman contacts her to warn her but the communication gets cut off. When Scarecrow flees, Batman is exposed to the fear toxin, which reacts with his own mutated blood to cause hallucinations of the Joker after trying to trigger the canisters to blow up the ACE Chemicals building.
Escaping from Ace Chemicals, Batman discovers that Barbara has been abducted by the Arkham Knight. Batman arrives to the GCPD and tells Gordon that Barbara was taken, which worries Gordon. At the Clock Tower, he is forced to tell Gordon about his daughter's involvement in his crime-fighting, and the outraged Gordon swears that he will find Barbara without Batman's help. While scanning the tire tracks, Batman goes to Grand Avenue Station to activate the bridge that blocked his path. When the bridge is activated, Batman continues to follow the tracks and finds the vehicle that was crashed. Batman scans the crime scene, learning that Oracle caused the crash and left a clue while crawling away.
Batman traces the Arkham Knight to an underground tunnel network with his militia, but he was ambushed by the Knight after jumping out of the grate. After taking down his militia, Batman chases the Knight in a vehicle and crashes it by firing his immobilizer. Batman learns that the driver is a decoy, and interrogates the driver who refuses to speak. Batman then starts intimidating him by remotely controlling the Batmobile near his head and learns that the Knight went to see the Penguin who gave guns to him at his hideout in North Refrigeration. He and Nightwing meet in a rooftop overlooking the Ranelagh Ferry Terminal and Nightwing explains to Batman that Penguin has been using the North Refrigeration trucks to smuggle weapons out of Bludhaven, and that he believes Penguin is stockpiling weapons in Gotham. Before he leaves, Nightwing gives Batman a new prototype Disruptor the can jam firearms and track vehicles. Batman uses the gadget to track the North Refrigeration van and follows it back to Penguin's hideout. Batman eventually finds and interrogates Penguin, who tells them that the Knight and Scarecrow are meeting with a businessman named Simon Stagg, who runs a pharmaceutical company. After defeating Penguin's gang, Batman destroys one of Penguin's caches and orders Nightwing to search for more weapons caches.
Batman travels to Stagg's airships to apprehend Scarecrow. After infiltrating the airship, Batman rescues Stagg from the militia, but suddenly starts to experience more hallucinations of the Joker. After Batman awakens from the hallucinations, he discovers that Stagg has been taken by the militia to the second airship. Batman infiltrates the research lab and scans Stagg's fingerprints to access security locks using his fingerprints. In the second airship, Batman discovers that Scarecrow paid Stagg to create a device known as the "Cloudburst", but Stagg tried to double-cross them. Batman found Stagg locked up and tells him what he wants to know but Stagg is doused with fear gas as punishment. Batman knocks him out and leaves him to go after Scarecrow. Batman confronts Crane but is exposed to the toxin once again, which triggers a very powerful hallucinogenic response. After Batman is free from the toxin, Scarecrow escapes when the front of the airship torn out by the militia helicopter with the Arkham Knight inside. Batman receives a message from Scarecrow revealing that Barbara is in the same safehouse where Ivy was held, but before Batman can save her, Barbara is doused with fear toxin and shoots herself in the head. Batman informs Alfred that Barbara is dead, filled guilt and depression over Barbara's death. Alfred informs Batman that the Cloudburst is a dispersal device designed to flood all of Gotham with the fear toxin. To counteract this effect, Batman enlists the help of Ivy, who was immune to the fear toxin.
Arriving at the GCPD, Batman takes Ivy to the Botanical Gardens. The shutter door at the GCPD doesn't open, Batman decides to investigate when he discovers and analyses a tank known as a Cobra drone, which can take out the Batmobile in just a few shots. However, he finds a weakness. The rear exhaust pipe leads straight to the tanks power core and one well places shot with the Batmobile's 60mm cannon will take it out. After destroying the Cobra tank, Batman enters a garage to equip more gadgets for the Batmobile. Batman and Ivy make it to the gardens and she takes control of a large tree which develops giant flowers capable of neutralizing the toxin. Batman returns to Wayne Tower but he is ambushed by more of the Arkham Knight's militia tanks. Batman uses the Batmobile Sonar to release Ivy's plant, but the Knight's forces start attacking it. Batman protects it from the militia and takes them all out. Travelling to Batman's quarantine base in the Panessa Movie Studios, Batman speaks with Robin about his progress in finding a cure for the Joker mutations, but knowing that Robin's civilian identity Tim Drake was dating Barbara, he does not tell him about her death. Batman travels to Founder's Island to shut down the radar towers that block the signal to locate the Cloudburst, then after the towers are shut down he goes to Queen Industries to destroy the Knight's missile launcher. When Batman lower three bridges to bring the Batmobile, The Arkham Knight and his men ambush him in the control room. Batman interrogates the Knight to try and find out who he is, but the Knight disappears using a smoke grenade. Batman quickly takes down his men. Batman controls his car and fires at the missile launcher, destroying it.
Batman heads to the Clock Tower and uses Oracle's computer to search for the Cloudburst, but he receives an emergency call from Henry Adams at the Movie Studios that Harley Quinn has taken over the studios, planning to gather the mutated citizens and keep the Joker's legacy alive through them. Arriving at the studios, Batman and Robin search for the hostages. While searching for the patients, Batman has a hallucinating flashback about Jason Todd, the previous Robin, being tortured by the Joker. When all of the patients are taken to their cells, Harley arrives and confronts Robin. Batman then jumps out of a floor grate and defeats Harley and her men. Batman takes Harley to the cells, but arrives to find all of the patients dead, and discovers that they were killed by Henry Adams, a mutated patient who has fully succumbed to the mutations and desires only the best of the infected to be the new Joker. When he confronts Batman, Henry shoots himself, realizing that Batman too is infected, and has the potential to be the best Joker. Robin realizes that Batman himself is also infected with the Joker's blood, but Batman refuses to be apprehended until Scarecrow has been stopped, and locks Robin in a holding cell. Batman tells Robin about Barbara's death. Robin insists that Batman needs his help but Batman refuses and makes Robin outraged.
Batman heads to Miagani Island to warn Ivy but the Arkham Knight activates the Cloudburst device, flooding Gotham City with fear toxin. The Batmobile is damaged, and Batman heads back to the Stagg Airships to retrieve the Nimbus cell to power the Batmobile. Batman dives down the fear cloud to power up the Batmobile. The toxicity overwhelms Ivy, and though Batman is able to help her clear the toxin by providing access to another tree using the sonar at Founder's Island, but it is buried underground, so he gets past the militia tanks to release the plant. Batman is defending the tree from the Knight's army. When the army is taken out, Batman goes after the Arkham Knight at Bleake Island. Batman locks down the bridge to trap the Knight on Bleake Island as he comes to a battle against the Knight. The Arkham Knight controls the Cloudburst tank to target Batman, but Batman damages the tank with his missiles. Batman grabs the Knight from the damaged tank before it explodes and the Knight disappears. Batman returns to Ivy as she is overwhelm by the toxin, Ivy sacrifices herself of empower the tree to save Gotham and destroying the Cloudburst, she is unable to withstand the strain on her body and dies on Batman's hands.
Batman enters the GCPD to investigate an encrypted message with the help of one of the GCPD staff and learns it's Gordon's, who is after Scarecrow and gets captured. Batman located Gordon in the abandoned mall that is the Arkham Knight's HQ. Batman goes underground then the Arkham Knight uses a personal drill to kill Batman and Batman must fight his way to escape. While in a dead end, Batman ejects to the surface before the Knight destroyed the Batmobile with his drill. Batman found Gordon being tortured by the soldiers but then Batman took them all out. The Knight reveals himself to be Jason Todd, the second Robin, whom Batman believed was murdered by the Joker. Jason blames Batman for abandoning him with the Joker torturing him and he fights Batman. Batman tries to help Jason but Jason refuses to listen a word he is saying. Batman defeated Jason and tries to help him that he and Jason can work things out. When Batman calls Alfred about Jason, he vanished from his hideout. Batman and Gordon proceed to meet Scarecrow on the building's roof. Gordon apologizes for his anger and says he has never forgotten how he met Bruce Wayne on the night of his parents' death, confirming that he knows Batman's true identity. As they confront Scarecrow, Gordon points a gun at Batman to let Barbara, who is revealed to still be alive free, and her suicide was a fear toxin-induced hallucination. Gordon shoots Batman in his bulletproof armor, seemingly killing him in exchange for his daughter's life, but Scarecrow instead pushes Barbara off the roof. Surviving the gunshot, Batman rescues Barbara from falling. Batman protects Barbara when the militia arrived and Lucius sent a spare Batmobile to target the militia. After the militia are all down, Batman returns her to GCPD. Batman learned that the soldiers are destroying the servers at the Clock Tower so he heads there to take them out. Batman brought the servers back on to search for Gordon. After returning to the GCPD, militia forces started an assault at GCPD and Batman starts finish them off with Oracle's help of hacking the militia network to take them out. Batman heads to the rooftop to stop the militia from trying to disable the GCPD security system and fights them.
He races back to the movie studios, only to find that Robin has been kidnapped by Scarecrow, who threatens to kill Robin unless Batman surrenders. Scarecrow meets Batman in a storage hideout in Kingston and surrenders his utility belt. He complies, and is driven to the long-abandoned ruins of Arkham Asylum. Batman gets hallucinated as he walks to the bodies of his parents in Crime Alley where it started when he pay respects and fights multiple hallucinating Jokers. When he is out of the hallucinations, Batman arrives at Arkham Island for his surrender. Scarecrow orders Gordon to remove Batman's cowl in front of a live video feed, revealing his true identity to the world. Gordon hesitantly does so, and Batman is exposed as Bruce Wayne. Scarecrow repeatedly injects Bruce with fear toxin to break him down further. Inside his mind, Batman grapples with more hallucinations of the Joker as he takes over Batman's mind, Joker is seen captured with Penguin, Two-Face, Riddler and Killer Croc ready to kill him. Joker calls out his car that hits Croc and escaped killing the gangs including Penguin, Riddler, and Two-Face. At the same time as this is happening to Joker, Batman races through the burning Gotham City using the Batmobile in his mind in order to defeat giant Scarecrow to break some of the influence over him (shown in Scarecrow Nightmare missions). Joker finds Gotham in ruins, but eventually Batman overcomes his influence. Batman haunts the Joker in his head as he increases with a portrait of Batman carrying Joker's corpse, his corpse cremated, a memorial statue of Joker, his memorial with no one invited except Harley, the news of forgetting Joker's death and a number of Batman statues. Joker escapes seeing the light as he confronts Batman and locks the Joker away in his mind, saying goodbye to his nemesis. When Batman's mind is safe, Scarecrow injects more to Batman, telling Scarecrow that he is not afraid. Jason as his new Red Hood persona, arrives and frees Bruce, who injects Scarecrow with the toxin, rendering him harmless.
After ensuring that every remaining supervillain threat is neutralized, Batman returns to GCPD and leaves his cowl next to the Bat-signal before leaving to begin the "Knightfall Protocol", while Gordon dispatches the police force to deal with the rioting criminals. Returning to Wayne Manor, Batman ignores the crowds of news reporters outside the gates as he steps inside. The manor suddenly explodes, seemingly killing Bruce Wayne.
One year later, Gordon has become the new Mayor of Gotham and is preparing to go to Barbara and Tim's wedding. As he leaves, Batman, whose true identity is unknown, (if all of the side quests are completed) stops a gang of criminals mugging a young boy and his parents in an alley. The criminals claim that they are not afraid, but their confidence turns to screams as they hallucinate Batman turning into a bat monster. The bat monster spreads it's wings as he goes for an attack, launching down at the muggers with terror.
Personality EditWitnessing the death of his parents traumatized Bruce Wayne and shook him so greatly that he swore that he would devote every breath for the rest of his life to eliminate crime and criminals from Gotham City. That, in turn, transformed Bruce Wayne into a dark, suspicious, and brooding figure with a personal grudge against injustice. His traumatized childhood had made it difficult for him to trust people other than Alfred Pennyworth and his various protégés, Nightwing and Robin. Despite his cold demeanor, Bruce genuinely cared for Alfred, whom he saw as a father figure, and for Barbara Gordon, Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, and Tim Drake, whom he dearly loved as his own children, though those relationships had been strained at some points,he still showed immense attachment and concern for them as shown when he repeatedly risked getting himself killed by a stubbornly vengeful Jason Todd to persuade the latter to redeem himself without using violence like Batman usually did to stop his enemies and surrender himself to Scarecrow when Tim and Jim were abducted and allow himself to be unmasked and exposed his identity to the world when Scarecrow threatened to kill Tim.
His dedication to fighting crime had gradually turned into a sort of obsession, something with which Batman himself had come to terms with. He vowed to end the evil that took away his parents permanently, and was willing to do everything he could to accomplish this goal. This obsession was balanced with his strong ideals of justice and moral values, which were instilled to him by his humanitarian parents. His dedication was backed up by his indomitable will and his strong resolve. He could also be cruel and cold toward his enemies and other criminals, as he willfully used intimidation and physical assaults against them without hesitation, especially while he interrogated them for information. However, he only used such methods if he felt that those that he interrogated would not cooperate with him. In addition, he would sometimes strive to help his foes who had mental illness or instability, as well as risking his own life repeatedly to rescue them from danger, as he was known to have saved the Joker from falling to his death, despite his anger toward him for causing him to consider letting him die or killing him.To the public, Bruce Wayne took on the facade of a irresponsible, fun-seeking, playboy in order to avoid suspicion of his alter-ego. However, even as Bruce Wayne, he had attempted to do good, through charitable campaigns, and renovation projects. As Batman, he revealed his dark, intimidating personality in the form of a bat to frighten the criminals that he stood against, and believed theatricality to help him be seen as more than a man. He was not above torturing criminals while he interrogated them, though he limited himself by only beating them, as well as dangling them by their ankles over an edge, and threatened to severely harm them. He left many criminals severely injured with, bruises, broken bones, and bloody gashes, though his precise attacks allowed him to not cause fatal injury. Bruce Wayne's ultimate goal was to bring order and justice to Gotham City.
Batman also had a deep love for humanity, which also backed his no-killing rule, and he truly believed that deep down, people could be good. This caused him to want to help his more prominent foes by getting them treated for mental illness or instability by bringing them to Arkham Asylum. He also had an extreme distaste for firearms, and always tried to refrain from using them, because he considered them to be the weapon of cowards, the same weapon that had killed his parents.
As the Arkham Series goes on, however, Batman became more darker and more ruthless, which was evident by his increased stubbornness and recklessness. He held himself responsible for every tragedy that went wrong, such as Barbara's paralysis and Jason's presumed death. This led him to nearly ignore Protocol 10 to try to save Talia, and lock Tim in a cell in a desperate attempt to keep him safe. In Arkham Knight, as Joker's blood and Scarecrow's Fear Toxin changed him, Batman became significantly more ruthless, even going as far as to threaten to crush a man's head with the Batmobile if he didn't talk, and also outright lying to Robin about Oracle being safe when the Arkham Knight had taken her. In the end, Batman eventually overcame Joker and with help from his former protege and former nemesis, Jason Todd, managed to defeat Scarecrow. Despite this, Batman realized that although all the major threats in Gotham had been dealt with, his enemies were aware of who he was, and that they would try to kill him in person or put his allies in danger, and therefore resorted to activate The Knightfall Protocol, and intended to commit suicide, or at the very least, fake his death, to end the crime wars his presence had brought and to protect the ones he loved. This showed that Batman was even willing to sacrifice himself even after being exposed to ensure Gotham was safe.
In Arkham Origins, Batman's suit was much more armored in appearance. The whole suit appeared to be much more mechanical, and cosmetic changes were made when he got gadgets like the Electrocutioner's Shock Gloves. The suits overall appearence consisted of a pair of military like pants with kevlar plating in the thigh area. The body consisted of a heavy amount of kevlar padding centred around the chest area. Batman's boots appeared identical to the later suits boot except the knee guards were made up of a strong reinforced carbon fiber / plastic material. The cowl included short ears and a smaller head shape unlike further installments.
A week after Arkham Origins, Batman would don a special suit to defeat Mr. Freeze in the Cold, Cold Heart DLC. The suit appeared bulkier with more padding and kevlar, the suit also included heating systems and other special equipment. The cowl was modified with a special respirator system which would help Batman to sustain the sub zero tempreture cryo gas.
During the events of Arkham Asylum, Batman used a simple lightweight suit which included major improvements from the previous batsuits. The suit consisted of a rubber like material with kevlar plating centered around the bat symbol area. The cowl consisted of a rubber like material with special reinforced plating near the facial area, also the ears were extended to resemble a more bat-like creature. This suit also included black trunks, a different bat symbol unlike the Arkham City, Origins, and Knight suit. This suit was most likely a prototype which would later be improved on in Arkham City, hence why the symbol looked different.
During Arkham City, Batman's suit has been improved slightly. The changes that were made from the previous suit were the original bat symbol, new gloves and an improved detective vision. Also the cowl was improved with less facial detail unlike Arkham Asylum.
In the final installment of the series, Arkham Knight, Batman upgraded to a brand new Bat suit to combat the new dangers that he needed to face. The Batsuit V8.03 (and V8.04) had lots of new gadgets and features. The tri-weave bodysuit consisted of a basic skintight tear proof bodysuit which can apply pressure to injuries to stop bleeding. The major protection consists of separate movable layers of armor plating which are kept in place with steel wiring. the armor plating's inner layers are made up of a titanium-dipped tri-weave fiber mesh to provide protection from gunfire and sharp objects / knives. In between the titanium fiber, lies the Wayne-Tech MR fluids which harden in response to impact. Over the titanium fiber mesh lies a reinforced carbon fiber material which is divided into separate pieces that mold into Batman's movement allowing Batman more fluid movement when fighting thugs. Once again the bat symbol returns and is separated with the carbon fiber armor plating. Batman's cowl has also had a major overhaul, the new cowl consists of an inner layer of titanium tri-weave fiber and a outer layer of a strong carbon fiber like material which can now separate into multiple segments to easily remove the cowl. The cowl is removed via a switch located on the back of the cowl under the plating.
Batman's combat style consists of a mix of raw strength, martial arts, and his advanced gadgetry. Having the most gadgets than other characters allows variety of options to tackle a situation. Batman can perform a dive bomb attack and grapnel boost take downs. His standard moves range punches and kicks to blocking moves, counters and throws. Special attacks include batswarm, ground takedown and disarm and destroy.
- Batarang - Thrown at thugs to stun or knock them over. Also used to hit buttons.
- Batclaw - Used to disarm thugs or pull foes closer. Can be used to pull down vents or weak walls.
- Smoke Pellet - Used to escape from armed henchmen when under fire or to distract enemies and beat them up.
- Grapple Hook/Gun - Used to grapple to vantage points and ledges.
- Sonic Batarang - Used to attract the attention of nearby foes and can incapacitate them when detonated.
- Remote Control Batarang - Batarangs which can be controlled to move in a direction, with adjustable speeds.
- Remote Claw - Used to aim at enemies to attach and pull them together. It can use to attach objects to enemies and hang them on vantage points (the gadget was used by Deathstroke before Batman took it).
- Concussion Detonator - Used to throw at enemies as it detonates to flash them dizziness.
- Glue Grenade - Thrown at enemies to stuck in glue and can block steam vents. But the glue grenade was unstable that has been degraded into dust since Christmas Eve.
- Remote Electrical Charge Gun - Used to shock foes or activate items such as doors.
- Freeze Blast - Causes the target to be frozen in ice and unable to move. Can be used to block steam vents and allow passage.
- Line Launcher - Launches a horizontal wire which allows travel over gaps.
- Cryptographic Sequencer - Used to access radio frequencies and hack security consoles.
- Disruptor - Used to override guns, medic packs, gun crates and detonate mines.
- Voice Synthesizer - Used to mimic any voice to manipulate thugs and identified to voice access codes with the synthesizer.
- Remote Hacking Device - Used to hack security consoles and download security codes on drones controlled by the militia that can turn the drones against them. Can be used to control the airship's system.
GCPD Bulletin Profile Edit
FROM GCPD FILES: Suspect is to be responsible for multiple assaults against both criminal and law enforcement identity of suspect currently unknown. Conflicting reports of a suspect range from highly trained individual or individuals. To allegations of a "Large Winged Creature" sporadic sightings first reported two years ago, frequent sightings up the last six months. Limited photographic and evidence suggests a single individual a white male adult utilizing a dark militarized armor with unexplained high mobility.
Various statements indicate the suspect armed with weaponry, tools, and some of unsubstantiated unlicensed low flying aircraft. Considered Armed and Extremely Dangerous. Multiple cases of have proven suspect is an expert in Hand to Hand Combat and Evasion Specialist. If SIGHTED Do Not Engage await deployment and further instructions from SWAT Personnel.
Dr. Hugo StrangeEdit
Bruce Wayne A.K.A: Batman
They say hindsight is 20/20. When reviewing all of the facts, Batman's personality gives ample clues to his identity. He lives by a strict code -- protect the innocent and apprehend the guilty, but never kill for any reason. His radical sense of justice makes him almost predictable. Batman's victory over the Joker last year highlights this. By allowing the Joker to survive, has Batman sealed his own fate?
Dr. Hugo Strange: Side Note
I know your secret, Batman
~ Hugo Strange
- Peak Human Conditioning
- Immense Strength:Batman is extremely strong having intensively and regularly train his body to its utmost limit. While biologically human Batman is able to apply practically superhuman force in his punches and kicks by using highly effective strength and muscle control, he has effortlessly remove nailed fastened metal objects from walls,instantly tear off breakable parts of metalic structure in environments to use as weapons, break off metal parts of devices and machines to disable them such as Firefly's jet pack, lift up Thomas Eliot a full grown man and slam him hard enough to destroy a large table, throwing people very far in combat and most of all his ability to push back and resist the monsterously strong Killer Croc, breaking out of the grips of the massively strong Solomon Grundy with a Grapnel Hook he could pull down a Titan enhanced Joker without tiring.
- Immense Speed:Batman's strength is supplemented by immense maneuvarability.Batman is extremely fast with incredibly sharp reflexes,able to rapidly avoid destructively dangerous attacks such as Bane's Titan enhanced physical attacks,explosive firearms as well as simultaneous assaults from several enemies at once.Trained to be extremely agile,Batman has top notch leaping and climbing agility able to use Free running and Parkour to outmaneuver several enemies at once. He could even match the superhumanly enhanced master assassin Deathstroke in speed combat
- Immense Endurance:Batman's endurance is at highest peak of human physical potential augmented with his tremendous willpower is able to tolerate massive amount of physical pain his stamina is almost superhuman able to fight long term battles without tiring even after Being infected with the deadly Titan poison Batman showed no impairment of his physical abilities.
- Immense Durability:Batman's rigorously trained physique is highly resilient augmented with the superbly increased resistance and protection of the Batsuit allow Batman to survive being hit by attacks of dangerously powerful impact such as Killer Croc's violent assault and Bane Titan enhanced punches.
- Master Tactician and Strategist
- Trained in an Arsenal of Gadgets, Vehicles, and Advanced Technology
- Master Scientist:Batman is a master scientist well versed in every known field in science particularly applied science.
- Master Inventor, Master Detective, Genius Level Intellect, Tatical Analysis
- Master Hand to Hand Combatant:a Master in almost every known form of Martial-Arts,Batman is an extremely powerful master hand to hand combatant.Practically a one man army,in his years as a crime fighter Batman has defeated countless enemies.
- Trained in all aspects of Criminology
- Mastery of the Physical Sciences
- Computer Expert
- Master of Disguise
- Eidetic Memory
- Master in Stealth and Espionage
- Master Escape Artist
- Indomitable, almost Superhuman Force of Will
- Mechanical Aptitude
- Behind the Scenes
Arkham Asylum Edit
- Batman's design was based on the art of Jim Lee; he drew Batman as a strong, muscular character who could plausibly handle himself in a fight. The costume composed of black and dark gray was based on the character's modern outfit.
Arkham City Edit
- In the first Catwoman Mission, a portrait could be found with the inscription: "Cain & Abel - The Duality of Man". This was a reference to Two-Face and the end of the game where Cain and Abel's pose was similar to how Batman was carrying the dead Joker, their pose was also a reference to the story "A Death in the Family", where Joker killed Jason Todd, the second Robin, and Batman carried his corpse away with the same pose.
Arkham Origins Edit
- The name "Batman" was used sparingly to emphasize how in that point in his career, Batman was largely considered an urban myth. Whenever he was referred to as such, it was usually in a vague matter (i.e. "the Bat-Man").
- It was suggested that Batman had made mistakes because of his inexperience (such as tripping or missing with Batarangs), but this idea was discarded as inconsistent with the character. His inexperience was instead personality-based: learning how to be the city's protector and overcoming his obsession with vengeance.
Arkham Knight Edit
- After Batman was unmasked, all Criminals in the Most Wanted Cell, will have unique dialogues with Batman. Other inmates will hurl insults and threats at him.
- All the Thugs in Gotham City will also talk about Batman/Bruce Wayne in various ways:
- Shock/Disbelief: Goons can be heard stating that it's unbelievable that Bruce Wayne is Batman
- Disappointment: Some will say that the revelation of who Batman really is, is like finding out there's no Santa Clause, or that there is no longer any mystique behind him.
- Indifference: Some will say they don't care, and that they will still continue to think of Batman as the one who made their lives hell, intent on making him pay.
- Jest: Some will make jokes about Bruce being unable to get over his parents murder.
- Puzzled: Some will ask who the rest of the members of the Bat-Family are, and whether on
- Gleeful: Some will discuss plans to rob Wayne Manor since Batman is not at home. Or even express that beating up Batman will be more satisfying, knowing who he is.
- "I'm going to find Black Mask and put an end to this." - To Alfred.
- "Tell me where I can find Black Mask!"
- "How many lives did you just take!?" - Batman to Joker.
Arkham Origins Blackgate Edit
- "I wouldn't be in your position, Turner." (Bronze Tiger)
- "This ends here " - Catwoman boss fight
Batman: Assault on Arkham Edit
- "The Riddler's mine!"
- "I know you helped him, Nigma! Tell me where it is."
- "Something's wrong at Arkham."
- "Talk! Why are you here?!"
- "Waller? What's she got--?" - After Deadshot reveals why the Squad invaded Arkham.
- "Joker! Where did he go!?!"
- "There's no escape Joker. I will find you." - Batman confronting Joker before fighting the first Titan Henchman.
- "No, Bane. This time I break you!" - After the fight against Bane in Arkham Asylum.
- "It's me, remember?" - To Oracle after informing that he built a Batcave on Arkham Island.
- "NEVER." - To Joker. Batman injected an antidote to himself when he refused to change into a Titan himself.
- "I'll never let you win. Never." - Batman to Joker at the end.
- "They can't see me. Good. Let's keep it that way."
- "So we both die. I'm fine with that." - To Joker
- "You want to know something funny? Even after everything you've done... I would have saved you." - Batman to Joker before the latter's death.
- "There still work to do here in Arkham City." - Batman before being switched to Catwoman.
- "You're not giving orders here anymore, Cobblepot." - Batman to Penguin in response to Penguin's question.
- "Today is not a good day to push me, Victor." - Batman in response to Mr. Freeze's reluctance to stop Penguin.
- "This is not going to be pretty."
- "You fools are going down."
- "Don't make me hurt you."
- "Scared? You should be."
- "Are you looking for me?"
- "You're mine, all of you."
- "Let's make this quick."
- "Just you guys? Pity."
- "You're going down."
Batman: Arkham Knight Edit
- "How's the evacuation going?"
- "Go on. Keep lying. I DARE YOU!" - Interrogating a thug
- "I'm on my way" - Talking to Oracle about the Penguin's location.
- "Weapons systems online" - Activating the Batmobile's Battle Mode.
- "Evening the odds." - To police officer questioning his actions.
- "I'm looking for Riddler. And you're going to tell me where I can find him." - Interrogating a thug on Riddler's location.
- "I'm just wondering which one of you should I take out first." - Batman going up against the Arkham Knight's guards.
- "Let's hope they're still alive." - Batman prepared to locate some hostages.
- "Time to bring in the car." - Batman calling in the Batmobile.
- "Oracle. Whoever this guy is he's assembled an army."
- "I'm going to show The Arkham Knight what happens when he messes with my city."
- "Over my dead body." - To Poison Ivy.
- "If you're lying, I'll break the other one!"
- "Take your best shot, Tommy," Bruce daring Hush to shoot him after revealing his identity.
- "Tell me how to stop the Cloudburst, or so help me I will hold you accountable for each and every person Scarecrow has killed,"
- "Alfred, it's... I've found Jason."
- "You're afraid of being ashes. You're afraid of being forgotten, and you will be forgotten Joker. Because of me."
- "I am vengeance. I am the night! I am Batman!"
- "Goodbye, Joker," - Bruce overcomes Joker's influence and seals him away in his mind for good.
- "I'm not afraid, Crane,"
- "What's wrong? Scared?" - After he gives Scarecrow a dose of his own fear gas.
- "Look after him, Jim. Look after them all. You've been a good friend. The best I could have asked for. You were there at the beginning, and now you get to see how it ends,"
- "Alfred, the city's safe." - Completing all Most Wanted missions
- "It's time for Knightfall." - Initating the Knightfall protocol
- "It's done. Gotham is safe."
- "Goodbye, Jim."
- ''I've got to,It's the only way to protect them'' (Bruce's possible final words)
- "Gotham needs something more, something... Worse. Something that can only rise from the ashes of the Batman.
Game Over Lines (Arkham Asylum)Edit
- "You'll never win, Joker. I'll always be here to stop you."
- "You'll never beat me, Joker. I won't let you win."
- Batman was voiced by Kevin Conroy. Conroy had previously voiced the character in Batman: The Animated Series and other DCAU related shows, as well as in previous games and animated movies. He was voiced, however, by Roger Craig Smith in Arkham Origins in a similar style to Conroy.
- In the Arkham Origins GCPD Files, the GCPD knew little about THE BATMAN, but he was wanted for questioning. Criminal elements were beginning to realize he was a real threat to them, though there was still widespread skepticism that regarded his existence. Conflicting reports suggested that he was one man, many men, or a creature. Limited forensics, photos or videos suggested that he was not real, just reports from eye witnesses.
- Before the events of Arkham Origins, Batman was working in the shadows by shutting down the Carmine Falcone illegal drug operations.
- Batman had been poisoned in all four games. In Asylum, he was repeatedly gassed by Scarecrow. In City, the Joker injected him with his toxic blood, and in Origins, Copperhead poisoned him with her claws, and he was poisoned by Scarecrow again in "Knight"
- To illustrate his youth and inexperience, Batman's suit in Origins had heavier armor, that was designed to appear assembled rather than manufactured. He later switched to the more flexible and lightweight suit that was seen in Arkham Asylum and Arkham City that still provided bullet protection. His final Batsuit was even lighter and not only allowed Batman to move at his full speed with full range of motion finally while providing great protection from bullets and impacts with liquid armor it also provided many other functions, such as allowing him to survive extreme G Forces, lessen and absorb the blows of impacts and able to redirect that absorbed power back to his opponents, and also compressed around wounds if his suit was actually punctured.
- Despite officially standing at 6'2, Batman appeared taller, standing around roughly the same height as Deathstroke in Arkham Origins, despite the latter standing at 6'5. He was even described in 6'4 by the GCPD reports. This may be a case of his armor adding additional height, a rough estimate by the GCPD or simply a scale error.
- In Arkham Knight, Batman started with his Arkham City suit and then changed to the new one, which made him more agile, flexible, bullet-proof, and faster at gliding and combat.
- The picture of Batman on the wanted poster in Arkham Origins was taken from Arkham City.
- Batman's reputation grew as the series progressed. In Origins, he was largely regarded as a myth. Some criminals didn't believe that he had existed, and was a story that the GCPD had made up to intimidate them. In Asylum, he was considered a hero and beloved by most of Gotham, though some people still thought that he was a myth. In City, he was known to everyone as a hero and protector. In Knight, he is known as a savior and champion, albeit with controversy regarding Joker's Death.
- Batman's most common title aside from his name in the Arkham series was The Bat or Bats. Another title, "Dark Knight", was the most commonly used, usually by the Riddler and Hugo Strange, and once by Joker at the end of Arkham Asylum.
- Six villains and one anti-heroine overall knew Batman's identity. In Origins, Bane had managed to figure out who he was, though he couldn't remember it after his TN-1 overdose. In Asylum, a hallucination of Scarecrow was aware of who Batman was and the real one implied who he was in Arkham Knight. In City, Talia and Professor Hugo Strange both know his identity, although it was implied that Bruce had revealed his identity to Talia rather than her deducing who it was, who may have revealed it to her father, Ra's al Ghul. The Arkham Knight was aware of the Dark Knight's identity. Catwoman mentioned his name after they defeated the Riddler, which indicated that Batman had revealed his identity to her some time between Arkham City and Arkham Knight. At the end of Arkham Knight, Batman willingly revealed his identity to the world to stop Scarecrow and saved Gotham. Even though everyone knew his identity, most criminals and the GCPD still called and considered him Batman, and did not actually care who was under the cowl. A few people were in disbelief of who he was and did not actually believe that he was Bruce Wayne (namely The Riddler, Hush, and a few GCPD Officers). Some criminals, however, were no longer scared of him now that they knew Batman was just a man under the suit, and many actually threatened to sue him for the legal damages that he had caused over the years and many had vowed to attack Wayne Manor after they were released. Because of that, Batman activated The Knightfall Protocol, and appeared to die in the explosion at Wayne Manor, although many believed that this was just Batman who faked his death and Alfred's as well.
- Batman had attracted the attention of two secret societies: The League of Assassins and the Order of St. Dumas.
- Fans believed that the title "Arkham Knight" was referring to Batman before learning that it was the title of the game's second main antagonist.
- Batman was referred to as predictable several times. Joker noted it in Asylum, Strange stated his identity and moral code made him predictable, and the Arkham Knight mocks him by stating that criminals now know his move before he does by putting innocents in danger, or as the Arkham Knight calls them "the weak and the helpless". The Knight even states that is what he likes about Batman and that his code is the reason criminality will win in their final battle with him. Despite being predictable in action Batman has always prevailed and defeats common criminals, Super-Villains, World class Assassins and an entire army.
- Bruce Wayne's birthday was on February 19.
- In Arkham Knight, when Batman had to destroy the Cloudburst Tank, upon hitting the tank and then fleeing, it was possible if one listened carefully, one could hear Batman slightly chuckling.
- Batman was 27 by the time of his second year in Arkham Origins.
- Jason Todd was the only member of the Bat Family that Batman did not say "goodbye" to in Arkham Knight. However given the circumstances, he never had the opportunity to do so.
- It was heavily implied that Batman became the bat monster at the end of Arkham Knight. If the Penguin was captured after Batman's identity was revealed, Penguin stated that Batman just needed to don a new identity, and mocked him by asking if it would be that of a squirrel. Batman responded with: "You'll see".
- Batman was being stalked by two different people during the events of Arkham Asylum and Arkham City. One stalker is Azrael, who had been studying Batman for years as stated in Knight, and the other one was Jason Todd. Neither can be seen in Asylum, and only Azrael was introduced in City.
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