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Black Mask
Real name: Roman Sionis


Professional Criminal/Crime Lord

Base of Operations:

Gotham City


Hair: Brown (Black in Origins)
Height: 6ft 1in/ 1.85 meters
Weight: 195 pounds
First Appearance: Batman #386 (August 1985)

Voice Actor:

Nolan North (Arkham City)

Brian Bloom (Arkham Origins)

Troy Baker (Joker)


"Kill him and I'll pay you whatever you want, make him suffer and I'll double it."
―Black Mask[src]
One of the first crime lords to seize complete control of Gotham City, Roman Sionis was born into a wealthy family, but was nonetheless raised by abusive, selfish, and neglectful parents. Finally reaching his breaking point, Roman set fire to his family mansion, completely burning it to the ground and murdering his parents at the same time. Left with their massive fortune, Sionis embezzled his inheritance money and started numerous lucrative business ventures, which he eventually used as a front for illegal operations.

Fixated on the concept of masks, Sionis carved one from his father's black coffin and sought revenge; his ensuing battle with the Dark Knight caused his mask to be burnt into his skin, remaking him as the Black Mask. Sionis is now a feared gang leader and one of the most powerful mob bosses in Gotham, with a burning hatred of the Batman.


Gotham City business owner Roman Sionis is alleged to be one of the city’s most powerful crime lords, though no convictions have ever been made. Sionis is also a fan of torture. This shows his sadistic and cruel persona. Sionis maintains several “legitimate” businesses - many of which are believed to be fronts for illegal operations. Notable businesses in his portfolio include: Janus Cosmetics, Gotham Merchants’ Bank, and the now-defunct Sionis Steel Works. Sionis has been charged with embezzling city funds, murder, racketeering, distribution of illegal narcotics, and other offenses, but never convicted. In previous trials, witnesses for the prosecution have been known to recant, die, or disappear. Investigation is ongoing. It is also revealed that Sionis has had a pacemaker implanted in his heart. This means he can easily be victim to cardiac arrest if his heartrate gets too high.

Incident ReportsEdit

Before Arkham Origins IncidentEdit

Arkham Origins IncidentEdit

Several days before Christmas' Eve, Black Mask was having a criminal known as the Joker followed as the the maniac had been stealing chemicals from him however this back fires when the Joker begins to stalk one of his girlfriends Tiffany Ambrose causing Sionis to move her to one of his safe houses. The Joker then discovers her location, breaks into the house and violently subdues Tiffany and ties her to a chandler. Roman himself is then kidnapped from his Lacey Towers safe-house by the Joker, when he attempts to kill the Joker by using one of his henchmen as a decoy and while the plan works initially Sionis is beaten into submit by the Joker despite having the element of suprise who then forces Sionis to kill his girlfriend. The Joker, disguised as Roman Sionis hires 8 assassins to kill Batman with the reward of 50 Million dollars. These assassins are: Killer Croc, ElectrocutionerDeathstrokeDeadshot, Bane, Shiva, Copperhead and Firefly.

During the night of Christmas Eve, Batman thought Sionis put up the bounty. After solving the Lacey Towers case by hacking into the National Criminal Database, Batman made his way to the Gotham Merchant's Bank to track down the Joker who had taken Sionis hostage. In the bank, Batman encounters the Joker, who disguised himself as Black Mask and Sionis . Sionis becomes infuriated at the Joker for stealing from him  and threatens to kill him only for the Joker to beat him into unconsciousness. Joker the reveals himself with Batman quickley realizing that he put the bounty on his head Joker then tells Batman he has more planned for him and  takes Sionis to the Sionis' mill blowing up part of the bank up in the process. With this  Batman is forced to take down each of these assassins, hunt down the Joker, and save Black Mask. After eventually rescuing Black Mask from his former gang, Batman questions him on the Joker's whereabouts. Sionis refuses to divulge any information because he plans on murdering the Joker himself for stealing his money, his operations and killing his girlfriend. Before Batman can question him any further, Copperhead attacks, and while the Batman is distracted, Sionis escapes into the night.

Later after escaping the clutches of Batman and the Joker, Black Mask quickly moves to take back control of his empire, it is implied he personally tortured and killed several of his former henchman for betraying him to the Joker, this effectively scares many of his men back into working under him once again. Black Mask then begins putting his drugs back out onto the streets of Gotham, Batman however, is able to destroy almost all of his stashes before they can go on the market. Black Mask, furious at the Dark Knight, sets a trap for him at the old Gotham Church, using his last container of drugs as bait. After Batman destroys the container, Black Mask appears, flanked by several of his men, he then states he plans on making it his personal mission to capture and torture Batman to death for his meddling in his business. A large brawl then ensues with Batman besting all of Sionis' men before personally beating the crime lord into submission. Batman then leaves a subdued Black Mask to be taken into custody by the GCPD, he is soon after imprisoned within Blackgate.

Arkham Origins Blackgate IncidentEdit

Three months later, an incident at Blackgate prison allows The Joker, Black Mask, and Penguin to take over the prison. He and his men capture a guard and cut of his thumb to bypass biometric security. During his escape he attempts to hire assassin, Deadshot, with expensive coins he smuggled into the prision.

Black Mask harbouring a deep hatred of the Joker because of the death of Tiffany Ambrose, heads up to the Industrial Part of the prison, planning to use the generators to flush the Joker out. He overloads the generators by forcing and killing a hostage and re-routing power from other parts of Blackgate, causing the prison to self-destruct, wiping out all of his rivals, but Batman arrives and takes down Black Mask, foiling his plan.

In the aftermath, Black Mask awakens and avoids capture from several Blackgate personnel. However, he is caught in an explosion, which implies that this may be the point where his mask is burnt onto his face.

Between Arkham Origins and Arkham Asylum IncidentEdit

When Arkham Asylum was re-opened, Black Mask was transferred there. He some how got out before Joker's takeover and escaped to Bludhaven home of Nightwing.

Arkham Asylum Incident Edit

Black Mask doesn't appear in Arkham Asylum, however a wooden mask is mounted on the wall of Penelope Young's office.

Arkham City Incident Edit

Black Mask is the first inmate to have ever escaped Arkham City (others include Hush, and Calendar Man, though it hasn't been revealed whether they really escaped from the mega-prison). Using explosives stolen from the Penguin, he waited until the TYGER shift change, blasted his way through the containment wall, and went on the run in Gotham City. Black Mask then attempted to leave the city but not before deciding to deal one last blow to Strange by attacking TYGERS weapon storages with some help from his own gang and Firefly . Furious, Hugo Strange ordered his TYGER operatives onto the streets, to focus all their attention on finding Black Mask, who was finally recaptured after a violent siege at the meatpacking plant he owned involving Batman, Robin, and Nightwing. After returning, Black Mask resisted being sent into Arkham City again. Protecting himself with a chair, he was overwhelmed when the guards easily subdue him however after seeing Bruce Wayne about to be sent in Black Mask decides to stay.

After Arkham City IncidentEdit

After Joker's supposed death, Robin goes to find Roman Sionis, as he becomes a new gang leader in Arkham City. He goes through Black Mask's hideout, where he finds out that some of the Penguin's thugs joined him, and that Riddler is also helping Black Mask. Lastly, he goes into the Freight Train and beats through some of the Joker's thugs, that have also joined him. After getting through three cars, Robin comes to end to find a few thugs, Mister Hammer, and Black Mask blocking the control box. After beating the thugs and Mister Hammer, he leaves Black Mask for last, apprehends him, and destroys the control box that's moving the train.

Arkham Knight IncidentEdit

One year after the events of Arkham City, Black Mask and Batman's toughest enemies work with Scarecrow to destroy Batman.


Black Mask appears in 2 DLC challenge maps that come with the Robin bundle pack, which are Black Mask (predator), and Freight Train (combat). in the campaign, Black Mask is chased out of a meatlocker by one of the four playable characters and flees onto a moving train that is smuggling weapons into Arkham City. The player fights their way through groups of thugs and engages in hand to hand combat with Black Mask, along with a group of thugs and an Abramovici twin (Joker's, to be specific). After knocking all of the opponents unconscious, the player attacks the control box and destroys it, thus stopping the train and ending that shipment of weapons into Arkham City. He also tried escaping for a second time.

Psychological ProfileEdit

Black MaskEdit

Real Name: Roman Sionis


  • Obsessed with masks
  • Harbors a hatred of Batman and Bruce Wayne
  • Face resembles a black skull
  • Feared and powerful mob boss
  • Skilled marksman, known for his double handguns.
  • Business Management

GCPD ProfileEdit

Gotham City business owner Roman Sionis is alleged to be one of the city’s most powerful crime lords, though no convictions have ever been made. Sionis maintains several “legitimate” businesses - many of which are believed to be fronts for illegal operations. Notable businesses in his portfolio include: Janus Cosmetics, Gotham Merchants’ Bank, and the now-defunct Sionis Steel Works. Sionis has been charged with embezzling city funds, murder, racketeering, distribution of illegal narcotics, and other offenses, but never convicted. In previous trials, witnesses for the prosecution have been known to recant, die, or disappear. Investigation is ongoing. See District Attorney Harvey Dent for more details.

Dr. Penelope YoungEdit


Psychological Profile: A mild psychopath, Sionis has narcissistic tendencies but the main malady he suffers from is resentful obsession with, of all people, billionaire Bruce Wayne. Sionis is fixated on Wayne possibly due to childhood traumas that he has projected onto the idle playboy. It is difficult to say whether the two actually knew each other as children, or if this is Sionis's invention. However, it is Sionis's criminal activities, and the role playing that resulted in the black skull-like mask accidentally burnt into his skin, that resulted in his committal to Arkham.

Additional Notes

I'd question whether Sionis is actually insane, if not for the choice of his obsession; I can't imagine being interested in (much less stalking) such a pointless personage as Bruce Wayne.

Dr. Hugo StrangeEdit

Batman's Database ProfileEdit

Extortion FileEdit


Batman: Arkham OriginsEdit

  • "Kill him and I'll pay you whatever you want, make him suffer and I'll double it."
  • "You think that'll make me talk - after what he's put me through? The torture... Turned my men on me. Stole from me. Murdered my woman. He's my kill, not yours."
  • "Couple a'freaks. You two deserve each other."
  • "You'll die badly, Batman. Making that happen is my personal mission in life."
  • "I'm gonna dedicate every waking minute to tracking you down, and taking you out."
  • "You sunava bitch! You think you can steal from me and get away with it? Your a Dead man! DEAD!"
  • "You wouldn't..."
  • "Go to hell."
  • "Get me out'a this thing."
  • "You waitin' for somethin?"

Batman: Arkham CityEdit

  • "No one arrests Black Mask. No one!"
  • "Get me Strange!"
  • "You'll die for this!"

Batman: Arkham KnightEdit

Game Over LinesEdit

Batman: Arkham OriginsEdit

  • "I was hoping you'd at least live long enough to see what I've got planned for this place" (to Batman)
  • "That's it?! All this build up and he falls over like he's made of sticks?! What an anti-climatic ending!" (to Batman)
  • "What?! The party's already over?! But I was just getting warmed up!" (to Batman)
  • "I didn't think it would be this easy! Oh well, live and Learn!" (to Batman)
  • "Unkillable?...Not quite!" (to Deathstroke)
  • "Not your best day hurry up and die!" (to Deathstroke)

Batman: Arkham CityEdit

  • "What? Did you think you could beat me? Me?!"
  • "First you fall, then Gotham."
  • "No one goes up against the Black Mask and lives."

Batman: Arkham Knight Edit


Batman Arkham City - Game Over Black Mask(00:22)
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  • While Black Mask does not appear in Batman: Arkham Asylum, his original wooden mask is mounted on the wall of Dr. Young’s office in the old Arkham Mansion. A newspaper clipping about Roman Sionis before he became Black Mask also appears on a bathroom cabinet in the Patient Observation room of Arkham Asylum's Medical Facility. Black Mask is referenced in the game in many of the Penitentiary cells, for example, in the cells is a drawing about a little boy and a house on fire, and then the devil rises up and takes the remains, and the boy is happy. This could also be a vague reference to Thomas Elliot, who wanted to kill his parents for the fortune.
  • Black Mask appears in Arkham City as a prisoner right outside the room Bruce Wayne was held in, He is holding a chair fighting off 2-3 TYGER Guards, one of them tazes him and he falls to the ground while they continue to beat and taze him.
  • In Arkham City, you fight Black Mask on the DLC Map Freight Train.
  • The Black Mask's mask seen in Penny Young's Office in Arkham Asylum is different from the one seen in Arkham Origins.
  • Black Mask's appearance in Batman: Arkham Origins seems to be based on his appearance in The Batman TV show.
  • The GameStop pre-order bonus will include two Black Mask themed challenge maps for Batman: Arkham Origins.
  • Despite having brown hair in Batman: Arkham City, he has black hair in Batman: Arkham Origins. Black Mask could've dyed his hair, which is very unlikely, or this could've just been a continuity error.
    • His Character Bio in Arkham Origins still states that his hair is brown.
  • When you go back to the church to check on Black Mask after his Most Wanted mission, he is not there anymore. He must've been taken to Blackgate or found a way to escape.

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