|Full Name||Zach Franklin|
|Occupation||Arkham Asylum Guard (formerly), Arkham City Medical Guard|
|Base of Operations||Arkham Asylum/Arkham City|
|Voice Actor||Chris Gardner (voice)|
|First Appearance||Batman: Arkham Asylum (Summer 2009)|
Arkham Asylum Incident
Zach Franklin was among the many security personnel at Arkham Asylum, as the Joker was recaptured by Batman. Franklin was one of the few guards that remained at his regular post while the Joker was being taken through the Intensive Treatment Center to his cell. Batman, suspected something, and followed the Joker and his security team, led by officer Frank Boles. While at the Holding Cells, they handed over the Joker to another guard and a doctor. While he was being escorted through the Holding Cells, the Joker broke free, killed the guard, and forced the doctor to remove his handcuffs. Joker then told his henchgirl, Harley Quinn, who had taken over Arkham's security systems from within, to power down the electrified barrier at the exit, which allowed him to escape into the Processing Corridor. The Joker then released all the prisoners who were housed in the Holding Cells before he escaped down the Processing Corridor and killed four guards in the area. After he took out Eddie Burlow, a fifth guard, the Joker proceeded into the Decontamination Chamber. Harley Quinn then unlocked the cell doors throughout the Intensive Treatment Center, and released the inmates to unleash chaos. Franklin, meanwhile, seemed oblivious to the impending situation. One of Franklin's close friends and a security guard named Mike were in the Patient Pacification Chamber when one of the escaped inmates, serial killer, Victor Zsasz, made his way there in search for blood. Upon reaching Patient Pacification, Zsasz took Mike and Franklin's friend by surprise, and brutally murdered the latter in cold blood. Meanwhile, Franklin arrived on the scene, and responded to several alarms in Intensive Treatment that reported multiple security breaches. Horrified at the sight of Zsasz, Franklin's first thought was to get on his radio and call for backup. Zsasz then reluctantly saw Mike as being worth more to him alive and instead barricaded himself in the chamber, and strapped Mike into the electroshock chair. Several more guards arrived with Zsasz's personal therapist, Dr. Gretchen Whistler to assist Franklin, and found that they had a hostage situation on their hands. Zsasz was pacing behind Mike and used him as a shield.
Franklin tried to negotiate with Zsasz, but to no avail. Zsasz's only reply was that he would activate the chair to fatally electrocute Mike if he was in any way approached. While Franklin and another guard stood helplessly at the door watching Zsasz and his hostage, the other guards gathered on a balcony above the chamber to help talk Zsasz down. In the meantime, Batman had followed the escaped Joker's trail of destruction to the Processing Corridor, and found the dead security guards crumpled on the floor in his wake of destruction: "Wherever that madman goes, death is sure to follow!" Batman hurried toward the corridor's intersection, where two escaped inmates attempted to attack him. After he defeated them, Batman found Eddie Burlow, the sole surviver in the Joker's path. At that moment, Zach Franklin tried to call for more backup for the hostage situation, but the call failed to reach anyone since most of the asylum's guards in the area had been murdered by the Joker as he made his escape. The radio call managed to reach Burlow, however, and interrupted a conversation with Batman: "We need help in Pacification. I repeat, we need backup in Pacification. Can anyone hear this?" Burlow tried to respond, and reported that he was with Batman, though Franklin seemed not to hear. Franklin shouted over the radio: "Zsasz is free! Oh, God! He's got Mike!" The call was then cut off, and the radio went dead to the sound of Mike screaming. Burlow replied into his radio: "Franklin, can you hear me?" When there was no answer, Burlow added: "If you can, help is on the way." Burlow pointed Batman toward the Patient Pacification Chamber, and asked if he needed any help.
The Dark Knight told Burlow he worked better alone, and then hurried off to the Patient Pacification Chamber. Once there, he saw Zach Franklin and another guard standing at the door to the chamber, watching in horror. Franklin was trying hard to stall Zsasz, keep him occupied, and ordered him to leave Mike alone: "He's done nothing to you!" and "Let him go! You'll only end up in more trouble if you continue!" Sensing the desperation in Franklin's voice, Batman approached him. Upon seeing Batman, Franklin said with relief: "Thank God! It's Zsasz. He's got Mike strapped in the chair. Zsasz has totally lost it!" Batman told him to wait where he was, but Franklin easily deduced that Batman was going to attempt a rescue: "You can't. He'll kill Mike if he sees anyone trying to get close." Batman responded: "He won't see me." Almost as if he could hear their conversation, Zsasz then shouted at Franklin: "I see anything that looks even a little bit like a bat, and this guard dies. Do you hear me?" He then triggered the chair to shock Mike, although not fatally. Still reluctant to believe that Batman could do any good, Franklin glanced quietly at him in response, although Batman said nothing and moved on. Batman mounted the steps leading to the balcony and paused briefly to talk to Dr. Gretchen Westler, Zsasz's therapist. She asked how he might have escaped and told Batman that he needed to kill the guard. The other guards standing on the balcony remained more hopeful than Franklin, and begged Batman to do something. Batman fired his Grapnel Gun and swung up to one of the stone gargoyles that lined the top of the room. Swinging from gargoyle to gargoyle, Batman was able to flank Zsasz and get behind him. He then took Zsasz out, and knocked him to the floor. At that moment, Franklin looked away, as if he half expected Batman to fail and let Zsasz electrocute his hostage. Fortunately, Batman was able to pummel Zsasz with a well-aimed punch. He then said to Franklin: "Someone put this animal back in his cell!" Franklin and the Arkham staff then rushed in to check on Mike. Franklin made his way around the room and found the body of his friend, Zsasz's first victim. Then Harley Quinn appeared on a monitor near Batman, and told him that she had Quincy Sharp, the warden and administrator of the asylum kidnapped, and that the inmates were the ones in charge. After the monitor screen went blank, Batman contacted his information broker, Oracle, about the impending situation.
A saddened Franklin knelt beside his friend's corpse and examined it. Franklin kept glancing at the senseless Zsasz, who was being covered by a security guard with a gun to prevent escape, as if he expected him to leap to his feet any moment and begin killing. Franklin's grief at the death of his close friend turned to anger as he told Batman: "Another friend dead, another mark on Zsasz...he should be put down. Permanently." The other guards, meanwhile, found that the group was trapped in the Patient Pacification Chamber since Harley Quinn had locked the gate behind them to trap Batman in the room. Batman, however, escaped by tearing a ventilation grate off the wall and crawling into the ductwork shafts to make his way out. Apparently realizing that Batman had slipped through her fingers, Harley Quinn diverted her attention from Patient Pacification. Meanwhile, Franklin and the group unstrapped Mike from the electroshock and left the Patient Pacification Chamber through undisclosed circumstances, although Zsasz escaped their custody. Franklin managed to get to safety and left the Intensive Treatment Center shortly after. Batman, meanwhile, defeated the Joker's thugs in the Intensive Treatment Center and left for Arkham West, where the Medical Facility was located. The Joker demanded that all the doctors be rounded up, so Batman broke into the Medical Facility to investigate. He liberated the doctors, including Dr. Penelope Young, the head of research at Arkham Asylum. No sooner had Dr. young been rescued from the Joker's clutches, she insisted that Batman allow her to go to the Arkham Mansion in Arkham East to retrieve her research. Batman was reluctant, since the entire island was a war zone. Senior security officer, Aaron Cash offered to escort her there. Unknown to Cash, Young's only motivation was to get to her notes on the Titan Project, a classified Arkham project that turned people into hulking, savage, beasts that was based loosely on the steroid drug, Venom. When the three were interrupted by the arrival of several of the Joker's henchmen, Batman allowed them to go, and put his confidence in Cash. The duo met with Franklin on their way, and he agreed to help them and serve as backup. However, the Joker was not about to let Young slip through his fingers so easily, and sent his henchmen to pursue Young, Franklin, and Cash across Arkham Island. They reached Arkham East, which was heavily-guarded by a team of security personnel under the supervision of Louie Green, but they were not safe yet. As they entered the Arkham Mansion to proceed to Young's office, a number of liberated prisoners took Arkham East by storm. There were too few surprised guards to hold them off, and they were overpowered.
The prisoners entered the Arkham Mansion on Dr. Young's heels, killed the security guard at the entrance, and proceeded through the Main Hall toward the Arkham Records Room. Upon entering the West Wing Corridor, the prisoners instantly shot two of the security guards. A third, unidentified, guard cowered with Kevin Liew, an orderly, in a corner. The Joker's thugs left one inmate to interrogate the two before they invaded the Records Room, where they finally caught up with Dr. Young. Cash and Franklin fought back with grim determination, and Cash told Young to go to her office and hide while he and Franklin held off the Joker's men. The two were finally, inevitably, overpowered by the armed prisoners, who tied up Cash and Franklin, and left them trussed up in two chairs near the center of the room. The Joker told them to "knock some sense into Cash" and find the location of Dr. Young. Cash stubbornly refused to talk: "Do what you want. I'm not talking." The inmates then reported that Harley Quinn was on her way, to loosen Cash's tongue. Franklin struggled furiously against his bonds, though he remained silent and refused to respond to the demanding and jeering goons. Batman then entered the Arkham Mansion after he found Arkham East in disarray. Batman freed Liew and the guard in the West Wing Corridor, though the Joker was alerted to Batman's location due to the suicide collar: a beeping device which sounded an alarm as soon as its wearer was knocked unconscious. Batman freed Cash and Franklin after he defeated the thugs, and sliced apart their ropes with a bat-bladed knife. Cash stood up, and told Batman that he told Dr. Young to go to her office and hide. Franklin then began trying to contact anyone else in the vicinity using his radio. The call reached the guard who was with Liew outside in the West Wing Corridor, and they entered the Records Room, and regrouped with Cash and Franklin. A somewhat shaken Franklin remained seated in his chair, resting. Franklin also thanked Batman quietly for his quick rescue: "Thanks for the backup back there." Batman left the group in the Records Room, with Cash still trying the radio and the third, unidentified, member of security standing guard with an assault rifle that was taken from one of the thugs. While they remained there, Franklin felt that he could have stopped the Joker himself, and said in an irritated manner: "Joker's free. I could have stopped him.", "I should've seen the signs." and "I should have done something.". Batman went to Young's office, found that she had managed to reach her notes before the Joker could, took them, and hid them in the mansion Library before she was captured by the Joker and his men. The Joker tortured the secrets of Young's Titan Formula out of her with the help of Victor Zsasz. Young was killed by an explosion in Warden Sharp's office safe, and Batman set off to rescue Sharp, and left the Arkham Mansion to apprehend Quinn in Arkham West.
Some time later, the Joker gave Poison Ivy a dose of Titan. Ivy watered her plants with it, which caused them to grow to monstrous proportions, destroy parts of Arkham East, and overrun the Arkham Mansion. The carnivorous plants released toxic spores into the air that choked the Entrance Hall. The huge plants also smashed into the Main Hall and other parts of the mansion. Franklin and his party made a perilous escape from the Records Room into the Main Hall, when suddenly a huge plant crashed through the window next to Franklin and grabbed the unidentified member of security. Franklin, Liew, and Cash watched in horror as the monstrous plant ripped the poor guard apart, and killed him. They took refuge in the upper part of the Main Hall between two offices and behind a statue of Warden Sharp. The toxic spores overcame several inmates in the lower part of the Main Hall, but in the upper area, Cash, Franklin, and Liew were safe. Cash retrieved the assault rifle that previously belonged to his deceased colleague who was killed by the plants and stood guard with Franklin over Liew, who seated himself at a nearby desk. Franklin kept watch, with his arms folded across his chest, and gingerly avoided the mutated vegetation. As the vines continued to destroy the Arkham Mansion, Batman arrived to question Cash about the whereabouts of Killer Croc's Lair so he could formulate an antidote to the Titan Formula. Cash told him the location of Croc's lair under Intensive Treatment, and Batman warned Cash and Franklin to stay where they were and not to approach the plants as they would kill them. Franklin grimaced as he told Batman about the fate of the fourth man in their party: "A plant came in through the window and grabbed the guy next to me." A shocked Liew added: "I never thought I'd see a plant--a freakin' plant!--ripping somebody apart!" Batman left the Arkham Mansion shortly after to locate Killer Croc's Lair. Franklin remained with Cash and Liew for the remainder of the Joker's takeover, and reported to the makeshift hospital that was set up by surviving Arkham staff in the Sanatorium after the Joker's defeat. While Cash was treated by Dr. Stephen Kellerman for minor injuries and Liew assisted in checking Louie Green for a head injury, Franklin set about joining the remaining Arkham Guards in taking the liberated mental patients back to their cells as the GCPD retook control of Arkham Island. Franklin was among the few Arkham security personnel that survived the Joker's takeover, and returned to his post shortly after order had been restored at the asylum.
After Arkham Asylum Incident
When Arkham Asylum got shut down, Franklin lost his job. The only job that he could get was in Arkham City working with the medical team.
- "Make Zsasz pay."
- "Give Zsasz the pain he deserves."
- "Joker's free. I could have stopped him."
- "I should've seen the signs."
- "I should have done something."
- "One minute, the plants were all over the room. The next they all just kind of died."
- "What killed all the weird plants?"
- "What's with the fireworks?"