Emrys the Gbane (AIM)E-MAIL:
Belltrap@gmail.com[CHARACTER INFO]CHARACTER NAME:
Bruce Wayne/Batman (liable to use aliases, however)FANDOM:
Justice League Unlimited (animated series)CHRONOLOGY:
Post-“Destroyer”, episode 39 of JLU (post-end of series, pre-Batman Beyond)BACKGROUND:
Once upon a time, there was a boy named Bruce Wayne. He had two loving parents, Thomas and Martha Wayne, and lived in a mansion with them, and while their family wasn’t perfect, they were happy. But this boy and his parents didn’t live in a fairytale world. No, in fact, they lived in quite the opposite: Gotham City, one of the darkest and most corrupt cities in the world. While they used their fortune to try to better the city, there was only so much they could do… and it was only a matter of time before Gotham would repay them for their kindness. Late one night, returning from a movie they had seen together, they foolishly walked down a dark alley, where Thomas and Martha were brutally murdered before young Bruce’s eyes.
Deeply traumatized by the event, Bruce’s eyes were opened to the true darkness and injustice of Gotham, and a boy swore an oath that would change his life forever, to never let what happened to him happen to another again. Traveling the world, he studied criminology, forensics, escapology, martial arts, and dozens of other disciplines, all in the pursuit of being able to keep his promise, pushing his mind and body to their limits. Eventually, he returned to Gotham, taking on the symbol of the bat, a creature of the night and of fear, turning Gotham’s darkness against itself. He became more than a man, but a nightmare, a legend, and a symbol. The Batman.
Cultivating an affable playboy persona for his everyday work as CEO of Wayne Corporations and assisted by his loyal butler and father figure Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce concealed his work as the masked vigilante Batman, even as he formed ties in Gotham’s Police Department, particularly with one Commissioner James Gordon. However, even as he gained allies, new enemies rose to challenge him, perhaps, in a way, inspired by his own choice to become more than just a man, themselves forming an ever more deadly Rogues Gallery, featuring the likes of the Riddler, Two-Face, Bane, and, of course, the infamous Joker.
But the Batman was not to remain a lone symbol forever. The tragic death of Dick Grayson’s acrobat parents at the hands of the criminal Tony Zucco spurred Bruce to take the boy in, reminded of the tragedy in his own life. In the process of tracking down Zucco, Dick eventually learned Batman’s true identity as his guardian, Bruce Wayne, and in so doing, became Robin, the first of Batman’s partners. Over time, Commissioner Gordon’s daughter, Barbara Gordon, inspired by their example, joined them as Batgirl. Though this led to a fall out between Batman and Robin, Robin eventually leaving his position as Batman’s partner and taking up the mantle of Nightwing. In turn, the Robin mantle was assumed by Tim Drake, the son of a criminal who died at the hands of Two-Face.
In time, however, Batman’s personal war against crime in Gotham expanded as he and Superman formed a temporary partnership to battle the teamed likes of the Joker and Lex Luthor. Eventually, when Earth was faced with a threat which no one hero could defeat alone, Batman and Superman, along with four others, were assembled by J’onn J’onzz. Following this, a group known as the Justice League is formed in order to counter other threats of such a scale. Though Batman does provide them with the Watchtower, their base, at many times he is aloof from the other members of the team, as his primary responsibilities still remain in Gotham, and tends not to abide by majority decisions by other members of the group if doing so does not suit his purposes. Eventually, the League is expanded, including dozens of heroes, with the founding seven acting as its leaders and decision-makers.PERSONALITY:
Like many superheroes, the Batman is a creature of duality. Openly, his persona of Bruce Wayne is affable and flirtatious, but ultimately, shallow. That is not to say Bruce Wayne shows himself to be incompetent; indeed, he runs his company very productively, and is a shrewd businessman. That said, he doesn’t seem to take much in his personal life seriously, and what romances he does have are short lived… and mainly for cover.
Because of this, those who know Bruce Wayne’s dark secret have often claimed that the Batman is not the mask; rather, that Bruce Wayne is the mask, and that Batman is the truth of what he is, and there may be some merit in this, as Batman is a far more honest persona, at least when it comes to his mission in life. Batman is a man driven, almost to the point of obsession and insanity, to keep the promise he made to his parents’ grave all those years ago. His is an expert in several different fields and a master of deduction. He is widely regarded as one of the most intelligent and knowledgeable members of the superhero community in his world. Additionally, he regularly and willingly pushes his body and mind to their limits, constantly bettering himself, in part because of the brutal nature of Gotham City and its Rogues Gallery, and in part because of his lack of superhuman powers to protect him. For these same reasons, Batman is a cautious and secretive individual, almost to the point of paranoia, often developing contingency plans for various possible situations. This paranoia can even extend to his dealing with his teammates, as Batman is known to keep Kryptonite on his person in order to deal with Superman, should the Man of Steel ever be under mind control, brainwashed, or otherwise turned to evil purposes. Also because of this, he is something of a loner, and while he will issue commands for tactical purposes without hesitation, he is the most reluctant of the original League members to work as part of the team or abide by League decisions. Despite this, he seems to work well with his protégés, with whom he has a parental relationship. In his social interaction he is dark, grim, and brooding, straight-to-the-point, and demanding, employing sarcasm on the rare occasions when he shows humor. He avoids personal relationships, especially of romantic nature, because he holds his work in Gotham above all else and will not have that compromised. In dealing with criminals, he is harsh and, in some cases, brutal, employing intimidation tactics and violence to a degree rarely seen among his peers. Furthermore, he prefers to keep his existence at large unseen and unrecognized by the public, instead acting as an urban legend and a boogeyman of sorts, something transcending mortal limits in the imaginations of superstitious and cowardly criminals.
However, there are those who claim that both the Bruce Wayne persona and the Batman persona are masks; that while Batman was created in order to deal with the death-defying challenges he must face daily, and Bruce Wayne was created in order to act as appropriate cover for Batman’s acts, the truth is that deep down, he is still that sad, scared, lonely boy who lost his parents in Crime Alley one night.CLASS:
Hero, no dog tags.SUPERHERO NAME:
Batman. ALTER EGO:
Bruce Wayne/unknown (while normally a corporate executive, I doubt he’ll be able to become one easily here, so he’ll probably become a detective or a martial arts instructor using his skills at disguise to create another identity)POWER:Infinite Mass Storage
(Non-canon… sorta): Batman’s proposed ability will be able to store infinite amounts of mass on his person in places such as utility belt pouches. He will not be able to fit anything that he could not fit normally into the pouches into them, but he could store a theoretically infinite amount of tools, devices, and weapons small enough on his person. The weight of the utility belt is unaffected by how much mass is stored in it.COMMUNITY POST SAMPLE: [voice post, affable and seemingly unruffled by the turn of events]
Well! I know I’ve been saying Gotham was getting a little predictable, but I was thinking more of a vacation to Sweden than to another dimension. I don’t suppose anyone I know is here? Alfred? Tim? Lucius?
Well, in any case, I’m Bruce Wayne. Nice to meet you all, and, no offense, but here’s hoping we find a way out of this place soon.[private to Tim and Dick, encrypted, also voice, deep, gravelly, commanding]
I know you’re here. Rooftops, ten blocks to the east of the Tower, three blocks north. Immediately
With a crash and a shower of glass, darkness descended on them, landing in their midst, black cloak wrapped around him. For a second, they all hesitated, fear locking them in place as fear incarnate glared at them from within his sable cowl. That second was all he needed.
Bursting into action, he threw three batarangs with a cast of his hand, striking his targets in their temples and knocking them out before they could even start to doge. Expression grim, he surged forward as the remaining pair raised their guns in shaky hands. With cold precision, he calculated their reaction time, where they’ll aim, and how hard they’ll be to take down. Just as their guns level at him, he pounced, leaping into the air and soaring over them, crouching as he lands. Sweeping his leg in the same fluid motion with which he lands, He sent his opponents tumbling to the ground. As he rose he kicked away their guns before disabling both with swift blows as they scrambled to flee the dark, menacing figure.
Five down. One to go.
“Well done, Batsy.”
The Detective readied himself as mocking claps echoed through the room. That playful, grating voice held in it a barely perceptible edge of cold deadliness. Most would have only heard in his madness in his laugh, that insanity that makes him so easy for the other heroes to dismiss. But he could hear so much more. Rage. Nihilism. Id. And, more than anything else, the screams of every victim, every life he couldn’t save from this monster.
The Dark Knight turned to face his greatest foe, greeted with a view of a wide, maniacal smile that never quite reached the dead eyes above it. His only response to the Clown Prince of Crime was a gravelly growl and a single word as he launched himself into motion.