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Batman
Batman Earth-B 01
General Information
Real name: Bruce Wayne
First Appearance: World's Finest#223
Created by: Bob Kane
Bill Finger
Affiliations: Batman Family
Justice League of America
Abilities: Genius-level intelligence
Master detective
Master escapologist
Peak human physical condition
Martial arts master
Access to high tech equipment
Portrayed by: None

Strictly speaking "Earth-B" was not official until ICG's Official Crisis Crossover Index and Official Crisis Index. Later the Crisis on Infinite Earths: The Compendium volume of Crisis on Infinite Earths: Absolute Edition formally broke it up into Earth-Twelve and Earth-Thirty-Two More over The Compendium presented Earth-85 as a way to explain irregularities with Hawkman, Shazam, and other stories (some which involved Batman) post-Crisis.

As a result when one talks about the Batman on Earth-B they are actually talking about an amalgamation of two and possibly three different Batmen of different realities.

HistoryEdit

As a boy, Bruce Wayne witnessed his parents' gruesome murder by an unknown gunman in Gotham City on Earth-B and vowed revenge against all who broke the law. Bruce Wayne was the second son of Thomas and Martha Wayne, the other being his older brother, Thomas Wayne, Jr.

Bruce's father was a well respected Gotham doctor, and his mother a homemaker. Thomas and Martha Wayne were very influential in Bruce's early life, instilling thoughts of truth and honesty. When his parents were murdered, Bruce was devastated. As a young adult, he worked to fulfill this vow by traveling the world to learn from masters of various defense disciplines. Eventually he became an exceptional escape artist, master of martial arts, acrobatics, science, technology, boxing, disguises, criminology and detective skills.

Having perfected his skills, Bruce returned to Gotham City during World War II. However, he came to realize that his skills were not enough, that he would need an edge over his opponents—a guise that would strike terror into their hearts. Inspired by the bats that had so horrified him as a boy, Bruce donned a blue-and-gray costume complete with cape and cowl and renewed his mission. Bound by his personal code of justice, Batman resolves to never kill an enemy. Instead, he relies on his physical prowess and mental superiority to bring his enemies to justice.

Early in his career, Batman teamed up with Sergeant Rock at a crucial point in World War II, attempting to help Rock apprehend the Nazi ruler of Germany, Adolf Hitler. Some time later, Batman also adopted a crime fighting partner, Dick Grayson, alias Robin. Batman met Adam Strange some time in his career and the two teamed up briefly in the Brave and the Bold #90. In the Brave and the Bold #99, Batman encountered Barry Allen (Also known as the Flash), a hero who gained superspeed thanks to an alien imp named Mopee directing a lightning bolt to his lab.

Years later, Batman was still an active hero in Gotham City. He and Robin battled the Clown Prince of Crime, the Joker, a villain who had gone on a crime spree in Gotham. The Dynamic Duo of Earth-B also fought the notorious Man-Bat the same year. At an undisclosed time, Batman replaced Dick Grayson with Jason Todd as Robin, although the Grayson of Earth-B's status remains unknown. Over the years, the Batman of Earth-B has faced many insane homicidal killers in his war on crime, including the murderous Catwoman and the maniacal Cavalier.

After teaming with fellow hero Wonder Woman, Batman was finally able to defeat Catwoman in the Brave and the Bold #131. His last recorded activities included working with the latter against the Joker and Rupert Thorne in Batman: The Last Angel.

Continuity NotesEdit

  • Bruce Wayne had an older brother, Thomas Wayne, Jr. (This idea has been reintroduced in New Earth with Lincoln March claiming to be Thomas Wayne, Jr)
  • After the deaths of Thomas and Martha Wayne, their bodies are cremated and their ashes are placed in an urn. (Brave and the Bold #99) In the Earth-One continuity, they were buried in a cemetery.
  • Batman and Adam Strange team up in the Brave and the Bold #90. At the time of this story on Earth-One, Adam Strange was unable to return to Earth from Rann or he would die.
  • The Catwoman of Earth-B, unlike that of Earth-One, has no compunction against murdering and has done several times.
  • The Cavalier of Earth-B often attempted to kill women early in his career by slashing at them with his sword. Although the Cavalier from Earth-One and the New Earth seemed to have made the decision to strike females in their way, they still refused to murder them, and made their decisions to strike females later in their criminal careers.

Behind the scenesEdit

This alternate universe of Earth-B was never specifically depicted, but was suggested to exist in a letters column by DC editor/writer Bob Rozakis as a possible explanation for certain non-continuity stories or character traits (for example, stories that showed Catwoman committing murder with no qualms, despite being established that she did not engage in that kind of activity).

ICG's Official Crisis Cross-over Index theorized that DC Challenge took place on this earth which given the involvement of Oan Guardians would make it an alternate Earth-One timeline.

Crisis on Infinite Earths: Absolute Edition formally broke up Earth-B into two separate Earths: Earth-Twelve and Earth-Thirty-Two

Since both of these Earths has its own Batman the "Earth-B" Batman is actually an amalgamation of two different Batmen from two different Earths.

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