- "You see, I'm both Bruce Wayne and Batman. Not because I have to be. Now... because I choose to be."
- ―Batman to The Riddler.[src]
Batman was the protector of Gotham City.
Bruce begged his parents to take him to see an animated movie. However, his father, Thomas, and mother, Martha wished to see Footlight Frenzy (which they called Zorro) at the Monarch Theatre, promising Bruce they’d take him to see his desired cartoon the following week. The family went to the Monarch Theatre together. After the movie, the family happily walked down the sidewalk and into an alleyway.
In the alley the Waynes were confronted by two thugs. One of them went up to them and tore Martha’s pearl necklace off of her neck, and Thomas struggled with that thug. The second thug pulled out a gun and shot down Thomas. Martha screamed, and she was then shot down by the same thug. The thug that Thomas had struggled with began to run away, as the thug with the gun approached Bruce, and said: "Tell me kid.... you ever dance with the Devil by the pale moon light?"
The thug with the gun came out of the shadows and wore a wide and demented grin. The GCPD could be heard coming and the first thug shouted: "Man, let's go!" Just as the thug cocked the gun, he then turned upon hearing: "Let's go, Jack!"
Jack then turned back to Bruce and said, "See you around, kid.", walked away, and left Bruce alone in the alley. Little did he know that his prediction would come true -- that he and Bruce would meet again.
On the night of his parents' wake, the priest's words gave the distraught Bruce no comfort. Bruce walked over to his father's desk and noticed a red book lying on it.
Bruce took the red book and ran out into a powerful storm. He fell into a centuries old cave. When he got up, Bruce looked forward and saw a figure approaching him in the darkness: a giant bat. Bruce was at first scared, but then he decided to take that image and put fear into the hearts of criminals.
At some point after he saved Gotham from the Penguin's nefarious scheme, Batman designed a new Batsuit. This Batsuit was sculpted in a Greek statue fashion, and designed to make enemies believe its anatomical features were Batman's own, which blended armor and flesh. Curiously, the pectorals now bare protruding nipples, with the notable absence of a navel.
He also designed prototype cowl with lenses that focused on a selected target for a special batarang with a homing device.
Answering the RiddlerEdit
In Gotham, Batman arrived at the Second Gotham Bank to stop Two-Face who committed a robbery. Batman foiled the robbery, but Two-Face escaped. While at the bank, Batman encountered Dr. Chase Meridian and they shared an instant attraction towards one another. Bruce Wayne then pursued the relationship.
Bruce took Chase to the circus where Two-Face arrived, and threatened to blow it up unless Batman revealed his true identity. The Flying Graysons got rid of the bomb, but Dick Grayson was the only member who survived. Bruce allowed Dick to stay at Wayne Manor as he saw similarities to himself, but Dick did not want to accept that. Bruce revealed to Chase that he was haunted by suppressed memories. Bruce then took Chase to Nygma's The Box launch where he tested The Box, and supplied the Riddler with the knowledge of Batman's true identity.
During this conflict, Bruce's memories of his parents' murder, having laid dormant for several years, would start to appear to him in his dreams, and well as flashes while awake. He also started to recall the latest entry in his father's diary as "Bruce insists on seeing a movie tonight". This would make him believe that by making them go, he had caused to the death of his parents. After the battle with Two-Face in the subway, Bruce was left in the dilemma of continuing to be Batman, saw as GNN News intimidated him, and Two-Face for the destruction of the subway, and saw that he was just Batman to fight against their greatest fear. Bruce decided to give up being Batman and have a normal life with Chase.
The next day, Bruce had temporarily amnesia; he did not remember being Batman, and Alfred Pennyworth lead him to a section of the Batcave where he entailed him to fight his nightmares and his fear. In that section, Bruce observed his father's diary and discovered that he actually wanted to see a cartoon, while it was really his parents desire to see Footlight Frenzy, thus revealing the death of his parents was never his fault. He then found the secret of the Batcave, the giant bat. After his rehabilitation and his acceptance of Batman, Bruce and Alfred solved the last riddle and discovered that Riddler was none other than Edward Nygma. Alfred and Bruce went down into the Batcave where Bruce put on the new prototype Sonar batsuit. Dick assumed the identity of Robin and went with Batman to save Chase.
When they got to Claw Island, where the Riddler and Two-Face had made their base, Two-Face captured Robin and the Riddler tried to force Batman to make a choice between Chase and Robin. Batman destroyed the mind device, and drove the Riddler insane. Then he saved Chase and Robin whom a crazed Riddler dropped to their expected deaths. Two-Face confronted the trio but his weakness of needing confirmation from his coin gave Batman the upper hand. Two-Face flipped his coin, Batman threw a handful of coins at him which made him lose his coin and his balance and he fell to his death. Batman then arrested Riddler and took him to Arkham Asylum.
Batman then continued to operate in Gotham with his new partner, Robin.
- Batman Forever
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