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Martha Wayne was the wife of prominent Gotham City physician Dr. Thomas Wayne. She insisted on giving her son Bruce some culture and changed their plans of seeing The Mark of Zorro to going to the opera Mefistofele. Bruce was frightened by the portrayals of bat-like demons in the performance, so they exited into an alley. They were confronted by armed mugger Joe Chill, who shot and killed Martha and Thomas.