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William Earle
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General Information
Real name: William Earle
Aliases: Mr. William Earle
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Alignment: Bad
Affiliation: None
Characteristics: Gender - Male
Portrayed by: Rutger Hauer
Appearances: Batman Begins


William Earle was the CEO of Wayne Enterprises. He was the head of the company after the murder of Thomas Wayne and told young Bruce that he will wait for him to grow up and run the company. However, when Bruce Wayne left Gotham, Earle had him declared dead and took the company public. It was only the fact that Alfred Pennyworth (Michael Caine) had been designated the trustee/inheritor of Bruce's assets and majority shareholding of Wayne Enterprises by Bruce himself in his will that delayed this plan. He was cold blooded and ruthless and was pleased that Bruce Wayne had returned to the company, if for no other reason, then to have him within reach so he could keep him under control and out of the way. To that end, he was happy to grant Bruce's request for a "job" in Applied Sciences Unit. He demoted Lucius Fox from the Board and later fired him, saying "Didn't you get the memo?" During his tenure as CEO, Earle was motivated strictly by profit and shied away from "what Thomas Wayne would have done" and made heavy weapons manufacturing the cornerstone of Wayne Enterprises. It is also implied that he greatly decreased, if not entirely stopped the company's charitable projects.

Shortly after the company was taken public, Wayne returned and reestablished himself with Wayne Enterprises. He bought back a majority of the shares via roundabout means, again becoming the owner, and made Fox the CEO. Fox quipped at Earle, "Didn't you get the memo?"

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