|“||My name is Bruce Wayne. When I was ten, my parents were murdered in front of my eyes. I've spent my life training to fight the same sort of criminals that took them from me. But this, this is different. This isn't about me.||„|
|~ Batman to Green Lantern.|
Bruce Wayne/Batman is the overall main protagonist of the DC Animated Movie Universe. He appeared in twelve of the fifteen movies within the franchise and one short film. He was a supporting character in Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, the main protagonist of Justice League: War and Son of Batman, the deuteragonist of Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, an unseen character in the 2015 short film Nightwing & Robin, the titular main protagonist of Batman vs. Robin, the overarching character of Batman: Bad Blood, a major character in Justice League vs. Teen Titans, the main protagonist of Justice League Dark, a supporting character of The Death of Superman and Reign of the Supermen, the titular main protagonist of Batman: Hush and the central antagonist-turned-major protagonist in Justice League Dark: Apokolips War.
|“||His trauma runs so deep. It's as if he defines himself by his pain. Such madness.||„|
|~ Mad Hatter describing the trauma that makes Batman who he is.|
Batman, in most of his incarnations, is a dark and brooding hero with a personal vendetta against crime and injustice. Psychologically traumatized by the death of his parents, Batman has sworn to rid Gotham from the criminal elements that took his parents away from him. He is extremely pessimistic and suspicious, which often makes it difficult for him to trust people other than Alfred, Commissioner Gordon, the Robins or the Batgirls.
Despite this, Batman has proved to have a great love for humanity, which was instilled by his parents. His father was a doctor, while his mother was a crusader against child abuse. Indeed, Batman's oath of vengeance is tempered with the greater ideal of justice. He refrains from killing, as he feels this would not make him any better than the criminals he fights. He is also a very prominent member of the Justice League and the founder of the Outsiders.
To protect his secret identity, Batman has constructed a fake persona he can use in his civilian identity. To the world at large, Bruce Wayne is a self-absorbed, irresponsible playboy and philanthropist. Only his closest allies know that this attitude is just an act.
Powers and Abilities
Genius-Level Intellect : (Batman's IQ is well over 200) Batman is a brilliant, virtually peerless, detective, strategist, scientist, tactician, and commander; he is widely regarded as one of the keenest analytical minds on the planet. Given his lack of superpowers, he often uses cunning and planning to outwit his foes, rather than simply "out-fighting" them. Due to his mental training and being naturally gifted he has acquired an an instant learning aptitude, parallel multitasking, eidetic/photographic memory, accelerated reading, and a more powerful memory.
- Photographic Memory : Batman has perfect recall and can remember anything in great detail.
- Polymath: He has studied Biology, Technology, Mathematics, Physics, Mythology, Geography, & History. Gained degrees in Criminal Science, Forensics, Computer Science, Chemistry and Engineering by the time he was 21. He has mastered Diverse Environmental Training, Security Systems, and illusion/sleight of hand by the time he was 23. He gained even more degrees in Biology, Physics, Advanced Chemistry, and Technology by the time he was 25. He has learned Forensic, Medical Sciences, Expanded Computer and Engineering Sciences, and Expanded Device Pool use of personal powered armor and system, database creation on underworld crime bosses, rogue's gallery foes and other supers; improved material sciences for body armor and micro-machinery by the time he was 26. Has also learned Advanced New Development in Forensic and Medical Sciences.
Multilingualism : He is able to speak English, Spanish, Japanese, German, Russian, Arabic, French, Latin, Cantonese, Mandarin, Greek, Portuguese, Sanskrit, Hindi, Thai and much more.
Master Strategist & Tactician : He commonly utilizes cunning tactics to outwit his foes. He is an excellent leader and at times commands the Justice League. Cyborg refers to him as the "Greatest Tactician on the planet" and has listed him as such in his database. Batman is known as one of the greatest(if not the greatest) strategists and tacticians in the entire DC universe.
Master Detective: He is considered the "World's Greatest Detective", almost without peer. He capable of observation, forensic investigation, and inductive and deductive reasoning of the highest caliber. Human intuition is an unlearnable trait and one of Batman's most effective tools. Given any mystery, he can arrive at any conclusions with a fraction of the data.
Master of Disguise: Has mastered the art of disguise by the time he was 23. Has further learned Expanded Disguise techniques by the time he was 26. Batman has many aliases he uses to infiltrate the underworld or just to go undercover in public situations.
Expert Mechanic and Driver: Batman is proficient at combat driving. He has also pioneered improved vehicle designs. In addition, he has been trained and is proficient in basic vehicular operations.
Business Management: Bruce Wayne has extensive skills and experience in business management, has thorough understanding of financial marketing and management and is often known as a example of successful industrialist and businessman on par to Lex Luthor.
Master Martial Artist : Batman is one of the finest human combatants Earth has ever known. He trained in the US for various martial arts for 10 years. He has mastered 127 styles of martial arts including Muay Thai, Escrima, Krav Maga, Capoeira, Savate, Yawyan, Taekwondo, Judo, Jujitsu, Kendo, Fencing, Kenjutsu, Kali, Bojutsu, Francombat, Boxing, Kickboxing, Hapkido, Wing Chun, Parkour, Shorin Ryu, Silat, Chin Na, Kyudo, Aikido, Varma Ati, Jeet Kune Do, Shaolin, Ba Gua, Hung Gar, Tai Chi, Kung Fu, Kenpo, and Karate. His primary form of combat is an idiosyncratic admixture of Jui-jitsu, Taekwondo, Judo, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Kung Fu, Karate, Boxing, Aikido, Krav Maga, Capoeira, and Ninjutsu.
Master of Stealth : His advanced and extensive Ninjutsu and law enforcement training has made him a master at stealth, espionage, infiltration, and sabotage. Bruce is capable of breaching very high-security facilities with ease and without being detected.
Master Marksman : Due in part to his training in Ninjitsu, Batman almost never misses his targets, 9/10 times he's successful.
Master Acrobat : Proficient in gymnastics and acrobatics, to the peak of human ability. He is particularly skilled in parkour and free running.
Indomitable Will : Although he has no superhuman powers, Batman's unstoppable determination and strength of will make him an extremely formidable opponent. This makes him able to function while tolerating massive amounts of physical pain, and also allows him to resist telepathy or mind control. His willpower is strong enough to operate a Green Lantern Ring when necessary.
Intimidation: It is widely known that Batman has the ability to instill fear in others, to the extent that even the people that know him best are intimidated by him, Batman regularly forcing common criminals to flee in terror despite there being no evidence that he would actually kill anyone. Even those who aren't afraid of the likes of Superman fear Batman.
Interrogation: Batman is adept in interrogation techniques, often using law enforcement methods as well as torture. Several methods seen include hanging a person over the edge of a building by one leg or chaining a person upside down and beating them. He usually just plain uses his frightening appearance to get answers.
Bat-Suit : Batman's costume is composed of Kevlar and a small percentage of titanium; it is bullet-proof and resistant to most forms of attack (explosions, blunt trauma, falls, etc.) It is also flame-retardant and insulated. The gloves and the boots are reinforced to nullify the impact of punches and kicks. Batman's gauntlets have retractable metallic blades on their sides. The cape is extremely light and can be used to glide long distances. The cowl is composed in small part by lead, which shields Batman's face from identification via x-rays. It has also an infrared viewer and auditory sensors. The cowl is outfitted with security systems (aggravating gas, electric blasts, etc.) like the utility belt. The mask is also a transmitter-receiver.
Utility Belt: Batman keeps most of his personal field equipment in his iconic yellow utility belt. Over the years, it has produced plastic explosives, nerve toxins, batarangs, smoke bombs, a fingerprint kit, a cutting tool, a grappling line-launcher, and a re-breather. Superman also entrusted Batman with a ring made of Kryptonite, should the Man of Steel ever need to be reined in (because of mind-control by a super-villain, etc.).
Batmobile Batplane Batboat Batcycle Batglider
Batarangs (Several Different Types), small, non-lethal explosives, smoke and tear gas pellets. He is also known to have a Grapnel Gun, a Line Launcher, a Batclaw, and disruptor for firearms, mines, and Freeze technology.
|“||(Green Lantern: I noticed, but fire is no problem for me. As I was saying, Green Lantern can do anything.) Except shut up, apparently. (Green Lantern: Wow, someone forgot to take their Tru Blood tonight.) I'm not a vampire. (Green Lantern: Seriously? I thought with the darkness and the vanishing, and the, what, super strength?) No. (Green Lantern: Can you fly?) In a plane. (Green Lantern: Wait, you're not just some guy in a bat costume, are you? Are you freaking kidding me? What, nobody asked you to prom...so now you dress as a bat and prowl around your parents' basement?) What's this do? [Take Green Lantern Ring off] (Green Lantern: Huh?) No buttons. I assume it works off concentration. (Green Lantern: How did you do that?) You weren't concentrating. (Green Lantern: You won't do that again.) Unless I want to.||„|
|~ Batman squabbles with Green Lantern.|
|“||(Damian: Deathstroke has a contact stationed here.) In Gotham? (Damian: We find him. We find Deathstroke. We could take Deathstroke out...permanently.) We don't kill.(Damian: I was taught you destroy your enemy. That makes you like them.(Damian: It makes me better than them. Deathstroke killed my grandfather. He has to pay.) Ra's was a madman. (Damian: He was a hero. He died a hero.)||„|
|~ Bruce disagreed with his son's method.|
|“||Do you know what you were tonight'? You weren't a warrior, you weren't a soldier. You were a child. (Damian: If it hadn't been for him, I...) If it hadn't been for Dick, you'd have gone too far. (Damian: It's easier my way.) It has nothing to do with easy. It's about doing what's right because it's right, that's the only reason you need. (Damian: Seemed right to me.) That's the problem.||„|
|~ Batman confronts Damian for almost to cross the line.|
- Kevin Conroy voiced Batman in the new universe created after Flashpoint. Jason O'Mara would later take on the role in the feature length films.