I'm not really a ‘people person’. But when you need help - and you will - call me.
I am vengeance! I am the Night! I AM BATMAN!
~ Batman's famous quote
Rule number 1, you give me everything you got. Rule number 2, then you give me more. And rule number 3, I make the rules.
~ Batman to the new Robin
Batman, otherwise known as Bruce Wayne, is the first hero to appear in the DC Animated Universe.
He is a Gotham City vigilante who rose up to fight gangsters, insane criminals, and eventually even alternate universe despots, metahuman threats, and intergalactic tyrants. He is the main protagonist of Batman: The Animated Series and it's sequel The New Batman Adventures, and is one of the heroes of Justice League and Justice League Unlimited. He is also the mentor of Terry McGinnis in Batman Beyond. He also appeared as a guest character in Superman: The Animated Series, TheZeta Project and Static Shock. He is voiced by Kevin Conroy who reprises the role several times.
Bruce dons the Batsuit once again after Terry had been hypnotized into going on a rampage by Spellbinder. Through his years of intensive physical training, the Batman represents the peak of human physical conditioning. Batman is at peak human levels of strength, stamina, agility, coordination, reflexes, speed, and durability. Even well into old age, Bruce Wayne still demonstrated that he could manhandle other much younger men with ease. Batman's martial arts discipline was never mentioned, in Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, Bruce Wayne mentions Ju Jitsu. Batman was also a master of stealth and infiltration (all the more remarkable given that he stands 6'2" and weighs 215 lbs), and often revealed himself to his enemies when they least suspected him to.
This also allowed him to just disappear from allies in mid-sentence, a habit that frequently annoyed the likes of Commissioner Gordon ("one of these days I'm gonna nail his feet to the ground") and Harvey Bullock ("I wonder how the Commish puts up with that"). Batman was capable of incredible feats of agility. During the Second Apokolyptian invasion, Darkseid commented with much surprise that Batman had been the first one to dodge his Omega Beams. With his martial arts prowess, occasionally augmented by technology, Batman was usually more than a match for any foe he encountered, human or otherwise.
As the head of Wayne Enterprises, Bruce Wayne has access to cutting edge technology and Batman makes good use of it in his field equipment.
Batsuit - Standard as well as heat-resistant, cold-resistant, and underwater versions.
Batarangs - Of differing size and effect. These ranged from standard, to explosive, electric, remote, etc.
Grapple-gun - This item assisted Batman in scaling the various buildings of Gotham City.
Utility Belt - Batman's Utility Belt has compartments to hold several items, the contents of which change according to his needs, and often include items such as flashlights, laser cutters, underwater rebreathers, binoculars, a fingerprinting kit, flashbangs, remote controls for his vehicles, acid/base compounds, anti-toxins, mini-computer, and smoke pellets.
Batman has used several vehicles in the course of his crimefighting career, including the Batmobile, the Batwing, the Batcycle, and the Batboat.
He is the only character to appear in every DCAU show.
He is the first member of the original Justice League to appear in the DCAU.
His first costume in the flashback sequences of "Robin's Reckoning", "The Mechanic" and in the animated feature, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, bears a striking resemblance to Batman's costume in the Golden Age comics.
His second costume in Batman: The Animated Series resembles Batman's costume from the late 80s and early 90s prior to Batman's back injury in Batman: Knightfall.
His third costume in The New Batman Adventures resembles Batman's costume from Batman: Year One.
His fourth costume in Justice League and Justice League Unlimited is a combination of his last two costumes, the same costume from The New Batman Adventures with the color scheme of the Batman: The Animated Series costume and the long ears to foreshadow his fifth and final costume in the prologue of Batman Beyond.