This Hero was Headlined on November 2017.
|“||Tell me, do you bleed? You will.||„|
|~ Batman to Superman – his most infamous line|
|“||You're not brave... men are brave. You say that you want to help people, but you can't feel their pain... their mortality... it's time you learn what it means to be a man.||„|
|“||Maybe it's that Gotham City and me... We just have a bad history with freaks dressed like clowns.||„|
|~ Bruce to Clark Kent, as he meets him for the first time|
Bruce Wayne, also known as Batman, is a superhero in the DC Extended Universe, appearing as the protagonist of both Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, and a minor character in Suicide Squad.
Bruce is a billionaire, playboy and philanthropist who is secretly a masked vigilante protecting the streets of Gotham City from crime.
Bruce was born to Thomas Wayne and his wife Martha in their stately home Wayne Manor on the outskirts of Gotham City.
His initial idyllic childhood did not last long as at the age of 9, in the year 1981, Bruce's life changed forever. Whilst attending a viewing of 'The Mark of Zorro' with his parents at the Aragon Theatre and as the family left, a mugger held the family at gun point just outside the theatre on the sidewalk underneath a train bridge and after a scuffle shot Thomas and Martha before fleeing leaving Bruce alone with his parents dead in front of his own eyes.
Bruce was taken into the legal care of his family butler Alfred Pennyworth and a small funeral service was held shortly after his parents death at the Wayne Manor family home. Thomas and Martha Wayne were buried in a family mausoleum on the Manor's grounds. During the funeral for his parents, Bruce, overcome with grief, broke away from the service. As he ran, he stumbled across a decrepit area of the estate and fell into a cavern filled with numerous bats. This would later inspire him to use that fear to battle the criminal elements that took his parents' lives.
Bruce grew up inspired to make himself a symbol of fear within the heart of crime in Gotham City. He did so by training himself beyond the heights of mental and physical perfection, mastering many martial arts, the art of deception, tactical skills, and stealth, among many other disciplines, including engineering and science. In 1994, Bruce used his newfound discipline to take up the persona of a fearsome vigilante known as the "Batman" by launching a one-man war on crime at 25, while also swiftly reclaiming control over his family company Wayne Enterprises as its CEO. The cavern with bats that he had once fallen into as a child inspired him to create the Batcave, an expansive subterranean headquarters housing all of his high-tech Batman gadgets, located near Wayne Manor, which he had left behind and moved into the Glasshouse, a idyllic and ultra modern mansion located beside a lake, to further suppress any connection between him and his vigilante identity.
For 20 years, Bruce fought crime in Gotham City as the Batman, persisting and remaining firm even in the face of more complicated criminals. Bruce's morals often prevented him from killing his foes, meaning that most of Gotham City's supervillains often ended up incarcerated in either Blackgate Penitentiary or Arkham Asylum. Examples of Batman's enemies include members of both the Falcone and Maroni crime families, the monstrous metahuman Killer Croc, his psychopathic nemesis the Joker, the Joker's girlfriend Harley Quinn, and Oswald Cobblepot. Indeed, there was a time when Oswald Cobblepot and his exploding gadgets were Batman's biggest concerns, though ultimately the Joker would remain his greatest opponent. Although Batman once managed to defeat and capture Joker, sending him to Arkham Asylum, Joker would quickly be active again. Also, Batman would encounter several shady women during his career, as he would later compare to Diana Prince.
Bruce would also ally with GCPD officer James Gordon, and a Bat-Signal projector was used to summon the Batman if the hero's vigilantism was ever urgently needed to defend the city. However, some of the GCPD's officers were adamantly against the idea of Batman, fearing and believing him to be a ruthless criminal, on whom they will often open fire, though these would eventually become the minority among the GCPD.
Overall, Batman was initially about finesse, fully employing his immensely formidable skills of stealth and deception, hardly openly appearing at all, as evidenced when he caught Sal and tied him up from a tall building, and broke Pete Doumanian's legs, forcing the latter to permanently retire from crime. Indeed, Batman was so successful in his stealthily deceitful method, that even after his 18 years of protecting Gotham city, there was hardly any tangible evidence of his existence, with some (notably Victor Stone) even assuming that Batman did not actually exist, and was nothing but an urban legend.
At some point, Bruce took in multiple wards Nightwing, Robin, and Batgirl and lead them to help him fight crime as Batman. However, the Joker and Harley Quinn managed to capture and kill Robin, leaving a sadistic note spray-painted in yellow for Batman on the damaged Robin suit. A devastated Bruce hung Robin's suit in the Batcave as a monument to honor his legacy and to remind himself of what he fights for. After the death of his protege, sidekick, and friend, Bruce became much more hardened and angered, morphing into a more relentless and violent version of Batman. Batman, in his anger at Joker for killing Robin, broke his teeth and once again defeated and sent him to Arkham Asylum. Even though Joker eventually escaped, Batman managed to capture Harley Quinn and send her to Arkham Asylum for the murder of Robin.
Batman would also defeat Deadshot, the world's most wanted hitman, with the assistance of ARGUS leader Amanda Waller, finding Deadshot on the streets with his daughter Zoe Lawton and swiftly seizing Deadshot. He told him to surrender so that he didn't have to use force in front of Zoe and easily defeats him, beating Deadshot to the ground. Deadshot then promptly takes out his gun and attempts to shoot Batman, but Zoe stands in the way and begs her father not to kill anyone else. After a moment of reflection, Deadshot surrenders his gun as well as himself to Batman, who cuffs him to a gate and leaves him for the GCPD, who find him being hugged by a saddened Zoe. He later on eventually forced Killer Croc to flee Gotham, leading to him being captured by Waller. These actions of his later on lead to the assemblage of the Suicide Squad, which Batman knew of and was disgusted with.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Upon learning of General Zod's attack on the city of Metropolis with the Black Zero, Bruce immediately rushed to the help of the civilians: He took a Wayne Enterprises security vehicle and made his way towards the Wayne Financial building, giving the order via phone to the people inside to evacuate. Bruce's friend and employee Jack O'Dwyer relayed the order but failed to escape the building himself. Bruce skillfully maneuvered the car through several falling pieces of debris from buildings and jets before finally reaching a stop in front of an entire crowd of citizens. Upon exiting the vehicle, Bruce watched in stupefied horror along with the crowd as the Black Zero was destroyed and sent back to the Phantom Zone with Superman's infant starship. As buildings began to fall, Bruce made his way to Wayne Financial on foot and attempted to call Jack again, but got no signal. While there, he bore witness to the vicious duel between Superman and Zod.
As the mighty aliens fought high above the city, Zod's heat vision tore through the Wayne Financial building, causing it to collapse into ruins. A horrified Bruce screamed for Jack and ran towards the collapsing building while everyone else fled. Although realizing that Jack and many others are most likely dead, Bruce valiantly searched for survivors, passing a group of frightened children and finding his employee Wallace Keefe trapped underneath the rubble. Bruce and a few other employees there helped rescue the now paralyzed Keefe and he assured Wallace he would be all right. Bruce then noticed a little girl staring at the building's ruins and saved her from getting crushed by debris. He told her that she would be safe and asked where her mother was, but she could only point to the now-destroyed building before breaking down in tears. Bruce embraced and consoled the girl as he watched Zod and Superman continue their fight in the sky, coming crashing back down to Earth in a mortal embrace.
Witnessing the incredible destruction and carnage unleashed by the Black Zero and subsequent duel of the mighty aliens further increased Bruce's brutality as Batman, now resorting to breaking the legs of jewel thief Pete Doumanian, for instance, though he still refused to kill the thugs that he apprehended.
Months later, Batman intervened when Firefly was setting up charges to detonate a building. He used a batarang to knock the detonator from the villain's grip, destroying it with a stomp and proceeded to engage Firefly, who unsuccessfully attacked the Dark Knight with his flamethrower, as it proved ineffective against Batman's fireproof cape and oxygen mask. Batman then subdued him, leaving Firefly's two low-level criminal allies tied up on a sidewalk for the GCPD officers to find, though, unknown to him, Batman was being watched by Lex Luthor the entire time via a CCTV camera in order to analyze the Dark Knight's capabilities, which firmly established to Lex that the rumors of Batman being inhuman and supernatural are actually completely false.
While at Wayne Enterprises, Bruce followed a Metropolis Middle School student, Zoe, who was watching a group of criminals using Kryptonian armor and plasma rifles, into a restricted section of the building. He urged her to return to her group, as he would seek the "proper authority", but they were caught by the gang. Suddenly, Superman showed up, causing the criminals to make a break for it, using the Kryptonian plasma rifles briefly to hold Superman back. Bruce then took down the guard watching him and Zoe, before activating a Kryptonian signal jammer, which let out a high-frequency screeching noise that subdued everybody, briefly including Superman. Given the opportunity to take out the criminals, Superman handed them over to the Metropolis Police Department, as Bruce praised Zoe for her courage, before returning her to her school group.
As Batman, Bruce was later chasing a group through the Carytown Crossing, and shopping district. He landed his motorbike on top of their car, causing them to crash, before subduing and tying them up. He ran from the scene, disappearing down a manhole. The following night, he located Emily, who had taken a photo of him. He acknowledged that she would do the right thing and destroy the evidence, disappearing into the night.
Two years after the Battle of Metropolis, Batman rescued a group of young Asian women from sex trafficker Cesar Santos by subduing him and then brutally interrogating him. One of the GCPD's rookie police officers interrupted his interrogation, frightened by the sight of the Batman perched on a wall and attempted to shoot him, but the Dark Knight swiftly fled, leaving Santos with a "bat-brand" on his chest. This would be only one of the many criminals branded by the Dark Knight (a total of 18 reports of similar occurrences in Gotham) within the last month before the incident. Soon, bearing a "bat-brand" became the equivalent to a death sentence among Gotham City prison inmates, and later among Metropolis prisoners too, as orchestrated by Lex Luthor to make Batman feel responsible for the deaths, as if he were a murderer, thus furthering Batman's grief.
At some point, Bruce heard the rumors about the White Portuguese, who was said to be trying to bring in a dirty bomb in Gotham. Bruce learned that a Russian mercenary named Anatoli Knyazev may have information regarding the White Portuguese, but even after interrogating six people as the Batman, he learned nothing.
Hence, Bruce later attended an underground fight club where he met Knyazev, engaging in a brief conversation which allowed Bruce to clone Knyazev's phone and discover that Knyazev was employed by Lex Luthor. Bruce then expressed his intention to break into Luthor's house as Batman, but Alfred is quick to point out that that wouldn't be unnecessary as Luthor has already invited Bruce to attend a fundraiser event. That evening, as Bruce prepares to depart the Batcave and attend the event, he stood before the monument for Robin's damaged Robin suit. During the party, while pretending to listen to Lex Luthor's greeting speech, Bruce was guided by Alfred via a hidden earpiece, and snuck away from the crowd, successfully plugging in his device into the LexCorp servers housed in Luthor's lower levels. Unbeknownst to Bruce, however, Alfred's voice was picked up by the Daily Planet reporter Clark Kent, so, as soon as Bruce returns, a suspicious Clark is quick to interview him, asking Bruce about his position regarding Batman.
Bruce, maintaining his playboy façade, initially attempts to brush the reporter off, condescendingly referring to the younger man as "son", and sarcastically asking if the Daily Planet belongs to him. Clark persists, claiming to have personally seen how Batman considers himself to be above the law and causing civilians to live in fear, despite having never seen Batman in action. This affects Bruce, who coldly tells him he knows nothing about what he is doing, though he did not tell the reporter he was actually telling Batman off in the face, and points out the hypocrisy in Clark's words, noting that every time Superman carried out a trivial deed, journalists like Clark are quick to shower him with praise, and instead argues the godlike alien should instead be feared, as there would be seemingly no way of stopping him, if Superman were to suddenly decided to go bad. Clark, who is actually Superman, is angered by this unexpected and personal criticism, but firmly points out that most of the world doesn't share Bruce's opinion on the alien superhero, which Bruce irritatingly responds by claiming that perhaps his view is based on the bad history that Gotham has with "freaks dressed like clowns." At that moment, however, the two were interrupted by the timely arrival of Lex Luthor, who enthusiastically introduced himself to Clark and invited Bruce to visit LexCorp Industries' Research and Development facilities. However, Mercy Graves arrives, letting Lex know that a governor wanted to speak with him. As Bruce politely excuses himself and walks off, a suspicious Clark attempts to follow him, having heard Alfred's voice in the earpiece again, but he is stopped when he sees a news report of a girl stuck in a burning house in Mexico, choosing instead to depart. Bruce then broke from the crowd to retrieve his mole, only to find it had been stolen by a mysterious woman. Bruce quickly pursued her, but she can leave the party before he can confront her.
Bruce thinks of Superman as a threat or a criminal. Same thing with Clark Kent, when he thought of Batman as a criminal or a vigilante. Lex Luthor turned on these two guys against each other and square off. Batman thought Superman was responsible for the bombing of the capital. But it was Lex Luthor who was responsible. Superman and Batman started to fight, Superman didn't want to fight him but had to because of his mother was captured by Lex Luthor. Superman and Batman already know their identities, Batman was about to finish him off with kyrptonite, until Superman said Martha. Bruce stopped and realize about his mother. They both know, they are not killers and realize none of them are the bad guys. Bruce found out Clark's mother was being held hostage by Lex Luthor who turned them against each other. They teamed up together with Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman who is Bruce Wayne potential love interest. Lex created Doomsday with Zod's DNA and let him loose in the city. Superman made the ultimate sacrifice to defeat him and Doomsday. Both of them are dead. They also declare Clark Kent was dead, they both had two funerals. One of them is a state funeral is Metropolis where Superman tomb is buried. His body and casket is in Smallville where Clark Kent is buried. Bruce, Diana, Lois and Martha were their for Clark's funeral. Bruce and Diana decided to form a team to prevent people like General Zod or Doomsday invading the earth and find people like them for the honor of Superman. Off-screen Superman is alive and being resurrected.
Later, Bruce tracked down Diana Prince at the Gotham City Museum of Antiquities, where an exhibit of a fake replica of Alexander the Great's sword, where he confronted her about the information she stole. Bruce claimed to see right through her "babe in the woods" act, saying that while she doesn't know him, he'd met "a few women like [Diana]". Diana, however, calmly smiled and reassures Bruce that he's never met a woman like her. She then proceeded to tell Bruce that she was unable to obtain anything due to the data having military-grade encryption. Diana also explained that she stole the information because Lex Luthor had stolen something of hers. Before excusing herself, Diana informed Bruce know that she was only borrowing his device, and had already returned it to him shortly beforehand, placing it into his car.
Bruce returned to the Batcave later that evening and placed drive into the Batcomputer, utilizing the Oracle Network to decrypt it. While patiently waiting for the slow decryption process, Bruce eventually fell asleep at his desk. During this, Bruce experienced a vision of a post-apocalyptic Earth - the product of an ongoing Knightmare - in which a devastated Superman killed millions, driven by his despair over the loss of Lois Lane, becoming dark and malevolent. To aid in his totalitarian crusade, Clark founded the Regime Stormtroopers army, killing anybody who opposes him. An aged Batman exited a bunker and watches an Insurgency convoy approach. He met with them and asks for the rock they were tasked to retrieve, the last hope of defeating Superman. However, it turned out to be an ambush and Bruce was held at gunpoint by one of his lieutenants as the undercover Regime agents reveal themselves, executing his Insurgency agents as Batman watches helplessly. Roaring in despair, Bruce begins a one-man assault on the Stormtroopers. Although he managed to take down most of the troopers, Parademons invaded the area, abducting many of his resistance fighters, Batman is eventually overwhelmed as the remaining Regime troops finally began to restrain him. Relentless in his assault, Batman began dispatching the troopers, breaking limbs and even snapping one of their necks, but then was brutally beaten down and restrained by reinforcements. Seeing the Stormtroopers' inability to restrain him, a Parademon knocked him unconscious from behind.
Bruce awoke chained up in a bunker with his remaining agents, eyeing them as Superman arrived, landing in the bunker as his Regime Stormtroopers reverently knelt before their leader. Approaching Batman, Superman swiftly murdered the last Insurgency agents with his heat vision. Superman then unmasked the vigilante, expressing his anger over Bruce letting Lois die, as she was his "world." Superman gave Batman one final sneer, placing his hand flat against the vigilante's chest, then brutally killed him by tearing out his heart.
Shocked awake, Bruce found a distorted and unstable blue portal of energy beside him. From it, the Flash appeared and gave Bruce an incoherent warning to fear Clark's power (whom Bruce had "always been right about") and that Lois Lane was "the key" to this. Flash then suddenly realized that he was too soon in the timestream, so he begged Bruce to find "them" and save "her". Bruce abruptly awoke again, though he wasn't sure if either experience was entirely a dream.
This terrifying vision of a possible potential future, along with Bruce choosing to interpret that the male individual whom Flash implored him to fear is Superman, causes Bruce to see Superman as a potential criminal and danger to the whole planet and with the encrypted data revealing that Lex Luthor is experimenting with kryptonite, which could harm the Kryptonian Superman, Bruce decides to steal and weaponize it in case he needs to use it, having seen first hand how his apparent inability to procure the mineral lead to Earth's decimation in an alternate future. He also learns that Lex was also investigating metahumans. One of them is Diana Prince herself, who is revealed to be an immortal Amazon warrior Wonder Woman (as a photo of her together with Steve Trevor's team in World War I Belgium is seen). The others are the mysterious mighty Atlantean warrior Arthur Curry, the powerful speedster Barry Allen, and the cybernetically enhanced Victor Stone. In the process, Bruce also realizes that the "White Portuguese" is a ship, rather than a person.
Bruce then promptly admits to Alfred that he plans to steal the kryptonite to weaponize it, should it become necessary to fight Superman. Dismayed, Alfred insisted Bruce was misled, as Superman hadn't been either theirs or humanity's enemy. Cynically, Bruce responded, recognizing that while Superman may not be an enemy just yet, Bruce had, during his 20 years of being the Batman in Gotham, seen "what promises are worth"; having laid witness to many seemingly benevolent individuals become malevolently corrupted to the point that Bruce claimed that hardly any good guys are left. He further persists that if there was more than a one percent chance of Superman's corruption, it needed to be addressed immediately, though at that time, he only saw the Kryptonite as a contingency and not yet a means to kill Superman. Also, Bruce personally witnessed the other Kryptonians who arrived on Earth attempt to wipe out all life on the planet. As a result, Batman adopted the perception of Kryptonians as having a natural predisposition towards evil, and he thus feared the possibility of General Zod's level of evil gradually developing in the only other member of the alien race still to be on Earth: Superman. While he would not yet take action against Superman, if he goes evil, he would use the Kryptonite to destroy him. Alfred, seeing how determined and set Bruce is, remained silent as the latter walked away.
While intercepting Lex Luthor's men transporting kryptonite, Superman interrupted the chase, damaging the Batmobile after Batman tried running him down and again when Superman tore the doors off. Superman (enraged by the death of Cesar Santos and the helplessness of using words to stop Batman's vigilantism) threatened the Dark Knight, warning him to give up his crusade (to ignore the Bat-Signal the next time it is shined into the sky), and that he should consider Superman's warning mercy, meaning that disobedience will carry severe punishment. As he turned to leave, Batman, unintimidated, countered with a threat of his own, expressing his determination to make the godlike alien "bleed". Not impressed with Batman's threat, Superman flew off, while Batman promptly drove back to the Batcave in the damaged Batmobile. Back home, Batman tracked the kryptonite to LexCorp Industries, intending to steal it from there shortly thereafter.
Whatever inclination he may have had to tolerate Superman was soon destroyed mere days later, as Bruce, at Wayne Enterprises Headquarters, sees on TV how his former employee Wallace Keefe publicly expresses disdain against Superman, in light of him being present for the upcoming congressional hearing regarding Superman's involvement in the Nairomi incident, while also expressing his bitterness at his former company for not helping him. This visibly angers and dismays Bruce and he immediately summons his other employee, Greg, and when she does, Bruce inquires if Wallace had been receiving the victims' fund monthly checks that Wayne Enterprises had been paying out. Greg reveals that Wallace had actually been rejecting them all, and sending them back, leaving hateful messages written on them in red. Enraged at having not been told them, Bruce inspects the messages, becoming more and more remorseful and angry as he reads "Bruce Wayne - open your eyes", "Bruce Wayne - I am your ghost", "Bruce no truce", "Bruce Wayne I will haunt you", and "Bruce Wayne = Blind", in addition to an old newspaper that Wallace send back to Bruce - an article which detailed the deaths of dozens Wayne Enterprises employees in the Black Zero Event, having "You let your family die" written on it, in the same red ink. Bruce's immense dismay and rage were only further compounded a few moments later, when he witnessed the massive US Capitol explosion during Superman's congressional hearing, seemingly caused by Superman himself. Induced by the red notes and recent events to finally take offensive action against Superman, Batman breaks into the well-guarded LexCorp Industries building, successfully steals the kryptonite from within, while seriously injuring all of the guards (swooping down on them from above, like an actual bat) despite their tireless attempts to shoot him (evidenced by the numerous cartridges lying on the floor in the aftermath), leaving a batarang in the empty kryptonite container (for Lex to see), as well as a considerable trail of destruction. With his experienced engineering genius, Bruce is able to swiftly invent and construct two effective anti-Superman weapons with Lex's kryptonite - first using a laser to cut the xenomineral into a large spearhead (later constructing the thick shaft), and then gathering the leftover kryptonite dust into 3 gas grenades, all encased in lead (rendering the danger invisible to Superman).
In order to be at his absolute peak during the upcoming duel, Bruce pushes his body to its physical limits with many intense workouts in his Batcave - dragging an extremely heavy truck tire from a considerable distance, hitting the aforementioned tire very hard with a huge sledgehammer numerous times, performing many pull-ups with extremely heavyweight plates chained to his dipping belt, bench-pressing more than a thousand pounds on a barbell, easily performing complex presses with extremely heavy dumbbells, and finally, pushing an already extremely heavy cart (loaded with dozens of large weight plates) for a large distance. Bruce then retreats to mentally prepare at the abandoned Wayne Manor, where he is found by Alfred, who once more attempts to implore Bruce to stop, claiming that Batman cannot win such a confrontation, with it being "suicide". Bruce grimly responds saying that he is now older than his father Thomas Wayne had ever been, and that this might be the only thing Bruce does that actually matters, since despite Batman having defeated numerous Gotham City criminals and supervillains over the last 20 years, "criminals are like weeds", in that if 1 is pulled up, another grows in its place, while Superman has the potential to become the most formidable supervillain in history, so taking him down before that happens is "about the future of the world", something Bruce sees as "Batman's legacy". Bruce then grimly muses at how his father had once told him that despite the Wayne Manor itself being built on railways, real estates and oil, the first generation of Waynes had made their fortune as hunters, trading pelts and skins with the French. Thus, Bruce not only hopes to live up to his father by taking Superman down but also feels a kinship with his ancestors, as a hunter of sorts. This grim reasoning, coupled with the future Flash's message, absolutely cements Bruce's resolve. As Bruce walked away, Alfred, understanding that trying to stop the former is hopeless, bitterly remarked that "So falls the House of Wayne." Before heading out to face Superman, Bruce finally sends an e-mail to Diana Prince, letting her know that he has obtained the 1918 photograph of her and Steve Trevor's team, asking her with curiosity where else she has been during the last century (her status as an immortal metahuman clearly impressing Bruce), and also sharing with her the data that Lex Luthor had on the other metahumans - Aquaman, the Flash, and Cyborg. Diana however, while intrigued, does not answer the e-mail, and proceeds with her plans to depart Metropolis for Paris, via a transitional flight to Turkey.
Now armed and fully prepared, Batman prepares his preemptive strike against Superman, building an extremely durable Armored Batsuit, and kryptonite powered arsenal. Batman then set up traps in the old Gotham City Police Department building, also placing a kryptonite spear in the ground for later use. Having prepared for the fight, Batman tore off the old cloth covering the Bat-Signal and turned it on, shining it into the thundery sky.
Soon enough, a reluctant Superman (having just been forced to comply with Lex Luthor's ultimatum) traveled to Gotham City to face Batman, who was prepared for him in the yard. Superman attempted to reason with him also revealing that he is aware of Batman's identity, but set off one of his traps, causing sonic emitters to boom at him, halting Superman for a few seconds. However, he destroys them and continued to reason with Batman, but it became clear he wasn't getting through to him (due to Batman suspected a deceitful ruse, due to the future Flash's warning of Batman having "always being right" about Superman), as another trap (with automated machine guns) is set off when Superman pushes Batman aside (sending the Dark Knight flying over 60 ft with just a light push), but Superman disposed of it quickly as well. An angered Superman then easily lifted Batman over his head with one arm, and sent him flying down the street again, after which he tackled Batman into the air, through a building, and onto its roof, hurling him right through the Bat-Signal. Superman ordered the momentarily shocked and downed vigilante to stay down, letting Batman know that he has been holding back this whole time and that Batman would have already been dead, had Superman wanted to kill him. However, Batman promptly caught his breath, rises, and defiantly resumes the fight by throwing a smoke grenade between himself and Superman, momentarily vanishing out of sight. Using these few seconds to change his position, Batman gets behind Superman and fires a grenade at him, though the alien hero easily catches it. However, it then unexpectedly sprays kryptonite gas into Superman face, which severely weakens him, bringing Superman to his knees, finally leveling the vast difference in strength, allowing the armored Batman to physically engage Superman in a duel.
Batman taunts Superman as the latter grows weaker and proceeds to quickly gain the upper hand with his superior fighting skills, easily countering Superman's attacks and crashing through the skylight to the lower floor by stomping hard on a downed Superman.
However, Superman begins to recover from the kryptonite poisoning at this point, as he powerfully countered Batman's increasingly ineffectual attacks, even knocking him to the lower floor with a mighty tackle. As more of his strength and powers continued returning, Superman easily hurls Batman through multiple walls to the ground and charges at him, with Batman grabbing Superman in mid-air and slamming him against a wall, proceeding to punch him hard. However, more and more of Superman's powers return, so Batman's armored punches begin to lose effectiveness quickly. Signs of fear start to show on Batman's face, and Superman promptly tackles him to the ground, hurling Batman through multiple walls, to the ground again.
As Batman sees Superman ready to charge at him again, he, in desperation, fires another kryptonite gas grenade at Superman, just as the latter was leaping into the attack. With his suit now damaged from the final attack, Batman grabs a bathroom sink and smashes it on the once again weakened Superman's head, knocking the latter unconscious. Batman lifted Superman by his hair and placed him over his shoulder, proceeding to carry him to the missing floor, where he threw Superman several stories down. Batman then grappled to the bottom himself and wrapped the wire from the gun around Superman's ankle. Picking up the grapple gun, Batman dragged Superman to the open area in the building. He deduced that Superman's parents taught him that he meant something and that he was there for a reason. However, Batman's parents taught him a different lesson. Batman activates a button on the gun, which yanks Superman towards him. Batman tosses him around the building, through the pillars. A badly defeated and wounded Superman lands on a pile of rubble and debris as Batman finishes telling him what his parents taught him, that the world only made sense "if you force it to". With that, Batman grabbed the spear and kicked Superman onto his back. He placed his foot on his throat, choking him, telling him that he was never a god or even a man. Batman then used the spear to cut across Superman's face (making good on his promise to make Superman "bleed"), and raised it, preparing to deliver the killing blow.
However, it was then that Superman urged him to save "Martha", telling him that he has her and to find him, which caused Batman to mentally flashback to the night his parents died. This confused and caused Batman to hesitate as he demanded to know why Superman had said that name. At that precise moment, Lois Lane, having arrived by helicopter, rushed in and begged Batman to stop, telling him that Martha is the name of Superman's mother. This shocked Batman out of his murderous rage, restoring the sense of reason and morality he once had even towards Superman, finally realizing that Superman was a selfless person pleading for the life of his mother instead of his own instead of a monstrous alien threat and that Batman has allowed Lex Luthor to twist his anger from the Black Zero Event and turn him into the very villain he swore to fight. Angered, ashamed and horrified at the monster that he had almost become, Batman hurled aside the spear in disgust and resolves to help Superman stop Lex Luthor, the true enemy. Superman and Lois then explain the situation to Batman, concerning Martha Kent's kidnapping by Lex Luthor, and her currently running out of time. Putting his tactical genius back to use, Batman insists that Superman to go back to Metropolis, while he would go after Martha, promising him that she wouldn't "die tonight"
Due to him having previously cloned Knyazev's phone, Alfred was able to help Batman track the Russian and his thugs down to an abandoned warehouse near the port of Gotham City by using the Batcomputer, which Batman promptly flies to in the Batwing. Very thankful for Alfred's help, Batman claims not to deserve him, to which Alfred responds affirmatively. After scanning the warehouse with the Batcomputer's thermal imaging, Alfred lets Batman know about two dozen armed thugs on the third floor, so he remote-pilots the Batwing, dropping Batman right underneath them, on the second floor. Catching the thugs off-guard by grappling upright through the wooden floor, Batman promptly disarms most of them and engages all but two in vicious hand-to-hand combat. Despite being quite tired from his recent battle with Superman, Batman incapacitates all of them swiftly and efficiently, brutally beating them to the ground and having two of them killed by a grenade. Upon making his way to the room Martha Kent was held in by Anatoli Knyazev and one of his thugs, Batman had a stand-off with Knyazev himself, who threatened to kill Martha. Batman said that he believed him, promptly shoots the Russian's flamethrower's tank, seemingly killing Knyazev. Batman, however, managed to shield Martha from the explosion with his fireproof cape, and attempted to calm her down, letting Martha know that he was a friend of her son. She, however, has already realized this, claiming that it was Batman's cape that let her know of his allegiance (due to it being somewhat similar to that of Superman). Batman flew off on his Batwing as soon as he saw the Gotham police approach, Martha, leaving her in safe hands. Afterward, Lex Luthor called Anatoli to kill Martha, only for Batman to intercept the call and tell him he defeated Anatoli and his men and he was coming for Lex next.
However, not killing Superman causes Lex to unleash the monstrous Doomsday. Batman, heading to Lex's location, is utterly astounded upon seeing the nuclear explosion that results in the missile hitting Superman and Doomsday, which is so gigantic that Batman can see it from Earth's surface, just as he is flying toward the fight on his Batwing. Doomsday's body lands on the abandoned Stryker's Island, but he is far from dead, as the tremendous explosion and extremely high fall seem to have only made the monster stronger, with its body once again regenerating. Batman, realizing that Doomsday can only be killed by Kryptonite weapons, lures it back to Gotham so he can use the kryptonite spear to kill it. Once arriving, he then battles Doomsday with his Batwing, unleashing an immense amount of firepower, but Doomsday is unscathed and brings the plane down with his heat vision and breath. Before Batman can escape his crashed vehicle, Doomsday corners him and fires a tremendous superheated torrent at him. Wonder Woman arrives, however, just in time to save Batman from certain death, deflecting the beams with her indestructible bracelets, which creates a massive wave of energy outwards. Shortly thereafter, a recovered Superman returns from space, tackles away Doomsday, and asks Batman if he'd found the kryptonite spear, to which the Dark Knight grimly replied that he had been "a little busy." While initially somewhat confused over who Wonder Woman is (incorrectly assuming at first that she was an ally of Batman's, that the latter had brought along), though Batman already knew who she was but was confused as well as to why she is here, Superman proceeds to jointly attack Doomsday in tandem with her, while Batman keeps his distance, and persistently tries to expose the monster to kryptonite, which would exploit its only known weakness. He successfully hides behind some stone rubble at one point, avoiding Doomsday's electric shock-wave.
Taking advantage of Doomsday's limited intelligence and tremendous bloodlust, Batman baits him into charging at him (managing to grapple away just in time), successfully dodges an ensuing huge thermal blast from the monster, and lures it closer to Wonder Woman, allowing her to get her unbreakable Lasso of Hestia around Doomsday's torso. As she strains to hold the mighty monster in place, Batman fires his last kryptonite gas grenade at Doomsday, temporarily weakening him, and giving Superman to crucial opening the latter needed to stab the monster with the kryptonite spear. Unfortunately, while the monster is mortally wounded, an enraged dying Doomsday manages to pierce Superman's chest with his huge arm-protrusion, mortally wounding him as well. Both combatants release one last thunderous bellow of agony before their lifeless and pierced bodies collapse.
Batman is visibly shell-shocked and saddened by Superman's unexpectedly human move, which yet again proved Batman's image of Superman wrong, finally realizing just how great of an error he made by opposing Superman, and promptly retrieves Superman's lifeless body, enveloping him in his own cape, and giving the body to Wonder Woman, who places it on the ground, seconds before the arrival of a devastated Lois Lane. Lois proceeds cradle and weeps over the body of her beloved, as Batman and Wonder Woman stand next to her in respectful lamenting silence, though Batman in particular, as he becomes guilt-ridden about being so devastatingly wrong about Superman and his indirect part in helping Lex Luthor kill Superman.
Enraged over Lex's manipulations, Batman visits the Belle Reve jail cell of the imprisoned and now shaven-headed Lex Luthor, expressing his extreme rage at Lex for his actions including how he deceived him. Batman pins him against the wall and threatens Lex with his branding ring, but Luthor boldly counters by sneering and revealing that he knows Batman's secret identity, but that nobody would believe him, as Lex is perceived to be insane. Batman, coldly sneering, reveals to a dismayed Lex that he has arranged for the latter to be taken to Arkham Asylum and that some "friends" will be there for him, ensuring he would not be confined in a mental asylum at all. Lex, however, swiftly regains his composure, sneers again, and states that "God" is now dead, and due to that, there is something else, something and someone bigger coming, from outer space. Batman, snapping, furiously punches the wall with his branding-ring, leaving the mark of a bat symbol on the wall and leaves. The Dark Knight clearly heard Lex's defiant yells that 'the bells have already been rung', and warns that "he" was coming to Earth, after that Lex began to mimicking the bell sounds, mockingly. This causes Batman to realize that an invasion is coming, especially considering how the Flash's vision saw aliens working with the corrupted Superman, with Batman thus realizing that there is a greater evil responsible for the nightmare he saw and that evil is coming. As Bruce attends Clark's funeral, paying it anonymously as a favor, he asks Diana to help him honor Superman's heroic sacrifice by helping him bring together the three metahumans from Lex Luthor's file (the Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg), in case a threat of that scale ever should arise again. Diana inquires why Bruce is proposing it. He replies that it is simply due to a feeling he has that things will imminently get worse.
After her Suicide Squad successfully defeats the mystical duo of Enchantress and Incubus in Midway City and save her, Amanda Waller meets up with her situational ally Bruce Wayne, asking him to take care of the rumors following the aftermath of the calamitous events, and in exchange, she gives Bruce her files on multiple notable metahumans, including that of Enchantress, Aquaman, and the Flash. As Bruce turns to leave, Waller lets him know that she is aware that he is Batman. Unfazed, he immediately sternly warns Waller to shut down Task Force X, letting her know that if she doesn't, he and his new "friends" will shut it down for her.
One night in Gotham, Batman was looking for a Parademon that can smell fear on humans. He stalked a criminal on a rooftop by watching him from a gargoyle he was standing on, dodged the bullets and swung to the rooftop to hide. Then, he dropped down to the ground where smacked the criminal's gun out of his hand and hit him to the ground, where he got his gun back and tried to shoot Batman while he moved to the other side of the rooftop water tower and shot it when water came out and splashed the criminal. Batman jumped off the tower and grabbed the criminal by rapping him on his grappling hook with a rope. While he held the criminal over the ledge, as he was making him see the ground, Batman looked at the radar map on his glove, waited for a bogey to come to the target, and when the criminal asked what Batman wants from him, Batman noted that the Parademons can smell fear.
Finally, the bogey, that happened to come out from the fog, was a Parademon that smelled fear on the criminal and tried to eat him, but luckily, Batman hailed the man back up and grabbed onto the Parademon Scout. They were flying all over Gotham as the creature heard a noisy siren from Janus with red lights on the windows. Batman and the creature then landed back on the rooftop and captured the Scout with a big net on the wall.
Batman had gotten back up on his feet and watched the Parademon Scout explode, leaving him and Alfred, who watched the Scout explode while seeing that happen on the batcomputer, surprised seeing three symbols of the Mother Boxes. Having investigated the kidnappings and encountered a Parademon himself, Batman had decided to recruit his team as he believed an invasion was coming.
Wayne learned from Waller's files that Aquaman visited a village in Iceland (as a mysterious "stranger from the sea") during the winter, bringing fish to feed the hungry, always coming on the king tide. On the day right after the king tide, Wayne arrived at the village and asked to speak with Curry. When Curry revealed himself to be there, standing among the villagers, Wayne let the latter know that a big threat is coming to the world, and asked Curry to join the Justice League under his leadership. Curry, however, upon Wayne revealing his knowledge of Atlantis, reacted hostilely, proceeding to angrily lift and pin Wayne against the wall, ultimately refusing to join. After Wayne returned to Diana following the unsuccessful recruitment, he merely told her that Aquaman had "more or less" agreed to join. When she pressed further, asking if that meant "more more, more or less", a somewhat uncomfortable Wayne admitted to Arthur having declined.
After Curry refused Wayne's offer, he and Pennyworth got back on the jet and headed back to Gotham City. While on the jet, Wayne finished up shaving his face as Pennyworth guessed if there was no way of reconnecting with Aquaman, but Wayne notes that he secretly put a tracking device in Curry's coat when he ditched it and left Iceland.
Wayne wanted to know what the mother boxes were that could contain money or power when Pennyworth looked at Lex's notes that have the Boxes on them. They began to go over the other members for the team like Barry, Diana, and Victor discussing their character backgrounds and powers, while Alfred also made a joke about Wayne's interest in Diana's skillset much to his disdain. Alfred also proclaimed that he missed the old days where he and Wayne would take down normal criminals like Penguin, and being able to recognize the world and Wayne remarked by saying, "I don't have to recognize it, I just have to save it."
With the help of Waller's file, Bruce tracks down and breaks into the apartment of Barry Allen shortly before the latter returns, and introduces himself to the young Metahuman (whom he recognizes as the past version of the scarlet time-traveler that appeared in his "dream"), though the latter is still confused. Bruce then promptly hands Barry a printout of the security camera footage he found on the Lexcorp files. Barry instantly recognizes himself in the photo and tries, unsuccessfully, to dismiss the person as someone who looks like him, Jewish and someone who drinks milk, claiming that he does not do so himself. Barry eventually agrees to join the team.
Bruce is man of impressive stature being heavily toned in muscle and also tall standing at 6 foot 4 inches tall. This stature helps with intimidating villains as Batman. Bruce is normally seen dressed in the most expensive and impressive suits tailored from the most rated names in fashion and seen driving one of his many expensive and exotic cars. He normally has his black graying hair brushed back and keeps a clean shaven and sometimes stubble appearance. Whilst at home, he adopts pretty plain clothing because he no longer has to keep up the charade of the "Bruce Wayne playboy" he keeps in the public eye and is more focused on his full time job as Batman.
As Batman his appearance is drastically changed. He wears a specialised suit of armor consisting of a body suit painted black that sports a Bat emblem on the chest. Along with the body suit, the suit also has a cowl with pointed ears that hide a communicated and coms link that hide Bruce's face and also mimics a bats head. He caries a large amount of equipment which is hidden and magnetized onto his Utility Belt which carries a variety of large and small equipment which is hidden by the cape.
- Peak Human Conditioning: Bruce Wayne, through intense training and specialized dieting, represents the pinnacle of human physical prowess all of which have naturally heightened his abilities to the highest levels of human conditioning. While biologically human his physical capabilities physical attributes are all at peak physical condition, far exceeding that of even Olympic-level athletes and exceptionally trained humans like Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, and the Regime Stormtroopers. Batman has performed amazing physical feats due to his superior physique. Throughout his many years as the Batman, he has often defeated opponents whose size, strength, or other powers greatly exceeded his own. Bruce has spent most of his life in pursuit of physical perfection and has attained it through constant intensive training and determination, though he's admitted that he's slowed down a bit with age.
- Peak Human Strength: Batman's muscular build and extremely intensive training has granted him nearly inhuman physical strength, allowing him to easily physically overpower combatants, including elite-trained humans and extraterrestrial troops: He was so much stronger than other humans that he is capable of hurling them like ragdolls over his head over more than 25 feet across a warehouse and into walls hard enough to break them and effortlessly dislocating wrists and his blows are so punishing that he could send enemies flying several meters and usually knock them out with ease, punch people hard enough to send them headfirst into the floorboards and even smashing through plastered wood and brick walls and floors, even knocking out the physically fit Harley Quinn with a single punch while underwater and breaking the similarly conditioned Joker’s teeth. In an alternate future, despite being older and weaker, Batman retained a tremendous amount of surpassing human physical strength that allowed him to easily physically overpower the Regime Stormtroopers, as mere swings from his gun launched the Regime Stormtroopers in the air and his kick broke one's leg and knocked him out and he could even break the neck of a Stormtrooper with his bare hands in mere seconds, while being restrained, and overpowered many Stormtroopers before being ultimately defeated by their sheer numbers. Even while simultaneously restrained and knocked down, he was still able to stand up and would have broken out of the grip had an inhumanly strong Parademon not knocked him out, after which he had to be restrained by extremely thick and heavy chains far more constraining than the other members of his Insurgency. He could easily perform remarkable workout feats such as bench pressing squatting, performing weighted pull-ups, as well as pulling and dragging heavy plates of an excess of a couple thousand pounds, to name a few. He is also quite capable of effortlessly tearing through durable objects with sheer force, as shown when he broke an assault rifle in half, slammed through solid walls and reinforced glass easily tear apart Firefly's armored suit with his bare hands and destroy the latter's detonator with a single stomp. His strength also extends to his legs, easily allowing him to jump several meters into the air, over a large crate, while slamming a man into it after lifting them with him, and easily jump an into the air from his Batwing, smashing a steel-framed window with little resistance. Moreover, when wearing his Armored Batsuit, his peak human strength is augmented by 28 times, reaching considerable superhuman levels, effectively allowing him to exert about 29 tons of force, which made him easily able to overpower and damage Superman when he was weakened by kryptonite, able to easily swing him around by the cable of his grapple gun through several stone columns and deliver blows strong enough to cause him to cry out in pain and daze him a bit and was even able to temporarily restrain Superman once he had partially recovered from Kryptonite and still turn his head over with his punches before Superman regained his full powers and Batman's punches could no longer even faze Superman, but he was still no match for Superman at full strength even with the armor, with Superman commenting overpowering and killing Batman would be easy for him.
- Peak Human Speed & Agility: Batman's athletic prowess grants him exceptional agility, coordination, and balance while fighting and evading others. Batman is incredibly nimble and agile, and has demonstrated high levels of agility and dexterity. He was able to perch on a wall to avoid arriving police officers, followed by quickly moving across ceilings and walls with almost ape-like acrobatics, dodging the point-blank gunfire from a GCPD police officer's shotgun effortlessly, with the officer unable to get a glimpse of Batman, as the Dark Knight's speed and agility made him appear as blurs of motion. His mobility allows him to move away from the sight of others and stalk enemies from the shadows or higher vantage points. Hence, Batman was able to swiftly somersault over a cornered crook with almost inhuman agility. He also managed to remain unscathed while breaking into LexCorp's Metropolis facility, despite the guards trying to shoot him and himself leaving a considerable path of destruction. He also effortlessly brought down Knyazev's 24 men at once using his combat skills and strength, appearing as blurs due to his incredible speed. Also, Batman could jump several meters into the air over a large crate while slamming a man into it (after lifting him into the air with him while he was jumping), easily balance himself while standing on the back of a stone gargoyle, and dodge many Parademon plasma bolts while grappling into their midst. Even while wearing his heavy armor, Batman could still move at impressive speeds, as shown when he was able to easily block a weakened Superman's hits and punch him before he could react and move fast enough to overtake a partially recovered Superman. He even managed to dodge a superhumanly fast charge from Doomsday, as well as several of the behemoth's heat vision blasts.
- Peak Human Durability: Batman is also exceptionally durable by human standards due to his intense training. His muscles and bones are vastly denser and far more resilient than an average human. Hence, Batman could not be slowed down or fazed by falling from the rafters of a warehouse, allowing him to quickly land on his feet and begin his assault. This also allowed Batman to be unfazed when smashing through a steel-framed window, feet first, being shot at multiple times, getting kicked and hit by guns in the face, and accidentally colliding with a thick wall head-on at full speed with his grapple gun while trying to evade Doomsday. In his nightmarish vision of a possible future, Batman also remained unfazed after an immense beating at the hands of the Regime Stormtroopers and only gritted his teeth in frustration, with it taking a superhumanly strong blow from a Parademon to knock Batman out. When using his Armored Batsuit, his durability is dramatically enhanced to the point where he was able to survive light blows from a holding-back Superman without injuries, though Superman commented that it would be easy for him to kill Batman had he actually wanted to. Even without the armored suit, however, he has shown himself to be able to only grunt in discomfort when lifted and roughly pinned against a wall by the superhumanly strong Aquaman and even when thrown several yards by Superman after the latter's revival, he only suffered moderate bruises that he was able to swiftly recover from with some help from Wonder Woman.
- Peak Human Stamina: Batman's highly trained and developed body generates far fewer fatigue toxins than an ordinary human, superior in that regard to the finest Olympian athlete, able to exert himself at his peak capacity for several hours without tiring or slowing down. Batman can also recover extremely fast from injuries and fatigue due to his training and indomitable will. Hence, Batman was able to persist against the considerably superior but still weakened Superman until he defeated him and despite being fatigued from the fight, easily dispatch 24 armed thugs with intense speed, followed by actively participating in the final battle against Doomsday. He was able to run through the cloud of falling debris during the Battle of Metropolis, and to routinely perform extremely intense workouts in the Batcave without tiring much.
- Peak Human Metabolism: Batman's metabolism runs several times faster than an average human due to his strict diet and incredible workout regimen, this allows him to have a near inhuman metabolism, healing, immune system, and longevity. Thus, alcohol has no effect on him as his body burns it off several times faster than average, requiring him to drink several bottles at a time to feel its effects, to which Alfred dryly remarked that the next generation of the Wayne family will inherit an empty wine cellar.
- Master Martial Artist: Batman is an extraordinarily skilled hand-to-hand combatant, an infamously formidable master of a vast array of martial arts (including, but not limited to, boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, Karate, Muay Thai, Taekwondo, Savate, Eskrima, Krav Maga, Jeet Kune Do, Ninjutsu, Kung Fu, Judo, and Aikido), with 20 years of experience battling and overpowering numerous criminals and supervillains in Gotham City, being on par with the centuries-old immortal Amazon Wonder Woman in terms of skill despite the vast inferiority in terms of power and experience. His fighting style also incorporates and takes full advantage of his proper use of physical forces, momentum, and leverage, as well as his knowledge of anatomical weaknesses and pressure-points, combined with his nigh-superhuman strength, executing it all at very high speeds. Hence, while attending an underground fight club, Bruce easily analyzes the fighting style of one of the fighters for him to give an advice to his opponent, which allowed said fighter to easily defeat his foe. With his tremendous combat skills, aided by his strength, Batman effortlessly brought down Anatoli Knyazev's 24 armed henchmen swiftly despite being very tired after his fierce duel with Superman right before, has easily brought down the Joker multiple times along with at one point effortlessly thwarting Harley Quinn's attempt to stab him and then defeating her with a single punch, can outmaneuver even physically stronger opponents, like Parademons, swiftly disarming and incapacitating them in close quarters and brought down numerous Regime Stormtroopers, until ultimately succumbing to their sheer numbers (though this occurred in a vision of a possible future where he was somewhat older and weaker). When Superman's powers were temporarily weakened to human levels from kryptonite gas, Batman proved to be a superior fighter despite the superhero's remarkable skills, easily countering his attacks and swiftly pummeling him, even overpowering a partially recovered Superman to pin him down. Batman is the one who defeated most of the future Suicide Squad members (even the infamously lethal assassin Deadshot, whom Batman swiftly outclassed in close quarters), having them placed behind bars in Belle Reve. Batman's skills would also allow him to successfully mentor his protégé vigilantes Nightwing, Batgirl and Robin into becoming extremely skilled combatants in their own rights.
- Expert Marksman: Batman can throw most projectile weaponry with great accuracy and pinpoint precision such as his batarangs and other throwing projectiles, rivaling even Deadshot. He is equally skilled with conventional firearms like pistols, rifles, sniper rifle, grenade launcher, and grapple gun using them with a high degree of accuracy and precision, notably using a batarang to knock a detonator out of Firefly's hand, and shooting a tracker onto Knyazev's truck from a great distance. In his nightmarish vision of a possible future, Batman was highly proficient with conventional firearms in close quarters, wielding both a handgun and an assault rifle, as well as repeatedly disarming Regime Stormtroopers of their assault rifles, using them as his own. When Wonder Woman restrained Doomsday, Batman was able to shoot a kryptonite gas grenade at the monster from an immense distance away, further demonstrating his exceptional accuracy. Batman possesses the same accuracy when utilizing the guns of his vehicles, notably neutralizing a number of Anatoli Knyazev's criminal convoy with his Batmobile, and later his Batwing, as well as shooting down many attacking Parademons with his Knightcrawler and Flying Fox.
- Master Spy: Batman is extremely skilled in espionage, intelligence gathering, stealth, infiltration, and sabotage, capable of avoiding capture from authorities throughout his career as a vigilante and breaching high security facilities without being detected. Batman's stealth is so effective in fact, that some criminals would claim that you wouldn't even know he was there until it was already too late. Batman's remarkable speed and almost ape-like agility allow him to move away from the sight of others and stalk enemies from the shadows and higher vantage points, while letting them catch glimpses or hear his cape (having a penchant for gliding down upon his enemies from above, like an actual bat), thus giving them the illusion of Batman being a supernatural, wraith-like creature instead of a human. Hence, Batman was easily able to sneak up from behind even on the extremely experienced assassin Deadshot (catching the latter off-guard), to infiltrate a LexCorp Industries building and obtain the well-guarded kryptonite within (swooping down upon and seriously injuring most of the guards, leaving behind a considerable path of destruction), to sneak into Barry Allen's apartment, and to even sneak into the Belle Reve supermax jail cell of Lex Luthor, and disappear from it just as suddenly when Lex briefly turned away. Batman used the flickering red lights and caused the cell doors to open, making himself to appear to be a demon or wraith. When utilizing a specially designed gaseous lead grenade, Batman's amazing stealth is further augmented to the point that he was able to temporarily evade Superman himself. Later, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Cyborg were able to swiftly slip away when Commissioner Gordon turned away for a moment, and even Flash was left incredulous at how he didn't notice his teammates leave, despite having superhuman reflexes and standing right beside them.
- Genius-Level Intellect: 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. Bruce Wayne is an extremely intelligent and eclectic polymath genius, to the point that he has successfully gone toe-to-toe with the extremely dangerous, inventive and completely unpredictable psychopath Joker for years. Hence, Batman's brilliant intellect is arguably his greatest and most formidable ability of all.
- Expert Interrogator: Batman is infamously adept in interrogation techniques, often using law enforcement methods, as well as torture as an effective means of punishment or information extraction, notably branding at least nineteen known criminals with a bat symbol to mark them as repeat offenders.
- Master Tactician & Strategist: Batman is an extremely formidable tactical and strategic genius, often using cunning and planning to effectively assess combat situations and come up with effective strategies, and successfully outwit stronger and more powerful foes, rather than simply out-fighting them, using any of their exploitable weaknesses to his advantage. Hence, Batman is by far the best tactician among the Justice League and while the completely unpredictable Joker, an extremely skilled tactician in his own right, was capable of at times staying one step ahead of him, Bruce has successfully managed to go toe-to-toe with him nevertheless for years and had even managed to capture Joker twice, even when Joker had managed to kill Robin along with Harley Quinn. He was able to swiftly make a mental breakdown of the fighting style and weaknesses of one of the fighters in an underground Gotham City fight club (helping his opponent swiftly beat him by whispering some combat advice), was able to swiftly defeat the notorious Deadshot by ambushing the latter in his daughter Zoe's presence (exploiting his unwillingness to kill in front of her), was able to chase the stronger Killer Croc out of Gotham City (exploiting the latter's limited intellect), was able to formulate a plan to break into the well-guarded LexCorp Industries building and steal the kryptonite within (overpowering the many guards by swooping down upon them with his incredible stealth skills, seriously injuring them all, and leaving behind a considerable path of destruction), was able to quickly improvise a plan to take down Anatoli Knyazev's 24 heavily armed men in a warehouse while saving Martha Kent (swiftly avoiding and disabling their weapons, and proceeding to use his own weapons and tremendous combat skills to overpower them, while also using their own knives and guns against them), was ultimately able to defeat the far more powerful Superman in their fierce duel (exploiting his weakness to kryptonite, lead, and sonic overload, as well as his unwillingness to kill Batman), managed to render the far more powerful Doomsday vulnerable to attack (exploiting the monster's limited intellect and tremendous bloodlust, baiting him into getting restrained by the Lasso of Hestia, and thus giving Superman an opening to exploit the monster's weakness to kryptonite), held out with his Insurgency for a lengthy time in the war against the more powerful Regime (in a vision of a possible future), lured a Parademon out into the open (exploiting their ability to sense fear by dangling a crook off a roof nearby), concocted a complex plan to infiltrate Scout Ship 0344 and resurrect Superman, had a feasible contingency when Superman returned from the dead as an amnesiac monster (by having Lois Lane come to the scene and spark his memory), came up with the plan to separate the Apokaliptan Unity once more and defeat Steppenwolf (by personally distracting the Parademon army while Cyborg and Superman pried the Mother Boxes apart), and was confident in his ability to protect Amanda Waller from the US intelligence community finding out about her catastrophic error concerning Enchantress in Midway City.
- Master Leader: Batman is an extremely skilled and charismatic leader, able to successfully lead and spearhead Wayne Enterprises very successfully for decades, making it become among the world's most prominent companies, notably being the 6th leading company in high-technology defense innovation, to masterfully lead his vigilante proteges Nightwing, Robin, and Batgirl in numerous successful vigilante escapades and missions, only losing Robin in all the years he spent fighting crime along with his proteges and to lead the Insurgency against Superman's Regime for a lengthy amount of time despite the superior military power of Superman's organization (in a vision of a possible future). Batman’s greatest display of leadership brilliance was his ability to succesfully assemble and lead the Justice League's original roster against Steppenwolf's Parademon invasion, all of them, even Aquaman despite his initial gruff refusal, the insecure Flash and Cyborg, and Batman's own doubts, knowing that regardless of his superior experience making Batman a more skilled leader, Superman’s potential, from his charisma, would still make him better leader, ultimately came to look up to Batman as the team leader, and developed a healthy team dynamic. When Flash remarks on his inexperience, many fears, and questions his value to the team, Batman helped him gain confidence with some simple advice. In addition, despite Wonder Woman initially not being receptive, Batman ultimately inspires her to become a better leader and a better superhero overall.
- Master Deceiver: Batman is an immensely formidable deceptive genius, a wunderkind prodigy, with Alfred even saying his skills in deception, ever since he was 7, equalled Mozart's in music. Hence, as Batman, he completely to fooled the people of Gotham City (especially the criminal underworld) into thinking that he is inhuman and supernatural (with female sex trafficked victims notably mistaking him for a "Devil", and Cyborg initially doubting that Batman is even real), while as Bruce Wayne, he was able to take on the façade of a somewhat irresponsible fun-seeking and womanizing playboy, in order to avoid anyone from suspecting that he could possibly be Batman. Bruce also successfully deceived Anatoli Knyazev (distracting the Russian with a polite conversation, while discreetly cloning the contents of his phone), Mercy Graves (tricking her into thinking that he was drunk, managing to thus avoid suspicion during his attendance of Lex's fundraiser party), and Superman (whom he ambushed with the unexpectedly potent kryptonite weapons).
- Master Engineer: Batman is an immensely formidable genius in vehicles' operations and general engineering, specializing in high-technology defense innovation and the building and improvement of sophiscated gadgets, his company, Wayne Enterprises being the world's 6th leading company in high-technology defense innovation and Batman having personally built several highly sophiscated gadgets, most notably, the Batmobile, Standard Batsuit, and Batcomputer. Bruce later personally designed the Armored Batsuit, as well as the innovative kryptonite gas grenades and a kryptonite-tipped spear, all of which proved enough for Batman to ultimately defeat Superman. When recruiting Barry Allen, he successfully identified the composition of the Flash suit and knew it was material used on the space shuttle to prevent it from burning upon reentry. After establishing the Justice League, Batman constructs the highly sophisticated Knightcrawler and Flying Fox, as well as creating a new and updated Flash suit for Barry Allen.
- Master Computer Hacker: Batman is an extremely skilled genius hacker, notable for his exceptional skills of intelligence gathering, and data interpretation, as well as his superb pattern recognition and analysis skills, allowing him to effortlessly utilize the sophisticated Oracel Network, designed to most effectively hack and gather data from Batcomputer, to hack into both GCPD police radios and Gotham City news stations without fail (being constantly hooked up to both, so as to be up to date with all the goings on in his city), and into Lex Luthor's military-grade encrypted data on kryptonite and metahumans. Batman also eventually learned of Amanda Waller's Suicide Squad pitch to the Pentagon, discovered the original photograph of Steve Trevor's team (promptly sending it to Diana Prince at the Louvre Museum), and even promised to protect Waller from the US intelligence community learning of her error in Midway City.
- Master Businessman: Bruce Wayne is an immensely formidable brilliant genius businessman, successfully running his father's company, Wayne Enterprises, for decades with tremendous efficiency, helping the company grow and gain more business partners, notably quickly absorbing Van Criss Laboratories, and purchasing the bank that intended to gain the Kent Farm, as the CEO, making him extremely well-respected in the business world, being known for having his employees' loyalty as well as his impeccable business ethics, with Wayne Enterprises becoming the world's 6th leading company (after LexCorp Industries) in the field of high-technology defense innovation under his leadership.
- Multilingualism: Bruce speaks his native English, is fluent in Russian (albeit with a slight accent), and can understand Icelandic.
- Expert Driver: Batman is a highly skilled and evasive patrol driver, able to successfully pursue his enemies (most notably the Joker and Harley Quinn in the Jokermobile, as well as Anatoli Knyazev and his men) through the streets of Gotham City on his Batmobile, and also managed to navigate the extremely dangerous streets of Metropolis during the Black Zero Event in his civilian car, successfully avoiding falling debris.
- Expert Pilot: Batman is also very proficient at combat piloting, and was able to temporarily distract Doomsday from within his Batwing, and to later break down the shield to Steppenwolf's base with his Flying Fox.
Bruce Wayne is very determined and dedicated to his work of crime-fighting vigilantism (due to having been forced as a young child to watch his parents get murdered by Joe Chill), sometimes employing illegal and morally dubious tactics (like torture, much to the chagrin of Superman, causing him to initially view the former as a brutal and unforgiving criminal) while fighting crime as Batman, but ultimately for the good of Gotham City. Being skilled in the art of deception, Bruce often hides his true dark (almost sociopathic) personality by maintaining a façade in public - while still serious and intelligent, he purposefully comes off as a somewhat arrogant womanizing playboy (notably trying to brush off reporter Clark Kent in order to flirt with Diana Prince), so as to avoid anyone from suspecting that he could be the fearsome Batman. Bruce's deception also extends itself to his alter ego, since as Batman he strives to fool the criminal underworld of Gotham City into thinking that he is an inhuman and supernatural being, akin to a wraith. Hence, several female sex trafficker victims of Cesar Santos notably mistook Batman for a "Devil", and Cyborg initially even doubted Batman's existence. Alfred Pennyworth, however, notes that Bruce has never been skilled at deceiving him, as he has known Bruce since the latter was a child. Other than Alfred, however, the only other individual known to see through Bruce's genius deceptions is Lex Luthor.
Although possessing great disgust and anger towards criminals and supervillains (most notably the Joker and Harley Quinn after they murdered Jason Todd), Batman, like the other Justice Leaguers, has proven himself a very caring and selfless person, in addition to being incredibly brave, constantly putting his life on the line to save innocent lives and bringing the most dangerous criminals to justice for society's protection. He seems to have a bit of a soft spot for children, as he didn't want to kill the notorious Deadshot just because his daughter Zoe was there when he subdued him and did nothing to her and likewise he did not resort to harming a little girl who knew about him and trusted her to get rid of it. Even as Bruce Wayne, he could completely shed his playboy façade and adopt a much softer and caring one in the face of great adversity, notably when he fearlessly ran straight into the clouds of falling debris in Metropolis, managing to save a little girl, and completely shedding his playboy façade to comfort her when she tearfully admitted to now being orphaned and later on giving extensive monthly donation to the victims of the Black Zero Event from his company, being genuinely regretful and dismayed to see that Wallace Keefe had hatefully rejected and emailed him. Regardless of his playboy façade, Bruce is still well-loved by the populace and known for being a charitable businessman, giving donations to those who needed it. Batman's strongest characteristic had originally been his strong moral code to never kill but this was lost after the death of Robin, as though he didn't kill not even Harley Quinn despite her part in his protege's murder, he became considerably more hardcore in his approach to fighting crime in Gotham City, the combination of emotional and physical pain, loss, exhaustion, and potential disillusionment he's experienced during his time protecting the streets of Gotham, as well as his growing cynical, pessimistic, and world-weary personality, beginning to break him. This caused Batman to view his former methods as too lenient (referring to his formerly held belief in their effectiveness as a "beautiful lie"), and to decide that he was better off letting his enemies die than allowing them to return and cause more harm. Even so, though he had became more than willing to risk the safety of his enemies and never regretted their deaths, he still maintained his morality by refusing to kill those who survived his brutal means and instead captured them. In time, however, with all his indomitable willpower and ultimately incorruptible spirit and morality, years of relentlessly fighting crime had ultimately damaged Batman deep down, with Alfred stating his fear and rage having turned the once completely good Batman into the still good but ultimately somewhat twisted man he became: Despite remaining as determined to fight crime, Bruce became rather cynical from having seen "what promises are worth" many times during his two decades as Batman, having seen many seemingly benevolent individuals become malevolently corrupted, to the point that Bruce claims that hardly any "good guys" are left anymore (making it more than a mere one percent chance of Superman's corruption in his eyes), resulting in him becoming extremely suspicious of others of great power, as the only other Kryptonians (General Zod and his loyalists) who arrived on Earth had attempted to wipe out all life on the planet in a terraformation apocalypse, resulting in Bruce perceiving Kryptonians as having a natural predisposition towards evil, and he, therefore, fears the possibility of General Zod's level of evil gradually developing in the only other member of the latter's race still to be on Earth - Superman (whom Bruce disdainfully refers to as "an alien" in a conversation with Clark Kent), which allowed the supergenius Lex Luthor, among the very few to surpass his intelligence, to manipulate him into fighting Superman, with Lex noting how easy it was to push Batman beyond reason and make him his pawn in his darkest days. In fact, though Bruce did try to suppress such feelings, still unwilling to lose all reason to go to war with the alien superhero, as he was still good, he nevertheless kept close watch on the alien and it was indicated, from his dreams of an apocalyptic future where Superman became evil, that he never actually sought to take out Superman until the latter proved himself a threat, as despite knowing of Kryptonite at some point, he only hunted for the mineral during his war with Superman, just dreaming about said future steadily began to break Bruce's initial reasonable side, though he never actually liked Superman from the beginning so it's not much, and make Bruce seek Kryptonite in order to ensure he didn't make the same mistake as he did in the future his dream showed, even though the Flash of the future never actively told Bruce to kill Superman and only asked that he protect Lois Lane so Superman won't become corrupted and assemble the Justice League, which Batman uncharacteristically didn't see the point of, indicating how far his deep-rooted anger ran. He notably claimed that even if there is only a one percent chance of the alien Superman being a potential enemy of humanity, that it has to be taken "as an absolute certainty", due to the incredible destruction and carnage that the tremendously powerful alien could potentially unleash if he were to become corrupted by evil. Although he didn't actually seek to kill Superman yet, instead reserving the Kryptonite for when Superman became evil, Wallace Keefe sending him angry notes (actually from Lex Luthor), with Lex making it seem that Superman had blown up the DC Capitol, with Bruce feeling both the need to live up to his father Thomas Wayne (to do something that would actually matter to the whole world) and kinship with his ancestors (the first generation of Waynes, who were hunters, somewhat like him now), completely broke Batman's reason and he resolved to take matters into his own hands by pitting himself against Superman in battle, intending to kill the latter before he could potentially become an incredible threat. In the ensuing ferocious battle, Batman uses every tool in his ungraded arsenal against Superman, from a fierce Armored Batsuit, automated machine guns, sonic emitters and lead smoke grenades, to a spear and gas grenades containing Kryptonite, and even a re-purposed kitchen sink. After finally managing to weaken Superman and having him at his mercy, Batman mercilessly beat the alien hero, pummeling him with his armored fists, hurling him through concrete pillars, and cutting Superman's cheek with the Kryptonite spear, making good on his promise to make Superman "bleed." as he yelled that the alien could never understand humanity as he wasn't human and can't feel like them and placed his armored foot onto the fallen Superman's throat and prepared to kill him, coldly telling him he wasn't a god or even a man.
However, ultimately the remnants of his reasonable personality and good heart was able to break through his anger and rage when Superman uses (what he thinks will be) his dying breath to beg Batman to save his mother Martha Kent rather than beg for his own life. This deeply shocks Batman to the point where he hesitates, finally beginning to see the good in Superman, especially as he had Superman on his mercy and all that Superman cared for was that Batman save this Martha, who shares the same name as his mother, and whatever remains of his anger towards Superman was completely erased when Lois revealed how Martha was Superman's mother. Seeing Superman's lack of care over his incoming death and only that Batman save his mother and learning that he was literately allowing another person, alien or not, to become orphaned while being ignorant of it even if he didn't know it rattled Batman back to his senses in the nick of time, coming to realize that Superman is in fact a selfless person instead of an monstrous alien threat, finally realizing he had misinterpreted future Flash's message, as it would be utterly impossible for this to be a ruse on Superman's part, and seeing Superman as being fundamentally just as human-like himself, despite his alien heritage. With this realization came great horror over how hypocritical his actions were, since while he had formerly claimed that Superman needed to be destroyed due to the possibility of him becoming malevolently corrupted, Batman himself had ultimately snapped and allowed himself to be corrupted, (just as Alfred had previously pointed out to him), having became the thing he swore to stop, which had made it so easy for Lex Luthor to manipulate him into egregiously killing the son of Martha, much like how the thug Joe Chill had once orphaned Batman himself, the son of another Martha. This combined with the realization that it was Lex that manipulated him caused Batman to see how wrong he was about believing Kryptonians having a natural predisposition towards evil, as Batman realized that tremendous evil need not necessarily come from an alien, having been deceived this whole time by a supervillain considerably more evil than General Zod, one who was a fellow human of his. This was a source of great shame, self-anger and regret for Batman, who quickly hurled aside the spear in disgust, sincerely apologizes to Alfred for their disagreement, noting he didn't deserve him for what he had almost did, being sincerely grateful at Alfred for still being so forgiving, and atones for his mistakes by risking his life in rescuing Superman's mother, and then teaming up with Superman (and Wonder Woman) to save the world from Lex Luthor's monster Doomsday. The worst damage caused by his indirect and unwilling assistance to Lex soon came into light, however, when Batman was forced to witness, shell-shocked, as Superman selflessly sacrificed himself to kill Doomsday, further proving how wrong he was about Superman, leaving Batman deeply remorseful about being so devastatingly wrong about Superman (whom he had ironically wanted to kill less than 2 hours earlier), whom he acquires a great deal of posthumous respect for.
While guilt-ridden and devastated, feeling personally responsible for Superman's death, (having wasted 2 Kryptonite gas grenades during his duel with Superman, while they could have instead been used to help kill Doomsday without Superman's death being necessary), Batman's indomitable will allowed him to not despair over the knowledge of the inevitable invasion of the New Gods, courtesy of Lex Luthor's warning and channels his full determination and efforts to not to fail him in death by bringing together and leading Aquaman, Cyborg, and the Flash, together with Wonder Woman, thus forming the Justice League, which posthumously honors Earth's greatest hero by protecting the now vulnerable world against any formidable threats. In addition, Superman's noble self-sacrifice has inspired and given Batman a more optimistic and hopeful outlook, since he says to Wonder Woman that despite their many flaws, men are still good and that they do in fact have the potential in them to rebuild and improve (the motto of Superman's House of El). Indeed, Batman is now able to see that Superman was "a beacon to the world", one who didn't just save people, but also "made them see the best parts of themselves." This renewed hope in himself and humanity induces Batman to turn away from his former murderous methods, accepting his no-kill rule once again, notably restraining himself from killing even Lex Luthor despite his gleeful taunts and utter lack of remorse over Superman's death, and resolving to base the Justice League on friendship when founding it, unlike Amanda Waller's leverage-based Suicide Squad, with Waller herself calling him out on this. This renewed hope also allows Batman to gain Aquaman's respect and inspire Wonder Woman to become a leader and a better superhero overall. Ultimately, Batman proves himself to be just as selfless and heroic as Superman when he (like Superman did with Doomsday) is willing to sacrifice himself to defeat Steppenwolf and save the world - by distracting an army of Parademons, thereby giving the Justice League a necessary opening to dismantle the Unity, but Wonder Woman decides to save Batman instead.
On rare occasions, Batman even demonstrates a dry, dark and sarcastic sense of humor, notably when alone with Alfred, when Lex Luthor (believing himself to be speaking with Anatoli Knyazev) asked him to "break the bad news", Batman responded by saying that "[he]'d rather do the breaking in person", when he claims to Flash that being rich is his superpower, and when remarking Cyborg (who initially doubted his existence) that "[he's] real when it's useful."
- Batman and Superman: Batman's first impression of Superman was a very negative one, as he watched the superhero do battle with the villainous General Zod while unable to save the lives of innocents during the Black Zero Event. However, at first, Batman didn't see a need to engage Superman in battle, as the latter was still good, though he kept a close watch on the alien to ensure he didn't miss any signs of Superman becoming evil. Despite this, however, Batman made no effort to hide that he considered Superman's power as a potential danger, as shown when he was interviewed by Clark Kent, who was actually Superman himself, his initial calm, albeit condescending demeanor vanishing the moment Clark mentioned how brutal he was as Batman, making it clear he saw Superman being praised as a hero with not even the consideration of him posing a threat as being hypocritical even compared to his much more brutal ways as a vigilante, as both he and Superman didn't abide to the law, which ended up making Clark's first impression of Bruce a negative one as well, though to a lesser extent, as he was clearly angered by how Bruce held his superhero identity in contempt. Nevertheless, even when he saw visions of Superman becoming evil and his failure to address it when he still could by finding Kryptonite, Bruce didn't intend to engage Superman yet, only retrieve the mineral as a contingency, though he didn't fear Superman either, as when Superman, having had enough of Batman's brutal reign of terror, furiously confronted and damaged his Batmobile and made it clear the next time he went out would be his last, Batman coldly promised that if they fight, he would make Superman bleed, which didn't impress Superman. The last straw came, however, when Bruce saw Superman had seemingly blown up the DC Capitol and he brutally confronted and used all his skills and the Kryptonite against Superman, showing him no mercy and coldly denouncing him as being incapable of truly understanding humanity as he was different. However, his rage was completely broken upon learning that Superman was only fighting him to save his mother and had been trying to reason with him and he came to see Superman as being a fundamentally human being despite his powers, the fact that he was about to play a hand in having even Superman orphaned and be ignorant initially disgusting Batman. With their enmity resolved, Batman was more than willing to team up with Superman to save his mother, taking time to gently assure that he won't let her die, showing humbled compassion, and they showed there was no more bad blood between them as they worked together to defeat Doomsday. Superman's death was a source of great sadness and regret to Batman, as his sacrifice only served to further drive home that Superman was truly human. He felt responsible for having spent all but one of his grenades and not seeing Superman was truly good before it was too late, and as such he resolved to honor Superman in death by finding the Justice League. In addition to Superman inspiring Batman to become a good vigilante once again, Batman has developed such respect towards Superman that he saw him as a beacon to the world that brought out it's best side. Batman could not let go of his regret over Superman's death, however, and he thus quickly vouched to resurrect Superman. The two have since become good friends.
- Batman and Amanda Waller: Batman and Amanda Waller have a cordial working relationship, with him accepting information from her to bring down criminals. It was unclear if Batman was aware from the beginning that Amanda was using him to capture criminals she intended to use for her Suicide Squad but given his clear disapproval, it was unlikely that he knew what Waller was doing. Regardless, apparently seeing Waller as still working for the good of humanity and too much of an asset to lose, Batman agreed to protect her from the world learning her error in exchange for the files needed to establish the Justice League, but made it clear he would not only no longer contribute to the Suicide Squad but should she continue to spearhead and expand it, he would shut it down.
- Batman and Wayne Enterprises: As Bruce Wayne, Batman greatly cares for the safety and status of his business employees, as shown by how while not even having the equipment of his vigilante self, he was fully willing to risk his life during the Black Zero Event to lead them to safety and was horrified when his subordinate Jack was clearly killed by the collapsing building, rushing through the cloud debris to save them, and was concerned when he found his subordinate Wallace Keefe, who Bruce has clearly interacted with before, knowing he was called Wally, paralyzed, saving him and assuring him it would be alright. He even went as far as to ensure the families of his employees and his former coworkers who can no longer work for the company got monthly funds and was horrified upon learning that Wallace Keefe seemingly hadn't been getting them.
|“||The Daily Planet criticizing those who think they're above the law is a little hypocritical, wouldn't you say? Considering every time your hero saves a cat out of a tree, you write a puff piece editorial about an alien that could burn the whole place down.||„|
|~ Bruce to Clark, as he meets him for the first time|
|“||That son of a bitch brought the WAR TO US! He has the power to wipe out the entire human race and if we believe there is even a one percent chance that he is our enemy, we have to take it as an absolute certainty!||„|
|~ Bruce to his butler, Alfred about Superman|
|“||(Superman arrives from the sky)
Batman: Well, here I am!
Superman: I was wrong. You have to listen to me. Lex wants... (Superman steps on a switch, triggering two of Batman's machines used to damage Superman's hearing. Superman then grabs a manhole cover and destroys the machines) Superman: You don't understand...there's no time!
Batman: I understand!
|~ Batman and Superman, as they are confront each other before their fight.|
Batman: "Martha"! Why did you say that name? Why did you say that name?!
|~ Batman, filled with anger, while stepping on Superman's neck, asking why he said the name 'Martha'.|
|“||I failed him in life. I won't fail him in death.||„|
|~ Bruce, at Superman's funeral, promising to never "fail" Superman again.|
- Ben Affleck portrayed the actor George Reeves in the biopic 'Hollywoodland'. Reeves played Superman in Superman serials, making Affleck the only actor to portray both Superman and Batman.
- In January 2019, Affleck confirmed he will not reprise his role as Batman for future films in the DCEU. However in 2020, Affleck agreed to return for new scenes as part of the Zack Snyder Justice League cut which will air on HBO in 2021. He has also signed up to appear in the 2022 film The Flash, appearing alongside other Batman actor Michael Keaton.
- Affleck played the Marvel superhero Daredevil in the 2003 film of the same name and also in deleted scenes in the spin-off film Elektra.
- In the film Batman shows a degree of superhuman strength, which is commonly shown in other Zack Snyder films, especially Watchmen and 300, due to his penchant for stylizing fight sequences.
- Batman gets his superhuman strength from the Batsuit he made to fight Superman, Clark throws Bruce threw a ceiling and walls, Batman ties his grapple around Superman and swings his around, Batman pulls a sink out of the wall with his hands and hits superman in with it.
- Unlike most versions of the character, Ben Affleck's Batman kills, shoots at a flamethrower tank, blows a car up with his Batmobile, smashes a car with another car, stabs a criminal with a knife and brands his victims, making this the first version of the character to do so since the Tim Burton version.
- Another different from Ben Affleck's Batman and all the others, he uses guns in a dream about apocalyptic future where Superman takes over the world he kills soldiers working for him, grabs one of Lex Luther's henchmen uses his gun to shoot at the other men in the room.
- Despite that he is actually Batman, his notable alias "The Batman" was mentioned only one time by Perry White, but it was never mentioned by Bruce or other characters in the movie, they are calling him "The Bat" or "The Bat Vigilante" and not using "Batman."
- Batman (disambiguation)
- Batman (Dozierverse) - live action Batman in the camp 1960s series.
- Batman (Burtonverse) - Michael Keaton's Batman as featured in the two Tim Burton movies Batman and Batman Returns.
- Batman (Batman Forever) - appeared in the third film of the original Warner Brothers Batman series Batman Forever.
- Batman (Batman & Robin) - appeared in the fourth and final film in the original Warner Brothers Batman series Batman & Robin.
- Batman (Dark Knight Films) - appeared in the Christopher Nolan Dark Knight Trilogy.
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