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. Having lost his parents due to crime, Bruce dedicated his life to stopping criminals in Gotham City, and was assisted by his close friend and butler, Alfred Pennyworth. By 2015, Bruce became world weary as his time as a vigilante, and later of Superman due to the massive destruction from the Sword of Rao. Though Batman attempted to kill Superman, he was stopped and came to the realization that they were being manipulated by Lex Luthor. Batman teamed up with Superman and the Amazonian goddess Wonder Woman to stop Doomsday, a creature created by Luthor with the use of the genesis chamber. Though the creature was defeated, it costed Superman's life, and Batman decided to devout his time to creating a league to stop the upcoming threat of the New Gods. With the Justice League and a resurrected Superman, Batman succeeded in stopping Steppenwolf and the Parademons, and gave leadership of the team to Superman so he could find more recruits.
He is portrayed by Ben Affleck, who also played AJ Frost in Armageddon, Daredevil in the film of the same name, Chris Wolff in The Accountant, and voiced Joseph in Joseph: King of Dreams. Brandon Spink portrayed the character as a child.
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.
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."
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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