Paul Kirk was an old friend of Dr. Thomas Wayne and secretly the government operative known as Manhunter. Manhunter was wounded and left for dead during one of his missions. A group called the Council located him and their leader Dr. Anatol Mykros put him in suspended animation for about twenty years. Mykros planned to create an army of robotic clones from him to overthrow the worlds' governments until Dr. Spangle freed Manhunter once he discovered Mykros' true intentions. Manhunter helped Batman, Katana, and Alfred Pennyworth rescue his daughter Ava when she was captured and left with Dr. Spangle to take down his remaining clothes.