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For the episode of the same name, see Bruce Wayne (episode).

"We do not enter the field of battle lightly... neither in heart, nor body, nor mind. Nor do we exit it lightly. We leave a piece of us behind. And sometimes the cost of defending the innocent exceeds what we could ever think to pay. There's only one word for this. Sacrifice. And whether it be recognized in the present... or in some distant time, or never at all... this is the hero's duty."
—Bruce Wayne[src]

Bruce Thomas Wayne is a billionaire philanthropist who is also secretly the vigilante Batman and a member of the Justice League. He is the former partner of Jason Todd, and the adoptive father and former partner of Dick Grayson.

Biography

Early Life and Losing His Parents

As a child, Bruce's parents were gunned down in front of him by a criminal with a revolver in an alley outside of a theater. As a result, Bruce was raised by Alfred Pennyworth, his family's faithful butler, for the remainder of his childhood.[1]

Becoming Batman

"Batman was created to punish the guilty."
Donna Troy to Dick Grayson[src]

Devastated by the loss of his parents, Bruce decided to create the vigilante persona of Batman, fighting crime and protecting Gotham as a way to honor their memory.

Over the course of his career, Bruce dealt with many villains, such as the Joker, the Penguin, Mad Hatter, Mr. Freeze, Scarecrow, Catwoman, & the Riddler. He also allied himself with Gotham City Police Department Commissioner Jim Gordon, who would use the Batsignal on top of GCPD headquarters to contact Batman whenever he was needed.

At some point, he became a member of the Justice League, alongside Superman and Wonder Woman.[2] He eventually came to trust Superman to the point that he gave Bruce a piece of Kryptonite, which he hid in a safe at his office at Wayne Enterprises.[3]

Taking Dick Grayson in

"Revenge won't bring them back. Let me teach you another way to deal with the pain."
—Bruce Wayne's letter to Dick Grayson[src]

Bruce adopts Dick.

In 2002, Bruce attended Haly's Circus where he saw The Flying Graysons perform.[4] When their act was sabotaged and the parents were killed, Bruce took in their son Dick Grayson.[5] Dick joined Bruce in his vigilante pursuits as his partner "Robin." Dick, however, began to think that Bruce's methods were out of hand, and he left in 2017 to become a police officer in Detroit.[6]

Wokring With Barbara Gordon

In 2015, Bruce began working with Barbara Gordon, Jim Gordon's daughter, who decided to become the vigilante Batgirl. However, Barbara was later kidnapped and tortured by the Joker, which cost her one of her legs in the process. Barbara would later become the next police commissioner after Jim's death at the hands of Mr. Freeze.[7]

Another Robin

A week after Dick left, Bruce quickly took on another boy, Jason Todd, as the second Robin and Dick's successor. After former members of Haly's Circus were being killed, Bruce sent Jason to inform Dick.[8]

In one instance, Bruce and Jason were hunting the Mad Hatter. After finally catching him, Jason cussed out Mad Hatter. This caused Bruce to retort, "Watch your language." Barbara Gordon would remember this instance fondly moving forward.[9]

Making amends with Dick Grayson

After an ordeal, Dick went to apologize to Bruce, having unfairly blamed him for things out of his control and making amends between the two. Dick also asked for use of the old Titans' base of operations in San Francisco, and Bruce agreed so long as Dick took Jason with him.[10]

Bruce was contacted by Dick asking for advice on what to do with Rose Wilson. Bruce relayed how Dick had come to live with him, highlighting how it wasn't easy.[11]

After Jason was nearly killed by Slade Wilson, Dick experienced visions of Bruce, which did not go away until he admitted to being responsible for Jericho's death.[12] Dick later had another vision of Bruce while in prison until Dick accepted that Jericho was alive. Additionally, Rachel Roth accidentally caused Donna Troy, Kory Anders, Dawn Granger, and herself to experience a vision of Bruce, telling them that they will all die if they do not put the Titans back together.[13][14]

Helping fight Cadmus

While the Titans were fighting Cadmus Industries and people were placing bids on Conner, Bruce ended the auction by hacking into Mercy Graves' computer. He later went to Titans tower and joined the Titans in mourning Donna Troy. When thanked by Kory for telling them to put the Titans back together, Bruce told Kory that he did not do that and told her that she was confusing him for someone else. After hearing of a bomb threat, Bruce stayed behind while the other Titans left to deal with the threat.[14]

Tragedy and brief Retirement

Bruce talks to Jason about his decision to keep him from being Robin.

As time passed, Jason's trauma from almost being killed still lingered, leading to many bad dreams that led to him screaming in his sleep. Noticing this, Bruce told him that he could no longer be Robin unless he met with Dr. Leslie Thompkins, a trusted psychiatrist. Jason begrudgingly, in desperation to continue to be Robin. Although distant at first, Jason eventually began to open up to Dr. Thompkins after a few sessions.[15]

However, even with the therapy, Bruce later came to the decision to not allow Jason to be Robin. He brought Jason to the alley where his parents had been killed and stated that he had learned from past mistakes with Dick. Believing that Dr. Thompkins had revealed parts of their session to Bruce, Jason called her and angrily accused her of being a liar.[15]

Jason soon went to speak with Jonathan Crane to gain knowledge to create a chemical that could take fear away. Jason worked through multiple compounds to create a device based upon Crane's formula that would help him be able to continue on without worry of constant fear. Jason succeeding in creating a mixture, but realized that the formula was off.[15]

While away from Gotham City, Bruce received a call from Jason, who asked Bruce to allow him to take down the Joker alone. After Bruce refused, Jason used his new chemical to help him be fearless and attempted to bring down the Joker alone, resulting in the Joker beating him to death with a crowbar. Joker then allowed himself to be taken into custody and brought to Arkham Asylum to prevent Batman from executing vengeance upon him. Upon Bruce's return to Gotham City, he buried Jason in the Wayne family plot next to Alfred. Dick soon arrived in Gotham City upon hearing of Jason's death and noticed that Bruce had been acting strange since the incident.[16]

"He started it, I ended it."
—Bruce Wayne to Dick Grayson[src]

Bruce wakes Dick up after having killed the Joker.

Dick soon discovered that Bruce had already begun a search for the next Robin and confronted him about his recent behavior. That night, after Dick had gone to sleep, Bruce made his way to Arkham Asylum and killed the Joker using the same method and means that Jason had died from. Bruce then woke Dick up by dropping the crowbar to the floor and told Dick that he had ended it. Bruce then told Dick to be a better Batman and left Wayne Manor and Gotham City behind, officially retiring as Batman.[16]

Not long after, Crane would revive Jason in a Lazarus Pit, leading to Jason taking on the identity of Red Hood and working with Crane to bring chaos in Gotham City by releasing Crane's fear toxin in the water supply.[15]

Bruce lies unconscious as flames surround him.

Later, after he had prepared a last will and testament, Bruce set fire to an estate that he had been staying at. Rendered unconscious, Bruce was rescued from the flames by a resurrected Donna Troy.[17]

After the Titans' defeat of Jonathan Crane, Bruce returned to Gotham, seemingly ending his retirement after conversations with both Dick and Jason in which Bruce asked for his son's forgiveness.

Personality

"He was a hero to a lot of people. Including me. A stop-at-nothing guy who solved everything with his fists. I admired him at first, what he did... or was trying to do. But eventually, I had to walk away."
"Why?"
"Because I was becoming too much like him.
"
Dick Grayson and Amy Rohrbach[src]

Bruce Wayne has been described By Dick Grayson as a borderline psychopath.[18] Despite being revered as a hero who would stop at nothing to fight crime, his methods were too violent for his adoptive son to stay with him. However, Grayson would soon realize that Bruce "weaponized" his childhood as a means of positively channeling his anger to punish the guilty, simultaneously distracting him from his despair.

Abilities

"You know, Bruce is good at a lot of things. Not so much the pep talk."
Dick Grayson to Donna Troy[src]
  • Peak Physical Condition: Bruce is at the pinnacle of human physical fitness. His strength, durability, speed, agility, stamina and reflexes are at the absolute highest level for a man of his age. In Trigon's reality, he was able to throw the Joker from a building.
  • Master Combatant/Martial Artist: Bruce is an extremely skilled hand-to-hand combatant, passing these skills on to Dick Grayson and Jason, these two becoming formidable fighters in their own right. In Trigon's reality, Bruce was able to single-handedly eliminate a SWAT team infiltrating the Batcave.
  • Expert Marksman: In Trigon's reality, Bruce accurately shot Koriand'r in the face with the Cold Gun.
"You can't make an informed decision without information."
—Bruce Wayne to Dick Grayson[src]
  • Genius-Level Intellect: In addition to his physical capabilities, Bruce is extremely intelligent and is an expert investigator, strategist and tactician who is unstoppable in combat. In Trigon's reality, Bruce was able to locate where the Joker was hiding Commissioner Gordon. Bruce is also well-read (as he made Dick read classic literature, such as Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac[19]) and he speaks more than one language, as he was seen reading a foreign text when he received a phone call from Dick about Rose Wilson. Bruce built Titans Tower, according to Gar Logan, and he is also a skilled hacker as he bypassed Mercy Graves' computer to stop the auction for Conner. He kept psychological profiles on his enemies, including a detailed diagnosis of Crane. He was able to turn Dick Grayson and Jason Todd into skilled investigators in their own rights.
  • Master Intimidator: Bruce turned himself into a terror for the criminal underworld. Dick's appearance was already enough to think that Batman would show up and caused the criminals to brace their weapons and scan their surroundings, completely ignoring Dick as they knew Batman was a far greater threat.
"Where's Batman?"
—A random thugs reaction after Robin appears[src]
  • Master of Stealth: Bruce is capable of hiding himself, only revealing his presence if he allows it. When Dick approached Tyler Hackett, one of his goons noted that "he could be anywhere." In Trigon's reality, he easily snuck into the Joker's hospital room and killed him. He was able to sneak into Arkham Asylum and kill the Joker without the body being discovered until hours later.[20]
  • Wealth: Bruce is among the richest people in the world and is able to spend considerable amounts of money on the equipment he needs in his war on crime.
"Bruce has a line that he'll never cross."
Dick Grayson to Jason Todd[src]
  • Indomitable Will: Guided by a code of ethics, Bruce is almost unstoppable in his crusade on crime. As Dick pointed out, when Bruce puts his mind to something, he does not stop, because when he has something he wants to do, he is going to do it. However, Bruce broke his code when he chose to kill the Joker to avenge the death of Jason Todd.[21]

Equipment

  • Batsuit: Bruce wears a protective suit with the features of a bat while fighting crime.
  • Batmobile: Bruce, as Batman, uses the Batmobile to move around in Gotham City.
  • Batarang: Bruce's primary weapon, used in fighting crime. In Trigon's reality, he used one to impale the Joker's chest, and he left behind an explosive Batarang to disorient the SWAT team infiltrating the Batcave.
  • Cold Gun: Bruce used a cold gun when he attacked Kory in Trigon's reality.
  • Crowbar: Bruce beat the Joker to death with a crowbar as revenge for Jason's death.

Appearances

Season 1

Season 2

Season 3


Gallery

Trivia

  • Iain Glen, the man who portrays Bruce, previously portrayed Jorah Mormont on Game of Thrones; both Rachel Roth and Dawn Granger are fans of the show.
  • In the episode named after the character, Dick's hallucination of Bruce dances like Adam West's version from the 1966 Batman TV series, as a reference and tribute to the deceased actor.

Behind the scenes

  • In the DC comics, Batman is the secret identity of billionaire Bruce Wayne, who took Dick Grayson in as his ward after his parents' death. Batman's first appearance in the comics was Detective Comics #27 (May, 1939).
  • Brenton Thwaites stated in an interview that Batman is a killer, however, the dialogue between Jason and Dick in the episode "Dick Grayson" seems to imply that like other incarnations, Bruce has a strict no-kill rule, meaning that Thwaites may have been referring to the Batman from the fake reality instead.

References

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  2. Hatem, Richard, Mukerjee, Marisha (writers) & Frazee, David (director) (November 30, 2018). "Donna Troy". Titans. Season 1. Episode 8. DC Universe.
  3. Coggins, Stephanie (writer) & Banker, Carol (director) (October 7, 2021). "The Call Is Coming From Inside the House". Titans. Season 3. Episode 11. HBO Max.
  4. Hatem, Richard, Johns, Geoff, Mukerjee, Marisha, Walker, Greg (writers) & Sullivan, Kevin Rodney (director) (October 26, 2018). "Origins". Titans. Season 1. Episode 3. DC Universe.
  5. Goldsman, Akiva (writer) & Anderson, Brad (director) (October 19, 2018). "Hawk and Dove". Titans. Season 1. Episode 2. DC Universe.
  6. Goldsman, Akiva, Johns, Geoff, Berlanti, Greg (writers) & Anderson, Brad (director) (October 12, 2018). "Titans". Titans. Season 1. Episode 1. DC Universe.
  7. Hatem, Richard, Johns, Geoff (writers) & Banker, Carol (director) (August 12, 2021). "Barbara Gordon". Titans. Season 3. Episode 1. HBO Max.
  8. Hatem, Richard, Thomas, Jeffrey David (writers) & Banker, Carol (director) (November 16, 2018). "Jason Todd". Titans. Season 1. Episode 6. DC Universe.
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  10. Goldsman, Akiva, Johns, Geoff, Walker, Greg (writers) & Banker, Carol (director) (September 6, 2019). "Trigon". Titans. Season 2. Episode 1. DC Universe.
  11. Hatem, Richard (writer) & Hope, Nathan (director) (September 13, 2019). "Rose". Titans. Season 2. Episode 2. DC Universe.
  12. Hill, Bryan Edward (writer) & Goldsman, Akiva (director) (October 18, 2019). "Bruce Wayne". Titans. Season 2. Episode 7. DC Universe.
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  17. Hatem, Richard (writer) & Mojsovski, Boris (director) (September 23, 2021). "Souls". Titans. Season 3. Episode 9. HBO Max.
  18. McCarthy, Kate (writer) & Fraser, Toa (director) (October 25, 2019). "Jericho". Titans. Season 2. Episode 8. DC Universe.
  19. Gorenber, Jaime (writer) & Winter, Glen (director) (September 27, 2019). "Aqualad". Titans. Season 2. Episode 4. DC Universe.
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