Batman, the Dark Knight
A tall man in his late forties or early fifties with graying hair haunted eyes.
A family outing to the cinema ended in tragedy for young Bruce Wayne. Walking homeward, Bruce, his father Thomas, and mother Martha accidentally ventured into Gotham City’s notorious “Crime Alley” and were accosted by a mugger. Not content merely to rob the wealthy family, the hoodlum – whose identity was “never determined” – shot Dr. Thomas and Martha Wayne dead before fleeing into the darkness. As he knelt beside his parent’s bodies, Bruce swore to avenge them. After the police arrived, Bruce was comforted by Dr. Leslie Thompkins. Dr. Thompkins and Alfred Pennyworth helped arrange matters so that Gotham’s Social Services would not take Bruce into care. In this way, both Dr. Thompkins and Alfred enabled Bruce to realize his dream of becoming a crusader against crime.
At age 18, Bruce embarked on a journey that took him to every continent as he sought to learn all the skills he would need to keep his vow: to find and punish his parents’ killer, and to prevent his personal tragedy from befalling another innocent child. He studied criminology, forensics, and criminal psychology, and learned from manhunters and martial artists, mastering nearly every fighting style. In time, Bruce forged himself into a living weapon to wage war on crime and injustice. On his return to Gotham, Bruce stalked street thugs as a plainclothes vigilante. It was not enough. After a particularly dangerous battle, he sat bleeding and defeated in his study at Wayne Manor. Was he foolish to continue? Inspiration struck like lightning as he saw a symbol that would dominate the rest of his life. The Bat.
Adopting the guise of the Batman, Bruce struck out to protect his city from threats like the Red Hood Gang, the Riddler, and other fearsome foes. It wasn’t long before he learned that
that instead of scaring criminals back into the shadows beating criminals, his true mission was to inspire bravery and fearlessness in the population.
He became a symbol of justice, of resistance, of rebellion, of strength, and of fearlessness to the people.