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DC Day: Here’s What You Don’t Know About Bane, Batman’s Rogue (Comics, TV and Film)

 

DC DAY

Writer(s)

Chuck Dixon


Penciler(s)

Jackson Guice


Colorist(s)

Shannon Blanchard, Digital Chameleon


Cover

Jackson Guice, David Smith


Publisher

DC Comics


Publication Date

February, 2001

IN SUPERVILLAINS

COMICS: IN BIRDS OF PREY, BANE TRIED TO GET ON WITH BLACK CANARY

In Birds of Prey (2001) #26, Bane seeks to woo Black Canary. First, Bane’s passion for Talia Al Ghul leads him to the Muslim country of Dhabar. There, he enters a temple in ruins. Also, he meets Black Canary for the first time.

When Ra’s Al Ghul‘s assassins fire at them, they escape inside the temple. There, Dinah finds the weapons and explosives of her mission. Then, Bane decides to explode the temple and the Lazarus Pit which resurrects Ra’s. When Bane makes advances, Black Canary knees him in the groin and escapes.

 

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COMICS: ON A NEW VENOM, BANE ONCE RAN DEMOCRATIC ELECTIONS IN SANTA PRISCA, HIS HOME COUNTRY

Bane. DC Comics.

COMICS: BANE JOINED THE SUICIDE SQUAD

After Bane lost his hero status in Santa Prisca, he became addicted to Venom once again. In addition, he joined Amanda Waller’s Suicide Squad team.

During Salvation Run, Bane was tricked by his Squad members to prison. There, he sided with Luthor‘s faction against Joker‘s faction.

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Birds of Prey (2001) #26. DC Comics.

TV: BANE ONCE FOUGHT SUPERMAN IN DISGUISE AS BATMAN

In Superman: The Animated Series, Henry Silva reprises the role for Bane from Batman: The Animated Series. In Knight Time, Bane teams up with Riddler and the Mad Hatter. Together they intend to rule Gotham City under Batman’s absence.

Under disguise as Batman, Superman teams-up with Robin against the villains. Despite a stronger version of his Venom, Bane is no match for Superman. Though he lands a few blows, Superman defeats him by knockout. Then, he pulls the tube out of Bane’s head.

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FILM: IN THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, BANE WAS TRAINED BY THE LEAGUE OF SHADOWS

In the comics, Bane was a prisoner in Peña Duro prison who survived the Venom experiment. But in the Dark Knight Rises, Bane was trained by the League of Shadows. In addition, Bane was the protector of Talia Al Ghul. In a prison in the Middle East, Bane, Ra’s and Talia Al Ghul were held prisoners in the Pit. After Bane protected Talia, he helped her escape.

However, the prisoners attacked him and he suffered serious injuries on his face. Later, Bane was rescued by Ra’s and trained by the League of Shadows. Because of his injuries, Bane was forced to wear a mask that pumped gas into his face. However, Ra’s excommunicated him because of his extremism. After Ra’s death, Talia took over the League and reinstated Bane. Together, they sought to finish her father’s work in destroying Gotham.

 

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LINKS

Birds of Prey Vol 1 26 in DC Database.
15 Things You Didn’t Know About DC’s Bane in TheRichest.
Bane (New Earth) in DC Database.
Bane (The Dark Knight Rises) in Batman Fandom.
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Reviews: “Batman: Hush” (Graphic Novel)

In 'Batman' (2002) #608, Batman has to fight Killer Croc in order to save Edward Lamont IV and recover the ransom money.
 

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Batman (2002) #608. DC Comics

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STAR RATINGS:

Best: 5 to 4.5 stars.

Good: 4 to 3 stars.

Bad: 2.5 to 2 stars.

Worst: 1.5 to 0 stars.

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BEST: BATMAN: HUSH (2002-2003)

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

In Batman: Hush, the Dark Knight must recover the Lamont ransom. To this end, the comic features a who is who of Batman’s rogues. And the Dark Knight races to uncover the identity of the masked villain who threatens the Bat-family.

Together, collect issues #608-619 in Batman: Hush (New Edition) (Batman (1940-2011)).

Perhaps, one of the most popular Batman story arcs in recent memory. With superstar talent from writer Jeph Loeb and artist Jim Lee, Hush is one of the greatest Batman graphic novels. In addition, Superman appears in issues #611 and #612. Also, witness Batman vs Killer Croc.

 

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DIALOGUE

To sum, the dialogue serves the ambiance of mystery and thriller characteristic of the best detective stories. In part cryptic, and in part terrifying, the dialogue heightens the comic.

Certainly, it is a strong part of the comic and the narration helps point important moments and their urgency.

PLOT

Generally, Hush has a stellar plot though with some great themes. Indeed, the central theme in the graphic novel is Batman’s failure to protect Jason Todd, the second Robin.

Though the first part of the arc is its strongest, the big reveal of the masked villain at the end may feel contrived. In addition, the resolution leaves some plot holes unanswered. Overall, the plot is focused and brilliant as a detective story.

CHARACTERIZATION

Perhaps, the most faithful aspect of the comic. Really, Jeph Loeb’s characterization is top-notch. For the most part, heroes and villains act in character.

In addition, Batman’s budding romance with Catwoman is left unresolved though with an indication the villain may know more than she seemed. However, other rogues only appear for fan service. Notably, Joker is not fully developed in the story.

ART

When the series debuted in 2002, the creative team was its strongest selling point. As matter of fact, Jim Lee’s art is legendary in this comic. In Superman: For Tomorrow, the artist continued on the work started here.

Really, Batman: Hush has been one of the most successful Batman comics in years.

VERDICT

With action, mystery and romance, comic collectors love this story. Definitely, this storyline is one of the greatest Batman stories.

RECOMMENDATION:

Definitely, collect the story arc in single issues or graphic novel in paperback format.


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LINKS

Batman: Hush in DC Database.
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DC Day Series: Batman Is Plagued By Femme Fatales (And “Hush”)

 

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In 'Batman' (2003) #610, Batman and Catwoman share a kiss under the full moon in Gotham City.
In Batman (2003) #610, Batman and Catwoman share a kiss. DC Comics

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IN ROMANCE

INTRO

Over his long storied history, Batman has been incarnated in various media: comic, live-action series and movies, video games, radio and more. Importantly, what has seized the fans’ imagination seems to have been the Dark Knight’s tortured but disciplined humanity. Though Batman may have demons, he always seems to come out on top. And he always comes to a battle prepared with ten moves ahead.

However, in the romance department Batman seems to consistently fail to form lasting relationships. Since DC Universe Rebirth, has that changed? Let’s explain.

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#BATGOD OR #BATNINJA?

Batman Begins. WB.

In his multiple relationships, Batman has always seemed to remain aloof. In addition, he has struggled with trust and the ability to manage both his romantic relationships and his crusading as the Dark Knight.

From our previous article, we continue the central question of our series: Do his relationships with his femme fatales, bring out the best in Batman making him a #Batgod, or the worst in Batman making him a #Batninja?

*This image is copyright-reserved to James on Flickr and is titled Brooding Batman.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

OUR POLL

So far, the Twitter audience has given one vote to Talia Al Ghul.

Let’s look at four of Batman’s femme fatales and explain how they affect whether they are #Batgod or #Batninja.

 

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BATMAN’S FEMME FATALES

BAT-NINJA: TALIA AL GHUL

Perhaps, one of Batman’s most dangerous loves. In fact, Talia Al Ghul loves and is loyal to two men: Her father Ra’s Al Ghul and Batman her lover. Without a doubt, her loyalty to her father has often caused conflict with Batman. In Tower of Babel, she breached Batman’s trust in order to steal his contingency plans and attacks the JLA. Later, Robin: Son of Batman popularized in Damian Wayne’s solo title the truth he was Batman’s and Talia al Ghul’s.

For years, Talia hid his existence from the boy’s father. Moreover, she trained Damian in the League of Asssassins. Also, to complicate matters, in Deathstroke vs Batman, Talia arranged for Damian’s false paternity tests in order to start a feud between the rivals. Though Talia has helped Batman on many occasions, she definitely brings the worst in him. Definitely, Batman is her Bat-ninja.

In 'Deathstroke' (2018) #30, Batman fights Deathstroke.
In Deathstroke (2018) #30, Batman fights Deathstroke. DC Comics.

BAT-GOD: WONDER WOMAN

Really, this relationship has remained more of an infatuation and respect than anything else. Within the Trinity, Wonder Woman has held a close bond with Batman and perhaps, a closer one with Superman. In fact, the Superman-Wonder Woman romance takes its starting point from their impossible romance while fighting a thousand years in Valhalla.

For their part, Wonder Woman seems drawn to Batman’s decisiveness, mystery and solitude. During their battles, they naturally grew close together. During “JLA: Obsidian Age,” they even shared a kiss. However, nothing long-lasting came of it. For their mutual respect and burgeoning romance, Wonder Woman definitely makes Batman into a Bat-god.

In JLA (2002) #74, Batman and Wonder Woman share a kiss. DC Comics.

BAT-NINJA: POISON IVY

Perhaps, a strong contender for Batman’s most passionate flame. Initially, Batman mistook his feelings for Pamela Isley as love. In reality, as a chlorokinetic, Poison Ivy can manipulate men’s and women’s emotions with pheromones. On many occasions, Poison Ivy has attempted to kill the Dark Knight.

On other instances, she has longed for a relationship with him. In Feat: Batman, Batman: Gotham Knights #64, we explain how Batman cured Pamela Isley of her chlorokinesis. Later, the two would have a relationship that ended on Pamela’s suicide attempt. Definitely, Pamela brings the worst in the Caped Crusader as her Bat-ninja.

In Batman: Legends Of The Dark Knight (1993) #43, Poison Ivy’s kiss causes Batman to hallucinate. DC Comics.

BAT-GOD: CATWOMAN

Over 82 years of shared history, Catwoman has been the relationship that has suited Batman the best. At times tense, at times passionate. Also, at times supportive, at times cheating. At the same time, though they ultimately did not trust each other in Hush, their relationship blossomed over the years. In Tom King’s DC Rebirth run on Batman (2016), Batman actually proposes to Catwoman.

Certainly, a monumental shift which even leads to her pregnancy. However, the pair ends up not marrying. Nonetheless, it appears Catwoman has been a constant in the Bat-family and continues to support the Bat in times of need. Definitely, Batman is Catwoman’s Bat-god and their relationship truly helps both.

In 'Batman' (2003) #610, Batman and Catwoman share a kiss under the full moon in Gotham City.
In Batman (2003) #610, Batman and Catwoman share a kiss. DC Comics

 

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THAT FAMOUS BAT-KICK

In Batman, ‘Batman vs The Incredible Hulk’ #1, we rated Batman’s notorious Bat-kick in the DC/Marvel crossover from the 1980s.

Given Hulk’s tough skin and “oversized lungs”, no one outside of at least a Metahuman Level in Strength Class could have caused Hulk’s reflex.1 Evidently, Batman kicked Hulk at a pressure point, the solar plexus.

In terms of Strength Level, Hulk’s oversized lungs would have necessitated approximately a Planetary Level of Super Strength in order to gasp for air.

For this reason, in order to save appearances, we can state that the Bat-kick likely required Bat-ninja Fighting Skills with chi manipulation. Or blame it on Deus Ex Machina.

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DC Day Series: Scratch That Origin Story! Batman Is A Meta!

 

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'The Joker War' Part One.
The Joker War Part One. DC Comics.

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IN POWER LEVEL

INTRO

Over his long storied history, Batman has been incarnated in various media: comic, live-action series and movies, video games, radio and more. Importantly, what has seized the fans’ imagination seems to have been the Dark Knight’s tortured but disciplined humanity. Though Batman may have demons, he always seems to come out on top. And he always comes to a battle prepared with ten moves ahead.

Let’s delve into why Batman’s Strength Class is properly speaking a Metahuman.

The TV Regent

SCRATCH THAT ORIGIN STORY

Batman Begins. WB.

What truly makes Batman special is the fact he really is a human. Through sheer determination and fanatic discipline, he conquers seemingly unsurmountable obstacles. Such as assassins, mad scientists, alien powerhouses, gods and magical beings. Yet, if he is undeniably human, his strength level indicates he belongs with the metahumans. What does this mean?

*This image is copyright-reserved to James on Flickr and is titled Brooding Batman.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

OUR POLL

RESPONSES FROM TWITTER USERS

Properly speaking, the Twitter audience is correct. In terms of speed and durability Batman is undeniably a Peak Human-Level.

However, how does he defeat metahumans and teams of metahumans, with or without preparation? Let’s explain!

 

'Superman/Batman' (2003) #3.
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BAT-GOD OR BAT-NINJA?

First, one ability that Bruce Wayne possesses is his Genius-Level intellect. With his expertises in criminology, psychology, chemistry, biology, forensics and computer engineering Batman is able to devise scientific solutions to problems from small to larger scales. For this reason, he has often been called Bat-god. At the same time, Batman is a master strategist.

With preparedness, he is able to dismantle an organization and defeat a metahuman, god or demon. In many respects, this is a function of the Dark Knight’s mastery of all martial arts disciplines on Earth, his expertise with mysticism, magic and the supernatural. For this reason, he has often been called Bat-ninja. Properly speaking, read below why the Caped Crusader is actually a Bat-ninja.

In 'Batman' (2002) #608, Batman has to fight Killer Croc in order to save Edward Lamont IV and recover the ransom money.
In Batman (2002) #608, Batman has to fight Killer Croc in order to save Edward Lamont IV and recover the ransom money. DC Comics.

THAT FAMOUS BAT-KICK

In Batman, ‘Batman vs The Incredible Hulk’ #1, we rated Batman’s notorious Bat-kick in the DC/Marvel crossover from the 1980s.

Given Hulk’s tough skin and “oversized lungs”, no one outside of at least a Metahuman Level in Strength Class could have caused Hulk’s reflex.1 Evidently, Batman kicked Hulk at a pressure point, the solar plexus.

In terms of Strength Level, Hulk’s oversized lungs would have necessitated approximately a Planetary Level of Super Strength in order to gasp for air.

For this reason, in order to save appearances, we can state that the Bat-kick likely required Bat-ninja Fighting Skills with chi manipulation. Or blame it on Deus Ex Machina.

NEXT: BATMAN IS A VIGILANTE PLAGUED BY FEMME FATALES. FEBRUARY 7TH.


FOOTNOTES

  1. Batman vs The Incredible Hulk #1.
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DC Day: In “Hush”, Batman Has To Free Superman From Poison Ivy’s Mind Control And Recover Lamont’s Ransom

In 'Batman' (2003) #612, Batman punches a mind-controlled Superman with a Kryptonite ring.
 

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In 'Batman' (2003) #612, Batman punches a mind-controlled Superman with a Kryptonite ring.
In ‘Batman’ (2003) #612, Batman punches a mind-controlled Superman with a Kryptonite ring. AP Photo/DC Comics.

IN MIND CONTROL

CATWOMAN, UNDER MIND CONTROL, STEALS LAMONT’S RANSOM AND DELIVERS IT TO POISON IVY

In ‘Batman’ (2002) #608, Batman fights Poison Ivy’s mind control of Catwoman. It is almost midnight. On the scene of a kidnapping, Batman sneaks through an FBI security perimeter at the Gotham City Shipyard. He has one minute and 13 seconds left. Using acid, he burns through the lock and gets into the Shipyard. He quickly takes down the enemy crew who he knows by name: Nails Nathan, Tommy Harper, Carlos Valdez, and Spider Hancock.

Having interrogated Spider Hancock, he locates the kidnapped, Edward Lamont IV, the sole heir to the Lamont Chemical fortune. Batman notes that he only has 37 seconds left and attempts to get the boy out. The boy is trembling and Batman notes Superman’s smile could have re-assured the boy. He had been kidnapped two days ago by Killer Croc. Within six hours, a $10 million demand for ransom was made. Everyone, the Lamont Family, the Mayor, G.C.P.D. and the F.B.I. but Batman wanted to pay the ransom.

In 'Batman' (2002) #608, Batman has to fight Killer Croc in order to save Edward Lamont IV and recover the ransom money.
In ‘Batman’ (2002) #608, Batman has to fight Killer Croc in order to save Edward Lamont IV and recover the ransom money.

During the fight, Batman recalls that Killer Croc send everyone on a “wild-goose chase” and went to retrieve the money.1 Batman thought he had two minutes before Croc would realize the child was missing. In reality, he was off by 11 seconds. Batman is intrigued at the fact that kidnapping was never Killer Croc’s Modus Operandi. In fact, the operation was well-planned and executed. Using Croc’s vulnerability to hypersonics, Batman takes him down with “ten thousand bumblebees at one thousand decibels.”1 Batman ties Killer Croc into chains.

The F.B.I. arrives on the scene. One of the officers states though they may not use Batman’s methods, he gets results. Asking about the money, Batman states someone may have gotten it during the fight. Using his heat sensors, he sees Catwoman leaving the scene on a rope. Batman catches up to her and notes that taking ransom money was never Catwoman’s style. In fact, as of late, she had been on the path to reform. As Batman is about to catch Catwoman, his Batrope breaks. Batman exclaims to himself that someone must have cut it. Batman tries to hold onto a gargoyle but his shoulder breaks, then he falls to the ground. At the end of the issue, Catwoman delivers the ransom money to… Poison Ivy who says that no man or woman can resist her mind control.

In 'Batman' (2002) #608, Catwoman under mind control, delivers Lamont's money to Poison Ivy.
In ‘Batman’ (2002) #608, Catwoman under mind control, delivers Lamont’s money to Poison Ivy. AP Photo/DC Comics.

DR. ELLIOTT, BRUCE’S CHILDHOOD FRIEND, OPERATES ON AND SAVES BRUCE FROM A SKULL FRACTURE

In ‘Batman’ (2003) #609, Bruce Wayne is operated on and saved from a skull fracture by Dr. Elliott. On the streets of Gotham, thugs witness Batman’s fall. He is bleedy and barely conscious. Batman manages to activate the alarm signal on the utility belt in order to alert Oracle. The thugs attempt to take off his mask. When they are unable, they try to kill Batman. Oracle manages to alert the closest vigilante to Batman. Batman smells the smell of gun oil as one of the thugs is about to shoot him.

Suddenly, Huntress answers the alarm and arrives on the scene. She takes down the thugs. Batman is able to follow on the fight and thinks to himself, that Huntress wants to prove herself. Oracle remote controls the Batmobile to their location. Huntress is startled and Oracle tells Huntress to load Batman into the Batmobile. Huntress says Batman feels broken. As the Batmobile shuts and departs, Oracle tells Huntress that Batman is sure to thank her in person once he recovers. As the Batmobile departs, a mysterious man whose head is covered in bandages observes from a vantage point.

 

In 'Batman' (2003) #609, Batman has a skull fracture and is immobilized on the ground as he is attacked by thugs.
In ‘Batman’ (2003) #609, Batman has a skull fracture and is immobilized on the ground. Thugs who witnessed his fall are trying to kill him. AP Photo/DC Comics.

Elsewhere, Poison Ivy takes the attaché case with half of the ransom money retrieved by Catwoman who is under her mind control. She gives it to a mysterious man. At the Batcave, Alfred Pennyworth states Batman’s injuries are too severe for his skills. Bruce has a skull fracture. Oracle recommends contacting Shondra Kinsolving but Alfred advises against it, as she is having some issues as of late. Oracle says she will have Dick Grayson wreck Bruce’s Porsche.

At that moment, Bruce starts tapping a name. Alfred thinks it is an involuntary nerve movement. Then, he realizes it is Morse Code and that Bruce is tapping “Thomas”. Alfred thinks Bruce is delirious and is recalling childhood memories of his father. However, Bruce continues tapping and Alfred recognizes the name “Thomas Elliott”, Bruce’s chilhood friend who is now a neurosurgeon. The news report on the surgery at Gotham City Hospital and that Dr. Elliott is being flown in from Philadelphia. Eventually, the surgery is successful and Dr. Elliott saves Bruce Wayne’s life.

In 'Batman' (2003) #609, Dr. Elliott operates on Bruce Wayne's skull fracture.
In ‘Batman’ (2003) #609, Dr. Elliott operates on Bruce Wayne’s skull fracture. AP Photo/DC Comics.

BATMAN AND CATWOMAN KISS

In 'Batman' (2003) #610, Batman and Catwoman share a kiss under the full moon in Gotham City.
In ‘Batman’ (2003) #610, Batman and Catwoman share a kiss. AP Photo/DC Comics

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EXPLOSIVE RUMBLE IN METROPOLIS: BATMAN VS SUPERMAN UNDER MIND CONTROL BY POISON IVY

In ‘Batman’ (2003) #612, Batman has to fight Superman under mind control by Poison Ivy. In order to recover Lamont’s ransom, Batman and Catwoman have traced Poison Ivy to Metropolis. Poison Ivy has Superman under mind control and orders Superman to kill Batman and Catwoman. Superman attacks them with heat vision but Batman and Catwoman escape to the Metropolis underground system. When Superman vociferates he can’t kill, Poison Ivy poisons him. Batman is conflicted because of his feelings for Catwoman who has a personal vendetta against Poison Ivy because she put her under mind control to steal Lamont’s ransom.

However, with prep time, Batman has a plan. They have escaped to the Lexcorp tunnel systems which are lead-lined. After Batman puts on his Kryptonite ring, Catwoman kisses him and departs. The fight between Batman and Superman is uneven. During the fight, Batman thinks Clark is a good person, while Bruce is not. Though Superman has the advantage, Batman uses Clark’s psychology with a lie so he can’t use his heat vision. Then, he times Superman’s punch and avoids it, to hit High Voltage. Superman is electroshocked by Metropolis’ power system. There is a power outage, then power returns.

In 'Batman' (2003) #612, Batman punches a mind-controlled Superman with a Kryptonite ring.
In ‘Batman’ (2003) #612, Batman punches a mind-controlled Superman with a Kryptonite ring. AP Photo/DC Comics.

Superman storms out of the underground and exclaims to Batman: “You hurt me. This ends now.”2 He grabs a car in order to slam it into Batman. Batman asks Superman to look up and gives him a choice: He can either continue fighting or he can save Lois Lane who is being held by Catwoman atop the Daily Planet building. Catwoman pushes Lois off the Daily Planet. Superman frees himself from the mind control of Poison Ivy and saves Lois.

Coming to his senses, Superman says they are unable to track Poison Ivy though Batman knows someone who can. Meeting Ivy at Metropolis Plaza, Superman says he has arranged for Maggie Sawyer to deliver Poison Ivy to G.C.P.D. Poison Ivy attempts to leave but is met by Krypto the super-dog. Batman, Catwoman and Superman used Krypto’s super smell in order to track Poison Ivy. Then, Catwoman knocks out Poison Ivy to even the score for Poison Ivy putting her under mind control. At the end of the issue, Batman and Superman congratulate each other for their friendship.

In 'Batman' (2003) #612, Catwoman drops Lois Lane off the Daily Planet and Superman frees himself from Poison Ivy's mind control in order to save her.
In ‘Batman’ (2003) #612, Catwoman drops Lois Lane off the Daily Planet and Superman frees himself from Poison Ivy’s mind control in order to save her. AP Photo/DC Comics.

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LINKS

Batman Vol 1 612 in DC Database.
Batman Vol 1 608 in DC Database.
Batman Vol 1 609 in DC Database.
Batman Vol 1 610 in DC Database.


FOOTNOTES

  1. Batman #608.
  2. Batman #612.

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DC Day: In ‘Tower Of Babel’, Ra’s Al Ghul Uses Batman’s Mad Science To Take Out The Justice League Of America

 

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In 'JLA' (2000) #44, Talia Al Ghul uses a synthetic red Kryptonite whose formula was stolen from Batman's contingency plans to cripple Superman.
In ‘JLA’ (2000) #44, Talia Al Ghul uses a synthetic red Kryptonite whose formula was stolen from Batman’s contingency plans to cripple Superman. Photo/DC Comics

IN DC UNIVERSE

WHO STOLE BRUCE WAYNE’S PARENTS’ COFFINS?

In ‘JLA’ #43, Batman discovers the effects of mad science. Visiting his parents’ graves, Bruce Wayne finds out that their graves are empty and their coffins have been stolen. Faced with such a mystery, let’s wonder on the horrors of mad science.

Batman investigates the mystery and traces the theft to the sub-continent of Asia. The World’s Greatest Detective ends up at the nefarious headquarters of the wealthy and resourceful super-villain Ra’s Al Ghul and the League of Assassins.

In 'JLA' (2000) #43, a supervillain steals Bruce Wayne's parents' coffins.
In ‘JLA’ (2000) #43, a supervillain steals Bruce Wayne’s parents’ coffins. Photo/DC Comics

RA’S AL GHUL’S PLAN OF WORLD DOMINATION

In ‘JLA’ #43, Ra’s Al Ghul laments species’ extinction over the Earth. He blames it on mankind’s parasitism and its exploitation of the Earth’s natural resources. What he fears are new extinction events on Earth caused by human activity. Whether that justifies his mad science is clearly in the negative.

In ‘JLA’ #44, the Justice League of America is under attack! Superman is working in Metropolis and realizes that everywhere people are reading scrambled words. Ra’s Al Ghul reveals to Batman in his mad science that his scientists have found a way to cause a global dyslexia in an effort to bring about an end time. And Batman’s parents? He plans to use the Lazarus Pit to raise them! But Batman had to be occupied by his parents’ coffins’ theft for Ra’s to implement his mad science.

In 'JLA' (2000) #44, a's Al Ghul reveals to Batman in his mad science that his scientists have found a way to cause a global dyslexia.
In ‘JLA’ (2000) #44, Ra’s Al Ghul reveals to Batman in his mad science that his scientists have found a way to cause a global dyslexia. Photo/DC Comics

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BATMAN’S MAD SCIENCE IS CONQUERING THE JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA

Ra’s Al Ghul reveals that he stole Batman’s contingency plans. In his mad science, Batman devised ways to stop the members of the JLA in the event that it ever went evil or succumbed to mind control.

Unfortunately, his plans were stolen by Ra’s who used them to incapacitate the JLA in his plan for world domination. In ‘JLA’ #43, Martian Manhunter is turned into a living torch by a rocket fired at him with nanites that transmute trace elements into magnesium.

In 'JLA' (2000) #44, Talia Al Ghul uses a synthetic red Kryptonite whose formula was stolen from Batman's contingency plans to cripple Superman.
In ‘JLA’ (2000) #44, Talia Al Ghul uses a synthetic red Kryptonite whose formula was stolen from Batman’s contingency plans to cripple Superman. Photo/DC Comics

Plastic Man has been turned brittle, and Aquaman has been fired with a toxin that makes him fear the water he needs to survive. Flash and Wonder Woman head to Green Lantern’s apartment and find he is blind. In ‘JLA’ #45, Martian Manhunter’s scan discovers that Kyle was put under a post-hypnotic suggestion during REM sleep as the assassins slipped his ring on his finger.

Flash and Wonder Woman are attacked by Talia Al Ghul and the League of Assassins. Wonder Woman is attacked with a VR Chip in her brain that simulates combat till she gets a heart attack. Flash has an electrostrobe attached to his spine that triggers epileptic seizures at lightspeed. Superman is crippled by an exposure to a synthetic red kryptonite. Martian Manhunter states that it caused his solar energy to blaze through his muscles and organs.

In 'JLA' #45, Batman's mad science leads to Ra's Al Ghul implementing the Tower Of Babel plan for world domination.
In ‘JLA’ (2000) #45, Batman’s mad science leads to Ra’s Al Ghul implementing the Tower Of Babel plan for world domination. Photo/DC Comics

SHOULD BATMAN LEAVE THE JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA?

In ‘JLA’ #46, the JLA has succeeded in thwarting Ra’s Al Ghul’s ‘Tower Of Babel‘ and in stopping a biochemical virus that kills people on contact. The JLA must deal with the fallout of Batman’s betrayal. Batman’s mad science was a breach of trust that the JLA found the most serious. The JLA votes on whether to keep him a member. Aquaman, Wonder Woman and Plastic Man vote to remove Batman’s membership.

Martian Manhunter, Flash and Green Lantern vote to keep him. Superman cast the deciding vote. Knowing Superman’s vote, Batman left suggesting Superman would decide to remove Batman’s membership. The question raised by his action is put forth by the Flash during the vote: In his mad science, Batman operates on fear, whereas Superman operates on trust. Who is correct?

In 'JLA' #46, Superman cast the deciding vote, removing Batman out of membership from the JLA.
In ‘JLA’ (2000) #46, Superman cast the deciding vote, removing Batman out of membership from the JLA. Photo/DC Comics

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In ‘JLA’ #43, Ra’s Al Ghul and the League Of Assassins steal the coffins of Bruce Wayne’s parents.

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In '52' (2006) #10, Donna Troy speaks about the events surrounding Batman creating Brother Eye.
In ’52’ (2006) #10, Donna Troy speaks about the events surrounding Batman creating Brother Eye. Photo/DC Comics

IN CRISIS

’52’

The events that led to the creation of Brother MK I can be traced back to the ’52’ series. Years ago, the Elongated Man’s wife Sue Dibny was brutally raped by Doctor Light aboard the JLA satellite. Then, things went awry.

Zatanna and the Justice League Of America wiped Doctor Light of the memory of the crime, altering his personality to be slow-witted. Batman found out and intervened but his mind was wiped out as well by Zatanna’s spell.

In ’52’ (2006) #9, the events leading to the Identity Crisis speak of Sue Dibny’s rape by Doctor Light. Photo/DC Comics

In '52' (2006) #9, the events leading to the Identity Crisis speak of Sue Dibny's rape by Doctor Light.
In ’52’ (2006) #9, the events leading to the Identity Crisis speak of Sue Dibny’s rape by Doctor Light. Photo/DC Comics

‘IDENTITY CRISIS’

During the events of the ‘Identity Crisis’, Sue Dibny was found dead by fire. Investigations into the case helped Batman recover his memory.

These events would set into motion the events surrounding the creation of Brother MK I. Batman growing distrustful of the Justice League Of America created Brother MK I.

In '52' (2006) #10, Donna Troy speaks about the events surrounding Batman creating Brother Eye.
In ’52’ (2006) #10, Donna Troy speaks about the events surrounding Batman creating Brother Eye. Photo/DC Comics

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BROTHER EYE

Batman created Brother Eye in order to monitor all the metahuman population on Earth. Unfortunately, during the events of ‘Infinite Crisis’, Brother Eye was hacked by Maxwell Lord who used it in an effort to wipe out metahumans.

These events led to the ‘OMAC Project.’ Maxwell Lord mind-controlled Superman leading to a clash with Wonder Woman. Upon Wonder Woman killing Maxwell Lord to free Superman, the OMACs activated to kill all metahumans.

In 'OMAC Project #2' (2005), Batman informs the Justice League that Brother Eye was hacked by Maxwell Lord, leader of Checkmate.
In ‘OMAC Project #2’ (2005), Batman informs the Justice League that Brother Eye was hacked by Maxwell Lord, leader of Checkmate. Photo/DC Comics

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COMIC GALLERY

In ‘Countdown To Infinite Crisis’ (2005) #1, Blue Beetle investigates The OMAC Project.


LINKS

52 Vol 1 9 in DC Database.
Identity Crisis in DC Database.
Brother Eye in DC Database.
Omni Mind and Community in DC Database.
Countdown To Infinite Crisis Vol 1 1 in DC Database.


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