- "You can't kill murder. You can't get revenge on evil. You can only begin to fight such things by not doing them. And you can only fight them where they live, not just at Wayne Enterprises. In the streets, in the slums, in the bad parts of town."
- —Bruce Wayne to Alfred Pennyworth[src]
Bruce Wayne is the son of the deceased Thomas and Martha Wayne, and the heir to the Wayne fortune. After his parents were murdered by a masked gunman, Bruce began to question the inner workings of Gotham and along with his allies sought to uncover the corruption destroying Gotham and get to the reason behind his parents' murder.
Bruce's parents celebrated his second birthday. Bruce and his family went camping in a forest. He and his father climbed a tree and ate oranges, while his mother sang to herself while building a fire. Bruce and his father had a yearly tradition of taking a hike, and watching the sunrise in the morning.
Death of his Parents
After leaving from a popular musical, Bruce and his parents were mugged by a disguised, armed man. Although both Thomas and Martha gave the mugger what he wanted without any trouble, the mugger killed both of them in front of Bruce before running off. Bruce was left screaming over his parent's lifeless bodies. When police arrived on the scene, Bruce was comforted by Detective Jim Gordon, who promised to find the killer. Bruce was then taken home by his family's butler, Alfred Pennyworth. Gordon and his partner Harvey Bullock were able to kill the man that supposedly murdered the Wayne's, and Bruce thanked Gordon when they met again at his parents' funeral. Later, Gordon arrived at Wayne Manor and confessed to Bruce that the man everyone had thought murdered his parents been framed, but asked that he stay quiet about it so that he could find the real killer. Bruce agreed to this as he was glad his parent's killer was still alive, as he wanted to see him again.
In his quest to conquer fear, Bruce tried to test himself by holding his hand over a lit candle, attempting to resist the physical pain. He was caught by Alfred Pennyworth while doing so and attempted to hide his hand behind his back before showing Alfred, and being harshly yelled at. Bruce was then comforted by Alfred after the butler realized his mistake of yelling at him. He later arrived in the middle of a conversation between Detective Gordon and Alfred, as the butler had summoned him to the Manor in an attempt to convince him to talk some sense into Bruce, who hadn't been sleeping, and was imposing physical harm upon himself. After Gordon suggested he talk to someone to help him cope with his parent's death, Bruce refused, asking the detective whether talking to someone helped him deal with the horrible things he had seen during the war he had served in. Though Gordon attempted to lie, Bruce knew otherwise, calling him a "terrible liar". Ending the conversation, Bruce offered to give money to the homeless children of Gotham, who had been kidnapped and later rescued by Gordon and Bullock. Detective Gordon however, explained that wasn't how it worked, and that they needed someone who cared about them like Alfred did for Bruce. Still wanting to help, Bruce offered to buy them all new clothes, as they looked "awfully ragged".
At Wayne Manor, Bruce was pestered by Alfred Pennyworth, who in an attempt to have some fun with him, started a play sword fight between the two, using wooden canes. After beating the butler, as he had repeatedly told him to stop, Bruce accidentally knocked over the police files of his parent's deaths. They were discovered by Alfred when he picked them up off the floor and questioned Bruce as to why he would want to look at them, as they were horrible and would give him nightmares. Bruce explained he was searching for clues within the files, attempting to find anything that could deduce the identity of his parent's killers. He was later berated by Alfred for refusing to eat anything, though he later ate while watching the news about the recent capture of the vigilante known as The Balloonman.
Bruce discussed the recent developments of Arkham Asylum with Detective Gordon, and the gang war brewing because of it. He sought to help Gordon intending not to let his parents' dreams die with them, as they had fought for years to get a new Asylum opened. He later awakened from a nightmare of his parents' murder and continued to look through files pertaining to the Arkham Plant, hoping to find a connection between the recent murders of the councilmen and his parents' death. Bruce requested that Alfred gave him any other files related to it. Bruce later watched the news in horror as Mayor James announced what would be done with the Arkham Plant. The Arkham Asylum would be reopened like his parents had hoped, but the Plant had been secretly split between Maroni and Falcone to Bruce's dismay. This led Bruce to believe that everything his parents had worked for was falling into the hands of criminals, before being reminded by Gordon, that he was still alive and that it wasn't too late for everything to be fixed.
Inner workings of Gotham
Bruce later questioned how Gotham City worked, as he was troubled by the fact that the Falcone and Maroni crime families each got substantial pieces of the Arkham Project. He later agreed to go to the Wayne Enterprises charitable ball intending to question the board members about Arkham Asylum, after deducing from several files pertaining to the project that the company most likely gave Falcone and Maroni their shares in the Arkham Project. He later met with Molly Mathis of Wayne Enterprises' Middle Management, about the several irregularities he found within the Arkham deal. Soon after, former biochemist Stan Potolsky revealed to the attendants of the ball that he had created the drug Viper for WellZyn, which was a subsidiary of Wayne Enterprises. Despite Mathis telling him otherwise, Bruce later discovered she was the onsite liaison between the two companies, leading him to believe otherwise.
While watching the news about the recent killings of the first born children of Gotham's wealthier citizens, Bruce refused to leave Gotham to go to the lake house, like Alfred suggested. As Bruce was under the mindset that there was still work to be done with his investigations of Wayne Enterprises and the murderer of his parents, he also noted that there was no one to take him from, furthering his reasoning for staying.
Bruce was later introduced to Renee Montoya and Crispus Allen by Detective Gordon, after it was revealed that he didn't kill Oswald Cobblepot as he was instructed to do, and was on the run from the Falcone crime family. It was explained by Gordon that he didn't know whether he'd be able to keep his promise of finding Bruce's parents killer as he had promised. Bruce got frustrated towards Gordon when he attempted to treat him like a child by not being specific about what he had done, and why he expected to die. He was then guaranteed by Detective Gordon that he could trust Allen and Montoya if anything happened to him, though he would try to work it out. Bruce embraced Gordon before he left.
Despite his protest, Bruce was soon forced to re-enroll in Anders Preparatory Academy by Alfred, who thought he needed to be around children his own age. Later, while reading a book outside of the school, Bruce was approached and greeted by Tommy Elliot who questioned him about his parent's death, asking several questions, which promoted Bruce to leave for class. While walking attempting to leave the school, walking on a stairwell, Bruce was once more taunted by Tommy, who purposely got Bruce's name wrong, though Bruce corrected him. After mentioning Bruce's deceased mother, Bruce slapped Tommy, getting beat up by the latter because of this. Alfred asked Bruce what had happened when he came outside, to which Bruce explained the situation. Taking Bruce to Tommy Elliot's house for revenge, Alfred also gave him his father's watch to use as a knuckle duster. Knocking on Elliot's door, Bruce told him that the two of them had unfinished business, proceeding to beat him, until being stopped by Alfred. Bruce then left with Alfred, selecting pizza for dinner for the night. Later on at Wayne Manor, Bruce asked Alfred whether he could teach him to fight, which Alfred told him that he could.
Bruce was later brought a sketch of his parents murderer by Jim Gordon as described by Selina Kyle. He was asked by Gordon whether or not he recognized the man, which Bruce didn't. Afterward, Bruce agreed to let Kyle stay at Wayne Manor, despite Alfred's protests, as she needed a safe place to stay, and was their best shot at finding out who had killed Bruce's parents. Bruce later offended Selina by asking her about her parents, catching her later attempting to leave through the window, apologizing if making her talk about her family upset her. Afterward, Bruce was asked whether he had ever kissed a girl and whether he wanted to. Struggling to find an answer, Bruce was retrieved by Alfred, as it was time for his studies. Bruce later continued his training, trying to develop self-discipline and willpower, but was told by Selina that it wouldn't work, as on the streets of Gotham, one needed to be mean and ruthless, which Bruce wasn't. The two later had a food fight, after Selina threw a donut at Bruce, telling him that if he could hit her with a piece of food, she'd let him kiss her.
Bruce and Selina were later forced to flee Wayne Manor, after an assassin was let into the residence by Alfred, posing as a woman who had been an accident. Leaving the manor, Bruce followed Selina into Gotham City, the latter who had convinced him that assassin was there for him and not her. In the city, Bruce made his way to a payphone, and while attempting to call Alfred, he was forced to flee after Selina, who revealed that the assassin was there to kill her, and not him, and she had only told him so, so that the two could hang out a while longer. After having made his way to a rooftop following Kyle, Bruce had to jump over to another roof, almost falling, though he was saved by Selina. Proving that he had earned the right to hang out with her, Bruce was taken to the Flea, a mall of sorts for street kids, there getting a change of clothes, and encountering Ivy Pepper before leaving to The Factory with Selina. At the factory, Bruce witnessed as Selina attempted to sell several items she had stolen from his home, to her fence, Clyde, though after he offered prices that were extremely lower than what the items were actually worth, the two attempted to leave. However, the two were prevented from doing so by Clyde, who threatened to poke Bruce's eyes out, if Selina didn't cooperate with him. Being locked into a room with Selina, the two later escaped after Selina knocked out one of Larissa Diaz's men who had come in. Afterward, Bruce distracted Diaz long enough for Selina to make her escape, though after being caught the assassin he was warned not to mistake bravery for common sense. Bruce was then discovered by Alfred, and the two embraced. Bruce was later visited by Selina at Wayne Manor, who wanted to properly say goodbye, also returning the items she had stolen from the residence, all except one. He was then kissed by Kyle, who left, and when Alfred came in the room questioning as to who he'd been talking to, Bruce lied telling him that he had been thinking out loud.
Leaving Gotham for Switzerland for several weeks afterward, Bruce had Alfred drive him around in search for Selina. Getting out of the car, Bruce pleaded with Alfred to allow him to circle around the block once, and then they would go home. While on the street, Bruce once more encountered Ivy Pepper, who he asked to pass along the message to Selina that he was looking for her, though Pepper only agreed after Bruce had Alfred give her twenty bucks. While playing chess by himself at Wayne Manor, he was interrupted by Selina who had arrived there after receiving his message. Giving her a snow globe that was reminiscent of the town him and Alfred had stayed in, Bruce followed by attempting to let Selina live at the Manor, in exchange for Kyle helping him find the man who killed his parents, though Bruce was told by Kyle that she hadn't seen his parents killers, and had only said that to get out of juvie. He was later discovered by Alfred in tears, and after a pep talk of sorts from the latter, Bruce was determined to find other leads.
Bruce was later visited by Detective Gordon who told him that Selina had revealed to him that she had lied about seeing the face of the killer of Bruce's parents, to which Bruce agreed that she had told him the same thing. Though Gordon persisted that it didn't put them back at square one, Bruce released Gordon from his promise of finding his parent's killer, as he'd pursue the matter on his own.
Even though his father was no longer alive, Bruce decided to continue the yearly tradition the two had of hiking, rejecting Alfred's offers to come with him. After angrily walking down the hill from his campsite, Bruce fell and sprained his ankle. Struggling to get back up the campsite, when he finally did, he discovered Alfred, who had been there for over an hour. After being helped up by Alfred, the two stayed the night, with Bruce watching the sunrise like he did with his father.
Bruce was told by Alfred that Wayne Enterprises had called to confirm his meeting with the board of directors. Though Alfred was hesitant about him going, Bruce reiterated that he had made up his mind about the situation. During his meeting with the board, Bruce questioned the directors about underworld involvement in the Arkham project, and chemical warfare manufacturing within WellZyn. Though the board of directors said they would look into them, one of the members mentioned to Bruce that he hadn't brought up any points with actual proof behind them, prompting Bruce to tell them that he hadn't told them all that he knew and that he hoped that they did look into the issues, as he'd bring them up at the next shareholders meeting, with possible legal action.
After Reginald Payne tracked down Alfred, and Bruce walked in on the two talking, he insisted that Reggie stays with them a few days. Coming into the manner after training, Bruce ran into Reggie and the two sparred, though Alfred put a stop to it. Bruce later brought up a bottle of wine and listened to the two tell stories. He seemingly excused himself to bed when Reggie stepped out of line, taunting Alfred, but waited outside of the door, listening to the rest of their conversation. Later that night, Bruce discovered Alfred bleeding in his father's study, after having been stabbed by Reggie, immediately trying to stop the loss of blood, and calling for help.
At the hospital, Bruce was brought a bagel by the visiting Detective Gordon. When they were questioned as to who had stabbed Alfred, Bruce initially was going to reveal Reggie's identity to Gordon, though he followed Alfred's lead, when the butler interrupted him, with Alfred later telling him that he was going to track down Reggie himself, though Bruce ordered him back to bed. Later, Bruce was visited by Selina Kyle who he revealed to his suspicion that Reggie had been sent to spy on him and Alfred by Wayne Enterprises, and that he planned on tracking down Reggie, as he could find out who specifically sent him, from the latter. Though Selina offered to help, Bruce rejected her offer on the account of not wanting anyone else to get hurt because of him.
At Wayne Manor, Bruce was visited by Gordon, who knew him and Alfred had lied about not knowing the identity of the man who had stabbed Alfred, though Bruce denied it. Putting together that Alfred wanted to go after the man himself, Bruce was warned by Gordon to stay out of it, as it wasn't his fight. He later visited every gun range in search of Reggie, after learning from Alfred that, that was where he was most likely to be. After searching to no avail, Bruce went to Selina for assistance, with the two finding him at a shooting gallery. There, Bruce questioned Reggie as to who had sent him, with Selina threatening to drop Reggie's "medicine" out of the window if he didn't tell them. After threading to tell Bunderslaw that Bruce was onto him, Bruce witnessed Selina push Reggie out of the window to his death, when the latter attempted to grab his bag from the windowsill.
Bruce later plotted with Selina to get the key to Bunderslaw's safe, as every executive of Wayne Enterprises had one, and any secrets that he had, would be in there. Deciding to attend the Wayne Enterprises charity ball with Selina, Bruce was able to get her close enough to Bunderslaw so that she could steal his key.
During a tour of Wayne Enterprises, Bruce excuses himself to go to the bathroom, though instead pulls the building's fire alarm. As everyone exited the building, Bruce made his way into Bunderslaw's office, finding his safe and unlocking it, though there was nothing in it. Afterward, he was confronted by Bunderslaw himself, who had been expecting him. Bruce's suspicions were confirmed by Bunderslaw, who also revealed that Bruce's father and grandfather had also known about the illegal activities going on in Wayne Enterprises, and originally came in with his secret files demanding justice, though he came to understand the reality of the business world. Though Bruce argued against this, Bunderslaw begged him to reconsider, as he had an opportunity to the blessed life his parents had wanted for him. The pair's conversation was interrupted by Lucius Fox, who came in looking for Bruce, as a public relations person was frantically searching for him. Before leaving Wayne Enterprise, Bruce was told by Lucius that his father was a true stoic, who kept his best self-hidden and that he wasn't the man the company thought he was. He later revealed this, and the circumstances of Reggie's death to Alfred at Wayne Manor.Two weeks later, Bruce tore apart his father's study looking for evidence of his secret life. In the midst of giving up, Bruce remembered Lucius Fox had called his father a stoic, bringing Marcus Aurelius to mind, a Roman Emperor who was also a stoic. Opening a book about him, Bruce discovered a remote in the back of the book, and after a quick debate with Alfred on whether or not to press it, Bruce did so, which revealed a secret passageway behind the fireplace.
Finding his parents' killers
Upon traveling to the passageway Bruce and Alfred stumbled upon a steel door with only a keypad barring them from the entrance. After many tries, Bruce couldn't get the code right to his dismay. In the middle of his attempts, Gordon showed up to Wayne Manor to announce his firing and how in order for him to return to GCPD to solve The Wayne Murders, he has to do a favor for Penguin and is honor bound not to do it. Enraged, Bruce told him that in order to do something right, one has to be prepared to do something ugly first, prompting Gordon to take up the favor. Taking his own advice, Bruce smashed the keypad and prepared to make a homemade fertilizer bomb to blow the door open. Alfred catches wind of this and tries to stop him only for Bruce to tell him, to make him tea if he refuses to help. Alfred instead advises him, that in order to blow the door open he needs more fertilizer and containers to do so. When they finished making the bomb, they successfully blew the door open. Inside the room, they find among most things, a workplace with an advanced computer, weaponry, bulletproof vests, Newspaper clippings and a desk. On the desk, Bruce discovered a letter addressed to him from his father. Bruce reads through it realizing that Thomas wrote it as a precaution, should he end up dying. Thomas through the letter tells Bruce that he cannot have happiness and truth and must choose between the two, strongly suggesting the former, unless Bruce finds a true calling.
Bruce decided to look through his father's computer to find any secrets regarding Wayne Enterprises. Alfred, disgusted at all the violence brought to them along with the arsenal Thomas had at his disposal, promptly smashes the computer despite Bruce's protests. Angry at him, Bruce fired Alfred which devastates them both. When Bruce realizes that Alfred was just trying to protect him, he goes to the train station to rehire him in exchange for further training. In exchange, Bruce agrees to go back to school and do what Alfred says when he says it. Bruce agrees to the conditions, though demands that Alfred finds a way to fix the computer.
Days later, Bruce and Alfred attended the Gotham Children's Hospital Gala, much to Bruce's reluctance. There Bruce and Alfred met Leslie Thompkins, and later Bruce encountered Selina who attended the event to score quick cash grabs. When he asks if she'd like to stay and watch the magician hosting the events, she refused regarding her thievery as work. The Magician, Rudolfo appears and asks for Bruce as his volunteer. He reluctantly goes on stage where he's subjected to the sawing in half trick, said trick scaring Alfred half to death before it turns out to be fake. As Bruce leaves the stage, Rudolfo kills Deputy Mayor Kane with a throwing knife revealing himself and his assistant to be Jerome Valeska and Barbara Kean. The duo promptly holds the gala hostage while Alfred protects Bruce from more of Jerome's thugs. Bruce spots Selina fleeing and gives chase. Selina helps him escape through a passageway, but Bruce refusing to let anything happen to Alfred runs back for him. He hides behind the curtains while Jerome makes his demands before Jerome demands that Bruce comes out from hiding lest Alfred dies. Bruce was about to, before being stopped by Gordon, but he doesn't want Alfred dead. Gordon lets him go and Bruce makes his presence known. When Alfred berates Bruce, Bruce tells him there's a gun in his jacket and Gordon is behind the curtain. Alfred manages to get and conceal the gun before Jerome holds Bruce at knife point. Gordon comes busting in prompting a standoff between Gordon, Alfred, and Jerome. The standoff ends when Theo Galavan kills Jerome saving Bruce reuniting him with Alfred. When all is over Alfred notices Gordon with Lee and accuses Bruce of knowing, which he denies.
After Bruce makes good on his promise returning to school, he gets into the car and is informed by Alfred that Galavan has invited him to dinner. Bruce, appreciative of Theo saving his life, agrees to attend. Alfred then makes good on his own promise to train Bruce by handing him gym clothes and telling him to run from school to Wayne Manor. Bruce later meets Theo at the restaurant to thank him, and Theo in turn, remarks on the lack of progress made in the Wayne murder. While they talk Bruce notices a blonde girl playing around on a fountain outside. Theo taking notice introduces her as Silver St. Cloud, his niece and ward who also lost her parents. Theo noticing his attraction to her, also brings up that soon, Silver would be attending the same school as Bruce further prompting him to get to know her.
At Wayne Manor in Thomas' lair, Alfred and Bruce had a sparring session, in which Alfred told him to him that his enemies would fight dirty, putting Bruce in a choke hold. Bruce then bit Alfred to free himself and voiced his impatience for Lucius Fox to repair his father's computer, as he was ready to begin. However, Bruce was told by Alfred that he'd tell him when he was ready, and though Bruce emphasized that he was, Alfred proved otherwise hitting him in the nose, after distracting him with the information that Silver St. Cloud had called to invite him to dinner at her house. hat night at the Galavan's penthouse, Bruce had dinner with the Galavan family, and Tabitha commented on how cute he and Silver were. Later, Theo confessed to Bruce, that he was aware that Bruce's father had been a good man, but despite that, bad things happened at Wayne Enterprise. Bruce was then told he was mature for his age and ready to handle the problems that were going on at Wayne Enterprises, though he would need some help. Theo then offered to be that person once he became Mayor.
Bruce had Silver over to Wayne Manor and was surprised when Selina snuck in through the window. Silver then comes into the study, and Bruce introduces the two. Bruce then went to go tell Alfred to set another place at lunch for Selina, at the request of Silver. Later, Selina asks Bruce if he's really buying Silver's act, and then proceeds to insult her. Silver then leaves with tears in her eyes, and Selina tries to tell Bruce that Silver is bad news. However, Bruce, angry at what Selina had done, told her that he wanted her to leave. Bruce then told her that the entire time he had thought she was his friend, though she had no idea what that meant. Soon after, Bruce visited the Galavan's penthouse firstly encountering Theo, who complimented his moral compass and noted the similarities between the two. However, the two were interrupted when Silver arrives happy to see him again.
Bruce later visits Galavan's home to meet with Theo. When he arrived he encountered Silver who kept him company before Theo arrived. In Theo's office, Bruce was asked by Theo that if he could have one dream come true, what it would be. Bruce confessed that it was to find and kill the murderer of his parents, and Theo then confessed that his greatest dream was to help the city and presented an opportunity for both to fulfill what they wanted. Theo then revealed to Bruce the illegal activities going on at Wayne Enterprises. Bruce vowed to Galavan that he would look into all of it, and stop whoever was responsible for the acts. However, Galavan told him he couldn't as Wayne Enterprises had a board that would kill to protect its secrets. Galavan then proposed to buy the shares Bruce controlled in his company in exchange for an envelope with the identity of the man who had killed Bruce's parents. Bruce later asks Alfred how many years would it take for him to gain the skills to take down the corruption at Wayne Enterprises. However, Alfred tells him that there wasn't a set timeline. Overwhelmed by the dilemma, Bruce tells Alfred about Galavan's proposal, and Alfred stresses that the proposal was extortion. However, Bruce told him he couldn't help but considered it because if Galavan could truly fix the corruption at Wayne Enterprises it was his moral duty to allow him to do so. Alfred then reminded Bruce that Wayne Enterprises wasn't his parent's legacy, but that he was. Bruce then began crying asking Alfred if he was wrong to just want it all to be over, and the latter embraced him. Later, Bruce and Alfred visited the Galavan penthouse for Bruce to sign over his shares of Wayne Enterprises, but at the last moment, Bruce refused to sign the documents. Suddenly, Gordon and the GCPD burst into the penthouse to arrest Galavan for kidnapping Mayor James, but before they did so, he threw the envelope with the Wayne's killer in the fire, leaving Bruce devastated. 
Bruce later invited Silver to Wayne Manor in an attempt to get information out of her. However, Alfred arrives dismissing Silver and thwarting Bruce's plan. However, before she leaves, Bruce is given a key to Silver's hotel room at the Kane Hotel. Afterward, Bruce and Alfred argue over Alfred dismissing Silver, and Bruce is forbidden by Alfred to see Silver as he could be jeopardized if he attempted to get information out of Silver. After Bruce refuses to listen to Alfred, he decides to become his jailer to prevent the latter from seeing Silver and pursuing Galavan's claims. Later, Bruce pretended to head for bed, saying goodnight to Alfred, but the butler reveals to having sent the taxi he called in secret away, and that he had also taken the key Silver had given him, without Bruce noticing. Despite that, Bruce decides not to give up to get the information Galavan had. The next day, Bruce tried to sneak out to see Silver. However, Selina Kyle appeared to prevent him from doing so, as unlike before, she had proof to back up her claims.Bruce was then presented with a file that Selina had stolen indicating that Silver had been sent to spy on him and push him to sell his company.
Bruce and Selina then hired The Knife to pretend to hold him and Silver hostage to get the truth out of the latter. Before hiding in a tree, Bruce was told by Selina that the best liars always told the truth. Later Bruce meets with Silver to ask her to tell Theo he was willing to pay for the best defense attorneys, seeing as his funds had been frozen, if he agreed to give the name of the murderer of Bruce's parents. However Silver was hesitant to do so at first, however, Bruce said he'd believe whatever Galavan told her because it would come from her. Bruce then told her that he never met anyone like her, he trusted her with his life and felt tied to her, afterward kissing her. While leaving school, Bruce receives a call from Silver informing him that Theo had accepted his deal and had told her the name of his parent's killer. However seconds later at their agreed meeting site, The Knife appears in his van, having previously abducted Silver, and orders Bruce to get in or he would kill her. While being interrogated by The Knife, he pretends to takes Bruce to the back of the building to torture him, though while he does so, Bruce pretended to beg Silver to tell The Knife what she knows. Silver confesses to Bruce that her uncle never told her the name, and her mission was to keep him busy until Galavan was released. After The Knife gets Silver to reveal the Waynes' killer name, "M. Malone", Bruce and Selina appear to reveal that everything was staged to force her, to tell the truth. With Silver's true intentions exposed, Silver told Bruce her uncle would kill her when he discovered what had transpired, but Bruce chose to ignore her. Finally, Bruce was told by Silver that she believed what he had told her earlier outside the school and that he wasn't acting like himself, but Bruce told her she wrong. Later at Wayne Manor, Bruce is commended by Selina for changing, and after she leaves Theo Galavan arrives to abduct him.
Bruce is brought to the Galavan's penthouse with a hood over his head, and his hands tied. Theo reveals his true name and tells Bruce about the events that had transpired between their two families. He then told Bruce of the prophecy that his family's patron saint promised, of the day when the blood of nine men of Gotham City and the Son of Gotham were slain by righteous hand to wash away the sins of the city. Father Creel then appeared to begin the preparations for the sacrifice so that at midnight, the Dumas family could finally be avenged. Afterward, Bruce was taken to a cell. He was later visited by Silver and reluctantly allows her to stay. The two had a conversation, and Silver eventually tries to break Bruce out, though the two are caught by Theo. Back in the cell, Bruce tells her he knew the entire thing was a ruse, and denies having feelings for her, telling her that he pitied her. Near midnight, Bruce admits to Silver of not being scared of his imminent death that night because he'd soon be reunited with his parents. At that moment, Theo appeared outside the cell with the monks to escort him to the altar, however before leaving Bruce turns around to kiss Silver and confess his love for her to convince Theo that she had succeeded in her objective. Bruce is brought to the altar where several monks of the Order of St. Dumas recite the prophecy asking for the death of the Son of Gotham. Bruce was approached by Father Creel brandishing the ceremonial knife and sought to complete the ceremony, but Silver raises her voice in protest, interrupting it. Bruce is then rescued by Gordon, Alfred, Selina, Bullock, and Penguin who kill several of the monks and Father Creel. He is released by Alfred and Selina, and while leaving thanks them but tells the two he had a feasible escape plan.
Bruce was then forced by Alfred to spend a month in Switzerland. After returning, he had a discussion with Leslie Thompkins about his abduction. Bruce confessed that the situation made him feel alive and invigorated, and with a second chance at life, he was more determined than ever to find the murderer of his parents. Later in his father's lair, Bruce furiously hit a punching bag until Alfred arrived. Bruce then blamed Alfred for making them go to Switzerland, as they wasted a month they could have used to search for "M. Malone". However, the butler stops Bruce from hitting the punching bag and informed Bruce that one of his GCPD contacts had found a file on the killer, Patrick "Matches" Malone. After revealing that he planned to kill Malone when they found him, Alfred made it clear that he would do it himself as Bruce was too young to have a death on his conscious. Bruce initially rejected the idea, but eventually, Alfred made him accept the deal. Bruce later had Selina over to the manor, asking her to get him a gun. Selina does her best to convince him to change his mind because it would change him forever, but Bruce was counting on that.
Meeting Matches Malone
Bruce met with Selina to give him the gun he had requested, with the latter warning that guns only served one purpose. Bruce then returned to Wayne Manor and Alfred told Bruce that to find Malone they were to visit a former associate of his nicknamed Cupcake, who spent ten years in Blackgate Penitentiary because of Matches. Alfred informed Bruce that Cupcake led a criminal gang known as the Mutants. Soon after, the two visited the place where Cupcake organized fights among his gang. Although Alfred asks Bruce not to say anything, Bruce revealed his identity and offered to pay him $ 50,000 in exchange for the whereabouts of Malone. Cupcake accepts the deal but also requires Alfred to fight him out of respect. Once defeated, Cupcake told Bruce to go see Jeri at the Celestial Gardens to find Malone, but right after, Alfred suddenly fainted due to Cupcake's blows from the fight. Later at the hospital, Alfred asks Bruce to do nothing till he recovered but once he goes unconscious, Bruce used the opportunity to go to the Celestial Gardens. After going to Celestial Gardens, Bruce met Jeri and she questioned him about his reasons for wanting to find Malone. After discovering the truth, she refused to reveal his whereabouts asking for a good reason. When justice and money didn't convince Jeri to do so, Bruce brings out the gun in his pocket but is unwilling to shoot her. After Bruce begins to leave, she finally decides to provide Malone's address in an attempt to intervene and play god. While leaving, Bruce encounters Gordon who tries to stop him, though the crowd grabs on to the latter on Jeri's orders, allowing Bruce to escape. Bruce later confronted Malone in his apartment, and although the latter didn't remember him at first, Bruce eventually jogs his memory. despite threats from Bruce who threatened to shoot him, he refused to tell him who hired him, as the killer's code wasn't much, but it was all he had. When Bruce realizes that Malone wanted him to kill him, Malone confesses of being tired of committing so much evil in his life and not being punished. However, after considering it, Bruce decided not to kill him. Angrily, Malone reminds Bruce that he was a monster, but Bruce told him that although he wished he was a monster, he was just a man. He then drops the gun on the table and goes out into the hallway coming across Detective Gordon. At the same time, the two hear a gunshot of Malone committing suicide. Bruce later left Alfred a letter informing him he was going to live with Selina on the streets for a while to learn some things, and to honor his wishes not to bring him back.
Time on the Street and Research
Bruce was taken to a greenhouse where Ivy Pepper worked and informed that with Ivy's help, Selina intended on stealing Sonny Gilzean's gang's money. After Bruce stated that he was not opposed to the idea, as it was stealing from criminals, Selina tells him that they were to wait, as Ivy put mushrooms in the gang's lunch, which would put them in a state of relaxed bliss. Bruce and Selina manage to steal money from the gang thanks to the gang members being drugged. Unfortunately, Sonny returns while they're in the middle of doing so, and catches the two attempting to flee with the money. Later, Bruce calls Sonny a coward for assaulting Selina after she cracked wise at him. Bruce was then beaten by Sunny, and remembering the advice of Alfred, Bruce takes a series of fierce punches from Sunny until Selina creates a distraction that gives him the chance to knock out Sunny and allow them to run away with the money in hand. Bruce's wounds were later tended to by Selina, and Bruce revealed that despite what Sonny did, he knew that he couldn't break him and that no one could. A month later, Bruce and Selina watched the announcement of Gordon's sentencing to Blackgate on television.
Bruce and Selina stole a crook's money, and Bruce throws out some of the money into the streets, angering both the crook and Selina that Bruce was stupid enough to throw the money away. Later, Bruce takes Selina's jacket and sews the sleeve as she had ripped it. After she finds out, Selina thanks him and Gordon then arrives at their hideout. Bruce then stitched Gordon's wounds and called Alfred. The trio was brought back to Wayne Manor, and Bruce was present the next day when Gordon devised a plan to have Selina feed Captain Barnes false information so that Edward Nygma would lead him to the bodies of the people he had killed. Afterward, while Selina was taking a shower, Alfred told Bruce that Lucius had fixed his father's computer. However, Bruce was given the ultimatum of choosing the work, or Selina, as he wouldn't allow Bruce to put Selina's life in danger. Bruce decides not to go back to the city with Selina, though Selina takes it the wrong way, bidding a great life, and ending their friendship.
Investigating Pinewood Farms and Hugo Strange
Bruce looked through his father's computer, and Alfred arrived down to the lair to inform him and Lucis that he had prepared a meal upstairs. However, on Thomas' calendar Bruce discovers that he had scheduled a meeting with a woman named Karen Jennings about something called "Pinewood Farms" the same week he was killed. Wasting no time, Bruce and Alfred arrive at Karen's cabin in the woods where inside they are surprised to discover that Karen had a claw instead of a left hand due to an experiment. After Karen tells the two her backstory, Bruce then deduces that the program had been started up again, and demands that Karen takes him to the original Pinewood Farms facility. At the Pinewood facility, Bruce, Alfred, and Karen reach the building, but inside are chased by two assassins sent to capture Karen. Though they escaped, the police waited for the trio outside. At the GCPD, Bruce explained the situation to Captain Barnes, though he didn't like it. Barnes then orders that Karen is sent to Blackgate. At a diner, Bruce informs Gordon of what they had learned, and Gordon shares his suspicions that he suspected that the Philosopher was in charge of Pinewood, so he quickly begins to plan a way to prevent Karen from being sent to Blackgate since she was the only person who could identify him. After Bruce, Alfred, and Gordon hijack the truck, Karen tells Bruce that Thomas used to visit her frequently and treated her as if she were his daughter. However, she also reveals that his father was the one who initiated "Pinewood Farms", and although he had good intentions "The Philosopher" took advantage of him. Soon after, they were forced out of the truck as Victor Fries planted a trap for them. Though Gordon and Alfred tried to subdue Fries with their guns, they failed. Bruce was then embraced by Karen and witnessed her sacrifice to save them all, with Fries freezing her, then breaking her into pieces. Back at Wayne Manor, Bruce wonders how to move forward because Karen was the only lead they on identifying "The Philosopher". However, Lucius arrives with an important discovery after having sought scientists who had worked for Wayne Enterprises cross-referencing the words "Pinewood" and "philosopher". To the astonishment of the group, Fox showed them a photograph of the old Gotham cricket team where Thomas stood by his friend Hugo Strange, otherwise known as " The Philosopher". Bruce takes this discovery with extreme displeasure after discovering the fact that his father's death was ordered by one of his friends.
Bruce was later informed by Gordon and Bullock that the evidence on Hugo Strange was not enough to imprison him. Annoyed by the bureaucracy of the situation, Bruce suggests that Gordon do the same thing to Strange as he did to Galavan, but Jim advises him not to take that route because he'd end up paying for it over and over again, as he did. Bruce later goes to a crime scene with Gordon and Bullock. Barnes approaches them and though Gordon asks to speak to him, he refuses at first, but Bruce insists and he gives Gordon three minutes to explain. Bruce later witnesses Azrael escaping from the GCPD officers who were shooting at him. At the GCPD, Bruce asks what Barnes plans to do about Strange, and Barnes tells him that he will assemble a Strike Force and call in all off-duty personnel. Barnes then told Bruce to stop meddling in matters that didn't concern him. Afterward, Gordon agrees with Barnes and tells Bruce to go home, as he couldn't make the moves he needed to make if he was worrying about Bruce.
Bruce has Alfred drive him into the city to meet with Selina Kyle. On a rooftop, Bruce meets with Selina find a way to get into Arkham to find incriminating evidence on Hugo Strange. Initially reluctant, Selina agrees to help him after realizing the possibly that Bridgit Pike was still alive, nevertheless she decides to go alone. Bruce later arrives at Wayne Manor, and Alfred informs him that Galavan was coming for him. At Wayne Manor, Bruce and Alfred split up to make sure the house was secured. While doing so, Bruce finds a broken window. He later takes a sword off of the wall and throws it to Alfred when he saw the latter was battling Galavan in the study. However, Bruce flees, after Alfred is eventually defeated and thrown out of a window. Bruce runs into the car garage of the manor where he uses a car to bulldoze Azrael. Outside the manor, Azrael surprisingly stands unhurt and catches Bruce by the neck with a whip. But before he could kill Bruce with his sword, Gordon appears from behind him and shoots him with his gun, though it fails to kill him. Gordon, and Alfred who had limped his way to the front of the manor, then tended to Bruce. Afterward, Bruce witnessed Penguin and Butch arrive, and Butch shoots Theo who had gotten back up, with a rocket launcher, blowing him to smithereens. The two then leave, with Butch telling Bruce, Gordon, and Alfred good night.
Bruce waited on top of a rooftop for Selina, but after Ivy Pepper arrives instead, he realizes that Selina is in trouble. Bruce then went to the GCPD to inform Gordon that Professor Strange had Selina Kyle. At Wayne Manor, Bruce is berated by Alfred for involving Selina, who was now in danger because of him. However, Gordon and Lucius Fox decides to use this opportunity to infiltrate Arkham Asylum and find the secret laboratory where Hugo Strange was creating monsters. Given that, and despite Alfred's protest, Bruce decides to accompany Lucius announcing that he'd ask for a tour as the Wayne foundation gave the Asylum money every year. Bruce and Alfred later parted ways, and Alfred gives Bruce his blessing to go, telling him that Thomas Wayne fought very hard for what he believed in, and he wouldn't stop Bruce from doing the same thing. Outside of Arkham Asylum, Bruce and Lucius met with Hugo Strange, and Bruce asks for a tour, using the fact that he supplied the Asylum with a quarter of their operation budget to get one. He then told Strange that he wanted to talk with him, while Lucius looked around. In Strange's office, Hugo confronted Bruce about the real reason he was there. The conversation eventually shifted to the murder of Bruce's parents, and Bruce and Hugo both agree that there was someone to blame for the killing. Bruce and Hugo then discussed Thomas Wayne, with Hugo telling Bruce that Thomas' moral principles were what got him and Martha killed. Strange eventually asks Bruce whether he would trade his moral principles for one more day with parents. Bruce then accuses him of ordering his parents' murder. Although Hugo tried to warn him to turn back, and make the choice his father didn't. After Bruce made it clear that he would do the same as his father, Strange ordered that Bruce, Gordon, and Lucius be taken. Bruce was then taken out of Strange's office, as he was being taken out of the office, Bruce demanded to know what Strange had done to Selina Kyle. Bruce was then locked into a room with Lucius Fox, and Edward Nygma soon announced his presence over a microphone. Nygma told Bruce and Lucius that Strange had tasked him with finding out how much they knew about what Strange had been up to, and who they had told.
Bruce and Lucius were at the mercy of Edward Nygma, who tries to find out everything they knew about who ran Indian Hill. Lucius suggests the answer to Nygma's question was Hugo Strange, though Bruce gave the answer of Wayne Enterprises, which was correct. Nygma then asked them who ran Wayne Enterprises. However, Bruce and Lucius gave the wrong answer, prompting Nygma to activate the poison gas. While unconscious, Bruce has several flashbacks. He and Lucius later wake up in the same room as Jim. Bruce received an apology from Jim for making the oath to find his parent's killer in the past. Soon after, Selina Kyle arrives in the room and having manipulated her Bruce apologizes and tells her to escape. However, he is told by Selina that she'd do as she liked and that she had Bruce wrapped around her finger. Bruce, Lucius, and Gordon are later rescued by Selina who had manipulated Firefly into a fight with Mr. Freeze. The group went into Arkham's cafeteria where they witnessed the fight. After Gordon and Lucius disarmed the bomb Strange had activated, Bruce and Selina later meet up with Alfred outside of Arkham. Gordon then tells communicates Bruce of his intention to leave the city to find Leslie. After that, Bruce tells Alfred of the secret council that controlled everything in Gotham, and that they were close to the ultimate truth.
Investigating the Court Of Owls & discovery of the doppelganger
Bruce accompanied by Alfred then went to Switzerland for six months, with Bruce doing research into The Court of Owls and finding proof of their existence. Afterward, he returned to Gotham, and the next day confronted the board of directors of Wayne Enterprises giving them the ultimatum of allowing him to speak to the Court face to face within 24 hours or he would give his evidence to every news outlet in Gotham. That night, Bruce went into the study to find Alfred unconscious and then was abducted by Talon.
Bruce is taken to the lair of the council representative Kathryn. After she removes her owl mask, Bruce recognizes her from events for Wayne Enterprises, as well as having visited the manor before. Bruce attempts to negotiate terms, even saying that if he dies his assets will be transferred to the federal government, meaning an investigation would be held at Wayne Enterprises, however this doesn't phase Kathryn as she feels the organization she is with will be able to bear it. She then makes Bruce a proposal, to drop all investigations on the secret council and his parents' murder, in exchange for his life as well as his close friends and loved ones not sharing a horrible fate. After thinking it through, Bruce agrees to the conditions and is once again knocked out by the Talon and taken back to Wayne Enterprises.
Bruce is awakened by Alfred, and describes to him the situation. Alfred deduces that the secret council have probably threatened Bruce with the lives of those close to him. Alfred begins to ponder that even though Bruce has agreed to seize all investigation into their activities, will they keep to their bargain.
Later on in the day they make light of the situation and discuss what Bruce will do with his spare time now that he won't be investigating them, with Alfred jokingly saying that he can take up dancing lessons. But the mood is destroyed when they hear a window breaking. Going to investigate, they are stunned when they come across a boy resembling Bruce who asks for their help.
Bruce and Alfred gave Bruce's doppelganger food and what his name was, his name being Subject 514A or 'Five'. Five revealed that he was from Indian Hill and that he found Bruce by following Selina Kyle when he saw the two talking to one another. Bruce decided to allow Five to stay in Wayne Manor going against Alfreds pleas regarding why Hugo Strange would make a clone of Bruce and the chance that Five may have some connection to the Court of Owls.
The next morning, Bruce and Alfred are training with Five observing them. Bruce decides to let Five spar with Alfred, who then proceeds to teach Five boxing. When Alfred strikes Five they notice that he cannot feel any pain, Alfred strikes again only this time Five dodges all of Alfreds attacks with quick reflexes and displays superior hand-to-hand combat skills oppose to Alfred. Alfred and Bruce ask where Five learned how to fight he stated that he did not know, he may have learned at Indian Hill but if he had he could not remember. Later that evening Selina visits Bruce and tells him about Ivy possibly dying after falling down a storm drain.
The next day Bruce discovers that Five has cut his to make himself look more like Bruce and has stolen one of his cars. Bruce and Alfred search and eventually locate Five on the roof of Selinas' apartement, angered by Fives' actions Bruce demands to know why Five has done what he has done. Five tells Bruce that he believed Bruce might hold the key to discovering who he really is but he does not, however Five claims despite Bruce possessing vast wealth and anything a person could want he truly has nothing. Five tells Bruce and Alfred they will never see him again before jumping off the roof, Bruce and Alfred then watch as Five leaves Gotham unharmed by the height he has jumped.
A week later, Bruce visits Jim Gordon and hires him to be his private investigator to look into Ivy's whereabouts as a favour for Selina. Gordon decides to start their search at the GCPD, Gordon then tells Bruce its chivalrous of him to help Selina and asks how long they've been in a relationship.
Alliance with the Whisper Gang and war with the Court of Owls
Kidnapped by a mad cult and show down with Jerome
Replaced by the Doppelganger, abduction and training with the Shaman
After the death of his parents, Bruce began to show erratic behavior, such as self-harm, listening to heavy metal, drawing disturbing artwork, refusing to eat and overall behaving recklessly, doing things such as climbing on top of the roof of the Wayne Mansion and burning himself. He is very serious, though also kind, caring, selfless, observant and intelligent. He can sometimes be naive, but despite this, he can easily tell when someone is lying to him or when they are not telling him the entire truth. He shows a great deal of personal strength and maturity for his age. He loved both of his parents very much, and becomes angry if anyone speaks ill of them, such as Tommy Elliot, who he physically assaulted after the latter taunted him about his parents' deaths, and disrespected his mother.
Harboring leftover guilt from not doing anything when his parents were murdered, Bruce devoted all of his time and efforts towards finding clues that could be used to discover the identity of the man who killed his parents. Bruce has a strong moral compass to do what is right, showing a huge reprehension against the act of killing, calling the Balloonman a criminal because he did so, and berating Selina Kyle for killing Reggie Payne, and telling her that he'd never cross that line.Though Bruce later decided to kill Matches Malone as he had killed his parents, after realizing that Malone was just a man, Bruce realized that he couldn't murder, nor get revenge on evil.Bruce has been shown to be capable of deception, as shown when he managed to hire Tom, aka the Knife, to get Malone's identity out of Silver St. Cloud.
Bruce is shown to be courageous as he handed himself over to Jerome Valeska to bide Alfred time to save himself from Jeromes' followers and again when he attempted to save a citizen from being killed by Jerome. Bruce also has a developed a strong value for justice from investigating the reasons for the murder of his parents, the corruption in Gotham City & Wayne Enterprises. Bruce's sense of justice is most notably shown when he takes it upon himself to fight and capture Jerome Valeska after he saw the latter murder innocent civilians.
Bruce is a young Caucasian male, with brown hair. He is of an average build for someone his age, and is found attractive by many girls, including Selina Kyle and Ivy Pepper, who both made comments implying they were physically attracted to him.
- High-level intellect: Bruce is highly intelligent for his age.
- Honed senses: Bruce has excellent senses. In "Wrath of the Villains: A Dead Man Feels No Cold", he was able to sense Selina Kyle's presence without looking behind himself; despite the fact that the former has excellent skills in stealth.
- Peak of human physical condition: Bruce was trained by both Alfred and the temple Shaman for a long period of time which has led to him being in excellent shape.
- Basic hand-to-hand combatant: Bruce was trained by Alfred for a long period of time, and during which, he gained basic but efficient hand-to-hand combat skills. Bruce has proven his fighting capabilities when he was able to best Jerome Valeska though the latter did not fight back and he was finally apprehended by Jim Gordon. Bruce has since gained further training with the temple Shaman following his abduction by the Court of Owls.
- Expert Escrima stick combatant: Bruce has become an excellent stick combatant in Escrima through his training with the temple Shaman. Bruce has excelled further in this training after the Shaman helped him conquer his rage thus making him more focused and capable of defeating his opponents.
- Free running/Acrobatics: After spending some time living on the streets, Bruce was able to jump from roof top to roof top with ease.
- Bruce's favorite animal are Owls.
- In DC Comics, Bruce Wayne was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, and first appeared in Detective Comics #27 (May 1939). Originally referred to as "the Bat-Man" and still referred to at times as "the Batman", the character is additionally known as "the Caped Crusader", "the Dark Knight", and "the World's Greatest Detective", among other titles. Batman became a very popular character soon after his introduction and gained his own comic book title, Batman, in 1940. An American cultural icon, Batman has been licensed and adapted into a variety of media, from radio to television and film, and appears on a variety of merchandise sold all over the world such as toys and video games. The character has also intrigued psychiatrists with many trying to understand the character's psyche.