DC Universe: After the Fall
"Batman may be dead, but Gotham still needs a symbol. You can be that symbol."
Born to the Wealthy Wayne family, Bruce Wayne had an idyllic childhood. But after witnessing his parents’ violent murder in Crime Alley, Bruce dedicated his life to battling criminals. He circled the globe for years, training his physical and mental abilities to a peak in addition to mastering martial arts, detective techniques and criminal psychology. When he returned, Gotham City welcomed their favorite son home, not knowing that the high society playboy billionaire had become a vigilante who would become known as the Batman.
He served as Gotham City’s defender over the course of almost twenty years. Over that time he took several young trainees under his wing, some successes and some failures. We made many enemies over his time as Gotham’s Dark Knight, but also made valuable allies, namely the members of the Justice League.
When Brainiac destroyed Metropolis, taking several notable members of the Justice League with it, Bruce Wayne knew it was only a matter of time before the artificial intelligence returned from it’s campaign offworld. Knowing that he could not possibly defeat this threat alone, Bruce Wayne formed a tenuous alliance with the criminal mastermind Lex Luthor to find a way to defeat Brainiac. When the villain did return to earth, it walked into an elaborate trap that the two geniuses had laid. They were victorious over the threat, and Brainiac was seemingly destroyed, but at a high cost. Nearly all of Bruce’s bones were broken in the fight, and though he healed, he no longer was able to serve as the Batman.
Settling down as a mentor to a new generation of heroes, Bruce Wayne finally found a semblance of peace. After a highly publicised wedding with Selina Kyle, Bruce helped to fund and equip the new Batman, Tim Drake. However, with Tim Drakes violent death at the hands of Gotham’s new would-be defender, Bruce new turns his experience to a new group of young heroes to keep Gotham, and the rest of the world, safe.