Bruce Wayne

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Character
Name: Bruce Wayne aka Batman aka Matches Malone
Occupation: superhero vigilante, multimillionaire (owner of Wayne Enterprises)
Title/Rank: affiliated with Justice League, Outsiders
Location: Gotham
Status: alive
Relationships: canon romance exists with Selina Kyle (aka Catwoman), Wonder Woman, Talia al Ghul, Vicki Vale, Sasha Bordeaux, Zatanna (possibly others)
Fandom: DC Comics, specifically Batfandom, DC Animated Universe, Nolanverse, Batman (1966), The Batman cartoon, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Young Justice (TV Series)
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Bruce Wayne aka Batman is a major DC Comics character who also features prominently in several related continuities in cartoons, live action movies and tv series. He is the head of the Batfamily.

Canon Information

Born to a wealthy family in Gotham City, he witnessed the death of his parents as a child. The trauma becomes his driving force that leads him to take up the Batman identity. Over the years he trains himself to become a crime fighter and fight criminals in his city, later aided by various other heroes, but most notably by his butler/surrogate father figure Alfred Pennyworth and the young heroes known as Robin. One of his important and recurring allies is Commissioner James Gordon. As Bruce Wayne he is known as a billionaire playboy, while as Batman he is often shown as a much darker character. It can be argued (and sometimes is) that Bruce Wayne is the mask and Batman the real man.

He has acquired one of the most iconic comic superhero rogues gallery, including characters like the Joker, the Penguin, the Riddler, Two-Face, Ra's al Ghul, Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, and Catwoman.

He is also an essential member of the Justice League.

Batman (1966)

In the three-season TV series and 1966 spin-off feature film, Batman, the Bruce Wayne version of Batman was portrayed by Adam West. He later provided the voice for animated versions of the character, and the actor's likeness was used in tie-in comics and crossover mini-series.

Death and Return

New 52

Pairings

Canon Love Interests

As Bruce Wayne's public persona has a playboy image he often has female love intersts in canon and had different canon relationships, most notably with Selina Kyle aka Catwoman, who appeared as his love interest in different media, Talia al Ghul (in comics canon mother of his son Damian Wayne), Vicki Vale (who also appeared in the Burton movies) and many others like Wonder Woman, Batwoman Katherine Kane, Zatanna Zatara, Silver St. Cloud, Jezebel Jet, Black Canary.

In the Nolanverse a new love interest was intoduced with Rachel Dawes.

In the DC Animated Universe he has also shown interest in Superman's love interest Lois Lane.

Popular Pairings in Fandom

Trends in Fanworks

Public Image

The double identity and the stark contrast between Bruce Wayne, the public figure, and Batman, the tough detective and costumed hero, is often a theme in fanworks and can lead to identity porn.

Bruce deliberately shapes his public identity as an irresponsible playboy to protect his secret identity as Batman, and the persona can be considered more a mask than the Batman identity. Many fanworks deal with the public and media perception of the billionaire. Humorous works often show how the public follows Bruce Wayne's frequent scandals and baffling actions. More serious works deal with how Bruce manipulates his public identity and hides his true darkness and angst, which he is only able to express as a vigilante.

Identity Porn works often involve people meeting Bruce Wayne and Batman separately and having different relationships with the seeming different men. Other works may see Bruce Wayne kidnapped by a villain in an attempt to draw out Batman. Works using this trope can also be further complicated with the inclusion of Bruce's criminal alter ego Matches Malone.

Batfam

Batman works with many other Gotham heroes, including but not limited to the series of Robins, many of which are Bruce Wayne's adopted children. Fanworks exploring the familial dynamics, either close or trouble, between Bruce and the Batfamily.

Other

Popular tropes? Fanon?

There is plenty of fan fiction out there for the Bruce/Batman lover. Since everyone has a different take on the balance between Bruce Wayne and his alter ego as well as different ideas about the details of his personality and life, every tale is as unique as the interpretation of this wonderfully complex and exceptional character. Fics vary based on the characters involved and the point and particular version of canon in which the story takes place. [...] There is as much out there to enjoy in Batman fandom as there is in Batman canon.[1]

Because of an embargo the character could not be used for the TV show Smallville, but he was frequently written into stories (sometimes in the form of crossovers with Batman properties) and often slashed with main character Clark Kent. (The character recently was intoduced to Smallville canon in the comic book continuation Smallville Season 11).

Fanworks

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.

Example Fanart

Example Fanfic

Nolanverse

Music of the Spheres Link by mithen is a series set in the combined universes of Batman Begins and Superman Returns and depicts a developing and later established Clark Kent/Bruce Wayne relationship.

Example Vids

Meta

Archives and Communities

Links

References

  1. Bruce Wayne (Batman/DC Comics) character manifesto by lexalot (accessed 18.06.2013)