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Bruce Wayne - Batman - Justice League

Bruce Wayne from Justice League played by Ben Affleck.

Bruce Wayne is a fictional male in the Justice League comic series who was played on screen by Ben Affleck. Bruce Wayne is the billionaire owner of Wayne Enterprises which he inherited from his father who was killed in an ambush when Bruce was young. In the Tim Burton film of the nineties, it was the Joker, Batman's arch enemy that was responsible for the deaths of the Wayne's parents. In other canons, it wasn't the Joker. He is looked after by his butler, Alfred Pennyworth who knows Bruce's secret.

Batman appeared in four films from 1989 to 1997 featuring Joker, Penguin, Two-Face, Poison Ivy, Catwoman, Riddler and Poison Ivy. In those films Batman was played by Michael Keaton (1st 2), Val Kilmer and then George Clooney. In the last two, Robin, the boy wonder assisted Batman like he did in the Adam West series in the sixties. However, Robin didn't appear in any Christopher Nolan films and won't be appearing in the Justice League films.

Bruce Wayne isn't married but is never not able to get a woman on his arm. In the Christopher Nolan stories, Wayne had feelings for his best friend Rachel Dawes until her life was cut short by the Joker. In the films, Bruce was never without a woman but he secretly only wanted Rachel who was infatuated with Harvey Dent, the local District Attorney who went on to become Two-Face after the Joker tried to kill him as well. The Christopher Nolan films had Bruce Wayne played by Christian Bale who went up against Ra's Al Ghul, the Joker and then finally Bane.


Underneath Wayne Manor, the stately home that the Wayne family has owned for years is the Batcave. The Batcave is where Bruce Wayne keeps his Bat vehicles and his technology. It is accessible from a secret passage in the Wayne manor.

Although it has been accessed by criminals in the past, the most memorable on screen is when the Riddler as played by Jim Carrey accessed the cave and caused mayhem and destruction.

Vehicular access is through a secret entrance. In the Adam West series, the entrance was a side of a hill whereas in the Christopher Nolan films, the entrance was behind a waterfall.

Batmobile, Batbike and Batwing

Being a billionaire allowed Bruce Wayne to indulge himself. With his money and power, he was able to design and build a variety of vehicle. In the Christopher Nolan films, he was assisted with Lucius Fox, head of development who would provide Bruce with the gear, weapons and just about everything else that Bruce wanted.

When the Batmobile was destroyed in the Dark Knight Rises, Bruce switched to the Batbike and rode out of the vehicle, leaving the vehicle to self destruct and hopefully destroy any evidence that could link it back to him.

Batman vs. Superman

Bruce Wayne has so much pent up anger towards Superman because a loved one of Bruce's was killed during the fight between Superman and General Zod at the end of Man of Steel. Bruce wants to exact revenge even though he knows that Superman can't be hurt. Eventually they probably become friends to defeat a bigger threat to them both.

Both Batman and Superman unite to defeat a common enemy, that is Doomsday and Lex Luthor. Both antagonists are more associated with fighting Superman but in Batman Vs. Superman : Dawn of Justice, they become an antagonist for Batman as well. Domesday is famous for having being portrayed as the one who killed Superman in a 1992 comic.

Batman is a masked vigilante who operates the board room by day and operates in the darkness defeating evil during the night. In the Nolan movies, Batman only used his fists however in trailers for Dawn of Justice, Batman is seen holding a gun.

Batman has also been portrayed as fighting the Xenomorph from alien and having fought Judge Dredd in cross-over comics in the nineties and early noughties.

Bruce Wayne's Girlfriends

Barbara Gordon a.k.a. Batgirl

Barbara Gordon was an early girlfriend of Bruce Wayne. Barbara Gordon is the daughter of Commissioner James Gordon, the police chief of Gotham and ally of Batman. Batgirl would later become an entity of her own. When the C.W. network planned to produce a series on the character, her character would be a lesbian and the first mainstream television character of the LGB community. The character is not to be confused with Batwoman, Katherine Kane who is a different character.

Vicky Vale

In the nineties film with Michael Keaton taking on the role, Kim Bassinger took on the role of Victoria "Vicky" Vale, a newsreporter. The character had been introduced earlier in the comics. Batman would flat out to protect Vicky Vale from the Joker's schemes.

Rachel Dawes

In the Christopher Nolan Batman movies, Bruce Wayne had a childhood friend Rachel Dawes who he had a candle for. She would be there for him in Batman Begins. In the second film, Rachel began a relationship with Harvey Dent. The maniacal Joker kidnapped both Rachel and Harvey. The Joker set a trap in which one would die.

Bruce Wayne went to rescue Rachel but ended up rescuing Harvey Dent. As a result of the rescue, Harvey Dent became badly scarred and turned into Two-Face. Rachel was not so lucky and was killed.

As a result of the death of Rachel, Bruce would shut himself off from the rest of the world. Bruce would only return to the outside world when Selina Kyle, a.k.a. Catwoman breaks into new Wayne Manor to steal a necklace.

Selina Kyle, a.k.a. Catwoman

Although strictly speaking, Catwoman is an antagonist, an enemy of Bruce Wayne. Its not been unheard of that they would work together. In the third Christopher Nolan film, Selina Kyle and Bruce Wayne strike up a relationship after they help one another. At the end of the third film, they both decide to run away together and start where no one knows them.

Major Batman Allies

Batman's main enemies are all from Earth. Any alien enemies are usually a cross-over with other characters such as Supermans or The Flashes. The Flash's extra-terrestrial enemies are usually from another dimension in the Multiverse.

Alfred Pennyworth

Alfred is the buttler who is employed by Bruce Wayne to help round the house. Alfred is the only one who knows who the Batman really is. Alfred is an British ex-army officer who was originally recruited by the Wayne's family and then stayed on when Bruce was old enough to run and look after Wayne Industries himself.

Robin / Dick Grayson

Robin reached the heights of popularity during the sixties with Burt Ward playing him alongside Adam West. In the nineties, Chris O'Donnell played the caped crusader's partner in the films but they were not well received. In the Christian Bale and Ben Affleck versions, Robin has been ignored.

Robin would eventually go on his own way and become known as Nightwing. Nightwing is a it more adult to what we've known before. He joined Spyral and later Teen Titans after leaving Gotham.

Commission James Gordon

Commisioner James Gordon is a senior member in the Gotham City police force. In the television series, he had a hot line to the Caped Crusader as he was known. However in later adaptations such as the Christian Bale and Ben Affleck, the signal was changed to a light shone into the night sky.

Major Batman Enemies/Antagonists


Although he was given a name and a past in the first Tim Burton film, Jack Napier, a crook, in the other forms, no one knows his background. In the Dark Knight, the Joker had scars on his face and he'd tell a different story to different people on how he got them. The Joker was a homicidal maniac who is the most famous of all the Batman enemies.

In the Dark Knight, Heath Ledger played the Joker so well that he won a posthumous oscar for his betrayal of the Joker. Heath had died when he took an accidental overdose just as the movie was about to released. Heath's performance is highly rated, whether he died or not, he would have won.

Oswald Cobblepot / Penguin

Oswald Cobblepot is a criminal mastermind in Gotham City. The Penguin is supposedly a gentlemen criminal if there ever was one. Penguin wears a suit and has a respectable business on the sides of his criminality. It is not unknown for the Penguin to have mechanical Penguins to help him to live up to his name of Penguin.

Edward Nygma / Riddler

Edward Nygma was a scientist whose experiment turned him to be a criminal mastermind. His name is a play on Enigma, a puzzle. His is characterised by an umbrella with a question mark at the head of it. He leaves clues to what he's up to by giving riddles hence his name, Riddler.

Selina Kyle / Catwoman

The most female enemy of the Batman. Selina Kyle is a petty crook who dressed up as a cat to carry out her burglaries. In the third Christian Bale film, Selina Kyle sneaks into Wayne Manor as a servant to steal proving that she doesn't always dress up to commit crime. Catwoman has been known to help Batman to fight a greater evil. In the Christian Bale films, Bruce runs away from everything with Selina.

Ra's Al-Ghul

Ra's Al-Ghul is the leader of the League of Assassins which in the first Christopher Nolan films is the primary antagonist. Ra's trained Batman in the ways of fighting. When Ra's wanted Bruce to kill an innocent, Bruce couldn't do it and instead escaped, only for Ra's to come after him. In the television series of Arrow, Ra's Al-Ghul provided the main antagonist of the third series. There are cross-overs between the various heroes.

Harvey Dent / Two-Face

Originally, Harvey Dent was a District Attorney who tried and put people away but after a horrific incident where he face was disfigured, Harvey Dent became Two-Face. Two-Face's clothing was different dependent on whether it was the disfigured or the normal side. Two-Face would keep a coin and throw and the outcome would dictate whether he would kill or let a person live.

Bruce Wayne Facts

ActorBen Affleck
Last UpdatedSaturday, February 2, 2019

Copyright: DC Comics

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