Jaunts to the Past

 

–38,000 BCE, site of future Gotham City
Reference in Flash Vol. 5 #21
—originally told in Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #1-2. Bruce arrives from the 21st century, sent to the past thanks to Darkseid’s Omega Sanction. An amnesiac Bruce gets involved in a war between two rival Native American tribes, the Deer People and Vandal Savage’s Wolf Clan (aka Blood Mob aka Blood Tribe). Bruce dons the flesh of the giant bat god Barbatos as a makeshift cape and cowl and defeats Savage in combat. (Barbatos is the bat form of the defeated Hyper-Adapter, which has retreated backward to 38,000 BCE from the End of Time and been slain by Savage.) After meeting Bruce, the Deer People change their tribal name to Miagani, meaning “Bat People,” and vow to protect the caves—above which will become the future site of Gotham City. Inspired to make bat-themed cave drawings and take on bat-themed customs, the Miagani will do so for thousands of years to come. Nomadic tribes will re-draw the bat-pictures in Eurasia and the Middle East, spreading bat-worshiping religions across the globe as a result. Eventually, a solar eclipse, in accordance with the rules of the Omega Sanction, sends Bruce hurtling thousands of years into the future to Puritanical Gotham of 1640.

–1640 CE, Gotham City
Reference in Flash Vol. 5 #21
—originally told in Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #1-2. 21st century Bruce travels from 38,000 BCE to 1640 with the Hyper-Adapter following closely behind—(this is the Hyper-Adapter which Darkseid attached to Bruce as a doomsday device when sending him back into time AS OPPOSED TO the deceased Hyper-Adapter that retreats backward through time in giant bat form after being defeated). In 1640, Bruce, still amnesiac due to the Omega Sanction, fights the Hyper-Adapter and then assimilates into society, taking the name “Mordecai.” Bruce, as “Mordecai,” lives in Puritanical Gotham for months, having various interactions with Wayne ancestors and other townsfolk. Eventually, both Bruce and the Hyper-Adapter are hurtled to 1718.

–1718 CE, Gotham City
Reference in Flash Vol. 5 #21
—originally told in Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #3. 21st century Bruce travels from 1640 to 1718. Bruce, with his memory of the 1640s fading fast, washes up on the shores of Gotham Bay where he is mistaken for a famous pirate. Thus, a pirate adventure ensues. From 1718, another solar eclipse Omega-leaps Bruce to the late 19th century.

–1880s CE, Gotham City
Reference in Flash Vol. 5 #21
—originally told in Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #4. Having just arrived in the 1880s from 1718, 21st century Bruce quickly settles-in and becomes a masked cowboy vigilante, starting a full-scale war-on-crime against outlaws. After meeting his own grandparents, Bruce time-jumps to a period just after the death of his parents.

–late 20th century CE, Gotham City
Reference in Flash Vol. 5 #21
—originally told in Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #5. 21st century Bruce Omega-time-leaps from the 1880s to the time period shortly after the murders of his parents. The amnesiac Bruce gets involved in some film noir-esque intrigue involving his family. The Black Glove—including Simon Hurt, John Mayhew, and Carter Nichols—assemble to perform an Occult ritual that will summon the demon Barbatos. However, Nichols turns his back on the Black Glove allowing Bruce to activate a prototype time machine of Nichols’ own design. Bruce emerges at the furthest point Nichols’ time machine can take him: 100 Billion CE aka Vanishing Point, moments before the total destruction of the universe and the literal End of Time.