Year Eleven

(2012)

 

–FLASHBACK: From Batwoman: Rebirth #1 and Batwoman Vol. 2 #6. Twenty-four-year-old Kate Rebecca Kane (Bruce’s cousin) fights off a mugger and meets Batman. The encounter with the Caped Crusader inspires Kate to become a masked vigilante for the next few months. After that, Kate will go on a nearly-three-year training adventure all over the globe, after which she will become the new Batwoman.[1]

–REFERENCE: In Trinity Vol. 2 Annual #1 Epilogue, Batman Vol. 3 #33, and Red Hood & The Outlaws Vol. 2 #16—originally told in “UNDER THE HOOD.” Jason Todd makes his dramatic return as the super-villain/anti-hero Red Hood. He makes his presence felt in the Gotham underworld by murdering eight top mob lieutenants and delivering their severed heads in a duffel bag to their bosses. Red Hood then plays mind games with both Batman and Nightwing while the heroes deal with Black Mask. Red Hood then attacks Batman one-on-one and shockingly unmasks. Stunned at the fact that Jason is alive, Batman and the Bat-Family struggle in battle against him. The fight ends in a stalemate.

–REFERENCE: In All-Star Batman #14. By this point in Batman’s career, his public reputation as being unbeatable and prepared for anything has been cemented. This is so much the case that he and Alfred begin hearing the saying, “Always be yourself, unless you can be Batman,” which enters the lexicon as a popular American aphorism.

–REFERENCE: In Nightwing Vol. 4 #22. Batman and Nightwing team-up to bust Penguin’s top enforcer/henchman Stallion.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #965. Batman and Robin decipher some Kryptonian coding theory and, in the process, learn a bit more about advanced Kryptonian computer technology.

–REFERENCE: In Dark Days: The Casting #1. Batman spies-on and learns all about Project Cadmus, a secret super-science organization that, among other bizarre experiments, creates genetically-modified lifeforms known as DNAliens. Batman meets one of Cadmus’ top scientists, a telepathic DNAlien named Dubbilex.

–REFERENCE: In Nightwing Vol. 4 #22 and Nightwing Vol. 4 #27. Batman and Nightwing bust super-villain couple Giz (Brendan Li) and Mouse (Pamela Sweigeld) as they attempt to break Catman out of Arkham Asylum. Giz is an expert computer hacker who owns a pet squirrel named Goober. Mouse is an acrobatic genius thief who has trained under Catwoman.

–REFERENCE: In Trinity Vol. 2 Annual #1. Bruce gets into the restaurant business, heading what will become Gotham’s most expensive Michelin-star rated eatery. We are not told whether Bruce buys a pre-existing restaurant or starts this one up from square one. Either is a possibility.

–REFERENCE: In Dark Nights: Metal #1—originally told in “WORLD’S FINEST (PUBLIC ENEMIES).” When a giant Kryptonite asteroid plummets toward Earth, 13-year-old super-genius Hiro Okamura (aka the newest and third Toyman) offers his assistance to Batman and Superman. Okamura builds a cheeky gigantic Composite Superman-Batman robo-spaceship, which he rams into the asteroid, saving the planet.

–REFERENCE: In Flash Vol. 5 #21—originally told in Tangent: Superman’s Reign. Earth-0’s heroes—including Batman—travel to Earth-9 where Tangent Superman (Earth-9 Harvey Dent) rules as dictator alongside his lackeys, Tangent Powergirl and Tangent Orion. Batman and Earth-0’s heroes join forces with Tangent versions (Earth-9 versions) of the Spectre, Green Lantern, Batman, and the Outsiders to fight the evil tyrants. Eventually, Tangent Superman, along with Tangent Ultra-Humanite, attacks Earth-0, prompting heroes and villains to unite in defense of the planet. Tangent Superman is defeated and sent back to Earth-9, where he is imprisoned. Afterward, the Justice League keeps Tangent Superman’s staff and Tangent Green Lantern’s lantern as trophies for their “lost and found” room.

–REFERENCE: In Flash Vol. 5 #21—originally told in Trinity. The “Evil Trinity” of Morgaine Le Fey, Enigma (Earth-3’s Edward Nigma), and Kanjar Ro steal the Cosmic Egg from the Watchtower, using it to build a small squadron of loyal metahuman soldiers. Le Fey is able to cast a spell on the “Good Trinity” of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman, which sends the trio to prehistoric Earth-1 where they lose all memory and sense of their humanity, becoming giant gods that rule over the planet for thousands of years! Meanwhile, on Earth-0, the existence of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman gets erased, radically altering the timeline. Altered heroes, after fighting the “Evil Trinity”—now consisting of Le Fey, Enimga, and Konvikt—cast a spell of their own, transporting themselves to Earth-1. There, they meet the super-god versions of the “Good Trinity” and everyone remembers the way Earth-0 is supposed to be. The super-god “Good Trinity” and the altered heroes return to Earth-0 where Superman uses his god-powers to return everything back to status quo. Still in giant super-god form, the “Good Trinity” battles a bunch of villains, including the “Evil Trinity”—now Le Fey, Despero, and Krona (who has escaped from the Cosmic Egg). Krona destroys the entire planet. Only the super-gods survive. With help from the cosmic Worldsoul (the literal soul of Earth-0), the super-gods defeat Krona in space, exiling him to Earth-1. The Worldsoul reforms Earth-0 and returns everyone back to life. The super-gods, on their own accord, morph back into regular Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. Afterward, the Cosmic Egg is returned to the Watchtower Trophy Room.

–REFERENCE: In Titans Vol. 3 Annual #1 and The Fall and Rise of Captain Atom #1. Originally told in Justice League Vol. 2 #1-6 (“JUSTICE LEAGUE”). The DCU’s top heroes decide to reboot the Justice League lineup. A new JL—featuring Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Hal Jordan, Aquaman, Flash, and Cyborg—forms just in time to foil a Darkseid invasion attempt. (According to The Fall and Rise of Captain Atom #1, the formation of this “New 52 version” of the JL occurs specifically at some point prior to mid-December 2012, hence placement here.)

–REFERENCE: In Dark Nights: Metal #1. The new Justice League (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Hal Jordan, Aquaman, Flash, and Cyborg) begins training in an effort to be a more cohesive unit than has ever been seen before. The team comes up with several fighting formations, including the Aegea Formation and Iphito Formation. Presumably, there are many more of these as well. The JL will continue to train together on-and-off (albeit invisibly on our timeline), moving forward.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #973. Batman—likely with metahuman assistance—constructs a big-time hush-hush contingency plan designed to defend against a Darkseid-level emergency. Thus, the “Wayne Watchtowers” are born. Four Wayne Enterprises-owned skyscrapers are secretly outfitted so that, upon activation, they can become giant transforming impenetrable shelters/stationary mech-weapons.

–REFERENCE: In Justice League Vol. 3 #29, Superman Vol. 4 #37, and Dark Nights: Metal #4. Batman has long been paranoid about the possibility of his friends going rogue or being controlled by evil. He finally takes action to put his mind at ease, compiling a multi-layered contingency plan to combat them if need be. As per his plan, Batman collects (or builds) various countermeasures in the form of specific weaponry that can defeat each of his Justice League brethren. Batman puts his anti-JL items into locked briefcases inside a large safe in the Batcave.[2] The anti-Superman briefcase includes a Green Kryptonite ring, pieces of different colored Kryptonite, and an expanding Red Kryptonite-lined prison cell (of Batman’s own design). The anti-Flash briefcase includes temporal grenades, seizure-inducing vibra-bullets, and a frictionless coating spray (all of his own design). The anti-Cyborg briefcase includes a Mother Box, an ion-pulse hacking program (of his own design, and possibly made from the Mother Box), and an electromagnetic nerve tree (also of his own design). The anti-Wonder Woman briefcase includes the god Hephaestus’ magickal Bind of Veils and a nanite ear implant (of his own design). (Both of these anti-Wonder Woman items cause hallucinatory experiences.) The anti-Aquaman briefcase includes a binding magnesium carbonate foam spray (of his own design) and a modified Fear Gas spray (of his own design, tweaked from Scarecrow’s chemicals). The anti-Green Lantern briefcase includes a citrine neurolizer. Batman also devises an extra plan to use against the GL Corps. He learns how to introduce post-hypnotic suggestions and secretly does so to several of his GL pals, making it so he can render them temporarily blind with an activation codeword. Batman also constructs and puts other anti-Superman weapons into the contingency safe: a red solar-flare projection staff, an armored anti-Superman suit (based on the Frank Miller-designed costume from The Dark Knight Returns), a “Five Finger Death Punch” multi-colored Kryptonite gauntlet, a microscopic red sun gauntlet, and Kryptonite chewing gum. Also in the safe: a nanite-fire weapon to use against Martian Manhunter and a liquid-nitrogen weapon to use against Plastic Man. Batman also builds a heavily-armored high-tech anti-JL cobmat mech.

–REFERENCE: In Trinity Vol. 2 #14-15. Batman either obtains or builds a high-frequency sound-vibration ray gun, which has the ability to take down someone as powerful as Superman. The origins of this weapon are unknown, but it could very well be a part of his recent anti-metahuman contingency plans. Batman stores the gun in the Batcave. Batman also adapts this sound-vibration weapon for use via cannons on some of his Bat-vehicles.

–REFERENCE: In Super Sons #8. The Justice League invents “universal translators,” devices capable of translating all alien or interdimensional languages. Somehow, maybe via Green Lantern tech or magick, these amazing translators are able to analyze and interpret languages that are completely unknown. The JL will use these translators on random missions, when needed—although these missions will go unseen on our timeline.

–REFERENCE: In All-Star Batman #10. Bruce and Alfred learn about a theoretical technology called a “Genesis Engine,” which could potentially be used as a weapon. Finding only circumstantial evidence of its existence, they both dismiss it as fiction.

–REFERENCE: In Batman Beyond Vol. 8 #6, Batman Beyond Vol. 8 #10, Batwoman Vol. 2 #6, Blue Beetle Vol. 9 #9-12, and Detective Comics #967—originally told in The OMAC Project and DC Universe Presents #0 Part 1. Batman and Mr. Terrific secretly begin working on the ultimate surveillance device/counter-measure against the threat of super-villainy: the super-AI program called Brother I, designed to eventually exist as an orbiting satellite panopticon that will monitor activity all over the globe. Batman and Mr. Terrific don’t get very far in their programming before they run into problems. Despite not even being half-built, Brother I gains sentience and goes rogue. The re-christened “Brother Eye” attempts to go live early with plans to destroy all metahumans. Thankfully, Batman is able to shut down Brother Eye, putting the evil AI on the shelf indefinitely. However, before going down for the count, Brother Eye sends out a sliver of itself via a techno-virus, which winds up merging with flu shots all over America. Teenager Kevin Kho gets injected with the virus, becoming Brother Eye’s destructive “One Machine Attack Construct” (or OMAC). While the majority of Brother Eye will remain unfinished and dormant inside the Bat-computer network, the sliver of Brother Eye that escaped will remain active and communicative whenever Kho morphs into OMAC. Thankfully, Kho will be able to resist the tiny bit of Brother Eye connected to his system, allowing him to relatively control it and become a superhero. Presumably, Batman and Mr. Terrific will monitor OMAC’s actions, moving forward. (Note that, thanks to Detective Comics #967, the narrative pertaining to this Brother Eye debut item is radically different from any prior incarnation, and this includes both the Modern Age and New 52 versions of the story, which were both based off of The OMAC Project.)

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #969—originally told in 52 #33. Massive corruption swells within the ranks of the GCPD. Despite having a clean record and being an honorable man, Commissioner Akins is forced to resign. Jim Gordon comes out of retirement and becomes commissioner once again!

–REFERENCE: In Dark Nights: Metal #1-2 and Nightwing Vol. 4 #29. Bruce undergoes the mystical Thogal (aka Tögal) ritual, after which he learns that Simon Hurt has messed with his head. Unsure of the details of Hurt’s actions, Batman creates an anti-trigger backup personality based upon his years-old “Zur-En-Arrh” hallucination.

–REFERENCE: In Blue Beetle Vol. 9 #11-12. Project Cadmus secretly takes DNA samples from many of the world’s superheroes and super-villains, including Batman.

–REFERENCE: In Doomsday Clock #2. Bruce lies through his annual Wayne Enterprises psych exam in order to pass.

–REFERENCE: In Flash Vol. 5 #21. The Justice League deals/interacts with the newly formed government organization known as ARGUS.

  1. [1]COLLIN COLSHER: Despite being published before “Superman Reborn,” 2017’s Batwoman: Rebirth #1 gives us the official post-“Superman Reborn” version of Batwoman’s past. Here is Batwoman’s timeline of key events:

    Age 20 – Kate is kicked out of West Point for being gay.
    Age 21-22 – Kate becomes a wild party girl abroad.
    Age 23 – Kate’s alcoholic “lost year.” She returns to Gotham.
    Age 24 – Kate meets Batman and sobers up.
    Age 24-27 – Kate trains.
    Age 27 – Kate debuts as Batwoman.

  2. [2]COLLIN COLSHER: The idea of Batman having anti-JL contingency weapons originally comes from Mark Waid’s JLA “Tower of Babel” story arc (2000). The anti-JL contingency briefcases come directly from Geoff Johns’ Forever Evil (2013-2014). Peter Tomasi references the briefcases in Superman Vol. 4 #37 (2018). Scott Snyder—in his Batman Vol. 2 “Endgame” arc (2014)—and Bryan Hitch—in his Justice League Vol. 3 “Legacy” arc (2017)—both include additional anti-JL contingency weapons as well. For the purposes of our timeline, I’ve mashed all the weapons together in order to be as inclusive as possible.