Year Fourteen

(2016)

–REFERENCE: In Titans Vol. 3 Annual #1—originally told in Forever Evil. This item is also canon due to its link to “Amazo Virus,” “Darkseid War,” and DC Universe: Rebirth #1. The Crime Syndicate and Secret Society take over the Earth, defeating most of the Earth’s heroes. Lex Luthor, thinking of himself as the last possible savior of the planet, suits up and activates a clone of Superman known as Bizarro. Batman and Catwoman bring the injured Cyborg to his father Dr. Silas Stone. Concurrently, Superwoman (a couple weeks pregnant) tells Ultraman that Owlman plans on betraying the Syndicate. Lex and Bizarro join with Captain Cold, Black Adam, and Black Manta to form an anti-Syndicate League. Things look bleak until Sinestro kills Power Ring, whose ring immediately shoots off in search of a new host. Batman, Catwoman, and Sinestro join Luthor’s group and infiltrate the HQ of the Crime Syndicate where they find and rescue Nightwing from a death trap. Captain Cold releases another Syndicate prisoner, Earth-3’s Alexander Luthor, who is the father of Superwoman’s unborn child. While Alexander and Superwoman team-up to defeat the Crime Syndicate, Cyborg and Batman are able to free the heroes. Alexander then fights Lex, who realizes he has the same voice as his attacker and calls down the magick lightning of “Mazahs.” Alexander is struck and killed. Lex, with help from his team, defeats Ultraman as well. With most of the Crime Syndicate dead and Earth saved, Lex is hailed as a hero. As referenced in Justice League/Power Rangers #4, Luthor retires his bright green war-suit, giving it to the Justice League, going with a new hero model. The JL puts Luthor’s old costume in their Trophy Room.

–REFERENCE: In Titans Vol. 3 Annual #1—originally told in Justice League Vol. 2 #30-34. This item is also canon due to its link to “Amazo Virus,” “Darkseid War,” and DC Universe: Rebirth #1. Following the events of Forever Evil, Lex Luthor rides the media whirlwind of positive PR, having been Presidentially-pardoned and been declared a superhero on the front pages of newspapers across the globe. Lex asks to join the Justice League, but they deny him. In Portland, OR, the deceased Power Ring’s power ring finds its next host: Jessica Cruz. In Gotham, Luthor visits Wayne Manor and confirms that Bruce is Batman. The JL and the current Doom PatrolProfessor Niles Caulder, Robotman (Cliff Steele), Negative Man (Larry Trainor), Elasti-Girl (Rita Farr), and Element Woman—both go to Portland to deal with an out-of-control new Power Ring. There, Earth-3 Volthoom tells Cyborg that his goal is to bring The Anti-Monitor to Earth-0. (The Anti-Monitor is one of the few characters cosmically powerful enough to have survived across multiple comic book reboots. This is indeed the Anti-Monitor from the original-Crisis. Same guy!) A spike of Jessica’s green energy is enough to alert the Anti-Monitor to the location of the ring on Earth-0. Batman talks down Jessica and takes the ring onto his own finger, easily suppressing the evil within. Later, Flash teaches a nervous Jessica—the new Power Ring—how to control her power ring and how to suppress Volthoom.

–REFERENCE: In Titans Vol. 3 Annual #1—originally told in Justice League Vol. 2 #35-37 (“THE AMAZO VIRUS”). This item is also canon due to its link to “Darkseid War” and DC Universe: Rebirth #1. Neutron attacks LexCorp, causing the sentient Amazo Virus to become accidentally released. Within twenty-four hours, the virus has spread all over the United States, causing those infected to manifest random metahuman powers before dying. It isn’t long before Batman and Superman come face-to-face with “patient zero,” Lexcorp scientist Dr. Armen Ikarus. Batman, Neutron, Ikarus, and several infected Justice Leaguers rise up as evil metahumans. Lex creates an anti-virus vaccine out of Superman’s blood. The vaccine cures all except for 3% of the infected, who keep their powers, including Ikarus, who becomes the new Amazo. Afterward, Hal Jordan starts training Power Ring (Jessica Cruz).

–REFERENCE: In Superman Vol. 4 #22. Batman upgrades the Batmobile, giving it new defense systems. Batman also builds the Hellbat-suit, a heavily armored anti-Apokoliptian mech-costume designed for heavy combat. The Hellbat-suit is integrated into the Batmobile’s computer system, allowing its wearer to summon the car via remote control and to utilize the car’s defense and auto-driving features with voice-verification.

–REFERENCE: In Superman Vol. 4 #21-22—originally told in “The Hunt for Robin”/”Robin Rises.” This item is also canon due to its link to Batman Incorporated Vol. 2 #1-13. Damian and Talia are stolen from their graves by Ra’s Al Ghul, who takes them to a Lazarus Pit under Nanda Parbat with the goal of resurrecting them using a magickal sliver of the Chaos Shard, a crystal from Apokolips. Batman tracks attempts to take back his deceased family members, but they are immersed in the Lazarus Pit. Glorious Godfrey and Kalibak, looking to retrieve the crystal, steal Damian’s casket with his body still inside. This prompts the Batman to don the Hellbat-suit and travel to Apokolips. On the fiery planet, Batman kicks ass and gets Damian, who is resurrected thanks to the power of the shard! The Bat-Family celebrates the return of Damian. In the Himalayas, Talia is resurrected as well.

–REFERENCE: In Batwoman: Rebirth #1 and Batwoman Vol. 2 #2—originally told in Batman Eternal. Batman meets Alfred’s daughter, British secret agent Julia Pennyworth, while on a case in Hong Kong. When Julia is injured by a gangster, Batman brings her to Wayne Manor, where she becomes a temporary resident, eventually discovering Bruce’s secret. Julia quickly becomes a member of the Bat-Family, remotely guiding Batman from the Batcave, helping them uncover a devious plot masterminded by Cluemaster. Estranged by her father’s criminality, Stephanie Brown becomes the superhero Spoiler, helping the Bat-Family against a bunch of super-villains being manipulated by her dad. Longtime Bat-fan Harper Row takes it upon herself to become the superhero Bluebird, assisting the Bat-Family as well. Batman reluctantly accepts her help. In the end, Cluemaster’s scheme to put Gotham in ruins is foiled.

–REFERENCE: ???—originally told in the New 52’s “ENDGAME.” This item is also canon due to its link to DC Universe: Rebirth #1. Batman records all of his memories and a data-personality map of his mind into a high-tech computer system. He also designs and tailors a new costume that has an altered chest insignia and purple on the underside of his cape (but will save it for later). Soon after, Joker attacks the Justice League, neutralizing them. Joker then Jokerizes all the citizens of Gotham. Batman saves teenager Duke Thomas, although Duke’s parents are permanently Jokerized into a grinning catatonic state. Batman then assembles the Bat-Family for the fight of their lives. The Bat-Family teams-up with Batman’s deadliest rogues to combat Jokerized people in downtown Gotham. Batman fights Joker solo, ending his threat and saving the city. Both Joker and Batman are believed killed, but both actually survive as an amnesiacs thanks to a chemical called dionesium. Joker, totally cured of his insanity, wanders the streets of Gotham. The Bat-Family mourns the loss of Batman, but soon finds the amnesiac Bruce alive and well. Bruce is taken-in by Alfred, who refuses to tell him about his past as Batman, hoping he can live a normal life now. With reports of Batman’s death hitting the mainstream news outlets fairly quickly, the GCPD, along with tech entrepreneur Geri Powers, builds a one-person-controlled Batman-robot mech to replace the Dark Knight. Jim Gordon steps down as commissioner to pilot the mech, becoming the new Batman. Maggie Sawyer replaces him as commissioner. With an ops team of Julia Pennyworth and Daryl Gutierrez (a friend of Duke’s) backing him up, robo-Batman takes to the streets for regular patrols.

–REFERENCE: In ???—originally told in We are Robin and Robin War. A teenage superhero group that idolizes Robin—aptly calling itself “Robin”—forms in Gotham. Their numbers range into the dozens, but a specific Robin members of the “Middleton Robin Cell”—Duke Thomas, Isabella “Izzy” Ortiz, Troy Walker, Andre “Dre” Cipriani, Riko Sheridan, Shug, and Daxton “Dax” Chill (Joe Chill’s son!) take charge as leaders. After teaming with Robo-Batman (Jim Gordon) and the Bat-Family to stop the resurgent Court of Owls, the Robin gang is outlawed and disbands. Only Duke keeps his Robin gear and continues to play superhero afterward.

–REFERENCE: In Batwoman: Rebirth #1—originally told in Batman & Robin Eternal. When Mother returns—along with David Cain and new Azrael (Jean-Paul Valley)—to threaten the entire planet, Robo-Batman (Jim Gordon), Nightwing, Batgirl, Red Robin, Robin, Red Hood, Spoiler, Cassie Cain, Duke Thomas, Bluebird, Cullen Row, and Midnighter join together to fight her. Nightwing talks down Azrael, causing him to see the error of his ways. Likewise, David Cain betrays Mother, sacrificing his own life to end hers (and her threat).

–REFERENCE: In ???—originally told in “SUPERHEAVY.” New super-villain Mr. Bloom attacks Gotham, spreading grotesque metahuman powers to Gotham’s citizens via bizarre seed capsules. Robo-Batman (Jim Gordon) fights the debuting Mr. Bloom, but is defeated. Duke Thomas, having deduced that Bruce Wayne is Batman, talks to him, jogging part of his memories. Against a saddened Alfred’s wishes, Bruce uses his memory data-personality map machine to turn back into his old self. Donning his recently designed new costume, the real Batman returns and kicks Mr. Bloom’s ass. Most of Gotham is returned to normal as well, although Daryl Gutierrez remains trapped with a deformed body and metahuman powers that make him evil. Daryl goes into Arkham Asylum. Gordon retires as Batman, returning to his position as commissioner. Bruce offers Duke a spot in the Bat-Family. Cassie Cain officially joins the Bat-Family, taking the superhero codename “Orphan.” Bluebird retires as a crime-fighter, choosing to go to college instead.