Year Thirteen

(2015)

 

–REFERENCE: In ???. Batman (Dick Grayson) and Robin bust the debuting Eduardo Flamingo—a flamboyant assassin representing Simon Hurt’s Mexican El Penitente drug cartel.

–REFERENCE: In Nightwing Vol. 4 #21-23. Batman (Dick Grayson) busts the debuting Tiger Shark.

–REFERENCE: In Flash Vol. 5 #21—originally told in Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #2-4 and Batman & Robin #10-12. This item is canon due to its link to Batman & Robin #13-16. Months have passed since Bruce was trapped in time due to Darkseid’s Omega Sanction. A time-displaced Bruce now leaps from 1640 to 1718 where he has a pirate adventure. Bruce then leaps from 1718 to the late 19th century where he becomes a masked cowboy vigilante on horseback, starting a full-scale war-on-crime against outlaws. From there, Bruce leaps to the time period shortly after his parents’ deaths. Meanwhile, in present day, Batman (Dick Grayson), Robin, and a disguised Joker fight Simon Hurt’s army known as The 99 Fiends. In the past, Bruce gets involved in an occult ritual being held by the Black Glove members Simon Hurt, Carter Nichols, and others. Nichols betrays Hurt, allowing Bruce to jump to Vanishing Point at the literal End of Time. From the End of Time, Bruce leaps back to the present day with the Hyper-Adapter in tow. With the help of the Justice League and Red Robin, the Hyper-Adapter is defeated and is sent spiraling backward through time.

–REFERENCE: In Flash Vol. 5 #21—originally told in Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #6 and Batman & Robin #13-16. This item is canon because of its link to Batman Incorporated Vol. 1 and Batman Incorporated Vol. 2. Simon Hurt and his army of 99 Fiends takes over Gotham, capturing Batman (Dick Grayson) and Robin. Batman (Bruce), having arrived from the past only minutes ago, helps the Bat-Family defeat Hurt. Joker buries the immortal Hurt alive.

–REFERENCE: In Batwoman: Rebirth #1—originally told in Detective Comics #857-860 and flashbacks from Detective Comics #948-949. Batwoman (Kate Kane)—guided by her dad Jake Kane—debuts and trails Batman, spying on him. Batman then surprises Kate at home, telling Kate that he doesn’t approve of her vigilantism but won’t stand in her way. Unknown to Batman and Batwoman, they are secretly watched via hidden camera that belongs to Jake Kane’s clandestine paramilitary group known as The Colony. (The Colony has been watching Batman since his debut.) Jake and his top man Simon Samuels (codenamed “Colony Prime”) view Batman conversing with Batwoman. A couple days later, after lunch with cousin Bruce, Kate realizes that Bruce is Batman and that he is testing her. Shortly thereafter, Batwoman fights her maniacal long lost twin sister Elizabeth “Beth” Kane, who returns to Gotham as Alice, the crazed super-villain leader of The Religion of Crime. Alice attempts to bomb Gotham Harbor, but is stopped by Batwoman, Kyle Abbot, and Jake Kane. Alice seemingly perishes during the chaos after falling into the harbor from a plane. Angry at her dad for keeping the details about Alice a secret, Kate cuts off all communication with Jake.

–REFERENCE: In Dark Days: The Forge #1. Mr. Terrific begins living part-time on Earth-2, moving freely between the Bleed from Earth-1, back and forth. Batman is made aware of this fact.

–REFERENCE: In Superman Vol. 4 #21—originally told in Batman Incorporated #1-8, Batman Incorporated Vol. 2 #0, and Batman Incorporated: Leviathan Strikes!. Bruce initiates Batman Incorporated, a massive enterprise that will see international Bat-agents working to fight crime all over the globe. Outside of the Bat-Family, Batman recruits Commissioner Gordon, Lucius Fox, Traktir, Spidra, Batman Japan, Batwing (David Zavimbe), a new Dark Ranger, Ravil, Nightrunner, Man-of-Bats, Red Raven (formerly “Little Raven”), Gaucho, The Hood, Knight, Squire, and a new Legionary. In addition, Batman meets with Jason Todd and they reconcile. Jason joins Batman Incorporated as the new Wingman. (As we learn in a reference in Justice League/Power Rangers #4, Batman puts Jason’s Red Hood helmet into the Justice League Trophy Room, likely to act as a symbol to his fellow superhero friends of how he has righted a big wrong from his past.) Batman Incorporated soon becomes aware of the threat of Leviathan, a widespread criminal organization. After fighting Leviathan all over the globe, Batman Incorporated discovers that the evil organization has infiltrated the covert ops group known as Spyral. After a huge battle against ex-Nazi Otto Netz (Doctor Dedalus) that appears as a loss for the good guys (and during which Robin kills Netz), Talia al Ghul reveals herself as the leader of Leviathan. After this episode ends, Dick returns to his Nightwing moniker.

–REFERENCE: In Flash Vol. 5 #21. The Justice League obtains several items: papal vestments and mitre, the Mars rover, a hydrogen bomb, and Voyager II—all of which go into the JL Trophy Room. These are likely gifts from the Vatican, NASA, and the US Army.

–REFERENCE: In Dark Days: The Forge #1. Batman learns that something potentially very dangerous is locked underneath Atlantis. It is possible he is referring to the Trench, a race of Dagon-like mutated Atlanteans, but it could be something else, like a portal to Xebel or dark magick thing.

–REFERENCE: In Batman Vol. 2 #23 and Super Sons #5—originally told in Batman & Robin Vol. 2 #2. Bruce buys Damian a Great Dane, which Damian names Titus. Note that, in Batman Vol. 2 #23, Titus is incorrectly drawn as German Shepherd.

–REFERENCE: In Batman Beyond Vol. 8 #7—originally told in Batman & Robin Vol. 2 #1-8. In Moscow, Morgan Ducard (now going by the super-villain name “Nobody”) murders Batman Incorporated agent Ravil. In Gotham, now that Batman (Bruce Wayne) is done recruiting for Batman Incorporated, the Dark Knight separates Damian from Dick to make his son his official full-time partner. Batman and Robin fight Ducard. Much to the chagrin of his father, Damian kills Ducard.

–REFERENCE: In Batman Vol. 3 #23—originally told in Batman & Robin Vol. 2 #10 and Batman & Robin Vol. 2 #40. Bruce, Dick, Tim, Damian, and Alfred gather at Wayne Manor to pose for a family portrait. Sorry Jason! Or maybe Jason chose not to show up. In the New 52, this painting went unfinished for a full calendar year until Damian himself finished it. We can assume that, in the New Age, the painting is completed right now.

–REFERENCE: In Dark Days: The Forge #1—originally told in “THE COURT OF OWLS” and “NIGHT OF THE OWLS.” The secret illuminati group known as The Court of Owls strikes at Batman via one of its undead Talon soldiers. The Dark Knight is captured and trapped in the Court of Owls’ underground labyrinth for days, but defeats the Talon and only barely escapes with his life thanks to some assistance from a meddling but helpful Harper Row. Alfred collects the injured Batman and the lifeless Talon corpse, brining both back to the Batcave. After analysis of the Talon, Batman learns the true history of the Court of Owls, which dates back at hundreds of years. Not only that, Batman also learns that the Talon is Dick’s paternal great-grandfather, William Cobb. When Nightwing arrives, Batman drops the bombshell on him, further adding that the Court of Owls has long recruited its Talon agents from a pool of athletic youth, specifically from its secret training ground of Haly’s Circus. Batman punches Nightwing in the face, knocking out his tooth, which has an owl symbol on it. Dick was scheduled to have been the next Talon, but plans were changed when his parents died and he became Robin instead! Batman keeps Dick’s tooth for later examination. Shortly thereafter, the Court of Owls reanimates multiple generations of zombie Talons using a metal compound called Electrum. The Talons attack all over the city, but the Bat-Family stands strong and defeats the Court of Owls. Batman learns that the Court of Owls has controlled Gotham for hundreds of years and that one of its leaders is mayoral Lincoln March, who claims to be Bruce’s biological younger brother Thomas Wayne Jr. Batman defeats March and ends the threat of the Court of Owls. Bruce cannot confirm whether or not March is his brother, but he does some research into his family’s history with the Court of Owls. Bruce learns that his mom was pregnant when he was three-years-old and that the Court of Owls caused a car accident that supposedly resulted in the loss of the baby in the womb. Bruce also learns that the Court of Owls murdered Jarvis Pennyworth (Alfred’s dad).

–REFERENCE: In Dark Days: The Forge #1. Batman raids what is left of the Court of Owls’ hideouts across Gotham, taking owl masks, Talon masks, and paper documents connected to the Court of Owls as trophies.

–REFERENCE: In Dark Days: The Forge #1. Batman examines Dick’s owl-tooth, and extracts Electrum from it. Presumably, Batman procures samples of Electrum from defeated Talon corpses as well. He makes 3D scans of the tooth and enlarged Electrum slides, saving both as digital holographic images. After studying the Electrum, Batman learns that it is a compound that contains traces of another mystery metal (possibly Nth metal), which has a very specific “dark energy” signature. As part of his investigation, Batman examines other magickal metallic items. First, he 3D-scans Wonder Woman’s bracelets and Aquaman’s five-pointed “trident.” He also 3D-scans the Dr. Fate helmet in the Justice League Trophy Room. After making holographic images from the scans and some analysis, Batman realizes each item has a similar “dark energy” signature to the mystery metal extracted from Electrum. Batman records all of this information onto his Shadow Drive, which he will continue to do with anything related to this mystery metal case. Shortly thereafter, Batman’s studies into the mystery metal reveal that it exists in nature and that it could potentially be very dangerous to all life on the planet. Batman (presumably with the help of Mr. Terrific and a select few other metahumans) builds a secret underground wing in Batcave dedicated to further study of the mystery metal. In this secret cave within a secret cave, masked by a false holographic rock wall, Batman puts several Court of Owls masks, several Talon masks, and documents connected to the Court of Owls on display. Batman also puts all scanned 3D images onto holographic pedestal projector displays. The Caped Crusader will continue to study Electrum, the mystery metal, and the “dark energy” signature for years to come.

–REFERENCE: In Dark Days: The Forge #1. As part of his secret investigation into the dangerous “dark energy” signature, Batman begins a global search for the mystery metal linked to Electrum. Bruce and Lucius Fox set-up fourteen Wayne Enterprises “Black Sites,” secret science facilities whose sole purpose is to mine-for and study any geological anomalies linked to the strange metal. (We aren’t told about where the “Black Sites” are located, except for #14, which is a science drilling rig on a volcanic island in the Bermuda Triangle.) At site #14, Dr. Madison leads a team of scientists to study abnormalities in metals in the Earth’s core. Since several of the “Black Sites” involve magma and deep underground drilling, Batman builds a brand new lava-proof mech suit that he can use to travel deep under the Earth’s surface (and to use in case of emergency). Batman, still fearing that the existence of this “dark energy” metal could be dangerous to all life on the planet, then consults the smartest man he knows, Mr. Terrific, to assist on research at the “Black Sites.” Since Batman knows Mr. Terrific lives part-time on Earth-2, Batman asks him to run similar geological tests there. Mr. Terrific cites that there is a possible cosmic frequency between the interdimensional plane that is akin to the “dark energy” signature. Batman (as Batman and Bruce Wayne) will monitor his Black Sites and sporadically consult with Mr. Terrific for years to come.

–REFERENCE: In Dark Days: The Forge #1. In conjunction to his ongoing studies of the “dark energy” signature found in geological anomalies across the globe, Batman secretly forms a covert “black-ops” team known as The Outsiders. Batman’s team consists of Geo-Force, Black Lightning, Katana, Halo, and Metamorpho. The Outsiders primary goals are to go on unsanctioned covert missions and to uncover hidden truths about the mystery metal linked to the “dark energy” signature. The Outsiders will continue working on-and-off with Batman for years to come, disbanding and reforming with updated line-ups several times (although we won’t see most of these occurrences on our timeline, moving forward). Batman will keep all versions of the Outsiders a secret from everyone, even the Bat-Family.

–REFERENCE: In Justice League/Power Rangers #4. Batman fights Katana in what is likely a staged fight to distance himself from her since she is secretly a member of his clandestine covert-ops team known as the Outsiders. After the fight, Batman puts one of Katana’s masks and one of her swords into the Justice League Trophy Room. Note that this sword is definitely not her famous Soultaker blade.

–REFERENCE: In Superman Vol. 4 #21 and Detective Comics #958—originally told in Batman Incorporated Vol. 2 #1-13. Talia al Ghul’s international terrorist organization known as Leviathan, has secretly corrupted all facets of Gotham. Batman and Robin stop a Leviathan shipment of poisoned meat from entering Gotham’s markets—and take one of the healthy bovines as a pet, which Robin dubs Bat-Cow! Batman Incorporated takes on Leviathan at Wayne Tower as Talia unleashes the monstrous Heretic—an adult clone of Damian that still has his youthful face. The Heretic kills Squire and Robin. After funerals are held, Batman mourns the loss of his son and vows revenge. Talia takes control of Gotham, making Wayne Tower her HQ and demanding the immediate and permanent legal shutdown of Batman Inc. With his operation officially kaput, Batman seeks the help of Azrael Michael Lane, who returns the mystical Suit of Sorrows back to the Caped Crusader. Lane also gives Batman the fiery Sword of Azrael. Batman then gets some Man-Bat Serum from Dr. Kirk Langstrom. After micro-dosing to pump-up and donning some Azrael gear, Batman attacks Leviathan by himself head-on. Batman fights and defeats the Heretic, who is killed by Talia for his failure. Shortly thereafter, in the Batcave, Batman duels Talia, who is shot dead by a returning Kathy Kane, secret head of the spy agency Spyral. Batman keeps the Suit of Sorrows after these events. As referenced in Justice League/Power Rangers #4, Batman puts Lane’s Sword of Azrael in the Justice League Trophy Room.

–REFERENCE: In Justice League/Power Rangers #4 and Trinity Vol. 2 Annual #1 Epilogue. Having won back the trust of his old friends, Jason Todd is accepted back into the fold. Returning to his Red Hood name, Jason will still teeter on the edge of villainy, but he will now be a full-fledged Bat-Family member again.

–REFERENCE: In Flash Vol. 5 #21. Batman makes an armored exo-suit, which he stores in the Batcave.

–REFERENCE: In Detective Comics #958—originally told in Batwing #19-20. Batwing David Zavimbe retires from crime-fighting. Batman passes the mantle of Batwing onto wealthy socialite cum professional MMA fighter cum tech entrepreneur Lucas “Luke” Fox, son of Lucius Fox.

–REFERENCE: In Harley Quinn Vol. 3 #20. Batman learns that Harley Quinn has moved to Coney Island, Brooklyn. Harley, despite being a member of the Suicide Squad and constantly in-and-out of prison, is attempting to live a straight(er) life in New York. Basically, Harley will live a dual life, mostly free of the Suicide Squad but still beholden to them for missions every once and a while.

–REFERENCE: In Suicide Squad Vol. 5 #18 and Action Comics #980. Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman fight the Kryptonian super-villain Zod, who escapes the Phantom Zone to attack Earth. The heroes defeat Zod and send him back to the Phantom Zone.