Year Twelve

(2014)

 

–REFERENCE: In Justice League/Power Rangers #2. Superman’s cousin, Supergirl, debuts.

–REFERENCE: In ???—originally told in “BATMAN AND SON.” Talia Al Ghul attacks Gibraltar with ninja man-bats, dropping a ten-year-old Damian Al Ghul in Batman’s lap. Batman is shocked to learn that he has a son. Bruce brings the wild arrogant boy home to Gotham, who immediately raises hell, beating up Alfred and Robin and then killing the Spook. Batman returns to Gibraltar when Talia strikes again, ending her threat. Despite Damian’s protests, the boy returns with back to the League of Assassins with his mother.

–REFERENCE: In ???—originally told in “THE RESURRECTION OF RA’S AL GHUL.” When The Bat-Family learns of Ra’s Al Ghul’s resurrection, they travel to Nanda Parbat to fight him. Talia Al Ghul gives Batman the 12th century artifact known as the Suit of Sorrows, a magickal 12th century armored suit linked to a group known as The Order of Purity, a sect of The Order of St. Dumas, a violent Christian group that was once a part of the Knights Templar in Medieval Times. Since long ago, the Order of St. Dumas/Order of Purity has chosen a continuous line of “avenging angels,” each known as Azrael. Batman wears the magickal armor into battle, fighting two sects of the League of Assassins, one loyal to Ra’s Al Ghul and the other loyal to his father, the Sensei. In the end, Ra’s Al Ghul assumes control of the League of Assassins once again. Batman keeps the Suit of Sorrows as a trophy in the Batcave.

–REFERENCE: In ???. This item is canon due to its link to Batman Incorporated Vol. 2 #1-13 and The Return of Bruce Wayne. Bruce begins dating Jezebel Jet. Batman defeats Josef Muller and Branca, Simon Hurt’s returning Substitute Batmen. Later, John Mayhew invites all the old members of the Club of Heroes to a reunion on his private island. Batman, along with the new Knight (Cyril Sheldrake) and his sidekick Squire (Beryl Hutchinson), attends the reunion, which includes all the other former members. Hurt appears via remote live video feed, explaining that he controls the criminal organization known as the Black Glove and the heroes will soon suffer. The Legionary and the Ranger (now going by “Dark Ranger”) are both killed by a traitorous Wingman, who reveals he is in league with the Black Glove. Unfortunately for Wingman, the Black Glove is just using him. Mayhew shoots Wingman dead. Hurt, from his secret distant location, makes sure that Mayhew is fatally stranded on the island as a bomb is activated. Batman is now aware of the Black Glove, but he knows virtually nothing about the organization, and has yet to learn of Hurt’s involvement with the group.

–REFERENCE: In All-Star Batman #10—originally told in “BATMAN RIP – HEART OF HUSH.” Hush, who has permanently surgically altered his face to look exactly like Bruce, returns and attacks Batman and Catwoman. The Dark Knight saves Catwoman’s life and busts Hush.

–REFERENCE: In Flash Vol. 5 #21—originally told in “BATMAN RIP.” This item is canon due to its link to Batman Incorporated Vol. 2 #1-13 and The Return of Bruce Wayne. The Black Glove organization then makes waves in Gotham as Michael Lane, Simon Hurt’s third Batman substitute, returns and attacks Batman. Batman finally recalls the name “Simon Hurt,” which had been previously blocked from his mind, and realizes that Hurt is responsible for messing with his head during sleep deprivation. Batman’s post-hypnotic word, “Zur-En-Arrh,” is triggered causing him to go into convulsions. He is drugged by Hurt and dumped on the streets. The eccentric villain then dons Thomas Wayne’s old masquerade ball Bat costume and turns the Batcave into his new HQ. Intoxicated and suffering from memory loss, Bruce’s “Thogal ritual” mental backup defense kicks in and he becomes the bizarre “Batman of Zur-En-Arrh!” Hurt and the Black Glove lure the “Batman of Zur-En-Arrh” to Arkham to face-off against Joker in a life-and-death battle. Eventually, Batman shakes off his Zur-En-Arrh insanity, regains his composure, and defeats Joker, Hurt, and the Black Glove with the help of the Bat-Family and Talia Al Ghul. Talia chases down Jezebel Jet and kills her as well. During the chaos, the Order of Purity steals the Suit of Sorrows from the Batcave.

–REFERENCE: In ???. Barbara Gordon makes a miraculous recovery thanks to a sci-fi cure, completely regaining the use of her legs. She retires the Oracle moniker and begins training to return as a full-fledged street-fighting superhero.

–REFERENCE: In Flash Vol. 5 #21—originally told in Final Crisis, Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #1-2, “BATTLE FOR THE COWL,” and Batman & Robin #1-3. This item is also canon due to its link to Batman & Robin #10-12. Darkseid zaps Batman with the Omega Sanction, which sends both he and a deadly Hyper-Adapter monster spiraling backward in time to 38,000 BCE. Batman will be able to leap forward through time during solar eclipses, but with the Hyper-Adapter connected to his movements, Batman has become a living weapon that could doom the entire universe, should he successfully reach present day. In the present, thanks to a dead Batman clone, the world mistakenly believes Batman is dead. Friends and family mourn his passing and bury the clone. Hush is forced to play the role of Bruce Wayne to avoid suspicion. Michael Lane is given the Suit of Sorrows from the Order of Purity, becoming the new Azrael. Dick Grayson becomes the new Batman and Damian—moving back to Gotham and finally taking his father’s last name of Wayne—becomes the new Robin. They operate out of the Wayne Tower sub-basement bunker. Meanwhile, in 38,000 BCE, Bruce gets involved in a war between two rival tribes, one of which is the precursor to the Miagani, a Native American tribe local to Gotham that will be inspired to make bat-themed cave drawings and take on bat-themed customs. Bruce then leaps to the Puritanical Gotham of 1640 where he fights the Hyper-Adapter and then assimilates into society by taking the name “Mordecai Wayne.” Bruce lives a quiet life in 17th century Gotham for months while the new Batman and Robin have adventures in present-day Gotham.

–REFERENCE: In Batwoman: Rebirth #1. Now that Damian Wayne is the new Robin, Tim Drake drops his Robin moniker and becomes a solo hero called Red Robin.

–REFERENCE: In Flash Vol. 5 #21 and Green Arrow Vol. 6 #23—originally told in Justice League: Cry for Justice. Batman (Dick Grayson) and the Justice League hunt for a fugitive Prometheus after he critically injures Roy Harper (who has temporary changed his name from Arsenal to Red Arrow) and bombs Star City. Green Arrow finds Prometheus first and executes him, shaking the hero community to its moral core. Prometheus’ costume goes on display in the Watchtower Trophy Room.

–REFERENCE: In ???. Barbara Gordon returns as Batgirl!