Alright. Where we left off, Batman was absolutely nothing like, well, Batman. He had the look, the gadgets, and the brain, but the character was unrecognizable. This is where Denny comes in. One thing that I like to say that best sums up what he did is that while others created Batman (the superhero), he created Bruce Wayne (the character).
Personality: This was a very different Batman. He was a man who hated all criminal “scum”, and was far less forgiving of those duped by them. He often worked outside of Commissioner Gordon’s knowledge and jurisdiction, disappearing with barely a word. He could get very angry, sometimes snapping at his allies while frustrated. However, he wasn’t always like this.
When he wasn’t angry, he was pleasant enough, though he didn’t diddle-dalley. He was very kind and compassionate to those who were unfortunate (those who didn’t turn to crime), and was never too busy for a soul in need. This balance, while sometimes clumsily handled, was for the most part very fun and interesting.
Training: He learned acting and science in college courses, and was a self-taught gymnast. He weight-lifted. He took courses in criminology in college, where he was a pole-vaulter and a javelin thrower. From martial-arts masters, he learned many fighting styles, effortlessly switching from kung fu-judo-aikido-nujitsu-fistcuffs.
Skill: This man was a highly skilled fighter. He lasted in a sword-fight with an immortal ninja cult leader for nearly a full day (he was stung by a scorpion before the opportunity to beat him could arise), he could take down ten men in one minute (rough estimate), and he won plenty of fights.
He was also a skilled detective, adept at guessing criminal’s motives, while dealing with slightly more rational crimes. He helped the police invaluably, and found clues where no other would be smart enough to look.
Tools: Standard night: Batarang, rope, tear gas capsules, Batmobile remote control.
Next Up: Steve Englehart