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Batman, sometimes referred to as The Batman and also commonly nicknamed the Caped Crusader or the Dark Knight, is a vigilante superhero based in Gotham City. Batman is the secret identity of Bruce Wayne, a billionaire industrialist and philanthropist who was driven to fight crime after witnessing the murder of his parents in a street mugging as a young child. To this end, Wayne modelled himself after a bat due to his own childhood fear of the creatures, a fear he wished to instil into the criminals he fought.
As a young boy, Bruce Wayne witnessed his parents' murder at the hands of Joe Chill in a botched mugging. Traumatised by the event and disillusioned by the corrupt Gotham justice system that set Chill free, Wayne vowed to become a vigilante and battle criminals himself so that others may be spared his fate. As he grew into adulthood, Wayne conditioned himself to become Batman, establishing a base of operations beneath his mansion and using his massive personal wealth to equip himself with an array of advanced technologies to help him wage his one-man war on crime.
Batman's first encounter with the Yautja occurred during his investigation of gangsters, Alex Yeager and Leo Brodin, after a boxing match between their sponsored fighters. Following the murder of Yeager and Brodin's boxers, the hunter kills Yeager, and Batman tracks the killer to a junkyard, only to be ambushed and nearly killed by the Predator. Batman barely survives the encounter and returns to Wayne Manor, where his butler Alfred Pennyworth sees to his injuries. Leo Brodin and Gotham's current mayor are killed in calculated assaults as days go by, while Commissioner James Gordon barely escapes the hunter when it targets him. Batman attempts to recover quickly, knowing the death toll rises every day. A countdown is initiated by the National Guard and SWAT teams: If Batman does not show before the end of the countdown, they plan to flush the Predator out of hiding by searching street by street, a tactic that will likely take more lives than would be saved.
Batman, nowhere near healed yet able to walk, plans one last face-to-face match with the Predator, using a specially-designed powered sonar exoskeleton suit to increase his strength and compensate for his recovering blindness and the Predator's stealth technology. The battle begins on the roof of the Gotham City Police Department, continues in the Batcave, and ends on the outskirts of Wayne Manor. Batman finally defeats the Predator wielding a baseball bat just as its ship lands, with others of its kind disembarking. The defeated Predator honorably commits suicide with a sword which the Predator commander then presents to Batman before leaving. Batman is confident that the Predators will not return after having met what lives in Gotham.
Batman has a second encounter with the hunter race when another Predator comes to Gotham some time later, specifically targeting Batman and all standing in its way. Coincidentally, this occurs at the same time a crime lord named Terraro has put a bounty on the Dark Knight's head, hiring seven skilled and specialized assassins for the task. Batman shortly deduces another hunter has come to Earth after one assassin and of Terraro's men are killed- the Gotham City Police Department is attacked soon after and the Bat Signal is stolen and planted outside the city to lure Batman to the hunter. Batman only manages to survive the encounter due to the interference of Helena Bertinelli, the Huntress. Batman informs her of the creature's identity and warns her to stay out of it.
The Predator slays another assassin, while two accidentally kill each other- a 4th is apprehended by the Huntress moments after the Predator kills Terraro, ending the bounty. Batman tracks it to a rooftop, only to find the decapitated body of another Predator. A second hunter uncloaks itself in full view of Batman, indicating they have no intentions of hunting him and every intention of hunting their rogue brethren. Batman returns to the Gotham Police (subduing one of the two remaining assassins), learning that the FBI formulates a plan to attract the Predator back to GCPD with another signal, but the plan goes awry when a friendly Predator is discovered and mortally injured, while one of the officers is kidnapped. Batman and Huntress track it back to where the first Bat Signal had been taken and double-team the hunter, only to be incapacitated. The kidnapped officer sacrifices his life to kill the Predator, though it lives long enough to fly the vessel back into space, where the ship is destroyed when the friendly Predator collides his ship with the rogue.
Batman's final encounter with the Predator race, separate from encounters with the Justice League, would occur years later, at this point aided by his ward Robin (Tim Drake). A series of mysterious, violent deaths clue Batman in on another Predator hunt, though he does not discuss this with Robin, who becomes increasingly frustrated by Batman's refusal to talk. Batman confides to Alfred that he does not want Robin to become another Predator mark- it is revealed that two Predators are active in the city rather than just one; an older hunter who recounts past hunts to his younger partner. Gotham's criminal population is unaware of the presence of the hunters, until Mr. Freeze (Victor Fries) is attacked at his hideout following a successful bank robbery. Though all of his associates are murdered, he is left alive- Robin tracks him down and subdues him, and Freeze reveals the hunters seemed to have not even seen him. Batman correctly deduces through this information that the Predator's vision is based on heat.
After dismissing Robin, he upgrades his exo-suit from his first Predator encounter so that it masks his body heat, then uses Wayne Enterprises as a battleground to fight the hunters, later realizing only one of the two hunters is engaging him. The other attempts to attack Tim at a drive-in movie theater, though he escapes back to Wayne Manor and survives the attack until Batman returns, having subdued the older hunter. Batman convinces the younger hunter take his kin and go home, before revealing to Robin that they were both targeted by a father-son hunting team, seeing the two as father-son warriors.
Batman first encounter the Xenomorph when he had to travel on a "mission of mercy" near the Guatemala and Mexico borderline. There he found a group of mercenaries. As the group went Into the jungle, the group finds a spaceship near Mayan ruins and later discovers they have to prevent an Alien outbreak, besides saving themselves.
Following that incident, Batman encountered another that was found in 1927 in Alaska. It had been brought to Gotham city and sealed in a lab by the explorer who had found it. It was awakened by a construction crew. An army doctor named Fortune took charge of this case in Gotham city and hatched a plan to create xenomorph hybrids bred with DNA from Arkham Asylum's most notorious psychopaths. Batman was forced to fight both the soldiers and the xenomorph hybrids.
Behind the Scenes
Batman was created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger for DC Comics. He first appeared in Detective Comics, Vol. 1 #27 in 1939.
- The 1989 cinematic adaptation of the character, titled Batman, features many supporting actors and stunt performers from the Alien franchise in its cast, including Carl Chase (Gregor in Alien3), Simon Crane (a prisoner in Alien3), Clive Curtis (stunt performer on Aliens), Christopher Fairbank (Murphy in Alien3), Leon Herbert (Boggs in Alien3), Mac McDonald (Simpson in Aliens), Mark Anthony Newman (a prisoner in Alien3), Eddie Powell (stunt performer on Alien and Aliens) and Tip Tipping (Pvt. Crowe in Aliens). It also features several scenes filmed at Acton Lane Power Station, recycling the Atmosphere Processor set from Aliens.
- Arguably Batman's most infamous enemy is the Joker, who makes an appearance in the fan film Batman: Dead End, which features the Dark Knight fighting the Predator and a Xenomorph.
- Batman versus Predator
- Batman versus Predator II: Bloodmatch
- Batman versus Predator III: Blood Ties
- JLA versus Predator
- Batman/Aliens II
- Batman: Dead End
- Superman and Batman vs. Aliens and Predator