He is better known as The Batman, but The Batman was not always Bruce Wayne behind the mask. Dick Grayson and Jean-Paul Valley have donned the mantle of the caped crusader, but none have the appeal of Bruce.
Bruce Wayne could have lived a charmed life with all his wealth, resources, looks and intelligence. Itís ironic that the added element of obsession with his parentsí murder before his own eyes made him into a superhero among humans and a human among superheroes. The events that started Bruceís metamorphosis into Batman (the murder of Martha and Thomas Wayne) are repeatedly invoked in comics and film; this reinforces his image providing both clues and speculation about the nobility and dangerous obsession behind the mask.