I have the means, the skill -- but not the method. Already he finds himself detesting the grime of the city, but his thoughts are on his pregnant wife, Barbara. Inwardly, he hopes her tests come back "negative". He plays up the role of billionaire playboy, but secretly he is anxious to begin a new career as a crime fighter.
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Already he finds himself detesting the grime of the city, but his thoughts are on his pregnant wife Barbara. Inwardly, he hopes her tests come back "negative". He plays up the role of billionaire playboy, but secretly he is anxious to begin a new career as a crime fighter. He wants to avenge the tragic deaths of his parents, Thomas and Martha Wayne.
Across town, James Gordon meets some of his fellow officers, including the brutish Lt. Arnold Flass. Gordon learns that Flass is reckless and is not above accepting the occasional bribe. Flass grows concerned and tells Commissioner Loeb that Gordon may not be a "team player". Coyly, Loeb gives Flass permission to teach Gordon a lesson. That night, Flass and three other officers don ski masks and corner Jim in the parking garage.
He waits for them outside until they are ready to leave. As Flass drunkenly stumbles out of the building, Gordon attacks him. He beats Flass up, strips him naked and leaves him bound with his own handcuffs on the side of the road. Jim is confident that the incident will go unreported. He gets into an altercation with an albino pimp named Stan over an adolescent prostitute named Holly. Selina tries to defend Stan, but Bruce lays her out with one blow across the jaw.
Suddenly, police officers arrive and take the disguised Wayne into custody. Bruce breaks free of his handcuffs and forces the police cruiser off the road. Wounded and bleeding, he manages to make his way back to his Porsche and return home to Wayne Manor. Bruce feels that he has failed his parents. He reflects upon the night that a common mugger savagely gunned them down in the street, leaving him an orphan.
Suddenly, a bat crashes through the open window.
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Gordon hears about the maneuver and intercepts Branden before he can do anything rash. Jim enters the building alone and manages to single-handedly defeat Blume without causing him undue harm. A few nights later, Bruce Wayne makes his first official debut as Batman. He attacks a group of teenage punks stealing electronics and intercepts them on an apartment fire escape. The fight proves difficult and one teen nearly loses his life.