The Origin: Fifteen years ago, a seven-year-old Bruce Wayne watched helplessly as a two-bit crook gunned down his parents. As he was shipped off to private schools, a young detective named James Gordon would be assigned to the case, which proves to be the most difficult case he's faced with. Fifteen years have passed, and a changed Bruce Wayne has returned to Gotham. He is not the billionaire boob that we're used to. Not only has he trained himself to the peak of perfection to become the Dark Knight, Batman, but he has become a shrewd businessman. Being one of the wealthiest men in the world, his one main business rival is another young man named Lex Luthor.
Supporting Cast: Alfred Pennyworth is the man that represents the only family he has. Serving the Wayne family for 25 years, he has been confidant, medic, and sometimes a psychiatrist to Bruce, who he thinks of as a son. Also, there is James Gordon, who rose to the rank of police commissioner after 20 years on the police force by turning on his own corrupt colleagues, using their own dirty tactics against them. At his side is hotshot district attorney Harvey Dent, who grew up with Bruce before the murders. Harvey Dent is engaged to Gordon's daughter Barbara, who is obsessed with finding out about the exploits of the Dark Knight Detective, Batman.
First Arc: As Bruce begins to don the cape and cowl as Batman and strikes an alliance with Commissioner Gordon, despite D.A. Dent's objections, he and Gordon begin to wage war on Gotham's criminal underworld. But later, they learn that someone has beaten them to it. Calling himself the Joker, the clown-themed vigilante begins to use extreme force on crime bosses, criminals, and any innocents who get in his way. This forces the Batman to match wits with the Joker to stop him.
Big Picture: As Batman's cast of rogues begins to grow slowly, there are two growing subplots to watch out for: Lex Luthor, as he tries to take over Wayne Enterprises despite Bruce Wayne's attempts to fight the hostile takeover of his company, and the return of the Joker, who has learned about the man behind the Bat-mask.