"Identity Crisis": Bruce Wayne comes out of the Gotham River without memory of what happened the night before. He goes back to Wayne Manor and finds out that his reality has been changed. His life as Batman seems to have disappeared and his friends have no recollection of his identity as Bat
- I'm Batman. And we both know Batman's secret identity is... BRUCE WAYNE!
- — Batman
Appearing in "Identity Crisis"
- Synaptic Kid (Single appearance)
- Gotham City
- Bruce Wayne's Silver Cloud
Synopsis for "Identity Crisis"
Bruce Wayne comes out of the Gotham River without memory of what happened the night before. He goes back to Wayne Manor and finds out that his reality has been changed. His life as Batman seems to have disappeared and his friends have no recollection of his identity as Batman.
Bruce deduces that this must be the work of one of his enemies, but he can't just prove it. Upon seeing Batman on the TV, Bruce gears up and goes to confront the impostor who must be behind it all. During the confrontation, Bruce realizes that Batman is faster and stronger than him.
Bruce returns home, defeated and tries to make sense of everything. He tries to convince himself that it is all part of a vicious plan against him, until Batman comes knocking to his door. At that moment, Bruce's reality comes crumbling down and the truth is revealed. Batman tells him that he is not Bruce Wayne, that he is in fact the Synaptic Kid; whose ability to read people's minds allowed him to learn Batman's secret identity. However, the powerful mind of Batman disassociated both identities from each other, leaving the Synaptic Kid helpless and confused, thinking he was only Bruce Wayne.
After this shock, the Synaptic Kid's mind finally understands that Bruce Wayne and Batman are the same person and that their powerful minds are stronger than he expected. Nevertheles, all this happens inside his mind, because the Synaptic Kid is left in a permanent coma, from which he will never come out.
- This issue is reprinted in Batman: A Celebration of 75 Years and in the Batman: Dark Knight, Dark City trade paperback.
- This story might have been the inspiration for the Batman Animated Series episode Perchance to Dream.
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