Quote1.png I promise you, Bruce. You were right to pick me. I am what Gotham needs. And I'll show you. Quote2.png
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Saint Batman is an alternate version of Jean-Paul Valley originating from the Dark Multiverse. When Bruce was defeated by Bane, Jean-Paul briefly took up the mantle of the Batman. However when Batman returned, Jean-Paul refused to return the mantle, believing he could be a better Batman then Bruce.

Jean-Paul defeated Batman as well as the rest of the Bat-Family, and took control of Gotham City. Thirty years later Jean-Paul ruled the city as Saint Batman.

Jean-Paul Valley's history is supposedly similar to his New Earth counterpart up until that fateful encounter in the Batcave. Where Bruce was able to outsmart Jean-Paul in the normal universe, Jean-Paul overpowered Bruce here, delivering a devastating blow to his spine, crippling him and vowing that he would prove he made the right choice.

In the years that followed, Jean-Paul ravaged Gotham City and forced it to be rebuilt under his guidance, cut off from the main land.

Thirty years later, Jean-Paul is informed by his lover Madeline of an outsider attempting to incite violence through the aid of Oswald Cobblepot; however, he leaves that to his proxies while he goes for his usual routine, trying to force Bruce, now a torso and head, to admit that Jean-Paul was the successor he needed.

That night, explosions erupted throughout Gotham, forcing Jean-Paul into action. However, the man proved to be too ravaged through his years and nearly died trying to prop back up a wall underwater while being taunted by the visage of Saint Dumas. Rescued by his followers, Jean-Paul returned to the cave in need of a Venom supply only to find it gone and confronted by Lady Shiva, the Son of Bane and a rescued Bruce Wayne, with Madeline revealing she did away with his Venom supply because she grew disillusioned with his drive.

After Madeline was murdered for her "sins", Jean-Paul did battle with the trio, tearing off the Son of Bane's right arm to drink his naturally-producing Venom to overpower everyone. However, this proved not enough as the Son of Bane used Jean-Paul's old Azrael gauntlet to skewer him through the chest, then shatter his spine. Bruce, then, murdered the two before taunting the wounded Jean-Paul, thanking him for realizing what he needed to do.

Jean-Paul was last seen crucified to a bat-shaped plaque, supposedly killed.

Powers

Abilities

Weaknesses

  • Drug Addiction: Jean developed a dependence to the Venom within his suit and years of prolonged use has weakened his body with constant wheezing.

Equipment

  • Venom
  • Saint Batman Suit: A new specialized suit that feeds Jean a constant flow of Venom.

Transportation

  • Batmobile


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