- I knew we've discovered a formula to create a totally new species, neither man nor bat. Once I started taking it, I couldn't stop. I desperately wanted to, but it took over.
- — Kirk Langstrom src
Scientist Kirk Langstrom became Man-Bat a winged menace who frequently went on rampages that were stopped by Batman.
Kirk Langstrom was a scientist who worked on the Gotham Zoo researching bat DNA, hoping to implement some of its characteristics on humans. He abstracted a serum, which he tried on himself - to devastating effect, as he (temporarily) transformed into a large bat-like creature. After committing crimes across Gotham City, Batman managed to capture him and he restored him to his human form.
Kirk and Francine changed their field of study to sonics. They led happy lives, becoming pioneers in their studies and raising two kids, Max and Michelle, until Francine developed Parkinson's Disease. While Francine decided to spent her remaining days with her family, Kirk instead believed he could find a way to save her. He was able to develop a new version of the Man-Bat Serum that allowed the individual to keep their mind, but she passed away before he finished. As their children despised him for how he spent Francine's last says and left him, a dejected Langstrom took his own serum.
Decades later, Man-Bat rescued a woman named Tey kidnapped by the Jokerz. As she had been depraved of food and water for days, he decided to inject her with the serum. She stuck by him and the two fell in love. Together, they formed the Cult of the Bat, injecting other rejected individuals with the serum. As he lacked kanium, he had to give newer members the older form of the serum.
Man-Bat instructed his cult to kidnap to city assessment workers and obtain their sonar scanner, which Kirk converted into a long-range weapon. He confronted Commissioner Gordon and demanded three pounds of kanium or he would unleash his weapon. When the cult was ambushed by The Bureau, they realized the city wouldn't willingly give into their demands and decided to arm their weapon. Kirk didn't actually detonate the bomb as a show of force, but rather to end his life. After being confronted by Bruce Wayne and Terry McGinnis, Man-Bat reset the blast so it's radius didn't extend past the building he was in.
Powers and Abilities
- Transformation: Upon injection of his bat gland extract, Kirk Langstrom can transform himself into a half-human/half-bat creature. Once the serum wears off, the Man-Bat returns back to human form.
- Claws: The Man-Bat has sharpened claws which are strong enough to easily tear through flesh and muscle.
- Echolocation: Man-Bat can navigate through the air by way of echolocation, similar in function to a bat's radar.
- Superhuman Strength
- Superhuman Speed
- Superhuman Stamina
- Flight: Man-Bat can fly by way of genetically generated leather wings.
- This version of the character is exclusive to the continuity of the DC Animated Universe and is an adaptation of Man-Bat. The original character was created by Frank Robbins and Neal Adams and first appeared in Detective Comics #400.
- Kirk Langstrom was voiced by Marc Singer.
- Batman (1992 TV Series) Episode: On Leather Wings
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- Character Gallery: Kirk Langstrom (DCAU)
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