Mrs. Chilton was the only name by which the mother of Joe Chill and his brother Max, both enemies of Batman, was known.

Mrs. Chilton worked as the housekeeper for Philip Wayne and she became close friends with Philip's nephew, Bruce, who became his ward after his parents, Dr. Thomas Wayne and his wife Martha, were murdered.

Because Philip was rarely home, as his work required him to travel quite a bit, Bruce was put into Mrs. Chilton's care. She witnessed the growth of Bruce into a man and years later, she learned that her son, Joe, was responsible for the murder of Bruce's parents, which eventually cost him his life. After losing Joe, Mrs. Chilton lost Max when he confronted Batman.[1]

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Philip Wayne introduces his nephew Bruce to Mrs. Chilton.

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Mrs. Chilton and Philip Wayne attend Bruce's graduation from college.

Despite knowing that her sons were criminals, she never revealed this truth to Bruce, and they remained friends. Mrs. Chilton was also aware of Bruce's secret identity as Batman, but she also kept this secret for herself.


  • This version of Mrs. Chilton, including all history and corresponding appearances, was erased from existence following the collapse of the original Multiverse in the 1985–86 Crisis on Infinite Earths limited series. Even though versions of the character may have since appeared, this information does not apply to those versions.
  • Mrs. Chilton is presumably a widow, as no mention is ever made of a Mr. Chilton.



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