In the alternate timeline of Flashpoint, robber Joe Chill killed the young Bruce Wayne rather than his parents. As a result, Thomas Wayne wished revenge so took up to mantle of Batman, but unlike his son he is far more ruthless in his actions as he is happy to kill any criminal that gets in his way.
Knight of Vengeance
Thomas tracked down Chill and was going to poison him but decided to beat him to death with his bare hands. His wife Martha Wayne was so traumatized by the event she cut her face into a garish grin and soon enough, descended into insanity and became the altered timeline's Joker.
Batman started working with Catwoman, a young thief he once spared and grew attached to like a father figure, leading him to abandon his violent ways. She was however shot by Martha through the gut and paralyzed, making him relapse into his old ways again. On her crime-spree, Martha kidnapped the twin children of Judge Dent. When he tracked down one of her partners in crime Yo-Yo, he interrogated her for his wife's location, but when she refused to cooperate, he threw her off the building. However at that moment Cyborg arrived to catch her and Batman joked "she slipped". Cyborg asked Thomas to join him in stopping the war between the Amazons and the Atlanteans that had devastated Europe, but he refused.
Later that night, the powerless Barry Allen was looking for Batman, and entered the Batcave, but Thomas attacked the intruder. He was taken aback when Barry kept calling him Bruce and said he knew he was Batman. Thomas was shocked but wished to learn more about his son and his life in the alternate time line. Barry convinced Thomas to help to rewrite the timeline and the first step was to help get Barry's powers back. Thomas created a device that would recreate the accident that created the Flash, the first attempt was a failure leaving Barry badly burnt, but after one more attempt, the procedure proved successful and Barry became The Flash once again.
Thomas Wayne secretly funded his war on crime through his Wayne Casinos. He worked closely with Chief Jim Gordon, the head of Gotham Security, as a few years ago the police force was privatized. He worked closely with Oswald Cobblepot the head of security for all his casinos.
Batman was called by Chief Gordon, who tried to convince him that he didn't have to fight villains by himself, however Batman refused. Later, Batman was shocked that the Joker had footage of his friend James Gordon being killed. She tricked Chief Gordon into shooting Dent's daughter by taping her mouth shut and disguising her as the Joker. Before Batman confronted her, she slashed Gordon's throat. After Gordon's murder, Batman showed up to face his ex-wife. Batman told her he had discovered a way to rewrite history so Bruce was never killed. He told her about Barry Allen and how he helped him restore his powers. Martha with this knowledge was so shocked to learn the hardships her son would go through, and ran to her death off a cliff near Wayne Manor.
Thomas worked with the Barry to recruit a team to alter the Reverse-Flash changes to the timeline. Batman contacted Cyborg in an attempt to find Project Superman, the government branch responsible for raising an alien Kal-El who was supposedly the most powerful being on the planet. When they found him, all they saw was a pale skinny man but when he was exposed to sunlight, his powers activated and he flew away.
The group of heroes escaped the facility with the help of Element Woman, but Barry's memories began to change and Thomas was forced to inject him with a drug which slowed down his brain processesing. The heroes headed to Fawcett City to find the team known as S.H.A.Z.A.M. a group of teenagers who could combine their powers to become Captain Thunder.
Using the powers of Billy Batson they are able to slow down the effects of the combination of the Speed Force and the altered timeline itself on Barry's brain. The team decide to stop the war between Wonder Woman and Aquaman, because there is no guarantee that they would win against Professor Zoom. Thomas reluctantly agrees and the heroes head for New Themyscira in the Batplane, they also recruit Enchantress for the mission. Wonder Woman and Emperor Aquaman are locked in battle when the team arrive.
Batman stabs Professor Zoom in the back with a sword and while Professor Zoom gloats that Barry had created the timeline, not Zoom. The Flash did this when he attempted to go back in time save his mother, but Batman is fatally wounded by the Enchantress, who was in truth an Amazonian spy. Before the Flash can run to the past in an attempt to stop his younger self from altering the timeline, Thomas, realizing what Flash was planning to do after despite learning his inadvertent role, thanks him for all he has done and gives the Barry a letter addressed to his son, and accepts his fate.
After Barry apparently restores the timeline to an approximation of its prior self, he visits Bruce Wayne and gives him a letter from his father, and told him he could not of done it without his help. Bruce is deeply touched that his father has sacrificed his existence for him.
When Bruce Wayne and Barry Allen began investigating a mysterious button that appeared in the Batcave after the return of Wally West, they used the Cosmic Treadmill to track the radiation coming from the button, which brought them to the Flashpoint universe, into the Batcave of Thomas Wayne. Wayne attacked Flash, as he believed the two showing up wasn't real and a trick. Barry manages to convince Thomas that they are real. Barry is confused at how they are in Flashpoint, and realizes that someone had kept the Flashpoint timeline in place, when it should have been reverted after Barry originally left it. Shortly after, the three are attacked by Amazonian and Atlantian soldiers. Thomas and Bruce hold them off while Barry rebuilds the treadmill so they can leave.
After the treadmill is fixed, Barry realizes that the Flashpoint world is starting to become erased from existence. Barry and Bruce board the treadmill, asking Thomas to come with them, although Thomas refuses, telling Bruce that he should stop being Batman, and find happiness and focus on being a father to his son. Shortly after, Barry and Bruce leave and Thomas is erased from existence, along with the Flashpoint timeline.
Breaking the Bat
Thomas is later revealed to have survived this ordeal through the Reverse Flash saving him from his collapsing timeline, all in Thawne's effort to drive Thomas to despair over Bruce's decision to remain Batman. Thomas is then revealed to have been working for Bane, as part of his plan to utterly break Bruce Wayne psychologically so he gives up being Batman. Thomas would later betray Bane by shooting him in the head, sending him into a coma. Confronting Bruce alone, he tells him to give up being Batman and be happy with Catwoman. He holds Bruce at gunpoint after she attacks him. Though he doesn't kill him, he tries to persuade him. Bruce states that he'll be happy and be Batman too, stating he isn't the ten-year old child who lost his parents anymore and he isn't his father before knocking him out. In the prison, Bane breaks Thomas' back in revenge.
Thomas was transferred to Arkham Asylum and eventually recovered from his injuries. One night, he was abducted from the Asylum by X-Tract and taken to an interdimensional prison ship. He managed to escape the ship in a capsule which crash-landed on Earth 23. He was found by the parents of that reality's Superman, who handed him over to their son.
Powers and Abilities
- Genius Level Intellect
- Hand-to-Hand Combat (Advanced)
- 54 Appearances of Thomas Wayne (Flashpoint Timeline)
- 31 Images featuring Thomas Wayne (Flashpoint Timeline)
- 13 Quotations by or about Thomas Wayne (Flashpoint Timeline)
- Character Gallery: Thomas Wayne (Flashpoint Timeline)
- Flashpoint: Batman - Knight of Vengeance #1
- Batman (Volume 3) #84
- Flashpoint (Volume 2) #1
- Flashpoint (Volume 2) #2
- Flashpoint (Volume 2) #3
- Flashpoint: Batman - Knight of Vengeance #2
- Flashpoint: Batman - Knight of Vengeance #3
- Flashpoint (Volume 2) #4
- Flashpoint (Volume 2) #5
- Batman (Volume 3) #22
- Batman (Volume 3) #50-85
- Infinite Frontier #2
- Infinite Frontier #1
- Batman (Volume 3) #69
- Batman (Volume 3) #85
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