Life in the Dark Multiverse
On his world, Batman used to be the hero of Gotham City who fought crime with his Robins. However, the city took its toll on the Bat and claimed the lives of all his sidekicks, forcing Bruce to seek more extreme ways to prevent the crimes he felt he wasn’t fast enough to stop. Batman set his sights on his world’s Flash, determining that he could use the Speed Force better than the speedster himself could. Batman took out all of the Flash’s Rogues and confiscated their weapons to use against the Flash in a fight for his powers.
After Bruce bested Barry, Batman drove the two of them into the Speed Force using his Batmobile merged with the Cosmic Treadmill – absorbing the Flash and his powers. When Batman returned from the Speed Force, he donned a new costume and became “Batman: The Red Death” and began murdering members of his own rogues gallery in Gotham.
Because his world was part of something known as the Dark Multiverse, it was inherently unstable and began collapsing around him. Batman sought a way to save his world and was contacted by the Batman Who Laughs, who told him he could save his world by invading the main Multiverse with Barbatos’ Dark Knights. The Red Death accepted and, when Batman of Earth 0 accidentally activated the portal to the Dark Multiverse, the Dark Knights arrived to take over.
The Red Death immediately made his way to Earth 0’s Central City, challenging this world’s Flash. Though he caught the hero off guard, the Flash was saved in the nick of time by Doctor Fate, leaving the Red Death to conquer the city in the meantime. By a week after the Dark Knights’ arrival, the Red Death had invoked a new Speed Force storm throughout the city that was made from his own corrupted connection, which aged anyone who touched it to death in seconds.
When the remaining heroes made an attempt to locate a resource that could be used to defeat the Dark Knights, they manage to cut them off and trap the remaining Justice League members in specially made Batcaves made specifically for them. Red Death manages to trap Flash in his Batcave and attacks him. With his cave designed specifically to counter Barry’s speed, Red Death gains the upper hand. He then reveals that he has created several Flash-mobiles and uses them to further up the pressure.
Powers and Abilities
- Speed Force Conduit: After driving himself and the Flash into the Speed Force using his Batmobile and the schematics of the Cosmic Treadmill, Bruce absorbed Barry and his powers, granting him a corrupted connection to the Speed Force.
- Superhuman Speed: Bruce can run at vast superhuman speeds. The intensity of his speed allows him to generate immense superhuman force, which allowed him to punch a man in two with a single blow.
- Superhuman Reflexes: Bruce possesses reflexes far greater than a normal human being. This allows him to easily react to danger and events, and perceive the world in slow motion.
- Superhuman Stamina: Bruce’s body can handle the stress of moving at superhuman speeds for extended periods of time without getting tired or weak.
- Superhuman Agility: Bruce’s agility, balance, and bodily coordination are enhanced to superhuman levels. This allows him to easily make sharp turns and leap far distances while moving at superhuman speed.
- Speed Force Aura: As explained by Barry Allen, a speedsters body is surrounded by a “friction cushion”, which provides protection from the nastier elements of their speed, including friction, airborne particulate matter, kinetic impacts, G-Force and the like.
- Superhuman Durability: Bruce is capable of resisting tremendous kinetic impact forces that could easily crush or kill a human, without suffering any serious external or internal injuries, making him much more durable than any human.
- Energy Construct Creation: Bruce can generate bat-like Speed Force energy constructs that emit dangerous effects if they come into contact with others.
- Infection: Bruce’s bat constructs cause infection in others, making those effected by it to wither away painfully, as if worn down by hundreds to thousands of years passing in an instant.
- Nanite Fabrication: With his enhanced intellect, The Red Death learned to generate more complex Speed Force constructs, such as command activated nanotech powered and fueled by the speed energy he gives off.
- Enhanced Intellect: Because of the Speed Force’s energies augmenting his already genius acumen, Bruce can think as fast as he moves with equally impressive hand/eye coordination. Having been able to fabricate impressive technological wonders in mere seconds time, as well as conjure complicated nano-wear activated using his speedforce powers.
- Genius Level Intellect
- Martial Arts
- Hand-to-Hand Combat (Advanced)
- Monstrous Appearance: Batman and the Flash’s trip into the Speed Force has permanently scarred Bruce’s face, leaving it cracked and broken underneath his mask.
- Power Instability: After fusing in the Speed Force with the Flash, Batman now has the speedster’s powers, though he’s forced to share his body with the Flash’s consciousness, which occasionally tries to break free. Furthermore, his use of the Speed Force causes him to momentarily disintegrate into a swarm of black bat silhouettes with red overlays, only coalescing when staying in one place.