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Wayne Enterprises is the Wayne family's company. This is the page for its members and associates.
Played by: Michael Caine
Appears in: Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises
The Wayne Family butler, Alfred is Bruce's guardian, confidante and oldest friend. He knows Batman's identity, having aided him from the very start.
- Audience Surrogate: According to Michael Caine himself, he represents the audience.
- Battle Butler: Downplayed in that he never goes on patrol with Bruce but he can step up to help when he needs it.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Alfred knocks out a henchman guarding the burning Wayne Manor in Batman Begins ("I hope you're not a member of the fire brigade") to save Bruce and is revealed to have once been part of a SAS outfit that burned down a forest to catch a thief in The Dark Knight.
- Break His Heart to Save Him: In Rises, he becomes fed up with Bruce's needless self-destructive behavior and refusal of help, and leaves for good as a last-ditch effort to snap Bruce out of it. It doesn't work.
- Cool Old Guy: White-haired, funny, very kind and loving to Bruce, the list goes on.
- Cowardly Lion: Pretends he's not very brave (Alfred jokes that Bruce's Secret Identity should be to protect him rather than Rachel) but when called to rush into a burning building guarded by the League of Shadows, he rises splendidly to the occasion.
- Deadpan Snarker: Many of his lines are about snarking at Bruce's Batman crusade and other issues.
- Give Him a Normal Life: He just wants Bruce to get over his pain and have a normal, happy life.
- The Jeeves: Bruce's British butler.
- Morality Chain: To Batman; not that Batman isn't a good person, but without Alfred's advice, Batman would go off the rails pretty quickly.
- My Greatest Failure: In The Dark Knight Rises, he cries and tells the Wayne family's graves that he failed to protect Bruce, as he believes he deserted Bruce in his hour of need and is indirectly responsible for his death saving Gotham. Fortunately, Bruce reveals he is still alive to Alfred later.Alfred: I'm so sorry. I failed you. You trusted me, and I failed you.
- Nice Guy: Morally upstanding and an all around gentleman, though not without a bit of snark.
- No Hero to His Valet: Played with. No Badass to His Valet is subverted, as Alfred does regard Batman/Bruce as a true badass, but he can see all Bruce's flaws and often calls him out on then when he needs it.
- Papa Wolf: In Batman Begins, he knocks out one of Ras Al Ghouls goons and ventures into the burning Wayne Manor to save Bruce.
- Parental Substitute: He raised Bruce after the death of his parents and his greatest wish is for Bruce to put the tragedy behind him, leave Gotham, meet a Nice Girl and live Happily Ever After.
- Retired Badass: Retired SAS commando.
- Servile Snarker and Sarcastic Devotee: The loyal butler who nevertheless makes clear what he thinks of Bruce's crusade.
- Speeches and Monologues: Once a movie, Alfred would go into a small speech to Bruce, cluing him on ideas and resolve.
- Undying Loyalty: He's been with Bruce through thick and thin. He considers leaving Bruce in Rises as his Greatest Failure.
- Warrior Poet: While he only infrequently demonstrates his warrior side, he is very well-spoken.
Played by: Morgan Freeman
Appears in: Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises
A research head at Wayne Enterprises and personal friend of Thomas Wayne. He supplies Batman with all his gadgets and technological advances, later becoming CEO of Wayne Enterprises.
- Adaptational Job Change: While he ultimately does become CEO as in the comics, this version of Lucius stated off overseeing the Applied Sciences Division
- Cool Old Guy: Like Alfred he's a savvy, snarky, older gentleman.
- Death Glare: He noticeably grows colder when telling Lau that Bruce wasnt deliberately wasting his time while cutting off their deal, well aware of how deeply ingrained Lau is in the criminal underworld.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Played with. He is a research head, so presumably there is also a team under him that made all Batman gadgets. It is likely that he didn't make all the gadgets himself, but plot wise he is still the provider of all of Batman's equipment.
- Honest Corporate Executive: Starting at the end of Begins when he becomes CEO of Wayne Enterprises and highlighted in Dark Knight when he calls Batman's city-wide surveillance system unethical. Fortunately he destroys the system at the end of the movie.
- I Know You Know I Know: Lucius quickly guesses what Bruce Wayne is up to, but both men enjoy pretending that the latter is simply borrowing his gadgets for fun.
- Ironic Echo: In Batman Begins, he is told "Didn't you get the memo?" by William Earle who plans to fire him from Wayne Enterprises. Later, he says the exact same thing to Earle after Lucius takes Earle's job.
- He does an Ironic Echo to Lau in the span of one conversation with him in The Dark Knight.
- Magical Negro: Technological magic in this case.
- My Greatest Failure: In the denoument of The Dark Knight Rises, he was adamant to learn whether he could have been able to fix the Bat's autopilot, feeling his removal of it inadvertently caused Bruce's demise. His staff showed that Bruce actually patched it already... cluing him in to that He's Just Hiding!.
- Nice Guy: Similar to Alfred, he is a morally sound gentleman.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: As well as engineering Batman's gadgets (presumably with a team that we do not see), he knows enough about toxicology to synthesize an antidote to Scarecrow's fear toxin, and Batman entrusts him with the task of disarming the fusion reactor Bane has turned into a neutron bomb in The Dark Knight Rises.
- Resign in Protest: He briefly does this due to his concerns about the surveillance technology that Batman used to find the Joker at the end of The Dark Knight, and insisted that after the Joker was caught he wouldn't work at Wayne Enterprises if the device didn't go. Batman apparently anticipated this, and set the machine to self-destruct after they were finished using it.
- The Smart Guy: Likely the smartest guy in Wayne Enterprises.Fox: It takes a better mind than mine to fix it.
Bruce: A "better" mind?
Fox: Well, I was trying to be modest. A less busy mind.
- Science Hero: He's the goodhearted scientist who help created Batman's gadgets and other cool tech.
- Secret Keeper: One of five people to know Bruce's secret. He figures it out because of Bruce's 'unusual requests'.
- Technological Pacifist: Why he gets along with Bruce so well. Neither of them want Wayne's Enterprises' Applied Sciences material to fall into the wrong hands.
- Unflinching Walk: Gets one as he walks away from Batman's sonar-based device which listens in on every phone in Gotham, which is currently shutting itself down permanently after using it to find The Joker.
Thomas and Martha Wayne
Played by: Linus Roache & Sara Stewart
Appears in: Batman Begins
The parents of Bruce Wayne, well-known and well-loved billionaires who are tragically cut down by a mugger in front of their young son.
- Death by Origin Story: Begins as a whole is an origin story, but they die at the start.
- Death by Irony: Gunned down by the very same person they were trying to help.
- Fiction 500: Founders of Wayne Enterprises.
- Good Parents: Bruce remembers them fondly and we see Thomas Wayne helping Bruce overcome his fear of bats.
- Happily Married: Among other things, they are both opera aficionados.
- Honest Corporate Executive: The reason they are "well loved". In a city of dirty money they are clean.
Played by: Rutger Hauer
Appears in: Batman Begins
Following Thomas Wayne's death, Earle stepped in as the head of Wayne Enterprises. He had Bruce legally declared dead during his leave of absence, and has pulled Wayne Enterprises in morally dubious directions. He's fired by Lucius Fox after Wayne makes him CEO.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: While he doesn't have any explicit ties to the microwave emitter project, it's implied he's trying to keep the company's ownership of it under wraps, because as Fox notes, it's an illegal (and highly unethical) weapon. He fires Fox right after Fox questions him about it, presumably to try to shut him up and keep him from stumbling onto any more dirty secrets in Applied Sciences.
- Deadpan Snarker: "Didn't you get the memo?"
- Faux Affably Evil: He's doing things with the company that Thomas Wayne wouldn't like, but he's otherwise polite and professional. The exception seems to be Lucius Fox, since they're implied to have a history of not getting along when it comes to running the company.
- Jerkass: Especially towards Lucius; however, he does his best to avoid getting on Bruce Wayne's bad side, only putting him in Applied Sciences because he specifically mentioned it catching his eye and being genuinely nice towards him for the most part (going so far as to not tell him that Applied Sciences is, in Lucius's words, "dead end"), because he knows that he's a Wayne and would have him removed for crossing him. He finally crosses Bruce when he fires Lucius for asking too many questions about a misplaced microwave emitter, and so he finds himself out of a job the day after the Wayne Manor fire. Clearly, he's the only one who's surprised by this turn of events.
- Jerkass Has a Point: While he's definitely in the wrong about a few things, Wayne Enterprises is going under and the company needed a way to survive.
- Laser-Guided Karma: For trying to get rid of Lucius, Bruce Wayne is empowered to get rid of him. Didn't you get the memo?
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: The threat he posses to Batman; firing Fox and shutting down his 'toy' factory. "Didn't you get the memo?"
- Tranquil Fury: His reaction to Lucius bringing up an illegal test of the Wayne Enterprises microwave emitter is very subtle and yet very obvious, not to mention very immediate.
- Villainy-Free Villain: Aside from trying to cover up the theft of the microwave emitter from Wayne Enterprises, Earle doesn't do anything evil or even really wrong, and makes perfectly fair and valid business decisions when running the company. His antagonism comes more from being a condescending dick to others.
Played by: John Nolan
Appears in: Batman Begins, The Dark Knight Rises
A key member of Wayne Enterprises' board of directors whom often tries to honor the business ethics of Thomas Wayne as well as defending the actions of Bruce Wayne.
- Ascended Extra: Along with Mike Engel below, he appears among interviews in Gotham Tonight (in the bonus DVD extras for The Dark Knight) regarding directions Wayne Enterprises is taking (especially the expensive science R&D projects masked for Batman's weaponry).
- Cool Old Guy: In The Dark Knight Rises, Fredericks volunteers to be kidnapped by Bane so none of the other board members have to.
Played by: Joshua Harto
Appears in: The Dark Knight
An accountant at Wayne Enterprises who figures out Batman's true identity after discovering Lucius Fox's original designs for the Tumbler. Unfortunately, this information turns out to be a lot less profitable and a lot more dangerous than he imagined.
- Amoral Attorney: According to the novelization, he studied to be a lawyer, and part of his motivation for trying to blow the Batman's cover was that he wanted to represent the Wayne Enterprises legal team, and yet he has been stuck as their accountant for five years.
- Blackmail: Wants to try this on Bruce upon learning he's Batman:Fox: What can I do for you, Mr. Reese?
Reese: You wanted me to do the diligence on the LSA Holdings deal, again. Well, I found some irregularities.
Fox: Yes, their CEO is in police custody.
Reese: No, not with their numbers; with yours. Applied Sciences — a whole division of Wayne Enterprises — just disappeared, overnight. I went down to the archives and started pulling some old files.
[He produces blueprints of the Batmobile]
Reese: You're not going to tell me you didn't recognize your baby out there, pancaking cop cars on the evening news. Now you have the entire R&D department burning through cash, claiming that it's related to cell phones for the army? What are you building for him now, a rocket ship? [beat] I want $10 million a year, for the rest of my life.
Fox: Let Me Get This Straight...: You think that your client — one of the wealthiest, most powerful men in the world — is secretly a vigilante who spends his nights beating criminals to a pulp with his bare hands. And your plan is to blackmail this person? [chuckles] Good luck.
- Break the Haughty: Lucius absolutely destroys Reese's haughty, smug confidence with a few brilliant questions pointing out the absurdity of his plans to blackmail one of the most powerful companies in the world led by one of the most powerful men in the world.
- Canon Foreigner: A character named "Coleman Reese" does not exist in the comics. However, his determination to outsmart Batman and discover who he is, as well as his Stealth Pun of a name (Mr. Reese, compared to E. Nigma), has led some fans to believe he's meant to be this universe's loosely-adapted version of The Riddler.
- Didn't Think This Through: Blackmailing one of the most powerful men in the world is risky to say the least. Forgetting the entire basis of your blackmail is that he's also a badass vigilante who beats down hardened criminals in his spare time? A major oversight.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Subverted. He initially thinks that discovering Batman's secret identity has turned him from an average corporate lawyer into someone wielding enough power to blackmail one of the most powerful men in the world. When Lucius points out the many problems in Reese's plan he immediately loses his smug composure. Becomes double subverted when he goes on TV to announce Batman's identity regardless, leading to a triple subversion when he realizes his knowledge has made him an enemy of the Joker. By the end of Dark Knight Reese seems to realize - what a greedy jerk he's been notwithstanding - that knowing Batman's secret doesn't give him nearly as he originally thought and that weaponizing it is far more trouble than it's worth.
- He Knows Too Much: The Joker prevents him from revealing Batman's identity, calling for Reese's death in one hour or he will blow up a hospital. It's clear the Joker was probably going to blow up the hospital regardless but the threat is still made.
- HeelFace Turn: He stops trying to blow the Batman's identity when Bruce saves his life. That certainly taught him a lesson in gratitude.
- Jerkass: He was arrogant and aggressive in his 'blackmail' scene.
- My God, What Have I Done?: After he realizes that Bruce, a man he was about to sell out, saved his life regardless, after Bruce uses his Lamborghini to intercept a pickup truck that was trying to ram the police car Reese and Gordon were riding in, Reese's expression is one of surprise and shame.
- Secret Keeper: He ends up keeping Batman's identity a secret, after Bruce saves his life despite knowing Reese knew about him.
- Slimeball: The blackmail scene. He finds out the identity of Gotham's Hope Bringer and his response is extreme personal greed.
- Smug Snake: Again, the blackmail scene. He was so sure that he had Fox dead to rights that the quick turn around is all the funnier.
"Miranda Tate"See the "Bane's triggerman" section here.
Played by: Ben Mendelsohn
Appears in: The Dark Knight Rises
A board member of Wayne Enterprises who hires Bane to aid him in his scheme to bankrupt Bruce Wayne so that he could take it over and access all of its technology. But Bane and his men are just using the resources and infrastructure Daggett provides in order to set up their takeover of the city, and Bane personally kills him off the minute he is no longer needed.
- Adaptation Name Change: He's basically Roland Daggett from Batman: The Animated Series... except he's called John.
- Asshole Victim: He's slimy, jerky, corrupt. Even in that suit of his, no one's gonna miss him.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Pays Bane "a small fortune" for helping him attempt to take over Wayne Enterprises. Bane later points out that, contrary to what Daggett thinks, this doesn't give him any power over Bane.
- Body in a Breadbox: Bane breaks Daggett's neck, then (offscreen) throws his body into a dumpster, as Blake reports to Gordon and Foley when he visits them at the hospital.
- Bullying a Dragon: He's remarkably eager to verbally abuse Bane, who is not just a lot bigger and more muscular than Daggett, but could also kill him in a heartbeat without difficulty. Which is exactly what he does.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Bane and his men attack the Stock Exchange on Daggett's orders to acquire resources and snuff out Wayne Enterprises. The result is that at least seven people who had nothing to do with Daggett get seriously injured or killed (the four guards that Bane brutally overpowers as he enters, and at least three people get shot during the takeover).
- Composite Character: His last name and his connections to the underworld, along with betraying Catwoman clearly bear resemblance to Roland Daggett from Batman: The Animated Series. His personal ambition, being to take over Wayne Enterprises, along with subtly implied sociopathy is clearly taken from Derek Powers in Batman Beyond.
- Foreshadowing: Notice that Bane kills Daggett right after Miranda Tate is placed on the Wayne Enterprises board. Daggett comes into his death scene complaining about that.
- Gory Discretion Shot: When Bane is breaking Daggett's neck, the camera promptly cuts to Stryver as we hear the sound of Daggett whimpering.
- It's All About Me: He is willing to destroy the lives of everyone he meets for his own ambition.
- Jerkass: Listen to him after Bruce is removed from his seat on the board as a result of Bane's attack on the Stock Exchange, which supplies the image caption above. He acts like Bruce is suddenly beneath his notice and should be thrown out like a rabid dog.
- Large Ham: Shouts half his lines. Most of which come from his confrontation with Bane. In this case, it's because Evil Is Hammy.
- Neck Snap: Implied to be the cause of his death and by Bane, no less.
- Non-Action Big Bad: Relies on Bane to do the legwork for him. Of course it turns out Bane was using him the whole time and bumps him off.
- Oh, Crap!: The look on his face when Bane puts his hand on his shoulder and calmly asks him, "Do you feel in charge?" while expressing exactly how much he does not appreciate Daggett trying to talk down to him. It's said in the novelization that Daggett is recalling Selina Kyle jamming a pistol to his neck earlier, and wishes it had been her who was confronting him instead of Bane.
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Proof that trying to backstab Batman will never work out for you. Yeah, Coleman Reese should consider himself lucky.
- Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: Daggett was living proof that the phrase "If you're so smart, why aren't you rich?" is bullshit. If pissing off Catwoman and backstabbing Batman didn't confirm an absence of brain cells, trying to insult Bane definitely did.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Believes a sufficient amount of money will give him the power to do whatever he wants.Daggett: You stay right there! I'm in charge!
Bane: [gently, yet with clear menace places his hand on Daggett's shoulder] Do you feel in charge?
Daggett: [quietly, and obviously shitting his pants] I paid you a small fortune...
Bane: [disapprovingly] And this gives you power over me?
Daggett: What is this?
Bane: Your money, and infrastructure have been important... 'til now.
John Daggett: What are you?
Bane: I'm Gotham's reckoning. Here to end the borrowed time you've all been living on.
John Daggett: You're pure evil...
Bane: I'm necessary evil. [breaks Daggett's neck]
- Smug Snake: Daggett clearly thinks that Bane is Dumb Muscle who needs a rich patron like himself. Bane merely says, "Your money and infrastructure have been important.... 'til now."
- Unwitting Pawn: By using Daggett as a patron, Bane and his men are able to accomplish much of their own plan: they utilize Daggett's construction company and cement plants to rig locations across the city - construction sites, underground sewer and subway tunnels, Heinz Field, and all bridges into and out of Manhattan - with explosive charges to cut the city off from the mainland and trap the police underground. Additionally, Bane and his men commit the Stock Exchange heist to bankrupt Bruce, providing a distraction to place Talia (as Miranda Tate) in charge of Wayne Enterprises.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Bane kills him after Miranda Tate is placed on the Wayne board.
Played by: Burn Gorman
Appears in: The Dark Knight Rises
The Vice President of Daggett Industries' and Daggett's Number Two.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Chooses (death by) 'exile' in Crane's court.
- Asshole Victim: He suffers a similar fate as his boss, only this time in the hands of Gotham's criminals.
- Deadpan Snarker: Does this whenever around Selina Kyle. It's one of the few things he's vaguely competent at. For instance, "Nice outfit. Those heels make it tough to walk?"
- Co-Dragons: With Bane. At least, that's how it appears on Bane's behalf......
- The Dragon: Daggett's right hand scumgbag.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Has a rather low gravelly voice, which is much deeper than Burn Gorman's natural voice.
- Gangsta Style: He holds his handgun this way when threatening to kill Selina.
- Jerkass: His treatment of Selina for instance. Not only does he refuse to pay her for the job he hired her for, he had to be a prick about it.
- Number Two: Vice-President
- Oh, Crap!: When Selina Kyle tells him that the phone he just used is the Congressman's, which is being traced by the police. As he looks down at the phone, cue the sudden sound of tires screeching to a stop, Selina attacking him and the other thugs in the bar, and a SWAT team storming the place.
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: He leaves Daggett at Bane's mercy, only to end up being tried by Scarecrow's Kangaroo Court while Bane doesn't lift a finger to help him.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When Bane makes it clear to Daggett who's really in charge, Stryver quickly abandons him.
- Smug Snake: Thinks he's in control during his scene with Selina Kyle.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Tries to pull this on Selina early on only to be outgambitted by her when she tricks him into calling a SWAT team. Bane later pulls this on him with much better results.
Played by: Christine Adams
Appears in: Batman Begins
- Shrinking Violet: Shy and withdrawn with almost everyone.