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Batman in Comics
- Batman apparently spends most of his time devising contingency plans to use in the event that he has to fight a given individual, to the point that it's widely said that Batman can beat anyone or anything "if he's prepared". For example, he carries a chunk of Kryptonite on his utility belt at all times, "just in case". He also prepares himself to an
almost unhealthy extent, regularly injecting himself with antitoxins in the off chance a poison-wielding villain might attack him, and training most of his day. There are some things you just can't ever see coming, like zombie Abraham Lincoln armed with an assault rifle.
- It should be noted that Superman gave Batman a Kryptonite ring because he trusted Batman with it and knew that the day might come when that ring might be desperately needed. He's also given Kryptonite rings to other Justice League members for the same reason. Considering how often Supes is mind-controlled, or how often other Krypotonians show up, no one can blame him for knowing better than to destroy all the Kryptonite he comes across...
- Dick Grayson (Nightwing/the first Robin) is also highly prepared. In the first volume of the threepart series Trinity a villain by the name of Swashbuckler steals Nightwing's mask. Which Grayson promptly has destroyed via an explosive charge set for voice activation. The command phrase was only "Autodestruct."
- Batman has attempted to be prepared in case of the inevitable superhero FaceHeel Turn, most notably in two infamous incidents. In Justice League of America: Tower of Babel, it was mainly confined to the League. The second was shortly after Identity Crisis where Batman decided to secretly tab every superhero/metahuman on Earth he could, so he built the Brother Eye program to monitor them. Both blew up in his face horribly (Ra's found and used the files and Brother Eye was hijacked by Max Lord and, later, Alexander Luthor). That being said, while they did indeed blow up in his face, they did so by incapacitating every member of the League, who all needed to be saved by the backup plans to THE BACKUP PLANS! Yes, indeed; Batman is so prepared, he even prepared for his contingency plans to get stolen.
- Tim Drake, Robin III, is similarly prepared. In his own comic, while fighting another vigilante, they fall through the roof into a bowling alley, with Tim landing on an enormous display bowling ball. He stands up, and uses his feet to start rolling it toward his opponent, thinking, "Believe it or not, I actually trained for this. I told Bruce it was stupid at the time. We'll have a good laugh when I get back home."
- Tim defeated Lady Shiva. Lady Shiva who's the best Assassin in the world, and (aside from Bronze Tiger and Richard Dragon) probably the best martial artist in the world. You wanna know how? He had poisoned some complimentary chocolates from the hotel she was staying at, before she wrote the letter challenging him. The poison was a paralytic triggered by an increased heart rate. Like in a fight. Against Robin.
- In one issue of Young Justice, the new team goes on a camping trip to get to know each other better. Around the campfire they start a game of "truth or dare," and Superboy promptly dares Robin to remove his domino mask. He does... revealing another domino mask underneath. He admits that he had put the extra mask on before they left, figuring that this game would come up.
Arrowette: You were toilet trained at six months, weren't you...
- In an issue of Red Robin Tim is able to drop himself Stephanie and Prudence into the hidden basement of one of his safe houses right before it's blown up by the League of Assassins because he's already installed his own explosives under the floor in sets designed to drop out a circle of the floor without blowing up whoever was standing on it.
- In an issue of The Batman Adventures, a criminal "artist" named Kim escapes from Arkham and begins leaving clues at crime scenes in a manner reminiscent of The Riddler. Riddler is furious that someone is stealing his gimmick and tracks Kim down himself. As they fight, Riddler asks what all the "clues" were supposed to mean. Kim reveals that they were actually references to an art film by a foreign director, and he was merely making an artistic statement. Riddler rants about how that is completely pointless, as nobody will ever understand such a reference, and the point of leaving clues is to give your opponent a fighting chance. Whereupon Batman shows up and reveals that he understood the clues just fine. When asked why he would watch random films and memorize the biographical information of their directors, Batman replied "In case I had to."
- In one issue of JLA, the Martian Manhunter has shapeshifted into a Japanese woman using the name Hino Rei. Batman recognises J'onn instantly, and mentions that "the name is a giveaway". Yes, Batman knows enough about Sailor Moon to spot the name of Sailor Mars. Amusingly, this is because the author got pranked; he asked a friend for a Japanese woman's name that would translate out to 'Poet of Mars', thus establishing Batman's linguistics genius; instead his friend deliberately gave him the secret ID of Sailor Mars, and so the author inadvertently established Batman's otaku cred.
- Batman's crazy preparation is shown to an extreme in the Batman R.I.P. storyline, in which we find that in case of psychological attack, he has created a backup personality known as "The Batman of Zur-En-Arrh". Said personality might actually be crazy, making this a literal example. This is not, however, the first time he's done something like this. In a Gotham Knights story, Bruce uses a contingency plan that involves hypnotizing himself to essentially strip the Batman part of his identity and leave only the Bruce Wayne part, in case someone found out and he needed to take extra measures to convince them (and others) otherwise.
- In Batman #666, it was shown that in a possible Bad Future, Damian Wayne would become Batman. However, since he knows he's not as skilled as his predecessors, he makes up for it by booby-trapping every major building in Gotham in case he has to fight there.
- Rather infamously in JLA 59 Batman engineered the defeat of Polaris to end with the JLA victorious, Superman's healing accelerated by the hole in the ozone layer and himself standing on a teleportation disk he had hidden in the Arctic for just such an occasion. Appropriately he ends the comic with the words "always plan ahead".
- In an issue of Superman/Batman, it is revealed that Batman carries around a lead-lined mirror just in case Superman ever turns evil and Batman can't avoid his heat vision. Because, you know, that situation comes up so often.
- During the Hush arc of Batman, it is revealed that if he is ever knocked unconscious, his helmet will release tear gas on anyone brave enough to reach for his mask, as well as his suit tasering anyone stupid enough to touch him. The taser shows up in The Dark Knight.
- Lampshaded by Jaime Reyes, the Blue Beetle, in a teamup with Batman in The Brave and the Bold. An enemy has just ambushed them by essentially spawning an arctic blizzard ramped Up to Eleven above them, causing them to get buried in a few meters of snow. After Beetle breaks out and stops the blizzard by scaring off their attacker...
Blue Beetle: Batman! Hold on! I'll find you and get you out! Can you break out the Bat-Snowblower or something?
(Batman digs his way out of the hole caused by the explosion)
Blue Beetle: (in awe) Please don't tell me you actually have a Bat-Snowblower...
Batman: Heating flare capable of melting through ice in a hurry. You'd be surprised what you pack after going up against Mr. Freeze enough times.
- Further demonstrated in an issue of Superman/Batman where the world is under the control of Gorilla Grodd except for Batman. Batman's arm is robotic and Superman is gone in space because the atmosphere has Kryptonite in it. By the end of some long convoluted scheme that proves enough how Crazy-Prepared Batman is, it turns out that it was just a simulation of that potential scenario just in case and Batman reveals to Alfred that he does these all the time.
- There was an Elseworlds comic called JSA: The Liberty Files which had alternate reality versions of Batman, Hourman, and Dr. Mid-Nite on a train in their civilian identities. They were simply eating dinner when they were suddenly attacked by a villain. Batman, as Bruce Wayne, opens his jacket and throws two grenades. One of the heroes remarks, "You brought grenades to dinner?" to which Bruce replied, "I needed them, didn't I?".
- In The Dark Knight Strikes Again, Batman is well prepared for Superman coming to pay him a visit. He has The Atom punch Superman's inner ear to keep him off balance, then has the Flash place small charges all over Supes, after which Green Arrow shoots him with a Kryptonite arrow, all before Batman then hands his ass to him with Green K gloves. And then for the clincher, Superman tells the Bat he only came to talk, to which Batman replies, 'We're done talking. Get out of my cave.'
- In one issue of Gotham Adventures, Harley Quinn writes a trashy romance novel that controls the mind of whoever reads it. Tim and Barbara were controlled while Bruce wasn't. Why? He wore leather gloves while reading it.
- Batman Does Not Like Guns, but he still takes his proteges to the firing range. When asked why, Batman explained that it's useful to know as much about guns as possible even if he doesn't use them.
- In one The Brave and the Bold comic, Batman reveals that he keeps a one-way one-shot handheld teleporter preset to the vicinity of a black hole in his utility belt. Just in case.
- Jean-Paul Valley, during his time as Batman, was certainly this. Emphasis on "Crazy": he rigged the Batmobile to self-destruct and set up lethal dart launchers in the grandfather clock entrance.
- In the New 52, a plot point in Forever Evil (2013) is that Batman created contingency plans in case he ever needed to take down the Justice League. He and Catwoman end up having to recycle the plans to use them against the Crime Syndicate, the JLA's Mirror Universe counterpart.
- In Batman: Endgame, Bruce finally ends up having to put his contingency plans to use when the members of the Justice League are taken over by The Joker.
- In Secret Six Deadshot is speaking to a priest, trying to understand why he has recently felt such strong urges to just kill everybody he sees, and he relates the story of the first time he fought Batman. At the climax he has Batman dead to rights at point-blank range and shoots him the chest, but Batman does not die as planned and then disarms and apprehends Deadshot. The priest then asked how Batman survived the encounter. Did Deadshot miss? Did the bullets bounce off him? No, he explains that the answer is actually scarier than a person who can dodge bullets or withstand gunshots: Batman had foreseen an eventual confrontation between the two of them, gotten to Deadshot's gear before the fight and replaced his bullets with blanks!
- As of DC Rebirth, it's revealed that Batman has a Batcave on the moon to store particularly special equipment including the Hellbat suit he raided Apokolips with. It works out in the Kent family's favor when Lois discovers the suit and subsequently uses it to defend her son from the Eradicator.
- In Justice League Volume 4, the Moon is pulling apart the Earth's surface, and the League needs to destroy it.
: Can you activate the bombs you long ago planted inside as I make impact?
: Bombs? In the Moon? Why would I—
Martian Manhunter: Bruce.
- Batman's alternate universe counterpart "The Grim Knight", from Dark Nights: Metal, takes the crazy-preparedness Up to Eleven, even for a Batman. Imagine the tactical genius of Batman combined with the ruthless attitude of the Punisher, and you'd be in the ballpark. The Grim Knight is so prepared, in fact, he has managed to weaponize the city of Gotham itself. He's prepared weapon caches all over the city, along with fake ones that he can detonate on command, which he eventually uses to kill several police officers who come after him. Remote-controlled gun turrets, poison dispersal units in the city's water supply, hackable medical implants, one of which he uses to kill a corrupt judge, and even Explosive Leash implants in anyone close to him, including Alfred. All this is on top of near-universal city surveillance systems and combat training on par with regular Bats himself.
Batman in Live-Action
Batman in Animation
- Batman: Under the Red Hood:
- Nightwing is yet again Crazy Prepared. Of all the things to carry around in his utility belt, all the cool gadgets, and he just so happens to carry a staple gun with him. Because you never know when you might need to staple something!
- The Red Hood's helmet can explode, just in case he needs his helmet to explode.
- The Batman:
- The episode "Seconds" starred someone-totally-not-the-Clock-King-or-Chronos who could rewind time and relive a battle every time he loses, correcting any mistakes — the equivalent of emulator-Save Scumming. This power allowed him to fight Batman to a draw.
- The episode "Artifacts" shows that Batman engraved binary code into the Batcave's titanium supports to preserve an AI version of himself even if the electronics failed (as they did by the time the cave was discovered a thousand years in the future).
- The series finale "Lost Powers" has a rather odd case where this comes in handy. Aliens have stolen the powers of Justice League of America members, and the methods Batman devised to defeat them are used by the superheroes they were originally planned for.
- Taken to Crazy Is Cool levels while lampshaded in the Batman Beyond episode "Black Out". When the shapeshifter Inque hitches a ride to the Batcave incognito by blending in with the paint, the computers detect the weight imbalance of a lone shapeshifter on a vehicle which has to weigh many tons. She shows herself, so Bruce quickly dons a large hat and sunglasses to hide himself (a Continuity Nod; it was the original Gray Ghost uniform). Inque is eager to find out where she is exactly, so she tries to escape through the access tunnel. The following ensues:
Terry: She's trying to escape! (Bruce pushes a button, steel doors close over the tunnel.)
Bruce: It pays to be prepared.
Inque: Somebody's got a secret. (She tries to pull the door off.)
Terry: She's getting through! (Bruce pushes another button, door becomes electrified.) Man. You really are prepared.
Bruce: (Cue Inque slithering up to the ceiling.) She won't get through that way either, there's a foot of solid steel up there.
- Batman: The Brave and the Bold gives us this conversation:
OK OK, here's one. Poison Ivy has used her Mind Control
spores on Superman to pit him against Batman. Oh, and Batman has no kryptonite. Who wins? Paco:
Easy: Superman. Jaime:
Wrong, Batman, by using his kryptonite. Paco:
You just said he had no kryptonite. Jaime:
Trick question. Batman always
You can stun Superman. It just takes a lot of electricity.
- This is also a Shout-Out to the Hush story arc, when Poison Ivy does just that to Supes in an elaborate plan of Hush's to corner Bruce into trusting him. Batman tricks Superman into punching into the power cables for all of Metropolis. And then snaps him out of mind control by having Catwoman drop Lois Lane out a window, so that his subconscious desire to protect her will break through the effect of the Ivy-spores.
- There's a fantastic example in the first season finale, where it appears that he has planned for the specific situation of "forced to team up with the Joker and use a back-up vehicle" by including a Big Red Button in that vehicle that would spray knock-out gas into the passenger seat, knowing that Joker wouldn't be able to resist pushing it.
- Joker himself shows tendencies of this. When Batman put him in handcuffs, he revealed that he was wearing fake, detachable hands (as well as having a number of other handy objects up his sleeve).
- In one of the later episodes, Batman reveals that he actually has at least one back-up Batcave, which he and the JLI use as a hideout during Darkseid's invasion of Earth.
- In general, the campy, tongue-in-cheek tone of Brave and the Bold allowed them to get away with more preposterous instances of Crazy-Prepared that would seem over-the-top even in the mainstream comics. This includes a can of Easy Amnesia spray, a Batsuit with a built-in life support system and jetpack in case of space emergencies, and a Batmobile that transforms into a Mini-Mecha in case of superhuman smack downs!
- Some episodes of The Super Friends carry the versatility of Batman's utility belt to ridiculous extremes. If every episode is to be believed, his utility belt holds a Bat Glue Ray, a Bat Invisibility Ray, and a Bat-Belt Mouse Compartment.
- The movie Justice League: Doom is all about this. A bunch of villains gets a hold of Batman's secret countermeasures against the Justice League and proceeds to almost kill all of them using them. What does Batman do? Simple; he has countermeasures against his countermeasures so he uses those to save the JLA. The only member he doesn't have a countermeasure for is Cyborg, who isn't a member of the JLA at the moment. He even has a countermeasure against himself if he ever pulled a FaceHeel Turn: the JLA itself.
- Young Justice - Robin is crazy prepared and this is lampshaded by Kid Flash when Robin has his utility belt while wearing civilian garb.
Kid Flash: You have your utility belt?!
Robin: Never leave home without it! First thing Batman taught me.
Kid Flash: Yeah, right after never go to the bathroom without it.
- In the Batman: The Animated Series episode "The Clock King", the eponymous villain has studied Batman's moves just in case he survives the Death Trap. And Fugate manages to fight Batman to a standstill.
Batman in Video Games
- Batman does it again in the game Batman: Arkham Asylum:
- With Batman: Arkham City, Batman (and a few other characters even) gets to continue showing off how prepared he is for any and every situation under the sun. The best part? The game is designed so the player themselves gets to instigate most of the preparations this time around!
- Right off the get go, Bruce Wayne is captured by Arkham City guards and incarcerated. Bruce convinces a guard to attack him, snaps his radio off, and quickly steals the SD chip before getting processed into the prison. When he changes to Batman, he slips the SD chip into his Sequencer and taps into the guards' radio transmissions, ensuring he'll know about their movements ahead of time well into the rest of the game.
- Batman obviously keeps empty spots on his belt for any gadgets he obtains while in Arkham City. The only gadgets he needs to get dropped in is the Grapnel Boost (which is explained as that gadget is still being tested but of course Batman basically says "this will be the test") and the Line Launcher (which Batman explains as it would make his belt too heavy if he always took it with him). But then again who needs to take every gadget with you when you can just call the Batwing to bring you that particular gadget?
- Batman gets another one in Harley Quinn's Revenge. His Utility Belt is rigged to shock anyone who tries to tamper with it.
- Riddler again gets to show he's even more crazy prepared then Batman, by managing to hide his trophies in and come up with riddles for areas he shouldn't be able to access, or even know exist!
- The Riddler also had the foresight to plan ahead for Catwoman teaming up with Bats, strewing trophies and riddles around Arkham City for her as well. However it should be noted that most of her trophies are in much easier spots, far fewer and even in traps already set up for Batman, suggesting that he rushed to add them after finding out she was there.
- Mr. Freeze seems to have been taking lessons from Batman. Every tactic you use to deal damage to him only works once, as he will quickly devise a method of countering it. He also has a chip that can stop his freeze gun from being used against him, and he has some sort of override in case that falls into the wrong hands.
- Batman: Arkham Knight: Batman of course Does Not Like Guns and operates on a Thou Shalt Not Kill mentality. His Batmobile still has a tank-like combat mode, armed with a 60 millimetre main cannon and a Vulcan gun just in case, both of which prove useful when the Scarecrow and Arkham Knight show up with their army backed up by tanks (which conveniently happen to be remote-controlled with no driver inside). Said guns can also fire non lethal rounds, allowing him to use them against people when he needs to.
- DC Universe Online has Kevin Conroy reading through Batman's contingency plans. Some are simple enough - Kryptonite for Superman, paralysis for Flash, and so on - but others are more elaborate, like inducing hydrophobia in Aquaman through an altered fear toxin from Scarecrow. Of course, Batman is prepared for not only the other superheroes, but also himself.
Agamemno Contingency - Codename: Detective. While Batman is a master strategist and combatant... he is only human. The best way to disable his strategic abilities would be to distract him. His parents are an excellent blind spot, as is his endless crusade to protect the innocent. Taking hostages is a good distraction, particularly if they're friends or family. [Angrily] Think carefully before you do this.
- In Injustice: Gods Among Us, the Batman of the Injustice Earth is asked why Wayne Manor is merely kept under careful watch rather than Superman attacking it when Bruce's identity was exposed to the world. Batman's reply: "Would you take any chances with me?" The Leaguers of the other Earth can only nod in agreement.
- In Injustice 2, one of Batman's (frequently used) pre-match lines is to ask his opponent if they "Think I haven't planned for this?" Indicating Batman has stepped into the arena ready to face anyone from Harley Quinn, to Poison Ivy, to Bane, to Superman, to Braniac, to Hellboy, to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.