One day in 1981, Joe Chill would encounter Thomas Wayne and his family in Crime Alley after they left the Aragon Theatre. It is unclear if he was there by chance or if he was intentionally waiting for the Waynes. He brought his pistol to bear and threatened them for their valuables. Thomas tried to protect his wife and son as he attempted to punch Chill, but Joe shot him. Martha Wayne tried to wrestle the gun away from Chill, but he managed to shoot her too. Chill quickly made an escape, leaving Bruce Wayne as an orphan.
After this event he disappeared and he was never caught.
- In DC Comics, originally Joe Chill was hired to kill Thomas and Martha Wayne by Lewis Moxon.
- Joe Chill in the DC Extended Universe is the third live action incarnation of the character, following incarnations played by Clyde Gatell and Richard Brake.