Martha Wayne was the mother of Bruce Wayne. She was killed along with her husband Thomas Wayne by a mugger at gun point leaving Bruce an orphan and in the care of their faithful butler Alfred Pennyworth.
One day in 1981, Martha was having a family night out at the Aragon Theatre in Gotham City with her husband Thomas and son Bruce. On their way back home, they decided to take a short cut down an alley. However, the three were mugged at gun point by Joe Chill. Chill then shot both Martha and Thomas, killing them in cold blood right before their son's eyes.
When Superman mentioned Martha's name as Batman was about to kill him, Bruce was painfully reminded about the night his parents died. It was here that Batman discovered Superman also had a mother whom he loved (with her even having the same first name as his mother), thus realizing the two weren't so different after all, as well as waking up to his own hypocrisy. Batman promptly proceeded to save Martha Kent, so as to atone for his mistake.
- Alfred Pennyworth - butler
- Joe Chill - killer