―Thomas Wayne's last words.[src]

Doctor Thomas Wayne was the father of Bruce Wayne. He was killed along with his wife Martha by a mugger at gunpoint, leaving Bruce an orphan and in the care of their faithful butler, Alfred Pennyworth.


Mentoring Bruce

Sometime before his death, Thomas would sit young Bruce down in Wayne Manor next to where their family crest was engraved, and told him how despite the manor itself being built on railways, real estates and oil, the first generation of Waynes had made their fortune as hunters, trading pelts and skins with the French.[1]


On June 26, 1981, Thomas was having a family night out at the Aragon Theatre in Gotham City with his wife Martha and son, Bruce. After returning from the theatre, the Wayne family is stopped by a mugger Joe Chill in an abandoned street. When the mugger draws a gun, Thomas tries to disarm him but is shot. The mugger also shoots Martha, leaving the young Bruce alone with his dead parents.

During his parents' funeral, a devastated Bruce runs into the woods around Wayne Manor and eventually breaks through a well, thus finding what would later become the Batcave.[1]


Thomas was known to be a loving father and husband, and, like his son Bruce, was extremely brave and protective of his loved ones, since he notably tried to fight back against Joe Chill when the latter had his family at gunpoint, determined to protect his wife and son. Thomas was apparently proud of his hunter ancestors and Wayne family history, going out of his way to pass on that knowledge to his son. As an adult, Bruce worries about being unable to live up to his father, despite already be older than Thomas had ever been, so he uses this as extra justification for his argument that he needs to bring down and kill Superman.





Behind the Scenes

Preceded by:
CEO of Wayne Enterprises
Unknown - 1981
Succeeded by:
Bruce Wayne


  1. 1.0 1.1 Goyer, David S., Terrio, Chris (writers) & Snyder, Zack (director) (March 25, 2016). Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

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