Re: Create your own Batman villain
Here's a character I created while working on a little writing project. It's part of an original Batman story. A little bio and story summary.
Sebastian “Vendetta” Voller
An elderly former Gotham gangster who after losing his empire in the early 1970s, disappeared from Gotham. Falling into depression and drug addiction, Voller attempts to take his own life only to be saved by an unknown entity who trains Voller to become an able fighter and thinker. He lost an arm during a training exercise and is fitted with a steel plated prosthetic, capable of crushing bone in seconds. With his body and mind substantially improved, Voller turns on his teacher and returns to Gotham – determined to regain his criminal empire.
Despite his age, Voller has the health of a much younger man, attributed to deep meditation and a distain for processed food and meat. He claims that he had cancer but was able to eliminate the tumour through thought alone. He shows an instant dislike to Batman upon his return to Gotham – seeing him as an obstacle to his plans and as a symbol of what Gotham has become.
Returning to the city, Voller takes over a small time gangster's racket after crushing his throat with his steel plated arm. Voller teaches his new thugs and goons some of the techniques he was taught and thus becomes a small but powerful new crime syndicate in Gotham. Voller has his eye on the Black Mask, the established head of Gotham's most powerful family, as well as targeting those who took him down during his first run in Gotham. He is quickly given the name “Vendetta” by Gotham reporters.
He discovers that an illegitimate son, Jacob, conceived before leaving Gotham is now a high ranking official at the GCPD. Voller kidnaps Jacob and attempts to brainwash him but to no avail. Realising Jacob's will is too strong, he holds Jacob to ransom which is paid for by Jim Gordon despite Batman's plea. Voller releases Jacob but not before cutting his arm off.
Rising slowly through the cities criminal families, Voller begins experiencing the onset of Dementia. Becoming increasingly erratic, he begins to become confused with time – often believing he is the younger man during his original run in Gotham. During one of these episodes, he leaves his secure compound and visits a favourite restaurant with no protection which alerts a number of enemies. Batman, who has been observing Voller's behaviour, inadvertently prevents an assassination by spotting Deadshot who had been sent to kill Vendetta by the Black Mask. While Batman is battling Deadshot, Jacob arrives at the restaurant, fitted with his very own steel plated arm and crushes his fathers throat leaving him unable to speak before abducting him.
Some months later, Eric and Voller reappear, the latter now an invalid. Jacob claims he has his fathers full blessing to take over empire. There are questions regarding the relationship between the two – Gotham's underworld believing that Jacob tortured his own father to hand over the reigns and Batman's belief that Voller is really the one in control.
After investigating, Batman suspects that Voller is an alias and that he is in fact the same gangster that was prominent in Gotham during the 1920's. Batman deduces that the unknown entity who trained Vendetta possibly had access to the Lazarus Pit and was perhaps a member of the League of Shadows. While not confirmed, Batman begins to find evidence for LoS splinter groups across the world.