Who Knows Batman is Bruce? (Very rough draft of a master list)

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  1. Lorendiac Registered

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    Just now, I was over on the Batman board at DC's own forums, and I ran across a thread on this topic. Several people had posted lots of different names, but nobody had tried to "organize" them. I decided it wouldn't take long for me to put them in alphabetical order and throw in a few additions of my own, as a community service. So I did. I'm sure I'm missing some people, and I may have made mistakes in the people included on this draft of the list. I welcome any constructive criticism! I only wrote this on the spur of the moment, mainly drawing upon other people's comments on the subject! Could be plenty of room for error! :)

    I sorted the names alphabetically, either by a person's costumed alias or else by the first letter of the first name.

    Alfred Pennyworth
    Aquaman I (Orin)
    Azrael (Jean Paul Valley, AKA Batman II, now dead)
    Bane
    Batgirl III (Cassandra Cain)
    Bird
    Black Lightning (Jefferson Pierce)
    Booster Gold (Michael Carter)
    Cain (David Cain, the assassin)
    Catwoman I (Selina Kyle)
    The Crime Doctor (Bradford Thorne. Learned in his first appearance in 1980. I don't know if he still knows in modern continuity)
    Damian (Batman's newly discovered long-lost son)
    Deacon Blackfire (knew in "The Cult" but that story was later, allegedly, erased from continuity)
    Deadman (Boston Brand)
    Deathstroke the Terminator (Slade Wilson)
    Flash III (Wally West)
    Geo-Force (Brion Markov)
    Green Lantern #whatever (Hal Jordan)
    Halo (Violet Harper)
    Harold Allnut (dead)
    Hawkgirl (Kendra Saunders)
    Henri Ducard (knew during "Blind Justice," but that story was allegedly erased from continuity)
    Hugo Strange (kinda-sorta-sometimes thinks he knows, but -- as far as I can tell in the modern continuity -- has never actually proven it for sure. For instance, he's never captured Batman and then ripped off his cowl to reveal the face of Bruce Wayne underneath)
    Hush (Tommy Elliot)
    Ion (Kyle Rayner, formerly Green Lantern #whatever)
    Jack Drake (dead)
    Jason Todd (AKA Robin II, Nightwing, and the Red Hood)
    Jeannie Bowen (in "Blind Justice," which was allegedly erased from continuity later)
    Katana (Tatsu Yamashiro)
    Lady Shiva (Sandra Woosan)
    Leslie Thompkins
    Lois Lane
    Martian Manhunter (J'onn J'onnz)
    Metamorpho (Rex Mason)
    Nyssa Raatko (AKA Ra's al Ghul II. Dead)
    Oracle (Barbara Gordon)
    Owlman (Thomas Wayne of the Earth of the Antimatter Universe)
    Plastic Man (Eel O'Brian)
    The Question (Vic Sage)
    Ra's al Ghul (dead)
    Riddler (Edward Nigma, although those memories may be blocked at the moment, or else he's implicitly pretending they are, in Dini's current run on Detective Comics)
    Robin III (Tim Drake)
    Roy Kane (In "Blind Justice," but that story was allegedly erased from continuity. Anyway, he died at the end of it)
    Sasha Bordeaux
    Silver St. Cloud
    The Spectre #whatever (Crispus Allen)
    Spoiler (Stephanie Brown, AKA Robin IV, now dead)
    Superboy-Prime (the Clark Kent of Earth-Prime)
    Supergirl #whatever (Kara Zor-El, the Rebooted Version)
    Superman (Clark Kent, Kal-El)
    Talia
    Trogg
    Wonder Woman I (Diana)
    Zombie


    A few notes:

    In the early 1980s, when I was reading the first Marv Wolfman/George Perez run on "The New Teen Titans," it was clear that everybody in the group knew that Robin (later Nightwing) was Dick Grayson, and that Bruce Wayne was Batman. I have heard that later, maybe around the time of Zero Hour, Denny O'Neil tried to retcon that to say that NONE of the other Titans had ever known who Batman was. Period! So I'm not clear on how many current or former Titans are supposed to know who Batman is, right now, in modern continuity. Likewise, when Tim Drake was with Young Justice, he was under strict orders not to reveal any of Batman's secrets to his new teammates.

    It has never been firmly established that Jim Gordon knows. It's been hinted at a few dozen times, but he has never said (or even thought to himself), "There goes Batman, otherwise known as Bruce Wayne!"

    I didn't bother listing all the people from Pre-COIE Earth-2 who would know (including the Golden Age versions of Lois and Clark, who both died in IC)

    I listed Owlman from Grant Morrison's "Earth-2" -- but I don't know how many of his buddies in the Crime Syndicate of America know his secret identity. Any of them who did know could use that to deduce that Bruce Wayne is Batman in the main Earth of the DCU.

    I left off Anarky because nobody's told me yet when he is supposed to have found out. If someone can steer me to the right issue, I'll add him to a future version of the list.
     
  2. DocStrange516 Undercover Ferret

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    Most of the superhero community know.
     
  3. Lorendiac Registered

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    Which ones, exactly, are you thinking of? The vast majority of them aren't really supposed to know anything about Batman's secrets. As recently as Mark Waid's "Tower of Babel" story arc for the JLA, only a couple of other JLAers knew -- until, in JLA #50, Bruce agreed to reveal his identity to the members on active duty who didn't know, as a sign of trust. (I admit that I have trouble taking Brad Meltzer's spin on things in Identity Crisis seriously. For instance, Ralph and Sue had NOT been married twenty years "in continuity.")
     
  4. DocStrange516 Undercover Ferret

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    Well, most notably missing from your list is the wholoe Arrow camp (Ollie, Dinah, Roy, etc.). But they've been writing it as if they all know who's behind each mask.
     
  5. Antonello Blueberry Inglorious bastard

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    When and why was "Blind Justice" erased from the continuity?
    And Booster Gold and the Crime Doctor are dead.
     
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    comishioner gordon should know by now
     
  7. Lorendiac Registered

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    I only recently -- say, within the last year or two -- heard about "Blind Justice" being out-of-continuity. I don't know just when, but I suspect "sometime during the Denny O'Neil Regime of the 1990s."

    I've seen at least two theories about the "Why."

    1. It removed certain embarrassing plot points, such as A) Batman using the body of a civilian acquaintance to do his dirty work, instead of begging Nightwing to come over to Gotham, and bring his Titans friends with him, and lend a hand to keep the lid on things while Bruce was recuperating from his spinal damage, and B) Henri Ducard knowing his secrets and being ready to blackmail him with them someday, if necessary.

    2. If Bruce had "never been crippled before," then "Knightfall" -- about 4 years later -- becomes the Very First Time he ended up stuck in a wheelchair for awhile. On the other hand, if he had been crippled before, then "Knightfall" was just more of the Same Old, Same Old, and he should have been better-equipped to deal with it, psychologically, the second time around. Therefore O'Neil decided (says the theory) to throw out "Blind Justice" so that this could be "The Very First Time Bruce Was Stuck in a Wheelchair! Isn't It Exciting?"

    Both theories about the "why" make a great deal of sense to me.
     
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    Why is The Cult out of continuity?

    Because it's Knightfall & No Man's Land in one - and better? :woot:
     
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    I think all the Lanterns know.

    Yeah, as I think about it, post-Babel, pretty much every superhero does know, except the new ones like Blue Beetle. I don't think Booster told him where the Batcave was, did he?
     
  10. Cobblepot Giant-Size Man-Thing

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    "It has never been firmly established that Jim Gordon knows. It's been hinted at a few dozen times, but he has never said (or even thought to himself), "There goes Batman, otherwise known as Bruce Wayne!"

    It's save to say that he knows.
    Otherwise he should have retired a long time ago.

    And Hush is still not confirmed to be Tommy Elliot.
     
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    Who is he then? The Pope?
     
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    Jeez some secret, he's getting close to Daredevil territory where pretty much every man woman and child know.
     
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    You forgot to put The Kent's on that list Clark's parents know who he is as well and The Joker knows also but doesn't care because his problem is with Batman not Bruce Wayne (a sick joke of his).
     
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    The Kents? They didn't know as of Identity Crisis.

    And when did the Joker find out? My understanding of it, as a hardcore Batfan, is that he's come close before but always chooses not to take the opportunity to reveal because it wouldn't be right, would shatter the myth, and like you say, his problem's not with a secret identity but with the public one.
     
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    I don't think there's any reason for Jim to have known by now. He refused to look when Batman took off his mask. I think at one point he assumed it was Bruce, but then Bruce didn't support him for mayor and he was thrown off.

    And how is Hush not Tommy Elliot by now? Seriously, when every shred of evidence points toward one thing, and nothing points anywhere else, a conclusion may be assumed.

    To put it another way, if it looks like a duck, sounds like a duck, smells like a duck, walks like a duck, and it doesn't look, sound, smell, or walk like anything else, it ain't a ****in' chicken. It's a ****in' duck.
     
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    The Kents have known for a while who Batman is. They just don't call him Bruce but they know full well just like Lois Lane who Batman is.
     
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    Did some more work on this last night. I've now got Ollie and Dinah on the second draft of the list, definitely. Soon I hope to post the revised version (in this same thread). Before I do: Are you sure Arsenal knows? Can you mention a specific story that showed it? (I'm afraid I haven't paid much attention to the Outsiders series lately, so there could easily be a story that made it clear he knows Bruce = Batman that I just haven't seen, or read once and forgot the details.)
     
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    I don't think I heard about this one. Can you tell me a specific story that showed that Ma and Pa Kent definitely know that Batman's real name is Bruce? (You see, in the second draft that I'm almost ready to post, I'm sticking in notes on just when a person learned the secret, or demonstrated that he had already known for awhile, or whatever. To make the list more accurate and helpful.)
     
  20. Lorendiac Registered

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    Here's the revised and expanded Second Draft:

    The Master List

    Aaron Langstrom (Son of Man-Bat. His knowledge of the secret was established in “Gotham Knights #45”)
    Alexander Luthor (Dead. Apparently learned during the long period when he had nothing better to do in the “paradise dimension” than play peeping tom, watching events in the Post-Crisis DCU)
    Alfred Pennyworth (Different versions have been told of how he learned, but either he was already working for Bruce when the Batman identity was created, or else he was hired later and quickly found out)
    The Appelaxians (Were able to find and invade the Batcave and capture Batman in “JLA: Year One” based on information gleaned from the Martian Manhunter’s secret files. Of course, I don’t know if the general plot of “JLA: Year One” is still in continuity in the Post-IC DCU. The roster of founding members of the JLA has retroactively been changed again, after all)
    The Atom II (Ray Palmer. His ex-wife Jean Loring definitely knew in “Identity Crisis #7” that Bruce is Batman; presumably she heard it from him – I’ll go back and reread IC later to double-check on how much Ray appeared to know)
    Azrael (Jean Paul Valley. Learned during the “Sword of Azrael” miniseries)
    Bane (Figured it out very quickly in “Knightfall” after looking at Bruce Wayne’s body language)
    Batgirl III (Cassandra Cain. Learned when, for the first time, she saw Batman in his role as Bruce Wayne during the “Bruce Wayne: Murderer?” event. She recognized his body language instantly)
    Benedict Asp (Learned in “Legends of the Dark Knight #61.” Then he died)
    Bird (Now believed dead. Bane told him in “Knightfall”)
    Black Canary II (Dinah Lance. Her current knowledge was recently confirmed in the “JLA: Crisis of Conscience” story arc, although a few years earlier, in “Bruce Wayne: Murderer?” she clearly didn’t know Bruce was Batman)
    Black Lightning (Jefferson Pierce. Learned in “Batman and the Outsiders #13.” Still knew in a comic published in 1996, so I’m figuring that the other Outsiders from #13 still know as well, despite the other retcons of COIE and Zero Hour and so forth)
    Blue Beetle II (Ted Kord. Dead. I think he learned in “Countdown to Infinite Crisis” and then promptly got himself killed)
    Booster Gold I (Michael Carter. Dead)
    Cain (David Cain. Not sure just when he realized)
    Carleton LeHah (Learned during the “Sword of Azrael” miniseries)
    Catwoman I (Selina Kyle. Bruce voluntarily told her during “Hush” – we don’t know for sure if she already knew or suspected; we can fill in the blanks any way we please!)
    Chronos I (David Clinton. Found out the secret IDs of Batman and several other JLAers a long time ago, according to an “Identity Crisis” retcon. Then got mindwiped by Zatanna. Then Despero recently helped him rediscover those memories in “JLA: Crisis of Conscience.” Then they got wiped out (or suppressed, or whatever) by Zatanna all over again . . . until further notice?)
    The Crime Doctor (Bradford Thorne. Dead. Learned in his first appearance, in “Detective Comics #494.” One issue later, he went into a coma from mercury poisoning. Years later, he recovered. Since that time, I gather that no Post-Crisis story has ever clearly told us that he did – or didn’t – remember Batman’s identity after he awoke.)
    Damian (Batman’s newly-introduced long-lost son. Presumably he has known all his life, thanks to his mommy, Talia.)
    Deacon Blackfire (Dead. Learned during the miniseries “The Cult.” That mini has reportedly been erased from continuity, however.)
    Deadman (Boston Brand. Since he is normally an invisible and intangible ghost who can go anywhere and spy on anyone, it would be very easy for him to learn any secret identity if he got interested enough to bother, and he demonstrated his knowledge of where to find the Batcave (right under Wayne Manor, natch!) in “Batman #530”)
    Deathstroke the Terminator (Slade Wilson. Probably learned from Terra I around the time of “The Judas Contract.” Or, even if Terra only knew Dick Grayson’s real name after she became a trusted member of the Titans, which is the interpretation that Denny O’Neil later preferred from the mid-90s onward regarding how much Dick ever shared with his fellow Titans about the Batman Family’s secrets, that would be still enough of a lead for a smart guy like Slade to figure out the rest of it himself, later)
    Deathwing (Comes from an alternate future timeline, now defunct, in which he had been brainwashed by the Time Trapper so he could pass himself off as Dick Grayson, the Nightwing of “ten years from now.” Evidently he was well-briefed on all Titans lore and Dick Grayson’s biography in particular, including the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman in his life, in order to carry the role with conviction)
    Despero (Restored various suppressed memories to the Secret Society of Super-Villains in the “JLA: Crisis of Conscience” story arc . . . and as it turned out, those memories included the knowledge that Batman is Bruce Wayne (not to mention several other JLA secret IDs). In the process, Despero apparently learned this secret himself (if he didn’t already know? He is a telepath, after all). At the end of the arc, he was subdued by Zatanna’s magic and allegedly was going to be taken off to Oa for containment, but – as far as I can tell – he still had all that knowledge of secret IDs inside his head. The other villains whom he had helped to regain these memories included: Chronos, Felix Faust, Floronic Man, Matter Master, Star Sapphire, The Wizard)
    Doc Creasey (Dead. Bought the secret of Batman’s identity from “The Nobody” in “Shadow of the Bat #13.” One of Joker’s henchmen killed Creasey before he could make any use of his new knowledge)
    The Elongated Man (Ralph Dibny. His knowledge was recently confirmed in the “JLA: Crisis of Conscience” arc)
    Faith (According to recent issues of “JLA Classified”)
    Felix Faust (Found out the secret IDs of Batman and several other JLAers a long time ago, according to an “Identity Crisis” retcon. Then got mindwiped by Zatanna. Then Despero recently helped him rediscover those memories in “JLA: Crisis of Conscience.” Then they got wiped out (or suppressed, or whatever) by Zatanna all over again . . . until further notice?)
    Flash III (Wally West)
    The Floronic Man (Jason Woodrue. Found out the secret IDs of Batman and several other JLAers a long time ago, according to an “Identity Crisis” retcon. Then got mindwiped by Zatanna. Then Despero recently helped him rediscover those memories in “JLA: Crisis of Conscience.” Then they got wiped out (or suppressed, or whatever) by Zatanna all over again . . . until further notice?)
    Fritz (A thug who worked for Benedict Asp. Learned in “Legends of the Dark Knight #61.” Then he died)
    Geo-Force (Brion Markov. Learned in “Batman and the Outsiders #13”)
    Green Arrow I (Oliver Queen. Already knew by the time of a conversation with Batman in “Green Arrow #5” (the third series of that name). I’m told that it is far from clear just when and how he found out in the modern continuity, however)
    Green Lantern #whatever (Hal Jordan, formerly known as Parallax, and later as The Spectre II. His knowledge was confirmed during the recent “JLA: Crisis of Conscience” story arc)
    Halo (Violet Hunter. Learned in “Batman and the Outsiders #13”)
    Harbinger (Lyla, the former assistant to the Monitor. Had access to information about everyone interesting)
    Harold Allnut (Dead. Presumably found out shortly after Batman met him and took him home to the Batcave in “Batman #458.”)
    Hawkman (Carter Hall. His knowledge was recently confirmed in the “JLA: Crisis of Conscience” arc)
    Hawkgirl (Kendra Saunders)
    Henri Ducard (One of Bruce’s old teachers; he deduced the secret in the “Blind Justice” story arc, which has allegedly been erased from continuity, which would certainly explain why I don’t remember ever seeing Ducard make any use of this knowledge in any subsequent appearances in other comics)
    Hourman III, from the 853rd Century (Dead. The secret was also known to a bunch of his friends from the Justice Legion who appeared in the “DC One Million” event, because the identities of modern-era heroes are all available in public records in the 853rd century)
    Hugo Strange (kinda-sorta-sometimes thinks he knows, but -- as far as I can tell in the modern continuity -- has never actually proven it for sure. For instance, he's never captured Batman and then ripped off his cowl to reveal the face of Bruce Wayne underneath)
    Hush (Thomas “Tommy” Elliot. We learned at the end of “Hush” that he had learned it from Riddler in a conversation we never saw, before that story arc even started)
    Ion (Kyle Rayner, formerly Green Lantern #whatever. Learned in “JLA #50.”)
    Jack Drake (Dead)
    Jason Todd (Formerly Robin II, later The Red Hood II. More recently Nightwing #whatever -- I’m not sure if he still uses that name today, and I’ve lost track of what the numbering would be, given that Power Girl and Cheyenne Freemont have also been using that name in OYL stories)
    Jean Loring (Refers to Batman as “Bruce” in “Identity Crisis #7”)
    Jeannie Bowen (In the “Blind Justice” story arc, which has allegedly been erased from continuity)
    Katana (Tatsu Yamashiro. Learned in “Batman and the Outsiders #13”)
    Kathy Sutton (Wife of Red Tornado II. Demonstrates her knowledge in “Justice League of America #1” (the newest series; the one that just started a couple of months ago)
    Lady Shiva (Nightwing commented that she was on the list of enemies who definitely knew, in a conversation he had with Robin III (Tim) in “Gotham Knights #8.” I don’t think we know just when or how she found out)
    Leslie Thompkins (In the current continuity, an old friend of the family who found out soon after Bruce invented his new identity.)
    Lois Lane (Probably learned from her husband Clark, but I’m not sure just when)
    Man-Bat (Kirk Langstrom. His knowledge was established in “Gotham Knights #45”)
    Martian Manhunter (J’onn J’onnz. May have learned by telepathic prying in “JLA: Year One” if that is still in continuity)
    Matches Malone (Dead. But he had somehow figured it out before he died, according to a letter column in “Detective Comics #765”)
    Maxwell Lord (Dead. Apparently learned the secret from Brother Eye, or perhaps by telepathic prying?)
    Metamorpho (Rex Mason. Learned in “Batman and the Outsiders #13”)
    Neron (Can see anywhere. Visited the Batcave in “Underworld Unleashed #2”)
    Nightwing I (Dick Grayson, formerly Robin I and Batman III)
    "The Nobody" (Dead. A convenient label for a homeless man, real name unknown, who learned Batman’s identity and then was killed by the man he sold it to (Doc Creasey), in “Shadow of the Bat #13”)
    Nomoz (Learned during the “Sword of Azrael” miniseries)
    Nyssa Raatko (AKA Ra’s al Ghul II. Dead. Demonstrated her knowledge of Bruce’s secret in the “Death and the Maidens” miniseries. I don’t recall that we ever learned how she knew)
    Oracle (Barbara Gordon, the former Batgirl I. She’s known for a long, long time, but I’m not certain exactly when and how she found out. I don’t know if there’s ever been a Post-Crisis flashback story that gave us the current “official details.” In Pre-Crisis Earth-1 continuity, Bruce told her voluntarily in the 70s, then her knowledge later got mindwiped in an incredibly bad story, then in “Detective Comics #526” Gerry Conway delicately retconned that by simply having Babs Gordon (still Batgirl I at the time) casually tell Dick that she had deduced their secret identities months earlier – but, when she realized how uptight they were about their privacy, she tactfully permitted them to think they had managed to throw her off the scent. As far as I know, Conway’s version can still be considered valid in the Post-Crisis DCU, unless a newer story has explicitly rewritten the details of how Babs found out? If you know of such a story, tell me!)
    Owlman (Thomas Wayne, member of the Crime Syndicate of America, on the Earth in the Antimatter Universe. Introduced in Grant Morrison’s “JLA: Earth-2.” Once he visited the regular DCU Earth, it was a foregone conclusion that he’d figure it out. Since he is effectively Batman’s “evil twin” from a parallel universe, as soon as he became aware of Batman’s existence he couldn’t help knowing that Batman must be a member of the filthy rich Wayne family of Gotham City, which would narrow the field down to one possible suspect, right?)
    The Phantom Stranger (He seems virtually omniscient. In “Batman/Phantom Stranger” he dropped in on Bruce Wayne and his conversation made it clear he knew)
    Plastic Man (Eel O’Brian. Learned in “JLA #50”)
    Ra's al Ghul (Dead. Already knew the secret, from behind-the-scenes detective work, when he made his debut way back when in “Batman #232.” At least some of his Ubus and other hirelings have also known, when it suited his purpose to let them know)
    Red Tornado II (Not sure when he learned in modern continuity, but probably before “JLA: Crisis of Conscience” when Batman is working to repair him in the Batcave)
    Riddler (Edward Nigma. At the very end of “Hush,” revealed that he had already figured it all out, behind the scenes, before “Hush” ever started. Now, however, he appears to have totally forgotten – or else is pretending he forgot – in Dini’s current run on “Detective Comics.”)
    Robin III (Tim Drake. Revealed that he had already known for several years before he ever got around to mentioning his knowledge to Dick Grayson and Bruce Wayne during the story arc “A Lonely Place of Dying” in 1989)
    Roy Kane (Dead. Learned and died in the “Blind Justice” story arc, which has allegedly been erased from continuity)
    Ruby (Apparently her real first name. Dead. A female criminal who broke into the Batcave in “Batman #577” and learned Batman’s secret identity and then conveniently died by the end of the issue, as did her accomplices, “Ruby’s Brother” and “Sneaky Pete.”)
    Ruby's Brother (Dead. We never knew his real name. See entry for “Ruby”)
    Sasha Bordeaux (Learned in “Detective Comics #756” when she found one of Bruce’s costumes)
    Sentinel (Alan Scott, formerly the Golden Age Green Lantern. Showed that he knew in “Detective Comics #784”)
    Sherlock Holmes (Showed that he had deduced it independently in “Detective Comics #572.” As far as I know, there’s no reason to think that’s been retconned)
    Shondra Kinsolving (Learned in “Legends of the Dark Knight #61.” Then she regressed to early childhood, mentally, and was placed in a sanitarium. In “Hush” there was a brief reference to the vague idea that eventually “she got better.” She may or may not remember anything about Batman’s secrets now; who knows?)
    Silver St. Cloud (Learned during the Steve Englehart/Marshall Rogers run on “Detective Comics” that is reprinted in the TPB “Batman: Strange Apparitions”)
    Sneaky Pete (Dead. See entry for “Ruby”)
    The Spectre I (Jim Corrigan. Dead and gone, now. Visited the Batcave in “Batman #541.”)
    The Spectre III (Crispus Allen. Apparently learned in #1 of his own series)
    Spoiler (Stephanie Brown, AKA Robin IV just before she died. I think she would have learned Batman’s identity when she became the new Robin, or possibly sooner?)
    Star Sapphire IV (Deborah Camille Darnell. Dead. Found out the secret IDs of Batman and several other JLAers a long time ago, according to an “Identity Crisis” retcon. Then got mindwiped by Zatanna. Then Despero recently helped her rediscover those memories in “JLA: Crisis of Conscience.” Then they got wiped out (or suppressed, or whatever) by Zatanna all over again . . . until further notice?)
    Superboy-Prime (Clark Kent of Earth-Prime, which is supposed to be “our Earth.” Presumably he knew from a very early age, thanks to comic books, TV shows, etc.)
    Supergirl #whatever (Kara Zor-El, the Rebooted Version)
    Superman (Clark Kent, Kal-El)
    Supernova (Established in "52")
    The Synaptic Kid (Only appeared in “Detective Comics #633.” Learned Batman’s identity telepathically, then – after a very confusing story – apparently ended up in a comatose condition with a mental breakdown, as a result of the shocking experience of messing around inside the complexities of Batman’s head without an invitation to be there. Let this be a lesson to us all . . .)
    Talia
    Trogg (Bane told him in “Knightfall”)
    Tsunetomo (Dead. One of Bruce Wayne’s martial arts teachers. Recognized Batman’s fighting style in “Detective Comics Annual #3”)
    Waverider (Learned all sorts of secrets, including Batman’s identity, when he was examining the possible futures of different heroes during the “Armageddon 2001” event in 1991)
    White Martians (According to a statement made in the “JLA: New World Order” story arc, there are 78 of them. In the “JLA: Terror Incognita” story arc, it became clear that with their telepathy and all that, they definitely knew Batman’s secret identity, among others)
    The Wizard (William I. Zard. Found out the secret IDs of Batman and several other JLAers a long time ago, according to an “Identity Crisis” retcon. Then got mindwiped by Zatanna. Then Despero recently helped him rediscover those memories in “JLA: Crisis of Conscience.” Then they got wiped out (or suppressed, or whatever) by Zatanna all over again . . . until further notice?)
    Wonder Woman I (Diana. Apparently it is not crystal-clear just when she learned)
    Zatanna (Zatanna Zatara. Her knowledge of his identity was recently confirmed during the “JLA: Crisis of Conscience” story arc when she visited the Batcave and called him “Bruce” while trying to apologize for mindwiping him many years ago (as previously revealed in a retcon flashback in “Identity Crisis”). She offered to do anything she possibly could to make it up to him, and Batman listened to her speech and then simply told her to leave. (Considering that he didn’t hit her, file criminal charges or a civil lawsuit against her, scream obscenities at her, or suggest she go mindwipe herself and her former co-conspirators to balance the scales by removing their memories of his secrets this time around, I thought he handled it rather well.))
    Zombie (Bane told him in “Knightfall”)

    (By the way, the notes at the bottom of the first draft still apply. They explain some of the choices I made in who to leave off, for instance.)
     
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    Here are two entries that I honestly thought I had included in the Second Draft. If you had strapped me up to a polygraph and asked me if they were in that draft, I would have said “yes” and the polygraph would have indicated that I was telling the simple truth. Except that somehow they didn’t make it in. I distinctly remember looking up Matter Master’s real name so I could include it in his entry; I don’t know what happened.

    Aquaman I (Orin. He was present when the JLAers were sharing identities in “JLA #50” but I think he already knew Bruce’s secret.)

    Matter Master (Mark Mandrill. Found out the secret IDs of Batman and several other JLAers a long time ago, according to an “Identity Crisis” retcon. Then got mindwiped by Zatanna. Then Despero recently helped him rediscover those memories in “JLA: Crisis of Conscience.” Then they got wiped out (or suppressed, or whatever) by Zatanna all over again . . . until further notice?)
     
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    The cult is one of my fav batman books ever and very underated and I think It was an amazing villain. yet it was much I think he should have some of that in continuity
     
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    This is crap Batman needss to recruit Zatanna and midwipe the whole friggin' world! Outside of the Bat-family, only his closest friends Superman and Green Arrow should know.
     
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    Huh.
     
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    Are you trying to get on my nerves?
     

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