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You! You're my new number one. Finish them!
~ Black Mask to his men.

Black Mask is a villain in the TV Series The Batman. He is a powerful and cruel crime boss with a vast organization of henchmen.

In this version, his mask is irremovable and he has no fingerprints or distinguishing features, making it impossible to identify him. While never stated, many fans presume he is Roman Sionis.

He was voiced by James Remar, who also voiced another Batman villain, Silver Monkey, in Beware the Batman, and portrayed Beauty Smith in White Fang and Albert Ganz in 48 Hrs.

Biography

In "The Breakout", Black Mask steals a powerful shock-wave generator and holds Gotham City hostage. Demanding a ransom in exchange of not "remaking" Gotham City, Black Mask notifies Commissioner Gordon that he destroyed a building with the generator the night before, leading Gordon to request more time, which Black Mask refuses.

As Black Mask prepares the coordinates to destroy Gotham City, Batman appears and fights him and his henchmen. After a struggle, Black Mask is apprehended by Batgirl and Robin while Batman deactivates the device. Batman then orders Robin and Batgirl to accompany the police to escort Black Mask back to prison while he seeks the generator to destroy it.

At the police station, Gordon's officers are unable to identify Black Mask because they can't remove his mask. Gordon threatens to lock him up, but Black Mask distracts them long enough to allow his henchmen to subdue the entire police force with knockout gas, allowing him to free himself and leave. However, on his way to the exit, Black Mask is confronted by Robin and Batgirl, who had dispelled the gas, engaging them in a fight which the duo wins by knocking him out with a fire extinguisher and locking him up in a cell.

Black Mask's henchmen, led by his second-in-command Number 1, try to break into the police headquarters to rescue him, but are fended off by Robin and Batgirl. Black Mask informs the duo that Batman has been kidnapped by his henchmen and that they only get credit for defeating criminals like the Joker or the Penguin thanks to Batman, but Batgirl and Robin ignore him and keep fending off his henchmen until they finally break into the station through the roof and lock them up into a cell, freeing Black Mask and accompanying him to the roof, where an helicopter comes to pick him up. Black Mask thanks Number 1 for rescuing him but kills him to "fire" him for allowing Batgirl and Robin to retain him, naming another of his goons as his new "Number 1" just as Batgirl and Robin, who had escaped, reach him and capture him at his helicopter. Flying above Gotham, Black Mask activates the coordinates and taunts Robin and Batgirl for failing, but unknown to any of them, Batman had escaped and deactivated the generator. In the end, Black Mask is taken back to the police and arrested.

In "Rumors", Black Mask is one of the many villains captured by the new vigilante Rumor. Once freed, he tries to kill Rumor but Batman and Robin beat him with the other villains, being the first villain Batman knocks by a kick. Black Mask is then frozen along with many other villains when Batman tricks Mr. Freeze into freezing them while trying to freeze him. Later, Black Mask and all of the villains along with Rumor, minus Catwoman and Hugo Strnage, get arrested.

In "The Batman/Superman Story (Part One)", Lex Luthor hires Black Mask, ClayfaceBane and Mr. Freeze to kill Superman while he gets Poison Ivy captured in case Superman defeats them. To do so, Black Mask has Clayface kidnap Lois Lane at the Daily Planet and take her to his car, where he takes her to Gotham City. Superman tracks them down to a building where Black Mask has Lois tied up to a chair, leading him to shoot at Superman with a LexCorp gun enhanced with red kryptonite which temporarily diminishes his powers, allowing Bane and Mr. Feeze to beat up and freeze Superman, expecting Superman to suffocate while frozen. Though Superman succeeds in breaking from the ice, he is severely weakened, to which Black Mask decides to shoot him again, but Batman and Robin show up and knock the gun from his hands, causing Mr. Freeze to be depowered instead. As Robin blasts Clayface with his jetpack and Batman, along with the restored Superman, beats up Bane, Black Mask tries to flee, but the captive Lois trips him. Taking him into custody once more, Batman asks Black Mask why he suddenly decided to go after Superman, to which Lois reveals that Black Mask called Luthor and Superman deduces that Black Mask's association with his archenemy is why he got the depowering gun in the first place.

In "What Goes Up...", Black Mask employs the Shadow Thief to break him out of Arkham Asylum, knocking out Arkham's warden and guards just as they tried unsuccessfully to remove his mask. The Shadow Thief later helps Black Mask and his henchmen to steal a rare Nth element meteor from Gotham City Museum. While leaving, they are interrupted by Batman and Robin, but the Shadow Thief effortlessly defeats them and Black Mask prepares to shoot them dead. Hawkman arrives on the nick of time and fights the Shadow Thief, but Black Mask and his henchmen are able to escape.

Back at his hideout, Black Mask has the meteor reduced to powder, explaining his plan to steal Gotham Gem Depository through spraying it with the Nth powder to make it float, executing his Number 1 for failing to understand his plan by shooting him with the powder and then opening up a window in the process, naming a female goon of his as his new Number 1 despite Shadow Thief's complaints that the title should be his, as Black Mask blames him for attracting Hawkman's attention. The night of the heist, while Shadow Thief sprays some train rails and a train full of passengers to distract Hawkman, Batman and Robin, Black Mask and his henchmen spray the Gotham Gem Depository, making it float while taking it with them.

Once inside the depository, Black Mask has its two guards tied up and loots the vault, but the Dynamic Duo arrive to the scene while Hawkman takes the guards to safety, restraining Black Mask and his goons while fighting Shadow Thief. After Shadow Thief sprays Robin and throws him off the building to float to his death only to be retrieved by Hawkman, Black Mask tries to shoot Batman dead, but his helicopter crashes against the despository, knocking him away and allowing Batman to destroy the Shadow Thief's shapeshifting equipment. The effects of the powder start to wear off, causing the depository to start impacting against some buildings' roofs as Black Mask repeteadly tries to kill the Dynamic Duo, but is ultimately knocked out while Hawkman pulls the Gotham Gem Depository into the sea to not cause more destruction. In the end, as the Gotham Gem Depository becomes a new aquatic attraction for the Gothamites, Shadow Thief is taken back to Midway City by Hawkman while Black Mask is taken back to prison.

Appearances

  • The Breakout
  • Rumors
  • The Batman/Superman Story (Part One)
  • What Goes Up...

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Trivia

  • Unlike most adaptations of this character, this Black Mask seemingly cannot remove his mask, so it's impossible to know if he is Roman Sionis or Jeremiah Arkham and even if he is really human or not.

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Theatrical Movies
Batman (1966): Joker | Catwoman | Penguin | Riddler
Batman (1989): Joker | Joker Goons (Bob Hawkins) | Alicia Hunt | Carl Grissom | Max Eckhardt | Vinnie Ricorso | Joe Chill
Batman Returns: Penguin | Red Triangle Circus Gang (Organ Grinder, Poodle Lady, Tattooed Strongman, Stungun Clown, Thin Clown, Fat Clown, Sword Swallower & Knifethrower Dame) | Max Shreck | Catwoman
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm: Joker | Phantasm | Salvatore Valestra | Arthur Reeves | Chuckie Sol | Buzz Bronski
Batman Forever: Riddler | Two-Face | Sugar | Spice | NygmaTech (Frogmen) | Neon Gang (Neon Gang Leader) | Salvatore Maroni
Batman & Robin: Poison Ivy | Mr. Freeze | Bane | Snowy Cones Thugs | Golums | Jason Woodrue
Batman Begins: Ra's al Ghul | League of Shadows (Ra's Decoy) | Scarecrow | Carmine Falcone | Victor Zsasz | Joe Chill
The Dark Knight: Joker | Joker's Thugs (Thomas Schiff, Chuckles, Kilson, Happy, Dopey, Grumpy & Bus Driver) | Two-Face | Sal Maroni | The Chechen | Gambol | Lau | Bank Manager | Michael Wuertz | Burmese Bandit
The Dark Knight Rises: League of Shadows (Bane, Talia al Ghul & Barsad) | Catwoman | John Daggett
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: Lex Luthor | Doomsday | Anatoli Knyazev | Mercy Graves | Cesar Santos | Amajagh | Joe Chill | Superman | Zod | Joker | Steppenwolf
Suicide Squad: Eyes of the Adversary (Enchantress & Incubus) | Suicide Squad (Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, El Diablo, Killer Croc, Slipknot & Amanda Waller) | Joker's Gang (Joker, Jonny Frost, Panda Man & Monster T) | Griggs
The Lego Batman Movie: Joker | Harley Quinn | Phantom Zone Criminals (Zod, Sauron, Kraken, Lord Voldemort, Jaws & Gremlins) | Catwoman | Poison Ivy | Two-Face | Bane | Riddler
Joker: Clowns (Joker, Clown & Ambulance Clown) | Penny Fleck | Randall | Wall Street Three | Penny Fleck's Boyfriend

Direct-to-video Movies
Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero: Mr. Freeze | Dr. Gregory Belson
Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker: Joker | The Jokerz (Chucko, Dee-Dee, Ghoul, Bonk, & Woof) | Harley Quinn
Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman: Penguin | Bane | Rupert Thorne | Carlton Duquesne
The Batman vs. Dracula: Dracula | Penguin | Joker
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies: Lex Luthor | Major Force | Metallo | Amanda Waller | Toyman | Solomon Grundy | Gorilla Grodd | Killer Frost | Lady Shiva | Giganta | Mongul | Captain Cold
Batman: Under the Red Hood: Jason Todd | Joker | Black Mask | Ra's al Ghul | Riddler
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse: Darkseid | Female Furies (Granny Goodness, Gilotina, Mad Harriet, Lashina & Stompa) | Doomsday
Batman: Year One: Batman | Gotham City Police Department (Commissioner Loeb, Arnold John Flass, & Howard Branden) | Falcone Crime Family (Carmine Falcone & Johnny Viti) | Catwoman | Joker
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns: Batman | Joker | Mutant Leader | Ellen Yindel | Harvey Dent | Selina Kyle
Son of Batman: Deathstroke | League of Assassins (Ra's al Ghul & Talia al Ghul) | Ubu | Killer Croc | Man-Bats
Batman: Assault on Arkham: Suicide Squad (Amanda Waller, Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, Killer Frost, King Shark, Black Spider, KGBeast) | Joker | Riddler | Penguin | Scarecrow | Victor Zsasz | Bane | Two-Face | Poison Ivy
Batman vs. Robin: Court of Owls (Samantha Vanaver, Talon, Owls Lieutenant, & Talon Warriors) | Dollmaker
Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts: Animalitia (Penguin, Killer Croc, Man-Bat, Cheetah & Silverback)
Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem: Joker | Scarecrow | Clayface | Silver Banshee | Solomon Grundy
Batman: Bad Blood: League of Assassins (Talia al Ghul, The Heretic, Onyx, Firefly, Tusk, Mad Hatter, Electrocutioner, Hellhound, Calculator, & Killer Moth) | Black Mask
Batman: The Killing Joke: Joker | Vinnie & Joe | Paris Franz
Batman Unlimited: Mechs vs. Mutants: Penguin | Mr. Freeze | Cheetah | Hush | Mad Hatter | Two-Face | Bane | Chemo | Killer Croc | Clayface | Joker | Dr. Kirk Langstrom
Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders: Joker | Penguin | Riddler | Catwoman | Archer | Black Widow | Bookworm | Clock King | Egghead | False Face | King Tut | Louie the Lilac | Mad Hatter | Minstrel | Mr. Freeze | Sandman | Shame | Siren
Batman and Harley Quinn: Harley Quinn | Poison Ivy | Floronic Man
Batman vs. Two-Face: Two-Face | Hugo Strange | Catwoman | King Tut | Bookworm | Joker | Penguin | Riddler | Clock King | Egghead | Mr. Freeze | Shame | Harley Quinn
Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold: Riddler | Clayface | Joker | Mr. Freeze | Catwoman | Penguin | Harley Quinn | Poison Ivy
Batman: Gotham by Gaslight: Jack the Ripper | Barbara-Eileen Gordon | Selina Kyle | Harvey Dent | Hugo Strange
Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay: Professor Zoom | Suicide Squad (Amanda Waller, Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, Bronze Tiger, Copperhead, Punch, Jewelee, & Count Vertigo) | Killer Frost | Blockbuster | Silver Banshee | Vandal Savage | Scandal Savage | Professor Pyg | Tobias Whale | League of Assassins (Deathstroke) | Two-Face
Batman Ninja: Joker | Harley Quinn | Catwoman | Gorilla Grodd | Bane | Penguin | Poison Ivy | Deathstroke | Two-Face
Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Foot Clan (Shredder & Baxter Stockman) | League of Assassins (Ra's al Ghul & Ubu) | Joker | Penguin | Harley Quinn | Mr. Freeze | Scarecrow | Two-Face | Poison Ivy | Bane
Batman: Hush: Riddler/Hush | Catwoman | Poison Ivy | Bane | Joker | Harley Quinn | Clayface | Scarecrow | Lex Luthor | Lady Shiva | Two-Face | Penguin | Mr. Freeze | Thomas Elliot
Batman: Soul of the Dragon: Nāga | Kobra (Jeffery Burr, Schlangenfaust, Lady Eve, King Snake & Rip Jagger) | Ben Turner | Shiva | Richard Dragon | Jade
Batman: The Long Halloween: Holiday | Falcone Crime Family (Carmine Falcone, Milos Grapa, Alberto Falcone, Johnny Viti, & Sofia Falcone) | Two-Face | Joker | Solomon Grundy | Salvatore Maroni | Poison Ivy | Penguin | Scarecrow | Mad Hatter | San Ho Hui (Mickey Chen) | Calendar Man | Catwoman

Television
Batman 60s show
Joker | Penguin | Catwoman | Riddler | Mr. Freeze | The Archer | Black Widow | Bookworm | Egghead | Clock King | Queenie Goldstein | Sandman | Dr. Cassandra Spellcraft | Cabala | Minstrel | Shame | False Face | The Siren | Undine | Chandell & Harry | King Tut | Louie the Lilac | Mad Hatter | Cornelia | Baby Jane Towser | Lydia Limpet | Zelda the Great | The Puzzler | Olga, Queen of Cossacks | Marsha, Queen of Diamonds | Lord Marmaduke Ffogg | Lady Penelope Peasoup | Ma Parker | Freddy the Fence | Lola Lasagne | Nora Clavicle | Colonel Gumm | Minerva | Killer Moth | Calamity Jan

1970s Filmation series
Joker | Catwoman | Penguin | Riddler | Clayface | Mr Freese | Sweet Tooth

Batman: The Animated Series
Joker | Two-Face | Harley Quinn | Penguin | Catwoman | Rupert Thorne | Riddler | Poison Ivy | Scarecrow | Mad Hatter | Killer Croc | Clayface | Ra's al Ghul | Mr. Freeze | Man-Bat | Ventriloquist and Scarface | Roland Daggett | Clock King | Bane | Hugo Strange | Lloyd Ventrix | Kyodai Ken | Baby Doll | Emile Dorian | Red Claw | Boss Biggis | Sewer King | Talia al Ghul | Maxie Zeus | Lock-Up | Professor Milo | Count Vertigo | Daniel Mockridge | Grant Walker | Gil Mason | Arkady Duvall | Fake Harley | Ferris Boyle | Arnold Stromwell | Tony Zucco | H.A.R.D.A.C. | Calendar Girl | Batman Clone

The Batman
Joker | Penguin | Bane | Catwoman | Mr. Freeze | Ethan Bennit | Killer Croc | Man-Bat | Firefly | Riddler | Punch & Judy | Kabuki Twins | Hugo Strange | Cluemaster | Ragdoll | Temblor | Poison Ivy | Tony Zucco | Count Vertigo | Harley Quinn | Maxie Zeus | Clayface | Gearhead | Francis Grey | Killer Moth | D.A.V.E. | Dracula | Rumor | Toyman | Mirror Master | Lex Luthor | Black Mask | Sinestro | Joker 2.0 | Prank | Killgore Steed | Team Penguin | Julie | Spellbinder | Blaze | The Joining | Cosmo Krank | Marty Slacker | Scorn | Wrath

Batman: The Brave and The Bold
Joker | Music Meister | Catwoman | Penguin | Mr. Freeze | Clayface | Riddler | Poison Ivy | Lex Luthor | Flower Children | Harley Quinn | Morgaine Le Fey | Sweet Tooth | Queenie Goldstein | Bane | Kite Man | Black Manta | Gentleman Ghost

Beware the Batman
Anarky | Ra's al Ghul | Deathstroke | Two-Face | Killer Croc | Simon Stagg | Professor Pyg | Mr. Toad | Man-Bat | Cypher | Magpie | Lady Shiva | Tobias Whale | Phosphorus Rex | Lunkhead | Humpty Dumpty | Silver Monkey | Key | Bethany Ravencroft

Harley Quinn
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Video Games
LEGO Batman
Joker | Penguin | Riddler | Harley Quinn | Catwoman | Two-Face | Bane | Clayface | Killer Croc | Killer Moth | Mad Hatter | Man-Bat | Mr. Freeze | Poison Ivy | Scarecrow | Ra's al Ghul | Hush

Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
Lex Luthor | Joker | Harley Quinn | Riddler | Two-Face | Catwoman | Bane | Penguin | Poison Ivy | Scarecrow | Captain Boomerang | Clayface | Mad Hatter | Ra's al Ghul | Killer Croc | Bane | Killer Moth | Mr. Freeze | Man-Bat | Hush | Zod | Sinestro | Brainiac | Gorilla Grodd | Captain Cold | Black Manta | Black Adam | Bizarro

Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
Brainiac | Joker | Lex Luthor | Cheetah | Solomon Grundy | Firefly | Killer Croc | Sinestro | Atrocitus | Larfleeze | Star Sapphire | Composite Superman | Bane | Arkillo | Condiment King | Music Meister | Captain Cold | Black Adam | Black Manta | Black Hand | Bronze Tiger Cyborg Superman | Deadshot | Deathstroke | Lobo | Dex-Starr | Doomsday | Gorilla Grodd | Harley Quinn | Hush | Kalibak | Killer Moth | Man-Bat | Mad Hatter | Manchester Black | Metallo | Mr. Freeze | Mr. Mxyzptlk | Parasite | Penguin | Poison Ivy | Polka Dot Man | Red Hood | Riddler | Toyman | The Trickster | Ultra-Humanite | Catwoman | Bizarro | Amanda Waller | Captain Boomerang | El Diablo | King Shark | Killer Frost | Plastique | Terra | Zod | Faora | Joker | Two-Face | Ra's al Ghul | Bane | Catwoman | Scarecrow | Blight | Joker | Mr. Freeze | Arrow Deathstroke | Malcolm Merlyn | Darkseid

Injustice
Superman | Wonder Woman | Yellow Lantern | The Flash | Aquaman | Nightwing | Cyborg | Raven | Solomon Grundy | Catwoman | Bane | Black Adam | Deadshot | Poison Ivy | Scarecrow | Joker | Deathstroke

See Also
Arkhamverse Villains | Telltalle Batman Villains

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