|“||You were wrong, Vic. The best thing I ever did was let him in. I still remember the fear when they surrounded me. I realized quickly that my plan was not going to work. I would not be able to affect the program in time. And when they grabbed onto me, started to spread through my entire body, I was foolish enough to scream in fear. That was the first thing my father fixed in me. He took my ability to feel fear away, my ability to feel sadness. You know, to that point I had spent my life obsessing over my lost birth parents, ignoring the one who was there right in front of me. I was free of that as well. Next came my weak, human flesh. It was growing older and more brittle by the day.||„|
|~ Murder Machine regarding his transformation.|
|“||And that is your greatest folly, Victor. You are the weakest of the League. Because if you were willing to cast off your humanity, you would be the strongest. You have no comprehension of the power that resides within you. And so we will take it to rewrite your world in the name of Barbatos.||„|
|~ Murder Machine|
The Murder Machine (real name Bruce Wayne) is a villainous version of Batman from the DC Comics universe. He is a member of the Dark Knights, a group of vigilantes from the Dark Multiverse whose goal is to assist the deity Barbatos to plunge the central DC Multiverse into darkness.
The Batman of Earth -44 suffered a terrible loss when a group of his adversaries led by Bane broke into the Batcave and brutally murdered Bruce Wayne's faithful butler and father figure, Alfred Pennyworth. As Bruce mourned with other members of the Justice League over his death, he asked Cyborg to help him finish the Alfred Protocol; a digital copy of Alfred’s mind that Bruce hoped to turn into artificial intelligence.
However, after it's completion, the Alfred Protocol began to react hostile towards anyone other than Bruce Wayne and soon started killing all of Batman’s enemies. Cyborg told Bruce that they need to destroy the A.I. before it could harm anyone else, but Bruce responded that the A.I. was just trying to protect him and wanted to see if he can reason with it first, as he doesn't want to lose Alfred again.
Unfortunately, Bruce was unable to stop the Alfred Protocol which assimilated with him, taking away his feelings, fears, and humanity as he was converted into a cybernetically enchanted version of Batman. Batman used his new form to slaughter various criminals before turning his attention to the Justice League, who were no match against his new abilities and killed without remorse. Eventually, Earth -44 began to fall apart, so Batman got into contact with The Batman Who Laughs who made him a member of the Dark Knights and became known as The Murder Machine.
- He was created by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, and first appeared in Dark Days: The Casting # 1 in September of 2017.
- The Murder Machine can be seen as the literal interpretation to one of Batman's worst fears; the fear of losing Alfred Pennyworth, his dependence on technology turning against him and losing his own humanity.