Wayne Manor, Gotham, Nottinghamshire. Bruce Wayne had inherited the mansion after his parents’ murder by muggers. His first attempt to seek revenge as a vigilante had been a dismal failure. The muggers had kicked him savagely in the shins.
“Criminals are cowardly,” he mused. “I need a costume to strike fear into their hearts, symbolise fair play, and protect my legs.”
He was distracted by the television. A six had just been scored in the Test match at the Oval. ‘Cricket,’ Bruce thought. “Fair play, bar the occasional ball-tampering scandal, and they have shin-pads.’
And thus was born… The Batsman.