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Black Mask

Full Name
Roman Sionis
Alias
Black Mask, Orpheus
Origin
Batman
Occupation
Crime boss
Powers / Skills
Business knowledge, skilled hand-to-hand combatant, enhanced stamina, underworld connections, hypnosis-like mind-control via mask
Hobby
Collecting masks
Goals
Defeat Batman, take control of the entire criminal underworld
Type of Villain
Crime Lord, Tragic Villain, Obsessed


No one goes up against the Black Mask and lives.
~ The Black Mask

The Black Mask (real name: Roman Sionis) is a villain from the Batman series. He was the son of a very wealthy couple, that died in a fire, in which he caused intentionally. He got their money and their company, but went bankrupt. His company was saved by Bruce Wayne (Batman) and Sionis hates him for that. His mask is carved out of the Black coffin of his father.

History

Personal History

Roman Sionis came from a rich familiy, his father was a very successful industrialist. His parents only cared for their social status, and where more concerned about that then their son's well being when a nurse dropped him on his head after he was born. They frequently dragged him around to parties, and would force him to become friends with the children of other wealthy families in Gotham City, like the young Bruce Wayne. His parents hated other people like the Waynes though, but they put on almost social masks in public to seem like more charming people. Roman hated these "social masks". He would later inherit the prosperous Janus Cosmetics Corporation after his parent died in a very suspicious fire. Roman quickly drove the company into the ground, leaving the company open to a Wayne Industries buyout.

Roman Sionis was driven mad by losing his legacy, and he turned his hatred on Bruce Wayne. Donning a mask carved from his mother's black coffin, he began murdering Wayne employees. In the ensuing battle with Batman, Sionis's mask became permanently burned into his face as a living death mask. In the next years he would become one of Gotham City's most ruthless and sadistic crimelords, commanding the "False Facers", an army of masked henchmen. With each loss to Batman, his empire shrank and his sadism grew. Among his many crimes were the destruction of a community center on Gotham's East End, the painstaking murder of Catwoman's brother-in-law, and driving her sister Maggie insane.

War Games

Believed dead at Catwoman's hands, Black Mask survived, and when Gotham City's gang wars erupted - part of a "war game" created by Batman that went horibly wrong - they created a power vacuum in the underworld that he could exploit to build a criminal empire. He murdered Orpheus, a costumed gang leader secretly working with Batman to end the unrest in Gotham, and he took the tragic hero's identity and gained the trust of the teen hero Spoiler. This way he learned information vital to his cause before he betrayed and tortured her. Following Batman's plans, the fake Orpheus rallied all the factions, revealed his true identity and initiated a spree of carnage. Black Mask became the undisputed ruler of the entire Gotham City underworld.

The End

Deathstroke later approached Black Mask offering him a plice within The Society. Black Mask was eager to strenthen his increasingly tenuous grip on the underworld since Batman was targeting his operations. He accepted the offer and Captain Nazi and Count Vertigo were sent after Batman. However, these villains were defeated, and Batman ultimately prevented the Society from securing a foothold in Gotham.

In an attempt to "Improve Himself" after this debacle, Black Mask threatened the most important people in Catwoman's life, from Slam Bradley to Holly Robinson. Still thinking that Catwoman adhered to a strict no-kill rule, Black Mask was caught by surprise when Catwoman took revenge by shooting him in the head and blowing his jaw off. However, Black Mask survived. After the shooting, Seline Kyle passed the mantle of Catwoman to her friend Holly Robinson. Not long after, Holly was arrested for the killing of Black Mask.

Black Mask II

Black Mask II

Black Mask II

In the "Battle For The Cowl" storyline, a new Black Mask surfaces. He has drugged several of Arkham Asylum's inmate, including The Great White Shark, Poison Ivy, Killer Croc, Victor Zsasz, Jane Doe and Scarecrow, with a substance that can kill when triggered. Black Mask is quickly acknowledged as the leader of the group when he blows up much of Arkham Asylum. He then prepares for his ascension by destroying Two-Face's and Penguin's reign and becoming Gotham City's crime lord again. Eventually, the new Black Mask is revealed to be Jeremiah Arkham, administrator of Arkham Asylum. After being defeated by Batman, he is imprisoned in the rebuilt Arkham Asylum.

Batman Arkhamverse

Main Article: Black Mask (Arkhamverse)

Batman: Under the Red hood

Black Mask is a secondary antagonist of the animated movie.

Facts

Real Name: Roman Sionis

Occupation: Professional Criminal

Base of Operations: Gotham City

Eyes: Brown

Hair: None

Height: 6 ft 1 in

Weight: 195 lb

First appearance: Batman #386 (August, 1985)

Attributes

  • Obsessed with masks
  • Harbors a hatred of Batman and Bruce Wayne
  • Face resembles a black skull
  • Feared and powerful mob boss
  • Skilled marksman, known for his double handguns

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