One of DC Comic's most prominent major storylines of recent years has to belong to Dark Nights: Metal. The event explored the DC Universe in a whole new light, showcasing grim universes where the heroes fans have come to know and love made very different choices, and became twisted and evil versions of themselves.
Led by several different evil versions of Bruce Wayne, the Dark Multiverse nearly destroyed the main DC Multiverse, and even after the Dark Multiverse still haunts the heroes. With so many new characters introduced in the event, here are the ten most powerful Dark Multiverse characters.
One new character that was introduced in the event was none other than Infernal, the Dark Multiverse version of Firestorm. Everyone who has watched the Arrowverse for years and major DC Comics fans knows the history of Firestorm, a combination of two people creating the Firestorm Matrix. The most well known of the Firestorm heroes has to be Martin Stein, Ronald Raymond and Jason Rusch.
In his universe, Infernal was created after Ronald and Jason died, and only Dr. Stein was left. He merged with their bodies and created the evil version of the hero, calling himself the powerful Infernal.
One of the evil versions of Bruce Wayne that was introduced into the Dark Nights: Metal storyline was Batman: The Dawnbreaker. Hailing from Earth -32, Bruce’s story began like most others, with the loss of his parents at the hands of Joe Chill. However in this universe, a Green Lantern ring found him the moment after his parent’s death, and the empty void left behind by their passing corrupted the ring.
Using the ring afterward to execute any criminals in his path or anyone who tried to stop him (including Jim Gordon and the GCPD), he became the evil villain Dawnbreaker.
8 Savage Fire
One of the characters of the Dark Multiverse that only appeared briefly but had a major impact leading up to the events of Dark Nights: Metal has to Savage Fire. Appearing in Wonder Woman Vol. 5, #48, Savage Fire was the Goddess of War in her universe. However, she did so not to protect the innocent or the good of the universe, but to make a profit and for blood.
She was one of the five dark gods to emerge from monoliths in the story, hailing from a Dark Multiverse and fighting not only Wonder Woman but her brother Jason and Supergirl.
7 The Merciless
One of the more powerful and terrifyingly evil Bruce Waynes has to be The Merciless. Hailing from Earth -12, this version of Bruce didn’t start off corrupted. He and Wonder Woman were in love but found themselves torn apart after battling the god of war Ares for two years. After she seemingly perished in battle, he grabbed Ares helmet and used it to defeat the god of war.
Despite Wonder Woman surviving, after all, the power of the helmet corrupted Bruce so much that he chose to end her life and the lives of all the other heroes on Earth.
6 The Drowned
One of the more unique evil versions of Bruce Wayne is the woman known as The Drowned. Bryce Wayne declared war on the meta human population after her longtime love Sylvester Kyle lost his life to one such individual. After destroying all meta humans on land, she grew weary of Aquawoman after she returned from exile and proposed peace between her people and the surface world.
When peace negotiations broke down and war was declared, Bryce went to war. Ending the life of Aquawoman, she also genetically altered her genes to win the war, and ultimately joined the Dark Knights.
5 Red Death
One of the most popular of the new evil versions of Bruce Wayne has to be The Red Death. On Earth -52, Bruce was a hero in Gotham and fought alongside many versions of Robin. However the constant loss of his sidekicks and the never-ending war and violence in his city made him bitter, and he sought a new way to end it all once and for all.
Taking out the Flash’s Rogues, he bested Barry Allen, tied him to the Batmobile, hooked it to the Cosmic Treadmill and drove into the Speed Force, absorbing Barry’s powers for himself.
4 Murder Machine
One of the more brutal versions of Bruce Wayne has to be The Murder Machine. Hailing from Earth -44, Bruce was a hero and founder of the Justice League, with his story being much the same as the Batman fans know well. However, at some point, Alfred, his friend and butler, is taken out by Batman’s Rogues Gallery.
Grief-stricken, he asks Cyborg to build an A.I. Model of Alfred’s mind to help him, but instead, the A.I. deems Bruce incapable of protecting himself, infecting his mind and replacing his body with a robotic one, becoming Murder Machine.
One of the strongest members of the Dark Knights has to be the Bruce Wayne of Earth -1. Much of his backstory is similar to the ones fans know, with his tragic loss, becoming Batman, forming Justice League, etc. However, this Bruce Wayne always feared Superman would become a threat, and stockpiled multiple weapons to combat the Kryptonian.
After Superman losses it and ends the life of his wife and countless other innocents, Bruce battled Superman, losing his arm in the process. However, as a last resort, he infected himself with the Doomsday virus, ending Superman’s life and his world.
One of the most powerful of all the villains revealed during Dark Nights: Metal has to be Barbatos, the Bat-God. The dragon-like creature that consumed decaying dark worlds by the World Forge, Barbatos became corrupted and ended up destroying his creator, corrupting the Forge of Worlds, and allowing the dark multiverse to go unchecked.
Gathering the worst Batmen of the dark multiverse, he created the Court of Owls in order to manipulate and turn the Earth 0 Batman into a portal to come to the DC Universe, battling the world’s heroes and attempting to sink the regular multiverse.
1 Batman Who Laughs
Usually, the creature who was known as the Bat-God would be the most powerful being on the list, but there was one other who was not only the most evil of the Dark Knights, but managed to survive and escape into Earth 0 after the events of Dark Nights: Metal.
The Bat Who Laughs is the most twisted of all the dark multiverse Batmen. Infected by the Joker during their battles, he began to grow cruel, and in so doing Bruce Wayne’s intellect, tactician skills and fighting skills merged with the Joker’s mind for chaos and mayhem, creating anarchy.