Lucius Fox
Lucius-Fox.jpg
Lucius Fox in Batman #307 (January. 1979)
Art by John Calnan and Dick Giordano
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceBatman #307 (January 1979)
Created byLen Wein (writer)
John Calnan (artist)
In-story information
Full nameLucius Fox
Team affiliationsWayne Enterprises
Supporting character ofBatman (Bruce Wayne)
Robin (various)

Lucius Fox is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly in association with the superhero Batman.[1] As a supporting character in the comics, he acts as Bruce Wayne's business manager at Wayne Enterprises who runs the business interests that (traditionally unknowingly) supply Batman's equipment needs as well as financing his operations.[2]

Lucius Fox has been featured in various media adaptations. The character was portrayed by Brock Peters in Batman: The Animated Series, Mel Winkler in The New Batman Adventures, Louis Gossett Jr. in The Batman, for the first time in live action by Morgan Freeman in The Dark Knight Trilogy, Phil LaMarr in DC Super Hero Girls, Dave Fennoy in the video game Batman: Arkham Knight, Chris Chalk in the television series Gotham, and Simon Manyonda in the second season of the television series Pennyworth.

Publication history

Lucius Fox was created by writer Len Wein and penciller John Calnan and first appeared in Batman #307 (January 1979).[3]

Fictional character biography

As CEO and President of Wayne Enterprises and the Wayne Foundation, Lucius Fox is one of Bruce Wayne's closest allies.[4] He is an experienced businessman, entrepreneur, and inventor who unknowingly runs the business interests that supply weapons, gadgets, vehicles, and armor for Bruce Wayne to use when he fights crime as the vigilante Batman. The character is depicted as being aware that Bruce Wayne is Batman, having replaced Alfred Pennyworth in cave operations, after Alfred's untimely death at the hands of Bane.[5]

Business career

Lucius Fox is regarded as having the "Midas Touch", an ability to turn failing businesses into successful conglomerates, and is consequently a highly sought-after businessman throughout the corporate world. Fox is called in to the failing Wayne Enterprises and brings a balance to both Bruce Wayne's private and business finances.[2] In Batman Confidential, he is shown heading the project that produced the prototype that would become the Batwing. He also manages the particulars of the Wayne Foundation while Bruce dictates the organization's general policies. Since then, Fox has been approached time and time again by other companies seeking his expertise. After overcoming the original challenge of returning Wayne Enterprises to its former glory, Fox has elected to stay, having been given an unparalleled freedom in the company.

In Batman: Haunted Knight, it is explained that a young Bruce Wayne rescued Lucius Fox from muggers in Paris. Later, Fox asked him if he wants to start a foundation for charity, to which Bruce agrees many years later, deciding that not all of his money has to go to crime fighting.

Bruce Wayne, as Batman, originally forms the Outsiders in order to rescue Fox from Baron Bedlam.[6] When Fox later suffers a stroke, Bruce makes sure that Fox gets the best care possible and supports him and his family.

Family life

With his wife Tanya, Lucius has several children, all introduced in the comics at different stages over the years. Fox's daughter Tam is introduced in Red Robin.[7] Her father sends her to personally locate Tim Drake, only to discover his secret identity as Red Robin and become involved in his conflicts with the League of Assassins. For a time it was believed Fox was dead, but this was a ruse to help combat his enemies.[8] It is believed that learning Drake's secrets has led Tam Fox to realize that Bruce Wayne is Batman. However, she apparently did not report her findings to her father.

Fox's youngest daughter, Tiffany, was first shown in Batman #308 (1979), but was not substantially explored until 2011's The New 52 reboot of DC's continuity, which reintroduced her along with her siblings in Batwing #22. The alternative future story shown in Batgirl: Futures End (2014) shows Tiffany grows up to be a gifted protege of Barbara Gordon, becoming one of several women to use the Batgirl moniker, with a pink-accented Batsuit.

Prior to The New 52, Lucius had a son named Timothy whose occasional delinquency embarrassed his father. Tim, now calling himself 'Jace' returns in the Infinite Frontier miniseries The Next Batman: Second Son.[9] Lucius also has a son named Lucas "Luke" Fox, introduced in the New 52 continuity, who is an intellectual prodigy and mixed martial artist and who, unbeknownst to his father, was selected and trained by Bruce Wayne to become the vigilante known as Batwing using a high-tech Batsuit designed by his father. Both Luke and his predecessor as Batwing, David Zavimbe, are agents of the international crime-fighting organization Batman Incorporated.

After Bruce Wayne announces his public support for Batman Inc., Fox becomes active supplying him with the company's resources and research prototypes.[10]

Alternative versions

Anti-Matter Universe

An alternate version of Fox is shown in the Antimatter universe (where the Crime Syndicate resides). In this universe, Fox is a white gang boss who has the backing of the CSA, in return for spreading fear in Gotham City and snitching for Owlman.[11]

Batman Beyond

Main article: Batman Beyond (comics)

In the comic book series Batman Beyond, Lucius' son, Lucius Fox Jr., serves as a supporting character. He merged his company, Foxteca, with Wayne Enterprises as Wayne Incorporated, and becomes Wayne's business partner.[12]

Batman: Earth One

Main article: Batman: Earth One

In the graphic novel Batman: Earth One, by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank, Fox is a 22-year-old intern at Wayne Medical, hoping to develop an advanced prosthetic for his 5-year-old niece. After repairing Bruce Wayne's grapnel, he deduces that Batman is the billionaire after seeing the vigilante using the same device on the news. Believing that Wayne's crusade is for noble intentions, Fox accepts his role as an equipment developer for Batman and begins making some batarangs for him afterwards.[13] As of Volume Two, Fox is promoted as head of Wayne Enterprises' Research and Development; he provides Wayne an armored Batsuit and is tasked to build the Batmobile.[14]

Convergence

During the Convergence storyline, Pre-Crisis Gotham City is trapped under a mysterious dome. Fox allies himself with the visiting Superman and Supergirl, who had been depowered. With assistance from S.T.A.R. Labs, the trio rebuild the Phantom Zone projector in a somewhat successful effort to break through the dome and help the trapped citizens of Gotham. Their efforts are threatened by the Phantom Zone criminals and an invading homicidal simian army.[15]

Injustice 2

During the prequel storyline of the video game Injustice 2, it is revealed before Lex Luthor's death at the hands of Superman during his suicide mission, then Superman's defeat, Lucius was called by Lex to give a message to Batman, such as their victory against Superman is finally near, despite Lex's noble sacrifice, with his fortunes are now under Batman's hand since Superman took away most of the Wayne family fortunes from him.[clarification needed] Sometimes after Superman's defeat, Lucius precedes Luthor's wish for Batman.[clarification needed][16]

In other media

Television

Animation

Lucius Fox in The Batman.
Lucius Fox in The Batman.

Live-action

Film

The Dark Knight Trilogy

Main article: The Dark Knight Trilogy

Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox in Batman Begins (2005)
Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox in Batman Begins (2005)

Video games

Batman: Arkham

Main article: Batman: Arkham

Batman: The Telltale Series

Main article: Batman: The Telltale Series

References

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  2. ^ a b Jimenez, Phil (2008), "Fox, Lucius", in Dougall, Alastair (ed.), The DC Comics Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, p. 130, ISBN 978-0-7566-4119-1, OCLC 213309017
  3. ^ McAvennie, Michael; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1970s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 180. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. Batman #307 (January 1979) Writer Len Wein and artist John Calnan introduced Bruce Wayne's new executive, Lucius Fox, in this issue of Batman. ((cite book)): |first2= has generic name (help)
  4. ^ Cowsill, Alan; Irvine, Alex; Korte, Steve; Manning, Matt; Wiacek, Win; Wilson, Sven (2016). The DC Comics Encyclopedia: The Definitive Guide to the Characters of the DC Universe. DK Publishing. p. 114. ISBN 978-1-4654-5357-0.
  5. ^ "Batman Makes History With The Death of Alfred Pennyworth". ScreenRant. 2019-08-24. Retrieved 2021-03-11.
  6. ^ Batman and the Outsiders #1 (August 1983)
  7. ^ Red Robin #3 (October 2009)
  8. ^ Red Robin #23–25 (May–July 2011)
  9. ^ Johnston, Rich (January 15, 2021). "Next Batman And Robin – Tim Fox, Damian Wayne Get Own DC Comics". Bleeding Cool. Retrieved January 15, 2021.
  10. ^ Batman Inc. #1–3 (November 2010 – December 2011)
  11. ^ JLA #604 – 605 (July – August 2002)
  12. ^ Batman Beyond Unlimited #2 (May 2012)
  13. ^ Batman: Earth One (2012)
  14. ^ Batman: Earth One Volume Two (2015)
  15. ^ Convergence: Adventures of Superman #1-2 (April – May 2015)
  16. ^ Injustice 2 #2 (2017)
  17. ^ Nellie Andreeva. "Chris Chalk Cast As Lucius Fox On 'Gotham'". Deadline.
  18. ^ "The Anvil or the Hammer". Gotham (TV series). Season 1. Episode 21. April 27, 2015. Fox.
  19. ^ "All Happy Families Are Alike". Gotham (TV series). Season 1. Episode 22. April 28, 2015. Fox.
  20. ^ Manning, Shaun (9 October 2015). "NYCC: Cast of "Batman: Bad Blood" Reveal First Footage". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 11 October 2015.
  21. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-10-27. Retrieved 2017-02-02.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)