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Romulus Werewolf

BATMAN TAS Anthony Romulus


Tony Romulus competed in several low-level competitions, usually being very successful. The fame and power went to his head, however, and he felt the need to become even more successful. Romulus got his chance when his earlier victories qualified him for an unnamed sporting event which was arguably Gotham's paramount athletic event. Despite his dedication to strength training and proper exercise, Romulus still was not confident that honest preparing was adequate, and his need to succeed led him to search for something that would guarantee him a gold medal. He eventually called upon Dr. Milo to aid him. Milo knew that he could not make anabolic steriods, as the games committee was clearly on the lookout for doping athletes, and concocted a serum possessing timberwolf hormones, which was obviously not a chemical the games committee was checking for, and thus would not be flagged in drug or steroid tests. Romulus hastily accepted, not knowing he had been tricked by Milo. Afterwards, his career expanded incredibly, having become the best athlete in any competition. After winning the gold medal, Anthony Romulus then achieved a secondary goal; fame and fortune. His athletic victories secured him cash winnings and endorsement deals, and Romulus spent his money on a mansion, sports cars and dating attractive starlets.

The serum had horrible side effects, however, as Anthony was eventually transformed halfway into a werewolf during a night of the full moon. When he came to Milo for help, Milo said that Romulus had moderate lycanthrophy, as evidenced by his shaggy appearance but lacking animalistic tendencies. Romulus pleaded with Milo to cure it, to which Milo said he could not cure moderate werewolfism as there was none. However, he did have a cure for advanced lycanthropy and so he made Anthony a bargain; he would complete his transformation into a full werewolf, however Romulus would have to obey certain orders given to him by Milo, including the elimination of persons who Milo considered dangerous to his work. Romulus accepted and was fully transformed into a werewolf, which he would become during nights when the moon was full.

Romulus caught the attention of Batman when he — known simply as "a wolflike creature" — was spotted at the Gotham Zoo attacking a guard who had information that could lead back to Milo. After reporting that he had encountered Batman whilst on his attempted assassination, Milo decided that they needed to get him out of the way.

Romulus then put out word that he wished to make a charity donation, that he would only sign over if Batman accepted. When explaining why to Bruce Wayne, who was an associate of Romulus from their gym, he mentioned he merely wished to meet Gotham's 'second-best athlete'.

Later during the night, Batman arrived in Romulus' study, with the intent on picking up the cheque as quickly as possible. However, it was all revealed to be a trap, as Romulus activated knock-out gas from his venting system and incapacitated the Dark Knight.

Romulus and Milo then brought Batman to Milo's secret workplace, at the under-construction Gotham Coliseum. They chained Batman in the middle of the arena, with Milo intent on having Romulus transform and kill Batman whilst he was immobile. Despite everything, Romulus refused and pressed Milo for the cure where Milo quotes "ask me if I care". Romulus ended up transforming into his werewolf form. However, this transformation made Romulus so aggressive that he even attacked Milo trying to kill him and ignored his orders as Milo dropped the vial containing the supposed cure. Milo barely escaped Romulus, who then turned his attentions on Batman.

Batman was luckily able to free himself just before Romulus attacked and proceeded to fight back against him, now a wild uncontrollable beast. Batman was somewhat of an underdog in the fight, but held his own. Eventually as the fight continued to the tallest exteriors of the structure, Romulus was seemingly defeated when he was struck by lightning and knocked off the edge into the river. Milo was arrested, but the fate of Romulus remains unknown as the police were unable to find him upon searching miles of shoreline. Harvey Bullock snidely remarked that they would wait until the next full moon, then they would know for sure whether the werewolf was alive or dead.

Months later, Romulus' savings were depleted and his mansion was seized to pay back taxes and his legal creditors. One married couple looked at buying it, to which the real estate lady remarked that Romulus skipped town for unknown reasons, causing the husband to remark "a guy who has everything and he gives it all up?", as he does so, the scene changes to a wolf-like creature was seen howling into the night. It was still unknown, if this was Romulus.


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