First Appearance: Batman 666, 2007
Created by: Grant Morrison
Weight: 250 lbs Height: 6’2
Eyes: Brown Hair: Black
Relatives: Chante cole-Lane/Wife (deceased), Henry Mitchell Lane/son (deceased), Marion Martin/Brother (deceased), Gwendolyn Eliza/sister (Deceased), Unnamed Mother (Deceased) Mitchel Douglas/Father (Deceased). MJ (Nephew), Tamara (Niece), Jenny (sister in law)
Skills and Abilities: advanced training in the army and police department. Martial arts skills thanks to Dr. Hurt
Powers: Suit of sorrows- grants the user increased strength, speed, and stamina. The sword or salvation- It glows blue and anyone cut by it will relive all the tragedies of there life. Sword of Sin-cuts and burns at the same time, it cauterizes as it cuts and can project flame.
Michael Lane is a tragic man, In high school Michale excelled in sports particularly American football. He manged to secure a football scholarship to Gotham University but lost it and was expelled when he beat his coach to unconsciousness. Joining the marines he served two terms in Iraq before returning to Gotham and joining the police force. Michale fell in love and got married and had a son.
He was elected to be used as a guinea pig for Dr. Hurt’s experiments in a joint Military and Police operation. It gave him increased agility and strength and made him a possible replacement for Batman. He was made a sleeper agent.
His son was killed at the age of three by a motorist and managed to get off on a technicality. This proved too much for his wife who took her own life. Michale tried to continue on despite this but tragedy struck again. His only remaining family his siblings were killed apparently by a satanic cult. This proved too much for the Michael and he had to be taken off the police force when his anger and rage caused him to use extreme force. Discharged he seemingly went insane and his identity as Batman came to the fore- he became Bat-Ghost.
Along with two other of Dr. Hurts batmen (bat-bane and bat-cop) he plagued Batman blaming him for their lives. He even managed to capture and torture Batman.
When Batman died he confessed his involvement in his death and was selected as the new Azazel. Despite his reservation he accepted and fought with Talia Al Ghul and the league of assassins. He later clashed with Dick Grayson who allowed him to continue to operate in Gotham as a crime fighter.