Burt Weston is a wannabe actor who dreams of getting a big break by playing quirky villains, because those kinds of villains were rich. When each of his plans failed, he faked his death in a method similar to one used by Paul Newman's and Robert Redford's characters in the movie "The Sting"
Years later, he committed every crime known in films and the Gotham newspapers dubbed him "Film Freak". One of his signatures was a pair of earrings in the shape of film cans. When a reporter named Julia Pennyworth discovered his identity, Film Freak stalked her in a manner similar to that of the character Norman Bates in the movie Psycho. Film Freak began to murder his fellow associates and is tracked down by Detective Harvey Bullock and Batman.
Although no explanation for survival has yet been offered, Film Freak appeared later, in Catwoman #54, as part of the One Year Later story line, going by the alias "Edison". He appears as a television show host, similar to Elvira. He latter approaches Angle Man after he was defeated by Catwoman (Holly Robinson).
Soon after the birth of Selina Kyle's daughter, Selina donned the Catwoman outfit and was caught on video alongside Holly in her outfit. From the footage Film Freak was able to deduce the original Catwman's secret identity, and then he and Angle Man kidnapped Selina's daughter. While they are defeated with relative ease, Catwoman was forced to call Zatanna to erase their memory of her identity. Zatanna notes that Film Freak had no actual memories, only "film clip after film clip". She then ordered the men to confess their crimes.
While Angle Man went to the cops to turn himself in, Film Freak's warped mind interpreted the order differently. Watching Angle Man escorted into the police department, he said "I have crimes to confess ... crimes against cinema" and went on a murderous rampage, killing people in ways that reference classic movies such as Psycho, King Kong, and The Public Enemy. His crime spree culminated in him stealing a nuclear warhead, and murdering a television studio full of people to broadcast his nuclear threat. He sets the bomb in a giant movie palace, where Catwoman quickly beats him up and disarms the bomb.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
- None, but a myriad of movie based "gimmicks"
- He has a limited form of telepathic immunity, as the only memories he has are from movies.