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Lucius Fox is a supporting character appearing in Batman comic books. Fox acts as Bruce Wayne's business manager who apparently unknowingly runs the business interests that supplies Batman's equipment needs as well as financing his operations. Since 2005, Lucius is often depicted as directly involved in Batman's activities, serving as either Bruce's technical supplier and ally. He was created by Len Wein and John Calnan, and first appeared in Batman #307 (January 1979).

History

CEO of Wayne Enterprises, Fox has the "Midas Touch", an ability to turn failing businesses into successful conglomerates. Fox is called in to the failing Wayne Enterprises and brings a balance to both Wayne's private and business finances, including, as shown in Batman Confidential, heading the project that produced the prototype that would become the Batplane. In addition, he also manages the particulars of the Wayne Foundation as well while Wayne 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 glory, Fox has elected to stay, having been given an unparalleled freedom in the company.

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

Fox hints he knows Bruce's identity.

Many stories allude to Fox knowing the secret activities of his employer, and yet keeping it to himself, most notably in the recent feature film Batman Begins; at the very least, he is aware that his employer is not the shallow playboy he pretends to be. Fox has become a valuable ally for Batman, not just by helping to finance the vigilante's activities but by handling most of Wayne Enterprises' day-to-day business, leaving Wayne to prowl the rooftops. He is also a valued friend to Bruce Wayne, though the fact that Wayne cannot be totally honest with him occasionally hampers their friendship.

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

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In Other Media

Live-Action

Nolan film series

Main article: Lucius Fox (Nolanverse)

Lucius Fox serves as a major supporting character in The Dark Knight trilogy, portrayed by Morgan Freeman. The film's incarnation is depicted as one of Bruce's closest allies and the main provider of the equipment he uses as Batman.

Gotham

Main article: Lucius Fox (Gotham)

Lucius appears in the series as a main character, played by Chris Chalk. He serves as the GCPD's technical supplier and Bruce's main contact in Wayne Enterprises.

Animation

DC Animated Universe

Lucius Fox appears in Batman: The Animated Series and The New Batman Adventures, voiced by Brock Peters and Mel Winkler. Base heavily on his Bronze-Age incarnation, he is depicted as Bruce's main contact in Wayne Enterprises and a key member of its board. Lucius also serves a major

In the third episode of Batman Beyond, a company by the name of Foxteca, run by Lucius' son, is the target of corporate sabotage. In a conversation between Bruce Wayne and the villainous Derek Powers, it is revealed that when Powers took over Wayne Enterprises, he fired the company's vice president, Lucius Fox Jr., who went on to found his own technology company, Foxteca. Wayne remains supportive of the Foxes.

In the Batman Beyond comics which followed the conclusion on the series. Bruce merged both his company Wayne Enterprises with Lucius Fox Jr.'s Foxteca to create the company Wayne Incorporated. He then made Fox his business partner.

The Batman

Lucius Fox appeared on The Batman in both parts of the season four finale The Joining ("Part One" and "Part Two"), where he is voiced by Louis Gossett Jr. His character is based on the Batman Begins version including his background as a friend of Thomas Wayne. He knows Bruce Wayne's secret identity as Batman (though, this version's knowledge is stated outright, not merely implied as in Begins), and helps design most of his arsenal along with the construction of the Batcave beneath Wayne Manor.

He, along with Robin, Batgirl, and J'onn J'onzz, played a part in helping Batman defeat the alien robots known as The Joining. Lucius returns in The Batman/Superman Story, where he gives Batman a new version of the Bat-Bot, which he later uses against a brainwashed Superman, and provides Robin with a jetpack.

Video Games

Batman: Arkham Series

Main article: Lucius Fox (Arkhamverse)

The Arkhamverse iteration of Lucius Fox is referenced in Batman: Arkham Asylum, as the respected inventor of the donated Wayne Tech security gates located around Arkham Island. Fox is again referenced in Batman: Arkham City by Alfred Pennyworth. He claims Fox has manufactured a cure for the Titan illness, but this was revealed as a hallucination created by the Mad Hatter. Also, it is mentioned that he knows about the prototype grapnel boost, as he claims that it is not ready yet. Fox makes his first appearance in the Batman: Arkham games in Batman: Arkham Knight, assisting Batman and providing upgrades for the Batmobile. He is voiced by Dave Fennoy

Batman: The Telltale Series

Main article: Lucius Fox (Telltale)

Lucius Fox is featured as a supporting character in Batman: The Telltale Series, with Fennoy returning to role from Arkham Knight. Lucius also appears in the second season titled Batman: The Enemy Within, during which he is killed whilst investigating a lead on the Riddler. This version of Lucius also has three children, including a daughter called Tiffany.

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