Are there any stories covering a period of time when Bruce Wayne fought crime as a masked vigilante, before dressing as the Batman?

Looking for a comic or something in the DCAU preferably.

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    Havn't seen it in a while but I'm pretty sure we see Bruce fighting criminals in Mask of the Phantasm, and he's just wearing a ski mask.
    – Ingu Shama
    Jul 20, 2015 at 16:58
  • @MajorStackings I thought Arthur was supposed to be a moth?
    – Daft
    Jul 20, 2015 at 18:05
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    Ahh. Tried to be clever too early in the day. You are correct. Jul 20, 2015 at 18:07
  • There was a brief period when he had a sidekick named Arthur who dressed like a moth and Bruce used the catchphrase Spoon! Jul 20, 2015 at 18:10

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In Mask of the Phantasm he originally goes out just wearing a ski mask. He comes back and tells Alfred he failed because they didn't fear him. Then he starts to look for a way to inspire fear in criminals and comes up with the Batman suit.

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Mask of the Phantasm is kind of like Batman Year One for the DCAU.


In the early 50's, when Bruce was a child, he learnt detective work from Harvey Harris, in order to do so he created a costume which looked like Robin's.

If I remember correctly it is in the Untold Legends of the Batman

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