Saturday, October 24, 2009

The Beginning of Black Mask

Since is getting close to Halloween, I thought I’d add this Batman villain for he is known for wearing a mask.

Black Mask's original personal history was established in his first appearance. Roman Sionis was born into one of Gotham City’s well to do families. His parents were filthy rich and utterly self-absorbed, caring more about their social status than their son. Sounds like another scenario for poor me.
Unfortunately, moments after his birth, the doctor carelessly dropped him on his head. Who says the rich get the best health care? Roman's parents were less concerned about their son's well-being and more concerned about covering up the entire incident out of fear of how their wealthy friends would react to the news of their son's injury.

A second incident occurred when he was a child. While at the Sionis family country estate he was attacked by a rabid raccoon. Of course, this incident was also covered up by the Sionis family, who forbade Roman to mention it to anyone.
Roman’s father had an unusual "friendship" with Thomas Wayne. It seems that both of Roman's parents disliked the Waynes and were quite vocal about it in private with their son. However, to their son's dismay, they continued to associate with Thomas and Martha Wayne and pretended to be friends with the couple, to the extent of literally forcing him to become friends with their son, Bruce. His parents' hypocrisy had a deep impact on him, and he grew to hate and resent them and the "masks" they wore in public.

Soon after his high school graduation, Sionis was given a high ranking position inside his father's company, Janus Cosmetics. There, he met and fell in love with Circe, a working class secretary. Naturally his parents didn't approve of the relationship and made it clear that they wanted it to end.
Enraged, Roman burned down the family's mansion, killing both of his parents. Upon their deaths, he inherited the family fortune and business. Roman wasn't the businessman his father was, however, and eventually ruined Janus Cosmetics by funding a line of face-paint make-up which failed. In desperation, he threw large sums of money at the staff chemists to create a product to save the company, and what came back to him was a kind of water-proof makeup. The product was rushed to market without proper testing, and once it hit the market turned out to be a deadly toxin which disfigured several hundred women.

Circe, now Sionis' fiancée, broke up with him in front of his entire staff. At that time, now successful mogul Bruce Wayne offered to bail out the company on the condition that Sionis give up control and allow Wayne to appoint his own Board of Directors. Sionis agreed, but was furious at the humiliation he had suffered. He went to the family mausoleum and broke his mother's ebony coffin lid. From a piece of this, Sionis carved a mask, becoming "Black Mask".


Mario Salazar Lafosse said...

Interesting things about this villain, I didn´t know him, but it changed because your article. Nice one. See you.


Betsy said...

Thanks Mario! Glad that you stopped by to view my blog! When you think of it, this would be a great character for a movie. Mainly due to the fact it would draw in both crowds, men & women. What woman don't worries if her makeup isn't right! lol