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Joe Chill

Joseph Chilton (ジョセフ・チルトン, Josefu Chiruton), also known as "Joe Chill" (ジョー・チル, Jō Chiru), is both a fictional character and antagonist of the Marvelous DC's Justice Avengers series created by Gardner Fox and Jack Kirby.

He was a mugger, robber, and low-level criminal who worked as an employee for crime lord Carmine Falcone and his associates. At one time, mayor Hamilton Hill arranged a payment deal with Joe, behind Carmine and Commissioner Correa's back.

He was the one who murdered Thomas and Martha Wayne during an attempt to take their money and jewelry in Crime Alley. Thus, this traumatic event caused young Bruce Wayne, the only survivor of the attack, to become the hero of Gotham City: Batman.

"You see that kid? That's what happens when you try and be a hero!"

—Joe Chill, to a young Bruce Wayne.

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He was a low-level criminal who worked for Carmine Falcone. But when Mayor Hill hired him to kill the Waynes. He was arrested for other crimes he committed other than killing. Later he was shot in the stomach in jail by an unnamed prisoner.


  • Hair Color: Brown
  • Skin Color: Not Known
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Age: Not Known
  • Birthday: Not Known
  • Height: Not Known
  • Weight: Not Known






  • Falcone Crime Family
    • Carmine Falcone
  • Black Mask's Gang
    • Black Mask
  • Hamilton Hill





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  • Handgun: Being a petty criminal, Chill used an ordinary handgun to threaten the Wayne's in Crime Alley, however ended up shooting the Wayne's when Thomas Wayne tried to defend his wife and child.






Joseph Chilton, better known as his street-name "Joe Chill" was a lowly mugger for hire, and often worked for Gotham's crime bosses. Joe was often hired for small time jobs from Carmine, such as burglaries, muggings, and murders on people that either tried to double-cross or were threats to the organization. He would also be hired by other corrupt people outside of Falcone's organization.

Eventually, Hamilton contacted Joe and gave him a job before the robbery of a charity ball: kill Thomas and his wife Martha while mugging them for money and jewelry, he agreed. While the rest of Falcone's gang was trying to escape from the copes when the robbery plan failed, Joe slipped away from them and ambushed the Wayne couple as they returned from the Monarch Theater with their son, Bruce.

He claimed to have been driven to mug then because of the desperation of the times. Thomas pleaded with Joe to let him and his family go while trying to defend them, but he shot the couple dead in cold blood to silence them, while attempted to grab Martha's pearl necklace. Joe preached while taunting their son that heroic deeds only get people killed, like his father before him.

As Joe turned his gun intended to kill Bruce, he heard sirens and was forced to flee the scene when the police arrived. He ultimately decided to leave and let the boy live, which spared Bruce of a similar fate. Eventually, he was eventually captured and arrested by the authorities and sent to Blackgate Prison soon after killing Bruce's parents. His charges may have included other crimes that he had carried out for Carmine and Hamilton.

While in prison, Joe was eventually, yet mysteriously, already dead by another prisoner or a guard on either Falcone or Hill's payroll.



Plot in the Series[]

When he first investigated Crime Alley and recounted his parents' murder, Bruce considered what he would have done if he had the chance to meet Joe again, and chose between arresting him, murdering him, or demanding to know why he had killed them.

20 years since the Waynes' deaths, Bruce Wayne re-investigated his parents' murder at Crime Alley and discovered that Joe was hired to also assassinate the Waynes while on random mugging. It was believed that one of his employers, Carmine Falcone, was behind the Waynes' death due to the crime boss having previously employed Joe Chill in his criminal ventures.


Joe's murder of Thomas and Martha haunted their son Bruce for the rest of his life and ultimately put and lead him on the path to becoming the vigilante and city's savior: Batman. It also lead to many of Gotham City's great families to "flock" together, and believed that their fate could have happened to them.

Bruce later found out about the connections between Joe, Carmine, and Hamilton after news of an unexpected involvement with the city's corrupt was uncovered. Gotham was undergoing an economic depression because of an undisclosed action by the League of Assassins.







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  • Joe Chill first appeared in Detective Comics #33 (November 1939).
  • In a way, Joe Chill was responsible for every event in Gotham, as he unknowingly and indirectly created Batman.