08 September 2007

The Friends and Foes of Batman - Clock King

Clock King has no super-powers or abilities other then an absolute sense of time and timing. He is a master planner and sometimes uses clock-themed gadgetry. Ol' CK was originally an enemy of Green Arrow, but has become more identified by his appearances in Justice League International and Suicide Squad. He was featured as a foe of the Bat in the 1960's live action Batman as well as in Batman: The Animated Series and Justice League Unlimited. He has yet to appear in any theatrical incarnation.

Born William Tockman, Clock King took dutiful care of his invalid sister, when one day he found out from a doctor's visit that he himself only had six months to live. Despairing for his sister's future, he watched the timing of a local bank's vault in order to rob it, hoping the money would provide for his sister after he was gone. His caper would have gone successfully, had he not tripped a silent alarm and was then caught by the Green Arrow.

While he was incarcerated, his sister died without him. In further hideous irony, Tockman discovered that he really wasn't ill and was not going to die in the next six months: his doctor had accidentally switched his papers with those of another patient. Infuriated, he escaped to futilely attempt revenge on the Green Arrow.

In Batman: The Animated Series the Clock King was recreated as Temple Fugate, the name being a play on the Latin phrase 'tempus fugit,' meaning 'time flies.' The character first appeared in the episode "The Clock King" and later returned in the episode "Time Out of Joint". Fugate was written as a stiff, efficiency expert, obsessed with both punctuality and revenge against Gotham City mayor Hamilton Hill, whose "advice" on how to relax before an important court date cost the Clock King his company.

Friend and Foe Profiles:

Ra's al Ghul
Talia al Ghul
Baby Doll
Bat-Hound (Ace)
Black Mask
David Cain
Calendar Man & Calendar Girl
Clock King

The Dark Knight returns in 314 days!

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