Evan Blake was born in Gotham City, his earthly version. He is the heir to one of the richest families in the city and grows up rich and privileged. His friends include some of Gotham’s other richest children, including Kate Kane and her cousin Bruce Wayne. On the surface, Evan grew up as everyone expected, becoming a spoiled rich playboy who threw parties at his apartment at least once a week; in reality, everything was a little different. The life of a rich socialite is extremely boring for Blake, who thirsts for excitement and adventure: he trains for years in martial arts and athletics, becomes an Olympic-level gymnast, and invests part of his fortune in modern suits and luxury gadgets. By day Evan Blake was an ordinary playboy who knew, loved and hated everyone, always at the center of some gossip, and by night he was the Wolf Spider, an unpretentious thief with a penchant for art. As the Wolf Spider, Blake became famous in a few select places, and his name also became known to Nathan Grantham, one of Gotham’s wealthiest businessmen, who had retired from public life a decade earlier. Grantham discovered that the artist Alden Eisenstadt had stolen a fortune from his grandfather, who was as evil and corrupt as he was, and had hidden it somewhere in the city; the artist had also drawn a map showing the location of the money and had hidden it in five of his paintings: this is where Wolf Spider comes in, as Grantham needed the paintings to make the map. Blake accepted the deal and without mercy stole the first two paintings from the century-old homes of some of his friends; he already owned the third painting, so he staged the theft in his own apartment, even disguising himself as Wolf Spider for the job – which turned out to be a good idea, as he was attacked during the “robbery” by Batman and Hawkfire, two new defenders of Gotham.
What could have been the end of his criminal career turned out to be only a minor obstacle: Hawkfire was still inexperienced and clumsy, easily manipulated while Batman was distracted and protecting his partner, and Wolf Spider managed to poison him and effortlessly throw her off the balcony. From there, however, the Scarlet Knight always kept an eye on him: the next image was in Arkham Asylum, and there Batman was waiting for him. To divert attention, Wolfspider freed some of the prisoners, carefully picking out the least dangerous except Nocturne, who hypnotized him into freeing her. The trick worked, and he got away with it. The next one was bought by Gaby Kane years ago and is still on Kane’s property. Here Wolf Spider met Batman again, and again he managed to get them out and escape with the loot, finally locking up the map. Back at Grantham’s apartment, Blake was able to retrieve the map that led to the center of town, just below the statue of Grantham’s grandfather. The irony had eluded the businessman, who wanted his money back at all costs: once upon a time, while Wolf Spider was occupying the returning bats, the old man drove his car into the statue to discover the money beneath it but the statue fell on him, crushing him and his car. The irony is not lost on him this time, and while Batman tries to cut his losses, Wolf Spider escapes with all the money. However, Evan considered himself an adventurer, not a criminal, and the fortune he possessed was the blood money Grantham’s grandfather had amassed by exploiting the suffering of so many poor people: without the slightest regret, he gobbled it all up in the Slaughter Swamp and never looked back. Then it was time for other adventures…. ….
Evan Blake is a bored playboy, a rich kid looking for excitement and adventure. That’s why he has reinvented himself as a “gentleman thief,” an identity that allows him to live like the protagonist in an old novel. As Wolf Spider, he is a highly skilled athlete and gymnast, a master of Krav Maga who can compete with a seasoned fighter like Batman. He has several non-lethal weapons in his arsenal, including some poisoned arrows that cause terrible hallucinations in those struck by them. Wolf Spider is more interested in the adventure of the case than in the goods he actually steals. He is a romantic character, a thief who works only for his pleasure, ….even if he is only out to entertain those involved.
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