"It was my Aunt Martha's. She was wearing it the night that she and my Uncle Thomas were killed, but he always kept it here."
Kate Kane on Martha's necklace[src]

Martha Wayne (née Kane) was a philanthropist in Gotham City. She was the sister of Jacob Kane, the wife of the late Thomas Wayne, the mother of Bruce Wayne, and the paternal aunt of Kate Kane and Beth Kane.


Martha was born in Gotham City into the Kane family and had a younger brother, Jacob.

Through her charity work, Martha gave so much to her community, to the point of being considered a role model for all the women of her time. Martha later met and married billionaire businessman Thomas Wayne[1] and gave birth to their son, Bruce.

One fateful night, during which Martha was wearing a pearl necklace, she and Thomas were murdered by a mugger who stole the jewelry, leaving a traumatized Bruce the sole survivor.[2]


Sometime after Martha and Thomas's murders, their son, Bruce, became the vigilante known as Batman to honor his parents.[2]

Bruce spent years searching for Martha's pearl necklace on the streets, eventually buying it back at an auction for $1,000,000.[1] The necklace was kept in his office inside a square pyramid-shaped glass container that functioned as an entrance into an elevator to the Batcave.[2]



Season 1

Behind the scenes

  • In the DC comics, Martha Wayne (née Kane) was the wife of Thomas Wayne and mother of Bruce Wayne; her and her husband's murders would ultimately inspire her son to become the superhero Batman.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Who Are You?"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Pilot"

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