The man who would become Kite-Man began his life as young boy who was fascinated by kites, so much that they influenced his future alter ego. He originally came into conflict with Batman
and Robin, as he was helping criminals escape prison, with the use of his jet powered hang glider,before being defeated by Batman who utilized his own kites to defeat his foe. Following this defeat he battled Batman once again when he attempted to betray the thugs he had hired, only once again to be defeated by Batman and his kite.
Following his battles with Batman and Robin, Kite-Man attempts to steal the Golden Eagle, a invaluable treasure, only to be confronted by Hawkman
. and Zatanna
, before he was defeated by crash landing into a nearby tree. Following this Kite-Man wasn't seen until he showed up in the villain friendly country of Zandia
, even becoming a part of a sports team, and ultimately battling the superhero forces that attempted to invade the country.
During the Infinite Crisis
, Kite-Man was thrown off of Wayne Tower by Deathstroke
without his kite glider following his refusal to join the Secret Society
. But miraculously Kite-Man survived the fall, being captured alongside Sewer King. The Squid and Mirage by InterGang
, who were trying to take over Gotham
's crime organizations. Kite-Man ultimately declines Bruno Mannheim
's offer, and is quickly killed, then eaten by him.
Powers and Abilities
Kite-Man had no powers, but possessed a variety of kite based weapons, including a giant jet powered hang glider, which he used during his escapes. Along with kites they possessed flash bulbs and nets for battling his foes.
In Other Media
Kite Man is a reoccurring character in the animated series Batman
: The Brave and the Bold
voiced by Jeffery Combs.
In the episode "Terror on Dinosaur Island
!", Plastic Man
(aka "Eel" O'Brian) flashes back to his days as a criminal, working as one of Kite Man's henchmen. During the robbery of a chemical plant, Eel trips a silent alarm while picking up a dime, causing Batman to arrive and break up the robbery. Batman accidentally knocks Eel into a chemical vat, and then rescues him, the chemicals giving him elastic powers. Eel later testifies against Kite Man in court in exchange for leniency.
In a later episode, "Dawn of the Deadman
!", Batman's spirit, possessing Speedy's
body, asks for Green Arrow
's help after being buried alive. Green Arrow says "Don't tell me it was Kite Man" before Batman says it was Gentleman Ghost.
In Season 2, Kite Man appears again as the main villain of the episode "Long Arm of the Law!" He sends his henchman Rubberneck
to steal the Mona Lisa from a museum, but Rubberneck ends up fighting Batman and Plastic Man. At the climax of the fight, Plas inflates his body with water from a broken hydrant before Batman kicks Rubberneck onto him, causing Plas to explode and launch the villain far away. While Plas reassembled, Kite Man stole a piece of Plastic Man in order to test a laser he designed to turn the pliable prankster to stone. Kite Man soon sent Rubberneck to steal a power module to amplify the laser's power. Batman and Plas fought Rubberneck again, but he got away, and Kite Man reveals that he kidnapped Plas' wife Ramona, their infant son, and their dog. Batman, Plastic Man, and Plas' friend Woozy Winks
track down the villains to the Frank.in Museum, founded by Benjamin Franklin. Kite Man reveals to the heroes that as a kid, he tried to copy Ben Franklin's "key-tied-to-a-kite-in-a-lightning-storm" experiment. He was electrocuted, and the trauma sent him down a path of kite-centric crime. The heroes battled and defeated Kite Man and Rubberneck, turned them both to stone with their own laser, and Plas saved his family from a giant kite flown in the middle of another lightning storm.