Mallory fell in love with Bruce and was protected by Batman because Philo Zeiss hated Lew Moxon for terminating his employment as Lew's bodyguard. Mallory was still with her father during Bruce's conviction of being a murderer even though she knew what kind of man her father was.
The Moxons Return
Lew Moxon tries to reestablish himself as a legitimate business man by throwing a party at his penthouse apartment. Bruce attends the party in order to get close to Zeiss because it was Zeiss who unintentionally got Bruce's friend Jeremy Samuels killed. However, Bruce becomes distracted by Mallory Moxon, Moxon's red haired daughter.
Unfortunately, the party is spoiled by Deadshot who was hired to take out Moxon. Bruce becomes Batman and goes after Deadshot but Zeiss gets in his way. Zeiss confronts Batman while Moxon is left to fend for himself and his daughter who is at the mercy of Deadshot. During their confrontation, Zeiss boasts on how it was Moxon's idea to do away with Samuels because Moxon wanted Bruce to suffer another tragedy. Bruce figures that Moxon still holds a grudge against Thomas Wayne but now he has a chance to make one of his parents' killers pay for their crimes.
Batman puts an end to Zeiss by knocking him out but he doesn't go through with his plan to punish Moxon because of Mallory. Batman finds Mallory kneeling over her father who is barely holding on for dear life. Deadshot had shot through Moxon's stomach and now he is paralyzed beneath the waist. Mallory takes over her father's operations as he recuperates in a wheelchair and Zeiss is removed from Moxon's employment when he attempts to murder Mallory in order to taunt the Batman.
Legends of the Dark Knight: Secret City
The Moxons come back into Batman's life when someone murders Rupert Spalding with a parcel containing a pound of plastic explosives. Rupert Spalding lived in the newly constructed Otisburg district of Gotham City. As a side note, this Otisburg reference is humorous because Gotham was destroyed by the great quake then rebuilt by Lex Luthor and one of Luthor's underlings was named Otis who had a dream of naming a place after himself. Batman asked Oracle to dig up anything she could on Spalding.
Oracle found out that Spalding came from Buffalo, New York, he had a sister named Sue and despite his disposition of being unemployed, he had a hefty bank account that was equal to half of million. Oracle deduced that Spalding was an expert computer hacker who was stealing digital bank accounts from global corporations. His latest target was Moxon Global Enterprises. As Oracle digged deeper into Spalding's hard drive, she found a back door that led to a digital reality in cyber space called Nirvana. Hackers of every caliber were gathered in this elusive chatroom so that they could profess their latest escapades. Oracle took over Spalding's digital avatar dubbed Fellini and tried to extract information from any other avatars. Oracle almost came close to finding out what Spalding was up to until an avatar who looked like the Joker barged in. The Joker avatar exclaimed that the real Fellini died an hour ago in an explosion and now someone else is using his avatar to spy on them. Oracle immediately logged out of the program before any of the hackers could trace her digital trail.
Oracle relays what she discovered about Spalding to Batman and Bruce decides to pay the Moxons a visit. Bruce waited until Mallory Moxon left the apartment then he busted in on Lew Moxon. Bruce interrogated Moxon on whether or not he had anything to do with the explosion in Otisburg or if he had put a hit on Spalding. Moxon brushed off the Batman's questions as if he didn't know what he was talking about. Batman was getting nowhere with Moxon so he chose to leave with his usual threat of coming back if he finds out that Moxon was lying. Batman asks Oracle if she has any other leads. It turns out that Spalding was close friends with another hacker who got into the nation's federal reserve with a nasty virus. The hacker's name was Julio Peron.
Meanwhile, Oracle decides to enter Nirvana again but as her own avatar who she named Sybil. Sybil discovers that Nirvana was created by four hackers. Fellini was one of the founding members. The other founders went under the guise of Caesar, Sputnik and Merlin. Oracle comes across Caesar and inquires about who might have a grudge against Spalding. Caesar explains that whoever this person is, they were able to erase Fellini's entire digital existence from cyber space. Caesar was willing to talk more about Fellini's latest activities but he comes under attack by a missile. Oracle searched through the digital debris and found the charred remains of Caesar. All of sudden, Oracle gets a call from Batman who has just found Peron's body. Someone had taken a plastic model of a missile and jammed it into Peron's left eye.
Oracle becomes irritated by the fact that she is one step behind this killer. First thing she does is she changes her avatar Sybil into a version of Batgirl and then continues her pursuit. As Batgirl, Oracle comes across the remaining founders...Merlin and Sputnik. Merlin questions Batgirl's sincere involvement but his doubts are put aside when the Joker avatar appeared again. The Joker avatar proclaimed that all the hackers in Nirvana are wasting their time chatting when they could be unleashing grand scale chaos in the real world with just a few strokes of the keyboard.
Barbara feels shaken because the Joker is still on the loose and its possible that this Joker avatar could very well be the Clown Prince of Crime. Batman brings Peron's hard drive to Oracle in the likely event that she finds something that might shed light on these murders. The more Oracle thought about this Joker avatar, the more she began to think that this couldn't really be the Joker. The laugh was identical but the M.O. doesn't fit plus this Joker avatar hasn't made a single joke nor is he trying to be funny.
Oracle hacks into Peron's hard drive and discovers a list of contacts. She also notices a strand of emails addressed to Spalding and a one Peter Denning who represents Sputnik in Nirvana. Oracle piggybacks off the email and sends a text to Denning. Denning answers the text and Oracle triangulates his position. She then informs Batman that Denning is on the D-Train heading west into Sommerset. Denning then gets a call from Oracle and Oracle informs Denning to stay put because she is sending help.
Oracle asks Denning if he is able to contact Merlin. Denning exclaims that Merlin is only reachable in Nirvana because he was the one who came up with Nirvana in the first place. Merlin built half the city before the other three founders got involved. Oracle then asks about the Joker avatar. Denning says that Mallory Moxon hired Spalding to hack into Moxon Global but he decided to investigate the presence of the Joker avatar instead. All of sudden, Oracle receives a warning from her laptop. The cyber space killer has hacked into the launch system of the USS Caniff and has sent a cruise missile to Denning's current location.
Oracle works fast by tapping into the missile's navigational guidance computer and disarms the explosive charge but the impact of the missile can still do damage. Oracle tells Batman to cut through Buckley Park in order to intercept Denning and look for cover. Batman swoops in and grabs Denning just before the missile hits. The impact of the missile caused Denning to suffer a severe concussion. Batman takes Denning to the Gotham General Hospital and Oracles relays the information she got from Denning.
Batman heads to Moxon's penthouse and interrogates Mallory about Spalding. Mallory admits to hiring Spalding as a sneaker in order to test the company's security system for any weaknesses. However, she feels Spalding was a waste of money because he would be playing computer games like Nirvana with her 13 year old cousin rather than doing the job he was commissioned for. It was at that moment that Batman figured out who was the cyber space killer.
As for Oracle, she reenters Nirvana to put an end to the Joker avatar and his bid to rule the vast lucrative world of cyber crime. If the Joker avatar succeeds, he will have an army of hackers under his thumb and his firewall defenses on the net will make him invincible. The Joker avatar and Oracle get into a heated fight until Merlin shows up. Merlin exposes the truth behind the Joker avatar. Fellini aka Spalding brought a child into Nirvana but the child didn't have an avatar to distinguish himself at the time. Merlin sensed the child would be a problem in Nirvana.
Batman enters the room of Mallory's cousin who is in tears after his exposure and expulsion from Nirvana by Merlin. Batman takes Mallory's cousin to Gordon's precinct where he is charged for two counts of murder, one count of attempted murder and a long list of computer hacking offenses. Oracle bids Merlin goodbye as he decides to shutdown Nirvana. On the other side of cyber space, it is revealed that Merlin is actually a young girl named Shanti who lives in a village in India.