The exact origins of Dr. Dedalus are currently unknown. He has described himself as an "unrepentant nazi master criminal" and has the capabilities to experiment with meta-human genetics, which links him to possibly being the leader of the shadowy super-human engineering organization, Leviathan.
Dr. Dedalus was created by writer Grant Morrison and artist Yanick Paquette, first appearing in the third issue of Batman, Incorporated.
Major Story Arcs
Sometime in the past (ca. 1982), the original Knight and a team of British Super-Heroes are sent to trap Dr. Dedalus, former member of Spyral, and the worlds "most dangerous spy," in a lighthouse during the Falklands War. When Knight and his team enter, their equipment starts to malfunction, they become surrounded by smoke, and when all is said and done, Knight is the only one who makes it out of the lighthouse alive. Being carried to a medical evacuation, Knight proclaims that they "got him."
Sometime later, on a Batman Incorporated trip to Argentina, El Gaucho explains to Batman that Dr. Dedalus was also a manipulative figure in the book "Oroboro" written by an imaginary author by the name of Espartanco Extrano. Extrano was an identity with an entire backstory created by a group of avant-garde poets, including a one Jorge Luis Borges. Gaucho also explains his sorted past with the original Batwoman Kathy Webb-Kane and Dr. Dedalus. Before the Falklands War, Dedalus had reinvented himself as Agent Zero and took over a special department of the CIA called Spyral. Dedalus had been estranged from his daughter for far too long so he took it upon himself to have Agent 33 aka El Gaucho recruit Kathy Webb-Kane.
Its important to note that this Dedalus who is in charge of Spyral may very well be the grandfather of the original Batwoman rather than her biological father (It has yet to be determined but suspicions will be elaborated at the end of this article). Gaucho tries to induct Kathy into Spyral's ranks after the passing of her husband. Her husband Nathaniel Kane was the son of Roderick and Elizabeth Kane and was originally in charge of Kane's Kolossal Karnival. Nathaniel died prematurely at the age of 47 by a severe stroke. The tabloids have branded the male members of the Kane Family as the unfortunate victims of the Curse of Kane. As Nathaniel's beneficiary, Kathy inherited a portion of the Kane family fortune and Crest Hill estate where generations of the Kane family have long since dwelled.
The duo are eventually lead to the Falkland Islands, where they, along with Batwoman and the Hood , believe Dr. Dedalus to be located. Turns out that the Dr. Dedalus on the island, was the warden who was put in charge of securing the real Dr. Dedalus. The warden suffered from severe alzheimer's and was conditioned by subliminal suggestions to adopt the persona of Dr. Dedalus, while the real Dedalus was liberated from his imprisonment by the leader of Leviathan...Talia al Ghul.
Batman finally tracks down Dr. Dedalus to a large freighter somewhere in the middle of the ocean. Batman and his Robins get caught in what Dedalus calls his web. Dedalus uses the ship's intercom to torment Batman and his allies. Batman takes the initiative by separating from the group and finding Dedalus on his own. Dedalus takes advantage of the situation by exposing Batman to an hallucinogen that causes alzheimer's like effects thus weakening Batman's memory while he makes his way through the labrynth. Batman finally finds the room that Dedalus' voice was coming from but all he finds is Dedalus' corpse. It seems that real Otto Netz had died long before Batman became involved with Leviathan's affairs. The voice over the intercom was coming from someone else who was mimicking Netz's voice. The voice is says "There is no Otto Netz. Only recordings. Netz is gone and I am the plan he left behind. Recordings cannot be bargained with. Netz cannot be reasoned with." All of sudden, Batman comes under attack by El Gaucho who is Dedalus' Agent 33 of Spyral.
Batman is baffled by the idea that someone else has been posing as Dedalus all this time and quite well for that matter. This Dedalus cackles as Batman is in utter disbelief that one of his allies is a double agent. Dedalus reveals that he has sent meta bomb weapons into orbit. Each bomb has been placed in key point around the world and now they surround Earth like a deadly strand of pearls. Dedalus gives Batman a sadistic chance to avert this catastrophic event but his mind is out of balance due to the hallucinogen. Dedalus activates the detonation sequence while a weakened Batman tries to disengage the bombs. However, Gaucho's betrayal turns out to be a ruse. Gaucho gives Batman the antidote to the hallucinogen but Dedalus anticipates Gaucho's double cross. Dedalus stabs Gaucho in the neck with a hidden stiletto concealed in his cane. Gaucho's wound was near fatal but Damian came to Gaucho's rescue.
Even though the effects of the gas were fading from Batman's system, he was still too weak to reach the button that would stop the bombs. Dedalus activates the electric prod at the end of his cane and attempts to electrocute Batman to death. Fortunately, Damian pulls the stiletto from Gaucho's neck and throws the blade right through Dedalus' right temple. The blade exits out through Dedalus' left eye. Damian Wayne hastily cries out to his father that there was nothing else he could do, knowing his father's beliefs on killing. Though Dedalus and Otto Netz were dead, they were ultimately pawns in the greater scheme of things. On the other side of the world, Kathy Webb-Kane is enjoying her self exile in paradise until she receives a call from Talia.
It has yet to be revealed who this Dedalus was or how the real Otto Netz died. Its possible Otto had a son with the same name and adopted his father's moniker since this Dedalus proclaimed that he was "the plan left behind". Talia relays the sudden demise of Dedalus who must have been Kathy's actual father because Kathy replies by saying "I'll send flowers" to his funeral because "he hated flowers." The son of Dedalus inherits his father's legacy...short lived as it was.