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How DC's "Teen Titans" Negotiated "The Judas Contract"

6 hours ago
By Tom Bondurant

Following the announcement of the long-discussed animated adaptation, we take a look back at the classic "New Teen Titans" storyline.

Harley Quinn's Greatest Moments from "Batman: The Animated Series"

8 hours ago
By Jesse Gormley

Before she makes her live-action debut in "Suicide Squad," revisit Harley's undying love for the Joker and some of her greatest capers.

Articles

"Batgirl" #1 Restores Barbara Gordon's Gusto in the Wake of "Batman: The Killing Joke"

Yesterday
By Leia Calderon

10 Times Superheroes Suffered Amnesia and Ended Up Better For It

Yesterday
By Chris Gates

REVIEW: Otherwise Solid "Batman: The Killing Joke" Falls Apart in Handling of Batgirl

Yesterday
By Sean Curry

Another Justice League Member is Joining Batman in "Suicide Squad"

2 days ago
By Anthony Couto

"Batman: The Killing Joke" Earns $3.8 Million in Two-Night Theatrical Run

2 days ago
By Andrew Paul

Man Arrested After Throwing a Batarang at a Police Car

2 days ago
By Kevin Melrose

Batman/Two-Face Mashup Figure Is the Insane, Wonderful Dark Knight Toy We Deserve

3 days ago
By Jesse Gormley

10 Superheroes Jason Bourne Could Escape From

3 days ago
By Sean Curry

"Batman: The Animated Series'" "Harley and Ivy" Adventure, and Its Forgotten Sequel

3 days ago
By G. Kendall

"Batman: The Killing Joke" Earns Over $3 Million from Monday Night Showings

3 days ago
By Anthony Couto

Batman Infiltrates the Colony in "Detective Comics" #937 Preview

Tue, July 26th
By CBR News Team

From Batgirl to Oracle: The Evolution of DC Comics' Barbara Gordon

Tue, July 26th
By Brian Cronin

Bruce Timm on Origins of 'Risky' Batman-Batgirl Sex Scene in "The Killing Joke"

Mon, July 25th
By Anthony Couto

SDCC: "Gotham" Cast, Producers Tease Court of Owls, Cult of the Joker in S3

Mon, July 25th
By Marykate Jasper

SDCC: "LEGO Batman Movie" Trailer Sees Return of Will Arnett's Brick Knight

Sat, July 23rd
By Kevin Melrose

WATCH: "Gotham" Debuts Exciting Highlight Reel, S3 Tease at SDCC

Sat, July 23rd
By CBR News Team

LOOK: Justice League Assembles in First Team Photo

Sat, July 23rd
By Anthony Couto

SDCC: "Batman: The Animated Series"/"TMNT" Crossover Debuts First Art

Sat, July 23rd
By Anthony Couto

Biography

Batman

Bruce Wayne first donned the cowl of the Batman in the pages of "Detective Comics" #27 (May 1939). The son of Dr. Thomas and Mrs. Martha Wayne, Bruce's life was forever changed when, as a small boy, his family went to the cinema. Upon leaving, the family was accosted by Joe Chill, a common street thug, who gunned down Bruce's parents before his eyes. Over the decades that followed, Bruce honed his mind and body into a living weapon against crime. Alone in his stately home, a bat entered through an open window and inspired Bruce to become a masked vigilante and to strike fear in the hearts of criminals everywhere as the Batman.

From his dark origins in "Detective Comics," the Batman spun off into his own title where he gained a sidekick that was as colorful as the Batman was dark. Dick Grayson, Bruce Wayne's faithful ward, hit the comics' stage in "Batman" #1 (April, 1940) as Robin, the boy wonder. "Batman" #1 also saw the first appearance of the Batman's arch-nemesis, the clown prince of crime, the Joker. Many unique, signature villains and allies followed, but none were as integral to the character of the Batman as the humanizing character of Robin and the Batman's opposite number, the psychopathic Joker.

As cultural icons go, few are as immediately recognizable as the Batman. The Batman made the transition from comics to film in Lambert Hillyer's April 1943 "Batman" 15-part serial, predating even Superman's first live-action performance. The world of comics can find few to compare to the Batman. At the time of this writing (February, 2010), nine cartoon series, one live-action series, nine animated films, and ten big screen features have starred the Batman, including 2008's "The Dark Knight," which produced a posthumous Academy Award for Heath Ledger as the Joker - evidence enough that comic book characters - and the Batman in particular - have set up housekeeping in the American Zeitgeist. With another feature film scheduled for 2011 and regular direct-to-DVD projects appearing from Warner, the Batman maintains his place as a media heavyweight and a marketing success that few can rival. - Brian Eason

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