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C2E2: Young Gotham With Fletcher, Tarr, Seeley & Valentine

4 hours ago
By Kiel Phegley

The fresh faces of the Dark Knight's world look at the paradigm-flipping adventures of Batgirl, Black Canary, Catwoman and more.

C2E2: Caped Crusaders & Darkest Knights With Snyder, Tynion & More

Yesterday
By Kiel Phegley

The voices of Batman's world discuss the Dark Knight's future with new details about the sequel to "Batman Eternal" and the new face of Gotham come June.

Articles

Smith & Lowenthal Discuss Voicing "Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts'" Dynamic Duo

2 days ago
By Tamara Brooks

"Dark Knight" Meets "Akira" In Car That Splits Into Two Motorcycle

2 days ago
By Kevin Melrose

C2E2: Scott Snyder Talks "Batman: Endgame, "American Vampire" & More

2 days ago
By Kiel Phegley

POLL: What Do You Think of Frank Miller's Return to "The Dark Knight?"

2 days ago
By CBR News Team

DC Comics Confirms Frank Miller's "Dark Knight III" in Fall 2015

2 days ago
By Kiel Phegley

"Gotham" EP Says Bat-Villains are More Expendable Than Expected

2 days ago
By Scott Huver

"Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts" Writer Discusses Unleashing Batman's Inner Animal

3 days ago
By Tamara Brooks

Fish Mooney Returns to "Gotham's" Streets With A New Look

Wed, April 22nd
By Stephen Gerding

Friedle Brings Nightwing to Life for "Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts"

Wed, April 22nd
By Tamara Brooks

"Gotham's" Lord Taylor Promises, "Penguin's Rise Will Impact Everyone"

Mon, April 20th
By Scott Huver

Photos of Newborn Superheroes will Melt Even a Villain's Icy Heart

Mon, April 20th
By Kevin Melrose

A Very Different League Debuts in First "Justice League: Gods and Monsters" Trailer

Wed, April 15th
By CBR News Team

SPOILERS: Post-"Convergence" Batman Identity Leaks Online

Tue, April 14th
By CBR News Team

WC15: Cast, Crew Talk Father & Son Issues, Court of Owls in "Batman vs Robin"

Mon, April 13th
By Josh Bell

"Gotham's" Ben McKenzie is "Shocked" at How Far the Finale Goes

Mon, April 13th
By Scott Huver

Batman's 9 Worst Decisions: From "Batman Begins" to "The Dark Knight Rises"

Sun, April 12th
By Philip Pirrello

Square Enix's Wild West Batman May Be The Best Batman Of All

Thu, April 9th
By Kevin Melrose

"Gotham's" Ben McKenzie Warns of Dark Days Ahead for Jim Gordon

Thu, April 9th
By Bryan Cairns

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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