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CBR TV: Super Composer Finds "Flash" & "Arrow" Inspiration for "Legends," Makes "Supergirl" Fun

20 hours ago
By Kevin Mahadeo

Composer Blake Neely spoke with CBR TV about working on The CW's DC Comics-based shows, "Supergirl" and giving Aquaman "swagger."

Comic Book Legends Revealed: Was Jason Todd Meant to Live?

Yesterday
By Brian Cronin

Was DC Comics going to kill Jason Todd regardless of the 1-900 poll results? And if Jason Todd hadn't been killed, what was his destiny to be?

Articles

PREVIEW: "Batman and Robin Eternal" Looks Into the Dark Knight's Past

Yesterday
By CBR News Team

Tynion Promises Cassandra Cain, Grayson & Bluebird Are Vital to "Batman and Robin Eternal"

Yesterday
By Jeffrey Renaud

PREVIEW: "Batman" #44 Reveals Mr. Bloom's Origin

Yesterday
By CBR News Team

DC Super Friends Kids Area to Debut at Six Flags Over Georgia

2 days ago
By Kevin Melrose

Woman Puts Her Cheating Ex's Custom Batman SUV Up For Sale

2 days ago
By Kevin Melrose

Red Robin Joins Kotobukiya’s ARTFX+ Batman Family

2 days ago
By Kevin Melrose

Groom Makes Big Wedding Entrance with Batman At His Side

3 days ago
By Kevin Melrose

"Batmetal Returns," with Lots of Head-Banging (and -Smashing)

3 days ago
By Kevin Melrose

"Batman: Second Chances" Writer Recalls Editorial Clashes, Reaction to Robin's Death

Tue, September 1st
By Alex Dueben

EXCL. PREVIEW: A Joker Robot Attacks in "Detective Comics" #44

Mon, August 31st
By CBR News Team

Did Batman Knock Carnage Out Just by Punching Him a Lot?

Sun, August 30th
By Brian Cronin

DC Collectibles Debuts Capullo's Survival Suit Batman And Flash Figures

Sat, August 29th
By Kevin Melrose

PREVIEW: All-Out Sidekick Action in "Batman and Robin Eternal" #1

Fri, August 28th
By CBR News Team

Tony Daniel Teases "New Look" for Cassandra Cain in "Batman and Robin: Eternal"

Fri, August 28th
By Jeffrey Renaud

REVIEW: Fletcher, Stewart & Tarr Make "Batgirl" #43 Another Fun Installment

Thu, August 27th
By Greg McElhatton

Brosnan Says Gay Bond Would be "Interesting Viewing," Talks Turning Down Batman

Tue, August 25th
By Albert Ching

Funko Swings In With "Batman '66" Vinyl Idolz Series

Tue, August 25th
By Kevin Melrose

How Many Times Has Batman Killed in Live-Action? You May Be Surprised

Mon, August 24th
By Kevin Melrose

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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