Batman

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Chris Daughtry Providing Cover for "Batman" #50

2 days ago
By Anthony Couto

The musician-turned-comic book artist is lending his talents to the upcoming anniversary issue of "Batman."

EXCL. PREVIEW: Shredder Meets the Bat in "Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" #3

3 days ago
By CBR News Team

DC Comics' tubular team-up with IDW by James Tynion IV & Freddie Williams II continues with Shredder and the Penguin joining forces.

Articles

Batman's Final Days Captured in Bleak, Beautiful Photo Series

Tue, February 2nd
By Kevin Melrose

"Li'l Gotham" Creators Educate DC's Young Heroes in "Secret Hero Society"

Tue, February 2nd
By Alex Dueben

Batman Lurks in the Shadows in "Gotham By Gaslight" Fan Film "Ripper"

Tue, February 2nd
By Kevin Melrose

The Biggest Superhero Films That Didn't Happen, Part 1

Sun, January 31st
By Tom Bondurant

Batman, Superman & Wonder Woman Join Forces For Jelly Belly

Fri, January 29th
By Kevin Melrose

This Life-Size Armored Batman Statue Stands Ready to Deliver Justice

Fri, January 29th
By Kevin Melrose

Batman, Batwoman Battle Ninja Nuns... err, Nunjas, in New "Bad Blood" Clip

Thu, January 28th
By Stephen Gerding

Hot Toys' Armored Batman is the Figure We Deserve (and Need)

Thu, January 28th
By Kevin Melrose

Scott Snyder Addresses "Batman" Departure Reports

Wed, January 27th
By Albert Ching

Trailer For "Batman: Death of a City" Fan Film Marks Return of Phantasm

Wed, January 27th
By Kevin Melrose

Snyder Asked Nolan for His Bat-Blessing for "Batman v Superman"

Wed, January 27th
By Albert Ching

Patrol the Streets With Style in These Incredible Superhero Cars

Wed, January 27th
By Kevin Melrose

"Gotham Stories" Views "Gotham's" Villains Through A Comic Book Lens

Wed, January 27th
By Stephen Gerding

PREVIEW: The Jokers Take on the Robins in DC's "We Are Robin" #8

Tue, January 26th
By CBR News Team

These "Batman v Superman" Figures Face Off in a Battle For Cutest

Tue, January 26th
By Kevin Melrose

This 18,000-piece LEGO Arkham Asylum is Downright Crazy

Mon, January 25th
By Kevin Melrose

New "Batman v Superman" Poster Wonders "Who Will Win?"

Mon, January 25th
By Stephen Gerding

Icons Clash in Jim Lee's Epic "Batman v Superman" Cover

Mon, January 25th
By Stephen Gerding

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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