Batman

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Go Inside a Corrupt City and See Fish Mooney's New Look in "Gotham" Promos

1 hour ago
By Ben Kaye

Potential spoilers are revealed in a new behind the scenes clip and image from "Gotham's" next episode, "Everyone Has a Cobblepot."

This Batman-Themed Hotel Room is Covered in Bat Symbols

1 hour ago
By Ben Kaye

This hotel room in Taiwan's Eden Motel lets you feel like the Dark Knight in your very own Batcave, but there's one little catch about the rate.

Articles

TOYING AROUND: "Age of Ultron" Hulk, Batman and Beyond!

Yesterday
By TJ Dietsch

Here Are Your Favorite NFL Players as Your Favorite Superheroes

Yesterday
By Ben Kaye

Movie Legends Revealed: Was Two-Face Going to be the Bad Guy in "Batman Returns?"

3 days ago
By Brian Cronin

Batman and Iron Man Square Off Over "Dawn of Justice" Disagreement

3 days ago
By Kevin Melrose

EXCLUSIVE: Andy Kubert's "Batman" #40 Cover and More From DC Comics

Tue, February 24th
By Albert Ching

Design Student Creates Functional Batsuit

Tue, February 24th
By Meagan Damore

EXCLUSIVE: The Red Hood Gang Arrives in New "Gotham" Clip

Mon, February 23rd
By Albert Ching

Will Arnett's Batman Rocks Oscars with "Everything Is Awesome"

Mon, February 23rd
By Kevin Melrose

Comics Fan's Cause Of Death Listed As "Uppercut From Batman"

Fri, February 20th
By Kevin Melrose

Hama's "Convergence" Shines Light on "Shadow of the Bat," Vampiric "Wonder Woman"

Fri, February 20th
By Kiel Phegley

REVIEW: Stewart, Fletcher and Tarr's "Batgirl" #39 is a "Sweeping Adventure"

Thu, February 19th
By Doug Zawisza

Marz Breaks Convention in "Convergence: Batman & Robin," "Justice League International"

Thu, February 19th
By Kiel Phegley

Harley Quinn's Wackiest Capers: The Moments that Defined DC's Clown Princess

Mon, February 16th
By Marc Buxton

Cory Michael Smith Talks Edward Nygma's Future "Gotham" Fall From Grace

Mon, February 16th
By Bryan Cairns

EXCL. PREVIEW: Batman & Superman Visit "Wonder Woman" #39

Mon, February 16th
By CBR News Team

Flying High With "Birdman," Keaton Looks Back on "Batman," "Beetlejuice" & More

Fri, February 13th
By Scott Huver

Bat-Fan Cruises San Diego Streets in Custom Batmobile

Thu, February 12th
By Meagan Damore

Joker Delivers a "Bloody Valentine" in Batman Fan Film

Wed, February 11th
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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