Batman

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That Time Superman and Batman Saved the Day Through...Tentacle Sex?!

Yesterday
By Brian Cronin

In their latest look at awesomely strange comic book stories, CSBG examines when Superman and Batman saved the day through... tentacle sex?!

Batman Accepts Running Man Challenge During Police Chase

Yesterday
By Brett White

Batman and the City of Monroe Police dance it out in their entry in the popular internet meme challenge.

Articles

Batgirl Arrives in New "Batman: The Killing Joke" Image

2 days ago
By Stephen Gerding

Things Get Heated in Unused "Batman v Superman" Posters

3 days ago
By Ben Kaye

Jason Todd Confirmed as Dead Robin in "Batman v Superman"

3 days ago
By Ben Kaye

DC Comics' August Highlights: Rebirth Rolls on With "Harley Quinn," "All-Star Batman" and More

3 days ago
By Jeffrey Renaud

For These Cute Rice Ball Superheroes, the Greatest Foe is Lunchtime

Fri, May 20th
By Kevin Melrose

Comic Book Legends Revealed: Did Batman Kill the Joker in "The Killing Joke"?

Fri, May 20th
By Brian Cronin

Armored Bat-Baby Will Rid the Nursery of Evil-Doers

Thu, May 19th
By Kevin Melrose

Rafael Albuquerque's "Batman" #1 Variant Features Rebirth's Joker

Wed, May 18th
By Anthony Couto

"Batman: Return to Arkham" Announcement Trailer Touts Remaster of Acclaimed Games

Wed, May 18th
By Anthony Couto

REVIEW: Tynion & Rossmo's "Batman" #52 is an Apt Conclusion to the Series

Mon, May 16th
By Greg McElhatton

Celebrating Darwyn Cooke Through His Work

Sat, May 14th
By Kevin Melrose

EXCLUSIVE: DC's "New Super-Man" Introduces New Bat-Man, New Wonder-Woman

Fri, May 13th
By Stephen Gerding

Batman and Superman Are Meerkats in This Weird Neal Adams Comic

Fri, May 13th
By Kevin Melrose

Kotobukiya Embraces Vengeance & the Night with "Batman: The Animated Series" Statue

Tue, May 10th
By Anthony Couto

Batman Rogues Don the Cape and Cowl in Funko's Impopster Line

Tue, May 10th
By Brett White

PREVIEW: Tynion & Rossmo's "Batman" #52 is the Dark Knight's New 52 Finale

Mon, May 9th
By CBR News Team

Valentino Debuts Batman, Superman and Spider-Man Sneakers

Mon, May 9th
By Kevin Melrose

When a Utility Belt Just Won't Do, There's the Batman Backpack

Fri, May 6th
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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