Batman

Features

It's The Dark Knight vs. Mutant Leader in an Epic Action Figure Box Set

Yesterday
By Kevin Melrose

This recreation of the epic Gotham Junkyard showdown from "The Dark Knight Returns" can soon be yours.

Jim Lee Debuts SDCC-Exclusive Batman BlueLine Edition Figure

Yesterday
By Kevin Melrose

DC Collectibles has revealed its Comic-Con International-exclusive pencil-deco BlueLine Edition Batman action figure, designed by Jim Lee.

Articles

Go Behind the Scenes with "Arkham Knight's" Batman, Scarecrow & Arkham Knight Designs

Yesterday
By Stephen Gerding

Daredevil Totally Should've Been Called Batman

2 days ago
By Kevin Melrose

Snyder & Capullo Introduce New "Batman" Villain; "Harley Quinn" Takes a Road Trip

Tue, May 19th
By Albert Ching

DC Comics Moves to Stop Rihanna from Trademarking "Robyn"

Tue, May 19th
By Kevin Melrose

Mego World's Greatest Superheroes Vans Hit the Road Again

Mon, May 18th
By Kevin Melrose

"Clark Kent & Bruce Wayne Meeting Each Other for the First Time" & More Comic Cliches

Sun, May 17th
By Brian Cronin

What is the Secret Origin of "Batman: The Killing Joke?"

Sun, May 17th
By Brian Cronin

TOYING AROUND: DC Comics, Marvel & Star Wars!

Sat, May 16th
By TJ Dietsch

Watch "Batman: Arkham Knight's" Dual Play Combat In Action

Fri, May 15th
By Kevin Melrose

DC Collectibles Reveals Second Wave of "Batman: Arkham Knight" Figures

Thu, May 14th
By Kevin Melrose

TOYING AROUND: Diamond Select Toys Solicitations, Mattel Exclusives & More

Sat, May 9th
By TJ Dietsch

John Noble, Jonathan Banks & More Join "Batman: Arkham Knight" Voice Cast

Thu, May 7th
By Albert Ching

José Luis García-López Discusses Career, Influences & Superman's Hair

Thu, May 7th
By Alex Dueben

Johns & Frank Aim for 'Surprising and New' in Latest "Batman: Earth One" Volume

Wed, May 6th
By Albert Ching

"Gotham's" McKenzie & Mazouz Answer Burning Questions From the Season Finale

Tue, May 5th
By Scott Huver

Hot Toys Reveals "Batman Returns" Batman, Bruce Wayne Figures

Tue, May 5th
By Kevin Melrose

"Gotham's" McKenzie & Mazouz Talk Finale, Bruce & Jim's Relationship

Mon, May 4th
By Scott Huver

"Gotham's" Butch Talks Shifting Allegiances and the Explosive Season Finale

Mon, May 4th
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

Previews

Reviews