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Scott Snyder Celebrates 75 Years of The Joker, Teases Real Origin Reveal

Yesterday
By Jeffrey Renaud

In a discussion about the big events in "Batman"#38, Scott Snyder confirms that "Endgame" is definitely the last time he'll ever write The Joker.

Kotobukiya Unveils Batman "Li’l Gotham" Mini Figures

Yesterday
By Kevin Melrose

Collectible toy company Kotobukiya has revealed a new set of DC Comics mini figures based on "Li’l Gotham" by Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs.

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REVIEW: Snyder and Capullo's "Batman" #38

Yesterday
By Doug Zawisza

Cloonan, Fletcher & Kerschl Plan "Gotham Academy's" Curriculum

2 days ago
By Jeffrey Renaud

"Gotham's" Donal Logue: 'Harvey Bullock Falls In Love'

3 days ago
By Scott Huver

On Norm Breyfogle: What Would Batman Do?

Sun, January 25th
By J. Caleb Mozzocco

EXCLUSIVE CLIP: Green Lantern & Flash Scout Atlantis in "Justice League: Throne of Atlantis"

Fri, January 23rd
By CBR News Team

Norm Breyfogle "Batman Beyond" Original Cover Up For Auction To Benefit Artist

Fri, January 23rd
By Kevin Melrose

Comic Book Legends Revealed: Did Batman Nearly Become a Gunslinger?

Fri, January 23rd
By Brian Cronin

Left Unresolved: Who Was the Batman Villain, the Skeleton?

Fri, January 23rd
By Brian Cronin

McKenzie Says "Gotham's" Gordon Will Become 'Tough, Smart, Ruthless'

Thu, January 22nd
By Scott Huver

Bruno Heller Promises a 'Shocking' "Gotham" Finale, Teases Red Hood's Arrival

Wed, January 21st
By Scott Huver

EXCL. PREVIEW: Joker Man Arrives in "Batman '66" #52

Tue, January 20th
By CBR News Team

The Doctor Is In: Morena Baccarin Talks "Gotham," Jim Gordon and Keaton's Batman

Mon, January 19th
By Scott Huver

Heyerdahl Cranks Up the Voltage as "Gotham's" Electrocutioner

Mon, January 19th
By Bryan Cairns

"How Did the Joker Turn Catwoman Evil?" & More Dropped Storylines

Mon, January 19th
By Brian Cronin

"Gotham" Renewed for Second Season

Sat, January 17th
By Ben Kaye

Will the Electrocutioner Ignite a Mob War on "Gotham"?

Thu, January 15th
By Stephen Gerding

REVIEW: "Batgirl" #38 is "A Winner"

Wed, January 14th
By Greg McElhatton

Kevin Conroy, Weird Al Join "Batman vs. Robin" Voice Cast

Wed, January 14th
By Albert Ching

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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