Batman

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Batman/Two-Face Mashup Figure Is the Insane, Wonderful Dark Knight Toy We Deserve

2 hours ago
By Jesse Gormley

Get a load of Square Enix's Batman/Two Face mash-up figure that terrifies us just as much as it blows us away.

10 Superheroes Jason Bourne Could Escape From

4 hours ago
By Sean Curry

Give Jason Bourne a rolled up magazine and a moped and he can escape from anyone. Even your favorite comic book and movie heroes.

Articles

"Batman: The Animated Series'" "Harley and Ivy" Adventure, and Its Forgotten Sequel

6 hours ago
By G. Kendall

"Batman: The Killing Joke" Earns Over $3 Million from Monday Night Showings

9 hours ago
By Anthony Couto

Batman Infiltrates the Colony in "Detective Comics" #937 Preview

Yesterday
By CBR News Team

From Batgirl to Oracle: The Evolution of DC Comics' Barbara Gordon

Yesterday
By Brian Cronin

Bruce Timm on Origins of 'Risky' Batman-Batgirl Sex Scene in "The Killing Joke"

2 days ago
By Anthony Couto

SDCC: "Gotham" Cast, Producers Tease Court of Owls, Cult of the Joker in S3

2 days ago
By Marykate Jasper

SDCC: "LEGO Batman Movie" Trailer Sees Return of Will Arnett's Brick Knight

Sat, July 23rd
By Kevin Melrose

WATCH: "Gotham" Debuts Exciting Highlight Reel, S3 Tease at SDCC

Sat, July 23rd
By CBR News Team

LOOK: Justice League Assembles in First Team Photo

Sat, July 23rd
By Anthony Couto

SDCC: "Batman: The Animated Series"/"TMNT" Crossover Debuts First Art

Sat, July 23rd
By Anthony Couto

SDCC: King, Snyder & More Explore Batman's "Rebirth"

Sat, July 23rd
By Meagan Damore

SDCC: DC Highlights a New Era of Crossovers

Sat, July 23rd
By Shaun Manning

SDCC: "Batman: The Killing Joke" Screenwriter Explains Controversial Sex Scene

Sat, July 23rd
By Stephen Gerding

Comic Book Legends: Was "The Killing Joke" Originally Out of Continuity?

Fri, July 22nd
By Brian Cronin

"Batman: The Killing Joke" Film Catches Bruce & Barbara in a Bat-Romance

Fri, July 22nd
By Anthony Couto

SDCC: "LEGO Batman Movie" Poster Unmasks the Brick Knight

Fri, July 22nd
By Anthony Couto

SDCC: IDW & DC Announce "Batman/TMNT Adventures" & "Star Trek"/Green Lantern Crossovers

Fri, July 22nd
By Kevin Melrose

SDCC: Batgirl, Supergirl And All The Young Stars of DC Rebirth Arrive

Thu, July 21st
By Kiel Phegley

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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