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The Mission - 8/3

4 hours ago
By Joseph Phillip Illidge

With "Shaft" getting a comedy reboot and Batgirl rumored for "Batman v Superman," Joseph Illidge examines film adaptations and critical fan response.

New "Gotham" Teaser Declares "The Lunatics Will Run the Asylum"

11 hours ago
By Stephen Gerding

The latest teaser for the Fox drama's second season brings on the bad guys with a quick and violent tour of Arkham Asylum.

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EXCL. PREVIEW: Brother Eye Sees All in Jurgens & Chang's "Batman Beyond" #3

13 hours ago
By CBR News Team

The 75 Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told Master List

Yesterday
By Brian Cronin

What is the Greatest Joker Story Ever Told?

2 days ago
By Brian Cronin

Kevin Conroy Sends Up Batman -- with Affection -- on Netflix's "Turbo FAST"

3 days ago
By Scott Huver

The Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told Countdown Hits the Top 10!

Thu, July 30th
By Brian Cronin

RUMOR: Jena Malone Set To Play Iconic DC Hero In "Batman v Superman"

Thu, July 30th
By Kiel Phegley

Harley Quinn's "Frozen" Parody Comes to Life in Animated Short

Thu, July 30th
By Kevin Melrose

The Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told Countdown Hits the Top 20!

Wed, July 29th
By Brian Cronin

Riddler Rides a Balrog, Batmen Collide in "LEGO Dimensions" Story Trailer

Wed, July 29th
By Kevin Melrose

Pipeline - 7/28

Tue, July 28th
By Augie De Blieck Jr.

SDCC: "Justice League: Gods and Monsters" Cast & Crew Spill Alternate Reality Secrets

Tue, July 28th
By Meagan Damore

PREVIEW: Batgirl Takes on Batwoman & Grayson in DC's "Batgirl Annual" #3

Mon, July 27th
By CBR News Team

Mark Hamill Reportedly Official for "Batman: The Killing Joke" Adaptation

Mon, July 27th
By Albert Ching

Amazing Arkham Knight Costume Looks Like It Stepped Out Of The Game

Mon, July 27th
By Kevin Melrose

CBR TV: Timm on "Justice League: Gods & Monsters," Harley Quinn's Explosion & More

Mon, July 27th
By Albert Ching

Did a Classic Joker Story Result from Walt Simonson's Trade with a Fellow Artist?

Sun, July 26th
By Brian Cronin

The Greatest Joker Stories of All-Time Countdown Hits the Top 25!

Sun, July 26th
By Brian Cronin

The Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told: #35-26

Sat, July 25th
By Brian Cronin

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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