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CBR TV: Tarr & Fletcher on the Surprising Reception to "Batgirl"

Yesterday
By Kiel Phegley

Artist Babs Tarr and co-writer Brenden Fletcher talk about fan reaction to their "Batgirl" run, its connection to "Gotham Academy" and more.

SDCC: Robin Lord Taylor Redefines The Penguin in "Gotham"

Yesterday
By Bryan Cairns

"Gotham's" Robin Lord Taylor, who plays Oswald Cobblepot, spoke at Comic-Con about his character's dark path and The Penguin's iconic umbrellas.

Articles

A Batfan Shows Off His Collection in This Week’s Shelf Porn

3 days ago
By JK Parkin

TOYING AROUND: Superheroes, Simpsons & Sorcerers!

3 days ago
By TJ Dietsch

"They're Breaking Out of Arkham Asylum Again?!" Plus More Comic Book Cliches

3 days ago
By Brian Cronin

REVIEW: Snyder, Fawkes & Aco's "Batman: Futures End" #1

Fri, September 12th
By Jim Johnson

Fabok Is Living A Dream Illustrating "Justice League"

Thu, September 11th
By Jeffrey Renaud

First OFFICIAL Look at the Batmobile from "Batman v Superman"

Wed, September 10th
By CBR News Team

Japan’s Chibatman Gets Stamp of Approval From Local Police

Tue, September 9th
By Kevin Melrose

Jock's Batman Art Auctioned to Benefit 2-Year-Old with Leukemia

Tue, September 9th
By Kevin Melrose

FAN EXPO: Fawkes, Fabok, Pak & Manapul Celebrate Batman

Wed, September 3rd
By Alexa Tomaszewski

Tomasi & Gleason Hunt for Damian Wayne in "Batman and Robin"

Tue, September 2nd
By Jeffrey Renaud

Original Boy Wonder Burt Ward Reminisces About "Batman" & Robin

Tue, September 2nd
By Bryan Cairns

PREVIEW: Riddler Joins Batman in "Detective Comics: Futures End" #1

Mon, September 1st
By CBR News Team

FAN EXPO: DC Comics 101 Gives An All Access Look At Comics and TV

Sun, August 31st
By Alexa Tomaszewski

CBR TV: Chuck Dixon on his Legacy, Bane and Conservative Criticism

Fri, August 29th
By Jonah Weiland

Comics A.M. - A Look at the Diversity of the Batman Family

Wed, August 27th
By Brigid Alverson

Pipeline - 8/26

Tue, August 26th
By Augie De Blieck Jr.

CBR TV: Tim Seeley on Guiding "Grayson" & "Batman Eternal"

Tue, August 26th
By Albert Ching

CBR TV: Conroy & Baker Talk Iconic Roles, Hamill's Joker and "Batman: Assault on Arkham"

Fri, August 22nd
By Steve Sunu

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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