Batman

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The Joker Takes Center Stage In Status-Quo Altering "Arkham Manor: Endgame"

14 hours ago
By Kiel Phegley

Writer Frank Tieri explains why his new Batman one-shot will shake up the former Wayne Manor and alter Joker's role in the rogues gallery forever.

Pipeline - 3/31

Yesterday
By Augie De Blieck Jr.

At last, we've come to the best issue of Frank Miller and Jim Lee's "All Star Batman and Robin," served with a tall glass of yellow lemonade!

Articles

EXCL. PREVIEW: Time Runs Out in Pak's "Batman/Superman Annual" #2

2 days ago
By CBR News Team

Who is the Better Batman? Bale or Keaton?

3 days ago
By Brian Cronin

TOYING AROUND: Hawkeye, Iron Man, Flash, Arrow & More!

Sat, March 28th
By TJ Dietsch

"When Did Batman, Superman & Wonder Woman First Meet?" & More Comic Book Firsts

Sat, March 28th
By Brian Cronin

How to Become Batman (Step 1: Be Filthy Rich)

Fri, March 27th
By Kevin Melrose

Ben Affleck Gives A "Batman" Shoutout During Senate Hearing

Fri, March 27th
By Kevin Melrose

Funko's New Batman Dorbz Figures Are Gotham's Cutest

Thu, March 26th
By Kevin Melrose

This 1966 Batmobile Replica Could Be Yours - For About $175,000

Thu, March 26th
By Kevin Melrose

WATCH: Over Seven Minutes of "Batman: Arkham Knight" Gameplay Video

Mon, March 23rd
By Stephen Gerding

Watch Batman & Robin Wrap Up Joker in “Yarnimation” Stop Motion Short

Sun, March 22nd
By Kiel Phegley

Collecting Capullo: A Review Of The Artist's Latest Batman Figures

Sun, March 22nd
By TJ Dietsch

From Batgirl to Oracle: A Guide to Barbara Gordon's Second Act

Sat, March 21st
By Brian Cronin

Female Superheroes Weren't Created to 'Pander to Boys'

Fri, March 20th
By B. Clay Moore

POLL: Would You Like To See Jim Parsons Bring The Riddler to Life?

Fri, March 20th
By Brian Cronin

Comics Debate & Discourse: How To Be a Hero By Being An Ally

Fri, March 20th
By Casey Gilly

Brush Up On Your Bat-History With CBR's Batmobile Infographics

Fri, March 20th
By CBR News Team

REVIEW: Stewart, Fletcher & Tarr's "Batgirl" #40 is "Immensely Satisfying"

Thu, March 19th
By Greg McElhatton

SPOILER ALERT: "Batman Eternal" Finally Reveals Mystery Villain

Thu, March 19th
By J. Caleb Mozzocco

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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