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Comic Book Legends Revealed: Was Robin Going to Visit "Arkham Asylum"?

15 hours ago
By Brian Cronin

Was Grant Morrison's "Arkham Asylum" originally going to feature Robin? And did "Peanuts" really coin the term 'security blanket'?

Snyder Confirms "Batman Eternal" Year 2, Talks Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, Comics Sabbatical

15 hours ago
By Brett White

Scott Snyder says "Eternal" will return after a break, while discussing possible Amazon plans, a year-long break from comics and more.

Articles

CBR TV: Snyder & Capullo Bond Over "Batman," Bring Back the Joker

Yesterday
By Jonah Weiland

Comics A.M. - Was Marie Duval the Real Creator of Ally Sloper?

3 days ago
By Brigid Alverson

PREVIEW: Deacon Blackfire Makes his Return in "Batman Eternal" #30

Mon, October 27th
By CBR News Team

Batgirl's Overhaul and More Soft Comic Book Reboots

Mon, October 27th
By Brian Cronin

CBR TV: Lee & DiDio Push the Limits of Batman, Embrace Weekly Books & TV Synergy

Fri, October 24th
By Jonah Weiland

Peter Tomasi Reveals Batman's Post-"Robin Rises" Partner

Mon, October 20th
By Albert Ching

EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW: The Spectre Haunts "Batman Eternal" #29

Mon, October 20th
By CBR News Team

Jena Malone Reportedly in "Batman v Superman," Role Not Confirmed

Fri, October 17th
By Albert Ching

NYCC: Snyder, Capullo Talk "Batman," "Endgame" & Exit Strategies

Thu, October 16th
By Steve Sunu

CBR TV: Adam West on "Batman's" Resurgent Popularity, His Unique Voice

Wed, October 15th
By Jonah Weiland

EXCLUSIVE: Capullo's "Batman" #36 Cover, Reis' "Justice League United" #6 Variant

Tue, October 14th
By Albert Ching

FIRST LOOK: DC Collectibles' Jae Lee Action Figure Line

Tue, October 14th
By CBR News Team

Comics A.M. - Duo Jailed For Trying to Sell $9,000 in Stolen Comics

Tue, October 14th
By Brigid Alverson

NYCC: "Gotham" Mines City's Past, Builds Towards' Batman's Future

Mon, October 13th
By Steve Sunu

REVIEW: Snyder & Capullo Kick Off "Endgame" in "Batman" #35

Mon, October 13th
By Doug Zawisza

NYCC: Batman 75th Anniversary Panel with Snyder, Lee, Johns and More

Sat, October 11th
By Albert Ching

NYCC: DC Shares Art from "Arkham Asylum," "Gotham By Midnight" & More

Sat, October 11th
By CBR News Team

NYCC: Batman: Gotham Rising

Fri, October 10th
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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