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DC Unveils "Rebirth" Variant Covers for "Batman," "Superman," "Green Lanterns" & "Green Arrow"

Yesterday
By Anthony Couto

Get your first look at a few of DC's variants for the publisher's "Rebirth" one-shots, hitting stands June 1.

"Batman: The Killing Joke" Lands August Release Date

2 days ago
By Brett White

A new listing has revealed that Warner Animation's "Batman: The Killing Joke" will be in stores by the end of the summer.

Articles

POLL: Which DC Comics Rebirth Costume Redesign Is Your Favorite?

3 days ago
By Brian Cronin

Artist Reveals Unused Apocalypse Design, Heavily Inspired by the Comics

3 days ago
By Anthony Couto

"Batman's" Gotham Was... Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo

3 days ago
By Tom Bondurant

Greg Capullo Meets Bruce Timm in Amazing Gallery of New 52/Batman: The Animated Series Mash-Ups

3 days ago
By Kiel Phegley

Superman & Batman Play A Blazing Game Of LEGO Basketball

Mon, May 2nd
By Brett White

Superman Doesn't Know His Own Strength In Funny Or Die Short

Mon, May 2nd
By Brett White

LOOK: Greg Capullo's Batman "Rebirth" Redesign

Sat, April 30th
By Kevin Melrose

DC Comics' "Rebirth" Character Designs for Batman, Wonder Woman and More

Fri, April 29th
By CBR News Team

5-STAR REVIEW: Snyder & Capullo Bid "Batman" the Perfect Farewell in Issue #51

Fri, April 29th
By Matt Little

DC Comics' July Highlights: "Batgirl," "Nightwing" and a "New Super-Man"

Fri, April 29th
By Jeffrey Renaud

When Did Batman and Catwoman First Kiss?

Fri, April 29th
By Brian Cronin

Dini Explains Why Harley Quinn is Unstoppable, How a Mugging Inspired His New "Batman" OGN

Wed, April 27th
By Jonah Weiland

Snyder & Capullo Finish Epic "Batman" Run With A Love Letter to Gotham

Wed, April 27th
By Jeffrey Renaud

"Batman: Arkham Knight" Nightwing is the Action Figure We Need Right Now

Wed, April 27th
By Kevin Melrose

75 Years of The Joker, From "Batman" to "Suicide Squad" to "Killing Joke" and More

Wed, April 27th
By CBR News Team

First "Batman: The Killing Joke" Trailer Is No Laughing Matter

Tue, April 26th
By Anthony Couto

WATCH: Roundup of 75 "Batman: Arkham Asylum" Easter Eggs

Mon, April 25th
By Anthony Couto

This "Batman Beyond" Robe is Ideal For Bed, Batcave and Beyond

Thu, April 21st
By Kevin Melrose

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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