Batman

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LEGO's New DC Mighty Micros Line Features Superman, Batman & Wonder Woman

Yesterday
By Andrew Paul

The Justice League Trinity are set to battle some of their greatest foes in LEGO minifig form.

Where Did Batman Take Ra's al Ghul When He First Defeated Him?

Yesterday
By Brian Cronin

CSBG tries to figure it out where Batman took the body after famously beating Ra's al Ghul in a bare chested sword fight in the desert.

Articles

EXCL. PREVIEW: Gotham City's Torn to Pieces in "Dark Knight III" #5

2 days ago
By CBR News Team

Alan Brennert Recalls the Origins of His Fan-Favorite "Tales of the Batman"

2 days ago
By Alex Dueben

"Batman: Return to Arkham" Remaster Delayed; No Release Date Set

2 days ago
By Anthony Couto

INTERVIEW: "Batgirl and the Birds of Prey" Hunt Rebirth's Oracle

3 days ago
By Steve Morris

Funko Makes a Splash With SDCC-Exclusive "Suicide Squad" Underwater Batman

3 days ago
By Kevin Melrose

Original Batman Films Get New Official Box Art

3 days ago
By Brett White

"Drive's" Nicolas Winding Refn Wants to Make a Batgirl Film

Sun, June 26th
By Julia Bianco

BEST BETS: "Doom Patrol," "Star Trek" & More September 2016 Highlights

Sat, June 25th
By Anthony Couto

Funko Debuts Cowboy Deadpool, Super-Size Gorilla Grodd SDCC Exclusives

Sat, June 25th
By Kevin Melrose

Telltale's "Batman" Game Will Be Complete By the End of the Year

Fri, June 24th
By Anthony Couto

Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy Step Out in New DC Dress Collection

Fri, June 24th
By Rachel Moulden

Bruce Wayne, Clark Kent Look Their (World's) Finest in SDCC Exclusive ARTFX+ Statues

Fri, June 24th
By TJ Dietsch

COMIC REEL: Changes to "Arrow" Suit for S5; "Lucifer" Adds "Dexter" Alum for S2

Fri, June 24th
By Anthony Couto

WATCH: Kevin Conroy Gives a Taste of Batman's Laugh in "The Killing Joke"

Thu, June 23rd
By Anthony Couto

Ledger's Joker is Seriously Creepy in This SDCC Exclusive Jack in the Box

Thu, June 23rd
By Julia Bianco

Affleck Discusses Batman and Flash's Unique Relationship in "Justice League"

Wed, June 22nd
By CBR News Team

"Detective Comics" Introduces A New [Spoiler] to Gotham City, Names Newest Bat-foe

Wed, June 22nd
By Greg McElhatton

The Joker Gives Batman's Costume a Crazy Redesign in SDCC Exclusive Figure

Tue, June 21st
By Chris Gates

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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