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"Gotham's" McKenzie & Mazouz Talk Finale, Bruce & Jim's Relationship

16 hours ago
By Scott Huver

Ben McKenzie and David Mazouz discuss Season One with CBR, how Gordon and the future Batman's relationship has grown and how much further it has to go.

"Gotham's" Butch Talks Shifting Allegiances and the Explosive Season Finale

19 hours ago
By Bryan Cairns

"Mentalist" alum Drew Powell discusses forging Butch Gilzean's violence-laden path and Gotham's deadly mob wars.

Articles

Snyder & Capullo Tease Future Of Bat Family With #BatmanChat

Yesterday
By Kiel Phegley

Celebrate Batman Day with the 75 Greatest Batman Stories... EVER!

3 days ago
By Brian Cronin

It’s Batman Day, Apparently -- So, Happy Batman Day?

3 days ago
By Kevin Melrose

Forget Iron Man - Is Batman the REAL Hulkbuster?

3 days ago
By Brian Cronin

Square Enix’s "Batman: Arkham Knight" Harley Quinn Figure Steps Up to Bat

Thu, April 30th
By Kevin Melrose

SPOILERS: Snyder & Capullo Discuss FCBD's Major "Batman" Reveal

Thu, April 30th
By Jeffrey Renaud

Purported "Batman v Superman" Poster Offers Clear Look at Affleck in Cowl

Wed, April 29th
By Albert Ching

CONVERSATIONS OF CONVERGENCE: DiDio & Rucka Talk World-Building, "52" Weekly & More

Wed, April 29th
By Jeffrey Renaud

REVIEW: "Batman" #40 Concludes "Endgame" with "an Epic Sense of Overture"

Wed, April 29th
By Jim Johnson

Snyder & Capullo Discuss Killer "Endgame" Finale in "Batman"

Wed, April 29th
By Jeffrey Renaud

EXCL. PREVIEW: Huntress & Robin Team in "Convergence: Detective Comics" #1

Mon, April 27th
By CBR News Team

C2E2: Young Gotham With Fletcher, Tarr, Seeley & Valentine

Sun, April 26th
By Kiel Phegley

C2E2: Caped Crusaders & Darkest Knights With Snyder, Tynion & More

Sat, April 25th
By Kiel Phegley

Smith & Lowenthal Discuss Voicing "Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts'" Dynamic Duo

Fri, April 24th
By Tamara Brooks

"Dark Knight" Meets "Akira" In Car That Splits Into Two Motorcycle

Fri, April 24th
By Kevin Melrose

C2E2: Scott Snyder Talks "Batman: Endgame, "American Vampire" & More

Fri, April 24th
By Kiel Phegley

POLL: What Do You Think of Frank Miller's Return to "The Dark Knight?"

Fri, April 24th
By CBR News Team

DC Comics Confirms Frank Miller's "Dark Knight III" in Fall 2015

Fri, April 24th
By Kiel Phegley

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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