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Christmas Display Reminds Us Once Again that Batman Smells

17 hours ago
By Kevin Melrose

The classic lyrics "Jingle Bells, Batman Smells" get visualized in a Christmas display, complete with Robin laying an egg and Joker getting away.

Kubert, Tomasi Come Full Circle with "Robin Rises: Alpha"

18 hours ago
By Josie Campbell

Peter Tomasi and Andy Kubert speak with CBR about reviving Robin and the growing popularity of Damian Wayne.

Articles

'Twas the Dark Knight Before Christmas: 21 Great Yuletide Batman Tales

Yesterday
By Scott Huver

EXCLUSIVE: Kubert's "Batman" #38 Variant; Robinson's "Effigy" #1 Cover

Yesterday
By Steve Sunu

TOYING AROUND: "Age of Ultron," "Batman," "Walking Dead" & More

Sat, December 20th
By TJ Dietsch

Remembering Every Superstar Guest Villain of Adam West's "Batman"

Fri, December 19th
By Scott Huver

Dexter Faces Batman in Unexpected Fan Film

Thu, December 18th
By Kevin Melrose

Doyle Promises a Batman "For Every Fan"

Thu, December 18th
By Josie Campbell

Jim Carrey Would Love to Star in Another Batman Film

Thu, December 18th
By Kevin Melrose

Snyder Cranks Up the Fear Factor in "Batman" #37

Wed, December 17th
By Jeffrey Renaud

REVIEW: Snyder & Capullo's "Batman" #37

Wed, December 17th
By Jim Johnson

EXCLUSIVE: Loot Crate Delivers "Batman" #36 with New Greg Capullo Variant

Mon, December 15th
By Albert Ching

Michael Keaton Isn't Envious of Ben Affleck: "I'm Batman"

Mon, December 15th
By Kevin Melrose

EXCL. PREVIEW: Batman Vs. Darkseid in "Batman & Robin" #37

Mon, December 15th
By CBR News Team

"Batgirl" Creative Team Apologizes for Handling of Cross-Dressing Storyline

Sun, December 14th
By Ryan Ingram

New Digital First Series Reveals Origin of Batman's "Arkham Knight"

Fri, December 12th
By Stephen Gerding

Manapul & Buccellato Unleash Anarky Upon "Detective Comics"

Thu, December 11th
By Jeffrey Renaud

Snyder Teases "Batman's" Future, "Wytches" Movie Developments, "American Vampire's" Return

Thu, December 11th
By Steve Sunu

"Batkid Begins" Documentary to Premiere at Slamdance

Wed, December 10th
By Kevin Melrose

Comics A.M. - Store Suffers Reported $300,000 Loss in Burglary

Wed, December 10th
By Brigid Alverson

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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