Batman/Bruce Wayne is a fictional superhero in the DC Comics universe. Batman was created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger. His first appearance was in the 27th edition of Detective Comics. Originally called The Batman and The Bat-Man, the character is also known as The Caped Crusader, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Detective among others.
Bruce Wayne is Batman's true name, a rich American playboy, industrialist and philanthropist. Having witnessed the murder of his mother and father as a child, he swore vengeance on criminals, an oath tempered with the greater ideal of justice. Bruce trains himself both physically and intellectually and dons a bat-themed costume in order to battle crime. Batman is based in the fictional city of Gotham. assisted by various supporting characters, such as his side-kick Robin, his English-born servant Alfred Pennyworth, policeman Commisioner Jim Gordon, and occasionly Barbara Gordon, Alfred's neice, who has the superheroine alter-ego Batgirl. He fights a large variety of villains, often called the Rogues Gallery, which include: Deformed clown maniac The Joker, dwarfed crime lord The Penguin, genius puzzler The Riddler, deformed ex-friend of Batman, Two-Face, powerful eco-terrorist Ra's Al Ghul, masked killer Scarecrow, plant-based villainess Poison Ivy, and hero/villain acrobatics fighter Catwoman. Unlike many superheroes, Bruce Wayne does not possess any superpowers, instead using his extreme intellect, detective skills, skills in science and technology, extreme wealth, physical prowess, martial arts, an indomitable will, fear, and intimidation in his ongoing fight against criminal activity.
Batman became a very popular character soon after his introduction and gained his own comic book, Batman, in the 40's. As the decades wore on, different versions of Bruce Wayne appeared. The late 60's Batman television series used a camp aesthetic, which continued to be associated with the character for years after the show ended. Various creators worked to return the character to his dark roots, with varying results. The comic books of this dark stage culminated in the acclaimed 80's miniseries The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller, as well as Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore, and Arkham Asylum: A Serious House On Serious Earth, among others. The overrall success of Warner Bros' live action Batman feature films have also helped keep public interest in the character.
A cultural icon, Batman has been licensed and adapted into a variety of media, from radio to television and film, and appears on a variety of merchandise sold all over the world such as toys and video games. The character has also intrigued interest with psychiatrists with many trying to understand the character's psyche and true ego in society. In 2011, the character came second place on magazine IGN's 100 Comic Book Heroes Of All Time, only being beaten by Superman. Another magazine, Empire, also listed him in second place in their list 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters of All Time.
Story of Batman.Edit
The basic origin story of Batman started when he was a young boy. His house was burgled by a group of criminals, and Bruce watched in terror as one of the burglars, Joe Chill, shot both of his parents dead. This caused Bruce to swear vengeance against all crime. He donned a bat costume and, with his sidekick Robin, aka Dick Grayson, he fought crime. His enemies include The Joker, The Riddler, The Penguin, Two-Face, Scarecrow, Mr. Freeze and Bane. The movies he has starred in are:
- Batman (1966): This movie starred Adam West as Batman, Burt Ward as Robin and Cesar Romero as The Joker.
- Batman (1989): Michael Keaton donned the Bathelm this time around, with Jack Nicholson wearing The Joker's blood red smile.
- Batman Returns (1992): Michael Keaton became Bruce Wayne again for this movie, with black-clad supervillainess Catwoman played by Michelle Pfeiffer and Danny DeVito in the role of crime boss The Penguin.
- Batman Forever (1995): Batman was portrayed by Val Kilmer in this movie, and Robin was played by Chris O'Donnell, with Jim Carrey as The Riddler.
- Batman & Robin (1997): George Clooney replaced Kilmer as Batman in this movie, while icy villain Mr. Freeze was played by Austrian bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger, with Uma Thurman as a killer with control of the plants Poison Ivy. This film recieved very low reviews amongst adults, and is considered one of the worst.
- Batman Triumphant (proposed): The script for Batman Triumphant has Scarecrow as the main enemy, played by Howard Stern. The Joker would appear as a hallucination of Batman's, after being poisoned with Scarecrow's toxins. The Joker's daughter would have been a supporting character in the film, under the name of Harley Quinn, after revenge against Batman. The film was cancelled due to the low ratings of Batman & Robin,
- Batman: DarKnight (proposed): This film portrayed Bruce Wayne retiring, and saw Dick Grayson enter Gotham University. Warner Bros' decided not the move on with this film
- Batman Begins (2005): This film showed Christian Bale as the bat-based superhero, Liam Neeson as eco-terrorist Ra's Al Ghul and Cillian Murphy as Scarecrow.
- The Dark Knight (2008): The sequel to Batman Begins, Christian Bale returned as Batman, with Heath Ledger as The Joker and Aaron Eckhart as deformed Harvey Dent, AKA Two-Face. Heath Ledger won an Oscar for his performance, but never recieved it, as he sadly died of an overdose of prescription drugs after the film screened.
- The Dark Knight Rises (2012): The third in the Batman Begins trilogy saw Christian Bale as the Dark Detective for the third time, with Tom Hardy as poison-pumped superstrong villain Bane, and Anna Hathaway as a new incarnation of Catwoman, Selina Kyle. This film was also struck with tragedy, after many people were killed after a Joker-obsessed maniac attacked a screening of the film in Aurora. The man was later identified as James Eagan Holmes,
The makers of Batman have revealed that the next Batman movie will also be a sequel to the 2013 Superman movie Man of Steel. It will see the two greatest comic book heroes clash in one of the greatest fights ever. The title has not been confirmed, but Batman vs. Superman, and Superman vs. Batman have both been considered. The movie will be screened in 2015.