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Batman (Bruce Wayne)

A fictional superhero character created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger and featured in DC Comics publications, films, television series, and radio shows.

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  • Aug 12, 2011
The single greatest comic book superhero of all time. Created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger and making his first appearance in Detective Comics, Issue #27 published in 1939, Batman is easily the crowning achievement of the superhero genre. He's one of the most iconic characters (perhaps second only to Superman himself) and he's had some of the best artists and writers work on his multiple comics titles over the years.

In terms of character, Batman is really quite a classic figure being reminiscent of characters such as Hamlet and even to an extent The Count of Monte Cristo and The Scarlet Pimpernel, but he is also equal parts Zorro, and The Shadow. His is the story of Bruce Wayne, a young boy who has seen the worst of humanity when his wealthy parents are murdered by a street thug. Driven by a desire for vengeance and a deep psychological need to rid the world of crime, he comes to the conclusion that only by evoking fear in the hearts of criminals as dark figure of justice and retribution can he become a true adversary to the hordes of criminals living in the overcrowded city of Gotham. Thus he dons the cape and cowl and becomes the legendary Batman.

The Batman has been portrayed by more actors than almost any superhero (again, only Superman, the first true superhero has outdone him here) and he remains one of, if not the single most popular character in the DC Comics Universe. After having starred in radio shows, serials, television series, movies, animated shows and films, and video games, one has to wonder what the future of Batman will hold...
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February 28, 2012
I have to agree with you on all points except one: I believe Batman has at least equalled (if not surpassed) Superman as being the most iconic character out there. When you see that giant "S" on something, everyone knows that it represents Superman but I do believe that just as many people recognize the Bat logo as well. Cool write up!
March 04, 2012
I meant iconic in that Superman is the most classical of characters since he is the most reminiscent of mythological archetypes (he's essentially Hercules and Moses combined). Plus, Superman is credited with being the first true comic book superhero, so he is often given extra credit for that. But I agree that Batman is currently much more popular and has been for a good 25 years or more. The bat logo is certainly iconic as well, but unlike Superman's famous S, the bat logo has also changed a lot over the years, so while it is still iconic and identifiable, it's also less universal.
 
August 12, 2011
Good quick tip but I argue that he is only one of the greatest comic book heroes of all time, and not "the". Perhaps the most popular, (but Spidey can easily lay claim to that). Keep the 'cuteys' coming! LOL
August 12, 2011
Who in your delusional mind is greater than Batman?!
August 12, 2011
There are other characters as great as Bats, but since you are asking....Dr. Manhattan since he is the only character who walks around with his 'wang out' (more gutsy than Bats LOL) and then, there is John Constantine....who smokes and manages to beat cancer LOL!!
August 12, 2011
Nah, neither of them are even close to Batman. Dr. Manhattan, as great as he is, is only a figure in "Watchmen" as part of an ensemble and not the primary protagonist. Constantine hasn't got the massive appeal of Batman nor the psychological depth despite having more adult story lines. Plus, neither of these characters have the staying power and longevity of Batman. The guy's been kicking criminal butts for over 80 years. Only one other superhero can claim that and he hasn't had nearly the kind of popularity or good writing that Batman has. Think of the top 20 writers and artists in comics and name the one character that they all worked on and the answer is likely Batman.
August 12, 2011
whatever dude....Doc Manhattan still walks around with his wang out LOL! you should answer my new question.
August 12, 2011
Dr. Manhattan's nudity is simply because he has no need for clothes. When you are a being of pure energy and you can simply turn off sensations such as pain and cold, you have no need for clothing. In fact, one could argue that Manhattan's decision to not wear clothes is a criticism of the human race and their need to cover themselves unnecessarily based upon ideas of elitism and judgment. That doesn't make him great nor even gutsy. It's simply his apathy to both his appearance, what others think, and to the superfluous materialism of clothing.
August 12, 2011
whatever, dude, so now Bats is wearing that outfit to look cool....Doc Manhattan waves his hand and then evil-doers are gone....and he does it nikid. LOL
August 13, 2011
No, Batman wears his outfit to appear frightening so that he can make criminals feel the same fear and helplessness that he felt when his parents were shot.
 
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review by . January 11, 2012
Back when Superman created the concept of the modern superhero, DC Comics had no idea that someone else might ever come along and smack the idea of a superhero upside the head. They figured this immortal, all-powerful, all-moral guy would be able to coast along on its one-track catch-bad-guys story forever. I'll grant that that's pretty much exactly what happened, but DC has had to invent some trippy things in order to keep Superman fresh and interesting. Some, like Smallville and the stories told …
Quick Tip by . August 30, 2010
Hes Batman. He's awesome inspite of the fact that his namesake is a flying rat.
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Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a fictional comic book superhero co-created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger (although only Kane receives official credit) and published by DC Comics. The character first appeared in Detective Comics #27 (May 1939). Batman's secret identity is Bruce Wayne, a wealthy industrialist, playboy, and philanthropist. Witnessing the murder of his parents as a child leads him to train himself to physical and intellectual perfection and don a bat-themed costume in order to fight crime. Batman operates in the fictional Gotham City, assisted by various supporting characters including his sidekick Robin and his butler Alfred Pennyworth, and fights an assortment of villains influenced by the characters' roots in film and pulp magazines. Unlike most superheroes, he does not possess any superpowers; he makes use of intellect, detective skills, science and technology, wealth, physical prowess, and intimidation in his war on crime.
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