Mary Evans/Ronald Grant/Everett Collection. In the late 1970s, when Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster began receiving a "created by" credit on the Superman titles, along with William Moulton Marston being given the byline for creating Wonder Woman, Batman stories began saying "Created by Bob Kane" in addition to the other credits.

& Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Bat-Manga! After the disaster of "Batman & Robin," the franchise was destined to remain a joke until director Christopher Nolan came along to reinvent the role and finally make the Dark Knight, well, dark. The origin of the signal varies, depending on the continuity and medium. Bruce Wayne is the only character to be identified as Batman and is featured in Batman, Detective Comics, Batman and Robin, and Batman: The Dark Knight. Keaton also worked as an actor in Pittsburgh theatre; he played the role of Rick in the Pittsburgh premiere of David Rabe's Sticks and Bones with the Pittsburgh Poor Players. [45][46] On June 2020, Keaton entered talks to reprise his role as Batman/Bruce Wayne in the DC Extended Universe's upcoming superhero film, The Flash, which is scheduled to be released in June 2022, after last playing the role in 1992.

[40] Scholars have suggested that the characters of Batwoman (in 1956) and the pre-Barbara Gordon Bat-Girl (in 1961) were introduced in part to refute the allegation that Batman and Robin were gay, and the stories took on a campier, lighter feel.[41]. Courtesy Everett Collection. Batman also becomes a founding member of the Justice Society of America,[130] although he, like Superman, is an honorary member,[131] and thus only participates occasionally. He soon after calls Daka "Jap murderer" and "Jap devil" and finally discusses a "Jap spy ring". featured Batman being physically and mentally broken by the enigmatic villain Doctor Hurt and attracted news coverage in advance of its highly promoted conclusion, which would speculated to feature the death of Bruce Wayne. And that means there have been a lot of actors behind the cape. [5] The opening narration in chapter 1 states that Wayne Manor is in the fictional Gotham City, but his mail in chapter 5 is addressed to Los Angeles. I must be a creature of the night, black, terrible ..." As if responding to his desires, a bat suddenly flies through the window, inspiring Bruce to craft the Batman persona. [221] Professor of film and cultural studies Will Brooker argues the validity of a queer reading of Batman, and that gay readers would naturally find themselves drawn to the lifestyle depicted within, whether the character of Bruce Wayne himself were explicitly gay or not.

In the 1970s and 1980s, The Brave and the Bold became a Batman title, in which Batman teams up with a different DC Universe superhero each month. These days, West is celebrated for his most famous role, and fans look back on the series with affection. In the midst of be-nippled Batsuits, inexplicable neon action sequences, and Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s diabolical one-liners as the supervillain Mr. See, "The Electrical Brain" (last broadcast March 7, 2015 on, "The Bat's Cave" (last broadcast March 14, 2015 on TCM), "The Mark of the Zombies" (last broadcast March 21, 2015 on TCM), "Slaves of the Rising Sun" (last broadcast March 28, 2015 on TCM), "The Living Corpse" (last broadcast April 4, 2015 on TCM), "Poison Peril" (last broadcast April 11, 2015 on TCM), "The Phoney Doctor" (last broadcast April 18, 2015 on TCM), "Lured by Radium" (last broadcast April 25, 2015 on TCM), "The Sign of the Sphinx" (last broadcast May 2, 2015 on TCM), "Flying Spies" (last broadcast May 9, 2015 on TCM), "A Nipponese Trap" (last broadcast May 16, 2015 on TCM), "Embers of Evil" (last broadcast May 30, 2015 on TCM), "Eight Steps Down" (last broadcast June 6, 2015 on TCM), "The Executioner Strikes" (last broadcast June 13, 2015 on TCM), "The Doom of the Rising Sun" (last broadcast June 20, 2015 on TCM), Gus Glassmire as Uncle Martin (uncredited), This page was last edited on 23 November 2020, at 15:26. In September 2011, DC Comics' entire line of superhero comic books, including its Batman franchise, were canceled and relaunched with new #1 issues as part of The New 52 reboot. However, the relationship ends when Bruce rejects her advances twice; once as Bruce and once as Batman. [89] The origin is the source of the character's traits and attributes, which play out in many of the character's adventures.

", which brought Batman up against the villainous "Black Glove" organization, which sought to drive Batman into madness.

The story arcs realign in "KnightsEnd", as Azrael becomes increasingly violent and is defeated by a healed Bruce Wayne. At the tender age of 23, Lewis Wilson starred in Batman’s first ever-screen adaptation, a 15-chapter action comedy serial.

and it has been revealed that he has (mostly unintentionally) bathed in Lazarus Pits in the past, which may or may not attribute some of his more meta-human feats.

Bruce publicly announced that Wayne Enterprises will aid Batman on his mission, known as "Batman, Incorporated". In his memoir, Back to the Batcave, West notes his dislike for the term 'camp' as it was applied to the 1960s series, opining that the show was instead a farce or lampoon, and a deliberate one, at that. In the Tim Burton's Batman and Batman Returns films, Batman has been depicted as completely black with a bat in the middle surrounded by a yellow background. [208], Since 1986, Batman has starred in multiple video games, most of which were adaptations of the various cinematic or animated incarnations of the character. "[85], The driving force behind Bruce Wayne's character is his parents' murder and their absence. He plays Bruce Wayne with not quite same cockiness that Robert Downey Jr. uses to play Tony Stark (note: Bale first played Batman in in 2005; Downey Jr.'s first Iron Man appearance came in …

[5] While Wilson's face resembled that of Bruce Wayne and he played his part with sincerity, they found his physique to be unathletic and "thick about the middle" and his voice was both too high-pitched and had a Boston accent. He also identifies a homophobic element to the vigor with which mainstream fandom rejects the possibility of a gay reading of the character. Many of them mirror aspects of the Batman's character and development, often having tragic origin stories that lead them to a life of crime.

The change was likely a last-minute decision to allow a wartime theme in the film, as noted above. The serial was released on home video in the late '80s in a heavily edited format that removed the offensive racial content. Freeze, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, Bane, Clayface, and Killer Croc, among others. Finger and Kane originally conceptualized Batman as having a black cape and cowl and grey suit, but conventions in coloring called for black to be highlighted with blue. [110] Following the 2016 DC Rebirth continuity reboot, the two once again have a sexual encounter on top of a building in Batman (vol. Wayne hands the Batman mantle to Dick Grayson (then Nightwing) for an interim period, while Wayne trains for a return to the role.[141]. [10][11][12] His father was of English, German, Scottish and Scotch-Irish ancestry, and was originally from a Protestant family. Additionally, Batman is no longer a founding member of the Justice League of America, although he becomes leader for a short time of a new incarnation of the team launched in 1987.

"The trouble with being a 'ghost' writer or artist is that you must remain rather anonymously without 'credit'. The Earth-Two Batman, a character from a parallel world, partners with and marries the reformed Earth-Two Selina Kyle, as shown in Superman Family #211. Continuity was not important in those days. Batman has been adapted in live-action and animated incarnations, including the 1960s Batman television series played by Adam West and in films by Michael Keaton in Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992), Christian Bale in The Dark Knight Trilogy (2005–2012), and Ben Affleck in the DC Extended Universe (2016–present).

Keaton left Pittsburgh and moved to Los Angeles to begin auditioning for various TV parts. [42] New characters such as Batwoman, the original Bat-Girl, Ace the Bat-Hound, and Bat-Mite were introduced. "The Batman Wars Against the Dirigible of Doom", One example is the Englehart/Rogers run of the late 1970s, which has editorial notes directing readers to issues such as, Pearson, Roberta E.; Uricchio, William. The Dark Knight trilogy marks the start of Hollywood’s quest for auteur-directed superhero movies, and remains one of the most successful examples to date.