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Batman Fast Facts

  • Real name: Bruce Wayne
  • Occupation: Industrialist, Philanthropist
  • Base of Operations: Gotham City
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Height: 6' 2" (188 cm)
  • Weight: 210 lbs (95 kg)
  • Eyes: Blue
  • Hair: Black
  • First Appearance: DETECTIVE COMICS #27 (May, 1939)

Batman Summary

Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a fictional character from DC Comics The Batman is a comic book superhero co-created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger (although only Kane receives official credit). The character made his first appearance 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 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.

Batman became a popular character soon after his introduction, and eventually gained his own title, Batman. As the decades wore on, differing takes on the character emerged. The 1960s Batman television series went with an extremely campy version of Batman. Various creators worked to return the character to his dark roots, culminating in the 1986 miniseries Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, by writer-artist Frank Miller. That and the success of director Tim Burton's 1989 Batman motion picture helped reignite popular 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.

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