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Batman's debut in Detective Comics #27 (May 1939). Cover art by Bob Kane.

Batman is a fictional DC Comics superhero whose popularity has grown to such an extent that subsequently a number of movies, television, and videogame adaptations have been created based around the character, with a 75 year comic book history to work with of which is constantly growing. Unlike most superheroes, Batman proves that you don’t need superpowers to be a superhero; defeating his foes with intellect, detective skills and knowledge in the martial arts, all skills that has been adapted into one vigilante persona striking fear into the hearts of anyone that challenges him.


The character was created by writer Bill Finger and illustrated by Bob Kane, first appearing in the 27th issue of the DC Comics publication, Detective Comics in May 1939. Originally named "the Bat-Man", he is that of the secret identity to Bruce Wayne, a billionaire of whom witnessed the murder of his parents as a child, donning a bat-themed costume when off to fight crime as an oath to seek revenge on criminals for the pain he went through.

Operating in the city of Gotham, over the years Batman has been assisted by various supporting characters such as: Robin, Alfred Pennyworth, Commissioner Jim Gordon, and many more in attempts to put rising villains to justice, such villains include: the Joker, the Penguin, the Riddler; the list goes on.

75th Anniversary

Batman logo released for 75th anniversary.

To mark the 75th anniversary of Batman, Warner Bros. Entertainment and DC Entertainment decided to commemorate this milestone in comic history by organising an entire year of Batman-related events, this included the creation of a new Batman logo to feature on all future products throughout this period. DC Entertainment also produced a special edition re-release of Batman’s first comic appearance; Detective Comics #27. As well as this, DC Entertainment partnered up with comic book retailers all around the globe to promote “Batman Day”; on the 23rd July 2014 these retailers offered fans a free, special edition Batman comic supplied by DC themselves.

And Warner Bros. Home Entertainment also released Batman (TV Series); originally aired from 1966 - 1968, for the first time ever on both DVD and BluRay, it was released on 10th November 2014 in the US with the release for the UK still TBC.

Batman in Film

  • Batman (1943)
  • Batman and Robin (1949)
  • Batman (1966)
  • Batman (1989)
  • Batman Returns (1992)
  • Batman Forever (1995)
  • Batman & Robin (1997)
  • Batman Begins (2005)
  • The Dark Knight (2008)
  • The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

+ the upcoming film, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

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