Artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger are the creators of the original character.
Batman’s fame came from his comic Batman released in 1940, but he first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in 1939.
Batman’s First well-known TV performance appeared in the 1966 TV show simply named Batman. This ran for an astonishing 120 episodes until it stopped in 1968. His first TV appearance was actually in 1943.
Finger was also responsible for the name “Bruce Wayne.” The name is a mashup of Scottish national hero Robert the Bruce and American revolutionary “Mad” Anthony Wayne.
Everybody knows Batman’s origin story. The murder of Bruce Wayne’s parents by a mugger named Joe Chill is a central part of the Batman mythos and explains his motivations for becoming a masked vigilante. The story of his parents’ death, however, wasn’t created until Detective Comics #33, nearly a year after the first Batman story hit the shelves.
Among the holdings of Wayne Entertainment is the newspaper The Daily Planet, which means Batman is technically Superman’s boss.
In 2001 Frank Miller wrote a three part series titled The Dark Knight Strikes Again.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is set for release in 2016, starring Ben Affleck.
The villains that Batman has famously faced include the Joker, the Penguin, the Riddler, the Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, Clayface, and Mr. Freeze, among others.
Batman’s secret identity, Bruce Wayne, was derived from two historical figures. Robert the Bruce, a Scottish national hero and And Mad Anthony Wayne, a hero of the American Revolution.
Batman’s online screen name is JonDoe297.
A 1943 TV serial called The Batman introduced the concept of the Batcave, not to mention a skinny Alfred Pennyworth.
Annette Benning was speedily replaced with Michelle Pfeiffer after being originally billed for the part of Catwoman. She was all scheduled for the part until she became pregnant.
Bruce Wayne and his sidekick were accused of having a more than friends relationship by psychiatrist Dr. Frederic Wertham in the 1950’s, who believed the two were romantically involved.
A bill of $1,000,000 was raised to ensure real penguins could be used in the filming of Batman Returns. This was spent on cooling, food, accommodation and shipment.
The Batplane predates the Batmobile. Batman first flies the Batplane in Detective Comics #31, but he drives a nondescript red sedan until Detective Comics #48.
While many people assume Robin is named for the bird (citing his red-breasted costume), creator Jerry Robinson claimed both the name and the costume are based on English folk hero Robin Hood. I wonder how Bruce Wayne feels about people who steal from the rich…