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DC Super Files-Batman

Today we will take a look at Batman’s history from his first appearance until today. Read this blog post which will take you 5 minutes while Wikipedia would take you forever.

Let’s go!

Background

  • Real name: Bruce Wayne
  • First appearance was in May of 1939 in “Detective Comics #27”
  • Created by Bob Kane and co-created by Bill Finger
  • A year later in 1940 he got his own book entitled “Batman”
  • Batman is one of the world’s greatest fictional characters of all time
  • He was published and owned by DC Comics
  • Other names/nicknames are: Caped Crusader, the Dark Knight, World’s  Greatest Detective
  • Batman was originally supposed resemble Superman, but ill Finger gave the character a better redisgn that ended up being his official look

Batman First Bob Kane pitch Batman OfficialFirst official appearance and look

Origin

  • One night the son of Gotham City’s richest family, Bruce Wayne was horrified as he had to witness a mugger shoot his father and mother-Thomas and Martha Wayne- right in front of his eyes
  • This drives Bruce Wayne to travel the world as an adult and learn over 127 martial arts and trained mentally as much as physically
  • He comes back to Gotham City and uses all the things he learned, money and technology to become the Batman
  •      Batman Comic

Golden Age

  • In his first appearance he is already operating as a crime-fighter
  • The criminal who kills Martha and Thomas Wayne was Joe Chill
  • Bruce used to be scared of bats as a young boy
  • Bruce chose the name ‘Batman’ because he desired to ‘strike fear into criminals’ hearts
  • Batman was a vigilante which  earns him a struggle with the police
  • In Batman #1 takes an orphaned circus acrobat named Dick Grayson who then after Batman’s training becomes Robin
  • Alfred is Batman’s butler who helps Bruce Wayne avenge his family and who took care of him when the Waynes died
  • Batman used to carry a gun

 Batman Golden Age

Silver Age

  • Same origin as in Golden Age (not many things were changed)
  • After DC Comics’ introduction of multiverse in 1960s, it turns out that Batman from Golden Age was a parallel Batman in a world called Earth-2 and Batman from Silver Age is from Earth-1
  • Batman (Earth-1) began working with Superman more time to time in a series called “World’s Finest Comics”, where since then Batman and Superman were depicted as friends
  • He became the founding member of the superhero team known as, the Justice League of America (team at the time also consists of: Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), the Flash (Barry Allen), Aquaman and Martian Manhunter
  • Batman has 2 rules: 1. Not to kill. 2. Do not use a gun.

Batman Silver Age

Modern Age

  • An event Crisis on Infinite Earths changed the heroes’ stories and origins, and Batman from the Golden Age was erased from history, but his stories stayed within the Silver Age Batman
  • Batman gets a new sidekick since Dick Grayson became a new hero, Nightwing. And that sidekick was Jason Todd, where then Jason got killed by the Joker leaving Batman, which then he has a new Robin not until a decade later named, Tim Drake
  • In 90s a new villain, Bane broke Batman’s back in the title called, “Knightfall” where Bruce can’t be Batman so then Azrael has to take over
  • Azrael-Batman becomes more violent and more corrupt so he is defeated by a healed Bruce Wayne who’s been on a journey to recover
  • Wayne hands the title of Batman to Dick Grayson for a short period of time giving Bruce time to train and heal better

Batman Knightfall   Batman AzrealAzreal as Batman

  • In 1994 another crossover event happened called “Zero Hour” changing DC Comics’ characters’ personas and status quos
  • Batman’s change resulted for him to be more of an urban legend than a force that buds heads with the police
  • Batman becomes a member of the Justice League once again; in 1998’s “Cataclysm” event Gotham City is hit by an earthquake and cut from U.S.; without his technology Batman fights city’s corrupt gangs to reclaim the city from them
  • Batman in the late 90s becomes on better terms with the police
  • In 2005 in “Identity Crisis” it turns out that Zatanna has changed Bruce’s memories  to prevent him  from lobotomizing Dr. Light who  sexually assaulted Sue Dibny
  • Batman later creates a Brother 1 (OMAC) satellite surveillance system ti watch over and if necessary, kill the other heroes
  • Batman’s creation kills Blue Beetle (Ted Kord)which this leads to “Infinite Crisis” where where heroes destroy Brother Eye and the OMACs
  • In this event Alexander Luthor Jr. wounds Nightwing seriously leading to Batman nearly shooting Luthor Jr. until Wonder Woman convinces him not to pull the trigger

Identity Crisis

  • Bruce goes to Nanda Parbat where he meditates and becomes a better fighter physically and mentally
  • Next we are introduced to the Damian Wayne, who is a son of Bruce Wayne and Thalia al Ghul, (daughter of Ra’s al Gul who is a villain) who forced herself on Bruce
  • Damian becomes the new Robin while, Tim Drake becomes Red Robin
  • JLA calls Batman to investigate the death of Orion, the New God who has been killed by a god-killing bullet
  • In a event called “Final Crisis” Bruce Wayne shoots Darkseid with a gun using the god-killing bullet, while Bruce was reduced into a charred skeleton by Darkseid’s omega beams
  • This leads to Dick Grayson becoming the new Batman
  • In Grant Morrison’s mini-series called “Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne”, it depicts Bruce Wayne travelling through time from prehistory to the present day Gotham after Darkseid’s omega beams turn out to send him back in time and not kill him
  • Bruce Wayne becomes Batman once again and Dick goes back to being Nightwing

Batman Through Time

The New 52 is a relaunch of the universe. It takes place in a different universe called Earth-Prime which is a universe where everything is rebooted.

  • Batman and other characters get new designs
  • Batman’s previous history seems to be mostly not changed
  • Bruce Wayne is the founding member of the Justice League
  • In the storyline called the “Darkseid War” where Darkseid will have to fight the Anti-Monitor, Batman sits on a ‘Mobius chair’ which gives him knowledge over everything
  • After Bruce Wayne presumably died in the events of Endgame the GCPD realized that Gotham needs Batman so they decided to bring in Batman’s close ally Commissioner Jim Gordon to become Batman, but a one who works within and with the law in a mech suit
  • Bruce Wayne is actually alive, but has amnesia and doesn’t remember much including the training to become Batman

Batman 52 New   Batman The New 52   Batman on Mobius ChairBat-God   Jim Gordon as Batman

Villains

The Joker (archenemy), Ra’s al Ghul, Bane, Scarecrow, Penguin, Two-Face, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, Clayface, Harley Quinn, the Riddler, Hush, Hugo Strange, Killer Croc ,Black Mask, Mad Hatter, Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum, Mister Freeze, Man-Bat, Firefly, Mister Zsasz,Killer Moth, Deadhot, Talia al Ghul, Lady Shiva, etc.

JokerJoker (archenemy)   Ra's al GhulRa’s al Ghul   BaneBane

The End

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed this next we will have Robin coming to town, which will be next week. Know that I will update these as time goes by.

Written by: Olaf Lesniak

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I am a comic book geek! I love comic books! #1 fan right here.

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