Who is batman?
Batman is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger,and first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in 1939. Originally named the “Bat-Man,” the character is also referred to by such epithets as the Caped Crusader, the Dark Knight, and the World’s Greatest Detective.
Batman’s secret identity is Bruce Wayne, a wealthy American playboy, philanthropist, and owner of Wayne Enterprises. His origin depicts Bruce Wayne as a child, after witnessing the murder of his parents Dr. Thomas Wayne and Martha Wayne, he swore vengeance against criminals, an oath tempered by a sense of justice. Bruce Wayne trains himself physically and intellectually and crafts a bat-inspired persona to fight crime.
Batman operates in the fictional Gotham City with assistance from various supporting characters, including his butler Alfred, police commissioner Jim Gordon, and vigilante allies such as Robin. Unlike most superheroes, Batman does not possess any inhuman superpowers. He does, however, possess a genius-level intellect, is a peerless martial artist, and his vast wealth affords him an extraordinary arsenal of weaponry and equipment. A large assortment of villains make up Batman’s rogues gallery, including his archenemy, the Joker.
The character became popular soon after his introduction in 1939 and gained his own comic book title, Batman, the following year. As the decades went on, different interpretations of the character emerged. The late 1960s Batman television series used a camp aesthetic, which continued to be associated with the character for years after the show ended. Various creators worked to return the character to his dark roots, culminating in 1986 with The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller. The success of Warner Bros. Pictures’ live-action Batman feature films have helped maintain the character’s prominence in mainstream culture.
Batman has been licensed and featured in various adaptations, from radio to television and film, and appears in merchandise sold around the world, such as apparel, toys, and video games. Kevin Conroy, Rino Romano, Anthony Ruivivar, Peter Weller, Bruce Greenwood, Jason O’Mara, and Will Arnett, among others, have provided the character’s voice for animated adaptations. Batman has been depicted in both film and television by Lewis Wilson, Robert Lowery, Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Bruce Thomas, Christian Bale, Ben Affleck, David Mazouz, Iain Glen, and Robert Pattinson.
Top 10 Batman movies:
A list of all movies featuring Batman. For a list of the 10 best, see here:
The films are ranked combined by year and story line, so that all films associated with each other are ranked together, despise release year.
1.Batman Returns (1992)
Batman returns to the big screen when a deformed man calling himself the Penguin wreaks havoc across Gotham with the help of a cruel businessman.
The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal Joker.
3.Batman: Under the Red Hood (2010 Video)
There’s a mystery afoot in Gotham City, and Batman must go toe-to-toe with a mysterious vigilante, who goes by the name of Red Hood. Subsequently, old wounds reopen and old, once buried memories come into the light.
4.Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (2013 Video)
The Flash finds himself in a war torn alternate timeline and teams up with alternate versions of his fellow heroes to return home and restore the timeline.
5.The Dark Knight (2008)
When the menace known as The Joker emerges from his mysterious past, he wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham. The Dark Knight must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice.
6.Batman Forever (1995)
Batman must battle former district attorney Harvey Dent, who is now Two-Face and Edward Nygma, The Riddler with help from an amorous psychologist and a young circus acrobat who becomes his sidekick, Robin.
7.Batman: Year One (2011 Video)
A wealthy playboy and a Chicago cop both return to Gotham City where their lives will intersect in unexpected ways.
8.Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)
Batman is wrongly implicated in a series of murders of mob bosses actually done by a new vigilante assassin.
9.Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (2000 Video)
The Joker is back with a vengeance, and Gotham’s newest Dark Knight needs answers as he stands alone to face Gotham’s most infamous Clown Prince of Crime.
10.Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero (1998 Video)
When Mr. Freeze, desperate to save his dying wife, kidnaps Barbara Gordon (Batgirl) as an involuntary organ donor, Batman and Robin must find her before the operation can begin.
10 Reasons Why I Love Batman
Batman is one of the most known and most loved characters in the history of media. Ask anyone who he is and if they don’t reply then they’re either dead or an alien, both being disturbing. However, some people (and that “some” is a fairly small minority) still don’t see what’s so appealing about a guy in a bat costume. Well, this is why I personally enjoy the Dark Knight. In no particular order, here are 10 reasons why I love Batman.
- The Detective Skills :And finally, detective skills. Although I think writers sometimes overlook this, Batman’s detective skills is one of the things that makes him a unique hero. There aren’t many other heroes who uses observation and deductive skills and this kind of crime fighting which is what makes the Dark Knight unique. You don’t often see Spiderman using chemical analysis (no offense to Peter, I love the guy) or the Captain America solving a cold case (again, Steve’s a cool guy and I’m not dissing him).
- He’s Got No Superpowers:Superpowers can be a good thing. But the fact that Batman can’t move the Earth with his bare strength or destroy a moon with a single punch (no matter what anyone says), in my views, makes him more interesting. It also gives me more hope: maybe an normal person can become like this. It’s extremely unlikely but I still believe he’s a symbol of where devotion can get you.
- The No Kill Rule.Why doesn’t Batman just kill the Joker?! This is a question I hear many people ask and it’s a good one. But I think this is one of the things that is special about the Dark Knight. In an effect, it’s his weakness. Sure, Batman can be beaten to death like anyone else but if we’re talking the kryptonite kind of weakness then this is it. Only it’s much cooler than kryptonite. Maybe it’s a mental block he’s put in place and, seeing all the horror that he’s witnessed, I can imagine why he wouldn’t want to “become” like the villains he faces. Of course, there’s a difference between eliminating an evil psychopath and an innocent (psychopaths can be innocent, it’s the evil part that I’m focusing on) but Batman wouldn’t want to even have a distant similarity with these killers. Batman has broken his rule but Superman is sometimes able to beat kryptonite, the two are the same thing. Or perhaps the truth is that Batman really does need rogues to fight, without them he would feel incomplete. I don’t think this makes him a bad person though: as long as humans exist then so will bad humans. And having an urge to fight bad humans is a good thing.
- The Scientific knowledge.Batman is known as being a character who, when given preparation, can be very formidable. Although he can be overestimated by some fans, Batman is not to be underrated either. Creating multiple mechanical suits, developing powerful explosives and hacking into major networks is not something anyone can do.
- The Rogues,Batman has some of the greatest (in my opinion, the greatest) rogues in history. The Joker, Bane, Ra’s al Ghul, Scarecrow, Mr. Freeze, Clayface, these are just some of the awesome villains Batman has to face. Each one has their own unique story and each one tests Batman in different ways.
- The Willpower,If there’s one thing about Batman it’s that giving up is not an option. As a guy who fights hoards of enemies who attack him psychologically (more on his foes later), he’s got to be strong willed in order to succeed. Being able to resist the Scarecrow’s fear gas, fight off mind control and defeat a Talon after being starved for days is a pretty big accomplishment. Even when things have gotten too much, the Dark Knight will always rise from the ashes.
- The Martial Arts,Martial arts battles are the best. You can’t just hit your opponent and expect results, you’ve got to use complex movements, pressure points and all round skill to defeat them. Enter Batman. The man is said to be a master of 127 styles and, whether you believe that or not, he certainly knows how to kick some bad guy booty.
- The Gadgets,Put your hand up if you like gadgets. If you don’t then you’ve probably watched too much Terminator and refuse to pick up a TV remote in case is tries to take over the planet. Most people enjoy getting their hands on the latest gadgets and this includes Bruce Wayne but he’s not happy with your average Google Glass, no. He’s got to have top of the range tech to fight crime with. From the Batmobile the grapple gun, there’s got to be at least one thing you want from Batman’s inventory.
- The Movies,Now, I have something to admit: I’ve never seen the Tim Burton/Joel Schumacher Batman films. And, to be honest, that’s probably a good thing. Why watch those dusty old relics (sorry if you like them but they don’t exactly look like masterpieces if I’m truthful) when there’s the Dark Knight trilogy. Like the Arkham series, these films weren’t just loved by comic book fans but by all audiences. The acting was impressive and the film had vision plus the themes weren’t your average good vs. evil thing.After reading a comment, I’ve decided I’m going to give the earlier films a try. I shall see whether they’re as bad as I thought…
- The Video Games,What do people love? Video games! What’s do people also love? Batman! Combine the two and you’ve got a recipe for perfection. The Arkham series is not only one of the most popular superhero-based game series(actually, make that the most popular superhero-based game series) but one of the most popular game series in general. From Arkham Asylum to Arkham Origins (and soon to be Arkham Knight) each one for me has been entertaining. The combat is cool, the design is cool and the landscape is cool.
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Why do so many people love Batman?
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The Bat’s Humanity
Regardless of possible mythical or archetypal reasons for the Dark Knight’s appeal, we like him because he’s fully human. Batman’s the superhero with no superpowers. He can walk into a room full of people who fly, read minds, and run faster than light, and yet he’s the one who intimidates them. His personality defines him, not superpowers.
His origin defines him as well, so much so that it’s part of his personality. Bruce Wayne doesn’t hail from some alien planet or mythical island, and his abilities don’t come from any magic ring, secret formula, or radioactive mishap. He was — and in many ways is — a little boy whose parents got gunned down in front of him.
Spider-Man and Superman are heroes because of their great upbringing, because their adoptive parents taught them through word and deed that with great power comes great responsibility. Bruce Wayne’s altruisticparents similarly taught him to help those who have less than himself. Upbringing helped make heroes of all three, but a radioactive spider and extraterrestrial biology madesuperheroes of two of them. Batman made himself super. Through years of hard work and sheer determination, he built himself into the person he wanted to become, and that’s inspiring. We know we can’t become Spider-Man or Superman. Maybe we know we can’t become Batman either, but Bruce Wayne nevertheless helps us feel that we can become something great, something of our own choosing.
Hero should connect to audience. They should be able to imagine themselves in situation like the hero. People like to see themselves larger than life but they only imagine problems that are related to their normal life.
So, whom can you connect most with? Superman or Batman? Superman does not face problem that we face. Batman and spiderman seem like human and have best connect.
So, why Batman? Because what power we think we actually want? Batman has best superpowers too. He learnt from the pain of loosing (his parents). He never breaks. That is his superpower. We can connect with this. We can imagine on having it and also want to have it. his greatest for joker only wants to break his resolve and not kill him. Tenacity is what makes Batman, Batman. And that superpower you can have.
We all know, as a child, Bruce Wayne saw his parents being gunned down in front of his eyes. Then he went on to train under different types of people. He learned martial arts, espionage, science, chemistry, forensics, physics, hunting etc. He wasn’t born with powers, all he had was his wits, body and will to begin with. Whenever JL walks into a fight, they know they are all either immortal or invulnerable, they can’t be killed or harmed. But he doesn’t know if he will make it home the other night. He is very flawed, he is very human being. He’s a human , yet he still doesn’t hold back when it comes to making a sacrifice for the lives of the others. He is a Symbol, an Idea that a hero can be ANYONE. We all know we can’t be Superman or Spiderman. But we can be Batman if we want or try to.
During my childhood, I came across 5–6 superheroes, and batman was one of them. As The other superheroes were shaktimaan, superman, spiderman, and karma. Okay, now why I love batman:
very simple reason, everyone loves hero and wants to become one. As other heroes, compare to batman had super natural powers, so it would be difficult to become one. And, batman is a human like us, so we can easily see ourself as batman in coming year. (P.S.: That was a childhood thought only) :) The darkness, believe me or not, batman is somewhat related to dark and I love darkness. :) Toys/Comics/Cartoons - Kids has more sources to know more about batman, as compare to other heroes. Every kid like gadgets and specially, kids are crazy for cars (bat mobile is a dream).
I have also written this post for my friends, and they are my superheroes as of present.
Batman is a very iconic character that has been around for a very long time. Our parents would have watched it as children and even some of our grandparents would have read the comics when they were younger. Batman is something that had been passed down through generations and something that people have just learned to love.
Another reason may be because of other characters in the franchise. It might be because it shows people that there is still good out there (even if this character isn’t real). Different people like Batman for different reasons. Some people might like the movies, others might like the comics. It really depends on what you grew up with and what type of things you like.
I mean, seriously. Why? He’s such a . . . boring character. The Punisher does “conflicted terror-bringing vigilante” better and then you’ve got the issue the Robin issue which completely destroys this “dark and gritty” tone.
Sorry, I don’t mean to rant. I mean, yeah, OK, I dislike the character. I’m biased. But I honestly, truly do not see the appeal of the character. I’m completely lost as to why he’s so popular. I’m looking to understand why people like him beyond “he’s a badass” or “because he’s Batman”. A bit of a dissection would be lovely.
Was one of the first heroes to have a properly “tragic” backstory from my knowledge. It makes him endearing.
He’s also just a normal guy. Having someone whose only advantage in life was “money” being able to grow up and go toe to toe with the supposed Man of Steel in many situations makes him relatable in a way. Y’know, that whole “man, if I had money and the same situations… I could do that.”
Also because Batman.
There are many incarnations of the character, you know, there isn’t really a single Batman. While somewhat consistent, the portrayal does differ across movies, shows, comics, games, other comics, other movies, other comics still, etc. Maybe you don’t like a particular spin on the character.
I am not a fan myself, however, I did like he animated series a lot back in the day – they were…for a lack of a better term, badass. Also, serious enough and didn’t really talk down to kids, I really liked that. There was slightly more character interaction, plot and drama than the normal shows for kids my age then. The villains were also interesting. Ugh, that’s what I can recall right now, though – I haven’t seen it in more than a decade and a half. Still, the fact that I recall that much should be indicative that it impressed me.
Other than the TAS I haven’t really looked into Batman that much. Not that I find him boring…well, partly, however, it’s just not as interesting to me as other stuff. Different tastes and so on – I like other stuff more than I like Batman. I can see why other would like him, though and there is a wide enough variety between the Batmans that even two fans could find different things appealing in the character.
Yeah, I’m a big comics guy. I know about the different incarnations. I actually find the silliness of the “Brave and the Bold”-type Batman kind of endearing. I think that’s actually part of the reason I don’t like him; I know too much about comics. I mean, people say “he’s awesome because he’s a normal guy that can go toe-to-toe with gods”, but the comics are never really written in a way that explains why. It’s just sort of accepted as fact. It’s quite a bit worse in the current continuity, because Batman hasn’t really done much of anything in the main Justice League book at all. It sort of ruins the illusion of the comics, because, logically, any situation in which Batman can be helpful shouldn’t even register on Superman’s to-do list, let alone the whole League’s. And the writers never go out of their way to make me believe otherwise.
Admittedly, this isn’t so much a problem with the character as the situations he’s placed in, but DC has always had very fragile suspension of disbelief (in that half the heroes there don’t just solve all the world’s problems in a day) and Batman tends to stretch it too thin.
Unlike most other heroes, super or otherwise, Batman is willing to do bad to get a greater good done. I guess, in a word, he’s “gritty,” though that is of course a terribly hackneyed word these days. But he is.
Superman is pure good and merciful justice all the time, no matter what, i.e., boring. Most of the comic book heroes are, to greater and lesser degrees, the same way. Even in the face of total world-wide destruction, very few heroes will ever compromise their pure head-in-the-clouds ideals, and will always try to save the villian at the same time as stopping him.
Batman is more grey than that. He’s more committed to justice than anyone, but he doesn’t sacrifice the bigger picture to keep the smaller one intact, if you know what I mean. If he has to break someone’s fingers one at a time to get the information he needs to save dozens of innocent lives, he will, or at least be forced to decide on what is more important between his conscience and the good of others. Most heroes will somehow use their powers to find some convenient way out of the moral dilemma, but Batman has to reconcile these things all the time.
That’s the thing that makes Batman fascinating, his struggles with moral ideals and the reality of crime and justice. There are others who do too of course, such as The Punisher, but Batman was the first to do it, and his mythology has had a lot of time to build him into a legendary figure. Most people’s first exposure to the morally grey hero IS Batman.
You know, people keep complaining about Superman because he’s basically a God and no one can beat him because of all of his powers.
But people will pitch a freaking fit if Batman loses because he is the Batman and he should. Never. LOSE!! I’m sorry, I put my faith behind superhuman powers of an alien more than I do that someone wins because he is more popular.
Batman has the worse power of all: Plot Armor. And his power comes from the most lame source: Fanboy-ism and writer favoristim. He can’t lose simply because the character wasn’t written with any weakness. Superman has weaknesses that people readily exploit all the time. Batman has no weakness because no one will allow them.
Let me tell you, as a person who worked out a lot and temporarily can’t now because of two messed up fingers, your body doesn’t reach a set level of strength for the rest of your life just because you trained up to it once. Sure, maybe he could still kick butt because he does that all the time. But I rarely, RARELY see him train to keep his strength goals up. He’ll do it every once and again, but he doesn’t sleep enough to keep that stuff up, he goes by ‘will alone’ which accounts for jack shit in terms of bodily needs… God.
Not to mention the logical reasons why Batman should never win a fight against Supes. Superman can sometimes keep up with the Flash, a being known to leave the speed of light in the dust. By the time Batman would even consider going to his krypton ring, Supes should already be by his side, pinning Bat’s arms helplessly… if Supes still allowed Bats to keep them.
Think about it. People keep saying he’s a man that can keep up with the Superhumans. In order to keep up with Supes or the Flash, not only does Bats have to understand the threat at the Speed of Light… He has to figure out a plan of action and act on it faster than the speed of light. I personally found it stupefying when they had Batman trip up the Flash with marbles he had in his belt. We’re talking about the Flash. The man who can run around the earth in under a second. He has to be dodging a LOT of stuff doing that. But he has problems dodging a few marbles thrown out by a normal man?
I don’t even get why people are afraid of him. He killed maybe… a few people in his time as Batman (Modern day batman, I mean. When Batman first came out, dude traveled with a six shooter). The most Batman does is mess you up. And yeah, I get it. pain hurts. But has Batman actively tortured anyone? Waterboarding, Car Batteries to nuts? Anything? If not, why does he command more fear that a freaking flying God that can literally hurl mountains? Why, because one day the Batman might snap and forget his code? Ok, but for that matter you should be infinitely more afraid of Supes or any superhero because the same might happen.
TheVampwizimp: Superman is pure good and merciful justice all the time, no matter what, i.e., boring. Most of the comic book heroes are, to greater and lesser degrees, the same way. Even in the face of total world-wide destruction, very few heroes will ever compromise their pure head-in-the-clouds ideals, and will always try to save the villian at the same time as stopping him.
Honestly, this is why I like Superman more. Batman could decide to use his Billions to make the streets of Gotham really clean. The amount of equipment and training he could give the cops of Gotham? NO ONE would commit a crime with a police force of ‘Quasi-Batmans’. But he selfishly allows crime to go on so he can vicariously beat up the thugs he couldn’t as a kid.
However, Superman could decide… Fuck it. Who will stop me? I have needs. I have wants. And I have the means to get it. Heavy is the head that wears the crown. Can you imagine what you would do if you were given Godhood? Can you imagine the metric tons of shit that would be scared out of you if you witnessed someone who was actually given those abilities? What would you do if he decided he didn’t like you? Where would you go? How could you ever live?
Seriously, the reason I have problems with Comics today is that if any of us were given super powers…. I’d say 60 percent of us would turn to a life of crime, 20 of us would only use it for self service purposes, maybe 15 would be heroes and the last five couldn’t be bothered.
But Clark believes in something more than his self. More than his wants or desires. There are a ton of sources where Superman says how easy it would be just to kill these guys and be done with it. How he wakes up and every day he knows he could finally end these people and rest easier. But he believes in something. Something that is bigger than him and his vast powers. That he does believe in Truth when he can freaking make anything he wants to be Truth. That he’ll champion the Common Man’s Justice when all he has to be concerned about his own. He fights with himself every time he’s among us humans to make the world a better place not by his own vision, but the vision that seems the most just for everyone involved. That is a strength of character not readily available these days.
Skirting between Villains and Heroic Sociopaths is weak. It’s basically being a villain, but saying you’re doing it for the ‘right reasons’. Because we’re all prey to their interpretations of what’s just and what’s not. That doesn’t take a strength of character. That’s just having a conversion with yourself and saying “things will be better if they were my way”.
I’m not saying you said anything hinting to my last paragraph, but that’s what I always personally understood the term ‘gritty’
Why Americans Love Batman?
Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy is considered to be one of the most iconic movie trilogies to date, sitting along side of trilogies such as The Lord of the Rings and the Godfather. Although Batman had been portrayed before in film, the Dark Knight trilogy takes a more realistic and dramatic look at Bruce Wayne, the character who is a billionaire by day and a superhero by night.
Bruce Wayne was born into a ridiculously rich family that resides in Gotham, a mega-metropolis in the United States, which many have believed to be New York City. When he was young he was playing on his mansions ground and fell into a well. His violent fall into the well disturbed a bunch of sleeping bats in a cave below. Now awake, the bats swarmed young Bruce, scaring him half to death, leading to the name “Batman” later, which is a symbol for him conquering his fears.
Gotham was run by the mob at the time and soon later; his parents were shot right in front of him by a crook. This destroyed Bruce and so he left home to find meaning in his life. In his travels and anger, he learned many different forms of martial arts and became skilled in the art of warfare. With these skills and his wealth, he led a campaign of justice in Gotham and sought to avenge his parents’ deaths.
So why do we love him so much? We love him because he is real to us. On the contrary, Superman or Clark Kent is not real to Americans. Superman is an alien who can fly, take bullets to the face, jump over skyscrapers, lift skyscrapers, etc. Likewise, Spiderman is not real either. Spiderman has ridiculous motor skills allowing him to slow down time in his head and react at alarming rates. He also shoots webs out of his wrists allowing him to swing from building to building almost effortlessly. This “spider power” also gives him the ability to climb walls and be super strong. Batman’s “superpower” is his money and his abilities. He doesn’t have any supernatural ability that helps him fight his enemies. We love Batman because he is simply an extraordinary man.
However, Batman is not just extraordinary because of his skills. He is actually an extraordinary soul. We see this throughout the trilogy in the sacrifices he makes for the good of the people, but we see it especially at the end of the Dark Knight (movie #2) in Gordon’s monologue. His son knows that Batman is good and asks Gordon, his father, why the police are chasing him. He replies
“Because he’s the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we’ll hunt him. Because he can take it. Because he’s not our hero. He’s a silent guardian, a watchful protector. A dark knight.”
Gordon describes why Americans love Batman. We love him for two reasons. Firstly, he’s rich and doesn’t have to fight crime. Secondly, we love him because while all other superheroes stand on their pedestal and soak in the fame of being super, Batman is willing to make all the necessary sacrifices to keep Gotham safe, even if it means he has to be labeled as the bad guy. He vows to work in the dark and protect the people, wearing a mask and fighting in the dead of night without a pat on the back or a sign of gratitude from the people.
Batman breaks all ties to what a traditional superhero is to Americans. We see Batman as a possibility, making his legend even more legendary.