BATMAN Biography - Fictional, Iconical & Mythological characters


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Batman is a fictional character, a comic book superhero co-created by               
artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger (although only Kane receives official         
credit) and published by DC Comics. 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 the fictional 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     
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 late 1960s Batman television series utilized a camp           
aesthetic associated with the character for years after the show ended. 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.