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The History of Batman
Transcript of The History of Batman
Batman's first Appearance was in May, 1939
The first appearance of Batman was in Detective Comics #27. He was originally known as "The Bat-Man", and is now sometims called "The Batman", "The Dark Knight", "The Caped Crusdaer" and other titles.
When Bob sold the Batman rights to DC, he stipulated that he would recieve a portion of all profits made from Batman products, and he must have his own credited byline. No one could share this byline with him. Bill never got any credit while he was alive, and only recently started to get some recognition for his hand in Batman.
Bob Kane was the creator of Batman.
OR WAS HE?
PRETTY MUCH NOTHING
The History of Batman
Presented by: Kristin Philpot and Sharlee Linder
Legally, all work in the Batman name must be credited to Bob Kane, but as it turns out, he may not actually deserve the credit. His assistent, Bill Finger, actually contributed more to the Batman we all know and love then Kane did.
Originally, DC came to Kane and asked him to create a hero that could rival the success of Superman. However, the character he invented was no Batman. Instead, he created a hero called "Birdman".
So what DID Bob come up with?
Jerry Robinson, who was the real creator of the Joker (Another person that Bob Kane cheated out of recognition) is quoted saying: "I felt that I was part of a team. Unfortunately Bob did not feel that way, most of all with Bill. He should have credited Bill as co-creator, because I know; I was there."
A Detective Comics #27 is now worth an estimated $2,500,000
Young Bruce Wayne's parents' were killed in Cime Alley when he was eight. His anger and desire for justice over the loss of his parents is what fueled him to become Batman. With the help of his butler, Alfred Pennyworth, he created a Batcave filled with gadgets and tools to help him fight crime.
Richard John "Dick" Grayson was an acrobat in Haly's Circus, a traveling circus. He was a part of The Flying Graysons, a famous acrobatic group consisting of Dick and his parents. One night, the circus made a stop in Gotham. During their performance, his parents fell to their deaths'. He is then adopted by Bruce Wayne, who takes pity on the boy, relating to his story. Soon after, Dick not only discovers that his parents' death was no accident, but he also finds out the alter ego of his caregiver. Dick then takes up the "Robin" name, becoming Batman's partner so that he can bring justice for his parents. He later becomes the hero Nightwing.
The creation of Robin was an important part of comic book history. The character was originally introduced to attract younger readership. This was successful. Robin is now a well-recognized figure in the world, not only by comic book readers, but by all types of people.
Dick Grayson, the first Robin, created and lead the original Teen Titans, a team that consisted of Kid Flash, Aqualad, Speedy, and Wonder Girl. This was created in 1964. This team has evolved over time and has had many different series', and is now one of the most successful titles of all time. In 1980, the team was rebooted to include the all-new characters of Starfire, Cyborg, Raven, and Beast Boy. This team went on to be very popular, and gaining popularity in their own cartoon TV show.
Jason Peter Todd was the second Robin. Jason was an orphan living on the streets before Batman took him in. He was not as popular as the first Robin, and in the 1988 special "Batman: A Death in the Family" readers were asked to call in and vote if Jason should live or die. People voted in favor of his death; 5,343 to 5,271.
However, in the 2005 "Under the Red Hood" story arc, he was resurrected and became a new antihero, Red Hood, who was willing to kill.
Timothy Jackson "Tim" Drake was the third Robin. Tim was in the audience at Haly's Circus the night Dick Grayson's parents were killed. Tim discovered Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson's alter egos on his own, impressing both Dick and Alfred, whom then convinced Bruce to take Tim as his partner. Tim left as Robin when Damian Wayne, Bruce's biological son, demanded to be the new Robin. Tim then created the alter ego of "Red Robin".
Stephanie Brown was introduced as the daughter of a criminal called Cluemaster. She became a crime-fighter named Spoiler, and would go on to become the fourth Robin and the third Batgirl. As Robin, she was killed off, but later it was revealed that her death had been faked. In the new continuity, it is said that she never was Robin, and instead became Batgirl.
Damian Wayne is the fifth Robin and the biological son of Bruce Wayne. His mother is Talia al Ghul, the leader of a group called the League of Assassins. Damian was raised by his mother to kill, but once his father takes custody of him he shows him that you can do good and fight crime without killing. Damian was ten years old when he took up the role of Robin. Damian was later killed off. The creator of the character, Grant Morrison, was reported saying that he originally intended to eventually kill the character off.
Batman Refrences in Pop Culture
In The Simpsons, Bart has an alter-ego called "Bart-Man"
In an episode of That 70s show, Eric calls himself "Bruce Wayne" and calls his car "The Batmobile". In another episode, Fez's conscience is Batman
In The Tick, there is a character called Batmanuel
Starkid created a parody musical called "Holy Musical B@man!"
Batman in Other Media
Batman has had many TV shows, including the 1960s Batman starring Adam West and Burt Ward, Batman The Animated Series, Batman Beyond, Batman The Brave and the Bold, and many more
Batman has had many movies, including the Dark Knight Trilogy
Batman has had many video games, including the Arkham series
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