|A (very) brief history of Batman
1939 - Batman makes his first appearance in Detective Comics #27
Bob Kane created Batman with vital input from Bill Finger.
Bob Kane's account:
The Batman character evolved over the first year and in 1940 got his own title. Batman.
origin was revealed in Detective Comics #33, Finger's
story depicts a young Bruce Wayne witnessing his parents'
murder at the hands of a mugger. Later, at their grave,
he vows that "by the spirits of my parents, I will
avenge their deaths by spending the rest of my life
warring on all criminals."
Both the Batman and Superman comics did well through the 1950's including appeances together in "World's Finest Comics".
In the early to mid 1960's the popularity of Batman was in decline, to the extent that consideration was given to killing the character off. Instead there was a revamp, a new logo (with yellow background) appeared on Batman's chest and some characters introduced in the 1950's were no longer used.
Subsequent changes in comics to the Batman character history and moreso additional characters are somewhat complex and if covered would no longer leave this as a 'brief history'. In short, there is considered to be a Golden Age, a Silver Age and various 'modern' incarnations of Batman, all with much the same origin and approach but sometime quite different 'additional characters'. Essentially there are several reboots of the character.
Television and Film also saw some rather different takes on 'Batman'.
1966 saw the debut of the Batman television series starring Adam West and Burt Ward. Although somewhat farcical (especially looking back today), it proved very popular and created new-found interest in the comic books while the televsion series ran.
During the 1980's Batman's popularity again grew, with some stories taking a darker approach. 1989 saw the appearance of Tim Burton's "Batman" film starring Micheal Keaton, 1992 saw Keaton and Burton return for "Batman Returns". Val Kilmer replaces Keaton in 1995's "Batman Forever" with George Clooney taking on the role for "Batman and Robin" (1997).
2013 will see a new Batman series, this time CGI animated, "Beware the Batman".
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