Batman: Facts and Trivia

I can’t imagine a Batman movie not directed by Christopher Nolan. I once read an article that Joss Whedon was supposed to have a shot at it, but his storyline was rejected. I think it was a good thing. He’s better off with The Earth’s Mightiest Heroes: Avengers.

Last night, we were planning to immerse ourselves in a Batman marathon: Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. However promising, we weren’t able to watch the second. Time constraint. Nevertheless, I remembered that I wasn’t a Batman fan in the early 2000. Batman Begins began in 2005. As far as I could remember, I think that I was raptured by the comic oblivion when I was in my senior high. That was, I guess, 2006 or 7 (So young, right?).

As a comics enthusiast, I started watching both DC and Marvel comics. Both were great comics but I realized how real DC Comics gets when it comes to their story progression and how things are tightly knit in the same universe. Marvel, on the other hand, also has epic series of stories: X-Men, Avengers, etc. but it has multiple universes that makes it so difficult for the superheroes to meet in one place.

I thought that I can be a master of the two, but I guess it would take a lifetime to do it. Of course, I’m exaggerating. Well, it can be simply described as “conflict of interest”. You cannot just mix oil with water. But to clear things up, I respect Marvel. I do.

Anyway. Back to Batman. Here’s a series of facts and trivia about the caped crusader. Get to know him and you’ll see why my time spent with this hero is not a waste at all.

• Bob Kane created Batman, then developed by Bill Finger. The first description was:

“..a character who looked very much like Superman with kind of … reddish tights, I believe, with boots … no gloves, no gauntlets … with a small domino mask, swinging on a rope. He had two stiff wings that were sticking out, looking like bat wings. And under it was a big sign … BATMAN.”

• Batman first appeared in the Detective Comics #27, “The Case of the Chemical Syndicate” on May 1939.

• Bruce Wayne = Robert Bruce (Scottish Patriot) and Anthony Wayne (US General and Statesman).

• The Batman (1989) film was directed by Tim Burton with Michael Keaton as the Batman together with Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Robert Wuhl, Michael Gough, Pat Hingle, Billy Dee Williams, and Jack Palance.

• Bob Kane’s inspiration of the character came from the iconic heroes in the 30’s such as The Mark of Zorro and The Bat Whispers. While Bill Finger’s were Doc Savage, The Shadow, and Sherlock Holmes.

• Kane signed away ownership in the character in exchange for a mandatory byline on all Batman comics. Although Finger developed Batman the closest to how we see him today, he did not receive the same recognition. According to Jerry Robinson, who worked with them in Batman’s story development, Finger should have been the co-creator. However, the reason why he didn’t get the credit is because Finger was Kane’s ghost writer.

• Batman’s utility belt first appeared in July 1939 while his batarang and batmobile were on September, same year.

• In April 1940, Robin (Batman’s sidekick) was introduced.

• In June 1952, Batman paired with Superman as they uncovered their true identities. They were dubbed as “The Mightiest Team in the World”.

• Bruce Wayne’s parents were Dr. Thomas and Martha Wayne. He was brought up in Wayne Manor.

• Superman describes Batman as “the most dangerous man on Earth”.

• In Earth-two, Batman married Catwoman and they had a daughter named Helena (which later became, “Huntress”).

• BusinessWeek listed the character as one of the ten most intelligent superheroes appearing in American comics.

• Entertainment Weekly named Batman as one of The 20 All Time Coolest Heroes in Pop Culture.

• Forbes magazine estimated Bruce Wayne to be the 9th richest fictional character with his $5.8 billion fortune.

• In May 2011, Batman placed second on IGN’s Top 100 Comic Book Heroes of All Time, after Superman.

• Empire magazine also listed him second in their 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters of All Time.

The most-awaited trilogy-ender of Nolan’s Batman series. This will relentlessly shake the big screens. I can’t wait.

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