Batman

Live-action and cartoons, features and serials, television shows and movies: Batman has starred in them all. Bob Kane and Bill Finger's Dark Knight debuted in the pages of ‘Detective Comics’ in 1939, and quickly made the transition to film and later to television. He’s not only one of the most popular comic-book heroes, he’s also one of the malleable; he’s been a camp icon (in Adam West’s series and film) and a menacing, shadowy avenger (in Tim Burton and later Christopher Nolan’s interpretations). After Christian Bale’s extremely successful tenure as the character, the next man to play Batman will be Ben Affleck, when he co-stars in next year’s ‘Batman v Superman.’

  • Notable Appearances:
  • Batman (1966-1968)
  • Batman (1989)
  • Batman Begins (2005)
  • The Dark Knight (2008)
  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Remembering Adam West, the First Best Batman
My 18-month-old daughter is suddenly very into superheroes. Every night before bed we do story time; this week she’s become obsessed with a board book called My First Batman Book. Since she likes when I sing the words of her books to her, I naturally began singing the theme to the classic 196…
Adam West, TV’s ‘Batman,’ Dies at 88
We’ve lost one of comic and TV culture’s most enduring favorites, as original Batman star Adam West has passed away. The smooth-voiced star became iconic for his portrayal of the ‘60s Caped Crusader, earning a place in the pop culture pantheon over the decades.

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