Batman was created by Bob Kane (who was the artist) and writer Bill Finger. While only Kane receives the credit for creating Batman (since most of the features of Batman came from his ideals) only very few know who else “co-created” Batman. Batman first appeared in “comic” book history in Detective Comics #27 in mid May of 1939. After Batman got more famous in Detective Comics, he eventually got his own series which was titled “Batman.” This came into existence in early April 1940. He is the second comic book hero to have a costume (The Phantom being the first).
Batman’s origin story is fairly consistent throughout his various incarnations. At a young age, Bruce Wayne witnessed the murder of his parents, Thomas and Martha Wayne, during a mugging-gone-wrong. Afterwards, he dedicated his life to ridding his home, Gotham City, of the criminal element that stole their lives, devoting himself to reaching the peak of physical and intellectual perfection. He donned a costume in the image of a bat to prey on the fears of superstitious criminals. However, throughout the years, the Waynes’ murderer has changed a few times. Originally, the Waynes were killed by a nameless, random thug, to represent the senseless nature of street crime. In 1948 it was revealed that the Waynes had been killed by a specific thug named Joseph Chill, who is later discovered to have been a mafia hitman paid to kill them. Tim Burton’s 1989 movie interpretation then attributes the Waynes’ murder to Batman’s arch-nemesis the Joker. In 2005’s Batman Begins, the origin resets back to Joe Chill, this time a poverty-stricken man who is later repentant. Joe is then murdered to cover the crimes of mob boss Carmine Falcone, against whom Chill was going to testify. Despite these divergences, there is a consensus that witnessing his parents’ murders makes him resolve to devote his life to ending crime.
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Origin of the Batman
Bruce Wayne grew up with no worries in his life. He had loving parents that owned Wayne Corp. and were skilled surgeons. Bruce’s Parents taught him the goodness of Justice and that he should always believe in something although no one is with you. Thomas and Martha Wayne also helped people whenever they could, wanting to set an example for their son. However when Bruce was 8 years of age, his world changed. When he and his parents were leaving the theater after seeing a movie, they were ambushed by a petty thief named Joe Chill. Joe just wanted the pearls around Martha Wayne’s neck, but as she was handing them over, Thomas stepped in and got shot in his chest. In shock, Martha screamed for help so Joe also shot her. Joe then ran into the shadows of the alley, leaving a young Bruce kneeling in his parent’s blood.
When Bruce had the memorial for his parents, the family butler, Alfred, came to take him back to the mansion. Bruce did not say anything on the trip, he went up to his room and he shut the door behind him. He made an oath to stop evil and to do his best to erase it. When he finished high school, Bruce began his training. He first began to study criminology, the psyche of criminals, detective skills and more, that would help him in his fight against crime. He mastered these abilities so well that he would eventually be known as the World’s Greatest Detective.
When he was 20, he traveled the world to improve on what he already knew about criminals. He then went to train with the best martial artists in the world, mastering over 12 forms of hand-to-hand combat. While he was training in martial arts, he was also being trained by John Zatara, a talented stage magician, who taught him escapology. Bruce was also accompanied by Zatara’s daughter Zatanna, who was training to become a genuine sorceress. Zatanna and Bruce dated briefly while he was learning escapology, and remain friends as superheroes and fellow members of the Justice League today.
They soon went their separate ways, when Bruce had to leave to go to China. When he was 25 he finished his training, becoming perfect physically and mentally. Bruce still continues to train keeping his body fit for anything. Bruce then became “The Darkness Of The Night”.
He became Batman.
Batman is one of several famous comic book characters. However, unlike Superman, Wonder Woman etc, he is known for being the Super hero with no powers – instead relying on a vast array of skills and gadgets.
Skills & Abilities
Bruce Wayne has trained his body and mind to become a weapon. He constantly trains himself everyday to stay fit and ready for anything. Bruce is more fit than any non-meta on earth. Batman knows more than 120 major martial arts, and also knows where all the pressure points are on the human body so he can incapacitate his foes without killing them. When Bruce was at the age of 14 he did not drink or eat anything that would ruin his physical/mental workout. Realistically this display of peak human ability can be compared to Bruce Lee – a man who dedicated his life to pushing the human body to the limit and could achieve what men many times his size would struggle doing. Like Wayne, Bruce Lee never ate harmful foods that could damage his body.
- Peak Of Human Strength: Bruce has many times shown how strong he is. A good example being: when Batman was saving people in a burning building he jumped in and held over 1010 pounds on his arms. Another example is that he can bend steel, and also break it with his bare hands. Batman can also knock someone out with one punch.
- Peak Of Human Speed: Batman can run faster than any Olympic athlete and non-meta on earth. He can run up to 4 hours without showing major fatigue.
- Peak Of Human Durability: Batman has been broken, shot, thrown off of buildings and even been punched by Superman! However, this never stops Batman.
- Peak Of Human Endurance: Batman can hold his breath underwater for longer than 3 minutes and 15 seconds.
- Peak Of Human Reflexes: Batman honed his reflexes to such a degree that he could catch Green Arrow‘s arrow in mid-air.
- Peak Of Human Agility: Batman’s agility surpasses any Olympic athlete, he uses special French agility while he is jumping from rooftop to rooftop. Dick Grayson has also had extra training in acrobatics for his years as a performer in a circus.
- Body Armor: The primary component of the “Batsuit” is a full-body armor that protects him from almost any physical attack. Made from Kevlar and enhanced by various other materials, it can stop bullets and bladed attacks, and resist fire and other traumas.
- Batcape: The cape, while varying in function depending on the author’s interpretation, is another constant to Batman’s costume, granting him additional theatricality and lending to his “bat-like” appearance. Some adaptations depict it as being an armored element: bulletproof, fireproof, and shockproof. Most interpretations, however, depict the cape as having weighted tips, capable of being used for an attack as well as granting Batman the ability to glide over distance and from height.
- Cowl: The signature Batman cowl is armored as well as containing listening devices, sonar/night vision, and a link and interface with the Bat-Computer.
- Arm-scallops: The purpose of the blade-like flaps on Batman’s forearms also varies depending on the interpretation, but they have also been a constant part of his appearance. Modern interpretations utilize these as another defensive option, being capable of stopping and even destroying bladed weapons.
- Utility Belt: Containing any extra pieces of equipment Batman has selected for the situation at hand, the utility belt is as iconic as the emblem across his chest. While its presence is a constant, what it contains is as varied as the situations and foes that Batman faces. From ninja-like items such as smoke bombs and bat-shaped shuriken to larger crime-fighting implements such as a remote charge launcher and various grapple guns, the utility belt and the gadgets it carries are the most important tools in Batman’s arsenal.
Batman has various pieces of equipment in his utility belt that he uses to help him to combat crime. A few examples of these from Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham Asylum Series include:
- Batarang: Batman’s signature throwing weapon, Batarang are shuriken that can be used to knock out an opponent, trigger distant switches or control panels, and even cut ropes.
- Grapple Gun: While not employable in every situation, the grapple gun is Batman’s primary means of conveyance. Compact and gas-powered, the grapple gun launches an edged and magnetic hook that allows Batman to pull himself to distant positions.
- Batclaw: Differing in purpose from the grapple gun, the Batclaw is used to pull distant objects and enemies, towards Batman and, in its upgraded state, can even pull down weak walls.
- Remote Control Batarang (RCB): RCB can be used to knock out distant enemies or activate switches that may be obstructed by walls or other obstacles.
- Explosive Gel: Explosive Gel is used to blow down weakened structures or incapacitate nearby enemies. Additionally, Batman has the ability to manually detonate this gel or set it for proximity detonation.
- Sonic Batarang: A electrified Batarang that is used to distract enemies. In Arkham Asylum, enemies wearing electronic collars can be incapacitated when the Batarang’s secondary function is activated.
- Line Launcher: Launching a metallic cable between two adjacent points, the line launcher allows Batman to span chasms when the grapple gun or cape glide cannot be employed. In Arkham City, the launcher may be redeployed mid-span to change direction.
- Cryptographic Sequencer: Resembling a miniature computer, Batman utilizes this to remotely hack into nearby computer terminals and door controls. It can also be used to intercept, decode, and listen to various radio frequencies.
Batman is a game based on the first Batman movie starring Michael Keaton as Batman and Jack Nicholson as the Joker. The game follows the story of the film while still featuring villains that weren’t in the film like Killer Moth. The game is a sidescrolling platformer that allows players to wall jump.
Batman: Return of the Joker
Batman: Return of the Joker is the sequel to Batman. The premise of the game is that the Joker is alive after he was thought to be dead and now he’s terrorizing Gotham again. Batman must stop the Joker. Like its predecessor, Return of the Joker is a platforming game. However, this game gives Batman an arm cannon for whatever reason and so now Batman shoots and kills his enemies.
Batman Returns is based on the second installment of the original Batman movies with Michael Keaton. The game follows the same plot as the film with Batman taking on the Penguin in Gotham city. Unlike the previous two entries, Batman Returns is a sidescrolling beat-em-up that allows players to use various combos on Batman’s enemies.
Batman: The Animated Series
Batman: The Animated Series marks the first Batman game to be based on the iconic series. The game is split up into five episodes featuring various villains from Batman’s rogues’ gallery. The game allows players to control both Batman and Robin. Though most of the game is spent playing as Batman. The game is in black and white because it was a GameBoy exclusive.
The Adventures of Batman and Robin
The Adventures of Batman and Robin is the second game based on Batman: The Animated Series. The gameplay and story are different depending on the console the game is on. The story is based loosely on various episodes of the show and features title cards for each episode. The gameplay is where the changes are the most evident. The SNES version is a platforming game that features Robin as an NPC instead of a playable character. Meanwhile, the Genesis version is a run ‘n’ gun game where Batman’s Batarangs are used in place of guns. Also, Robin is an actual playable character in this version.
Batman Forever is based on the third Batman film in the original movie series this time with Val Kilmer replacing Michael Keaton as Batman. The game follows the same plot as the film with the origin story of Robin and Batman’s quest to stop Two-Face and the Riddler. This game is a brawler-style fighting game unlike the previous games based on the original Batman movies.
Batman & Robin
Batman & Robin is based on the critically panned film of the same name with George Clooney replacing Kilmer and Keaton as Batman. This game also marks the Dark Knight’s transition into 3D gaming. The game follows the same plot as the film with Batman and Robin trying to stop Poison Ivy, Mr. Freeze, and Bane. While also introducing Batgirl into the Batman family. Players can choose which one of the three they can play as. The game features an open world like the Arkham Series does.
Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker
Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker is a game based on the film of the same name. The plot is about the Joker returning to Gotham city years after he was thought to have been dead and terrorizes Neo Gotham. Basically the same plot as the movie. The game is a 3D beat-em-up where players play as Terry MiGinus instead of Bruce Wayne. To this day Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker is the only video game based on the iconic series. The Batman Beyond version Batman was featured as an alternate skin in Justice League Heroes, Injustice, and the Arkham Series, but has never gotten a game of its own since Return of the Joker.
Batman: Chaos In Gotham
Batman: Chaos In Gotham is the first game based on The New Batman Adventures which was the sequel series to Batman: The Animated Series. The game very similar to the BTAS game in the sense that it’s a 2D platformer and its story is told in episodes. Batgirl acts as the stand-in for Robin in Chaos In Gotham since Dick Grayson leaves Batman in TNBA.
Batman: Vengeance is a game based on The New Batman Adventures which was the follow-up series to Batman The Animated Series. The game begins with Batman saving a woman named Mary Flinn from a bomb and subsequently learning that she’s being hunted by the Joker. Batman then is forced to stop a series of unrelated crimes carried out by the Joker & Harley, Mr. Freeze, and Poison Ivy while he and Batgirl try to find a link between all of the crimes. The game is an action-platforming game that includes stealth elements as well as basic fighting. It also includes a first-person mode that is activated whenever Batman uses his gadgets. The game also features levels where players pilot the Batplane and Batmobile.
Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu
Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu is the sequel to Batman: Vengeance. This time Batman must recapture all the inmates who were free in simultaneous breakouts at Arkham Asylum and Stonegate Prison. Bane, Clayface, and Scarecrow were set free to obstruct Batman’s ability to discover who was behind the breakouts. Eventually, Batman learns that Sin Tzu masterminded the breakouts to test Batman’s worthiness as an adversary. Sin Tzu was an original character created by Jim Lee for the purposes of the game and was only ever feature in the game’s tie-in comics. Rise of Sin Tzu unlike its predecessor features a co-op mode where players can play as Nightwing, Robin, and Batgirl. However, they’re not featured in the game’s cutscenes, and instead, the narrative only focuses on Batman and not his sidekicks. Even if players enable co-op. Rise of Sin Tzu is a 3D beat-em-up game, unlike its predecessor.
Batman: Dark Tomorrow
Batman: Dark Tomorrow is based on the Batman comics, unlike most Batman games at the time of its release. The story follows Batman as he stops a gang war between Black Mask and Scarface. Then he learns that Commissioner Gordon was taken hostage at Arkham Asylum by the Joker and that Joker has freed all the inmates. When Batman arrives at Arkham Asylum to stop Joker he realizes that this was an elaborate scheme by Ra’s Al Ghul to distract Batman from his plan to destroy the modern world. The game features similar gameplay to Batman: Vengeance, but it is nowhere near as polished.
Batman Begins is based on the first installment of Christopher Nolan’s critically acclaimed Dark Knight Trilogy with Christian Bale portraying the titular hero. The game’s story tells the story of how Bruce Wayne became Batman and has Batman go up against the same villains that were in the film including Scarecrow, Ra’s Al Ghul, Zsasz, and Falcone. The game is one of the most faithful video game adaptations of a film to date. It only includes villains from the film and rarely alters scenes to fit the game. Its gameplay has a similar style of stealth and fighting. Unfortunately, Batman Begins remains the only video game based on the Dark Knight Trilogy. With the Dark Knight video game being canceled because Pandemic Studios went bankrupt and the Dark Knight Rises being only a mobile game making Batman Begins the only installment of the trilogy to receive a video game adaptation. The Dark Knight Trilogy version of Batman was featured as an alternate Batman skin in Batman Arkham Knight and Arkham Origins, and the Tumbler was featured as a Batmobile skin in Arkham Knight.
Justice League Heroes
Batman is featured as a playable character in the action-RPG Justice League Heroes. The game follows the Justice League as the work to stop Brainiac from activating a Mother Box on earth. The Justice League battles Killer Frost, the Key, Gorilla Grodd, Queen Bee, and Doomsday in they try to stop Brainiac. However, the Mother Box activates and unleashes Darkseid on Earth. Darkseid then turns Earth into another Apocalypse. The Justice League then has to work to stop Darkseid and reverse his damage to Earth. Even though Batman is featured in Justice League Heroes, none of his villains were featured as bosses. Everyone else had at least one of their villains as bosses with Superman having three villains as bosses. Even Martian Manhunter had a villain as a boss. The game features similar gameplay to the X-Men Legends and Marvel Ultimate Alliance games, but instead of teams of four heroes, Justice League Heroes includes teams of two heroes. Most teams are preset for the missions instead of being able to change teams at will. There are missions where players do get to create their teams for missions, but those teams can’t be changed after players start the missions.
DC Universe vs Mortal Kombat
Batman is featured as a playable character in the crossover fighting game Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe. The premise of Mortal Kombat Vs. DC Universe is that the MK and DC universes have merged and pitted the heroes and villains of both universes against each other. On top of that, mysterious rage energy has possessed the heroes and villains of the universes. The characters learn that a new villain named Dark Kahn is responsible for the merging of the universes. Dark Kahn was an amalgamation of Darkseid and Shao Kahn. The heroes of the DC universe unite with the villains of the DC universe to stop Dark Kahn. The characters in the MK universe do likewise.
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Batman: Arkham Asylum begins with Batman, having just captured The Joker, returning his arch-nemesis to the titular mental hospital, where many of his most feared enemies are being held captive. Immediately after being taken into custody, the Joker escapes and quickly takes over, releasing the inmates, and locking Batman in. It is then up to Batman to regain control of the asylum and foil The Joker’s sinister plan. To escape the asylum, Batman must take on many of his iconic villains and hundreds of recently transferred Blackgate thugs to win back Arkham. This game introduced the Arkham series’ free-flow combat and invisible predator systems that later games would improve upon.
Batman: Arkham City
Batman: Arkham City is set one year after the events of Arkham Asylum. After taking credit for the defeat of The Joker, Ex-Arkham Warden Quincy Sharp has become the new mayor of Gotham City. Declaring Arkham Asylum & Blackgate Prison inadequate, Sharp has the slums of Gotham walled off in order to create a new mega-prison for the city’s rapidly growing inmate population. With walls in place and the prisoners left to fend for themselves, Psychologist Hugo Strange is brought in as the warden of this new prison. Released in October of 2011 and building off the acclaimed gameplay systems found in Arkham Asylum, Arkham City features a much larger, open-world setting, appearances by even more classic Batman villains, and up to four playable characters.
Injustice: Gods Among Us
Batman is one of the playable characters in the fighting game Injustice: Gods Among Us. Since he lacks superpowers, Batman fights using non-lethal weapons and gadgets. His character trait allows him to summon a swarm of robotic bats, which he can throw towards his opponent. His super move is “The Dark Knight”, in which he throws an explosive Batarang at his opponent, shocks him/her with two tasers, and then rams him/her with the Batmobile.
In this game, Batman travels to an alternate reality, where his alternate self is the leader of an insurgency movement to bring down the regime of Superman, who has become a dictator. The Batmen assemble the heroes of the prime reality to defeat the regime.
Batman: Arkham Origins
Batman: Arkham Origins is set five years before the events of Arkham Asylum and features a younger unrefined Batman. The crime lord Black Mask puts out a bounty on Batman’s head and hires Bane, Deathstroke, Deadshot, Lady Shiva, Copperhead, Killer Croc, Firefly, and the Electrocutioner to kill Batman. Nothing is at it seems in Arkham Origins and Batman learns of a new player in Gotham’s criminal underworld, the Joker. Arkham Origins tells the story of how Batman first met the Joker. Arkham Origins features shock gloves that allow players to brush through hordes of enemies with ease once the meter is filled.
Batman: Arkham Knight
Batman: Arkham Knight is the final installment in Rocksteady’s acclaimed Arkham trilogy. The game follows Batman as he tries to stop the Scarecrow from unleashing his fear toxin on Gotham City and tearing the city apart. Scarecrow also unites Batman’s entire rogues gallery to help him destroy Batman. Subsequently, a new adversary enters the fray named the Arkham Knight who is helping the Scarecrow carry out his plans. The Arkham Knight is a skilled fighter like Batman and has an arsenal of weapons at his disposal. On top of this, Batman is looking for the last five victims of the Joker’s poisoning of Gotham hospitals from Arkham City and cure them. Batman also sees hallucinations of his diseased arch-nemesis as the story progresses. Arkham Knight expands on the gameplay elements from the previous games and includes multitarget takedowns for predator mode. The game gives players AI companions for certain sections of the game allowing players to switch between Batman and whatever ally he’s teamed up. There’s a meter that players can build that allows players to do a team takedown on enemies. Arkham Knight also allows players to drive the Batmobile and use it in combat.
Batman: The Telltale Series
Batman: The Telltale Series is a Batman game with Telltale’s trademark point and click roleplaying game elements. The game allows players to live the lives of both Bruce Wayne and Batman as they work to keep Gotham City safe. Batman is trying to bring down the Falcone Crime Family and Bruce is working to help elect his friend, Harvey Dent, as Gotham’s new mayor so the city has a mayor willing to take on organized crime. When all of the sudden the Children of Arkham come to terrorize Gotham lead by the mysterious villain Lady Arkham. On the way Batman meets Catwoman who helps him fight the Children of Arkham. Bruce also notices that his childhood friend Oswald Cobblepot has joined the Children of Arkham and now has stop his friend in order to save him. The game is a role-playing game so by its nature, it allows players to choose various paths to the story with different outcomes. They choose to be extremely brutal with criminals or not, they can choose to approach a situation as Batman or Bruce Wayne, or they can make choices that cause the birth of villains like Two-Face. The game also features original interpretations of characters like the Penguin.
Batman is featured as a playable character in the fighting game Injustice 2. Set five years after Injustice, The Earth One Regime has been defeated and Superman is imprisoned. However, Gorilla Grodd forms a new supervillain team called the Society and they plan to take over the world. This forces Batman to try and reunite the Justice League to stop the Society. Then Brainiac comes to Earth to destroy it and capture all of the world’s major cities beforehand. This forces Batman to free Superman from his prison and the pair to team up just like old times to stop Brainiac and The Society. Injustice 2’s gameplay makes improvements to the first game’s, but it’s still primarily the same. The game does however ditch alternate skins in favor of a gear system with select characters having premiere skins. Batman’s premiere skin was Bruce Wayne.
Batman: The Enemy Within
Batman: The Enemy Within is a sequel to Telltale’s first Batman game with all of the same elements of the first game intact. This game sees Batman as he meets the Riddler for the first time since becoming Batman. Following his encounter with the Riddler, Batman meets a group of villains called the Pact, which was previously lead by the Riddler. The Pact is looking for Project LOTUS which was a restorative agent for the human body. The Riddler promised Bane it would cure him of his venom addiction, Mr. Freeze it would cure Nora, and Harley Quinn that it would undo her hereditary mental instabilities. However, Riddler never told the group about the negative side effects of LOTUS. Amanda Waller and the Agency come to Gotham aware of the Pact’s existence and have Bruce Wayne infiltrate the Pact to prevent them from obtaining LOTUS. When Bruce infiltrates the Pact he notices that his old friends Catwoman and John Doe (the Joker) are part of the Pact and begins to put his trust in them. Like its predecessor, The Enemy Within is a role-playing game that allows players to choose their own destiny. In The Enemy Within the player’s decisions will determine whether or not the Joker is a criminal or vigilante in the final episode. If the Joker is a vigilante he is an ally of Batman’s and they team up against Amanda Waller and the Suicide Squad who were previously members of the Pact. Until the Joker and Batman inevitably become enemies. If the Joker is a villain he and Harley build a criminal empire and manufacture Project LOTUS in Ace Chemicals and plan to use it on Gotham. This forces Batman and Catwoman to have to stop the Joker and Harley.
Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe
Fearing for his world is under threat by otherworldly invaders, Batman builds a new security system: OMAC (Outer World Monitor and Auto Containment), designed to detect and imprison invaders from other universes. It is demonstrated by spotting a breach in Metropolis.