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Batman - A History of the Dark Knight

With the next Batman movie, The Dark Knight set for release on July 18th 2008, I thought now was a perfect time to do an in depth look at one of the most iconic of superheroes, the Batman.
The Dark Knight (film)Image via Wikipedia
Batman is a DC Comics character originally co-created by Bob Kane (artist) and Bill Finger (writer). Batman made his first appearance in isue 27 of Detective Comics (cover dated May 1939). Unlike most superheroes, Batman does not actually have any superpowers. Instead it is his obsession with the death of his parents that fuels him to train to fight crime. At various times over the last 70 years he has been portrayed in many different styles: Vigilante; psychopath; obsessive; campy. But perhaps the most enduring is his portrayal as the Dark Knight Detective who uses his intellect and thorough preparation rather than brute force to win.

As the popularity of the Batman character grew, it not only gained a second comic book title, but in the 60s made the jump to television where a radically different version of the character debuted and changed how the Batman was portrayed for years.

When Batman hit the big screen in 1989, the character was reinvented in the minds of the general public and cemented as a cultural icon.

Over the course of this multi-post series I will be looking at the character of the Batman, his history in comics, television and movies as well as looking at the creators of the character.

Eoghann Irving is amongst other things the creator and Editor of Solar Flare. He has a life long interest in all forms of science fiction and fantasy and a pressing need to share this interest with anyone who will listen. Find out more at his personal website

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