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is a fictional character, a
appearing in comic books published by
. Batman was created by artist
, and first appeared in
#27 (May 1939). Originally referred to as "the Bat-Man" and still referred to at times as "the Batman," the character is additionally known as "the Caped Crusader," "the Dark Knight," and "the World's Greatest Detective," among other titles.
Batman is the
billionaire playboy, industrialist, and philanthropist. Having witnessed the murder of his parents as a child, he swore revenge on criminals, an oath tempered with the greater ideal of justice. Wayne trains himself both physically and intellectually and dons a
-themed costume in order to fight crime. Batman operates in the fictional
, assisted by various supporting characters including his crime-fighting partner,
, his butler
, the police commissioner
, and occasionally the heroine
. He fights an assortment of villains, often referred to as the "rogues gallery," which includes the
Ra's al Ghul
, among many others. Unlike most superheroes, he does not possess any
; he makes use of intellect, detective skills, science and technology, wealth, physical prowess, martial arts skills, an indomitable will, fear, and intimidation in his continuous war on crime.
Batman became a very popular character soon after his introduction and gained his own comic book title,
, in 1940. As the decades wore on, differing interpretations of the character emerged. The late 1960s
television series used a
aesthetic which continued to be associated with the character for years after the show ended. Various creators worked to return the character to his dark roots, with varying results. The comic books of this dark stage culminated in the acclaimed 1986 miniseries
The Dark Knight Returns
, as well as
Batman: The Killing Joke
Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth
, among others. The overall success of
feature films have also helped maintain public interest in the character.
American cultural icon
, Batman has been
licensed and adapted into a variety of media
, from radio to television and film, and appears on a variety of merchandise sold all over the world such as toys and video games. The character has also intrigued psychiatrists with many trying to understand the character's psyche and his true ego in society. In May 2011, Batman placed second on IGN's Top 100 Comic Book Heroes of All Time, after
magazine also listed him second in their 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters of All Time.
The character has been portrayed in films by
, George Clooney,
, and soon by
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