Batman first appeared in American culture as a comic book hero in Detective Comics #27 of May 1939. His creators Bob Kane (artist) and Bill Finger (writer) depicted him as a “The Caped Crusader” and “The Dark Knight.” Batman comics were extremely successful and spawned several movies and a hit TV show from 1966-68.
The TV show’s humorous, tongue-in-cheek approach attracted actors like Shelly Winters and Cesar Romero, who played archetypal villains. The most memorable of the Batman villains are probably The Joker, The Riddler, The Penguin, Cat Woman and Mr. Freeze.
It’s been suggested that the relationship between Batman and Robin, the “Boy Wonder,” has homosexual overtones, especially in the TV show depiction.
Batman also appeared in an animated TV series from 1992-1995.
Batman movies began in 1943. The more recent Batman film productions have leaned toward the dark and gloomy instead of the comical. Some say this is more in keeping with Batman’s original character. The most recent film, Dark Knight Rises, however, seems a bit lighter in tone, with some comical moments found in scenes between Batman and Cat Woman.
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