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The DC Comics superhero Batman (originally and still sometimes referred to as the Batman or the Bat-Man) is a fictional character who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. He has since become, along with Superman and Spider-Man, one of the world's most well-known comic-book characters. Batman was co-created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, although only Kane receives official credit for the character.
His true identity is Bruce Wayne, billionaire industrialist, playboy, and philanthropist. Witnessing the murder of his parents as a child led him to train himself to the peak of physical and intellectual perfection, don a costume, and fight crime. Unlike many other superheroes, he does not possess superhuman powers or abilities; he makes use of intellect, detective skills, technology, and physical prowess in his war on crime.
BatmanThis big creen spin-off of the popular Batman televison series, Adam West's Batman was the first full-length theatrical adaptation of the DC Comics character. It was later to acquire the video-box title Batman: The Movie. The 20th Century Fox release starred Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin. Filmed at the end of season one of the ABC primetime Batman TV series of the 1960s (between April 25 and May 31, 1966 at an estimated $1,377,800), it featured four main criminals from the show, including "fiendish funnyman" the Joker (Cesar Romero), The "riddling" Riddler (Frank Gorshin), that "fowl bird" The Penguin (Burgess Meredith), and the "fiendish feline" Catwoman (Lee Meriwether). It was directed by Leslie H. Martinson, who won a Golden Gryphon for his efforts.
The 105-minute Batman opened at The Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas on Saturday, July 30, 1966 (between the first and second seasons of the TV series. Like the television series, the movie featured saturated colours, campy dialogue and special effects, and over-exaggeration in acting performances, effectively being a tongue-in-cheek parody. It performed poorly at the box office and is despised by many fans of the gothic horror "Creature of the Night" Batman.
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Batman & Robin, directed by Joel Schumacher, is the fourth installment in the comic book-inspired film series initiated by Tim Burton. Released in 1997, it starred George Clooney in his only appearance as Batman and Chris O'Donnell returning as Robin, and introduced Batgirl (Alicia Silverstone), a niece of Bruce Wayne's butler Alfred (Michael Gough). The villains in this movie are Poison Ivy, played by Uma Thurman, and Mr. Freeze, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger (who received top billing for this film).
Batman BeginsBatman Begins (2005) is an American film based on the comic book character created by Bob Kane. The movie was first released on June 15, 2005, directed by Christopher Nolan, and written by Nolan and David S. Goyer. Although it is the fifth live-action Batman movie since 1989, the movie is neither a sequel nor a prequel to the previous Tim Burton/Joel Schumacher movies, but rather a complete revision or reboot of the series. It more closely follows the darker psychological theme of the Batman comics and graphic novels. It was a critical and financial success from most viewpoints.
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Batman ForeverBatman Forever (1995) is the third of the Batman movies which began with Tim Burton's 1989 version of the character, althoug it is a major departure from previous entries in the franchise, with the dramatic changes to such things as the cast, design and Danny Elfman's theme, which is scrapped completely (The music was composed by Elliot Goldenthal). It starred Val Kilmer as Batman, in his first and only appearance as the Dark Knight, and marked the series debut of Robin (played by Chris O'Donnell).
Batman ReturnsBatman Returns is both the second Tim Burton Batman movie and the second Batman film starring Michael Keaton as the title character. This time, Batman meets The Penguin (Danny DeVito), Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer) and Max Shreck (Christopher Walken). It was released in theaters on June 19, 1992. The score by Danny Elfman creates gothic atmosphere by combining strings and children's choruses. The film is considered the darkest installment in the franchise and contains most of the artistic, theatrical, and fantastic elements often attributed to Tim Burton.
Batman TriumphantBatman Triumphant was to be the fifth film of the Batman series, to be launched between 1998 and 1999. George Clooney (Batman) and Chris O'Donnell (Robin) would come back in their prior roles and the main villain would be the Scarecrow. Joel Schumacher would assume the direction again.
Batman: Mask of the PhantasmBatman: Mask of the Phantasm is an animated film first released on December 25, 1993. Although released in the Tim Burton era, it is completely unrelated with the live-action movies. It was created by the same cast and crew as Batman: The Animated Series, having been originally intended as a direct-to-video spin-off from the series. The cartoon series was initially a marketing tie-in for the Batman Returns movie.
Batman: Mystery of the BatwomanBatman: Mystery of the Batwoman is an animated movie. Created by the same creative team as Batman: The Animated Series and Batman Beyond, the movie follows the time period of The New Batman/Superman Adventures, and is set before the implications shown in Return of the Joker have affected Robin. Initially, it seems a new hero has arrived in Gotham, but as the title suggests, it is a mystery to even Batman who this new Batwoman actually is. As the plot thickens, so does the mystery as Batman must figure out who Batwoman is and to stop familiar enemies' the Penguin' and Rupert Thorne from selling illegal weapons to the fictional nation of Kasnia. At the beginning of the story, they employ Carlton Duquesne, a gangster, to provide protection and muscle.
Batman: Dead EndBatman: Dead End is a fan film made by Sandy Collora that premiered July 19, 2003 at the San Diego Comic Con, and on the internet shortly thereafter.
The film, made for a reported $30,000 and actually shot on film, stars Clark Bartram as the Batman, who is chasing down an escaped Joker, played by Andrew Koenig. In a surprise move, popular science fiction franchise characters (Predators and Aliens) enter the fray and force a showdown. The Batman character had previously fought both races in a series of comic books from Dark Horse Comics, and the films draws some of its imagery from those comics.
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