The Batman phenomenon started in the 1930s when America was preparing for
war, and all the people needed something to get there minds off of everything and
get distracted from the violence of war. Certain things could help with just that.
Some of things were banjo playing, musical comedy, mystery stories, Jazz music,
and finally, comic books. Comic books were a mix of funny, colorful, characters
that kids and adults loved. In 1938, Superman made his first appearance as the
very first comic book superhero. This new hero coming to life excited everyone.
Superman was such a big success, yet publishers wanted another character for
their superhero comic books. They did not know that that character would become
one of the best and most popular comic book sellers of all time.
In the early 1930's, Robert Kane was only a teenager when he got the idea of Batman.
This happened just when the comic industry was being introduced to the world, with
Superman leading the introduction of superheroes. Robert got the idea of making an
character opposite of the Man of Steel; a mysterious vigilante who was also based in
humanity. Robert had been inspired by a book by Leonardo da Vinci which was about
cool inventions and ideas. One of those ideas showed a man in a sled with huge wings
spreading out of it like a glider. Bob noticed how the wings looked like bat wings, which
inspired him to create Batman with a bat-like costume.
It was Bob's dream to live in a castle in Italy while being catered to by a butler. This
dream was incorporated into the Batman character. Batman and his alter ego Bruce
Wayne, lived in a mansion and has a butler by the name of Alfred Pennyworth.
Bob was the person who put pencil to paper and created the first image of Batman in 1939.
With inspiration from Leonardo Da Vinci's drawings, he created a character with wings and a
domino mask. It was Bill Finger who later collaborated with him and made changes to
Batman's costume, changing the original wings to a cape, adding gloves and finally adding the
iconic half mask with bat ears. Bill was also the one who thought of the name Bruce Wayne for
Batman's secret identity. This character was presented to the executives at DC Comics and
they liked their idea. Issue 27 of Detective Comics was the introduction of the Bat-Man, a
caped crusader who would solve mysteries and fight criminals. When the issue was released
it sold more than any other Detective Comics issue. It was then that Bat-Man began his
DID YOU KNOW?
Batman was created as a
combination of Zorro, Dracula,
and the Shadow.
In the 1950s, Batman was becoming less popular.
Comic books weren't selling. his popularity fell so
much, that they were planning to get rid of Batman
altogether. So National Comics industry hired Julius
Schwartz to modernize The Batman. Batman's
costume was redesigned and the Bat-mobile was
given a whole new look. When these changes to
The Batman were made, his popularity slowly
started to rise once again.
THE COMIC WORLD
The Bat-Man issues continued in the Detective Comics for
another 100 issues. During the series, many characters were
introduced. Such as the Joker, Catwoman, Two-face, Bat-girl,
and Robin, the Boy Wonder. Since the Batman series was
doing so well, Bob insisted that the Bat-Man was to get his
own series. DC Comics agreed, and in 1946, The Bat-Man got
his own comic book series Called Batman. In his own series,
Batman became even more popular.
DID YOU KNOW?
One of the first personality
ideas for Batman was for
him to be homosexual? It
was later changed by
MOVIE AND FILM 1/3
In 1966, the Batman movie and TV series, which starred Adam
West and Burt Ward, was introduced to the public. The Batman's
popularity didn’t last long as the TV series only ran for two years.
Batman resurfaced in the late 80s, winning a new fan base due
to his new look in the film, Batman: Rise of the Joker. Fans loved
the new Batman, and it was a big success for Twentieth Century
Fox. In fact, it did so well, they prepared for the second movie.
MOVIE AND FILM 2/3
As the latest Batman movie was a big success, PolyGram Filmed
Entertainment Studios were already working on the next Batman
sequel: The Batman Returns, which starred the Penguin and
Catwoman. Batman Forever was then added as the third
installment of the movie series. The final movie, Batman and
Robin, was in theatres just years later. Batman fans were so
excited about the movie because it starred Robin the boy wonder,
who was able to fight crime alongside Batman for the final Batman
DID YOU KNOW?
who starred in The
Terminator played Mr.
Freeze in the film,
Batman and Robin?
MOVIE AND FILM 3/3
The latest Trilogy
In 2005, Warner Bros. decided that it was time to start a new franchise with release of a new
Batman trilogy, starting with the film, Batman Begins. The movie starred Christian Bale as
Batman/Bruce Wayne and Cillian Murphy as the Scarecrow. The movie grossed 372 million
dollars worldwide. Due to the success, Twentieth Century Fox decided to make the second
movie in 2008, and it was called The Dark Knight. The movie got even better ratings then the
first, so Warner Bros. knew they had finalize the trilogy with the 2012 film, The Dark Knight
In the present, Batman is seen everywhere. In comic books,
movies, and even has his picture on a lunchbox. Batman still
continues in his own comic series, his own animated TV shows,
video games, and even new movies such as Man of steel 2/Batman
vs. Superman, which my father is working on right now in Detroit.
To this day, Batman continues to be one of the greatest and most
popular fictional superheroes of all time.
Batman gets many changes
Gets own series
Bob Kane's death
The Dark Knight returns
Batman: Rise of the Joker released
Bat-Man starts series in
Batman is created
Batman Begins released
Batman Forever released
Batman returns released
Batman movie comes out
Batman TV series begins
Batman TV series ends
The Dark Knight released
Batman and Robin released
For this Passion Project, I believe I did a good job. I have good
visuals, with good transitions, and lots of detailed writing in my
work. One thing I might have to work on is focusing on getting the
writing done first instead of the visuals. But otherwise I think I did
really well. Plus, I think my interest for The Dark Knight has grown
ever since I started this project, because of all the interesting facts
I have discovered. One of the facts I found the most interesting
was that Bob Kane wasn't the one who made up everything about
Batman, but many more people as well and that surprised me.