Robert Pattinson and Zoe Kravitz as Batman and Catwoman in 'The Batman'
Robert Pattinson and Zoe Kravitz as Batman and Catwoman in 'The Batman' | DC Comics

Batman is a fictional character who first appeared in DC Comics in 1939. He is the superhero alter ego of Bruce Wayne, the CEO of Wayne Enterprises. As a boy, Wayne witnessed his parents’ murder in a dark alley and vowed revenge on Gotham City’s criminals. So he trained physically and mentally and built an arsenal of innovative weapons in a cave under his estate.

Also known as the Dark Knight and the Caped Crusader, he typically wears a form-fitting black superhero suit. It includes boots, gloves, a flowing cape, a gadget belt, and a cowl with two points resembling bat ears. By day, he’s a billionaire bachelor, but by night, he dons the batsuit and emerges from his cave to vanquish the city’s villains.

Adam West portrayed the character in the 1966 live-action TV show Batman. Actors who have played the Dark Knight in movies include Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christian Bale, Ben Affleck, and Robert Pattinson.


  • Name/aliases: Bruce Wayne/Batman/Dark Knight/Caped Crusader
  • Comic book universe: DC Comics
  • Creators: Bob Kane, Bill Finger
  • First appeared: 1939
  • Notable actors who have played Batman: Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christian Bale, Ben Affleck, Robert Pattinson
  • Allies: Alfred Pennyworth, Robin, Batgirl, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, the Flash, Aquaman, Martian Manhunter
  • Enemies: The Joker, Penguin, Riddler, Bane, Poison Ivy, Catwoman, Mr. Freeze, the Scarecrow, Two-Face
  • Affiliations: Batman Incorporated, Justice League, Outsiders, Wayne Enterprises
  • Abilities: Detective skills, hand-to-hand combat, technologically advanced weapons, immense wealth

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