Batman is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, and first appeared in Detective Comics #27, in 1939. Originally named the “Bat-Man”, the character is also referred to by such epithets as the Caped Crusader, the Dark Knight, and the World’s Greatest Detective.
Batman’s secret identity is Bruce Wayne, a wealthy American playboy, philanthropist, and owner of Wayne Enterprises. After witnessing the murder of his parents Dr. Thomas Wayne and Martha Wayne as a child, he swore vengeance against criminals, an oath tempered by a sense of justice. Bruce Wayne trains himself physically and intellectually and crafts a bat-inspired persona to fight crime.
Batman operates in the fictional Gotham City with assistance from various supporting characters, including his butler Alfred, police commissioner Gordon, and vigilante allies such as Robin. Unlike most superheroes, Batman does not possess any superpowers; rather, he relies on his genius intellect, physical prowess, martial arts abilities, detective skills, science and technology, vast wealth, intimidation, and indomitable will. A large assortment of villains make up Batman’s rogues gallery, including his archenemy, the Joker.
The character became popular soon after his introduction in 1939 and gained his own comic book title, Batman, the following year. As the decades went on, differing interpretations of the character emerged. The late 1960s Batman television series used a camp 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, culminating in 1986 with The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller. The success of Warner Bros. Pictures’ live-action Batman feature films have helped maintain the character’s prominence in mainstream culture.
As a voice actor, Kevin Conroy is best known for his starring role as Bruce Wayne/Batman in the acclaimed Batman: The Animated Series (1992–1995). He continued to voice Batman in numerous animated projects from which the series was spun off into, which collectively took place in what is known as the DC animated universe (DCAU). These spin-offs include the TV shows The New Batman Adventures (1997–1999), Batman Beyond (1999–2001, in which he portrays an elderly Bruce Wayne retired from crimefighting), Justice League (2001–2004) and Justice League Unlimited (2004–2006) as well as the theatrical film Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993), and the direct-to-video films Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero (1998), Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (2000) and Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman (2003). He also voiced Batman for the character’s guest appearances in the DCAU’s Superman: The Animated Series, Static Shock and The Zeta Project.
Conroy is distinguished for being the first voice actor to use two distinct voices to portray Bruce Wayne and Batman, which Michael Keaton had previously done in Tim Burton’s live-action Batman films. In a tally of performances that include every episode and movie portrayal of Batman in live-action and animation, Conroy has portrayed the character longer than any other actor. The previous record-holder was Olan Soule, who voiced Batman in various animated works between the late 1960s and early 1980s; including Super Friends. Apart from the DCAU, Conroy has also portrayed Batman in the direct-to-video DC Universe Animated Original Movies: Batman: Gotham Knight (2008), Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (2009), Superman/Batman: Apocalypse (2010), Justice League: Doom (2012), Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (2013), Batman: Assault on Arkham(2014) and Batman: The Killing Joke (2016).
|1992–95||Batman: The Animated Series||Bruce Wayne / Batman / Additional Voices||Main role; 85 episodes|
|1997–99||The New Batman Adventures||Bruce Wayne / Batman / Henchman||Main role; 24 episodes|
|1997–99||Superman: The Animated Series||Bruce Wayne / Batman||(5 episodes);
|1999–01||Batman Beyond||Bruce Wayne||Main role; 48 episodes|
|2001||The Zeta Project||Bruce Wayne||(1 episode); “Shadows”|
|2001–04||Justice League||Bruce Wayne / Batman / Technician / Cop / Civilian / Lord Batman / High Council Thanagarian||Main role; 37 episodes|
|2002–04||Static Shock||Bruce Wayne / Batman||(5 episodes);
|2004–06||Justice League Unlimited||Bruce Wayne / Batman / Joe Chill / Crimson Avenger (Lee Travis) / Pilot / Sky Patrol Officer||Main role; 18 episodes; also performed, though uncredited, the song “Am I Blue?” in the episode “This Little Piggy”|
|2006||The Batman||John Grayson||(1 episode); “A Matter of Family”|
|2010||Batman: The Brave and the Bold||Batman of Zur-En-Arrh / Phantom Stranger||(2 episodes)
|2013||Tales of Metropolis||Bruce Wayne / Batman||(1 episode); “Lois Lane”|
|2014||Batman Beyond||Bruce Wayne||TV short|
|2014||Batman: Strange Days||Bruce Wayne / Batman||TV short|
|2016–2018||Justice League Action||Bruce Wayne / Batman||Main role|
|1993||Batman: Mask of the Phantasm||Bruce Wayne / Batman||Theatrical release|
|1998||Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero||Bruce Wayne / Batman||Direct-to-video|
|2000||Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker||Bruce Wayne / Batman||Direct-to-video|
|2003||Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman||Bruce Wayne / Batman||Direct-to-video|
|2005||The Complete Robin Storyboard Sequence||Bruce Wayne / Batman||Direct-to-video
|2008||Batman: Gotham Knight||Bruce Wayne / Batman||Direct-to-video|
|2009||Superman/Batman: Public Enemies||Bruce Wayne / Batman||Direct-to-video|
|2010||Superman/Batman: Apocalypse||Bruce Wayne / Batman||Direct-to-video|
|2012||Justice League: Doom||Bruce Wayne / Batman||Direct-to-video|
|2013||Jay & Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie||The Mayor of Red Bank|
|2013||Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox||Bruce Wayne / Batman||Direct-to-video|
|2014||Batman: Assault on Arkham||Bruce Wayne / Batman||Direct-to-video|
|2015||Batman vs. Robin||Thomas Wayne||Direct-to-video|
|2016||Batman: The Killing Joke||Bruce Wayne / Batman||Limited theatrical release/Direct-to-video|
|2017||Batman and Harley Quinn||Bruce Wayne / Batman||Direct-to-video|
|1994||The Adventures of Batman & Robin||Bruce Wayne / Batman||Sega CD version|
|1999||Crusaders of Might and Magic||Drake|
|2001||Batman: Vengeance||Bruce Wayne / Batman|
|2001||Jak & Daxter: The Precursor Legacy||Fisherman||Did recording again for the remastered version for the PS3 version download and disc due to problems with audio.|
|2003||Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne||Lord Jack / Cleaner / Commando|
|2003||Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu||Bruce Wayne / Batman|
|2003||Lords of EverQuest||Lord Palasa|
|2009||Batman: Arkham Asylum||Bruce Wayne / Batman / Thomas Wayne|
|2011||DC Universe Online||Bruce Wayne / Batman|
|2011||Batman: Arkham City||Bruce Wayne / Batman / Thomas Elliot / Hush|
|2011||Batman: Arkham City Lockdown||Bruce Wayne / Batman|
|2012||Harley Quinn’s Revenge||Bruce Wayne / Batman|
|2013||Injustice: Gods Among Us||Bruce Wayne / Batman|
|2015||Infinite Crisis||Bruce Wayne / Batman|||
|2015||Batman: Arkham Knight||Bruce Wayne / Batman / Thomas Elliot / Hush|
|2016||Batman: Arkham VR||Bruce Wayne / Batman / Thomas Wayne|
|2017||Injustice 2||Bruce Wayne / Batman|
|2018||Lego DC Super-Villains||Bruce Wayne / Batman|
|Beware the Batman||Bruce Wayne/Batman, Thomas Wayne (voices)||26 episodes
|Batman: Under the Red Hood||Bruce Wayne / Batman(voice)||Direct-to-video
|Batman: Gotham by Gaslight||Bruce Wayne / Batman (voice)||Direct-to-video
Weller voiced the character of Bruce Wayne in the two-part 2013 animated adaptation of The Dark Knight Returns
|2012||The Dark Knight Returns||Bruce Wayne/Batman||Direct-to-video animated film
|2005||The Batman vs. Dracula||Batman (Bruce Wayne)||Direct-to-video|
|1999||Batman Beyond: The Movie||Kidnapper||Television movie|
|1999||Batman Beyond||Kidnapper||(1 episode); “Rebirth: Part 1”|
|2004–08||The Batman||The Batman/Bruce Wayne||Main role; 65 episodes|
Jason O’Mara (born August 6, 1972) is an Irish-American actor. He has starred in the American television network dramas In Justice, Life on Mars, Terra Nova, Vegas, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
He is the voice actor for DC Comics’ superhero Bruce Wayne / Batman in the animated films Son of Batman, Batman vs. Robin, Batman: Bad Blood, Justice League: War, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, Justice League vs. Teen Titans and Justice League Dark.
|2014||Son of Batman||Bruce Wayne / Batman||Direct-to-video|
|2014||Justice League: War||Bruce Wayne / Batman||Direct-to-video|
|2015||Batman vs. Robin||Bruce Wayne / Batman||Direct-to-video|
|2015||Justice League: Throne of Atlantis||Bruce Wayne / Batman||Direct-to-video|
|2016–2017||Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.||Jeffrey Mace||TV series|
|2016||Justice League vs. Teen Titans||Bruce Wayne / Batman||Direct-to-video|
|2016||Batman: Bad Blood||Bruce Wayne / Batman||Direct-to-video|
|2017||Justice League Dark||Bruce Wayne / Batman||Direct-to-video|
|2017||The Man in the High Castle||Wyatt Price||TV series (Amazon Prime)
|2018||The Death of Superman||Bruce Wayne / Batman||Animated film|
Jeffrey Mace was born in Brooklyn, New York. He was a reporter at the Daily Bugle, who was inspired to become a superhero after seeing Captain America in action. As the Patriot, Mace becomes one of several superheroes who fight Nazi saboteurs and supervillains during World War II, sometimes alongside his sidekick Mary Morgan, a.k.a. Miss Patriot. He helps found the superhero team known as the Liberty Legion, billed as “America’s home front heroes” who fight saboteurs, fifth columnists and other wartime threats within the United States.After the war, the Patriot continues to fight crime on a regular basis, eventually helping the All-Winners Squad prevent the assassination of a young Senator John Fitzgerald Kennedy in 1946. The skirmish costs the life of the second Captain America, William Naslund formerly the Spirit of ’76. Mace is recruited to be the third Captain America, retiring in 1949. He marries Betsy Ross who, as the superhero Golden Girl, had briefly been the post-war sidekick of his Captain America, and in modern times succumbs to cancer at an old age.
Powers and abilities
Jeffrey Mace had no superpowers but he was an exceptional athlete, a superb hand-to-hand combatant and a licensed pilot. As Captain America, he carried a shield, similar to that used by his predecessors, that was made of enhanced titanium.
Lewis Wilson, Lewis Gilbert Wilson (January 28, 1920 – August 9, 2000) was an American actor from New York City who was most famous for being the first actor to play DC Comics character Batman on screen in the 1943 film serial Batman.
- Batman (1943) – Batman / Bruce Wayne
Robert Lowery (born Robert Lowery Hanks, October 17, 1913 – December 26, 1971) was an American motion picture, television, and stage actor who appeared in over seventy films.
|1949||Batman and Robin||Bruce Wayne/Batman|
William West Anderson (September 19, 1928 – June 9, 2017), known professionally as Adam West, was an American actor known primarily for his role as Batman in the 1960s ABC series of the same name and its 1966 theatrical feature film. West starred in two direct-to-DVD animated Batman films, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, and Batman vs. Two-Face, the latter of which was released posthumously.
|2003||Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt||Himself||Television film|
|2016||Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders||Bruce Wayne / Batman (voice)||Direct-to-DVD|
|2017||Batman vs. Two-Face||Bruce Wayne / Batman (voice)||Direct-to-DVD
Michael John Douglas (born September 5, 1951), known professionally as Michael Keaton, is an American actor, producer, and director.
|1992||1989||Batman||Bruce Wayne / Batman|
|Batman :The Returns||Bruce Wayne / Batman|
Val Edward Kilmer (born December 31, 1959)is an American actor. Originally a stage actor, Kilmer became popular in the mid-1980s after a string of appearances in comedy films, starting with Top Secret! (1984), then the cult classic Real Genius (1985), as well as the military action film Top Gun (1986), the fantasy film Willow (1988), and Doc Holliday in Tombstone (1993).
|1995||Batman Forever||Bruce Wayne / Batman|
- Batman & Robin (1997)
Christian Charles Philip Bale (born 30 January 1974) is an English actor and producer.He has starred both in blockbuster films and smaller projects from independent producers and art houses.
- Batman Begins (2005)
- The Dark Knight (2008)
- The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Benjamin Geza Affleck-Boldt (born August 15, 1972) is an American actor and filmmaker
|Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice||2016||Bruce Wayne / Batman|
|Bruce Wayne / Batman