A number of Batman theatrical films
have been made. There have also been several attempted projects during the hiatus between Batman & Robin
and Batman Begins
- 1943: Batman, 15-chapter serial starring Lewis Wilson as Batman and Douglas Croft as Robin.
- 1949: Batman and Robin, 15-chapter serial starring Robert Lowery and Johnny Duncan.
- 1966: Batman, feature film starring Adam West and Burt Ward.
- 1989: Batman, directed by Tim Burton and starring Michael Keaton as Batman and Jack Nicholson as the Joker.
- 1992: Batman Returns, directed by Tim Burton and starring Michael Keaton, Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman and Danny DeVito as the Penguin.
- 1993: Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, animated feature spin-off of Batman: The Animated Series.
- 1995: Batman Forever, directed by Joel Schumacher and starring Val Kilmer as Batman, Chris O'Donnell as Robin, Nicole Kidman as Dr. Chase Meridian, Tommy Lee Jones as Two-Face, and Jim Carrey as the Riddler.
- 1997: Batman and Robin, directed by Joel Schumacher and starring George Clooney as Batman, Chris O'Donnell as Robin, Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze, Alicia Silverstone as Batgirl, and Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy.
- 2005: Batman Begins, directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Christian Bale as Batman, Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth, Gary Oldman as James Gordon, Liam Neeson as Ra's Al Ghul, and Cillian Murphy as the Scarecrow.
- 2008: The Dark Knight, the sequel to Batman Begins, directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent and Two-Face, and Heath Ledger as the Joker.
Batman film hoax
Comic writer Mark Millar
wrote in 2004 about a failed attempt by director Orson Welles
about a Batman project
with himself as both director and title character. Although it has been long since proven to be a work of fiction, it is partially based on a previous Welles attempt to adapt The Shadow
onto the big screen.
In 1999, Tim McCanlies
wrote a pilot script and series bible for a planned series called Bruce Wayne
. Taking place in his teenage years, the series would cover his passage into young adulthood, training, and development into becoming Batman. Other characters would include Alfred, Sergeant Jim Gordon, law school student Harvey Dent, and a seductive young Selina Kyle. Planned to run for five to six seasons, it would show how he acquired his martial arts skills, his equipment, and detective abilities he would use in his war on crime. It would also focus on corruption within the board of Wayne Enterprises (an element which found its way into Begins
to some extent), police affiliation with the mafia, etc. Bruce Wayne
was nearing pre-production when Warner Bros.
movie division felt it would conflict with the planned Year One
movie and scrapped it. The result was Batman Begins
The producers of Smallville
wanted to get a teenaged Bruce Wayne onto the show as a recurring character acting as a friend and foe to Clark Kent, while being a potential love interest to Lana Lang
. Scripted as being two years younger than Clark, the young Wayne was wandering around America trying to find his purpose in life and training in martial arts. His main story arc was to be involved in a feud with Lex Luthor over Lexcorp
and Lionel Luthor
's rivalry with Wayne Enterprises. Alfred Gough
and Miles Millar had stated as far back as Season 1 that they would love to have the pre-Batman on the show.
Due to legal issues and the production of Begins, the planned idea was cut from the drawing board. Ian Somerhalder was cast as a stranger named Adam Knight, (named based on Adam West and The Dark Knight) who served as a boyfriend for Lana in at least seven episodes. This was in response to the plans of Wayne coming undercover to Smallville while investigating Luthor. However, in 2007, Gough stated that while it is impossible to get Wayne on the show, "there are other characters out there we can exploit."
Olan Soule reprises his role as Batman in all but the last two Super Friends series, where he is replaced by Adam West, who had previously played Batman in the live action TV series.
Batman also appeared in the various cartoons set in the DC Animated Universe;
In this series, Batman is a young crime fighter just three years into his career as Batman. He is voiced by Rino Romano. This is positively not set in the DC Animated Universe.
From 1943 to 1946, Batman and Robin appeared in a syndicated daily newspaper comic strip
produced by the McClure Syndicate. Other versions appeared in 1953, 1966, and 1989. The original run is collected in the book Batman: The Dailies
. One more comic strip series ran briefly after the success of the 1989 film.
Batman is also slated to appear in a novel by cyberpunk/horror novelist John Shirley
, entitled Batman: Dead White
from Del Rey books. Many other novels and short story collections featuring Batman have been published over the years, including novelizations of each of the recent movies and several of the more popular comic book arcs. There are also several more scholarly works, aimed at either Batman's history or art, such as Les Daniels
' Batman: The Complete History
and compilations such as Batman: Cover to Cover : The Greatest Comic Book Covers of the Dark Knight
. In 2004 The Batman Handbook: The Ultimate Training Manual
, written by Scott Beatty
was published by Quirk Books (ISBN 1-59474-023-2). Written in the same style as The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook
series, the book explained the basics on how to be Batman. Amongst the skills included in the book are "How to Train a Sidekick", "How to Execute a Backflip", "How to Throw a Grappling Hook" and "How to Survive a Poison Gas Attack". Finally, there are of course countless sticker, coloring, activity, and other children's books
featuring the Dark Knight.
Beginning in March 1945, Batman and Robin made regular appearances on the The Adventures of Superman radio drama
on the Mutual Broadcasting System
. Efforts were made to launch a Batman radio series in 1943 and again in 1950, but neither came to fruition.
In 1994, the comic book storyline Batman: Knightfall was adapted to radio by BBC Radio 1. It was adapted, produced and directed by Dirk Maggs - with music composed by Mark Russell - who had recently made Superman: Doomsday & Beyond on BBC Radio 5. This show, however was not commissioned of its own, but rather to be three minute episodes on the Mark Goodier Show. This meant it was written with a sense of immediacy; having to make an instant effect and each three minute segment contains a major plot development or sound effect stunt and end on a cliffhanger. DC acknowledged the effort in an issue Shadow of The Bat by having villains jump past a sign that read Dirk Maggs Radio. Michael Gough reprised the role of Alfred Pennyworth from the Burton/Schumacher film series.
Batman was also featured in the audiobook adaptation of Infinite Crisis.
Both Batman & Robin are mentioned in the 2007 song, "Make Me Better" by Fabolous ft. Ne-Yo
While a parody of a Batman musical
was featured in one of the most recent series' comics, in 2002
, Jim Steinman
, David Ives
, and Tim Burton
had worked on a theatre production called Batman: The Musical
although it was ultimately cancelled. Steinman has recently revealed five songs from the musical. The first is the opening theme for "Gotham City" and the entry of Batman with his tortured solo "The Graveyard Shift"; followed by "The Joker's Song (Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?)", "The Catwoman's Song (I Need All The Love I Can Get)", "We're Still The Children We Once Were" (the climactic sequence) and "In The Land Of The Pig The Butcher Is King", sung by the corrupt blood-suckers ruling Gotham, recently covered on the Meat Loaf
album Bat Out Of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose
. These songs can be heard at the Batman: The Musical
memorial site, Dark Knight of the Soul
A Batman musical is also parodied in the animated series Batman Beyond. The episode "Out of the Past," (first aired October 21, 2000) opens with Bruce Wayne and Terry McGinnis attending a performance of (a fictional)Batman: The Musical, featuring caricatures of prominent members of the Rogues Gallery (Joker, Penguin, Two-Face, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, and Harley Quinn). Series creator Paul Dini, who wrote the episode in question, also wrote a song for the fictitious musical entitled "Superstitious and Cowardly Lot."
An episode of the sketch comedy show Mad TV also featured a Batman: The Musical parody called Batman V: Out of the Cave which starred Tommy Tune as Batman, and Ben Vereen as Robin.
Several Batman video games were created:
- Batman for the ZX Spectrum, MSX and Amstrad PCW in 1985. Now known as Batman 3D.
- Batman: The Caped Crusader for various 8-bit and 16-bit platforms.
- Batman for Sega Mega Drive/Sega Genesis, Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Atari Lynx, Commodore Amiga, Sinclair ZX Spectrum and other platforms. (In October 1989, the Amiga 500 was bundled with this game as part of the Batman Pack, which was sold in the United Kingdom and was a phenomenal success).
- Batman: Return of the Joker for Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and Game Boy.
- Batman Returns for Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Super Nintendo (Super NES), Sega Mega Drive/Sega Genesis, Sega CD, Sega Game Gear, and Atari Lynx.
- Batman: The Animated Series for Game Boy.
- Batman & Robin: The Animated Series for Game Gear.
- Adventures of Batman & Robin for Super Nintendo (Super NES), Sega Mega Drive/Sega Genesis, Sega CD, and Game Gear.
- Batman Forever for Super Nintendo (Super NES), Game Boy, Sega Mega Drive/Sega Genesis, and Sega Game Gear.
- Batman Forever: The Arcade Game for Arcade, Sony PlayStation and Sega Saturn.
- Batman & Robin for the Tiger Game.com and the Sony PlayStation.
- Batman: Total Chaos for Game Boy Color.
- Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker for the Nintendo 64 and the PlayStation.
- Batman Vengeance for the GameCube, PlayStation 2, PC, Game Boy Advance and Xbox.
- Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu for the PlayStation 2, PC, Xbox, the GameCube and Game Boy Advance.
- Batman: Dark Tomorrow for Xbox and GameCube
- Batman Begins for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube and Game Boy Advance (2005).
- Lego Batman: The Video Game (2008) A videogame in the style of Lego Star Wars based on the LEGO Batman toyline.
- The Dark Knight (2008) Planned video game based on the 2008 box office smash, rumored to be released around the time of the home release of the movie.
- Batman: Arkham Asylum (video game) (2009) for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and Windows PC.
Batman appears in Justice League Task Force Super Nintendo fighting game, a couple of Justice League games for Game Boy Advance, and an arcade game based on Tim Burton's original movie. Also, the 16-bit Sega game The Revenge of Shinobi features a (non-authorized) Batman as a boss. He appears in the Justice League Heroes game for PS2, Xbox, and PSP and will appear in the crossover game Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe
Games, action figures, and other toys
Batman is one of the few fictional characters that can be defined by his toys and merchandising. The first boom started in 1966
during the hit television series, and since then, along with every major movie or cartoon series has come a wave of toys, collectibles, and just about any other merchandise imaginable. Over the years, hundreds of Batman action figures
, die-cast models
, and other miscellaneous items have reserved the store shelves. Of the many companies that have acquired the rights to make Batman merchandise, some of the most well known include:
Batman has appeared as a HeroClix figure along with other Batman characters in the following HeroClix sets:
For April 2006, Lego introduced a Batman line which also includes characters such as the Joker and Two-Face, at American International Toy Fair.
Theme park attractions
Several Six Flags theme parks, formerly owned by Warner Bros., opened live-action "Batman Stunt Shows" as the movies increased in popularity. Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey is home to a looping, suspended roller coaster named "Batman: The Ride" Six Flags Mexico in Mexico city, Mexico has also a looping, suspended roller coaster named "Batman: The Ride" (Six Flags Saint Louis has the same ride, as does Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois) as well as twin roller coasters named "Batman and Robin: The Chiller." On the latter attraction, riders may ride on either the Batman or Robin versions of the coaster. But unfortunately in the 2007 offseason, the ride was removed after a long history of technical difficulties and occasionally breaking down. Six Flags Over Georgia contains a Gotham City area that contains the same "Batman: The Ride" and also features a looping coaster called "The Mindbender" that was adapted to fit the color tone of The Riddler after Batman Forever came out to fit the Gotham City section of the park it shares with "Batman: The Ride". Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California has two Batman-themed coasters, the suspended coaster "Batman: The Ride," and "The Riddler's Revenge," a stand-up type roller coaster. This Six Flags park also features an entire themed area called "Gotham City" complete with architecture to match that of the fictional Gotham City. Warner Bros. Movie World in the Gold Coast, Australia, also has two Batman-themed rides. Batman Adventure - The Ride, revamped in 2001, is a motion simulator style simulator ride while Batwing Spaceshot is a vertical free-fall ride. In 2008, Six Flags Great Adventure,and Six Flags Great America, will receive The Dark Knight Coaster, based on the newest Batman film coming out in July. They will be Wild Mouse roller coasters, indoors, heavily themed, and give you a feeling that you are being stalked by The Joker. They will all be expected to be open by Memorial Day weekend. Six Flags New England was originally going to receive
this Roller Coaster, however due to problems with building permits, the park scratched the project.