What is Batman: Definition and 17 Discussions

Batman is a superhero who appears in American comic books published by DC Comics. Batman was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, and debuted in the 27th issue of the comic book Detective Comics on March 30, 1939. In the DC Universe continuity, Batman is the alias of Bruce Wayne, a wealthy American playboy, philanthropist, and industrialist who resides in Gotham City. Batman's origin story features him swearing vengeance against criminals after witnessing the murder of his parents Thomas and Martha; he trains himself physically and intellectually, crafts a bat-inspired persona, and monitors the Gotham streets at night. Kane, Finger, and other creators accompanied Batman with supporting characters, including his sidekick Robin; allies Alfred Pennyworth, James Gordon, and Catwoman; and foes such as the Penguin, the Riddler, Two-Face, and his archenemy, the Joker.
Kane conceived Batman in early 1939 to capitalize on the popularity of DC's Superman; although Kane frequently claimed sole creation credit, Finger substantially developed the concept from a generic superhero into something more bat-like. The character received his own spin-off publication, Batman, in 1940. Batman was originally introduced as a ruthless vigilante who frequently killed or maimed criminals, but evolved into a character with a stringent moral code and strong sense of justice. Unlike most superheroes, Batman does not possess any superpowers, instead relying on his intellect, fighting skills, and wealth. The 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 darker roots in the 1970s and 1980s, culminating with the 1986 miniseries The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller.
DC has featured Batman in many comic books, including comics published under its imprints such as Vertigo and Black Label. The longest-running Batman comic, Detective Comics, is the longest-running comic book in the United States. Batman is frequently depicted alongside other DC superheroes, such as Superman and Wonder Woman, as a member of organizations such as the Justice League and the Outsiders. In addition to Bruce Wayne, other characters have taken on the Batman persona on different occasions, such as Jean-Paul Valley / Azrael in the 1993–1994 "Knightfall" story arc and Dick Grayson, the first Robin, from 2009 to 2011. DC has also published comics featuring alternate versions of Batman, including the incarnation seen in The Dark Knight Returns and its successors, the incarnation from the Flashpoint (2011) event, and numerous interpretations from Elseworlds stories.
One of the most iconic characters in popular culture, Batman has been listed among the greatest comic book superheroes and fictional characters ever created. He is one of the most commercially successful superheroes, and his likeness has been licensed and featured in various media and merchandise sold around the world; this includes toy lines such as Lego Batman and video games like the Batman: Arkham series. Batman has been adapted in live-action and animated incarnations, including the 1960s Batman television series played by Adam West and in films by Michael Keaton in Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992), Christian Bale in The Dark Knight Trilogy (2005–2012), Ben Affleck in the DC Extended Universe (2016–present) and Robert Pattinson in The Batman (2022). Kevin Conroy, Jason O'Mara, and Will Arnett, among others, have provided the character's voice.

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    Can I Write a Book About the Physics of Batman without Getting Sued?

    Guys, if I'd title the book for example "Physics of Batman", would I be sued by DC comics? What if the title won't mention Batman, but the story would revolve Batman, what is the legal rule of including other characters in your book? Also if I mentioned real physicists like Hossenfelder or...
  2. pairofstrings

    B Purpose of coefficients in a equation or expression?

    Hello. I have an equation which I understand partially but after understanding the purpose of coefficients in the below equation I think my understanding will enhance. * I found it on: https://www.desmos.com/calculator/dnzfajfpym What decides that I need coefficients for x2 in the given...
  3. C

    Tidal Wave generated by Nuclear Weapon

    Hi, I was just watching "The Dark Knight Rises" and was reminded of a question I had about the end and Batman's flying the nuke outside Gotham where it exploded over the sea. We know tsunamis and even mega tsunamis can be produced by avalances, rock slides, and whatnot. My question is that if...
  4. MexChemE

    Exploring Thermo in Batman: Arkham Origins

    Hello, PF! Days ago, while playing Batman: Arkham Origins, I was wandering through the Batcave when I noticed something that caught my eye immediately. There's a nice, cozy lab in there which includes a blackboard where Bruce Wayne apparently did some kind of thermodynamic calculations, which...
  5. C

    Holy Close Call Batman, asteroid 2014 RC

    Newly discovered Asteroid 2014 RC, the size of a house, gives Earth a close shave in 2 days, coming in about 1000 miles closer than the orbits of our geosynchronous Sats ! ...Sept. 7th above New Zealand. Details...
  6. Arnoldas

    Upgrading eardrums to become a Batman

    We know that our eardrums only resonate within certain frequencies in sound. I am just wondering if it is possible, somehow, to alter our eardrums so they could resonate with sound of a wider frequency bandwidth.(Surgery? Connecting our hearing organs to some external electronic device?)...
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    Anyone here a fan of Morrison's Batman run?

    Definetly one of the craziest science fiction epics I've seen recently.
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    Orchestrating random acts of kindness as a response to the 'Batman' massacre

    It seems to me that the recent deeds of ……… ………. cast a serious aspersion on the reputation of higher learning and the worth of knowledge in general. That is a depressing if not completely unacceptable predicament in many ways. I don’t know where he was studying, with whom, in what topic area...
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    How Does Relativistic Motion Affect Batman's Batship Shadow and Laser Image?

    Imagine Batman has a new hyper speed Batship that is the shape of his circular bat emblem. The ground has convenient square grid on it and when parked on the ground the ship is exactly the same length as a square on the grid and its shadow touches the four sides of a square. Mounted underneath...
  10. Chi Meson

    Does someone here think I'm Batman?

    Every now and then the lights in my house blink off and on again, and then my phone machine goes "beep." When I look at it, I see that it flashes "PF----PF----PF----PF----" . The ONLY explanation is that someone here is trying to signal me, for whatever reason I don't know. But when I log...
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    How Does Batman's Jump Impact the Speed of a Getaway Boat?

    Batman (mass = 105 kg) jumps straight down from a bridge into a boat (mass = 530 kg) in which a criminal is fleeing. The velocity of the boat is initially +15 m/s. What is the velocity of the boat after Batman lands in it? .5mv squared + mghf = .5mVi squared + Mghi.5 x 635 x Vf squared = .5 x...
  12. Saladsamurai

    Uncovering the Unreasonable: Dynamics and Batman's Tractor Trailer Scene

    Homework Statement I am trying to show that the Batman scene where the tractor trailer flips over the long way is completely unreasonable. I would like to use, as a very simple model of the problem, Principle of Impulse and Momentum. So please help me out. I have a truck traveling at...
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    So basically you need to see the new Batman movie like RIGHT NOW

    Yes it lives up to the hype and more. Easily the best comic book movie ever made, easily the best Batman movie ever made, and easily the best movie I have probably seen in the past several years. It is so refreshing to have a GOOD action movie that utilizes as little amount of CGI as...
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    Why Did Batman, Robin, and Catwoman Have Different Outcomes on Their Journey?

    Batman walks 10 miles south, 10 miles east, 10 miles north and 10 miles west. He doesn't arrive at his starting point, but a little west to his starting point. Robin also walks 10 miles south, east, north and west. But he arrives a little east to his starting point. Catwoman walks 10 miles...
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    Adam West Batman Quotes: Penguin, Joker, Riddler & Catwoman

    Penguin, Joker, Riddler... and Catwoman, too! The sum of the angles of that rectangle is too monstrous to contemplate!
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    Holy bad idea Batman Problems with caffeine

    Well to begin I should say that I used to be a caffeine freak. I averaged 2L of Diet Dr Pepper everyday for the past four years. About three weeks ago I ran out of pop and, being extremely busy with college, I was unable to get to the grocery store for anything other than a few bags of food...
  17. dduardo

    Did Batman Begins live up to the hype?

    I saw the movie last week and didn't like it one bit. I'm suprised the yahoo rating for the movie is so high. Not only was the acting terrible but the science was completely out of wack. A microwave device that turns the water in the sewer line into steam? Who came up with this brilliant idea?