Batman is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character was created in 1939 and is also referred to as the Caped Crusader, the Dark Knight and the World’s Greatest Detective. Batman became popular immediately and gained his own comic book the following year. As the decades went on, differing interpretations of the character of the character emerged.
Batman debuted on television this date in 1966 using 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. live-action films have helped maintain the public’s interest in the character.
Batman’s secret identity is Bruce Wayne, an American billionaire, playboy, philanthropist and owner of Wayne Enterprises. After witnessing the murder of his parents as a child, he swore revenge on criminals, an oath tempered by a sense of justice. 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 super heroes, Batman does not possess any super powers; rather, he relies on his genius intellect, physical prowess, martial arts abilities, detective skills, science and technology, vast wealth and indomitable will. An assortment of villains make up Batman’s rogues gallery, including his arch enemy, the Joker.
An American cultural icon, Batman has been licensed and adapted into a variety of media, from radio to television and film, and appears on various merchandise sold all over the world, such as toys and video games. In May 2011, Batman placed second on Top 100 Comic Book Heroes of All Time (after Superman). (from Wikipedia and cute-calendar.com)