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A profile of Batman1.In early 1939, the success of Superman in ACTION COMICS prompted editors at the comic book division of National Publications (later DC comics) to request more superheroes for their titles. In response, Bob Kane created a character called Birdman. His collaborator Bill Finger offered such suggestions as renaming the character Batman, giving the character a cowl instead of a simple domino mask, giving him a cape instead of wings, giving him gloves, etc. Finger ended up writing the first Batman story.2.A number of other sources have been cited as inspirations for Batman’s personality, character visual design, and equipment, including Zorro, Doc Savage, The Shadow, 1926’s The Bat, the Dracula, Sherlock Holmes, Superman, Dick Racy and others.3.Initially, the Bat-Man was a violent avenger who carried a pistol and left his foes dead more often (similar to the Punisher). Nonetheless, the character was a breakout hit. Later, the violence was toned down and the character received a youthful sidekick. Character overview and history:oIn the Batman mythos, Batman is the alter-ego of Bruce Wayne, a billionaire industrialist/philanthropist who was driven to fight crime after his parents were murdered before his eyes at the age of eight. Theidentity of the mugger is traditionally known as Joe Chill, though some versions have deviated from that. In the comics and animated series, physician and social worker Leslie Thompkins was there to give loving comfort to the traumatized Bruce. Depending on the adaptation, he was then raised on theWayne Manor estate by Uncle Philip Wayne and the wise and loyal butler Alfred Pennyworth.oTo avenge his parents’ death, Wayne spent his youth traveling the world, training himself to intellectualand physical perfection and learning a variety of crime-fighting skills including criminology, forensics, martial arts, and disguise. He had entered such prestigious European universities as the Sorbonne andOxford.oAfter returning to Gotham in his early twenties, Wayne made several harrowing and near-fatal forays before donning his now familiar costume. The costume may have been inspired by a Halloween bat-suit worn by his father before his death oAn important part of the mythos is that Batman—unlike Superman and most other costumed heroes—is a normal human being who does not possess any superhuman abilities. However, he has elevated himself to near-superhuman status through years of rigorous training. Batman is typically portrayed as a brilliant tactician and peerless martial-artist, possessed with a stoic personality and a strong desire for justice. In recent comics, Batman has often been presented as having an obsessive, humorless personality.
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