Batman is a fictional comic-book superhero created by artist Bob Kane who first appeared in DC Comics in 1939.
Batman's secret identity is Bruce Wayne, a billionaire industrialist, playboy, and philanthropist from Gotham City whos parents were killed by gangsters lead by The Joker, Batmans arch enemy.
Bruce Wayne inherited his parent's huge fortune and then channeled all his money and effort into creating Batman to combat the, still at large, Joker and his unsavory gang of cronies. Unlike most other Super Heroes Batman has no special power's he is simply a human being with very hi-tech crime fighting equipment and knowledge. Maybe the human element is what has given Batman such a lasting appeal and in future films and graphic novels the weaknesses of such a human super hero have been fully examined.
In the late 1960s Batman appeared in his own television series with side kick Robin. The 1986 Frank Miller graphic novel Batman: The Dark Knight Returns re-launched the media's interest in the character and Tim Burton's 1989 motion picture was a huge success.
There are a number of fantastic movies due out in 2016. Contactmusic.com's resident film reviewer, Rich Cline talks us through some of the most anticipated.
As always, there are far too many sequels, spin-offs, remakes and reboots clogging the cinemas, but surely some will be worth the effort. (Release dates are subject to change.)
10. The Hateful Eight
Tarantino kicks off the year with an epic Western starring Samuel L. Jackson and Kurt Russell (Jan). And there's more manly action with Charlie Hunnam in Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur (Jul), Jack Huston in Ben-Hur (Aug), Chris Pratt in The Magnificent Seven (Sep).
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What happens when two superheroes with vastly differing opinions come head to head? Well, not very well if Lex Luthor has anything to do with it. Superman believes Batman is a vigilante and the civil liberties of the people of Gotham are 'being trampled on' whilst Batman feels Superman's abilities are blown out of proportion by the media and is far from a fan of his superhero outfit.
Lex Luthor has enough power to manipulate this situation to his benefit and pitches both heroes against one another - Son of Krypton versus Bat of Gotham however, when his plan doesn't go exactly to plan he creates a monster to destroy both men - on the verge of destruction, Batman and Superman are joined by Wonder Woman, Aquaman and other superheroes on their quest to save their city from destruction.
Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice is directed by Zack Snyder and it's a precursor to The Justice League films - which are also written and directed by Snyder.
Rosario Dawson has joined the cast of ‘The Lego Batman Movie’.
Rosario Dawson at Operation Smile's 2015 Smile Gala in October 2015.
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The Pee-wee Herman star also played Penguin’s father in 'Batman Returns'.
Paul Reubens has been cast as Penguin’s father in an upcoming episode of ‘Gotham’s’ second season. The 63 year old, who is best known for his character Pee-wee Herman, will have a recurring role in the new season, which began airing last month on Fox.
Paul Reubens has been cast as Penguin’s father in ‘Gotham’.
The news was revealed during the show’s New York Comic Con panel on Sunday afternoon, by actor Robin Lord Taylor who plays Penguin (a.k.a. Oswald Cobblepot on the series). An excited Taylor told the audience, “So we’re all familiar with Oswald’s mother, the fabulous, fabulous Carol Kane.”
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Zack Snyder and HBO are in talks to develop a ‘Watchmen’ series.
Zack Snyder is reportedly in talks with HBO to develop a Watchmen television series. The director has previously turned his hand to adapting the comic book series, written and drawn by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, in the 2009 film of the same name. Talks have reportedly taken place between Snyder and HBO about the possibility of adapting the series but nothing has been confirmed as yet.
Zack Snyder at the premiere of 300: Rise of an Empire in Los Angeles, March 2014.
Jason Momoa isn’t too fussed about Aquaman jokes and he’s promised those sceptical of the character he plays that they will be forced to change their tunes after seeing him in ‘Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice’.
Jason Momoa claims nobody will be laughing after seeing him play Aquaman in the upcoming film, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Momoa was at a fan expo in Canada over the weekend when he was asked how he feels about Aquaman being the constant butt of superhero jokes. His response implies we’re not going to see a ‘fish man’ but something very different and much deadlier.
Jason Momoa and his wife, Lisa Bonet, at the L.A. premiere of Mad Max in May 2015.
Mark Hamill is reprising his voice role as the Joker in the upcoming animated ‘Batman’ film and video game.
Mark Hamill is reprising his role as the voice of the Joker in the upcoming animated film adaptation of Batman: The Killing Joke. Hamill voiced the Joker, and a number of other small roles, in Batman: The Animated Series from 1992 to 1994 and The New Batman Adventures from 1997-1999. He also provided the voice for the Joker in the Batman: Arkham video game series.
Mark Hamill at the U.K. premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy in July 2014.
Michael Cera will voice Robin in the upcoming ‘Lego Batman’ movie.
Michael Cera will reunite with his Arrested Development co-star, Will Arnett, for the upcoming Lego Batman movie. Arnett voices Batman and Cera has signed on to voice his side-kick, Robin. The news was confirmed on Thursday (16th July).
Michael Cera at a photocall for This Is Our Youth in New York in August 2014.
Zack Synder has shared the real version of 'Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice' after a pirated version, filmed on a mobile phone, leaks online.
Director Zack Synder did not despair when the exclusive trailer of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice was leaked online on Thursday. The grainy footage, shot on a mobile phone camera, immediately went viral and certainly did not do justice to the true version.
Ben Affleck as Batman in Batman v. Superman.
Jackson Gordon - Mandatory credit: Armatus Designs/ WENN.com - United States - Tuesday 14th April 2015
Spiderman, Batman, Robin, Foxy, Giuliano and SPIDER-MAN - Birmingham Free Radio presenters Foxy & Giuliano dressed as Batman & Robin and driving a Reliant Robin meet up with the Birmingham Spider-Man to go out into the city and help feed the homeless. - Birmingham, United Kingdom - Thursday 19th March 2015
In the first deal of its kind, Netflix has secured the rights to 'Gotham' - a show yet to air its first season on Fox.
Streaming service Netflix has pulled off a major coup by landing the rights to 'Gotham' - the Batman prequel series yet to air its first season on Fox. In a deal between Netflix and Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution, the streaming service will get exclusive on demand rights for the highly anticipated series, from fall 2015.
'Gotham' starring Ben McKenzie [L] is headed to Netflix
"Gotham is the most anticipated new series of the fall season and we are thrilled to offer it to our members around the world," said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos in a statement. "The Batman origin story is sure to have massive global appeal so it is fitting that, along with Warner Television, we have created a new model for distributing a show that international and domestic audiences will love."
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