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.
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."
Continue reading: How Netflix Nabbed The Rights to Batman Prequel 'Gotham'
Prequel series is set to air in September and will provide backstories for villains as well as heroes
Channel 5 has acquired the right to broadcast the forthcoming drama series ‘Gotham’ in the UK.Billed as a prequel to story of Batman, the series will begin screening in the US on September 22nd, although no definite date has been confirmed for transmission in the UK as yet.
Ben McKenzie plays James Gordon in 'Gotham', which will be shown on Channel 5 in the UK
Katie Keenan, Channel 5’s Head of Acquisitions, said “’Gotham’ is a thrilling drama built on iconic characters that fascinate. Channel 5 is delighted to become the home of such a powerful, bold and visually stunning show.”
Continue reading: 'Gotham' To Be Shown On Channel 5 In The UK
Benedict Cumberbatch says he wants to play Batman.
He's played the villain in Star Trek, Necromancer in The Hobbit and, of course, Sherlock Holmes - but could Benedict Cumberbatch be headed in the comic book movie world to play the Caped Crusader? During his Q&A at Comic Con this week, Cumberbatch floated the idea of playing Batman, some day.
Benedict Cumberbatch, at the Chelsea Flower Show
When asked which character he'd most like to play, the actor said: "Batman, I guess. Yeah."
Continue reading: Does Benedict Cumberbatch Have What It Takes To Play Batman?
Director Zack Snyder gives comic book fans a sneak peek at the new Batman outfit.
Fans at this year’s Comic-Con at San Diego have been treated to a preview of the new Batman costume. The new design will be worn by Ben Affleck in the next instalment of the Batman series, which will be directed by Zack Snyder. The film will see Affleck’s Dark Knight alongside Superman, which itself will be Henry Cavill’s second portrayal of the man from Krypton after last year’s Man Of Steel.
Director Zack Snyder's designs for the new Batman costume to be worn by Ben Affleck
The project, currently with the working title Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, is tipped for release in May 2016. Work has already begun on the film, which also stars Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and Amy Adams as Lois Lane. Most importantly, it's the first time that both Batman and Superman will share the big screen.
Continue reading: Comic-Con Treated to First Look at Affleck's Batsuit
Kevin Smith says Ben Affleck's Batsuit is more like the traditional outfit.
Remember the picture that Zack Synder tweeted of Ben Affleck in full Capred Crusader regalia? Well, forget that, because filmmaker Kevin Smith says the batsuit intended for Affleck that he saw was blue, not black.
Kevin Smith has seen the new Batsuit
Continue reading: The Batman Suit Pic? Forget It, Kevin Smith Says It's Blue and Grey.
Batman - SCI-FI-LONDON - The London International Festival of Science Fiction and Fantastic Film annual Parade started from Somerset House to The BFI in aid for the Variety Club - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 27th April 2014