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.
Ben Affleck makes his debut as Batman
After starring in the 2006 critical bomb Daredevil, Ben Affleck declared, "I've inoculated myself from ever playing another superhero!" But here he is back in a costume as the Dark Knight for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, director Zack Snyder and actor Henry Cavill's followup to 2013's Man of Steel.
So what drew Affleck back to the genre? "I thought the script and the themes it evokes were special," he says of Batman v Superman. "I liked the character. And I wanted to be in one of these movies that works!"
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Rick Edwards - The European Premiere of 'Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice' held at the Odeon and Empire Leicester Square - Arrivals at Empire Leicester Square - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 22nd March 2016
Reports suggested that Warner Bros. was getting ready to cancel the premiere altogether amid security concerns.
The screening at the Odeon in Leicester Square on Tuesday evening (March 22nd) happened as planned amid a heightened security presence, with the movie’s stars Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill attending the premiere along with the director, Zack Snyder. However, the red carpet reception part of the evening, including interviews and press lines, was scaled back.
Henry Cavill at the London premiere of 'Batman v Superman' on Tuesday (Mar 22)
Zach Snyder , Deborah Snyder - Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice - European film premiere at the Odeon, Leicester Square, London at Odeon, Leicester Square - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 22nd March 2016
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).
Continue reading: 10 Most Anticipated Films Of 2016
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.”
Continue reading: Paul Reubens Cast As Penguin's Father In 'Gotham' Season Two
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.