Batman is a comic book superhero created by DC Comics, arguably DC's greatest superhero, and also arguably the greatest comic superhero ever created. The first Batman comic story was released in 1939's Detective Comics #27. Batman came to be when young Bruce Wayne is traumatized at the sight of seeing his wealthy parents being murdered by street criminal Joe Chill. Wayne swore that, when he grew older, he would do everything he could to put a stop to crime. After special training, he donned the alter ego of Batman, a masked superhero who fights alongside Gotham City's police forces, with an arsenal of complex gadgets by his side. He is known for having a sidekick named Robin, who has assumed several identities throughout the years, the most famous arguably being Dick Grayson. Batman's franchise has gone to become incredibly popular, and has spawned several films and television series, some of which are listed below.

Batman was the title of a 1960s American television series which replaced the long-running Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet program, the second series ever to be a midseason replacement. Based on the comic book character Batman, it aired on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) for 2½ seasons from January 12, 1966 to March 14, 1968. Because the series had two weekly installments for most of its tenure, it contained the same number of episodes as a four and a half year run by today's standards (shooting 26 episodes per season).

Batman is a 1989 film directed by Tim Burton. It stared Michael Keaton as Batman. It is the first installment of the Burton/Schumacher Batman film series.

Batman Returns is a 1992 film still directed by Tim Burton and staring Michael Keaton. It is the second installment of the Burton/Schumacher Batman film series.

Batman Forever is a 1995 film directed by Joel Schumacher and produced by Tim Burton. It is the third installment of the Burton/Schumacher Batman film series and stars Val Kilmer as Batman.

Batman & Robin is a 1997 film directed by Joel Schumacher and stared George Clooney as Batman. It is the fourth and final installment of the Burton/Schumacher Batman series.

Batman Begins is a 2005 film directed by Christopher Nolan and stars Christian Bale as Batman.

The Dark Knight is the 2008 sequel to Begins, again with Bale & Nolan and the late Heath Ledger in his oscar-winning portrayal of The Joker.

The Dark Knight Rises in which Nolan directs and Bale stars in, is the last film of Nolan's series/trilogy. It came out July 20, 2012. It co-stars Tom Hardy as the villain Bane.

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