Today is Batman Day—a day devoted to celebrating the legacy of the most popular comic book character out there. It’s quite a legacy. For 77 years, Batman stories have been told in comics, movies, animation and video games. That means that for nearly eight decades, not a single day has gone by in which someone hasn’t been creating stories for the Caped Crusader. Some of those people have become legendary—Bill Finger, Dennis O’Neill, Frank Miller, Tim Burton, Paul Dini, Christopher Nolan.
Batman likes to stick to the shadows, completely silent and unseen. Eventually, he’ll strike, but until then, he remains hidden from anyone looking for him.
Just in time for Batman Day, Zack Snyder gave us another great look at Ben Affleck’s Dark Knight as we’ll be seeing him in Justice League. Earlier today, he tweeted a photo of Batman standing alongside the Batmobile and sporting a new Tactical Batsuit that we haven’t yet seen.
While Bruce Wayne might be the most famous Bat in Gotham City, he’s far from the only Caped Crusader to ever swing into action. In the 77 years since Batman’s creation, dozens of characters have tried their hands at becoming the Dark Knight, some by choice, some by force, some practically by accident. Let’s take a look at some of the unsung heroes (and villains) who have tried to take up the cowl, and what their contribution to the Batman myth, for better or worse, might be.
With Rebirth now in full swing and so many exciting new titles to try, we can’t blame anyone for needing a reminder of what happened in the last issue. Or maybe you’re looking to add a new book to your list and need to get caught up on earlier chapters? Either way, we’re here to help. Every Tuesday, we’ll be recapping the prior issues of that week’s new Rebirth and Hanna-Barbera comics, as well as sharing our favorite moments. It’s a quick, easy way to ensure you’re up to speed and ready for New Comic Day.
The cartoons of my youth aren't like cartoons today. The animation may not look all that different, but the storytelling techniques have grown by leaps and bounds. While cartoons can still be fun and light distractions, more than a few of them are sophisticated and just as suitable for adults as they are for children. Variety. It's a neat thing.
Let’s set the stage: your curiosity has been piqued about a super hero, and that same curiosity has led you down the graphic novel section of a bookstore, or through the front door of your local comic book shop or library. You’re anxious for more to read, there’s a Wikipedia article open on your phone, and you’re eager to start filling in some gaps in your knowledge. But when you finally come to a stop in front of the shelves or the spinner racks, you freeze. You have to take it all in.