Batman has been around for over 50 years. There is a lot of interesting trivia about the superhero Batman, who first appeared in 1939 before rising to prominence as the star of the 1966 Batman TV show. Along with Robin, he had his own comic book series, “The Adventures of Batman and Robin,” which ran from 1940 to 1986. Nearly every comic book fan knows his origin story and at least some of the villains he has faced. Unlike other superheroes, Batman isn’t just a crime fighter. He’s also a brilliant detective. In fact, he’s generally considered a top-notch crime solver, along with other fictional detectives like Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, and Miss Marple.
Batman is instantly recognizable to most of us. He’s been the star of multiple movies and television shows, we have all watched him on screen, and most of us have read some of his origin and backstory. The character of Batman was created by artist Bob Kane, writer Bill Finger, and actor/director/writer/producer and screenwriter, and master of the macabre, filmmaker, and nice guy, Bruce Wayne. Kane and Finger created the character by using the concept of a “terrible bat” who strikes fear into the hearts of criminals.
In this article, we’ve rounded up five facts that you probably didn’t know about the Dark Knight. For example, did you know that he has a co-creator who is not credited in any of the Batman movies? Or that the character has an official tailor who makes his suits? Or even that his favorite food is French fries?
- The idea of Batman, the Dark Knight, prowling Gotham in a blue leotard with red tights beneath his cape may seem laughable. But in the first few appearances that he made in the comic books, Batman was often shown in brightly colored spandex. While many have assumed that this was a coloring error, it turns out that circus performers inspired the original Batman costume.
It has been revealed that the original design for Batman’s costume included a red outfit, fishnet stockings, a cape, and a domino mask. Batman also originally had blonde hair as well. Pretty different from the official Batman costume, right?
- Batman is known for his interesting villains, and many of them have been around for more than 70 years. It’s a common misconception that comic book villains always get their start as people, and that’s not the case. While many of Batman’s villains started out as people, a handful of the Caped Crusader’s most famous foes started their careers as animals, mutated into something more human. Two-Face, Clayface, Killer Moth, and Man-Bat are just a few of the Bat-foes who started out as animals.
- The Caped Crusader has always been a controversial character. Parents love to read his adventures to their children but don’t always love to explain why Batman doesn’t kill. The truth is that Batman was indeed a killer in his first appearance in Detective Comics #27 in 1939. Many of Batman’s most iconic pieces of equipment also came from his bag of tricks and can be traced back to his first appearance.
- Critics Hated The Dark Knight Returns Upon Release, but its reputation has grown and grown since then. The animated movie, The Dark Knight Returns is almost universally considered one of the best superhero movies. It is now often called one of the best Batman movies ever. The Dark Knight Returns, the video game also won multiple awards and is often considered one of the best superhero games ever.
- Batman has had the most successful sidekicks in history. The Dark Knight has had a long line of sidekicks beginning with Robin the Boy Wonder, a young orphan who fought alongside Batman during the 1940s. As the years went by, Batman’s sidekicks were more like partners than mere sidekicks.