Cover of Batman vol. 2, #3 (January 2012). Art by Ivan Reis.
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceDetective Comics #27 (May 1939)
Created byBob Kane (concept)
Bill Finger (uncredited)
CharactersBruce Wayne
Jean-Paul Valley
Dick Grayson
See alsoAlternative versions of Batman

Batman is the name of a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics.

Characters[edit | edit source]

Bruce Wayne[edit | edit source]

Bruce Wayne is the main character associated with the Batman alias.

Hugo Strange[edit | edit source]

Having discovered Batman's secret identity, Hugo Strange drugs Bruce Wayne and usurps the role for a time.[1]

Jean-Paul Valley[edit | edit source]

When Bruce Wayne's back is broken by Bane during the Knightfall storyline, Jean-Paul Valley, better known as Azrael, replaced him until he was deemed a poor replacement for Bruce Wayne and was subsequently replaced by Dick Grayson.[2][3]

Dick Grayson[edit | edit source]

Although best known as Batman's teen sidekick Robin and as his independent, adult persona Nightwing, Grayson became Batman twice. The first time was during Knightfall when Valley proved an unsuitable replacement[4] (although it was never the intention to kill off Batman at this time)[3] and the second time was following the apparent death of Wayne in the Batman R.I.P. storyline.[5] During the Battle for the Cowl storyline which followed Batman R.I.P. other characters briefly assumed the role, Jason Todd and Tim Drake, before the alias finally passed to Grayson. Grayson has also donned the costume on least one other occasion, although it was merely for one issue.

Tim Drake[edit | edit source]

The third Robin. Tim Drake briefly assumed the role of Batman before "Batman: Battle for the Cowl", and then again during the event itself. He replaces Bruce Wayne in some continuities, notably the Titans Tomorrow continuity. He has also assumed the role in an apocalyptic future, after the "Futures End" storyline.

Jason Todd[edit | edit source]

The second Robin. Jason Todd usurped the identity of Batman during "Battle for the Cowl", but was defeated by Dick Grayson, who became Batman following. He is the second Batman on Earth-15.

Damian Wayne[edit | edit source]

The 5th and current Robin. Portrayed as the successor to Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson in a possible future of mainstream continuity (prior to Flashpoint).

Terry McGinnis[edit | edit source]

The second Batman in the DCAU/Earth-12 universe and the fourth Batman in a possible future of mainstream continuity (prior to Flashpoint).

Jim Gordon[edit | edit source]

Following Bruce Wayne's apparent death in Batman #40, Gordon took up the mantle in Divergence #1 (both issues being part of The New 52).

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Hugo Strange (comic book character)". Archived from the original on 11 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-13. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (|url-status= suggested) (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Doug Moench (w), Jim Aparo (a). "Killer's Bane" Batman 489 (February 1993), DC Comics
  3. 3.0 3.1 Cronin, Brian (March 13, 2008). "Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed #146". Comic Book Resources.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Doug Moench (w), Mike Gustovich (p), Romeo Tanghal (i). "Part One: Robin and Batman" Batman 512 (November 1994), DC Comics
  5. Tony Daniel (w), Tony Daniel (p), Sandu Florea (i). "Last Man Standing" Batman: Battle for the Cowl 3 (July 2009), DC Comics

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