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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Batman


 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Batman
topic by mrderrick3421 - 12-12-2012, 11:38 PM - Boxden > The TV and Movie Spot


You think you know Batman? The Caped Crusader's mysteries are much deeper than you've ever fathomed. Over 60-odd years, in an a$sortment of media, Batman has gone in some incredibly weird directions. Here are 10 Bat-facts you didn't know.



1) Batman only met Hitler once.
At least during World War II. While other superheroes were busy punching Hitler every other day, Batman barely fought Nazis at all. In one comic, Nazi saboteurs come to Gotham City and Batman does take them down. But Batman's only confrontation with Adolf Hitler himself happens on the cover of World's Finest #9 — where Batman and his friends throw tennis balls at Der Fuhrer.


2) Robin was originally planned to appear in one issue, and then possibly disappear forever.
Originally, creator Bob Kane wanted to try out Robin in one issue, but Bat-editor Jack Liebowitz was against the idea of having a kid f!ghting gangsters, because "Batman was doing well enough by himself." But after Detective #38 hit the stands with Robin in it, the issue sold double what the issues with just Batman had sold. So Liebowitz


3) Some of Batman's biggest villains were originally more animalistic.
Catwoman originally wore a furry cat mask that covered her whole face. And the Penguin was actually based on the cartoon penguin who advertised Kool menthol cigarettes in print, and also appeared on the radio shouting, "Smoke Kooools!" "Smoke Koools!" The original version of the Penguin was way more cartoony and hyperactive.
Random unrelated fact: Bob Kane and Bill Finger used to sit in Poe Park, in front of Edgar Allan Poe's single-frame white farmhouse in what's now the Bronx, and brainstorm Batman story ideas.

4) Batman used to k!ll criminals all the time.
He hurled them off rooftops — including one member of the Frenchy Blake gang whom he tossed with "a mighty heave." In the first Bat-story, "The Chemical Syndicate," he punched a criminal into a vat of acid, and says, "A fitting end for his kind." He also strangled criminals to de@th with his lasso, kicked them so hard he broke their necks, and punched them so hard they fell to their de@ths. In Batman #1, he k!lls a bunch of Hugo Strange's henchmen with a machine gun. "Much as I hate to take human life, I'm afraid this time it's necessary!" Batman shouts.

5) Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller got horrible reviews.
At least, the 1987 New York Times review of this seminal Batman graphic novel, by Mordecai Richler, is pretty damning:The stories are convoluted, difficult to follow and crammed with far too much text. The drawings offer a grotesquely muscle-bound Batman and Superman, not the lovable champions of old... If this book is meant for kids, I doubt that they will be pleased. If it is aimed at adults, they are not the sort I want to drink with.

6) A lot of key elements of the Bat-mythos weren't introduced until the 1940s.
Batman's home was first named as "Gotham City" in Detective Comics #48 in 1940, and before that Batman lived in "Metropolis" or just New York. The Bat-signal didn't appear until Detective Comics #60 in 1942. The Batcave didn't appear until 1948, and prior to that Batman just had a secret hangar for the Batplane and a deserted barn connected to Wayne Manor by a secret passageway. Prior to the appearance of the Bat-signal, Batman covers frequently depicted a giant moon (which was frequently bright yellow) behind Batman.

7) The crappiest Batman costume ever sold was part of the carton of Batman (TM) chocolate milk. You cut the side of the milk carton out and you end up with a soggy piece of cardboard shaped sort of like a Bat eye-mask. Lord knows what that would smell like after a few hours. Here's a similar cut-out mask from another milk carton that wasn't actually called "Batman Chocolate Milk" but seemed to have licensed the same design. Want to see some other weird Bat-mercandise? Check out a Bat-troll doll, a strange masturbating Batman figure, and Russian Batman.

8) Gotham City was almost located in California.
In real life, not in the comics. Sunnyvale, CA attorney Joseph F. Lewis owned a nightclub in the Silicon Valley town, and he renamed it from Whiskey-A-Go-Go to Wayne Manor in 1966, during the height of Bat-mania. The newly renamed nightclub had Batman-themed decor and dancers dressed as Batgirl and Catwoman. Eager to revitalize the town's downtown, Lewis lobbied the city council to rename the city from "Sunnyvale" to "Gotham City." And he nearly pulled it off.

9) Barbara Gordon only became Batgirl because the television show demanded it.
The producer of the late-1960s television series, William Dozier, requested that the comic add a new female counterpart to Batman, because Betty Kane, the former Batwoman, was long gone. The television show needed a new female character, and they wanted the comics to keep step. So Commissioner Gordon's librarian daughter Barbara suited up as Batgirl for the first time in 1967. Alfred, Bruce Wayne's butler, was also dead in the comics — but the comics creators brought him back to life at Dozier's request. Alfred returned in one of Batman's weirdest stories, in which the supernatural mystery villain, the Outsider, turned out to be Alfred in disguise.

10) Batman fought Dr. Doom before the Fantastic Four ever did.
This happened in Detective Comics #158 (April 1950). When Batman and Robin are bringing their 1001st trophy into the Batcave, Dr. Doom smuggles himself inside, so he can get inside their secret lair. Dr. Doom then rigs all the other Bat-trophies to k!ll the Dynamic Duo, only to die himself. (I could have sworn I came across an early-1950s Bat-villain called Dr. Evil in my researches, too, but now I can't find him again.) There was also a recurring Bat-villain named Dr. No-Face, who's curiously close to the James Bond villain in name.


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43 comments for "10 Things You Didn’t Know About Batman"


 12-12-2012, 11:42 PMaway - #2
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Wait, it was originally called "detective"?
 12-12-2012, 11:51 PMonline - #3
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11. Most People don't know that Batman's Father was The OG Batman
 12-13-2012, 02:44 AMaway - #4
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Looks like #10 is where Morrison got the idea for the weird lil Batman in R.I.P.
 12-13-2012, 08:19 AMonline - #5
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Originally Posted by Jesszman
Wait, it was originally called "detective"?
Yes for years. Detective Comics introduced majority of the batman rogue galllery
 12-13-2012, 12:06 PMaway - #6
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Originally Posted by Chalky
11. Most People don't know that Batman's Father was The OG Batman
huh?

Originally Posted by darealvelle
Yes for years. Detective Comics introduced majority of the batman rogue galllery
whoa.
 12-13-2012, 08:10 PMaway - #7
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same with superman with Action Comics
 12-13-2012, 08:12 PMaway - #8
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#### how i hate super-heroes and "regular" heroes don't k!ll villains while villains running around cap'n everything moving.

Just picked up the "Daredevils end of days" and they k!lled my man Daredevil, Bullseye's put a bolt through his temples,
 12-13-2012, 08:15 PMaway - #9
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Originally Posted by Chalky
11. Most People don't know that Batman's Father was The OG Batman
I'm writing a batman movie and that was going to be part of my storyline. I didn't know they actually did that before. Are you sure?
 12-13-2012, 08:17 PMaway - #10
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holy #### 0.o
 12-13-2012, 08:21 PMaway - #11
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Originally Posted by Jesszman
Wait, it was originally called "detective"?
interesting how people don't know these things. it's weird to know that these characters exist without the majority of people knowing about their history.
 12-13-2012, 08:35 PMonline - #12
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Batman lynched that dude !



 12-13-2012, 08:45 PMaway - #13
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Originally Posted by WCIB
interesting how people don't know these things. it's weird to know that these characters exist without the majority of people knowing about their history.

stop it.

Good info by the way. I can pick 3 facts on that list that I didn't know about. As new generations appear, its easy for some facts to slip pass them. I knew Batman did start with k!lls, but damn..

he hung dude in the air Scarface style lol never knew about that one
 12-13-2012, 09:22 PMaway - #14
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bats is the goat
 12-13-2012, 09:35 PMaway - #15
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Also:

There was a black Batman named Wayne Williams....
 12-13-2012, 10:21 PMaway - #16
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Originally Posted by DaOmega_1
Also:

There was a black Batman named Wayne Williams....
Yea I got some Blackman comics at home in mint condition
 12-13-2012, 10:30 PMaway - #17
Tha754kid 

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Doc Doom??? Did he defect to Marvel or sumthin??
 12-13-2012, 10:33 PMaway - #18
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Always knew he started out in 'Detective", never knew Alfred died but what comic character hasn't died just to be brought back at this point?

In Batman #1, he k!lls a bunch of Hugo Strange's henchmen with a machine gun.
Batman using a gun?!

Originally Posted by DaOmega_1
Also:

There was a black Batman named Wayne Williams....
 12-13-2012, 11:14 PMaway - #19
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i tell ppl about batman #1 and how he used guns all the time and ppl think im weird.
and if you ever notice, alot of old-age or dedicated batman followers get mad because batman wont just blow the jokers ####ing brains out... its still frustrating to see...

the Dr Doom thing was a surprise to me tho. and is that mytzlplk hitting doom on the head with a planet!?
 12-13-2012, 11:50 PMaway - #20
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At what point did DC and marvel came to be because Dr, Doom is marvel, yet he fought batman who's DC.
 
 


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