The Early Days of Batman

Batman was introduced back in 1939 in Detective Comic series. He has a story that starts with tragedy but one that has been used for over 70 years to produce some best sellers in both comics and films. The foundation of the story does not change in any of the films of comics it remains just the same. The variety however is in the villains that Batman helps to get out of Gotham City. 

The History of Batman

The story starts with the Wayne family (Thomas Wayne, Martha Wayne and young Bruce Wayne) walking home from a cinema outing. They take a dark alley where they are accosted by a mugger. The mugger takes their money and pearls and shoots Tomas Wayne and Martha Wayne dead leaving the young Bruce Wayne in tears. 

The mugger then disappears into the darkness. The police arrive later on to find the young Bruce Wayne in agony. After the parents are shot Bruce Wayne vows to avenge their death. This happens when Bruce Wayne is only seven years old. Bruce Wayne goes through his young age like other normal kids going to school as usual but he is a bitter kid. 

After the death of his parents, Gotham social services tries to take Bruce Wayne into their care but Alfred Pennyworth and Dr. Leslie Thompkins get into an agreement with them so that Bruce Wayne is not taken into their care. After that Alfred Pennyworth the butler starts taking care of Bruce Wayne. 

Alfred Pennyworth is very loyal to the Wayne family and becomes the legal guardian to Bruce Wayne. He does everything for Bruce Wayne, taking him to school, cooking for him, protecting him and later on teaching him how to fight. He is Bruce Wayne’s Aide de Camp all through. 

The Young Bruce Wayne

Bruce Wayne grows but keeps holding the anger inside him. At the age of 14 he starts his journey of learning everything he needs to know to become a good fighter and keep villains out of Gotham. That was his way of avenging his parent’s death. He learns martial arts and masters many different fighting styles. 

That is not all because Bruce Wayne is also an intellectual person. He studies criminology and Criminal psychology. He is also very good at forensics. Bruce Wayne is a real intellect. 

Batman Begins

Bruce Wayne later returned to Gotham. He started out by following thugs in the streets but people turned on him and beat him senselessly. As he sat in his living room thinking of what to do, a bat hit on his window inspiring him to become Batman. He turned the caves under his mansion into his headquarters. 

Bruce Wayne is still young and agile at this time in his twenties. Alfred pennyworth remains his confidant. He advices him and gives him the required strategies. He also nurses his injuries and takes care of him as required. In the caves they design the outfits and store an arsenal of weapons to fight the villains with. 

The Evolution of Batman

Batman first hit the screens in 1939 and since then different incarnations of the super hero have been seen over the seven decades he has been in existence. People love Batman and it might be the diversity that keeps people wanting more and more of the Gotham city hero. 

However some of the characteristics of Batman have remained as they were since he was first introduced in the comics and also the screens. First he remains intellectual and has access to gadgets that he uses to fight villains. He is also driven to fight crime by the death of his parents.  Here are some of the forms that batman has taken over the years.

1939s – Batman was first introduced in the Detective comic 27. He was wearing a red bullet proof vest under his suit and he also had purple gloves. He had a belt on also with a round buckle. During this time he had very bat like ears and wings too. 

1940 – In Detective Comic 30 Batman’s suit has a lot of blue especially inside the wings. He has longer and pointed ears. The boots and the gloves are also longer and blue in color. 

1943 – 1950 – in Batman and Robin series he wears a completely dark suit. The head gear has a long snout at the nose and the ears are small and pointy positioned on the head rather than on the side of the mask as before. 

1952 – In the Batman Volume 1 no 72 Batman had a very weird costume more like that of Tarzan or George of the Jungle. He was called Jungle Batman in that series, which explains the costumes. In the 50s batman also became the rainbow Batman and Zebra batman where he was a menace. 

1960s – During this era Batman had a few changes. The most noticeable change is in the Caped Crusader where the suit is lighter in color and more comical than action like. A yellow oval is added around the bat on his suit to make it more outstanding. 

1970 – 90s – the changes are many during this era. There are instances where Batman does not have the cape just a full dark suit. The bat logo and the yellow circle around it also keep changing with the outfits. The color changes from dark to light. 

90s – Recently – the most recent changes have seen the Batman suit become more armored than before. It has a more definitive structure and the belt is completely different holding weapons and other tech used in fights and for escape. Some of the suits have the yellow log while others do not. The boots are modern and army like in some instances while in others they are simple.

There is also an evolution in weaponry. The weapons are designed and created at Bruce enterprises but they change over the years however all of them are high tech and futuristic. Remember the grapple gun? His voice also changes in different films especially where sarcasm is being portrayed. 

The Villains of Batman

Since the Batman movie started, the success of every movie depends on the villain in the movie. The harder and elusive the villain is the more heroic Batman appears to be. There are many villains in the Batman movies and also in the comics.

List of Batman Villains in Comics and Movies

The Villains in Batman comics and movies include the following; Two face, Scarecrow, Hush, Joker, The Ventriloquist, Bane, Mr.Freeze, James Gordon Jr, Jeremiah Arkham, Harley Quinn, Dead Shot, Killer Croc, The Riddler, Jason Tod, Mad Hatter, Ras Al Gul, Penguin, Carmine Falcone, Hugo Strange and Black Mask.

Other include Doctor Hurt, Cat Woman, Clay Face, Firefly, Man Bat, Poison Ivy, Anarky, Barbatos, Catman, Calendar man, Kite Man, Phantasm, The Dealer, Tally Man, Joe Chill, Doctor Aesop, King Kraken, Captain Stingaree, professor pyg, black spider, seven men of death, lock up and doctor death amongst hundreds of other villains. 

Some of the Best Batman Villains of all Time

Of all the hundreds of villains that have been in Batman movies, some are considered to have been the best. Here is a list of some of the best villains of all time.

Hush – this villain was once nameless and faceless. Quite sneaky. He is known as Hush for that reason. Shhh. Keep quiet, is all he wants you to do. 

Poison Ivy – besides being one of the best villains in Batman movies she was also one of the most iconic female characters in comic books. She was in the first movie in 1966 and has some good points to her too besides just being villain. 

Penguin – best known for the performance as Oswalt Cobblepot in Gotham, the villain penguin also takes other forms on other movies since the 1960s. In Gotham penguin is known to do bad things because he stands to gain from them. He is a real villain with weird behaviors and successes as well. 

Hugo Strange – he is the villain known for figuring out Batman’s secret identity. He is a weird scientist and insane psychiatrist. He was also able to hypnotize Bruce Wayne to make him forget he was Batman. This has helped in creating another plot for the movie bringing in new characters. 

Riddler – the Riddler adds a lot of fun to the movie. He is a psychotic killer and a creative but very twisted murderer. He is played by Edward Nigma in Gotham so well. 

The Riddler is known that way because he uses riddles to showcase himself as being superior intellectually than Batman is. His riddles need to be cracked or something worse is bound to happen. 

Two Face – this character is played by Harvey Dent a former lawyer that was concerned with keeping those who wanted to cause harm to Gotham residents out of the streets. 

He was harmed physically when acid was thrown on him leaving him with a half healthy and half destroyed face. He was also scarred mentally in the process making him a person that struggles between good and bad. 

There are many other superb villains in the Batman movies that could have made this list including cat woman, Ras Al Ghul, Joker and others.