He is the Dark Knight who went on to become the world’s most iconic superhero without any special superpowers. He is Batman, he just turned 80 and he has added more crusades up his sleeves. The caped crusader has been saving humanity by fighting for justice for eight decades, and the story is far from over. The multi-millionaire Bruce Wayne aka Batman will soon be back with new adventures with actor Robert Pattinson on board to essay the role of the masked superhero.
Created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger with an aim to build on the success of Superman, Batman first appeared in 1939’s Detective Comics #27. He was introduced as uninteresting socialite Bruce Wayne, who becomes a crime-fighter after donning his iconic costume. His tragic origin story, in which a mugger guns down his parents as they walk back home after watching a movie, was introduced six months after his debut in Detective Comics #33 in November in 1939. Batman Day is celebrated all around the world on September 21. “It doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor, the idea of losing your parents to violence hits a nerve with everybody. That someone would take this vow of never letting this happen to anybody else means we feel included — he’s actually fighting for us. And I think that’s part of the lasting appeal. He’s also proven that his will is something that is second to none. He won’t give up on us. He will fight,” people.com quoted DC archivist Benjamin LeClear as saying.
What makes him special? He doesn’t kill or use a gun, he has a socialite cousin Kate Kane who becomes Batwoman (DC’s most high-profile LGBTQ character), inspires others to become heroes and lives with a hope of finding good even in the darkest of souls. “He fights crime, he’s a vigilante, and that’s always soothing and appealing to us to be able to take matters into our own hands, but it’s his brain that separates him. That’s why he becomes the leader,” LeClear said.
He is a son looking for his parents love, he is a lover, he is a businessman, he is a philanthropist and a superhero. His journey is filled with many special moments, from his debut to deciding never to use guns to getting villains with shades of positive to introducing a LGBTQ character with Batwoman. In these 80 years, Batman has come a long way, starting from comic books to the humour translating to the screen with Adam West’s campy “Batman” in 1960 to finding fame on the big screen.
The film is expected to resurrect the film franchise with fresh energy, and star appeal. Apart from Batman, many stories from the universe are in the pipeline. There’s Warner Bros project tracing the story of Joker, film on villain Harley Quinn in the works and Ruby Rose set to play gay Batwoman in upcoming series of the same name. What’s our wish on Batman Day? As the Twitter trend says #LongLiveTheBat. (IANS)