The Dark and Buried of the Dark Crusader

Jazmin Quinn, Author

(To Superman) “Everyone looks up to you. They listen to you. If you ask them to fight, they’ll fight. But they need to be inspired. And let’s face it ‘Superman’… the last time you really inspired anyone was when you were dead” 

                                                                                      – Comic Book Batman 

Batman was first created in 1939 by a gag cartoonist named Bob Kane and a writer named Bill Finger (who was an employee at Kane’s studio). Finger suggested a few design changes: Give the character a cape instead of wings, a cowl instead of a mask and have him where gloves (so he would not leave fingerprints). As we all know, the comic book, tv show, and the movies, all take place in the grim, mysterious, crime filled, Gotham City. The name Bruce Wayne has an interesting history. Batman’s first name, Bruce, comes from the Scottish Patrion, Robert Bruce. The last name was a nod to American Revolutionary War General “Mad Anthony” Wayne. Most superheroes have superpowers, but not Batman. Instead, he relies on his wealth, his cunning intellect, his steely resolve to rid Gotham of evil, and his superior fighting ability-as well as a host of other well-honed skills- to battle crime. 

Batman’s origin story has been retold repeatedly. But none the less still the same. When Bruce was 8, he and his parents, Dr. Thomas and Martha Wayne were walking home from a night at the theater when they took a wrong turn and ended up in the worst part of Gotham City, the notorious “crime alley”. The family was accosted by a hoodlum whose intention was to steal a pearl necklace Martha was wearing. Dr. Wayne refused to hand it over, and Bruce’s parents were gunned down in the street. The criminal fled as they took their last breaths. After they were laid to rest a few days later, Bruce vowed to avenge their deaths “by spending the rest of my life warring on all criminals,” creating The Dark Knight. 

After the accident, Bruce was raised at Wayne Manor estate under the care of a close family friend, social worker and physician, Leslie Thompkins, and the family’s loyal butler, Alfred Pennyworth. As a teenager, Bruce embarked on a global journey to learn the skills he would need to enact his revenge on Gotham City’s criminal element. He studied chemistry, criminology, forensics, martial arts, gymnastics and the arts of escape and disguise. 

Batman has been a cultural phenomenon for 80 years-since the superhero first appeared in the pages of DC comics’ “Detective comics” series in 1939. Over the years, he has moved from comic books to the small screen to the big screen, attracting new generations of fans along the way. The “Batman” movies have grossed nearly $4 billion worldwide, making it one of the highest grossing film franchises in history. No matter who wears the cape and cowl-whether it be Adam West, George Clooney, or Christian Bale-one thing remains constant: Fans can’t get enough of the Caped Crusader. 

“I am Batman. I don’t enjoy anything” 

                                                                                       -Comic Book Batman