exceptional martial artist, combat strategy, inexhaustible wealth, brilliant deductive skill, advanced technology.
The Dark Knight
Batman is additionally known as "the Dark Knight", in the original version of the story and the vast majority of subsequent retellings, Batman's secret identity is Bruce Wayne a billionaire playboy, industrialist, and philanthropist. Having witnessed the murder of his parents as a child, he swore revenge on crime, an oath tempered with the greater ideal of justice. Bruce trains himself both physically and intellectually and dons a bat-themed costume in order to fight crime. Batman operates in the fictional American Gotham City, assisted by various supporting characters including his main sidekick Robin, his butler Alfred Pennyworth, the police commissioner Jim Gordon, and occasional assistance from the heroine Batgirl.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Director: Zack Snyder
Cast: Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Diane Lane, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Scoot McNairy
Gotham City's vigilante Batman travels to Metropolis to take on Superman, fearing what would happen if the latter is kept unchecked. As Batman and Superman confront one another, a new threat arrives to put mankind in greater danger than it has previously known.
Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne / Batman: A multi-billionaire industrialist from Gotham City who is secretly a costumed crime-fighting vigilante.
Henry Cavill as Clark Kent / Superman: A Kryptonian sent by his parents to Earth as an infant to escape the destruction of his home planet, who now serves as a reporter for the Daily Planet and the super-powered protector of Metropolis.
Gal Gadot as Diana Prince / Wonder Woman: An Amazon princess and demigoddess daughter of Zeus.
Amy Adams as Lois Lane: A reporter for the Daily Planet and love interest of Clark Kent.
Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor: A complicated and sophisticated young businessman who is fixated on defeating Superman.
Diane Lane as Martha Kent: Clark’s adoptive mother.
Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth: Bruce Wayne's butler, best friend, and mentor.
Laurence Fishburne as Perry White: The editor-in-chief of the Daily Planet.
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Juno Temple, Josh Pence, Daniel Sunjata, Nestor Carbonell, Matthew Modine, Tom Conti, Joey King, Brett Cullen, Chris Ellis, Josh Stewart
The film introduces two main characters to Nolan's series: Selina Kyle (played by Anne Hathaway), a cat burglar whose appearance in Gotham City sets in motion a chain of events that leads Batman to unretire; and Bane (played by Tom Hardy), the film's antagonist whose objective is to destroy Gotham with a nuclear fusion bomb.
The film received near critical acclaim and became a commercial success. With a worldwide gross of $834 million, unadjusted for inflation, the film is currently the 30th-highest-grossing film of all time and the second-highest-grossing film of 2012.
Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne / Batman: A billionaire socialite dedicated to protecting Gotham City from the criminal underworld.
Tom Hardy as Bane: A terrorist leader intent on destroying Gotham City.
Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle / Catwoman: Selina Kyle is a cat burglar described as "an associate" of Bane.
Gary Oldman as James Gordon: Commissioner of the Gotham City Police Department, and one of the city's few honest police officers.
Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth: Bruce's trusted butler and confidant. Alfred has acted as a father figure to Bruce, and continues to aid Bruce on his missions as well as supplying him with useful advice.
Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox: Fox runs Wayne Enterprises on behalf of Bruce Wayne and serves as his armorer, providing him with high-tech equipment.
The Dark Knight (2008)
Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Heath Ledger, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Oldman, Eric Roberts
The Dark Knight is a 2008 superhero crime thriller film directed and co-written by Christopher Nolan. Based on the DC Comics character Batman, the film is part of Nolan's Batman film series and a sequel to 2005's Batman Begins. Christian Bale reprises the lead role. The film follows Bruce Wayne/Batman (Bale), District Attorney Harvey Dent/Two-Face (Aaron Eckhart), Assistant D.A. Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal), and Police Commissioner James Gordon (Gary Oldman) and their struggles and journey in combating the new rising threat of a criminal who goes by the name of the "Joker" (Heath Ledger).
Nolan's inspiration for the film was the Joker's comic book debut in 1940, and the 1996 series The Long Halloween, which retold Two-Face's origin. The Dark Knight was filmed primarily in Chicago, as well as in several other locations in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Hong Kong. Nolan used an IMAX camera to film some sequences, including the Joker's first appearance in the film. On January 22, 2008, after he had completed filming The Dark Knight, Heath Ledger died from a toxic combination of prescription drugs, leading to intense attention from the press and moviegoing public.
Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne / Batman: A billionaire dedicated to protecting Gotham City from the criminal underworld by night.
Heath Ledger as The Joker: Joker as a psychopathic, mass murdering, schizophrenic clown with zero empathy.
Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent: The district attorney who is hailed as Gotham's "White Knight". His battle with the criminal underworld leaves him disfigured, transforming him into a bloodthirsty madman.
Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth: Bruce's trusted butler and confidante. His supply of useful advice to Bruce and his likeness as a father figure has led to him being labeled "Batman's batman."
Maggie Gyllenhaal as Rachel Dawes: The Gotham assistant district attorney and Wayne's childhood friend. Before the events of the film, she told Wayne that if he ever decided to stop being Batman, they would be together. She is one of the few people to know Batman's identity.
Gary Oldman as James Gordon: A lieutenant in the Gotham City Police Department and one of the city's few honest police officers. He forms a tenuous, unofficial alliance with Batman and Dent. When the Joker assassinates Police Commissioner Loeb, Mayor Garcia gives Gordon the position.
Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox: The recently promoted chief executive officer of Wayne Enterprises who, now fully aware of his employer's double life, serves more directly as Bruce's armorer in addition to his corporate duties
Batman Begins (2005)
Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman
The origins of the Caped Crusader of Gotham City are finally brought to the big screen in this new adaptation of the perennially popular comic-book series. The young Bruce Wayne (Gus Lewis) leads a privileged life as the son of wealthy, philanthropist parents, both of whom stress their commitment to improving the lives of the citizens of crime-ridden Gotham City. After his mother and father are murdered by a mugger, however, Wayne grows into an impudent young man (Christian Bale), full of rage and bent on retribution until encouraged by his childhood sweetheart, Rachel Dawes (Katie Holmes), to search for answers beyond his own personal vendettas...
Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne / Batman: Wayne is a billionaire industrialist whose parents were killed by a mugger when he was eight years old. Traveling the world for several years to seek the means to fight injustice, he returns to Gotham. At night, Bruce becomes Batman, Gotham City's vigilante protector.
Katie Holmes as Rachel Dawes: Bruce's childhood friend who serves as Gotham City's assistant district attorney, fighting against the corruption in the city.
Gary Oldman as Sgt. James Gordon: One of the few uncorrupted Gotham City police officers. He was the officer on duty the night of the murder of Bruce Wayne's parents. In this way, he shares a special bond with the adult Bruce and thus with Batman.
Liam Neeson as Ra's al Ghul: Under the pseudonym Henri Ducard, Ra's trains Bruce in ninjutsu, a form of martial arts.
Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox: A high-ranking Wayne Enterprises employee who was demoted to working in the company's Applied Science Division, where he conducts advanced studies in biochemistry and mechanical engineering.
Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth: The trusted butler to Bruce Wayne's parents, who continues his loyal service to their son after their deaths. He is Bruce Wayne's closest confidant.
Batman & Robin (1997)
Director: Joel Schumacher
Cast: George Clooney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Uma Thurman, Chris O'Donnell, Alicia Silverstone, Elle Macpherson
This was the third follow-up to Tim Burton's Batman (1989), the original revisionist look at the Gotham City legend, as well as the second in the Batman series directed by Joel Schumacher and the first featuring George Clooney as the Caped Crusader; it features not one but two super-villains, and a new heroine to fight crime alongside Bruce Wayne (aka Batman) and Dick Grayson (aka Robin) (Chris O'Donnell). The experiments of Dr. Victor Fries (Arnold Schwarzenegger) to preserve his late wife cryogenically have gone horribly wrong, turning him into the evil genius Mr. Freeze, who must keep his body at sub-zero temperature in order to say alive - and he wants to put Gotham City on ice...
George Clooney as Bruce Wayne / Batman: A billionaire industrialist who witnessed his parents' murder as a young boy. At night, Bruce becomes Batman, Gotham City's vigilante protector.
Chris O'Donnell as Dick Grayson / Robin: The crime-fighting partner to Batman and legal ward to Bruce Wayne. He has begun to chafe against Batman's authority.
Alicia Silverstone as Barbara Wilson / Batgirl: Her parents died in a car accident and Alfred, her uncle, was very close to her mother, Margaret.
Arnold Schwarzenegger as Dr. Victor Fries / Mr. Freeze: A molecular biologist who suffers a terrible accident while trying to cryogenically preserve his terminally ill wife. As a result, he is transformed into a criminal forced to live in a sub-zero suit powered by diamonds.
Uma Thurman as Dr. Pamela Isley / Poison Ivy: A botanist who becomes a crazed eco-terrorist after being pushed into vials of chemicals, poisons, and toxins.
Batman Forever (1995)
Director: Joel Schumacher
Cast: Val Kilmer, Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey, Nicole Kidman
Director Joel Schumacher inherited the Batman franchise from Tim Burton and began steering it in the campier direction of the Sixties television show with this third installment. First-time Batman/Bruce Wayne (Val Kilmer), in his only outing as the Caped Crusader, is effectively brooding as he ponders strange dreams about his parents' death and escapes his own near-demise at the hands of Two-Face (Tommy Lee Jones), a former district attorney driven insane and turned into a master criminal when a gangster throws acid in his face. Meanwhile, as sexy psychologist Chase Meridian (Nicole Kidman) tries to analyze and seduce both Bruce Wayne and Batman, Wayne Enterprises employee Edward Nygma (Jim Carrey) reacts badly to getting fired, using his self-invented mind-energy device to transform into the super-intelligent Riddler. The Riddler teams up with Two-Face to bring down Batman and drain the minds of Gotham City residents with his device, while Batman gets some much-needed help in the form of circus performer Dick Grayson (Chris O'Donnell), out for vengeance after being orphaned by Two-Face.
Val Kilmer as Bruce Wayne / Batman: After coming across the journal of his father, he starts questioning his act of vengeance. Bruce struggles with his dual identity as a crime fighter, becoming romantically involved with Dr. Chase Meridian.
Nicole Kidman as Dr. Chase Meridian: A psychologist and love interest of Bruce Wayne. Chase is fascinated by the dual nature of Batman. She is held as a damsel in distress in the climax.
Chris O'Donnell as Dick Grayson / Robin: Once a circus acrobat, Dick is taken in by Bruce after Two-Face murders his parents and brother at a circus event. Bruce is reminded of when his parents were murdered when he sees the same vengeance in Dick.
Tommy Lee Jones as Harvey Dent / Two-Face: Formerly the good district attorney of Gotham City, half of Dent's face is scarred with acid during the conviction of a crime boss. Driven insane, he becomes the criminal Two-Face.
Jim Carrey as Edward Nygma / The Riddler: A former Wayne Enterprises employee, Edward resigns after his newest invention is personally rejected by Bruce Wayne. He becomes the villainous Riddler, leaving riddles and puzzles at scenes of crime.
Batman Returns (1992)
Director: Tim Burton
Cast: Michael Keaton, Danny De Vito, Michelle Pfheiffer
Batman now faces the Penguin - a warped and deformed individual who is intent on being accepted into Gotham society. Crooked businessman Max Schreck is coerced into helping him become Mayor of Gotham and they both attempt to expose Batman in a different light. Earlier however, Selina Kyle, Max's secretary, is thrown from the top of a building and is transformed into Catwoman - a mysterious figure who has the same personality disorder as Batman. Batman must attempt to clear his name, all the time deciding just what must be done with the Catwoman.
Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne / Batman: Continuing his quest as Gotham City's sole protector, in his wake, he meets Selina Kyle, and clashes with new anti-heroine Catwoman. His situation becomes complicated due to the arrival of a mysterious "Penguin-like Man" spotted throughout Gotham.
Michelle Pfeiffer as Selina Kyle / Catwoman: Formerly a quiet and shy secretary for Max Shreck, Selina transforms into Catwoman after an attempt on her life. She becomes a romantic interest for Bruce Wayne and a deadly adversary for Batman.
Danny DeVito as Oswald Cobblepot / The Penguin: Abandoned at birth due to his hideous appearance by his aristocratic parents, he spends his life living in the sewers of Gotham City. His real intentions are to dispose of every first-born aristocratic son in Gotham City out of vengeance against his parents for abandoning him as a child.
Director: Tim Burton
Cast: Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinder
Behind the black cowl, Gotham City superhero Batman is really millionaire philanthropist Bruce Wayne (Michael Keaton), who turned to crimefighting after his parents were brutally murdered before his eyes. The only person to share Wayne's secret is faithful butler Alfred (Michael Gough). The principal villain in Batman is The Joker (Jack Nicholson) who'd been mob torpedo Jack Napier before he was horribly disfigured in a vat of acid. The Joker's plan to destroy Batman and gain control of Gotham City is manifold.
Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne / Batman, - Jack Nicholson as Jack Napier / The Joker, - Kim Basinger as Vicki Vale
The character first starred in two serial films in the 1940s, Batman and Batman and Robin. The character also appeared in the 1966 film Batman, which was a feature film adaptation of the 1960s Batman TV series starring Adam West.
Tim Burton's Batman: He took over as director of the first film. Batman 1989 starring Michael Keaton. Burton and Keaton returned for the 1992 sequel Batman Returns.
Joel Schumacher's Batman: Batman Forever 1995 starring Val Kilmer. He also directed the 1997 sequel Batman & Robin, which starred George Clooney.
Christopher Nolan's Batman: Batman Begins 2005 aimed for a darker and more realistic tone. Starring Christian Bale. He also directed the 2008 sequel The Dark Knight with Bale reprising his role. (After he had completed filming The Dark Knight, Ledger died of a sleeping pill overdose.) A third and final installment in the Nolan series, The Dark Knight Rises 2012. The Dark Knight Rises is intended to complete Nolan's Batman trilogy.
...and soon by Ben Affleck in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
For the role of Catwoman...
Michelle Pfeiffer took the role of Catwoman (Selina Kyle) in Tim Burton's Batman Returns.
Arguably the outstanding villain of the Tim Burton era, Michelle Pfeiffer's deadly kitten with a whip brought sex to the normally neutered franchise.
Peter Travers of Rolling Stone praised her for giving the "feminist avenger a tough core of intelligence and wit" and called her a "classic dazzler."
(She was ranked 21st in Comics Buyer's Guide's "100 Sexiest Women in Comics" list)
In the 1997 film, Batman & Robin, she was portrayed by Uma Thurman.
Alicia Silverstone as Barbara Wilson / Batgirl - Batman & Robin:
Her parents died in a car accident and Alfred, her uncle, was very close to her mother, Margaret. 1997 film Batman & Robin, in which Alicia Silverstone played Batgirl.
Nicole Kidman as Dr. Chase Meridian: Batman Forever:
A psychologist and love interest of Bruce Wayne. Chase is fascinated by the dual nature of Batman.
Catwoman / Selina Kyle
Catwoman is known for having a complex love-hate relationship with Batman and has been Batman's most enduring love interest.
"I felt that women were feline creatures and men were more like dogs. While dogs are faithful and friendly, cats are cool, detached, and unreliable. I felt much warmer with dogs around me—cats are as hard to understand as women are. Men feel more sure of themselves with a male friend than a woman. You always need to keep women at arm's length. We don't want anyone taking over our souls, and women have a habit of doing that. So there's a love-resentment thing with women. I guess women will feel that I'm being chauvinistic to speak this way, but I do feel that I've had better relationships with male friends than women. With women, once the romance is over, somehow they never remain my friends." -Bob KaneCatwoman's favored weapon is a whip. She wields both a standard bullwhip and the cat o' nine tails with expert proficiency.
Catwoman's attractiveness and feminine wiles have also allowed her to take advantage of male opponents.
Batgirl / Barbara Gordon
At the time of her conception, Barbara Gordon's character was intended to reflect the women's liberation movement as an educated, career-oriented young woman, as well as a capable crime-fighter.
According to the character's fictional biography, Barbara Gordon trained in judo and karate, earning black belts, prior to her tenure as Batgirl and is described as being a "star athlete.
Batgirl / Stephanie Brown
Stephanie Brown is the daughter of the Cluemaster, one of Gotham City's third-rate criminals. Her father spent most of her childhood in jail or away from the family. He claims to be rehabilitated upon his return to Gotham, but Stephanie becomes furious when she discovers that he is actually returning to crime, this time not leaving his trademark clues behind. She decides something needs to be done.
Like most of the Batman family, she has no superhuman powers. She has been trained extensively by Batgirl, Batman, and the Birds of Prey in martial arts, acrobatics, strength training, interrogation, and detective skills. She carries a belt similar to that used by other Gotham vigilantes containing a grappling hook, tracking devices, and various other crime fighting paraphernalia.
Poison Ivy / Dr. Pamela Isley
Poison Ivy is obsessed with plants, botany, and environmentalism. She uses toxins from plants and mind controlling pheromones for her criminal activities, which are usually aimed at protecting the natural environment.
The dangerous experiments that transformed Pamela into Poison Ivy placed a deliberate overdose of plant and animal based toxins into her blood stream that make her touch deadly while also allowing her to boost her immunity to all poisons, viruses, bacteria, and fungi
is the archenemy of Batman.
The Joker falls into a vat of chemicals which bleaches his skin, colors his hair green and his lips red, and drives him insane. The reasons why the Joker was disguised as the Red Hood, and his identity before his transformation have changed over time.
The Joker has been cited as one of the greatest comic book villains and fictional characters ever created.
Harley Quinn / Dr. Harleen Frances Quinzel
The character is a frequent accomplice and girlfriend of Batman's nemesis the Joker, and is also close to the supervillain Poison Ivy, from whom she gained her immunity to poisons and toxins.
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