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As the flagship (and most lucrative) character of DC Comics, the vigilante superhero Batman has appeared (and keeps appearing) in a plethora of media for over 80 years.

Here's an exhaustive list:


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    Ongoing Comics Series 
  • Detective Comics - DC's longest-running still-published comic series, with the greatest number of issues (although for a long time it was overtaken by Action Comics). Originally an Anthology Comic, Batman debuted in issue #27 in 1939 with the story "The Case of the Chemical Syndicate" and has headlined it to this day, apart from 2009-2010 when Batwoman took over the book. Various other characters have starred in backup stories over the years, including the Martian Manhunter, Green Arrow, and Black Canary, the Elongated Man, and The Question. It has shifted in focus several times over its history but generally acts as a secondary Batman title. After issue #881 its numbering was reset to #1 for the New 52 reboot, then 52 issues later the original issue count was restored from #934 onwards for the DC Rebirth relaunch. Written by Mariko Tamaki since issue #1034 (March 2021).
  • Batman - Batman's self-named monthly title, which debuted in 1940 (issue #1 featured the first appearances of the Joker and Catwoman). Considered to be the main flagship title, and usually (but not always) where the most important plot developments take place. After issue #713 its numbering was reset to #1 for the New 52 reboot, and then 52 issues later it was reset to #1 again for DC Rebirth. Written by James Tynion IV since #86 (January 2020).
  • World's Finest Comics - An anthology series that debuted in the late 1940s, originally it featured stand-alone solo stories involving Batman and Superman. However, with issue #71, the series switched formats to its now-familiar "Superman/Batman" team-up stories. The series (which featured the first appearance of Scarecrow and Clock King) was canceled in 1986. Superman/Batman served as a modern-day Spiritual Successor.
  • The Joker - the Clown Prince of Crime starred in his short-lived series in the mid-1970s.
  • Batman Family - Anthology title that ran from 1975 to 1978, focusing on the supporting cast. Its two main stars were Robin and Batgirl, along with Man-Bat and others. From issue #17 it started including stories starring Batman himself. After 20 issues it was merged into Detective Comics.
  • Batman and the Outsiders. Batman leading his team. The team has gone through several incarnations, both with and without their original leader – without Batman, it is renamed simply The Outsiders. The original run first launched in 1983 and ended in 1988, with a brief revival from 1993 to 1995.
    • The 2003 series of The Outsiders was mostly In Name Only, featuring a separate team that mainly spun off from the Titans. However, in its last issues, it led into the 2007 series of Batman and the Outsiders, which brought back the team's original leader and merged parts of the old and new teams. Following Final Crisis, the series was relaunched as The Outsiders again.
    • Batman and the Outsiders was brought back again in 2019, written by Bryan Edward Hill. The team debuted in a story arc of Detective Comics also written by Hill, titled "On the Outside". Ran for 17 issues.
  • Legends of the Dark Knight - A series that debuted in 1989, to tie into the release of the 1989 live-action Batman movie. The series originally was a flashback book, focusing on past adventures of Batman, though by the early '90s (and the events of Knightfall), the book was revamped and took place in the here and now. Suffers from continuity issues, with several stories being considered non-canon.
  • Batman: Shadow of the Bat - Another Batman book, launched mainly as a vehicle for writer Alan Grant following his runs on Detective Comics and Batman. The series was much darker than the main Batman books at the time; in particular, the stories were often told from the POV of the villain. Launched in 1992, it ended in 1999 with the conclusion of the Batman: No Man's Land storyline.
  • Robin - The solo series of Tim Drake, the third Robin. The series was preceded by three different miniseries, released 1990-91, 1991 and 1992-93 respectively; the ongoing launched in 1993 and lasted until 2009.
    • Red Robin, the direct successor to the Robin series starring Tim in his new superhero mantle, which ran from 2009 until 2011.
  • Nightwing - The solo series of Dick Grayson, the first Robin, who took on the new identity of Nightwing as an adult. The series was preceded by a four-issue miniseries in 1995; the ongoing series launched in 1996, showing Nightwing becoming the protector of the Wretched Hive of Blüdhaven. The series lasted until 2009 when Dick Grayson took on the mantle of Batman.
    • Nightwing began in 2011 with the New 52 reboot. Ended after 30 issues due to Dick Grayson's apparent death in Forever Evil (2013).
    • Grayson: Launched in 2015 as a replacement for Nightwing, starring Dick as a secret agent for the mysterious organization Spyral.
    • Nightwing returned in 2016 with DC Rebirth. Written by Tom Taylor since #78 (March 2021).
  • Gotham Central - A series that starred Renee Montoya and members of the Gotham City Police Department, with Batman only playing a minor role. While receiving critical acclaim (most notably for the story where Montoya is outed as a lesbian), the series ran for only 40 issues.
  • Batman: Gotham Knights - A series launched in 2000 to replace Shadow of the Bat. Focused on Batman but heavily spotlighting and examining the rest of the Batfamily and their relationships to each other. Retooled from issue #50 to shift focus towards Batman's relationship to his rogues' gallery, and canceled in 2006 with 74 issues.
  • Batman Confidential - Another anthology series that replaced Legends of the Dark Knight. The series features classic Batman villains (who rarely appeared in Legends of the Dark Knight) and early adventures between them and Batman. Most notably (and infamously) the series is known for its Joker origin story, which uses the 1989 movie as its template.
  • Superman/Batman - Mentioned above, this is a team-up series with Superman that was the Spiritual Successor to "World's Finest". But unlike "World's Finest", Superman/Batman features major storylines for both characters, most notably Superman with its first arc featuring the two bringing down President Lex Luthor (which was later spun off into the direct-to-DVD movie Superman/Batman: Public Enemies) and its second arc re-introducing the Pre-Crisis Supergirl to The DCU (which was spun off into the movie Superman/Batman: Apocalypse).
    • Batman/Superman - The New 52 successor to the previous team-up book, running from 2013 to 2016.
    • Batman/Superman - A new volume of the team-up book debuted in 2019. Written by Joshua Williamson.
  • Batman and Robin - A new book launched in 2009 in which Grant Morrison continued the story from his 2006-2009 run on Batman, featuring the further adventures of the new Batman (Dick Grayson) and Bruce Wayne's son Damian Wayne, the new Robin. The series focuses on the fall-out from Morrison's popular run on the main Batman book as well as Damian's attempt to adjust to being a hero.
    • Batman and Robin was relaunched in 2011 as part of the New 52 reboot, now focusing on Bruce Wayne as Batman and Damian as Robin, written by Peter J. Tomasi. Ended in 2015.
    • Robin: Son of Batman, the immediate follow-up, was about the solo adventures of Damian Wayne and his attempt to redeem himself for his past with the League of Assassins. Ran 2015-2016.
  • Batman: Streets of Gotham - A series written by Paul Dini following on from his 2006-2009 run on Detective Comics, featuring the new Batman and Robin in the eyes of other characters. Also featured a backup feature starring Kate Spencer, the current Manhunter. Ran 2009-2010.
  • Gotham City Sirens - A series, also written by Paul Dini, dealing with the girls of Gotham, notably Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, and Catwoman as they attempt to live "normal" lives. Ran 2009-2011.
  • The Batman Adventures - The tie-in comic of Batman: The Animated Series.
  • Batman and Robin (2009) - A series following Dick Grayson as Batman and Damian Wayne as Robin during Grant Morrison's Batman run.
  • Batman Incorporated - The final series in Grant Morrison's sprawling Batman run, launched in 2010, featuring Bruce Wayne going international and setting out to recruit Batmen to protect cities across the globe. Went on hiatus with the New 52 reboot, was eventually relaunched in 2012 as part of the new continuity, and concluded in 2013.
  • Batman: The Dark Knight — Another ongoing series, launched in 2011, originally written and drawn by David Finch. After a short initial run, it was relaunched with the New 52 reboot. Retooled in 2012 to spotlight Batman's rogues' gallery, and lasted until 2014.
  • Batgirl (2011) - A series about Barbara Gordon after she regains the use of her legs after having been paralyzed in The Killing Joke, beginning with the New 52 reboot. Underwent a major Lighter and Softer retooling in 2014 from the "Batgirl of Burnside" story arc. Relaunched in 2016 as Batgirl (Rebirth), continuing until the end of 2020.
  • Red Hood and the Outlaws - Starring Jason Todd as the leader of a trio of antiheroes. Most incarnations of the team have been written by Scott Lobdell. The first series began in 2011 with the New 52 reboot, featuring Red Hood, Arsenal, and Starfire.
    • Red Hood/Arsenal succeeded the original title in 2015, while Starfire was split off into her solo series.
    • Red Hood and the Outlaws was revived in 2016 with the DC Rebirth relaunch, with a new team consisting of Red Hood, Artemis of Bana-Mighdall, and Bizarro – also known as the "Dark Trinity". Retooled in 2018 as Red Hood: Outlaw, a Jason Todd solo title. Ended after 52 issues, with its last two issues retitled again simply to Red Hood.
  • Batwoman - The solo series of Katherine "Kate" Kane, who originally debuted in 52. A #0 issue came out in 2010, but the series proper was delayed to begin its run with the New 52 reboot in late 2011. Lasted until 2015; a new series Batwoman (Rebirth) ran for 2017-2018.
  • Batwing - A series about the Batman of Africa. Originally starred David Zavimbe; following a Retool he was replaced by Luke Fox, son of Lucius Fox. Ran 2011-2014.
  • Talon - follows Calvin Rose, a rogue Talon on the run from the Court of Owls. Ran 2012-2014.
  • We Are Robin - in the aftermath of Endgame, a group of teens from the Robin Movement to protect Gotham. Ran 2015-2016.
  • Arkham Manor - a six-issue mini-series that had Batman keeping an eye on the former Wayne Manor when it was repossessed during the events of Batman Eternal. Ran 2014-2015.
  • Gotham Academy - the adventures of the Detective Club of the titular Wayne-funded school. Largely unrelated to the main Bat-titles. Launched in 2014; later relaunched in 2016 as Gotham Academy: Second Semester, ended 2017.
  • Batman Beyond (Rebirth) - A Broad Strokes adaptation of the Batman Beyond animated series, relaunched with a new continuity as a part of the DC Rebirth relaunch.
  • Joker - An ongoing series launched in 2021 as a companion title to the main Batman book, also written by James Tynion IV. Its main story features Jim Gordon hunting down the title character, while its backup story stars Punchline.
  • Robin (2021) — An ongoing series launched in 2021 after a short prologue in the pages of Batman and Detective Comics. The series sees Damian Wayne returning to the League of Assassins after separating himself from his father.
  • The Next Batman: Second Son: — A Digital-First mini-series created by John Ridley with art by Tony Akins and Travel Foreman. The story launched in 2021 as part of the DC Infinite Frontier initiative to serve as a reintroduction to Timothy "Jace" Fox, the firstborn son of Lucius Fox who rises to become the next person to carry the Batman mantle as teased in DC Future State.
    • I Am Batman — An ongoing sequel series to Second Son that was also written by John Ridley with art by Olvier Copiel which launched in late 2021. The story follows the exploits of Jace Fox as he finally adopts the cape and cowl to become Gotham's newest Dark Knight during the city's Darkest Hour.

    Comic Storylines 
  • The Case of the Chemical Syndicate: The story that started it all.
  • The Batman Meets Dr. Death And The Return Of Dr. Death: The first two-part Batman story.
  • The Batman Wars Against The Dirigible Of Doom: The first telling of Batman's origin.
  • Robin, the Boy Wonder: The debut of the first Robin (Dick Grayson), Batman's iconic sidekick.
  • Batman #1: The first issue of Batman's solo title, which contains the debuts of The Joker and Catwoman.
  • Where Were You on the Night Batman Was Killed?: A reverse murder mystery where Batman is presumed dead, and his greatest enemies step forward to try and claim credit for the deed.
  • The Attack of the Annihilator: Batgirl story arc guest-starring the Super-Family. Barbara Gordon must stop another dangerous lunatic from razing Gotham to the ground. Good thing that a certain friend of hers happens to be visiting Gotham.
  • Year One - Flashback tale written by Frank Miller and illustrated by David Mazzucchelli which told of The Caped Crusader's first year in Gotham City and how he met then Lieutenant James Gordon. Critically acclaimed, it spawned sequels (Batman: Year Two and Batman: Year Three, both written out of continuity after Zero Hour: Crisis in Time!) and mini-series that take place afterward. It also created a massive Continuity Snarl (which was more-or-less, albeit uneasily, taken care of later), as far as erasing Batgirl from canon and introducing a new offspring for Commissioner Gordon, as well as a controversial new origin for Catwoman where she is a former prostitute. Many elements of the story were adapted into Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.
  • A Death in the Family - Batman and Robin II (Jason Todd) go to the Middle East, to track down Jason's birth mother and stop Joker from stealing relief aid from the Red Cross for cash. In the process, Joker kills Jason Todd and his mother and ultimately finds immunity waiting for him in Iran, who offers to make him their ambassador in exchange for him poisoning the entire UN with Joker gas. Superman stops the gas attack and Batman beats the crap out of the Joker, who gets shot by a stray bullet from his Iranian henchmen, and his plane crashes into the ocean. Famous for the fact that Jason's fate was decided by a "1-900" call-in phone poll.
  • A Lonely Place of Dying - When Batman grows increasingly violent in the wake of Jason Todd's death, a young teen named Tim Drake deduces Batman and Nightwing's identities and seeks out Dick to get him to be Robin again. When Dick refuses, it's up to Tim to take up the dominoed mask and save the two from Two-Face, setting up the stage for Tim to become the third Robin.
  • Knightfall / Knightquest / Knightsend - Introduces Bane, who after forcing Batman to run a gauntlet of his worst enemies, breaks Batman's back. This forces Bruce to promote his latest sidekick Azrael to Batman status, which backfires due to Azrael having still not shaken the effects of being brainwashed into becoming an assassin and ultimately forces Bruce (when he's recovered) to face him down to reclaim the cape and cowl.
  • Contagion & Legacy: Two arcs which pretty much go together back-to-back. In the former, Gotham has to deal with an outbreak of Ebola-A and chronicles Batman's attempts to help contain and cure the virus. After which, in the latter, Ra's Al Ghul makes his return to the Batman books as he unleashes a massive plague upon Gotham City, as a test run to unleashing the virus upon humanity. Batman is forced to call in all of his allies (Catwoman, Azrael, Nightwing, and Robin) to help stop Ra's Al Ghul. But victory ultimately depends on Poison Ivy (whose blood holds the cure for the virus) and Bane (who has been recruited by Ra's Al Ghul to marry his daughter) helping Batman and his crew in saving the world.
  • Cataclysm and Batman: No Man's Land - An earthquake hits Gotham and the U.S. Government, rather than rebuild, orders the city sealed off. As Batman and his crew struggle to keep the peace, it soon becomes apparent that Lex Luthor is behind the government turning its back on Gotham City. With no government in the city, Luthor plans on destroying all records of land ownership, to claim the city as his own but fails when Batman stops him (though he is unable to prove to the world what Lex did). Mainly known for introducing the third Batgirl (Cassandra Cain) and reintroducing Black Mask into the Batman books.
  • Officer Down - It's a normal night in Gotham City until a lucky punk has shot Commissioner Gordon and all of Gotham City's finest are looking for the shooter. Notable for largely writing Commissioner Gordon and Detective Harvey Bullock out of the Bat-books until Infinite Crisis.
  • Bruce Wayne: Murderer?/Fugitive - Following the events of No Man's Land, Lex Luthor became President and Bruce Wayne, in retaliation, severed all business ties with the U.S. Government in protest. In revenge, Lex orders Bruce Wayne's girlfriend murdered and Bruce framed for the deed. Making things worse for Batman, Lex Luthor hires the new Batgirl's dad to carry out the hit and since he knows Bruce Wayne is Batman, he can turn Batman's friends & allies against him as Batman struggles to prove his innocence.
  • Batman: Hush and Under the Hood - "Hush" was a warmly received and massively hyped story written by Jeph Loeb and illustrated by Jim Lee. The story deals with an alliance with the new Bat-foe Hush and the Riddler after the latter figures out Batman's identity. While Hush had Batman run the gauntlet with much of his Rogues Gallery, a figure appearing to be a resurrected Jason Todd appears to confuse Batman. In the end, Hush's identity is revealed to be Bruce Wayne's childhood friend, Thomas Elliot, who has decided to harbor a deep hatred over Bruce's "gifted childhood" (AKA the dead parents). The buzz over the appearance of the supposed Jason Todd lead to "Under The Hood" where Judd Winick detailed the rise of a new Red Hood, which was originally held by the man who would become the Joker. Upon the discovery that the Red Hood was indeed Jason returned from the dead, angry that Batman replaced him and didn't kill his "killer", Batman has to stop his adopted son and former ward's Roaring Rampage of Revenge. Hush also saw Harvey Dent's face repaired and cured of his Two-Face persona until Infinite Crisis.
  • Batgirl Year One: A retelling of the origin of Barbara Gordon, written by Scott Beatty and Chuck Dixon and illustrated by Marcos Martin.
  • Batman: War Games and War Crimes - Spoiler decided to prove to Batman she was worthy of being the newest Robin by taking one of his plans and engaging in a massive Batman Gambit against all of Gotham's gangs that go wrong. The result? Black Mask becoming the top crime boss in Gotham and Stephanie Brown, AKA the fourth Robin, dying because Batman waited too long to get her medical treatment. The story was almost immediately followed up with War Crimes, which tried to retcon the story by saying it was longtime Batman ally Leslie Thompkins who withheld medical treatment from Stephanie, and then Infinite Crisis warped reality within months of the publication of War Crimes. War Crimes was erased from canon and replaced with a scenario where Thompkins, with Batman's permission, faked Stephanie's death to protect her from further reprisals from Black Mask.
  • Public Enemies: Lex Luthor, as the President of the United States, declares Superman and Batman as enemies of the state, forcing them to fight an army of heroes and villains to clear their names and bring Luthor down.
  • The Supergirl from Krypton (2004): Direct sequel to Public Enemies. A rocketship crashes on Gotham Bay, carrying Superman's cousin. Although Superman is delighted to meet his long-lost relative, Batman does not trust Supergirl or her claims. Batman's doubts become a moot point, though, when Darkseid kidnaps the young Kryptonian girl.
  • Face The Face: Set during the One Year Later Time Skip after Infinite Crisis, Batman and the Tim Drake Robin return to action just in time to deal with someone killing off several of Batman's rogues' gallery, with evidence pointing to Harvey Dent, who Batman left in charge of protecting Gotham while he was away after being cured. Notable for making the Great White Shark (introduced in Arkham Asylum: Living Hell) Gotham's top crime boss and the aforementioned returns of Commissioner Gordon, Detective Bullock, and Harvey Dent's Two-Face persona (re-scarring included). Batman also adopts Tim Drake, who takes up a costume similar to his The New Batman Adventures incarnation.
  • Batman (Grant Morrison): A group of Story Arcs all written during Grant Morrison's run on Batman. All titles are connected by a large overarching storyline, and Morrison himself says that he intends for this group of titles to be part of a series.
    • Batman and Son: Batman discovers that his one-time sexual encounter with Talia Al Ghul left her pregnant. And now, several years later, she's dropping off her son on Batman's doorsteps so that he can teach the kid how to be a great man, as she prepares to take over the world with her army of Manbat Ninjas. Introduces Damian Wayne to the Batman universe.
    • The Three Ghosts of Batman: Bruce faces off against three psychotic Batman impersonators (a marksman, a steroid-fueled behemoth, and a raving Satanic killer) with ties to a cadre of corrupt police officers and a mysterious military experiment that Bruce himself took part in years ago. A prelude to Batman: R.I.P that introduces Dr. Simon Hurt, the leader of the Black Glove organization. Notable for giving us a glimpse of a possible future where Damian has become the new Batman.
    • The Black Glove: Batman's weekend vacation with a cadre of international superheroes he inspired takes a turn for the worst when the mysterious "Black Glove" destroys their transportation off an island so that they can be killed off one by one.
    • Batman R.I.P. - The Black Glove makes its assault against Batman, attempting to destroy his personality with long-dormant mental triggers which were placed in Batman's mind years ago. Upon the activation of a mental safeguard in the case of such a scenario, the personality of "the Batman of Zur-En-Arrh" keeps Batman functioning until his mind repairs the damage and stops the Black Glove from killing him and invading Gotham City. Upon confronting the leader in an escaping helicopter, Batman becomes "cursed" to die the next time he wears the cape and cowl. After escaping the helicopter crash, Batman is summoned by Superman to investigate the death of a God...
      • Battle For The Cowl (not written by Morrison, but fits into the overarching story) - Bruce Wayne is seemingly dead, and a great void has been created in Gotham City. A war on two fronts has started that the Bat-Family must deal with: the recently escaped Rogues Gallery from Arkham, along with the various gangs and factions trying to claim Gotham as their own; and the appearance of a mysterious masked "Batman", who holds no qualms for murder (eventually revealed to be Jason Todd). After attempting to kill both Tim Drake and Damian Wayne, Jason fights Nightwing and is defeated. Dick takes over the mantle of the Bat, and Damian becomes the new Robin while Tim heals from his injuries.
    • Batman: Reborn - Umbrella title for the various Bat-books dealing with Dick Grayson as the new Batman and Damian as the new Robin. Threats facing them are Jason Todd and a new Black Mask, along with new villains such as Professor Pyg and his army of circus freak show villains and the assassin known as "The Flamingo".
    • The Return of Bruce Wayne: The title says it all. Until it happens, we're treated to Bruce Wayne's displaced adventures in time, where he suits up in period-specific Bat-costumes and fights pirates and cavemen and stuff, due to continually being shunted around the timestream. Oh, and Superman says his return will bring about the end of the world...
      • Time Masters: Vanishing Point: A side story connected to Return as Superman, Green Lantern, Booster Gold and Rip Hunter travel through time in search of Batman.
      • Bruce Wayne: The Road Home: The culmination of the Batman: Reborn storyline. Vicki Vale seeks to reveal the identities of the Bat-Family to the world, but Ra's al Ghul refuses to let her do so and seeks to kill her. The Bat-Family, the GCPD and the returned Bruce Wayne must protect her and convince her that what she's doing is wrong.
    • Batman, Inc.: After the events of the above storyline, Bruce Wayne decides to take the Batman operation international and train potential Batmen worldwide, leaving Dick and Damian to continue their roles as Batman and Robin in Gotham City.
  • Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? - A two-part Batman story written by Neil Gaiman, in the same vein as Superman's "Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?", this is an epilogue to the Bruce Wayne Batman (in all of his incarnations). It was to be the 'last' story after his death in Batman R.I.P. and Final Crisis and act as a summing-up of the character.
  • Batman: Impostors: A variation of The Joker drug is causing users to suffer violent mental breakdowns. Now, the citizens of Gotham City are divided into two gangs: one led by a Batman impostor who pledges to bring the law back to the streets, the other led by a Joker look-alike out to punish the innocent.
  • Batman: The Black Mirror: While Bruce is busy with Batman, Inc, Dick stays on as Gotham's Batman. He, Oracle, Jim Gordon, and Tim Drake continue the good fight against evil auctioneers, nefarious car salesmen, pirates, and baby formula truck drivers.
  • Night of the Owls: Batman as of the New 52. Bruce is Batman again, though Damian is still Robin, and Dick still operates as Nightwing. A shadowy organization, known as The Court of Owls, basically Gotham City's Illuminati, is trying to take back Gotham City, using pseudo-immortal assassins as their footsoldiers.
  • Death of the Family: After a year-long absence, The Joker returns to Gotham with a torn-off face and gunning for Batman's allies.
  • Gothtopia: All of Gotham except Batman believes Gotham to be a Sugar Bowl Utopia, though as the facade falls apart, the Scarecrow enacts a further scheme for control of the populace.
  • Batman: Zero Year: The revision of Batman's origin for the New 52. Unlike Year One, it has direct involvement of several classic villains, with The Riddler, in particular, serving as Gotham City's first supervillain and the arc's Big Bad, and has tie-in crossovers with many other heroes.
  • Batman: Endgame: A story featuring The Joker's return after Death Of The Family.
  • Batman: Superheavy: Following the events of Endgame, the GCPD decide to make their own Batman with the original MIA.
  • Robin War: A storyline that pits Damian Wayne against a group of teens who proclaims themselves Robin, dragging in the previous Robin title-bearers and the brand new Batman in the process.
  • Detective Comics (Rebirth): James Tynion IV's run on Detective Comics beginning with the DC Rebirth relaunch, in which the series became a Batfamily team book.
  • Batman (Tom King): Tom King's run on the main Batman title beginning with the DC Rebirth relaunch.
    • Batman: Prelude to The Wedding: A series of one-shots set on the eve of Batman's wedding to Catwoman in Batman (Tom King).
    • City of Bane: With Batman broken physically and mentally stemming from the aftermath of the Wedding, Bane and his cohorts take over Gotham City.
  • Escape from the Phantom Zone: Batgirl crossover with the Superman books. A plea for help and a mutual friend in danger lead Barbara Gordon and Kara Zor-El to become trapped in the Phantom Zone, where they fall into the clutches of a deadly, heartless psychopath.
  • Batman (James Tynion IV): Tynion's run on the main title, directly following Tom King.
    • The Joker War: With Batman still recovering from the events of City of Bane, the Joker and his newest ally, Punchline, decide to strike him where it hurts the most.
    • Fear State: This fall, the Scarecrow is sending Gotham City straight to Hell, and it’s up to Batman and his allies to stop it!
  • Batman (Joshua Williamson): Joshua Williamson's run on the title, following Tynion's.
    • Shadow War: After Deathstroke murders Ra's al Ghul, it's up to Batman and Robin to bring him to justice before Talia al Ghul can exact her brand of justice.

    One-Shot Comics & Limited Series 
  • The Untold Legend of the Batman - A three-issue miniseries written by Len Wein.
  • Batman: The Dark Knight Returns - An old Batman takes up the cowl again to fight mutants. And along with Watchmen, it helped start the Dark Age of comics.
    • The Dark Knight Strikes Again - A sequel to The Dark Knight Returns, once again written by Frank Miller. Unlike The Dark Knight Returns, it features a cast of dozens, as Batman gathers an army of his former friends to free America from Lex Luthor and Brainiac, who have taken over the U.S. thanks to a sentient hologram president.
    • All-Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder - An unfinished prequel, written by Frank Miller and illustrated by Jim Lee. The Goddamn Batman (A.K.A. Crazy Steve) abducts the Goddamn Dick Grayson (age twelve) and goes on some crazy stuff in the Goddamn Gotham City.
    • Dark Knight III: The Master Race - Another sequel, written by Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello, that has Batman reuniting his fellow heroes to take down an intergalactic force of evil.
    • The Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child - A one-shot sequel, this time written solely by Frank Miller.
  • The Batman of Arkham - An Elseworld story set in 1900. By day, Bruce Wayne is the benevolent head psychiatrist of Arkham Asylum. By night, he prowls the streets as Batman to defeat those who would eventually become his patients.
  • The Killing Joke - With the help of Alan Moore, The Joker gets reinvented into the insane sociopath we all know and love. This book is a major influence over all adaptations of the Joker following it. Notable for featuring Batgirl being crippled, paving the way for her reinvention as "Oracle", super-hacker extraordinaire.
  • Batman: The Cult - A man named Deacon Blackfire plans on using his secret underground cult to take over Gotham City. He kidnaps, tortures, and drugs Batman to convert him and use him against the very city he swore to protect. It's up to Robin (Jason Todd) to find Batman, escape Gotham, and together, put an end to Blackfire's reign of terror.
  • Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth - Grant Morrison's first Batman story, Arkham Asylum is what happens when the Batman's rogues gallery gets overdosed on horror, with a little of Lewis Carroll as well. An unholy force has taken over the asylum, forcing Batman to have to storm the place and save the staff. Notable for giving the back story behind the place, and it wasn't pretty.
  • Arkham Asylum: Living Hell: A limited series that focuses on the hellish environment inside the walls of Arkham Asylum from the viewpoint of Warren White, a white-collar criminal who declares himself insane to escape jail time, only to find himself in Arkham, and is eventually driven insane by the other inmates, transforming him into the villain The Great White Shark. Also notable for focusing mostly on the C-list villains, as well as small-time inmates created for the series, such as Humpty Dumpty, Death Rattle, Doodlebug and Lunkhead.
  • Dark Moon Rising - Two linked miniseries by Matt Wagner, Batman and the Monster Men and Batman and the Mad Monk, which retell two Golden Age stories in the post- Year One continuity. They lead directly into...
  • The Man Who Laughs - A one-shot issue written by Ed Brubaker, detailing Batman's first encounter with the Joker. (Mainly an attempt to re-write the original Joker story with the modern characterization of the Joker).
  • The Long Halloween: Another Year One-era story, detailing the origin of Two-Face. The story itself involves a serial killer named "Holiday" bumping off members of Carmine "The Roman" Falcone's mob on various holidays. Much like Year One, many elements were adapted into Batman Begins (as well as The Dark Knight).
    • Batman: Dark Victory - A direct sequel to The Long Halloween by the same creative team, this limited series deals with the fall-out of Harvey Dent's transformation into Two-Face as another serial killer "The Hangman" attempts to kill off several former and current GCPD members - including Jim Gordon. It also features the story of how Bruce Wayne adopted Dick Grayson, who dons the Robin identity at the end of the story.
    • Catwoman: When in Rome: A Perspective Flip focusing on Catwoman during the events of Dark Victory .
  • Batman: Thrillkiller - An Elseworlds limited series taking place in the sixties, in an alternate timeline where Bruce Wayne became a police officer after his parents' murder and Barbara Gordon inherited Wayne Manor after a penniless Bruce sold it. By 1960, Babs Gordon fights crime as Batgirl alongside her partner Dick Grayson (aka Robin, the Man Wonder) while Commissioner Gordon of the GCPD tries to put them both behind bars. Oh... and The Joker's a woman.
  • Batman: Fortunate Son - One of the most infamous and nonsensical Batman stories ever produced, this one-shot sees Batman and Robin trying to stop the rampage of a psychotic rock star. Oddly, the writers intended this as a positive tribute to the genre, despite the aforementioned psychotic rock star and Batman being depicted as an open detractor of rock and roll, and in particular, punk - or as he calls it, “nothing but death, and crime, and the rage of a beast”.
  • Gotham Underground - A limited series that focuses on the effects of the Countdown to Final Crisis on Batman's rogues' gallery, not to mention the recent death of Black Mask. While the rest of the Bat-family struggle to prevent a gang war from breaking out, Batman - undercover as a henchman - winds up in prison. By the end of the series, Penguin finds himself Batman's informant - whether he likes it or not.
  • Joker - Another one-shot, written by Brian Azzarello, detailing the Joker's release from Arkham and his subsequent rise (and fall). The Bat himself makes only a short but effective appearance. Quite a few similarities between the Joker depicted within and Heath Ledger's portrayal in The Dark Knight, but this is coincidental, this being written a good bit before the film was released.
  • Red Hood: The Lost Days - A six-issue miniseries covering the tale of Jason's resurrection and journey to become the Red Hood as he plots his revenge against Bruce.
  • Batman Beyond - Based off the Batman Beyond animated series continuity. It started as a six-part miniseries but became an ongoing series in 2011.
  • Gotham by Gaslight - This is now considered the first DC Elseworld title; though not originally called such, it is labeled an official Elseworld in subsequent re-printings. In it, all of the key characters and events of Batman's origin have come to pass in the Victorian age. The story centered on first the Bat-Man, then Bruce himself, being blamed for a resurgence in Gotham of the antics of Saucy Jack.
  • Batman: Digital Justice - An Alternate Reality story set in the future, featuring the grandson of Commissioner Gordon taking up the mantle of Batman to fight cyber-crime in Gotham City. Written/illustrated by Pepe Moreno and created entirely on the computer (a new idea in 1990).
  • Batman: Detective No. 27 - An "Elseworld" where Bruce Wayne never becomes Batman, becoming instead Detective No. 27. Named after Detective Comics #27, Batman's debut appearance.
  • Batman: In Darkest Knight - An "Elseworld" that mashes up with Green Lantern by having Abin Sur's ring passed on to Bruce Wayne rather than Hal Jordan.
  • Mad Love - Harley Quinn's origin story, which was later adapted for an episode of Batman: The Animated Series. It received massive critical praise and won the 1994 Eisner Award for "Best Single Issue."
  • Batman/Lobo
  • Batman/Lobo: Deadly Serious
  • Batman Odyssey - A supremely bizarre miniseries (2010-2011) drawn and written by Neal Adams, featuring Batman's journey to the underworld.
  • Batman Vampire - A fairly well-regarded trilogy of Elseworlds that feature the Dark Knight being turned into a vampire.
  • Batman: Year 100— 100 years after his debut, the Dark Knight is still facing off against evil, taking on corrupt government agents as The War on Terror runs amok.
  • Batman: Earth One - A trilogy of graphic novels written by Geoff Johns and illustrated by Gary Frank, radically reimagining Batman's earliest years as a crimefighter.
  • Batman: Noël A Yet Another Christmas Carol standalone story with Batman in the role of Scrooge.
  • Penguin: Pain and Prejudice - A limited series told from the perspective of The Penguin that explores his past.
  • Batmite
  • Batman '66 - A continuation of the 1960 TV series.
  • Batman '89 - A continuation of Batman (1989) and Batman Returns.
  • Batman Eternal: A Milestone Celebration of the 75th anniversary of Batman's first appearance, as a year-long weekly series that incorporates many elements of his supporting cast and rogues gallery back into the New 52, including Stephanie Brown.
  • Batman and Robin Eternal — 26-issue weekly series mainly focused on the four Robins. Notably re-introduces Cassandra Cain into continuity, as well as her father David Cain and Jean-Paul Valley; also reveals the secret backstory of Harper Row.
  • Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - A Crossover with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (IDW)
  • Batman: White Knight - an out-of-continuity miniseries written by Sean Gordon Murphy where Joker is cured of his insanity and Batman has gone too far. Followed by sequel Batman: Curse of the White Knight.
  • Batman & Captain America
  • Spider-Man and Batman: Disordered Minds
  • Batman: The Dark Prince Charming - A two-volume graphic novel series from DC Comics and French publisher Dargaud.
  • Batman Vs Predator Trilogy, a series of mini-series created by DC Comics and Dark Horse Comics that pit Batman and his allies against 20th Century Fox's infamous alien game hunter.
  • Batman/Catwoman - a twelve-issue maxi-series set to conclude the storyline started in Batman (Tom King). Notable for introducing the Phantasm into DC Comics proper after nearly 30 years.
  • Batman: Black and White, an anthology series featuring experimental eight-page stories with Deliberately Monochrome artwork.
  • Batman: Damned - A three-part supernatural horror limited series released under the DC Black Label imprint and written by Brian Azzarello. released under the DC Black Label imprint.
  • Batman: Last Knight on Earth - A three-issue miniseries written by Scott Snyder and drawn by Greg Capullo as "the last Batman story".
  • Batman: Three Jokers - A three-part limited series released under the DC Black Label imprint. Batman, Red Hood, and Batgirl investigate the mystery of three active Jokers revealed during DC Rebirth.
  • The Joker Presents: A Puzzlebox - A seven-issue mini-series released digitally first. Over a dozen of Gotham's supervillains have been captured by the GCPD, but only the Joker is willing to talk. The real question is: who killed the Riddler?
  • Batman: Gordon of Gotham: - An omnibus of three thematically linked limited series of four issues apiece. Each story follows normal cops investigating crimes committed by non-costumed criminals, while Batman only makes cameo appearances.
  • Batman: Reptilian: Batman investigates a mysterious menace that seems to be attacking the other villains in Gotham. All signs point to Killer Croc, but is there more here than meets the eye?
  • Batman: The Imposter: A three-issue mini-series set in an Alternate Continuity. Batman must find and expose an imposter who is killing criminals in his name. But how can he prove his innocence from behind a mask?
  • Robin And Batman: A three-issue mini-series that explores Dick Grayson's earliest days as Robin.
  • Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point: a crossover with Fortnite.
  • Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham: An Elseworld story based off of the works of H. P. Lovecraft.
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    Anime 
  • Batman Ninja (2018) - A Japanese-made animated movie involving Batman getting transported into an alternate version of feudal Japan where Joker has reigned there and once again, Batman must stop him, helped with Sengoku period figures re-imagined or molded with characters from the franchise. Kōichi Yamadera voiced Batman in this animated feature for the Japanese version, and in the English dub, Roger Craig Smith reprised his role from Batman: Arkham Origins.

    Literature 
  • The Further Adventures of Batman (1989) - a series of short stories told in Anthology form, and collected by Martin H. Greenberg.
  • Enemies & Allies (1990) by Kevin J. Anderson. Batman meets Superman in the late 1950s at the height of the Cold War.
  • Batman: The Ultimate Evil - a dark story, even for Batman. Batman takes on an international child pornography/prostitution ring. Somewhat controversial for having the death of Wayne's parents being an assassination of his mother by the same ring, a generation earlier.
  • Batman: Knightfall (1994) by Denny O'Neil. As it's name implies, it's a novelization of Knightfall, but also Knightquest and KnightsEnd. It also included some details about Batman's backstory which is written to mirror the continuity of the comics at the time.
  • Batman: Knightfall & Beyond (1994) by Alan Grant. Also an adaptation of Knightfall, but intended for a younger audience.
  • Batman: Murder at Wayne Manor - A construction crew locates a decayed corpse on the grounds of Wayne Manor, and all evidence points to her being a victim of Bruce's father...but is that what happened? Marketed as "An Interactive Batman Mystery", the solution is sealed in the last few pages and left for the reader to deduce on their own first and comes with lots of Feelies of the various bits of evidence that Batman finds.
  • Before the Batman (2022) - A middle-school level tie-in book to The Batman (2022), serving as the Origins Episode for that universe's Bruce Wayne and Edward Nashton.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Batman has a set of tie-in shows that are being developed by Matt Reeves for HBO Max.
    • Untitled Arkham Asylum series. It will focus on Arkham Asylum.
    • Untitled Catwoman series.
    • Untitled Penguin series.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Batman: Batman's film debut in 1943, a 15-chapter serial, served as the inspiration and cause of the 1960s show. It starred Lewis Wilson as Bruce Wayne / Batman, the first live-action incarnation of the character.
    • Batman and Robin: The 1949 sequel 15-chapter serial. Robert Lowery replaced Lewis Wilson in the title role.
  • Batman: The Movie (1966): The Movie of the 60s TV show, starring Adam West as Bruce Wayne/Batman. The Joker, the Penguin, the Riddler, and Catwoman team up to threaten world peace with a dehydrator that can turn humans into dust. The Caped Crusader and the Boy Wonder must stop them.
  • Batman Film Series (1989-1997): Two mostly gothic noir/expressionist films, followed by two mostly campy Neon City films.
    • Batman - Directed by Tim Burton and starring Michael Keaton. Batman must stop former mobster Jack Napier, who fell into a vat of chemicals and became the Joker, terrorizing Gotham City with his deadly laughing gas.
    • Batman Returns - Tim Burton and Michael Keaton returned. Batman faces off against the Penguin, Catwoman, and sleazy mogul Max Shreck.
    • Batman Forever - Directed by Joel Schumacher and starring Val Kilmer. The Riddler and Two-Face team up to discover who Batman is. Batman teams up with circus orphan Dick "Robin" Grayson against them.
    • Batman & Robin - Directed by Joel Schumacher once again, and starring George Clooney. Mr. Freeze wants to plunge Gotham City into an eternal winter and teams up with Poison Ivy, and Batman and Robin set out to stop them. Batgirl joins the fray.
  • The Dark Knight Trilogy (2005-2012): A complete reboot of the film continuity, which was a rare occurrence in Hollywood at the time. Directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Christian Bale as Batman. Very much Adaptation Distillation.
    • Batman Begins: How Bruce Wayne became Batman and fought to save Gotham City from the fear gas of Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow, who works for the League of Shadows.
    • The Dark Knight: The rise of the Joker, who brings Gotham to the edge of chaos.
    • The Dark Knight Rises: A broken Batman must rise again to save Gotham from impending doom at the hands of Bane and the latter's mysterious master.
  • DC Extended Universe (2013-): Batman has been rebooted again, this time he is part of a cinematic Shared Universe. Ben Affleck donned the cape and cowl.
    • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has Batman and Superman sharing the screen for the first time in a motion picture (with Wonder Woman as well). Having witnessed first-hand the potential of mass destruction of Superman, Batman sets out to kill him, not knowing both of them are being manipulated by Lex Luthor. He also appears as a Future Badass in a nightmarish future.
    • Suicide Squad sees him appear in cameos, putting some bad guys behind bars for Amanda Waller to pick up for her Task Force X project and furthering his quest to gather the Justice League in The Stinger. Said baddies include some of his Rogues Gallery such as Harley Quinn, Deadshot, and Killer Croc. The Joker also appears, on a mission of his own to bring Harley home.
    • Justice League sees Batman gathering, leading, and providing his tech to the eponymous Justice League for the first time on film to fight off the Apokoliptian New God Steppenwolf. Commissioner Gordon and his GCPD aide Crispus Allen also show up briefly.
    • Birds of Prey features some of Batman's Rogues Gallery, namely Harley Quinn, Black Mask, and Victor Zsasz. The latter has been made an enemy of the eponymous Birds of Prey. That story is also the debut of both Cassandra Cain and Renee Montoya on film.
    • The Suicide Squad features some transplanted Batman baddies as well — Ratcatcher, Polka-Dot Man, and Savant — in addition to Harley Quinn returning.
    • The Flash is set to feature both Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton's Batmen in supporting roles (Keaton due to Flash exploring The Multiverse).
    • Batgirl features the namesake character, as well as (somehow) Michael Keaton returning as Batman and J.K. Simmons returning as Gordon.
  • Joker (2019): A Start of Darkness character study reinventing Batman's Arch-Enemy as a mentally ill protagonist who's Driven to Villainy in a decaying Gotham City, starring Joaquin Phoenix. A young Bruce Wayne appears, played by Dante Pereira-Olson.
  • The Batman (2022): A new incarnation, written and directed by Matt Reeves. The film takes place in Batman's second year of crime-fighting and is way more of a detective/noir story than previous Batman films. The man himself is played by Robert Pattinson and the film is the beginning of an intended trilogy, with also HBO Max spinoffs.

    Music 
  • Jan and Dean Meet Batman: At the height of their fame, the Surf Rock duo of Jan Berry and Dean Torrence approached National Periodical Publications (as DC was then known) about doing a licensed (i.e. copyright-compliant) album based both on the comic books and the TV show, which was also at the height of its popularity. NPP gave its blessing, and this strong contender for the title of "Weirdest Concept Album Ever" was born. Half the record is music inspired by the comic books and the show, including a cover of the latter's theme. The other half details the adventures of "Captain Jan & Dean the Boy Blunder," an Affectionate Parody both of The Silver Age of Comic Books — or, from their perspective, the current time — and also of the just-passed Golden Age of Radio. The cuts alternate between type, and the comedy pieces are as goofy as you'd expect; besides ribbing many of the tropes listed here, our heroes have abilities like Power Breath and "Instant Distance Mental Powers" that, when their intended destination is the Surf City Circus, land them in the Jersey City Surplus Store via a literal Wrong Turn at Albuquerque. However, the Bat-music cuts are played almost completely straight, or at least as straight as the era allowed; some lyrics are taken directly from Detective Comics #27.
  • Batman (1989): The studio album of the 1989 film by Prince.
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    Radio 
  • As That Other Wiki notes, two attempts at a U.S. series during the Golden Age of Radio never got off the ground, though the Dynamic Duo did make guest appearances on The Adventures of Superman, both in crossover stories and solo ones to give the regular star playing Superman, Bud Collyer, some time off. Decades later, award-winning producer Dirk Maggs created two acclaimed radio series for the BBC starring the Dark Knight. The first, The Lazarus Syndrome, is a completely original drama. The second, an adaptation of Knightfall, ran as short segments within the DJ show hosted by Mark Goodier. Both are noted for Michael Gough reprising his film role as Alfred.
  • Batman: The Audio Adventures
  • Batman Unburied

    Manga 
  • An official licensed manga, called simply Batman, was published in Japan during 1960s Bat-mania. It was written and drawn by Jiro Kuwata, and was translated and published in the US partially in 2008 and completely from 2014 on.
  • Batman: Child of Dreams by Kia Asamiya of Silent Möbius fame.
  • Batman: Death Mask
  • Batman and the Justice League, a monthly manga series made as a collaboration between DC Comics, publisher Akita Shoten, and artist Shiori Teshirogi. It is serialized in Champion RED magazine and made to hype up the release of the then-upcoming Justice League (2017) movie in Japan.

    Pinball 

    Tabletop Games 

    Theater 
  • Batman The Musical. No, really. It never made it on stage, but you can still read about What Might Have Been here and listen to the demo recordings.
  • Batman Live: a big-budget arena show that premiered in the UK in July '11 and toured Europe and North America. It focuses on the relationship between Batman and Robin and is a fusion between theatre, circus, and hand-drawn animation.

    Theme Parks 
  • The Six Flags chain features Batman-themed rides in at least nine of its parks as of 2019; the ones in Texas, Georgia, and Maryland have full "Gotham City" sections.
  • Warner Bros. World in Abu Dhabi also has a dedicated "Gotham City" section.

    Video Games 
A complete list of Batman video games can be read on the other wiki.
  • Batman: The Telltale Series, an episodic story-based game made by the studio which popularised the genre, Telltale Games.
  • Gotham Knights
  • Batman, the Joker, Catwoman, and Harley Quinn appear in SINoALICE for the crossover event Villainy, Justice and Forgery, where Parrah and Noya, with some help from Harley and Catwoman, turn Pinocchio into a second Joker while Snow White becomes Bat Snow to stop him. Players can obtain Batman as the Day 1 login bonus, while Joker and Catwoman are obtainable via the Grimoire along with Batman-inspired classes for Snow White and Pinocchio. Harley, meanwhile, serves as the paid class for the event.
  • MultiVersus includes Batman and Harley Quinn as part of the starting roster.
  • Arena of Valor has Batman as a playable stealth hero, where his kit was taken from Honor Of Kings' Lanling Wang.

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    Western Animation 

 
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Batman VS The Arkham Knight

While battling against one another, Batman tries to reason with The Arkham Knight, who also happens to be his former protege, Jason Todd. However, Jason rebukes every statement with mixed shouts of anger, desperation, and sadness. By the end, he mournfully laments about Batman leaving him behind to die, which the latter deeply regrets.

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