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As the most lucrative character of DC Comics (and possibly of Warner Bros.), the vigilante superhero Batman has appeared (and keeps appearing) in a plethora of media for over eight decades and counting.

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  • 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.
  • Batman: 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.
  • Blind Justice: When Bruce Wayne is framed for treason after he shuts down an unethical Wayne Technologies project, he must figure out who did this to him, encountering a figure from his training days. This storyline was a double Milestone Celebration, dropping during Batman's 50th anniversary and the story ending with Detective Comics #600. As well, this storyline marked the comic writing debut of Sam Hamm, screenwriter of Batman (1989), and the debut of Henri Ducard, who would have a major role in Batman Begins.
  • 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.

Post-Zero Hour

  • Batman: Prodigal: The first Batman crossover and storyline immediately following Knightfall and Zero Hour, it focuses on Dick Grayson's first era as Batman following Bruce's reluctance to return to the cowl. The crossover storyline was published in all of the Bat-related books from November 1994 to Januray 1995.
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    • Batman: Troika: Following Dick's temporary era on the cowl, Bruce finally returns as Batman since breaking his back, this time wearing a suit the looks similar to the one worn in the movies.
    • Batman: Contagion: The first of two arcs that go pretty much to together back to back, Gotham has to deal with an outbreak of Ebola-A and chronicles Batman's attempts to help contain and cure the virus, including turning to Poison Ivy for help.
  • Batman: Legacy: The second part of the story started by Contagion. 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, who has recruited Bane.
    • Batman: Cataclysm: An earthquake hits Gotham City, still recovering from the events of Contagion and Legacy. The events of this story would lead to...
  • Batman: No Man's Land: Following the triple whammy of two virus outbreaks and the earthquake, 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.
  • Batman and Superman: World's Finest (1999): A 1999-2000 maxiseries revisiting the concept of the "World's Finest Team", with each adventure being set in the anniversary of the death of a mutual friend whom neither of them managed to save, serving as a narrative throughline.
  • 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: "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). 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. [[spoiler: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 (2004): Superman/Batman #1-6. 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.
  • Batman: Under the Hood: After the buzz over the appearance of the supposed Jason Todd in "Hush", 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.
  • 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.
  • Judgement On Gotham
  • Batman: Eye of the Beholder: Bruce Wayne may have returned to Gotham City, but when an aging but wealthy technology developer comes to Gotham with his beautiful daughter, it turns out he's in search of a joint project with WayneTech. DNA tracking is the name of his game, and there are others interested in his proposal. But when the developer goes missing, Batman finds that his tracks stop in the city's violent Chinatown neighborhood, where a new deadly gang has taken hold. The storyline itself consists of two parts: Eye of the Beholder and Pieces. This arc marks the last Post-Crisis Batman storyline before the numbering restarted with the New 52.
  • 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. The story is also the last Post-Crisis Detective Comics storyline.
The New 52
  • 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 [[spoiler:Death of the Family]].
  • Batman: Superheavy: Following the events of Endgame, the GCPD decide to make their own Batman with the original M.I.A.
  • 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.
DC Rebirth
  • Detective Comics (James Tynion IV): 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.
Infintie Frontier
  • Batman (James Tynion IV): Tynion's run on the main title, directly following Tom King.
    • Their Dark Designs: It’s a new day in Gotham City. With Bane vanquished and one of his longtime allies gone, Batman has to pick up the pieces and step up his game. He has a new plan for Gotham City, and he’s not the only one. Deathstroke has returned as well—and that’s just the start of a conspiracy that will rock Batman’s world. Who is the mysterious master criminal known as the Designer, and what dark secret do they share with The Joker, Penguin, Riddler, and…Catwoman? And what do their machinations mean for Gotham? Acts as a set-up to The Joker War
    • 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!
  • Detective Comics (Mariko Tamaki): Mariko Tamaki's run on the title, following Tomasi's, as well as the first run during Infinite Frontier.
    • Fear State: Batman rampages through the underworld of Gotham! Driven to a violent madness courtesy of the Jury’s Vile serum, the Dark Knight crushes bones, makes a scene, and gives costumed vigilantes in Gotham a very bad name. But will the Jury’s plan backfire?
    • Shadows Of The Bat
    • Riddle Me This
  • 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.
  • Batman vs. Robin: Spinning out of the events of the first Batman/Superman: Worlds Finest storyline, Lord Nezha has returned and taken over Damian, pitting him against his father.
  • Batman (Chip Zdarsky): Chip Zdarsky's run on the title, following Williamson's.
  • Gotham Nocturne: Ram V's saga on Detective Comics, following Tamaki's
    • Overture: Something is terribly wrong with Batman. No matter the tests Bruce takes, nor the numbers he counts, the greatest detective in the world can’t pin down the source of this creeping dread—of his own inner demons and a looming mortality. Meanwhile, real demons roam the shadows as an ancient melody haunts the Gotham night. As Batman investigates the songs and the demons of Gotham, he is forced to confront the oldest question: Has there has been a demon within him all along? And if so, what does it want…and why hasn’t it taken over yet?

    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 Elseworlds 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.
    • The Last Halloween: The last entry in the Long Halloween saga as a memoriam to the late Tim Sale. Gotham City learns to fear Halloween once more as a terrible event threatens to destroy Jim Gordon’s life and puts Batman and Robin’s teamwork to the test more than ever before. In a city of liars, masked vigilantes, and criminals…can anyone be trusted?
  • 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/Scarecrow: Year One: A two issue series set early in Bruce and Dick’s partnership as Batman and Robin, a series of mysterious murders result in the Dynamic Duo crossing paths with disgraced professor Dr. Jonathan Crane, who has a troubled past and a chip on his shoulder…Most notable for retconning Scarecrow’s origins into a Southern Gothic character until The New 52.
  • 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.
  • Joker's Asylum: An anthology series consisting of several one-shots where Joker serves as a Horror Host of sorts narrating stories about himself and other members of Batman's rogues gallery.
  • 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 Elseworlds 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: Castle of the Bat: An Elseworlds consisting of a retelling of Frankenstein where Bruce Wayne creates a monster while giving it the brain of his deceased father Thomas Wayne.
  • Batman: Dark Allegiances: An Elseworlds taking place in the 1930s where Batman battles versions of the Joker, the Penguin and Two-Face who are members of a white supremacist group called the White Legion.
  • 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 Elseworlds where Bruce Wayne never becomes Batman, becoming instead Detective No. 27. Named after Detective Comics #27, Batman's debut appearance.
  • Batman: Holy Terror: An Elseworlds set in an alternate reality where Oliver Cromwell established a religious theocratic government that still rules America and Britain into the present. As Reverend Bruce Wayne prepares to take final orders, he learns that his parents were killed by a government conspiracy rather than a random mugging, and adopts a demon costume worn by his father in a passion play to investigate the conspiracy.
  • Batman: In Darkest Knight: An Elseworlds 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: Two Faces: An Elseworlds consisting of an adaptation of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, with Bruce Wayne in the role of Henry Jekyll and the Joker as Mr. Hyde.
  • Batman Vampire: A fairly well-regarded Elseworlds trilogy that feature the Dark Knight being turned into a vampire after a confrontation with Dracula.
  • 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: Spider-Man and Batman join forces when an experimental therapy is tested on Carnage and the Joker.
  • 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, wherein Batman journeys into Hell to solve the mystery of the Joker’s death… and shows his “Batarang”. 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 Elseworlds story based off of the works of H. P. Lovecraft.
  • Batman Fortress: An out-of-continuity story where Batman tries to figure out what has caused Earth to be shut down as Superman has gone missing.
  • Superman: Speeding Bullets: An Elseworlds with the premise of Kal-El being adopted by the Waynes and eventually becoming a Batman with Kryptonian powers.
  • Punchline: The Gotham Game: A six-issue mini-series seeing the Joker's current lovebird Punchline make a name for herself while the Joker is away.
  • Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo: A 7-issue limited series released under the DC Black Label imprint. Jim Gordon and Harley Quinn are missing, and mysterious figures are hunting the citizens of Gotham in the night. In order to solve these problems, Batman is forced to work with his greatest enemy, the Joker.
  • Bruce Wayne: Not Super: A middle school take on Batman that stars a younger Bruce Wayne attempting to be a hero, while also dealing with being one of the few non-powered students in a Superhero School where most of the students have superpowers.
  • Batman vs. The Incredible Hulk: A crossover between Batman and The Incredible Hulk.
  • Batman vs. Bigby! A Wolf in Gotham: A crossover between Batman and Fables Bigby Wolf.
  • Batman: Gargoyle of Gotham: A young Batman faces an all-new rogues gallery, such as the villain Crytoon.
  • Batman/Elmer Fudd Special: A crossover between Batman and Elmer Fudd. Part of the DC Meets Looney Tunes crossover event.
  • 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.
  • Batman: Dark Age: A companion piece to Superman: Space Age that examines a Batman who aged in real time since the death of his parents in 1957 to his experiences in the Vietnam War in the 1960s that inspired him towards becoming the Caped Crusader and beyond.

  • Batman OnStar Commercials (2000-2002) - A series of commercials where Batman uses the OnStar system in his Batmobile installed by Alfred.

  • Batman Ninja (2018) - A Japanese-made animated movie involving Batman getting transported into an alternate version of feudal Japan where Joker has taken over 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.


    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 (2013-2023) - 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 (In Name Only) 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 features both Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton's Batmen in supporting roles (Keaton due to Flash causing trouble in The Multiverse).
  • 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) - 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 at least one spinoff on Max.
    • The Batman: Part II (2026)
  • DCU:
    • The Brave and the Bold: Announced as part of James Gunn and Peter Safran's reboot of the DCEU. Will introduce Damian Wayne and be inspired by Grant Morrison's run.

  • 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. Also 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.
  • Batman: Resurection (2024): An upcoming novel by John Jackson Miller, serving as a sequel to Batman (1989) as part of its 35th anniversery celebration. It will also bridge the gap between the 1989 film and Batman Returns.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Penguin: A spin-off series of The Batman focused on Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin.
  • Arkham. As the name suggests, it will focus on Arkham Asylum. The show was originally planned to be a spin-off of The Batman, but it was later retooled into a separate show set in James Gunn and Peter Safran's DCU.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • Batman: Justice Buster, a manga series created by Tomohiro Shimoguchi and Eiichi Shimizu who previously worked on the Ultraman manga.
  • "One Operation Joker", is a Lighter and Softer manga series focusing on The Joker, as a struggling single father trying to raise a deaged Bruce Wayne into becoming Batman once more after the latter fell into a vat of chemicals during a bout at Axis Chemicals. It was a Limited Series that started in 2023, and concluded in 2024.


    Tabletop Games 

  • 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 (2022)
  • 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. The game also features his Arch-Enemy, The Joker, with his kit taken from the kit of the warlord Xiang Yu's wife, Consort Yu. Joker's Perky Female Minion Harley Quinn is also featured as a skin of an existing hero, Capheny. Tencent's contract with DC ended in 2022, and in 2023, Batman was replaced by the vampire-esque demon hunter boy Kaine while Joker was replaced with Kaine's own Arch-Enemy, Stuart. Both Batman and Joker were still available as skins for both Kaine and Stuart. Curiously, despite Kaine sharing similar origin story element with Batman (family was murdered by a psychotic criminal (this being Stuart)), he also has elements of Robin, being that he's picked up and taught by a senior demon hunter, Richter, essentially making him a Kid Sidekick to Richter's Batman.

    Web Animation 


    Western Animation 


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