The Batman was a grimmer, darker, more grounded take on Batman than ever before (which is also what the last two were, and one featured Christian Bale pounding the crap out of Bane, and Ben Affleck just shooting people), and is the new definition of who the Batman is for kids growing up. He is the icon now. But who was he before? Who have all of them been?

 

The Batman is filled with all of Batman’s classic icons — the signal, the weird car, and more Batvillains than you can shake a bat at – Catwoman, Penguin, Falcone, The Riddler, Hush (because Riddler kinda just stole his whole act), and best of all, the Clown Boy. It’s time to look back at Batman’s cinematic past and all the ways he, his friends, his lovers, his allies, loved ones and his enemies have changed over all their adaptations, from the comics to now.

Batman

Batman THE BAT-MAN !!! FIRST APPEARANCE Detective Comics #27 (1939) BATMAN Не is vengeance. LATEST APPEARANCE The Batman (2022) CRACKED.COM

Joker

Batman VICTIMS BEHIND WEARING A CHASTLY CLOWN GRIN THE SIGN OFDEATH FROM THE JOKER! ONLY TWO DARE TOOPPOSE HIM-BATMAN ROBIN THE BOY WONDER! TWO TO BATTLE TH GRIM JESTER CALLED-THE WOKER! A BATTLE OF WITS..WITH SWIFT DEATH THE ONLY COMPROMISE!!! FIRST APPEARANCE Batman #1 (1940) JOKER Remember how Cesar Romero wouldn't even shave his mustache for the role? Now actors do crazy stuff to play the character. LATEST APPEARANCE The Batman (2022) CRACKED.COM

Harley Quinn

Batman FIRST APPEARANCE Batman: The Animated Series Joker's Favor (1992) HARLEY QUINN The Clown Queen of Crime. LATEST APPEARANCE The Suicide Squad (2021) CRACKED.COM

The Riddler

Batman ? ? of ? ? FIRST APPEARANCE Detective Comics #140 (1948) THE RIDDLER Silly to Zodiac LATEST APPEARANCE The Batman (2022) CRACKED.COM

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Catwoman

Batman FIRST APPEARANCE Batman #1 (1940) WELL-WHATS THE MATTER?-HAVENT you EVER SEENA PRETTY GIRL BEFORE? LATEST APPEARANCE The Batman (2022) CATWOMAN Just another one of her nine lives. CRACKED.COM

The Batmobile

Batman FIRST APPEARANCE Detective Comics #48 (1941) THE BATMOBILE The car got a glow-up. LATEST APPEARANCE The Batman (2022) CRACKED.COM

Alfred

Batman FIRST APPEARANCE Batman #16 (1943) HOW TO BE A DETECTIVE LATEST APPEARANCE The Batman (2022) ALFRED From bumbling fool to most trusted advisor. CRACKED.COM

The Batcave

Batman OLD DISGUISED SECKET WAYNE HOME LABORATORY BARN GOT ANY IDEA WHAT THE WINCH JOKER'S UP WINCH CHAIN TO TO? REINFORCED CONCRETE PULL BATPLANE SECRET NO, ELEVATOR UP INCLINE ROBIN... BATFLANE FIRST APPEARANCE Batman #12 (1942) BATMOBILES REPAIR GARAGE AND WORKSHOP THE BATCAVE It's not for spelunking. LATEST APPEARANCE The Batman (2022) CRACKED.COM

The Waynes

Batman THOMAS YOU'VE THISLE SHUT LEAVE HER VOU KILLED HIM HELP! YOU UP! ALONE YOU POLICE HELDI ASKED OH FOR IT / FIRST APPEARANCE Detective Comics #33 (1939) THE WAYNES Cursed, crazy, cultists? The troubled parents of Bruce Wayne, fans of Zorro and pearls (but probably shouldn't have been). WOOT NEWS LATEST OOTHAM ECHOES OF WAYNE MURDER? APPEARANCE my Port Adams St/Light Drizzle 52/Fog Oil Gothern WEATHER The Batman (2022) CRACKED.COM

Jim Gordon

Batman FIRST APPEARANCE Detective Comics #27 (1939) AMBERT, THE KING- STABBED ? HIS SON'S RINTS ON THE I'LL BE RIGHT R/ LATEST APPEARANCE The Batman (2022) JIM GORDON Only appearance has changed with Gotham's best cop. CRACKED.COM

Arkham

Batman FIRST APPEARANCE Batman #258 (1974) ARKHAN HOSPITAL LATEST APPEARANCE The Batman (2022) ARKHAM The Elizabeth Arkham Asylum for the Criminally Insane - A Serious House on Serious Earth. CRACKED.COM

Penguin

Batman FIRST APPEARANCE Detective Comics #58 (1941) LATEST APPEARANCE The Batman (2022) PENGUIN Got a cigar? CRACKED.COM

Hush

Batman WITHOUT FRIENDS NO ONE WOULD CHOOSE TO LIVE. FIRST THOUGH HE HAD ALL OTHER APPEARANCE GOODS! Batman #609 (2003) HUSH Thomas Elliot, Batman's childhood friend, has changed a lot. LATEST APPEARANCE Batman: Hush (2019) CRACKED.COM

Batgirl

Batman WHO IS THIS NEW BATGIRL WHO SEEMS TO HAVE TAKEN OVER MY CRIME-FIGHTING TERRITORY ? FIRST APPEARANCE Detective Comics #359 (1967) BATGIRL Leslie Grace is Batgirl in the new The Batman-unrelated Justice League spin-off. LATEST APPEARANCE Batgirl (2022) CRACKED.COM

Michael Keaton's Batman

Batman FIRST APPEARANCE Batman (1989) BATMAN (Michael Keaton) Keaton's Batman returns after a 30-year-long absence to train the new Flash. LATEST APPEARANCE The Flash (2022) CRACKED.COM

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