(without powers) who dresses as a bat to strike fear in his enemies. He generally investegates as a detective. Behind the mask he is multi-millionare Bruce Wayne
As a child he became determined for vengance ever since witnessing his parents being killed by a crook.
Created by Bob Kane
and was originally potrayed with a lighter style, but was later re-created to be much darker by Frank Miller
Unforgettable scene from Tim Burton's 1988 movie ..,
(BATMAN dangles HOOD over side of 23-storey building)
I'm not going to harm you. I want you to do something. I want you to tell all your friends who I am.
Hood (howling in fear):
WHO ARE YOU?!?
(Batman pulls the Hood in about an inch from his masked face.)
(He throws the Hood down on the flat roof behind them. Long before the criminal has regained a fraction of his composure, Batman has disappeared into the shadows.)
The Best Superhero Ever
Also Known As: The Dark Knight, The Caped Crusader, The Dark Knight Detective, The World's Greatest Detective, The Bat-Man, And Bruce Wayne.
Random Thug: "Wh-Who Are You?!?!?!?!?"
Batman: "What are you, dense? Are you retarded or something? Who the hell do you think I am? I'm the goddamn Batman
Other than the superhero himself, 'batman' is used as a term to describe something cheesy and usually old school, but still cool - something that is 'camp'. (i.e. listening to certain 90's music, watching certain old television shows, etc.)
Michael: What the fuck is this shit, Richard?!
Richard: This? This is Kurtis Blow!
Michael: This shit sucks, and it's super old!
Richard: You're kidding me. This shit's batman.
Michael: Yeah, maybe five years ago when listening to 80's hip-hop was cool.
Worlds greatest dectevive
batman saves the people of the united states millions dollars every year in recovering stolen money/diamonds/faberge eggs.
"Until a man is twenty-five, he still thinks, every so often, that under the right circumstances he could be the baddest motherfucker in the world. If I moved to a martial-arts monastery in China and studied real hard for ten years. If my family was wiped out by Columbian drug dealers and I swore myself to revenge. If I got a fatal disease, had one year to live, devoted it to wiping out street crime. If I just dropped out and devoted my life to being bad."
-Neal Stephenson, "Snow Crash"
Batman is a higher state of being particular to fictional worlds. In any given universe, the Batman is that world's biggest bad-ass. This bad-ass is represented numerous ways- strength, toughness, genius, etc. This accompanies strong, authoritarian personalities and immense will.
Though they are not usually the most powerful person in their worlds, they are most certainly the Winners. It is nearly impossible to stop one who has attained Batman. Their will to survive/fight/win is simply too strong.
They're known for taking things "too far". This is quite simply because attaining Batman requires that you're more than a little crazy. Sane people simply would not do the things Batman does. Batman even scares the other good guys.
Well known examples of the Batman state: Jack Bauer, "24"; Jack Bristow, "Alias"; John McClane in later "Die Hard" films; Harry Calahan, "Dirty Harry" etc; El Mariachi, "Desperado" etc;
the DC comics character created in 1939 by Bob Kane and Bill Finger. a response to the success of Superman, he was the opposite of the powerful and cheery Kryptonian. he had no powers and was dark and brooding. originally, he had no problem with killing and even carried around a gun. over time the gun was dropped and he stopped killing. this was for the fact that his parents were killed with a gun, so he vowed never to use them. as the years went by, it would be revealed that he traveled the world and became a master of all forms of martial arts, detective skills and forensics. by late 1940, to attract younger viewers, Robin was introduced and became the first teen sidekick. the stories became lighter and drew away from the gritty crime stories, and became more about sci-fi and fantasy. this all came to a head when in 1966, the Batman tv show was made with a heavy campy style. this changed how Batman was precieved in the public's eye from a serious creature of the night to a silly character worth nothing more than comic value. after the show ended, an attempt was made to revive the character to his dark roots. Robin was sent to college making Batman a loner once more and a yellow oval appeared around the bat emblem on the costume. the stories once again were darker and focused on Batman as a detective, and a formidable hero. the character was once again re-invented in 1986 when Frank Millar wrote and drew THE DARK NIGHT RETURNS, a gritty and mature take on an aging Bruce W...more...
The act of performing an extraordinary physical or social maneuver in order to escape or avoid an unwanted scenario or outcome.
Hey dude, you see dave snipe tim out of the air while he was driving a worthog?
YEA BRO, DAVE SURE BATMANED TIM!
"A Batman" is a function or action.