Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. Batman was co-created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, although only Kane receives official credit. Batman has since become one of the world's most recognized superheroes.http://www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,,314504,00.html The Guardian (March 15, 1999): "Batman's Big Birthday: He's brave, he's hooded and now he's 60", by David Finkelstein and Ross Macfarlane, refers to Batman as "the perfect cultural artifact for the 21st century".
Batman is an American Academy Award-winning superhero film based on the DC Comics character Batman created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger. It is the first entry in the original four-part Batman film series, the first directed by Tim Burton and the first to star Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne/Batman. It also starred Jack Nicholson as the Joker.