Batman

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Introduction

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Canon

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Batman in Animation

The Batman Animation Timeline, Courtesy of Legions of Gotham

2008

2005

2004

2003

2001

1999

1997

a re-packaging of old Superfriends & Filmation cartoons shown on the USA Network.

1994

1985 - 1986

1983 - 1984

- Hanna Barbera

1981 - 1982

1979

1977

1976

1972

featured Batman and Robin in two of the "movies"

1969

  • Sesame Street - 5 educational segments featuring Batman, Joker and Penguin

1968

aka the Adventures of Batman [with Robin the Boy Wonder]

Terminology

Below is a list of terms and their definitions that are used in this fan community.

Timeline

Below is a partial timeline of events that took place in this fan community.

1963

  • In 1963, "The story goes that editor Jack Schiff threw up his hands in dismay, claiming he had tried every type of cover imaginable to attract readers, to no avail. He retreated to the safe haven of the DC mystery books, happily relinquishing the editorial chores of Batman and Detective Comics to fellow editor Julius Schwartz." [1]

1964

  • In July 1964, Bill J. "Biljo" White launched the first fanzine devoted exclusively to one costumed character, coining the term Batmania for its title-no doubt inspired by the Beatlemania that had swept the U.S. earlier in the year. Some might understandably have felt that assigning the term "mania" to anything relating to Batman at this point in time was the sheerest wishful thinking. [2]
  • In July 1964, Batman-ians, an informal organization of Batman fans, was created by Bill J. "Biljo" White. [3]

1965

  • In September 1965, the Batman fanzine CAPA-Alpha #12 was published. It had an article by Jerry Bails called "If the Truth Be Known, or, A Finger in Every Plot!" The article would cause a lot fall out in the Batman fandom. [4] "The K-a article was probably the first anywhere to publicly state that "Bill is the man who first put words in the mouth of the Guardian of Gotham."" [5]
  • "The news of the upcoming Batman television show hit 1965 comicdom like a bolt of lightning." [6]

1966

  • Comic book fans created a lot of rumors based on their own speculation regarding the show "and on January 12th, 1966, fans across the country gathered at their TVs (often visiting friends who owned color sets, which were not yet commonplace) to see "Hi Diddle Diddle," their first glimpse of Batman's amazing foray into prime time."" [7]
  • Batmania "had burgeoned to over 750 by mid-1966 and showed no signs of abating." [8]

1967

1978

1988

  • In 1988, there was backlash by Batman fans over the casting of Michael Keaton as Batman. [14] "“Replace Keaton” petitions were sent to Warner Bros. and boycotts of the film were threatened. Bat-fanboys everywhere were convinced -- I mean totally convinced -- that there was no way Keaton would successfully pull off a dark and serious Batman." [15]

1998

1999

2000

2001

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

Kerfluffles

Replace Keaton

In 1988, there was a large fight in the fandom over the decision to cast Michael Keaton was Batman. [119] "“Replace Keaton” petitions were sent to Warner Bros. and boycotts of the film were threatened. Bat-fanboys everywhere were convinced -- I mean totally convinced -- that there was no way Keaton would successfully pull off a dark and serious Batman." [120]

Conventions

There have been a number of conventions in which people connected to Batman attended or where Batman fans gathered. Below is a partial list of such conventions.

Fan Fiction

There was an active fan fiction community in 1989, based on the movie that had been released that year. Following the release of Batman The Dark Knight, a youtube account by name of the joker blogs sprang up basing the stories told in Chris Nolan's Batman universe after The Dark Knight. The main element of the story has been the relationship between The Joker and his therapist Dr. Harleen Quinzel, a character introduced in Batman the animated series.

Awards

  • In 2000, on-line fan fiction awards were being given in this fan fiction community this year. Among the awards available for Batman writers were the Damn Fine Awards given by the Bludhaven mailing list. Categories for stories for this award included best Robin story and best vignette.

2001

  • In 2001, on-line fan fiction awards were being given in this fan fiction community this year. Among the awards available for Batman writers were the Damn Fine Awards given by the Bludhaven mailing list. Categories for stories for this award included best Robin story, best one shot, best Batman story, best miscellaneous story and best vignette. Another award given out in this fan fiction community this year was the Darth Yoshi Award. Categories included best fan fiction series.

2002

  • In 2002, on-line fan fiction awards were being given in this fan fiction community this year. Among the awards available for Batman comic writers were the Damn Fine Awards given by the Bludhaven mailing list. Categories for stories for this award included best one-shot, best romance, best original villain, best Robin story and best comedy.

Influential Fan Fiction

Fan Films

There have been a few fan films made featuring Batman. Batman: Dead End was a 2003 fan film made by Sandy Collora. The film was shown at the San Diego Con in 2003 and featured Clark Bartram as Batman. [129]

Fandom Members

Fandom Size

External Links

See also

Sources

Below is a partial list of articles and academic sources to help you continue to learn about this community.

  • Bacon-Smith, Camille and Tyrone Yarbrough. "Batman: the Ethnography." The Many Lives of the Batman: Critical Approaches to a Superhero and his Media. Roberta Pearson and William Uricchio, eds. New York: Routledge Press, 1991.
  • Brown, Jeffrey A. "Comic Book Fandom and Cultural Capital." Journal of Popular Culture 30 (1997): 13-31.
  • Marsh, Jackie (1999). Batman and Batwoman go to School: popular culture in the literacy curriculum. International Journal of Early Years Education, 7 (2), 117-131. Retrieved March 08, 2008, from http://www.informaworld.com/10.1080/0966976990070201
  • Parsons, Patrick. "Batman and his Audience: The Dialectic of Culture." The Many Lives of the Batman: Critical Approaches to a Superhero and his Media. Roberta Pearson and William Uricchio, eds. New York: Routledge Press, 1991.
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