The Batman Franchise in History

Events in Film & TV

  • 1939-05-01 Batman comics hit street
  • 1940-06-29 Batman Comics, mobsters rubbed out a circus highwire team known as the Flying Graysons, leaving their son Dick (Robin) an orphan
  • 1944-02-20 Batman & Robin comic strip premieres in newspapers

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1966-01-12 "Batman", starring Adam West as Batman, Burt Ward as Robin, and Cesar Romero as The Joker, debuts on ABC

  • 1966-06-04 "Batman & His Grandmother" by Dickie Goodman hits #70
  • 1989-06-23 Movie "Batman" premieres
  • 1989-07-03 The movie "Batman" set record of quickest $100 million (10 days)
  • 1989-11-15 "Batman" is released on video tape
  • 1992-06-19 "Batman Returns" is released in USA movie theatres

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1992-06-19 "Batman Returns", starring Michael Keaton as Batman, Danny Devito as the Penguin, and Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman, is released

  • 1995-06-16 "Batman Forever" opens with a record $528 million weekend
  • 1995-09-28 "Batman Forever" released Czech Republic

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2005-06-15 "Batman Begins", directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Christian Bale and Michael Caine first goes on wide release

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2016-03-19 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, directed by Zack Synder and starring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill, first premieres in Mexico City

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1891-11-20 Reginald Denny Richmond England, actor (Rebecca, Cat Ballou, Batman)
  • 1899-09-09 Neil Hamilton, actor (Commisioner Gordon in Batman), born in Lynn, Massachusetts
  • 1903-01-07 Alan Napier, actor (Alfred in Batman), born in Birmingham, England

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1907-02-15 Cesar Romero, American actor (Joker-Batman, Ocean's 11), born in NYC, New York

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1907-11-16 Burgess Meredith, actor (Mr Novak, The Penguin in Batman, Rocky), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1997)

  • 1918-04-26 Stafford Repp, California, actor (Chief O'Hara-Batman, Plunder Road)

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1919-05-16 Liberace [Wladziu Valentino], American pianist (Liberace Show, Evil Chandell-Batman), born in West Allis, Wisconsin (d. 1987)

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  • 1921-06-01 Nelson Riddle, Oradell NJ, musical conductor (Batman, Frank Sinatra)
  • 1924-07-19 Pat Hingle [Martin Patterson], American actor (Splendor in the Grass, Batman Returns), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1927-01-17 Eartha Kitt, singer/actress (Catwoman-Batman), born in North, South Carolina (d. 2008)
  • 1928-09-19 Adam West, Walla Walla Wash, actor (Batman, Last Precinct)
  • 1933-04-05 Frank Gorshin, comedian/impersonator (Riddler-Batman), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1933-08-16 Julie Newmar, actress (Catwoman-Batman, Living Doll), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1937-01-16 Bob Bogle, Portland, rock bassist/guitarist (Ventures-Batman Theme)
  • 1937-02-10 Don Wilson, rock guitarist (Ventures-Walk Don't Run, Batman Theme)
  • 1937-05-16 Yvonne Craig, actress (Batgirl-Batman, Kissin Cousin), born in Taylorville Illinois (d. 2015)
  • 1944-05-07 Sivi Aberg, actress (Batman TV show)
  • 1945-07-06 Burt Ward, [Gervis], actor (Robin-Batman), born in Los Angeles, California

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1951-09-05 Michael Keaton, actor (Gung Ho, Batman, Beetlejuice), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • 1956-07-02 Jerry Hall, Mesquite Tx, model/Mrs Mick Jagger (Batman, Freejack)
  • 1957-01-27 Frank Miller, US, comicbook writer (Batman-The Dark Knight Returns)

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1961-05-06 George Clooney, American actor (ER, Batman, The Descendants), born in Lexington, Kentucky

  • 1962-02-20 Ria Coyne, Scranton Penn, comedienne (Betsy-Batman Forever)

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1970-06-26 Chris O'Donnell, American actor (School Ties, Robin-Batman Forever), born in Winnetka, Illinois

  • 1976-10-04 Alicia Silverstone, actress (Clueless, Batman Forever), born in San Francisco, California

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1978-12-18 Katie Holmes, American actress (Dawson's Creek, Batman Begins), born in Toledo, Ohio

Actress Katie Holmes
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Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1972-04-25 George Sanders, actor (Mr Freeze-Batman, Ivanhoe), dies at 65
  • 1974-11-05 Stafford Repp, actor (Chief O'Hara-Batman), dies at 56
  • 1984-09-24 Neil Hamilton, actor (Com Gordon-Batman), dies of asthma at 85

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1987-02-04 Liberace, pianist (Liberace Show, Evil Chandell-Batman), dies at 67

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  • 1988-08-08 Alan Napier, actor (Alfred-Batman), dies at 85
  • 1988-08-09 Alan Napier, (Alfred the Butler-Batman), dies at 85
  • 1991-11-24 Anton Furst, production designer (Batman), dies at 47
  • 1992-11-22 Sterling Holloway, US actor (Golddiggers of 1933, Batman), dies at 87

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1994-01-01 Cesar Romero, US actor (Joker-Batman), dies at 86

  • 1997-08-27 Jeep Swenson, actor (Batman & Robin), dies of heart failure at 40

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1997-09-09 Burgess Meredith, actor (Penguin-Batman, Rocky), dies at 88

  • 1998-11-03 Bob Kane, comic artist and Batman co-creator (b. 1915)