The Batman Franchise in History

Events in Film & TV


Historic PublicationBatman Appears!

1939-05-01 Batman first appears in Detective Comics #27

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Cover page of Detective Comics #27, the first comic in which Batman appeared
Cover page of Detective Comics #27, the first comic in which Batman appeared
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  • 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

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

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 Single "Batman & His Grandmother" by Dickie Goodman hits #70

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1989-06-23 Movie "Batman" premieres directed by Tim Burton, starring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson

Actor Michael Keaton
Actor
Michael Keaton
Actor Jack Nicholson
Actor
Jack Nicholson
Film Director Tim Burton
Film Director
Tim Burton
  • 1989-07-03 Movie "Batman" set record of quickest $100 million (10 days)
  • 1989-11-15 "Batman" film is released on video tape

Music awardsGrammy Awards

1990-02-21 "The Batman Theme" by Danny Elfman wins Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition at 32nd Annual Grammy Awards

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

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1995-06-16 "Batman Forever" opens with a record $528 million weekend starring Val Kilmer, Chris O'Donnell, Tommy Lee Jones and Nicole Kidman

  • 1995-09-28 "Batman Forever" released in Czech Republic

Film release premierFilm Premier

1997-06-12 "Batman and Robin" directed by Joel Schumacher, starring George Clooney, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Chris O'Donnell premieres in Los Angeles

Actor George Clooney
Actor
George Clooney
Actor Chris O'Donnell
Actor
Chris O'Donnell
Actor, Body Builder and Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger
Actor, Body Builder and Governor of California
Arnold Schwarzenegger

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019-05-31 Former "Twilight" star Robert Pattinson is announced as the new Batman

  • 2019-09-20 Batman Day - 80th anniversary of the first Batman comic
  • 2020-09-03 Actor Robert Pattinson tests positive for COVID-19, shutting down production of the Batman film he is shooting

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1891-11-20 Reginald Denny, English actor (Rebecca, Cat Ballou, Batman), born in Richmond, Surrey, England (d. 1967)
  • 1899-09-09 Neil Hamilton, American actor (The White Rose, When Strangers Marry, Batman), born in Lynn, Massachusetts (d. 1984)
  • 1903-01-07 Alan Napier, British actor (The Sword in the Stone, Batman), born in Birmingham, England (d. 1988)

Person of interestCesar Romero

1907-02-15 Cesar Romero, American actor (Batman, Ocean's 11), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)

Person of interestBurgess Meredith

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

  • 1915-10-24 Bob Kane, American comic artist and Batman co-creator, born in NYC, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1916-11-10 Billy May, American orchestra leader and composer (The Green Hornet, Mod Squad, Batman), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2004)
  • 1918-04-26 Stafford Repp, American actor (Playhouse 90, Batman, Plunder Road), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1974)

Person of interestLiberace

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

Pianist Liberace
Pianist
Liberace
  • 1920-02-18 Jack Palance [Vladimir Palahniuk], American actor (City Slickers, Contempt, Batman), born in Lattimer Mines, Pennsylvania (d. 2006)
  • 1921-06-01 Nelson Riddle, American Grammy Award winning bandleader, conductor and orchestrator for Capitol Records (Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Dean Martin), born in Oradell, New Jersey (d. 1985)
  • 1924-07-19 Martin Patterson "Pat" Hingle, American actor (Hang 'em High, Splendor in the Grass, Batman Returns), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2009)
  • 1924-07-29 Lloyd Bochner, Canadian actor (Point Blank, Dynasty, Batman), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2005)
  • 1924-11-08 Joseph "Joe" Flynn, American character actor (McHale's Navy, Batman), born in Youngstown, Ohio (d. 1974)
  • 1927-01-17 Eartha Kitt, American singer (Santa Baby), dancer, comedian, actress and activist (Catwoman-Batman), born in North, South Carolina (d. 2008)
  • 1928-09-19 Adam West [William West Anderson], American actor (Batman, Last Precinct), born in Walla Walla, Washington (d. 2017)
  • 1933-02-10 Don Wilson, American guitarist (The Ventures, Hawaii 5-0 Theme), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1933-04-05 Frank Gorshin, American comedian and impersonator (Riddler-Batman), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2005)
  • 1933-08-16 Julie Newmar, actress (Catwoman-Batman, Living Doll), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1937-01-16 Bob Bogle, American bassist & guitarist (Ventures-Batman Theme), born in Wagoner, Oklahoma (d. 2009)
  • 1937-05-16 Yvonne Craig, actress (Batgirl-Batman, Kissin Cousin), born in Taylorville, Illinois (d. 2015)
  • 1939-08-29 Joel Schumacher, American film director (Lost Boys, Batman), born in New York City (d. 2020)
  • 1944-05-06 Anton Furst, American production designer (Batman), born in London (d. 1991)
  • 1944-05-07 Sivi Aberg, Swedish actress (Batman TV show), born in Gävle, Sweden
  • 1945-07-06 Burt Ward, American actor (Robin-Batman), born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestMichael Keaton

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

  • 1956-07-02 Jerry Hall, American model, married to Mick Jagger and Rupert Murdoch (Batman, Freejack), born in Mesquite, Texas
  • 1957-01-27 Frank Miller, American comicbook writer (Batman-The Dark Knight Returns)
  • 1958-04-29 Michelle Pfeiffer, American actress (Scarface, Batman Returns, Hairspray), born in Santa Ana, California

Person of interestGeorge Clooney

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

  • 1962-02-20 Ria Coyne, American comedienne (Betsy-Batman Forever), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • 1964-07-02 Doug Benson, American comedian (The LEGO Batman Movie), born in San Diego, California
  • 1964-10-25 Kevin Michael Richardson, American voice actor (Joker-The Batman), born in The Bronx, New York

Person of interestChris O'Donnell

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

Person of interestChristian Bale

1974-01-30 Christian Bale, British actor (Batman Begins, American Psycho, The Machinist), born in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales

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

Person of interestKatie Holmes

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

Actress Katie Holmes
Actress
Katie Holmes

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1967-06-16 Reginald Denny, English actor (Rebecca, Cat Ballou, Batman), dies at 75
  • 1972-04-25 George Sanders, Russian actor (All About Eve-Academy Award 1950), commits suicide at 65
  • 1974-07-19 Joseph "Joe" Flynn, American character actor (McHale's Navy, Batman), dies of a heart attack while swimming at 59
  • 1974-11-05 Stafford Repp, American actor (Playhouse 90, Batman, Plunder Road), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • 1984-09-24 Neil Hamilton, American actor (The White Rose, When Strangers Marry, Batman), dies of asthma at 85

Person of interestLiberace

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

Pianist Liberace
Pianist
Liberace
  • 1988-08-08 Alan Napier, British actor (The Sword in the Stone, Batman), dies at 85
  • 1991-11-24 Anton Furst, American production designer (Batman), dies at 47
  • 1992-11-22 Sterling Holloway, American actor (The Jungle Book, Alice in Wonderland, The Aristocats, Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree), dies at 87

Person of interestCesar Romero

1994-01-01 Cesar Romero, American actor (Batman, Ocean's 11), dies at 86

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

Person of interestBurgess Meredith

1997-09-09 Burgess Meredith, American actor (Mr Novak, The Penguin in Batman, Rocky), dies at 88

  • 1998-11-03 Bob Kane, American comic artist and Batman co-creator, dies at 83
  • 2004-01-22 Billy May, American orchestra leader and composer (The Green Hornet, Mod Squad, Batman), dies at 87
  • 2005-05-17 Frank Gorshin, American comedian and impersonator (Riddler-Batman), dies at 72
  • 2005-10-29 Lloyd Bochner, Canadian actor (Point Blank, Dynasty, Batman), dies of cancer at 81
  • 2006-11-10 Jack Palance [Vladimir Palahniuk], American actor (City Slickers, Contempt, Batman), dies of natural causes at 87
  • 2008-12-25 Eartha Kitt, American singer (Santa Baby), dancer, comedian, actress and activist (Catwoman-Batman), dies at 81
  • 2009-01-03 Martin Patterson "Pat" Hingle, American actor (Hang 'em High, Splendor in the Grass, Batman Returns), dies of myelodysplastic syndrome at 84
  • 2017-06-09 Adam West [William West Anderson], American actor (Batman, Last Precinct) dies from leukemia at 88
  • 2020-06-22 Joel Schumacher, American film director (Lost Boys, Batman), dies at 80