The Batman Franchise in History

Events in Film & TV

  • 1939-05-01 Batman comics hit the 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

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 "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

Music awardsMusic 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
Danny Elfman

Film release premierFilm Release

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

Film release premierFilm Release

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
George Clooney
Actor Chris O'Donnell
Chris O'Donnell
Actor, Body Builder & Politician Arnold Schwarzenegger
Actor, Body Builder & Politician
Arnold Schwarzenegger

Film release premierFilm Release

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

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1891-11-20 Reginald Denny Richmond England, actor (Rebecca, Cat Ballou, Batman)
  • 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

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)

  • 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
  • 1921-06-01 Nelson Riddle, Oradell NJ, musical conductor (Batman, Frank Sinatra)
  • 1924-07-19 Martin Patterson "Pat" Hingle, American actor (Hang 'em High, Splendor in the Grass, Batman Returns), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2009)
  • 1927-01-17 Eartha Kitt, singer/actress (Catwoman-Batman), born in North, South Carolina (d. 2008)
  • 1928-09-19 Adam West, American actor (Batman, Last Precinct) born in Walla Walla, Washington (d. 2017)
  • 1933-04-05 Frank Gorshin, US 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

Person of interestMichael Keaton

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, 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, Scranton Penn, comedienne (Betsy-Batman Forever)

Person of interestChris O'Donnell

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

  • 1974-01-30 Christian Bale, Wales, British actor (Batman Begins, American Psycho, The Machinist), born in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales
  • 1976-10-04 Alicia Silverstone, 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
Katie Holmes

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1972-04-25 George Sanders, Russian actor (All About Eve-Academy Award 1950), commits suicide at 65
  • 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
  • 1988-08-08 Alan Napier, British actor (The Sword in the Stone, Batman), dies at 85
  • 1991-11-24 Anton Furst, 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, 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, comic artist and Batman co-creator (b. 1915)
  • 2017-06-09 Adam West, American actor (Batman, Last Precinct), dies from leukemia at 88