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This category is for questions about the DC Comics character, Batman. Batman was created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger.

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Answers with David Mazouz?

How did you snag the role of Bruce Wayne in FOX's upcoming TV series Gotham, premiering September 22nd?

Actually, it was a pretty long audition process. I went on an audition and I met with Bruno Heller, the brilliant creator of the show, and the casting director. I had a little audition, and they wanted me to come back for it later and test for it immediately. So I did...and then I tested for it again, and then I tested for it again, and then I think one more time after that--so I did quite a few tests. One of them they actually cut my hair for and I had a whole big, huge mound of hair cut on the floor when they had my hair cut for one of the tests. I think that was the last test. After the last test, I felt really good about it, and the amount of kids they were looking at was getting smaller and smaller. After the last test, I was getting fidgety because a week and a half later we still didn't know anything. Two weeks later I found out that I had booked it!

I was actually in a public place when I found out I booked it. My mom found out the day before, but I had gotten in trouble at school that day and it was my sister's birthday, so she didn't want to tell me that day. She told me the day after and I was in a public place when I found out; my agent told me and I was in shock. I didn't want to scream because there were people around me when I ended up getting it.

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What is batmans mode of transport?

Batman has a different mode of transportation for practically every element of the world; including the Batmobile and the Tumbler ,bat cycle with a passenger carriage (occasional) for Robin. Batman also has a bat-jet he flies and also a bat-boat that can turn into the bat-submarine; batman also has a jet ski that robin rides occasionally.

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What is Robin's age in Batman Forever?

17? Holy age difference Batman!!

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Why does batman have meow mix in his pocket?

simple, because he's batman

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What was robin's catch phrase from batman?

Robin's catchphrase "Holy -___-'Fill in the Blank'-___-Batman!" and , others , "Atomic batteries to power...turbines to speed." , "Holy bargain basements, Batman!" , "Holy flypaper, Batman!" and "Holy rusted metal, Batman!"

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How did Batman get robin?

Robin 1

Dick Greyson's parents were killed in a horrible circus accident. Not long afterward he was adopted by million heir playboy, Bruce Wayne. When Dick stumbled on to the secret that Bruce is actually Batman, Bruce trained the young acrobat to become his side kick and dubbed him 'Robin.' Eventually Dick struck out on his own as the super hero known as 'Nighwing.'

Robin 2

In 1983, DC comics began revamping older series and Jason Todd was named the new Robin and given a similar back story. In 1988 The Joker kidnapped Jason Todd and DC comics ran a phone poll where readers could call in and vote for weather or not they wanted the Joker to kill him. The character was killed off by a vote of 5343-5271. He later was resurrected as the anti-hero "The Red Hood.'

Robin 3

Tim Drake was in the audience at the circus when Dick Graysons parents were killed. Later he introduced himself to Grayson (When Grayson had taken the roll of Nightwing) and impressed him with his skill. Grayson and Alfred Pennyworth appealed to Bruce Wayne to become the new Robin. Wayne eventually agreed and trained him as the new Robin. He has since assumed the identity of "Red Robin".

Robin 4

Stephanie Brown was first introduced as the daughter of the lesser Riddler-like super-villain, "Cluemaster". She created the costumed identity "The Spoiler" in order to foil her father's elaborate crimes. She was discovered by Batman and Robin (Tim Drake) and discouraged from continuing her vigilante career. But she did continue and teamed up regularly (occasionally romantically) with Robin. When Tim was forced to retire as Robin by his father, Stephanie briefly took up the role of Robin. After a run-in with Black Mask and her identity was compromised, she faked her own death and later re-appeared first as Spoiler and then Batgirl.

Robin 5

Damian Wayne is the biological son of Bruce Wayne and Talia al Ghul. Gestated in an artificial womb, he was trained by the League of Assassins until about the age of 7 or 8, when Talia introduced him to Batman. His lethal methods were eventually reformed and he assumed the role of Robin. As of this writing, he has recently been killed by an older clone of himself.

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What is Batman's phone number?

Batman did not have a phone number. He had the Batphone, which directly connected to a line Commissioner Gordon used.

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Is Batman a vigilante?

No.

A vigilante is someone who illegally punishes an alleged lawbreaker, or participates in a group which metes out extralegal punishment to an alleged lawbreaker

Batman never really partakes of the extra-judicial punishment associated with vigilante justice and generally turns any criminal he captures over to the police. This is more closely aligned to a citizen's arrest than actual vigilantism.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, however, Batman commits various felonious acts (assault, battery, kidnapping) so his actions could not be regarded as strictly legal. So while what he does could not exactly to labelled as citizen's arrest, he is not committing any of these acts for the express purposes of punishing criminals. He is, therefore, not a vigilante.

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Who Is The Villain In Batman Begins?

The main antagonist is Henri Ducard (Ra's al Ghul) played by Liam Neeson. Also, The Scarecrow, or Dr. Jonathan Crane. Zsasz has a few brief parts as well.

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How does joker become evil?

There are many stories about his orgin, but having mental disorders, it's unlikely even he would know. Jack nicklson portrayl depicted the joker as a criminal who wennt insane after being dumped into a vast of chemicals, and having his wife die the same day. In heath ledgers take, the joker has stories to accomadate his situations, involving an abusive father and self mutalation over an incident involving his wife. His name and orgin remains unknown

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Does Bruce Wayne Batman have a wife?

The current version of Batman (Bruce Wayne) is not married.

The Golden Age Batman, ret-con'd to Earth-2 Batman, eventually married a reformed Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman. They eventually had a daughter, Helena Wayne, who grew up to be The Huntress.

In the current New 52 continuity, there is a "new" Earth-2 Batman who, while otherwise updated, also had a daughter named Helena Wayne. Her mother, and wether or not she was married to that Bruce Wayne, is not specified.

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Did Batman have any kids?

Yes.

Biologically, Damian Wayne. His mother is the Talia al Ghul, the daughter of Ra's Al Ghul.

He also adopted Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Tim Drake and Cassandra Cain. Though there is some question over whether or not Cassandra was actually adopted given the timing.

On other Earths and in other continuities there are several others. Most notably, Helena Wayne/Kyle whose mother is Selina Kyle aka Catwoman.

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Is Catwoman a villain or superhero in Batman Begins?

Catwoman is not in Batman 1: Batman Begins, but she is in Batman 3: The Dark Knight Rises. There, she's actually categorized as an "anti-hero" because she swings both ways.

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What psychological disorder did Batman have in Batman begins?

can't buy me love

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Answers with Clare Foley?

Prior to landing the role of Ivy Pepper in FOX's "Gotham," you appeared in an episode of "Orange is the New Black" as Young Piper. What was that experience like?

Working on Orange Is The New Black was such a great experience! Jodie Foster was the director, which was amazing! I am so proud to have been a part of it and to play Young Piper.

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Are there two robins in Batman?

There is Batman and Robin (not Batman and two robins).

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There are 3 different Robins. However, only one ever wears the suit at any time.

Dick Grayson, the first Robin, left Batman and later became Nightwing.

Jason Todd, Robin #2, died.

Tim Drake, the final Robin, was driven insane by the Joker.

Stephanie Brown and Damian Wayne also are Robin at some points.

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In Batman Beyond how did the Joker torture Robin?

The Joker and Harley kidnapped him and brain washed him as they wanted a child but Harley "didnt want to go through the joys of child birth" so they made him into a mini Joker :)

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Who acted as Batman dark night?

christian bale

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What color are bats?

Mostly black, but some are dark brown.

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In the movie Batman is the actor who played young Jack Napier related to Jack Nicholson in any way?

There doesn't appear to be any connection between Hugo E. Blick and Jack Nicholson, but they do look a lot alike. Apparently, it was just a case of really good casting - finding a young actor that had the same kind of manic/cheeky grin that Nicholson. This is from an interview he did a while back:

"I was a writer working on a project at Pinewood. Legend has it that Nicholson saw me wondering the corridors. I do remember being called to meet Tim Burton where he had me say this weird line and grin."

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How did batman get his superpowers?

Bat-man does not have super powers. He is a normal person just like you and me. What makes him a hero is that he is willing and usually able to do things that other people wish 'someone' would do about the crime and corruption around them.

His "powers" are all things that almost any person could achieve with enough will-power, time and effort. His strength is not super-human, but actually achievable through working out with weights, resistance machines and lots of reps of otherwise simple movements.

His agility is due to years of training in various martial arts including karate, judo, krav maga and ninjitsu (as highlighted in the movie 'Batman Begins'). Almost anyone can master one or more of those techniques if they really want to.

His 'flying' is really more like gliding and is partially due to his agility and strength making him able to jump high and far (but not really any higher or further than your average Olympic athlete or circus performer). This is then augmented by his cape which (how exactly it works depending on the comic or movie) is able to be temporarily trans formed into a glider wing. These days, some stuntmen and daredevils have made real-life suits that have flaps between their arms and legs that let them glide short distances kinda like the 'flying' squirrels do.

The closest thing Bat-Man has to 'super powers' are his intellect and his bravery. But really, anyone (regardless of physical ability) can become really smart by doing a lot of studying and talking with a lot of wise people. Absolutely anyone can also become very brave. There are many ways to develop bravery, but most of them boil down to convincing yourself that death doesn't matter. The worst thing that can possibly ever happen to you is being killed. However, if you believe that death is not a terrible thing but simply part of human existence that is inevitable anyway (simply a matter of when, where and how), then there is nothing to fear. There are millions of examples of bravery of different sorts every day. Whether its a soldier or policeman diving into the line of fire to rescue a comrade or innocent civilian or a young man accepting the responsibility of raising his child (pretty scary stuff let me tell you), it takes an equal amount of guts and a willingness to risk ones own self for the benefit of others.

Come to think of it, that is really at the heart of who Bat-Man is. Just as Santa Clause is a symbol of generosity and the Christmas Spirit (giving to others whether they deserve anything or not, just because you love them); so Bat-Man is a symbol of self-sacrifice and bravery.

I think that Bruce Wayne had all of the mental characteristics that he would later need to become Bat-Man from a very early age (the physical came later through training). All of us have the potential to be wise, clever, inquisitive (the detective part of Bat-Man) and brave. As far as the impetus or catalyst that 'made' Bruce develop his natural abilities to the peak of perfection was the death of his parents.

His mother and father were robbed and then gunned down in cold blood right in front of his eyes when he was a kid. This trauma is both what drives him and what is his 'Achilles heel' that his enemies try to exploit (kinda like Superman's Kryptonite issue). The Bat-Man universe is really more about the emotional and mental battles within our own minds than it is about the physical fights. Almost every one of the villains in the Rogues Gallery has at least one mental 'issue' or another.

When Bruce turns to the legal system to find justice for this crime, he discovers that the justice system in Gotham City (not a real city, more of a character in itself and a metaphor for all that is wrong with cities in general) is so corrupted that you can't get anything done if the criminals involved know the right people. The last straw is when he finds out that even the police department is corrupted and won't do anything about it. As often happens in stories about heroes, there is only one person (Bruce in this case) who is able or willing to solve the big problem. So he travels the world to develop his 'super powers' to solve the problem himself.

Bat-Man is in good company with many other heroes (some of whom Bob Kane credits for being the inspiration for the character in the first place) including Sherlock Holmes (his detective skills and semi-professional relationship with the few non-corrupt members of the police); Zorro (one of the most obvious influences. In fact, one of the earliest back-stories of Bruce's parents murder happens after they've gone to see Douglas Fairbanks in 'The Mark of Zorro'); The Count of Mote Christo and The Scarlet Pimpernel (two even older 'Zorro-like' heroes upon whom many modern-day heroes are based); and Ivanhoe (the prototypical heroic knight who helps the downtrodden) among others.

So you see, aside from the gadgets (which are mostly introduced to help Bat-Man deal with the increasingly outlandish enemies (got to keep raising the ante in the comic book business to sell new comics) and to add variety and surprise to the books), anyone can be Bat-Man. You just have to be willing to work at it.

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What was the tagline for The Joker in the first batman movie?

In the first Batman movie it was, "Ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?" and in the Dark Knight, the most famous line is probably, "Why so serious?"

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If Batman got married whom would he not invite?

As well as former girlfriends Bruce Wayne would be unlikely to invite anyone who would risk exposing his dual identity nor would he invite any enemies. Depending on whom he was marrying, he would probably not invite anyone his fiancee would not want there.

Pretty much the same way you'd write an invite list to be honest.

This question was asked on the Family Feud, with the following answers:

Family Feud: The Joker

Catwoman (Selina Kyle)

Penguin (Oswald C. Cobblepot)

Riddler (Edward Enigma)

Other answers: Enemies:

Scarecrow

Bane - he broke his spine.

Killer Croc

Poison Ivy

Harvey 'Two-Face'

Mr. Freeze

Raz Al Ghul

Falconi

Clayface

Manbat

Harley Quinn

The Pharaoh

Anarky

Speedy

Deadman

Random criminals or henchmen.

People who would not be able to accept an invitation:

His Parents.

His Parents' murderer.

Rachel Dawes.

People not in the Batman Universe:

You

Me

Michael Jackson

Chuck Norris

Wolverine

Spiderman

The Goblin

Tony Stark

Megaman

Chef Boyardee

Dayman of its always sunny in Philadelphia

Craig Martin

Joel Schumacher

George Clooney

Robin. He wouldn't invite Robin.

...I mean, would you want Robin at your wedding? Neither would Batman!

Batman probably wouldn't get married but his alter ego Bruce Wayne could.

There have been many different incarnations of Batman over the years and in a few he has been married (notably to Selina Kyle aka Catwoman in one version), though this was not canon.

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Bob Hope

When was Bob Kane born?

Bob Kane was born on October 24, 1915.

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How did the Joker get his scars?

There is much speculation as to how the Joker character received his scars. The most prominent answer seems to be that he either doesn't know, or doesn't want to say. In "The Dark Knight" he tells two stories about how he got them:

Story One

So, I had a wife, she was beautiful...like you, who tells me I worry too much, who tells me I oughta smile more, who gambles and gets in deep with the sharks...[she squirms, and he pulls her back] Hey. One day they carve her face. And we have no money for surgeries. She can't take it. I just want to see her smile again. Hmmm? I just wanted to let her know that I don't care about the scars. So, I stick a razor in my mouth and do this...to myself. [mimes moving a razor around his mouth] And you know what? She can't stand the sight of me! She leaves! Now I see the funny side. Now, I'm always smiling!

Story Two

"Wanna know how I got these scars? My father was...a drinker. And a fiend. And one night he goes off crazier than usual. Mommy gets the kitchen knife to defend herself; he doesn't like that. Not...one...bit. So, me watching, he takes the knife to her, laughing while he does it. He turns to me, and says..."Why so serious?" He comes at me with the knife, "Why so serious?!" He sticks the blade in my mouth, "Let's put a smile on that face!" And...[turns to look at one of Gambol's henchman who looks terrified, and then says]...why so serious? "

Some have said that the exact reason for his scars is not as important as the reasons for the use of multiple stories. These scars may represent the result of some form of evil - or even a universal evil that exists in the world.

In Alan Moore's "The Killing Joke," the first comic book to really explore the Joker's origin, the Joker explains his inability to correctly remember his past this way: "Sometimes I remember it one way, sometimes another ... If I'm going to have a past, I prefer it to be multiple choice!" Heath Ledger's Joker's varied history (he tries to tell Batman a third story) is most-likely an homage to one of Joker's most definitive origin stories.

that answer is totally wrong if you really want to know he fell into a vat of chemicals that is how he got to be that way

In the batman comics, the tell of the jokers origins are revealed. The joker used to be a mercenary who was the best shot around. He started getting depressed with his work because there was no challenge. Well one day he comes across batman and finds his true challenge and decides to pursue it. So to go about challenging himself he kidnaps batman's girlfriend at the time. As batman is going to rescue her the joker kills her, batman seeing his loved one die in front of him throws two batarangs at the joker, cutting the sides of his mouth, giving him his scars.

Later in the same comic the joker is at a pharmaceutical plant for some reason. Some how he is knocked into a silo full of anti-depressants. The joker decides to accept death, and just before he's about to die he sees the grate in the bottom. It crosses his mind that he doesn't have to die, so he kicks out the grate and flows through the pipes that dump him out in the bay. The joker then swims ashore, his skin bleached white, his hair turned green, and his suit dyed purple. Laying on the shore he looks at the moon and sees a bunny on it. From then on the joker becomes the psychopath we all love.

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