- This article is about the original Batman, Bruce Wayne. For information on the future Batman, see Batman (Terry McGinnis).
Batman is a comic book superhero created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, introduced in Detective Comics #27 (May 1939), and since then has appeared primarily in publications by DC Comics. In most incarnations of the series, Batman's secret identity is Bruce Wayne, an American millionaire (later billionaire) playboy, industrialist, and philanthropist. Having witnessed the murder of his parents as a child, he swore revenge on criminals, an oath tempered with the greater ideal of justice. Wayne trains himself both physically and intellectually and dons a bat-themed costume in order to fight crime.