25 May 2021 10:33 AM +00:00 UTC

Is Batman Marvel or DC? Character History Explained

Since the inception of the Marvel Cinematic Universe back in 2008. The love for superheroes across the world has only grown. The Avengers movies alone take up 4 spots in the top 11-lifetime box office hits! This produces new inquiring fans to ask why they don't see some of their other favourite superheroes like Spider-Man or X-Men in the same universe at Batman.

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So does this mean that Batman is not Marvel?

Batmans First appearance in DC Universe: Birth of The Caped Crusader

Due to the huge success of Superman in action comics back in 1938, Detective Comics were looking for new superheroes to be created that could ride off of its success. Not long afterwards in 1939, the concept of Batman was created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger.

Drawing inspiration from other fictional characters such as Zorro and The Phantom, The two writers took batman AKA The Bat-man through many different forms before his first appearance in #27 of Detective Comics.

Batman's first appearance in DC Universe 1939
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Early sketches would include a Batman with red tights, Batman without the cowl and Batman with two separate stiff batwings that stuck out from either side as opposed to the flowing cape he now possesses.
Due to its early success, DC then gave Batman his own separate comic #1 in the spring of 1940.


DC and Marvel Universe Collab

There can often be confusion over whether Batman is Marvel Or DC as you may have seen some comics where batman is alongside different characters found only in the marvel universe. Despite Batman being a character within the DC universe, DC and Marvel have collaborated a few times crossing over arcs allowing the superheroes and villains from both universes to fight each other, team up…or sometimes even combine to become one!

Batman Vs The Hulk

Batman Vs The Hulk DC Special
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The best line of any cross over should always come from Alfred the butler, and in this case, it did.
"Perhaps a spot of tea would calm your nerves Dr Banner"
During the DC special series, we see a storyline that involves Batman working with Captain America.
Worth a read!

The Amalgam Universe – DC and Marvel Collide

dark claw the amalgam universe is a mixture between batman and wolverine
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In 1996, DC Comics and Marvel comics came together to create a publishing imprint, Amalgam comics. It was here that they merged some of their most loved characters into one. We saw Superman and Captain America merge to become Supersoldier, Wonder Woman and Storm from the X-Men became "Amazon", and our favourite dark knight was combined with wolverine to become Dark Claw. Dark Claw, unsurprisingly became one of Amalgams most popular characters!

In conclusion, despite these mini-series being popular among fans, the worlds greatest detective still belongs well and truly to detective comics. Fans look forward to seeing DC's release of The Batman arriving in cinemas in 2022.

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