With his 80th anniversary coming up, what does his legacy mean to you? Where do you rank him as a comic hero?
I love comics and the superhero genre in general but Batman is who I owe everything to as a fan! I got hooked on him in 1989 at 4yo and still am at 33yo. Most of my life, my biggest fandom has been comic books and centered around The Bat!
One summer night in 1989, my parents took me to see Batman and even I was just 3 or 4yo, I was instantly amazed and awe of the character. I already liked other things but the film had my attention from start to finish. After that, I wanted any Batman merchandise as much as possible and then a few months later came Batman’66 reruns into my life. Very different than Batman’89 but I still enjoyed everything about Batman, Robin and the show.
1992 came. My dad took me to see Batman Returns on opening day afternoon. Loved it of course and I had heard about comic books by that point and so the next day I begged my parents to take me to a comic shop. They did and I was instantly star struck and my fandom was boosted quadruple when I saw Batman on tons of stuff including books. My parents bought me a bunch of issues and that weekend I read them like they were the bible!
Late 1992, Batman: The Animated Series and X-Men Animated Series were everything to me each week. Slowly started getting into Superman and others because of comics, films and shows but to this day…I have Batman on the brain the most!
I’ve enjoyed the legacy so much from comics to films to t.v. shows to video games to merchandise to just him being a cultural icon.
I have many favorite heroes and villains but yes Batman was, is and always will be my hero!