Batman, the iconic comic book legend was born in 1939.  From the brain of gag cartoonist Bob Kane, National Comics launched the greatest hero of all time. When National Comics changed to Detective Comics (DC) they published “The Case of the Chemical Syndicate” Issue 27. The story was based on a bored socialite who would don a cape & mask to fight crime at night. The character would come to be known as Batman. Eventually, Batman became one of the most loved and revered comic book characters to date.

A year later, in 1940, DC would publish a stand-alone book series about Bruce Wayne turning into Batman. Bruce Wayne’s tragic backstory wasn’t invented until later. Over the course of time, Batman has become the feature of hundreds of books, movies, and even college courses. Psychologists have studied the Batman character in order to diagnosis his mysterious psyche. Batman’s arch-enemy, “The Joker”, is the subject of some of the most compelling and dark stories of all time.  Even today there are still things you may not know about this caped crusader who protects the streets of Gotham at night.

Here are just a few interesting Batman tidbits that you can use on trivia nights that will take you from a casual fan to the ultimate authority:

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Highest Grossing Batman Movie: “The Dark Knight” = $533,345,358.  Arguably the greatest Batman film ever made also happens to be the top grossing Batman movie. Christopher Nolan’s tale of Batman and The Joker battling for the souls of Gotham is both compelling and riveting.  The Dark Knight film was primarily filmed in Chicago.

Batman Didn’t Always Have a Sidekick: Batman’s loyal sidekick Robin, played by actor Dick Grayson, wasn’t originally part of the Batman Cannon. Robin didn’t appear in the Batman stories until Issue 38, which was released in 1940.

Most Expensive Batman Villain: Tim Burton started filming Batman Returns in June 1991.  Because taping for the film took place at Universal Studios in California, the temperature during taping was very warm. Real penguins appearing in the movie had to be kept cool & safe. Over 1 million dollars was spent on care for the penguins when the final bill was tallied!

Historical Influences: The name of Bruce Wayne was originally developed based on actual historical figures. Robert the Bruce was King of Scots in 1306 who led the Scottish people to independence from England. The Batman character’s last name comes from Anthony Wayne (a.k.a. Mad Anthony Wayne), an American Revolution army office.

 

Batman Didn’t Always Have a Sidekick: Batman’s loyal sidekick Robin, played by actor Dick Grayson, wasn’t originally part of the Batman Cannon. Robin didn’t appear in the Batman stories until Issue 38, which was released in 1940.

Most Expensive Batman Villain: Tim Burton started filming Batman Returns in June 1991.  Because taping for the film took place at Universal Studios in California, the temperature during taping was very warm. Real penguins appearing in the movie had to be kept cool & safe. Over 1 million dollars was spent on care for the penguins when the final bill was tallied!

Historical Influences: The name of Bruce Wayne was originally developed based on actual historical figures. Robert the Bruce was King of Scots in 1306 who led the Scottish people to independence from England. The Batman character’s last name comes from Anthony Wayne (a.k.a. Mad Anthony Wayne), an American Revolution army officer.

Batman Wasn’t Always So Moral: Batman’s stance on killing is widely known as someone who tries never to kill anyone. In both films, Dark Knight and The Killing Joke, The Joker tries numerous ways to push Batman to break this golden rule. However when first created, the Batman character wasn’t always so principled in his stance. There are instances in the earliest comics where breaking someone’s neck or letting people fall into a vat of acid was just fine with him.

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The Joker Didn’t Kill Robin: Technically, it was actually the fans that killed off the Robin character. DC Comics held a public vote to see if Robin should live or die. Fans voted to be done with the character and so subsequently, Robin met his demise. As the story goes, it was The Joker who indeed injured Robin via crowbar, then left him to die in an explosion.

Not The Richest Character: Batman is numbered 6 for the richest character. With an estimated gross total of 9.2 billion dollars, Batman is still considered to be doing pretty well for himself.

 

Perhaps there are things on this list that you already knew about this famous comic character, as well as some things you didn’t know. We hope we were able to compel you with an interesting story. That’s why PGS Gold and Coin exists…. Because we love stories!  When it comes to items that are brought in to any of our 3 locations, PGS Gold & Coin understands the most important value of an item is often the story that goes along with it. PGS Gold & Coin are big fans of Batman and other famous characters of history. Our stores carry a wide variety of unique and cool items with interesting stories to go along.

One unique item waiting to be discovered at PGS Gold & Coin is The 50th Anniversary Limited Edition Batman Collectors Coin. This coin is made of .999 fine silver and features The Dark Knight himself on the front with his famous sigil on the reverse side of the coin.  

You can check it out here: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Batman-50th-Anniversary-Limited-Edition-Collectors-Coin-999-Fine-Silver-13284/254025912661?hash=item3b251fd155:g:W6UAAOSwniVcE9Nf:rk:1:pf:0

Another neat Batman item waiting to be discovered at PGS Gold & Coin right now is an autographed Adam West and Burt Ward framed photograph featuring both actors together on the set of their classic television show. This is a one of a kind collector’s item that would make a great addition to any Batcave!

Take a look here:

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If you are looking for Batman items, or other unique finds, we are always adding new things to our inventory. Maybe you also have unique & cool items to share. PGS Gold & Coin loves to find new items & hear great stories that accompany the items. Call us at 847-348-6447 or stop in 830 W Northwest Highway in Palatine, Illinois and let us take a look!