|“||You know, I've never seen that. I could never get past the title.||”|
— Batman, making a holiday deal with Robin to watch It's A Wonderful Life
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, as well as the television shows and movies based on said 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. He is the protagonist of the entire DC Universe.
Appearances in Christmas specials
The Adventures of Batman
DC Animated Universe
Batman: The Brave and the Bold
Other Christmas productions
- The Toycracker - The LEGO version of Batman appeared in this 2016 Target commercial.
Mentions in other Christmas specials
Batman was the subject of mockery in a popular parody of "Jingle Bells", which is often called "Batman smells" (and was actually sung by the Joker in "Christmas With the Joker"). This version of the song is sung by Bart Simpson in The Simpsons episode "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire", and is also mentioned by Dil Pickles at the beginning of the All Grown Up! episode "The Finster Who Stole Christmas".
Batman is indirectly referenced in the Earthworm Jim episode "For Whom the Jingle Bell Tolls". When Queen Slug-for-a-Butt plants a hypnotic microchip in Santa Claus' brain, she tests it out by making him say that Adam West (who played Batman in the 1960s Batman TV series) was a better performer than Val Kilmer (who played him in Batman Forever).