Batman started as a comic book character, but this dark superhero has also had his own TV series and movie franchise. Actor Adam West starred as Batman in the campy 1960s TV series. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Batman!Batman started as a comic book character, but this dark superhero has also had his own TV series and movie franchise. Actor Adam West starred as Batman in the campy 1960s TV series. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Batman!West also starred as Batman's alter ego, millionaire Bruce Wayne. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Batman!Batman doesn't have a Robin in every rendition of his story, but in the TV show Robin, portrayed by actor Burt Ward, was an integral cast member. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Batman!Actors Burt Ward and Adam West of "Batman" pose in the press room at the 2006 TV Land Awards at the Barker Hangar on March 19, 2006 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)
Batman!Catwoman also makes a regular appearance throughout the "Batman" franchise. Actress Julie Newmar was the first Catwoman, pictured here in a 1966 promotional portrait for the Tv series. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Batman!Actresses Lee Meriwether and Eartha Kitt also took a turn as Catwoman. The three Catwomen, Julie Newmar, Eartha Kitt and Lee Meriwether were reunited at the 2nd Annual TV Land Awards held at The Hollywood Palladium, March 7, 2004 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
Batman!Directed by Tim Burton, "Batman", the first movie version of the classic comic, was a box office smash in 1989.
Batman!Michael Keaton, known primarily for his comedic roles in films like "Mr. Mom" and "Beetlejuice," was a surprising, though successful choice to play the brooding Batman... and the debonair Bruce Wayne.
Batman!Kim Basinger co-starred as reporter (and Bruce Wayne's love interest) Vicki Vale and Jack Nicholson played the villainous Joker in his typical sinister fashion.
Batman!Burton and Keaton reunited for the 1992 sequel "Batman Returns." Actress Michelle Pfeiffer co-starred, meowing her way into the Catwoman hall of fame.
Batman!Danny DeVito joined the cast as an especially creepy Penguin, waddling and slobbering his way through the action.
Batman!"Batman Forever", the third installment in the franchise was released in 1995. The film had a new director, Joel Schumacher, and featured Val Kilmer in the lead role along with Chris O'Donnell as Robin.
Batman!Tommy Lee Jones starred as ex-DA Harvey "Two Face" Dent, along with Drew Barrymore in the bit part of "Sugar."
Batman!Jim Carrey hammed it up in a green unitard as The Riddler.
Batman!Nicole Kidman vamped it up as Chase Meridian, a sexy psychologist who tries to seduce Bruce Wayne.
Batman!In 1997 the fourth installment of the series, "Batman and Robin", brought yet another Batman onto the scene: George Clooney. Chris O'Donnell retained the role of Robin.
Batman!Clooney made a particularly dashing Bruce Wayne.
Batman!In "Batman and Robin", the Caped Crusader battles Mr. Freeze, better known these days as the Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger. He wasn't the only future governor in the film, Jesse "The Body" Ventura, future governor of Minnesota, also had a small role in the movie.
Batman!Uma Thurman played horticulturalist turned villainess Poison Ivy in "Batman and Robin."
Batman!A new director (Christopher Nolan) and a new Batman (Christian Bale) brought a new, dark angle to the Batman story in 2005's "Batman Begins."
Batman!The all-star cast included Morgan Freeman as scientist Lucius Fox.
Batman!Liam Neeson starred as Ducard, who helps Bruce Wayne learn how to be Batman.