Cover of Batman vol. 2, #3 (January 2012); art by Ivan Reis
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Detective Comics #27 (May 1939)
Created by Bob Kane (concept)
Bill Finger (uncredited)
Characters Bruce Wayne
Jean-Paul Valley
Dick Grayson
See also Alternative versions of Batman

Batman is the alias of a number of superheroes appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The original and best-known of these is Bruce Wayne, but others have adopted the role when he has been indisposed.


Bruce Wayne

Main article: Bruce Wayne

Bruce Wayne is the main character associated with the Batman alias.

Hugo Strange

Main article: Hugo Strange

Having discovered Batman's secret identity, Hugo Strange drugs Bruce Wayne and usurps the role for a time.[1]

Jean-Paul Valley

Main article: Jean-Paul Valley

When Bruce Wayne's back is broken by Bane during the Knightfall storyline, Jean-Paul Valley, better known as Azrael, replaced him until he was deemed a poor replacement for Bruce Wayne and was subsequently replaced by Dick Grayson.[2][3]

Dick Grayson

Main article: Dick Grayson

Although best known as Batman's teen sidekick Robin and as his independent, adult persona Nightwing, Grayson became Batman twice. The first time was during Knightfall when Valley proved an unsuitable replacement[4] (although it was never the intention to kill off Batman at this time)[3] and the second time was following the apparent death of Wayne in the Batman R.I.P. storyline.[5] During the Battle for the Cowl storyline which followed Batman R.I.P. other characters briefly assumed the role, Jason Todd and Tim Drake, before the alias finally passed to Grayson. Grayson has also donned the costume on least one other occasion, although it was merely for one issue.

Tim Drake

Main article: Tim Drake

The third Robin. Tim Drake briefly assumed the role of Batman before "Batman: Battle for the Cowl", and then again during the event itself. He replaces Bruce Wayne in some continuities, notably the Titans Tomorrow continuity. He has also assumed the role in an apocalyptic future, after the "future's end" storyline.

Jason Todd

Main article: Jason Todd

The second Robin. Jason Todd usurped the identity of Batman during "Battle for the Cowl", but was defeated by Dick Grayson, who became Batman following. He is the second Batman on Earth-15.

Damian Wayne

Main article: Damian Wayne

The 5th and current Robin. Portrayed as the successor to Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson in a possible future of mainstream continuity (prior to Flashpoint).

Terry McGinnis

Main article: Batman (Terry McGinnis)

The second Batman in the DCAU/Earth-12 universe and the fourth Batman in a possible future of mainstream continuity (prior to Flashpoint).

Jim Gordon

Main article: James Gordon (comics)

Following Bruce Wayne's apparent death in Batman #40 Gordon took up the mantle in Divergence #1 (both issues being part of The New 52).

See also


  1. "Hugo Strange (comic book character)". Archived from the original on 11 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-13. 
  2. Doug Moench (w), Jim Aparo (a). "Killer's Bane" Batman 489 (February 1993), DC Comics
  3. 3.0 3.1 Cronin, Brian (March 13, 2008). "Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed #146". Comic Book Resources. 
  4. Doug Moench (w), Mike Gustovich (p), Romeo Tanghal (i). "Part One: Robin and Batman" Batman 512 (November 1994), DC Comics
  5. Tony Daniel (w), Tony Daniel (p), Sandu Florea (i). "Last Man Standing" Batman: Battle for the Cowl 3 (July 2009), DC Comics

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