Welcome to Behind the Mask! At the end of each month, I’ll be sharing unusual facts about characters or settings gleaned from my research. This month I selected Batman. AKA the Batman, the Caped Crusader and/or the Dark Knight. Here are some of the tidbits I discovered:
- Batman is not a superhero because of any magical powers but because of his extraordinary physical and mental abilities. He mastered 127 martial arts and according to at least one source, his IQ is 192. Oh, and he’s also super-wealthy, which is how he affords all of his cool accessories.
- There’s an actual college course titled “The Science of Batman.” Yep, that’s right. If you attend the University of Victoria, Canada, you can take a class that is described as “…range of adaptability of the human body explored through the life of the Caped Crusader.” I feel smarter already.
- The batcave was not created in the comic book series. It was first presented in the 1943 serial and was called the bat-cave. I’m not sure where his Command Center was before then but the idea caught on, and everyone knows the gadget-loaded caves under the Wayne mansion.
- Superman works for Batman, sort of. It goes like this: We all know that Clark Kent is a reporter at the Daily Planet. Well it turns out that the Daily Planet is owned by four men; Lex Luthor, Franklin Stern, Morgan Edge and. . .Bruce Wayne. “I’ll get on that Catwoman feature article right away, boss.”
- Batman’s cape was inspired by flying machine sketches of Leonardo da Vinci. That’s right. Compare the images found here and here. Let me know what you think in the comments below.
- In the Amalgam Universe, Batman and Wolverine were merged to become the Dark Claw, a character with both natural and artificial improvements.
- Batman was almost killed off in 1964 when his popularity dropped. The campy series in 1966 starring Adam West and Bruce Ward may be what saved the “Dynamic Duo”, as they found success with a generation of teens.
I hope you discovered something new about Batman in my first “Behind the Mask blog”. Next month I’ll dish up some of the obscure facts about Superman. Should I call that one behind the glasses?
If you want me to research a character or well-known setting, feel free to comment below or contact me directly. Until next time…