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Hello students, I'm your substitute teacher for today, Professor Miriam Isa and it may be summer, but classes at Clevver U are just getting started and this week's lesson is all about The Dark Knight. One of the most popular comic book characters of all time is finally getting his due, so take your seats, grab your pens and papers and don't forget to take notes, because you never know when there might be a pop quiz. Let's get started on our lesson all about Bruce Wayne, aka Batman.
Batman was created by Bob Kane & Bill Finger and made his first appearance in May 1939 in Detective Comics #27. He was first know as "The Bat-Man" and has also taken on the moniker of The Caped Crusader, The World's Greatest Detective and of course The Dark Knight.
Inspired by the huge success of Superman, Batman's creation was highly influenced by characters like The Phantom, The Shadow and Sherlock Holmes. Like The Phantom and The Shadow, Batman originally carried a gun and occasionally killed criminals with little remorse, but soon adopted a "no kill" policy, which is contributed to the eventual origin of Batman which happens as a result of Bruce Wayne's parents, Thomas and Martha Wayne's being murdered right in front of him at the hands of a criminal when Bruce was as a child.
Unlike many superheroes, Bruce Wayne possesses no super powers and becomes Batman using his intelligence and great wealth to create (or have someone else create) powerful weapons and vehicles that he uses to fight crime. He also uses genius level detective skills to take down criminals. His skills are so strong that he even was able to take down his much more powerful Justice League allies at one point, including the powerful Superman. In addition to his intelligence and detective skills, Bruce Wayne is also a skilled martial artist, master of several disciplines and uses his physical prowess and his Batman persona to instill fear in the hearts of his foes.
Some of the weapons in Batman's arsenal include the batsuit which is constructed of bulletproof material, protecting him from small gunfire as well as insulation against electricity, fire and blunt weapon attacks. Batman's cape is also constructed of bulletproof fabric and is used as protection as well as a vehicle for gliding in some incarnations. His cowl, in addition to giving him his signature bat-like appearance, also is enhanced with special electronics that give Batman infrared, night and ultraviolet vision as well as some protection from gunfire and concussive blows. Of course none of these compare to his most powerful weapon, his utility belt. An all-inclusive accessory that contains almost everything Batman may need to take down the toughest enemies including a grapple gun for quick vertical escapes, the multi-purpose batarang, smoke bombs, lockpicks and even a voice activated signaling device to send the Batmobile right to him.