Bob Kane: The Man Behind Batman In anticipation of the new Batman film The Dark Knight, which opens in theaters next week, we revisit an archival interview with Bob Kane, the man who drew Batman from its inception in 1939 until the late 1960s.
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Bob Kane: The Man Behind Batman

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With tickets selling out a week in advance of its release, Batman film The Dark Knight may perhaps be the most anticipated movie of the summer.

Bob Kane is the creator of the Batman franchise, having created the DC Comics superhero in 1939 in reaction to Superman's popularity. Kane drew the series from its inception until the late 1960s.

Batman has been highly successful, having spawned a live action television series, an animated series, and now seven movies. DC Comics continues to publish the series.

Bob Kane's interview was originally broadcast on Mar. 23, 1990.