Batman, also known as Bruce Wayne, is a fictional character and superhero in American comic books published by DC Comics. He was created by writer Bill Finger and artist Bob Kane, and first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in 1939. Batman is a masked vigilante who uses his physical ability, intelligence, and advanced technology to fight crime in Gotham City. He is known for his relentless determination and his non-use of lethal weapons, preferring to solve problems by using his wits and detective skills. His archenemy is the Joker.
Batman is the secret identity of Bruce Wayne, a wealthy American playboy, philanthropist, and owner of Wayne Enterprises. When Wayne's parents were murdered by a mugger, he swore vengeance against criminals, an oath tempered by a sense of justice.