25 Insane Facts About Batman

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Personally, Batman has always seemed the most realistic superhero – if you can use that phrase. It almost seems like he is simply a bored man with way too much money!

Whether you call him The Dark Knight or The Caped Crusader, this superhero has captured the hearts and minds of people across the globe for generations.

Here we’re going to look at 25 facts about the world’s greatest detective.

  1. Artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger are the creators of the original character.
  2. Batman’s fame came from his comic Batman released in 1940, but he first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in 1939.
  3. Batman’s First well-known TV performance appeared in the 1966 TV show simply named Batman. This ran for an astonishing 120 episodes until it stopped in 1968. His first TV appearance was actually in 1943.
  4. Batman has been around the block – over the years, he has had an array of love interests including Julie Madison, Catwoman, Vicki Vale, and of course Batwoman.
  5. In order of appearance, the actors who have played our beloved Batman are Lewis G Wilson, Robert Lowrey Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christian Bale, Will Arnett, and the last, and in some people’s opinions worst, batman is Ben Affleck.
  6. In IGNs 2011 list; Top 100 Comic Book Heroes of All Time, Batman was only pipped to the top spot by co-star Superman.
  7. The role of Batman in the 1989 Batman blockbuster was actually offered to various other stars prior to Michael Keaton, including Pierce Brosnan – who couldn’t play the part due to his opinion of the hosiery-clad hero.
  8. In Batman Forever, the 1995 hit, Michael Keaton was actually supposed to lead, but Val Kilmer was given the opportunity when Michael simply demanded too much money.
  9. JonDoe297 is actually the online handle used by Bruce Wayne himself.
  10. The fearmongering city of Gotham actually landed its name simply from the writer randomly choosing a jeweller’s named Gotham Jewellers in a telephone directory.
  11. Frank Miller is generally credited with restoring Batman to his old gritty self with “The Dark Knight Returns.” This was a four-issue series published in 1986, where an aged Batman comes out of retirement, joined by a new Robin, to clean up the streets of a Gotham run amok.
  12. Over the years, Batman’s main rivals have been the infamous Joker, the Riddler, the Penguin, Poison Ivy, the Scarecrow, and the lesser known Mr. Freeze and Clayface.
  13. The superhero’s real name Bruce Wayne is actually a combination of Robert the Bruce and Mad Anthony Wayne – a Scottish and American Revolutionary Hero respectively.
  14. Kevin Conroy, the man who has played Batman the longest, has starred in about 31 different versions including games, animated series, and TV series.
  15. The infamous Catwoman costume from the 1992 film, which initially seemed as if it was painted on, was actually a vacuum sealed costume. The actor, Michelle Pfeiffer, said she only had a small window to act before it unsealed.
  16. Bus ads containing Catwoman promoting the Batman Returns blockbuster were actually stolen to such a degree, that security teams were dispatched to ensure they stayed in their correct locations.
  17. Jason Todd, Tim Drake, Stephanie Brown, and Damian Wayne all played Robin through the years.
  18. In one series of Batman comics, Bruce Wayne and Catwoman actually got betrothed and had a child, the Huntress or Helena.
  19. Annette Benning was speedily replaced with Michelle Pfeiffer after being originally billed for the part of Catwoman. She was all scheduled for the part until she became pregnant.
  20. Bruce Wayne and his sidekick were accused of having a more than friends relationship by psychiatrist Dr. Frederic Wertham in the 1950’s, who believed the two were romantically involved.
  21. Dick Grayson is the real name of Batman’s right hand man, Robin. He didn’t actually hit the Gotham-based comic world until Issue #38.
  22. At the Canadian University of Victoria, you can enroll onto a course designed to explore the life of Batman. The course is called “The Science of Batman.”
  23. Due to the Batmobile’s very low styling, the ears of Batman’s original outfit weren’t able to fit inside the vehicle. The masks were all remade to ensure they didn’t have the same problem, and the films continued.
  24. The Little Shop of Horrors props made it onto the set of Batman. The dental tools used in the 1986 version of the musical were actually used for the Joker’s face.
  25. A bill of $1,000,000 was raised to ensure real penguins could be used in the filming of Batman Returns. This was spent on cooling, food, accommodation and shipment.

So there we have it, 25 facts about the caped crusader you can impress your fellow nerd with!

Whether you like or loath the Bat, you have to admit, he is quite the superhero and he’s definitely the most plausible option (I mean, a radioactive spider or an alien from Krypton, really?). His franchise does not seem to be going away any time soon, with the Justice League and DC world’s further development, I’m sure he’ll appear more and more over the coming years and I for one look, forward to it.

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30 Fun Facts About Evangeline Lilly

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  • Evangeline auditioned for the role of Kate Austen in Lost along with 75 other women. Even with no previous acting experience aside from extra work, she was offered the role almost instantly.
  • However, it was difficult for her to obtain a work visa for the United States. It took 20 attempts before she was finally given the visa she needed, at which point she immediately flew to Hawaii and arrived on the set of Lost one day late.
  • As of 2017, her net worth is $15 million dollars.
  • Evangeline Lilly’s nickname on the set of Lost was “Monkey” because she climbed trees on set. If she’s shown climbing a tree in the show – it’s real.
  • In 2006, an electrical issue caused her house in Kailua, Hawaii, to burn down which destroyed the house and all of her possessions. Lilly had previously taken the original letter Sawyer had in Lost, as a souvenir – this letter was also lost in the fire.
  • Lilly met her long-term boyfriend, Normal Kalo, while working on Lost. Normal was a production assistant for the film crew.
  • Together, they have two children. They had their first child in 2011, Kahekili, which is Hawaiian for “the thunder” because he was born during a thunderstorm. They also have a daughter who was born in 2015.
  • Both children were delivered at home – the first one was even delivered outside!
  • Evangeline Lilly has been a fan of Tolkien’s books since the age of 13, so she jumped at the opportunity to play Tauriel in The Hobbit. In order to prepare for the role, she underwent training for swordplay, archery, and learned some of the Elvish language.
  • She is a published author for the children’s book series, The Squickerwonkers. She said that the idea for the books first came to her when she was 14 years old.
  • Lilly debuted her first book for the series in 2013.
  • She has said that she considers acting to be a day job, while motherhood and writing are her top priorities.
  • Evangeline has contributed to many humanitarian efforts, auctioning off lunches with herself, and running an organization that helps widows and children in Rwanda, among many other efforts.
  • In her spare time, she likes to draw and paint.
  • Evangeline Lilly is a notoriously bad driver. She has been in at least 8 car accidents, and none of them were with another car.
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    30 Gandalf Facts To Rule Them All

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  • While in Middle Earth, Gandalf was referred to by as many as 15 different names. Some of these include Mithrandir, The Grey Pilgrim, and Pointy Hat.
  • Gandalf’s appearance was inspired by a postcard that J. R. R. Tolkien bought in Switzerland.
  • Gandalf used telepathy, not magic, to free Théoden from Saruman’s mind control.
  • Of the three Elven rings of power, Gandalf was given Narya, which had the abilities to control fire and light.
  • It is believed that of the 5 Maiar sent to Middle Earth, Gandalf is the only one who remained true to his mission.
  • Before Thráin II, the Dwarf king and father of Thorin Oakenshield, died, he gave Gandalf the map and key to the Lonely Mountain.
  • Gandalf acquired his horse, Shadowfax, from Theodin. Shadowfax is the Lord of Horses and said to be faster than wind! He aided Gandalf on many missions.
  • Gandalf spent over 2,000 years in Middle Earth before he sailed across the sea back to the Valinor, also called the Undying Lands.
  • Originally, Galadriel wanted Gandalf to be the head of The White Council, but he refused because he did not want to be restricted by anything except the Valar that sent him.
  • Gandalf suspected that the Necromancer was Sauron before anyone else did.
  • Wise as he was, Gandalf did not expect Saruman to join Sauron.
  • Gandalf’s eyebrows were described as being so long and bushy, that they stuck out from beneath the rim of his hat!
  • The limits of Gandalf’s magic were never defined by Tolkien. It is clear, however, that he has much more power than he ever demonstrated in Middle Earth.
  • Gandalf met Thorin Oakenshield on a chance meeting in Bree. It was there that they derived the plan to go to Erebor, but they had different motivations. Gandalf wanted to destroy the dragon Smaug, while Thorin wanted to reclaim the dwarves lost kingdom.
  • After Gandalf convinced Bilbo to leave The Ring with Frodo, he left and spent the next 17 years doing research and searching for answers on The Ring before returning to Frodo.


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    10 Facts About The Grinch That May Surprise You!

    1. Jim Carrey nearly wasn’t the Grinch!

    During the audition process, two other famous actors were nearly given the part of the Grinch. These were Eddie Murphy and Jack Nicholson. While both actors have proven themselves to be highly comedic, lovable and great on the screen, it wouldn’t be quite like having Jim Carrey as the Grinch we know and love.

    1. “Fahoo Foraze” wasn’t real Latin

    The nonsense song which is sang during the movie was created to imitate Latin words. When people watched the movie, they thought it was being sung in real Latin, and started looking around for a translation. Even when people involved in the movie were asked for translations, they were obviously unable to provide an answer and fans of the movie were forced to accept that it was fake Latin.

    1. Highly-trained professional acrobats were used in the making of the movie

    For many of the stunts in the movies, the producers had to search far and wide to find trained professionals capable of pulling it off. As a result, they ended up hiring several acrobats and performers from world-famous travelling circus show Cirque du Soleil.

    1. The movie almost didn’t happen

    Making a Christmas movie requires a certain level of sponsorship. When Chuck Jones got permission from Theodor Geisel (Dr Seuss) to make the movie using his story, he struggle to find businesses to support it. The Foundation for Commercial Banks was the organization which made the movie a reality in terms of finances, and endorsed it throughout the process.

    1. The budget for the animated version was huge

    Considering it was a 26-minute animated movie, How the Grinch Stole Christmas had a massive budget. In today’s money, it cost around $2.5 million, which was totally unheard of for a production so small.

    The A-Z of Christmas Movie Facts

    One Magic Christmas is one of the few Christmas movies that was filmed in Canada. Although there is plenty of snow and it might seem like the perfect country for shooting winter scenes, a surprisingly small number of movies are actually shot here.

    Polar Express’ movie directors seemed keen to reference childhood homes and memories. Not only was “11344 Edbrooke” director Robert Zemeckis’ real childhood home, but the author Chris Van Allsburg also referenced his hometown by showing a picture taking in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

    Queen Isadora in the movie A Royal Christmas was played by actress Jane Seymour. Apart from having a varied acting career and also publishing self-help books and materials, Seymour had also narrated another Christmas movie two years earlier in 2012 called Once Upon a Christmas.

    Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is one of the most classic Christmas stories! Following the journey of Rudolph, the entire movie is stop-animation and took 18 months complete. The work turned out to be worth it, because it is the longest running and highest rated special in television history.

    Scrooged was Bill Murray’s big comeback to the big screen, since in the last four years, he had only played a small cameo part in Little Shop of Horrors. He had chosen to take a break from filming, and although he was asking in 1986 to play the part of Scrooge, he just wasn’t ready until two years later in 1988.

    Twas the Night Before Christmas is a lesser known television animation, which is based on the famous poem that begins with the same line as the title. Interestingly enough, this special was animated in Japan, although it was created for the United States.

    Unlikely Angel is a Christmas movie which features country singer Dolly Parton as the main character Ruby Diamond. After not managing to earn enough points to enter Heaven, she returns to earth for a second time and is given another chance.

    Veggie Tales: The Star of Christmas was created under a tight schedule in efforts to get the movie done. While in production, most of the crew would even sleep in their offices just to get the film finished! When released, The Star of Christmas became the second VeggieTales Christmas special.

    White Christmas was initially meant to star Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire side by side for the two main characters – Bob Wallace and Phil Davis. While Crosby went on to play Bob Wallace and famously sing the title song at the piano, the role of Phil Davis was played by comedian and actor Danny Kaye.

    Xmas Without China diverges from the usual Christmas flick story by taking the form of a documentary. The film follows a family trying to purchase Christmas gifts that are not made in China in order to be more ethical. They end up spending $166 on Mexican Christmas tree lights, toasting their bread in the oven, and avoid gaming on their Xbox during the holidays.

    Year Without a Santa Claus was released in 1974 and was an animated film which was one of the first to show Santa Claus as being cranky and grumpy rather than always happy and jolly.

    Ziggy’s Gift is yet another animated television special, although this one is much lesser known. The movie is based on the comic strip, Ziggy, who’s character never says a word in the entire movie! Even so, the character remains honest and kind even while surrounded by thieves and bad Santa’s.

    Now that you know some of the quirkiest and most interesting facts about all your famous Christmas movies, you’ll be able to spot them and share them with your friends this year!

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    30 Fun Facts About Ash Ketchum (Pokémon)

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  • Although he has many adoring fans, lots of Pokémon lovers dislike Ash Ketchum as they believe he is a bad Pokémon trainer.
  • However, the fact he has defeated four of the legendary Pokémon means that he has, in fact, had several impressive achievements.
  • It’s difficult to say who the favorite Pokémon of Ash Ketchum would be, since this is never clearly stated in the comics. Most fans believe it is either the famous Pikachu or the loyal Goodra.
  • When Pokémon Go took the world by storm in 2016, Hollywood wanted to produce a live-action movie which would not include Ash Ketchum.
  • The only video game Ash has appeared in is the Pokémon Puzzle League, way back in 2000 when the Nintendo 64 was on the top of everyone’s Christmas list.
  • Although Ash has been compared to the character Red many times, he isn’t strongly based on him. Red was one of the greatest trainers ever, while Ash is a mere mortal!
  • His mother is called Delia Ketchum, but we are never told the name of his father. His mother once wanted to be a Pokémon trainer too, but when she fell pregnant with Ash, started running the family restaurant instead.
  • Veronica Taylor, as well as voicing Ash himself, also voiced his mother Delia for the duration of her time on the show.
  • Clefairy almost became the character that Pokémon fans grew to know and love, but during the development stages, producers thought Pikachu would be a better choice for Ash’s iconic Pokémon.
  • The reason Pikachu became Ash’s main character was because yellow is brighter and more noticeable, particularly since the comic was aimed at children.
  • His was the pitcher on his basketball team, which probably explains his great technique at throwing Pokéballs.
  • Gary Oak wasn’t always the enemy of Ash Ketchum. They used to be very good friends until they had a fight over who would keep a Pokéball.
  • Ash never received a Squirtle since he overslept, and he ended up with Pikachu since this was the only Pokémon left.
  • After winning at the Battle Pyramid, Ash could have become a Frontier Brain, but declined the offer.
  • Ash’s favorite color is dark green.
  • So now you know the most fun facts about Pokémon’s Ash Ketchum – you’ll be amazed at what else you recognize when you go back and watch the series again!

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    How Much Would Darth Vader’s Suit Cost?

    It’s difficult to forget the character of Darth Vader, even if you’ve never seen the Star Wars movies. He’s scary, cool and memorable, mainly due to his unique outfit. He first appeared in the original 1977 Star Wars movie ‘A New Hope’, but his iconic suit has been a favorite for generations.

    While we often see cheap knock-off Darth Vader outfits worn at costume parties by both adults and children, the real outfit would be much more difficult (and way more expensive!) to get your hands on. To make this suit in real life, it would cost a staggering $18.3 million, but which parts were the most expensive?

    This fun infographic will definitely please any Star Wars fans as well as just about anybody who’s interested in finding out the sheer cost of this iconic and unforgettable suit.

    How Much Would Darth Vader's Suit Cost Infographic

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