Vicki Dolley writes: "Bruce Wayne’s Batman is one of the best loved superheroes of all time – which is surprising on paper, for he is a wealthy playboy with no powers who dresses up in a tight bat-like suit. But Bats has so much more to him than that. He has the charm, the gadgets; he fights an ensemble of fascinating villains. He carries a horrible burden, having witnessed the terrible murder of his philanthropist parents Thomas and Martha Wayne, channelling his rage into a motivation to hunt down criminals and bring them to justice. Unlike the police, dictated by rules, Batman can bend his form of justice to his requirements but has just one rule – he will never kill, lest he becomes like the criminals he fights.
There have been many portrayals of the Dark Knight over the decades – some more camp and cartoonish, some more serious and dark following the Frank Miller comics of the 1980s, such as Batman: Year One and The Dark Knight Returns – but who has done the best job?"