First Look: The Batman Files

The secrets of Batman's secret journal have been uncovered.

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Early Review: The Batman Files

The secrets of Batman's secret journal have been uncovered.

Not only is Batman the World's Greatest Detective, he's also one of the best superheroes there is. From the tragic moment he witnessed the murder of his parents as a child, Bruce Wayne has devoted his entire life in training and preparing to rid the world of evil.

Not one to take anything lightly, Batman analyzes every situation and scenario. Part of his preparations includes keeping detailed files on everyone in his life, friends, allies, family and enemies. With its simply, yet elegant cover, opening up The Batman Files reveals how Batman keeps everything organized. Check out our quick look video at the top of the page.

In a letter from Batman himself, he reveals that his apparent death at the hands of Darkseid, death was the one contingency he wasn't prepared for as well as he would have liked. The idea of Batman is much larger than he or anyone around him. The purpose of The Batman Files is to prepare his successor should he die or disappear once again, despite the dangers of allowing this book to be in existence.

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We've seen encyclopedias and books on characters before but this is something different. Including the history of all the major Bat-characters, the presentation of files, letters, newspaper articles and pictures gives the information in a way that doesn't come across as dry or boring. You get a feel that you're actually part of the DC Universe and are reading actual documents. The author has put a great amount of detail making each piece that hasn't appeared else feel true to the comics.

With DC's 'The New 52,' it may not be clear what events have been swept under the rug but everything is here so they won't be forgotten. The addition of minor events really shows the time and care put into creating this book.

If you've ever wondered about any characters in the Bat-universe, your questions will be answered. Even characters you might not have thought about are featured here. Along with vehicles and locations, this is the ultimate Batman book. The recent Essential Batman Encyclopedia has facts on major characters but the presentation here is much more appealing.

This is a book you'll want to keep out on display. It's a book you can proudly show to friends and family that might not be into comics as much as you are. Everyone knows who Batman is. Now everyone can find out all there is to know about him.

The book is being published by Andrews McMeel Publishing and has a release date of October 25, 2011. If you plan on attending New York Comic-Con, I believe copies will be on sale there. The book has a retail price of $100 but you can find it cheaper ($61) online at places such as Amazon or Barnes & Noble. The book is definitely worth the price.

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I must have this. Like, really awesome. Too bad I will never get it.
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That is a freaking must have for a Batman fan!!
 
I'll have to start saving

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I think I just found something to actually ask for for Hanukkah for the first time in about 13 years!

Just the possibility of actually being able to read a comic newspaper article without the text consisting of gibberish or a bunch of squiggles is a thrilling thought.

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I bet I can never find in in the local bookstores.

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Holly cat's! I want this book so bad

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WOW this thing looks awesome, that will be on my Christmas list for sure!
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Edited By MartinNL

Such a cool book! I want to have it!

BTW the video and sound are completely out of sync, or is that just me and my computer?

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Edited By cosmo111687

Amazing! The price is very steep, though. :( Maybe for the holidays?

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Sounds awesome, but you can get a huge load comics or some tpbs for $100 instead...

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I most have it!

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Is it me or there is the video out of sync?

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I was thinking about superhero's training scheduled just yesterday, especially Batman's. Because at first he would have to train all the time, but after a while wouldn't his work in the field (fighting super villains on a regular basis) sort of replace some of his working out? Its like singers who perform on stage, performing so much sort of is their work out. I wonder if you are right, that the writers actually researched his training and diet and if someone actually followed that would they become, at least, as muscular as Batman. Maybe not as good a fighter, but as strong as Batman?

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@G-Man:

Which would you suggest getting G-Man, this or the New Madman book by all those artists? They both look so good, but I don't think I can afford both.

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Edited By Bestostero

I don't like the cover either, but I want this book...not sure if I can afford this luxury though...

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was the video a little flickery for anyone else?

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I've never understood "coffee-table books". Keep expensive papery things away from coffee!

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Edited By RalfvdH

Aaa yes!!! found it on a Dutch webstore... for around €70... Nicccee... I'll keep an eye on that one.... Can wait until its out

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@NyxEquitis said:

Sounds awesome, but you can get a huge load comics or some tpbs for $100 instead...


You can get it on Amazon.com for $61.18 which is really only like 2-3 trades, these thing looks awesome, I think it'll definitely be well worth the $61
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I'm thinking about getting this if I get some money over, chances are pretty slim though.

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great review was more listening to it than watching it. when i did watch it i noticed the audio was ahead of the video. anyone else see that?

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@RalfvdH: Good for local economy support, but on amazon uk it's only 30 pounds and free shipping :)

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I'd get it if I had money

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I'd love to get this. My audio was way out of sync too.

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Pre ordered on Amazon.co.uk. £30. Bargain!

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3 Things I like more of this book:

#3- The cover looks awesome so formal and fluffy :D

#2- Tony's T-shirt, is really cool and is kinda cutie too :D

#1- The details of the book, is sooooo cool that they include things like the plans of the batwing buuuuut

If i bought it it will be through amazon. An I hate make buys in internet :(

PD: I really hate-hate-hate-hate than in my state just sell Marvel Comics :P)

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It comes out the day after my birthday so it will be mine, oh yes, it will be mine.

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Getting this, awesome!

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Someone buy this for me. ):

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I already ordered this though Amazon it's a bargin also at £30. Soon as I first saw it online I wanted it, I find it funny you guys here are reviewing it.

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SO. FREAKIN'. WANT!!!!!!! O______O

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This looks awesome. I want it. Too bad I'm so poor, but thanks for that scan of the page with the riddles (I know the answers :)

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This is so freaking cool *____*

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Awesome, I want that!

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Wonderful. This would sit nice next to the Batman Handbook, anyone who thinks this one looks interesting should give that a look as well.

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The image they show of G-Man in the mask is great.

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I'm gettin it...

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I know what I want for Christmas now! Seriously..that is just too awesome for words, that book.

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Edited By The Impersonator

It looks like a binder on the outside.

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Edited By gmanfromheck

Just a note, there were (obviously) some technical difficulties. Too much awesomeness in the video. It's been rectified now. We upped our awesome intake levels.

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I agree the cover isnt great but I will still be purchasing this book.

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Must own!

On a side note, the drawings of the Gotham City you all showed, were actually the concept drawings of Gotham City done for the 1989 Batman movie. Those are in The Batman Vault book.

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Is this being sold internationally also?!

Damn, when I saw that binder cover I knew I had to get one for my own!

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I thought the T.O.D was 10.48

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@MartinNL said:

@RalfvdH: Good for local economy support, but on amazon uk it's only 30 pounds and free shipping :)

Only they dont accept paypal... so I can do nothing with it... I Dont want to use creditcards... Creditcards are from the devil :P

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So this book was compiled by Batman?

Then who took that facebook back photo next to his training schedule?

Oh the things lonely people do with webcams.

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Awesome

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Looks might awesome!

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Nice I'm thinking about gettting it

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I WILL OWN THIS!!!!

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