The subject of this short dictation is Batman, the fictional superhero who dresses like a bat. That said, however, if you take a look at our dictation on Superman, you'll see a short discussion about whether Batman is technically a superhero.
Did you know that the word batman goes back a lot longer than the comic book hero!
A batman used to be a member of the military who basically acted as a servant for an officer. The word is thought to date back to the mid-18th century.
- (in the British armed forces) an officer's personal servant.
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Batman is a popular superhero who originally appeared in DC Comics. Batman is the alter ego of the rich businessman Bruce Wayne, who lives in Gotham City. There have been many Batman films since the release of Batman in 1989. In these later movies, Batman is seen as a dark and serious character. However, in 1966, Batman: The Movie was released and this was a much more light-hearted affair. In that film, Batman was attacked by a clearly fake shark that he defeated by using shark repellent spray.
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