The Batman Effect

As Batman celebrates 80 years in comics, I decided to analyze his comic book sales to see what type of impact Batman has on DC.  To put it mildly, he is carrying DC right now.  The below chart represents DC comic books sold to stores in April 2019 (comichron.com).  The titles highlighted in green are comics featuring Bat characters.  The titles highlighted in blue are comics shared amongst multiple characters.

In April, titles featuring Batman (Batman, Detective Comics, Batman Who Laughs, Justice League) accounted for 35.69% of DC’s sales.  When you include titles featuring Bat characters (Catwoman, Young Justice, Harley Quinn, Batgirl, Teen Titans, Red Hood Outlaw, Nightwing, Adventures of the Supersons, Batman Beyond), that number increases to 50.33%. 

Compare that to the remaining members of the Trinity. Comics featuring Wonder Woman (Wonder Woman, Justice League, Justice League Dark) accounts for 13.58% of DC’s sales.  Including the Wonderfamily (Young Justice and Titans) increases that number to 16.77%.

Comics featuring Superman (Superman, Action Comics, Justice League) account for 12.26% of DC’s sales.  Including the Superfamily (Young Justice, Supergirl, Adventures of the Supersons) increases that number to 16.47%.

When you take into account the numbers, it’s no wonder DC is constantly pushing Bat related characters in comics (Batman and The Outsiders, Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Batman Damned, Batman vs Ra’s Al Ghul, Batman/Catwoman, Harleen, Joker/Harley:Criminal Insanity, Three Jokers).  Batman’s appeal even rubs off on his supporting characters. Catwoman has consistently outperformed Wonder Woman since her comic was released; and I expect that trend to continue once Batman/Catwoman is released.

Google Trends also furthers this narrative. 

Significant Others

Partners

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Batman trends higher than Superman and Wonder Woman, while Selina trends higher than Lois and Steve. Kara is the only partner who consistently trends higher than Batman’s partners.

Obviously DC has way more indicators than Comichron and Google Trends, but this was a fun and informative way to gauge Batman’s impact in DC.

When it comes to DC, Batman is reigning supreme. What would DC have to do to elevate their other characters to the level of Batman? What makes Batman so popular among fans? The future looks bright for Batman and his family.

CALLING ALL BATMAN FANS

ARE YOU STARVED FOR BAT BOYS CONTENT?

ARE YOU DYING TO SEE DICK’S PERSONALITY REPRESENTED CORRECTLY?

TO SEE JASON PRE-RED HOOD STRUGGLE MORALLY?

TO SEE ROY HARPER AND JASON GOING THROUGH TOUGH TIMES BUT PULLING EACH OTHER THROUGH?

LOOK NO FURTHER.

Before the Absence is a (so far) FOUR FULL LENGTH EPISODE series detailing the events prior to Jason being abducted by the Joker

AND IT IS SO WELL DONE I CAN’T EVEN-

The fight scenes.

The acting. 

The cinematography.

It is rare to see a web series so well done.

It IS of course noticeable that it’s a web series. Sometimes you’re gonna look at it and think “oh God I can’t believe they kept that” but the fact that the costumes and lighting and everything is so good?? When they’re doing this for FUN?? Unbelievable.

PLEASE give it a watch. PLEASE support these creators. They deserve it.

I am not being paid to advertise this I swear on sweet jesus.

They have one for Dick, one for Roy, one for Jason, and one for Tim. My personal favourite episode is Roy’s. Just… mother h*cker.

Youtube’s stupid algorithm makes it hard to find so here’s the first one.

Enjoy, you freakin nerds.