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To celebrate the Friday premiere of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Guinness World Records has gathered some of the titles related to the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel. Perhaps unsurprisingly, there are a lot of them.
From the most voiceovers as Batman to the bestselling superhero video game to the most-portrayed superhero on television, they’ve all been recognized over the years by Guinness. (In case you’re wondering, those honors go to Kevin Conroy, LEGO Batman: The Videogame and, yes, Superman.)
You can the complete rundown below:
Most voiceovers as Batman: Kevin Conroy has voiced the character of Batman at least 123 times across multiple animated series and video games as of July 8, 2014.
Most screen appearances as Batman: Adam West has made 156 individual screen appearances as Batman, including 120 episodes of the 1966-68 Batman TV series and its accompanying feature film, numerous voiceover performances for animated series and TV movies, and the computer-generated video short “Batman: New Times” in 2005.
Largest gathering of people dressed as Batman: The largest gathering of people dressed as Batman is 542 and was achieved by Nexen Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of CNOOC Limited, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, on Sept. 18, 2014.
Most expensive Batman memorabilia sold at auction: A Batmobile used in the 1960s Batman TV show sold at the Barrett-Jackson car auction in Scottdale, Arizona, on Jan. 19, 2013, for a record $4,620,000 inclusive of the seller’s premium.
Bestselling superhero video game: According to Vcharts, LEGO Batman: The Videogame (Traveller’s Tales, 2008) is the bestselling video game based on a superhero, selling 13.1 million copies, as of March 5, 2015, according to VGChartz.
Largest gathering of people dressed as Superman: The largest gathering of people dressed as Superman was 867, achieved by Escapade at Kendal Calling in Lowther Deer Park, Cumbria, U.K., on July 27, 2013.
First published superhero to feature in a video game: Superman, became the first superhero to feature in a video game with Superman (Atari, 1979), designed for the Atari 2600.
First superhero on television: Superman was the first comic-book super hero to appear in his own television series. The Adventures of Superman (syndication, 1952) starred George Reeves as the Man of Steel and was sponsored by Kellogg’s.
Most-portrayed superhero on television: The character of Superman has featured in four live-action TV series and been played by five different U.S. actors: George Reeves (The Adventures of Superman, syndicated 1951–57); John Haymes Newton and Gerard Christopher (Superboy, syndicated 1988–91); Dean Cain (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, ABC 1993–97); and Tom Welling (Smallville, Warner Bros., later CW, 2001–present). A sixth actor, Johnny Rockwell (USA), played the character in The Adventures of Superboy (1961), an untransmitted pilot for an unrealized series. The characters of Superman and Batman have also appeared in numerous cinema serials and animated TV series over the years.
First superhero with superpowers: The first comic book superhero with superpowers was Superman, created by writer Jerry Siegel (USA) and artist Joe Shuster (Canada/USA) and first published in Action Comics #1 on April 18, 1938 (but dated “June” on the cover). Prior to Superman, comic-strip or -book heroes had extreme strength (Popeye, Conan the Barbarian) or heightened psychic abilities (Mandrake the Magician, Doctor Occult) or were regular humans with notable intelligence or cunning (The Phantom, The Clock, and action heroes such as Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers and Dick Tracy). Superman made his comics debut with out-of-this-world abilities that left him invulnerable to knives and allowed him to run faster than an express train and leap tall buildings in a single bound; in later issues, he demonstrated heightened senses (including X-ray vision), super strength and the ability to fly.