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Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight (Volume 1) is a comic book anthology series featuring Batman, launched in the wake of the 1989 film. It was the first new ongoing Batman series since 1983's Batman and the Outsiders (Volume 1).

Deliberately geared toward new and 'casual' fans, the series consists almost entirely of self-contained stories - which may run anywhere from one to five issues - from a wide variety of creative teams. No two consecutive stories feature the same writer or artist(s).

Continuity-wise, most of the stories are set in some nebulous period during Batman's early career (indeed, several of the early stories are direct followups to Batman: Year One), with no other costumed heroes active in Gotham City and James Gordon still holding the rank of captain. Almost no characters or events from the larger DC Universe are ever acknowledged.

Overall, the series is ostensibly part of Batman's Post-Crisis history, but with very little concrete impact on subsequent stories or events (exceptions such as Venom usually being contributed by writers with authority on more continuity-heavy titles). On four occasions, however, the series directly participated in crossover storylines with other Batman titles:

The series was discontinued in early 2007 with issue #214, and subsequently replaced by Batman Confidential (Volume 1). In 2012, however, the title and general premise were revived in the digital-first series Legends of the Dark Knight (Volume 1).