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Encyclopedia > Batman emblem
Famous version of the Emblem used to promote the 1989 film starring Michael Keaton.
Famous version of the Emblem used to promote the 1989 film starring Michael Keaton.

The Batman Emblem (also referred to as the bat-logo, bat insignia, bat shield) is the signature symbol on the chest of the fictional superhero Batman's costume that has appeared in various versions since the character's inception. It has been suggested that Skills and abilities of Batman be merged into this article or section. ...

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Original Version

Until the 1960s, the Batman Emblem was a simple black bat against the grey color of the batsuit. This portrayal was reflected the comics as well as the live action serials of the 1940s. The simple bat kept with the character's dark beginnings of being able to blend in and hide within the shadows. Although the exact size and shape of the bat would vary between artists and comic issues, the basic design remained for the first 25 years of the character's existence. Batmans current costume, as shown in the Hush story arc. ... Comics (or, less commonly, sequential art) is a form of visual art consisting of images which are commonly combined with text, often in the form of speech balloons or image captions. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles accessible from a disambiguation page. ... The 1940s decade ran from 1940 to 1949. ...

Douglas Croft as Robin and Lewis Wilson as Batman, from The Batman (1943) This is representative of the Batman Emblem of the time
Douglas Croft as Robin and Lewis Wilson as Batman, from The Batman (1943) This is representative of the Batman Emblem of the time

1943 Batman serial This is a copyrighted promotional photo with a known source. ... 1943 Batman serial This is a copyrighted promotional photo with a known source. ... Year 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1943 calendar). ...

1964 "New Look" Emblem

Approximately 25 years after Batman was first introduced, a "New Look" is given to the Dark Knight in Detective Comics #327, introducing the Bat-Symbol as a yellow ellipse behind the costume's bat-insignia against the grey color of the batsuit. This version of the Batman emblem, with periodic slight redesigns, depending on the artist, continued into the late 1990s and remains the most recognizable representation of the character. It was first represented in a live action setting with the Adam West series that debuted in 1966. This brighter version of the emblem seemed in step with the continuing lightening up of the character towards camp that came with the series. A variation of this version of the emblem was used as the promotional representation for the 1989 film starring Michael Keaton. While it is arguably strange for a character that thrives on being cloaked in darkness to have a large yellow emblem on his chest, a reason is given (although it is not necessarily canon) in the 1986 four part comic series by Dennis O'Neil, The Dark Knight Returns. In that series, Batman states (to the reader) that since he could not protect his head, he provided a bullseye on his chest for criminals to aim for when they shot at him, and this part of his costume was reinforced with bullet-proof material. Germans dancing on the Berlin Wall in late 1989, the symbol of the cold war divide falls down as the world unites in the 1990s. ... Adam West at the 1989 Emmy Awards. ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Michael Keaton (born Michael John Douglas on September 5, 1951) is an American actor. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Dennis Denny ONeil is a comic book writer and editor, principally for Marvel Comics and DC Comics in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, and Group Editor for the Batman family of books until his retirement. ... The Dark Knight Returns (commonly abbreviated to DKR) is a superhero comic book story published by DC Comics between 1985 and 1986, starring Batman and was written and drawn by Frank Miller. ...


Knightfall Version

During the story-arc that began with Knightfall, Jean Paul Valley takes over the mantle of the bat for a period of time. During his reign, the emblem went through a couple changes and was more of a circular shape with fewer points on the bat itself. When Bruce Wayne reclaimed the mantle, he did not keep this version. Cover to Batman #497: The breaking of the Bat. ... Azrael (Jean-Paul Valley) is a fictional character from DC Comics. ... For other uses, see Batman (disambiguation). ...


No More Yellow Ellipse

In the late 1990s, the Batman character became darker and, his costume changed as well. After his confrontations with Bane and Azrael, the suit became darker and the yellow ellipse disappeared once again from the costume. As of 2007, this is how the emblem remains in the comics and in the Justice League cartoon as well as the video game, Justice League Heroes. In 2005's Batman Begins, the symbol appeared on the batsuit without the yellow ellipse. Germans dancing on the Berlin Wall in late 1989, the symbol of the cold war divide falls down as the world unites in the 1990s. ... For other uses of the word bane, see bane (disambiguation). ... Artistic depiction of the angel of death Azrael (in standard Arabic transliteration it is Ezrail or Ezraeil عزرائیل) is typically known as one of the names of the angel of death, and is an English form of the Arabic name Ezrail or Ezraeil, the name traditionally attributed... The Justice League, sometimes called the Justice League of America or JLA for short, is a fictional DC Universe superhero team. ... The current version of the article or section reads like an advertisement. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Batman Begins is a 2005 superhero film based on the fictional DC Comics character Batman. ...

Batman's different costumes in contemporary animation. Although differing slightly from the comics interpretation, this gives a good representation of the differences in the bat emblem.
Batman's different costumes in contemporary animation. Although differing slightly from the comics interpretation, this gives a good representation of the differences in the bat emblem.

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Batman Beyond and The Batman

The emblem in the animated series Batman Beyond was a futuristic version of the bat, now in red against an all-black suit. In the animated series The Batman, which takes place early in the character's history, the yellow ellipse adorns the batsuit once again. Batman Beyond (known as Batman of the Future in Europe, Latin America and Australia/New Zealand) was an American animated television series created by WB Network in collaboration with DC Comics as a continuation of the Batman legacy. ... Batman, watching over Gotham City, his home, with the Bat-Signal in the sky behind him. ... Batmans current costume, as shown in the Hush story arc. ...


Further Reading

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References

  • Daniels, Les. Batman: The Complete History. Chronicle Books, 1999. ISBN 0-8118-4232-0
  • Daniels, Les. DC Comics: Sixty Years of the World's Favorite Comic Book Heroes.
  • DC Comics: Batman official site
  • Batman-on-film.com
Batman
Creators: Bob Kane and Bill Finger • Other writers and artists
Supporting Characters: Robin (Tim Drake) • Nightwing (Dick Grayson) • Batgirl • Batwoman • Alfred Pennyworth • Lucius Fox • Barbara Gordon • Commissioner Gordon • Harvey Bullock
Villains: Bane • Catwoman • Clayface • Harley Quinn • Joker • Killer Croc • Mr. Freeze • Penguin • Poison Ivy • Ra's al Ghul • Red Hood (Jason Todd) • Riddler • Scarecrow • Two-Face • Other villains
Locations: Arkham Asylum • Batcave • Gotham City • Wayne Enterprises • Wayne Manor
Miscellanea: Batarang • Batmobile • Batsuit • Popular media • Publications • Storylines • Alternate versions of Batman
Batman in popular media
Actors: Lewis Wilson • Robert Lowery • Adam West • Olan Soule • Michael Keaton • Kevin Conroy • Val Kilmer • George Clooney • Rino Romano • Christian Bale • Casts
Live-action television: Batman • Legends of the Superheroes • Birds of Prey • Return to the Batcave
Film: 1940s serials • Batman (1966) • Batman (1989) • Batman Returns • Batman Forever • Batman & Robin • Batman Begins • The Dark Knight
Animation: Batman/Superman Hour • New Adventures of Batman • Batman: The Animated Series/New Batman Adventures • Mask of the Phantasm • SubZero • Batman Beyond • Return of the Joker • Mystery of the Batwoman • The Batman • The Batman vs. Dracula

 
 

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