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The History of the Bat Suit

BATMAN

AND THE HISTORY OF THE BAT-SUIT



The 'bat-suit' is one of the most iconic superhero outfits of all time, if not the most iconic. And yet, there are so many iterations of the suit and its numerous features - the cowl, the cape, the bat symbol, the utility belt, the bladed gloves, the boots, and the briefs (or not) - that it's impossible to pin down a single version as the bat-suit.



Below, you'll find every single significant* bat-suit from the comics, the movies, TV, video games, and theater since the Caped Crusader's debut in May 1939. (*Note: We've excluded the hundreds of alternate universe iterations - 'The Dark Knight Returns' notwithstanding - the Clooney ice-suit from 'Batman & Robin,' any minor variations from the seventy-plus years' worth of comic book back issues, and so on...)



EVERY "SIGNIFICANT" BAT-SUIT EVER



A FITTING END FOR HIS KIND.

'DETECTIVE COMICS #27."

COMIC BOOKS, 1939



DEATH ... TO DOCTOR DEATH!

'DETECTIVE COMICS #30.'

COMIC BOOKS, 1939



NEVER AGAIN WILL YOU HARM ANY MORAL BEING!

'DETECTIVE COMICS #36'

COMIC BOOKS, 1940



COME ALONG, FELLA! YOU'RE COMING WITH US TO THE BAT'S CAVE!

'SERIAL BATMAN'

MOVIE SERIALS, 1943/49



THEIR RAY GUNS CAN'T HARM ME! ON THIS PLANET, I'M SUPER-BATMAN!

'GOLDEN AGE BATMAN.'

COMIC BOOKS, 1940s-50s



I'VE GOT YOU BEHIND BARS AT LAST, JOKER!

'YELLOW OVAL BATMAN.'

COMIC BOOKS, 1960s



GOOD GRAMMAR IS ESSENTIAL, ROBIN!

'ADAM WEST BATMAN.'

TV/MOVIES, 1966-1968



ALFRED! YOU'VE GOT TO TAKE THE RAP FOR THIS - MURDER!

'SILVER AGE BATMAN.'

COMIC BOOKS, 1960s-70s



QUICK, ROBIN! THE BAT-GAS!

'SUPER FRIENDS BATMAN.'

TELEVISION, 1973



WELCOME TO HELL

'THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS.'

COMIC BOOKS, 1986



THAT'S THE LAW, NOT JUSTICE.

'MODERN AGE BATMAN.'

COMIC BOOKS, 80s-90s



YOU'VE EATEN GOTHAM'S WEALTH, ITS SPIRIT, YOUR FEAST IS NEARLY OVER. FROM THIS MOMENT ON, NONE OF YOU ARE SAFE.

'BATMAN: YEAR ONE.'

COMIC BOOKS, 1987



HAVE YOU EVE DANCED WITH THE DEVIL IN THE PALE MOONLIGHT?

'TIM BURTON'S BATMAN.'

MOVIES, 1989



BUT A KISS CAN BE EVEN DEADLIER... IF YOU MEAN IT.

'BATMAN RETURNS.'

MOVIES, 1992



I AM VENGEANCE! I AM THE NIGHT! I - AM BATMAN!!

'THE ANIMATED SERIES.'

TV/MOVIES, 1992-1995



THE OLD BATMAN WAS FOR OLDER TIMES. THERE'S NO PLACE FOR KID GLOVES NOW.

'AZRAEL BATMAN.'

COMIC BOOKS, 1993-1994



I'VE DECIDED IT'S TIME FOR SOMETHING NEW...

'BATMAN TROIKA.'

COMIC BOOKS, 1995



I'LL GET DRIVE-THRU.

'BATMAN FOREVER.'

MOVIES, 1995



THIS IS WHY SUPERMAN WORKS ALONE.

'BATMAN & ROBIN.'

MOVIES, 1997



RULE #1: YOU GIVE ME EVERYTHING YOU'VE GOT. RULE #2: THEN YOU GIVE ME MORE. AND RULE #3: I MAKE THE RULES.

'NEW BATMAN ADVENTURES.'

TELEVISION, 1997-1999



WHAT DO YOU SAY WE FINISH THIS, MAN TO FREAKSHOW?

'BATMAN BEYOND.'

TELEVISION, 1999-2001



I HATE LOSING. I HATE RUNNING. I DON'T KNOW WHAT ELSE TO DO.

'BATMAN: NO MAN'S LAND.'

COMIC BOOKS, 1999



MY BRAIN'S NOT A NICE PLACE TO BE.

'JUSTICE LEAGUE/UNLIMITED.'

TELEVISION, 2001-2006



I'VE BEEN TO TOO MANY FUNERALS.

'BATMAN: HUSH.'

COMIC BOOKS, 2000s



WE BOTH KNOW YOU PUT YOURSELF ON ICE. I'M HERE TO BRING ON THE THAW.

'THE BATMAN.'

TELEVISION, 2004-2008



IT'S NOT WHO I AM UNDERNEATH, BUT WHAT I DO THAT DEFINES ME.

'BATMAN BEGINS.'

MOVIES, 2005



BEAUTIFUL, ISN'T IT?

'THE DARK KNIGHT/RISES.'

MOVIES, 2008/2012



BATMAN DOES NOT EAT NACHOS!

'BRAVE AND THE BOLD.'

TELEVISION, 2009-2011



I'M FINE. I EAT PUNKS LIKE THESE FOR BREAKFAST.

'BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM/CITY.'

VIDEOGAMES, 2009/2011



IT WOULD BE FAR EASIER TO CONSIDER THIS A DREAM. BUT HOW CAN I? FOR IN MY HAND, I HOLD THE BAT-RADA.

'BATMAN OF ZUR-EN-ARRH.'

COMIC BOOKS, 2009

ORIGINAL APPEARANCE: 1958



THIS IS IT. BATMAN AND ROBIN. TOGETHER AGAIN FOR THE FIRST TIME.

'DICK GRAYSON BATMAN.'

COMIC BOOKS, 2009-2010



HH.

'BATMAN INCORPORATED.'

COMIC BOOKS, 2010-2011



A SPECTACULAR, LIVE-ACTION ARENA ADVENTURE!

'BATMAN LIVE.'

THEATER, 2011



RELAX, THIS'LL ONLY TAKE A MOMENT.

'THE NEW 52 BATMAN.'

COMIC BOOKS, 2011-?



...

'EARTH ONE BATMAN.'

GRAPHIC NOVEL, 2012

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