Photo: Batman: The Animated Series screencap
With Batman Week in full swing, the Internet is swarming with spoilers, reviews and info on “The Dark Knight Rises,” us included. Staying spoiler-free until Friday morning, we’ve compiled the many outfits of Gotham’s finest for all those who can’t wait until the film’s release Thursday.
From Rainbow Batman to the killing machine of Azrael, see the many styles of the famous cape and cowl.
May 1939: Batman's first appearance in Detective Comic 27 – Batman wore a bulletproof vest under his suit and had purple gloves. He also wore a standard belt with a round buckle.
1940: Detective Comic #30 – Batman's outfit is visibly more blue with the addition of longer boots and gloves.
1966-1968: Adam West's Batman – The costume lightened in tone to parallel the new comical portrayal of the Caped Crusader.
1960s: Justice League Batman – The Caped Crusader added a yellow oval around the black bat. This was done to detract gunfire from Robin's bright yellow cape and onto Wayne's reinforced chest. Batman also switched from a pouch belt to a capsule model.
February-June 1986: Batman returns with a mix between his Golden age and Adam West / Super Friends self. The mask and colours remain similar, the yellow circle is gone, and the Bat logo appears much larger.
1995: Troika Batman – When Bruce Wayne returned to the mantle, the suit went back to black, keeping the yellow oval encasement.
2009-2010: When Dick Grayson (the original Robin/Nightwing) took over for Bruce Wayne he returned to the traditional early looks of the Caped Crusader.
2011: Batman: Arkham City video game – The Bat didn't undergo many changes from one game to the next.
July 2012: Earth One Batman – The yellow oval returns around the bat logo in a more subdued costume.
BONUS: The first suit – Before the Caped Crusader donned the batsuit, his father, Thomas Wayne dressed in a bat-themed costume to a masquerade.
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