Sunday, October 11, 2009

Real Life Batman

In the past two posts I have talked about the evolution of Batman's designs in Comics and in Cartoons.  This final set of Batman posts will be about the evolution of his designs in both live-action Cinema and TV.

When I was a kid, my brothers and I would stay up really late, until 7PM, to watch Batman.  Two episodes played back-to-back, and the episodes were always two-part sagas.  The now-classic statement "Tune in next time for the exciting conclusion!  Same Bat-time; Same Bat-channel!" always made me wonder: What if the next episode wouldn't show until NEXT week at 7!?  But it never did.  It was always immediately following (to my great relief every single week.)

This design almost perfectly copies the original comic book Batman's suit, all the way from the grey spandex to the bluish-black highlights, yellow utility belt, and prominent bat-symbol.
On a real person, it looks absolutely ridiculous.  Fortunately, the show was a comedy, and so the ridiculous design actually complimented the overall effect.  If it was to be anything else other than a comedy, the suit would need to be seriously re-designed, but for its target genre, it works well.

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