The masked and caped crusader of Gotham has a rich legacy. Bruce Wayne, an orphaned billionaire highlights the nights by turning into
Batman and fighting all the forces of evil. Although the story of The Batman is over 5 decades old, the look and identity has evolved over time. The costume, the gadgets, the Bat mobile, and even the logo, were far different than what we see in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises”.
Cathryn Lavery has created a poster that contains all the batman logos; right from the 1940’s “Batman and Robin: The Wonder Boy”, to 2012’s “The Dark Knight Rises”. The poster shows how the Batman logo has evolved over time. The very first logo was an illustrated image of a bat, with its head replaced by that of The Batman. In 1965, the logo transformed into a dark silhouette of a bat with more circular wings, spread in flight. A logo similar to the first one appeared in 1973, in the color grey.
An unimpressive change in the logo came in 1983, where the logo appears more like an out of shape block of ice. A much better one appeared in 1986. A very futuristic logo was revealed in 1993; sleek and trendy. 1997 saw multiple layers added to the logo, giving it depth. Another
brilliant design came in 1999, with logo shown with sharp edges (something that later became one of the Batman’s weapons).
The new millennium saw another turn in the look of the logo; with a spherically contoured logo revealed in 2003. Since Christopher Nolan’s tutelage of the Batman, the logo has taken many shapes and finally, in my opinion, the best of the lot came out in 2012, with “The Dark Knight Rises”. The logo appears as if coming out of shattered glass, and is beautifully portrayed, thanks to the modern technology.
As the legend of The Batman continues to grow, let’s see how many new faces the logo transforms into.