In my long Batman obsessing career, I have come across two interpretations, both of which have been portrayed through a camera. On one hand Batman's portrayal is viewed as the city's savior, hero, detective, much like a Sherlock Holmes perspective. On the other hand Batman is folk-lore, myth, legend. I want to talk about these two adaptations, using media and pictures, and my general knowledge:
The Caped Crusader
The most wide known portrayal of The Caped Crusader in my opinion was Adam West. In the show Batman was well known and connected almost as an active member of the police force. This Batman is a lot less dark and acts as a detective, more so than a hero of the night. When I connect a version of Batman as being a Caped Crusader one of the more frequent attributes is the blue suit, not the cheesy catch phrases. Another good portrayal of A Caped Crusader was George Clooney's Batman in Batman & Robin. This movie is highly looked at as being one of the worst Batman movies in history but we will look at for its Crusader qualities. This Batman did not however don the blue suit but his relationship to the public was open, and it seemed he took a more subtle approach to the taking down of villains. One key part of the movie that helped lead me to this was Batman attending a charity benefit, I don't think a Dark knight persona would have made the guest list.
The Dark Knight
Of more recent times we are being more and more acquainted with the Dark Knight portrayal of Batman. The Dark Knight is a darker Batman who is seen as being a vigilante. This Batman is not well known and to most considered to be a myth, or a monster of some sorts. Of recent, the movies most tied to this Batman are the Nolan trilogy, where Batman is was cast by actor Christian Bale. Although these movies hit the nail on the head with this persona of Batman, it is not the first of its kind. Michael Keaton, in my personal opinion, was the first actor to really capture the characteristics of the Dark Knight. He was not a well known public figure and the movies he portrayed him was in a much darker setting, given it was directed by legend Tim Burton. This Batman is best described as, well the line from Dark Knight pretty much explains it.
Batman: You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain, I can do those things, because i'm not a hero, not like Dent. I killed those people. That's what i can be.
Lt. James Gordon: No, no, you can't! You're not!
Batman: I'm whatever gotham needs me to be.
This Batman is not looking for a key to the city, or approval, what he is looking for is purifying Gotham, and doing whatever is necessary to do it.
So who is your favorite Bat? The loving detective Caped Crusader? Or the relentless Dark Knight? Personally i have to go with the Dark Knight because it epitomizes everything that i see as a Batman i would want in my city! Yes that was a bit of nerdy fantasying! So in the poll below tell me who your favorite Bat persona is, Thanks for checking me out!!!!!!