ByKit Simpson Browne, writer at Creators.co
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Kit Simpson Browne

When thinking back on the many on-screen versions of Batman we've seen over the years, it can be difficult not to get overwhelmed by a form of Bat-sensory overload. After all, the hero has appeared in so many - consistently awesome - forms over the past seventy or so years, it can be hard to keep track of just how much he's changed.

Thankfully, that's about to change, thanks to this fantastically nostalgic new video by Jacob T. Swinney, which shows the evolution of Bruce Wayne's superheroic alter-ego from his first on screen appearance in a 1943 serial, all the way through to the Dark Knight trilogy...

Get ready for some serious pangs of Bat-related joy, gang...

Now, that video is awesome in a whole bunch of different ways - for one thing, there's a heck of a lot of Batman in it - but one thing in particular stood out for me.

Batman's On-Screen Style Has Flowed in Waves

By which I mean you can get a really strong sense of how Batman's on-screen portrayal has very much ebbed and flowed between lightness and darkness.

So, From the Noir-Filled 1940s...

With just all of the punching.

We Moved to the High Camp of the 1960s...

Shark repellent not pictured.

From Which We Came to the Neo-Noir of the 1980s

And Tim Burton's epic Batman...

Which Became the Even Higher Camp of the 1990s

Hello Bat-skates...

Which, in Turn, Became the Neo-Neo-Noir of the 2000s

And gave us the awesomeness of Heath Ledger's Joker...

All of which means - if the pattern holds true...

Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice Could Be a Whole Lot Camper Than We Think...

Or, y'know, not so much...

Either way, though, Batman's been awesome for a long time, huh?

What do you guys think, though? Are there any other patterns in the history of Batman you've spotted? What will Batman vs. Superman actually be like? Could there ever be a better ending to that video than that shot of Robin ascending?

via Gizmodo

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