The Bat-Signal is a distress signal device appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics , as a means to summon the superhero , Batman. It is a specially modified searchlight with a stylized emblem of a bat affixed to the light, allowing it to project a large bat symbol onto the skies over Gotham City. The signal is used by the Gotham City Police Department as a method of contacting and summoning Batman in the event his help is needed, but also as a weapon of psychological intimidation to the numerous criminals of Gotham City.
The signal has several different origins in comics featuring post- Crisis continuity. It is introduced as a new tool after the Batman's first encounter with the Joker in the series Batman: The Man Who Laughs , and also during the " Prey " storyline in Legends of the Dark Knight.
In the series Batman and the Mad Monk , Gordon initially uses a pager to contact Batman, but during a meeting with the superhero Gordon throws it away, saying he prefers a more public means of contacting him. In the Batman film , Batman gives the signal to the Gotham police force, enabling them to call him when the city was in danger. In 's Batman Begins , then-lieutenant James Gordon installs the Bat signal on the roof of the police department himself. The film suggests Gordon was inspired to create the signal after Batman left mobster Carmine Falcone chained across a spotlight, his silhouette vaguely resembling a bat.
On the television show Batman: The Animated Series , the signal is introduced in the episode "The Cape and Cowl Conspiracy", though a makeshift signal was used earlier in " Joker's Favor ". On 's The Batman , Gordon invents it to summon Batman in "Night in the City", although the signal is also alluded to in an earlier episode.
In its first incarnation, it was simply a high powered projector that was actually kept in Commissioner Gordon's office. When needed, he would simply wheel the Bat-Signal over to his office window and shine it directly to the sky.
Though small, it was powerful enough to cast an image of the Bat symbol against the clouds. However, the Bat-Signal was occasionally used for instance, in the episode "The Sandman Cometh" when Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson are away on a camping trip , whenever Batman needed to be summoned from the field.
Its first appearance was in the pilot episode, " Hi Diddle Riddle ". The animated background for the closing credits of the TV series depicted the Bat-signal in the night sky over Gotham City. In a promotion website for the Gotham TV series on Fox. D building, referencing that the future Bat-Signal was used by police before it was a calling card for Batman, also stating that the series introduced the early uses of the Bat-Signal.
At the conclusion of the third-season finale, "Heroes Rise: Heavydirtysoul," Bruce Wayne is seen standing on a ledge overlooking the city as a searchlight gradually rises and picks out an area of dark cloud that, when illuminated, looks like a bat. D building as he and Bruce saying that there are some good people left in Gotham City. In the CW series The Flash , a 'Flash signal' is created by Cisco , who claimed to have gotten the idea from "some comic book", which implies Batman does not exist in on Arrowverse Earth One.
However, Earth 38, the universe Supergirl takes place in makes several references to him, solely as "Clark's kind of friend", and Oliver later makes reference to Bruce Wayne on Earth One. In the second part of the Elseworlds crossover, the Bat-Signal is shown, though it seems to have been inactive for sometime during Batman's disappearance. In Tim Burton 's film Batman , Batman gives the signal to the police as a gift so that they can summon him when he is needed, after he defeats The Joker.
In Burton's sequel Batman Returns , Batman has mirrors stationed atop Wayne Manor that reflect the Bat-Signal through his window, alerting him to its presence in the night sky. The signal is used when Commissioner Gordon needs Batman's help when the Red Triangle Circus Gang attack Max Shreck during Christmas and appears again at the end of the film as a surviving Catwoman looks on. Chase Meridian uses the Bat-Signal to call Batman, in order to seduce him. Batman is slightly peeved at this: "The Bat-Signal is not a beeper ". Later, the Riddler alters the Bat-Signal by projecting a question mark into the sky with the Bat-symbol forming the dot at the base.
The Riddler in the comics uses a similar tactic in Batman: Dark Victory ; after brokering a tentative alliance with Batman, the Riddler changes the signal, projecting a question mark into the sky in order to let Batman know that he has an answer for him. A music video for " Kiss from a Rose ", also from Batman Forever , features singer Seal performing the song while standing near the Bat-Signal. Lieutenant Gordon then notices that Falcone's shadow is projected into the clouds of the night sky, similar to the silhouette of a bat.
At the end of the film, the Bat-signal appears, as a searchlight that projects the shape of a bat, installed atop police headquarters as a means to contact Batman. The signal proves to be very effective, with drug dealers and criminals becoming apprehensive at its very appearance. At the end of the film, after reluctantly agreeing to let Batman take the blame for the murders committed by Harvey Dent in order to preserve Dent's image as Gotham's hero, Gordon hesitantly destroys the signal using an axe in front of various members of the police force and the press.
In the film The Dark Knight Rises , the rusted remains of the destroyed Bat-Signal are still atop police headquarters. However, at the end of the film, with Batman declared dead, Gordon sees a restored Bat-Signal, providing hope that Batman has survived. The signal itself is never used once in the film, however, making it the only live-action film about Batman where this occurs.
The teaser showed Batman in his armored Batsuit atop a building one rainy night in Gotham. Batman removes a sheet to reveal the Bat-Signal and proceeds to turn it on. From there audience are shown the projected image of the Batman logo in the sky until a figure appears out of nowhere in its place. A close up on the figure reveals it is Superman glaring down at Batman readying his heat vision, as Batman stares back at the Man of Steel. In the actual film, the Bat-Signal is first referenced when Superman lands in front of the Batmobile , causing it to crash into an empty warehouse, Superman tearing the car open to inform Batman not to respond the next time they shine his light in the sky.
Later, believing Superman responsible for a bombing of Congress, Batman activates the Bat-Signal himself to draw Superman to Gotham to confront him, unaware that Lex Luthor is manipulating them both into combat so that Superman will either be killed by Batman's kryptonite spear or forever compromise his image by killing Batman to save his mother.
During the battle, the Bat-Signal is destroyed when Superman throws Batman into it. It also appears again at the end. Barbara Gordon uses it to contact Batman in "Heart of Steel" when she believes that an impostor has replaced her father. At this meeting, the signal is partially destroyed when Batman is attacked by a Harvey Bullock duplicate, and Barbara uses Batman's grapple gun to pull the robot into the signal, electrocuting it.
Likewise, the real Bullock uses the signal for the first time when reluctantly asking for Batman's help in discovering who is trying to kill him in "A Bullet for Bullock". The first use of a Bat-Signal of any kind in the series was in "Joker's Favor", where a man, forced to do a favor for the Joker at a dinner honoring Commissioner Gordon, uses a large bat model hanging from a crane, swinging it back and forth in front of a window to try to contact Batman.
In the film Batman: Mask of the Phantasm , Batman is being hunted by the police as a suspect in the recent murder of several gang lords a crime actually committed by the Phantasm , and Bullock, under orders from Councilman Arthur Reeves, tries to use the Bat-Signal to lure him in. Batman, knowing that it is a trap, does not respond. It is also used at the end of the film to call Batman to action once again after Batman was cleared of the murder charges.
The Bat-Signal is not used in the series Batman Beyond , save for one appearance, as Police Commissioner Barbara Gordon both has a direct line to the Batcave and is not as cooperative with the original Batman and his successor as her father was.
Terry destroys it upon arrival, advising Paxton to "try e-mail. It is revealed that he is merely a robotic replacement. After talking to Detective Yin, Batman is standing in front of the lighthouse light when the Bat-Signal appears in the sky. In the second-season finale, "Night in the City" after newly inducted Commissioner Gordon finally agrees to form an alliance with Batman; he begins using the Bat-Signal. After that his "Batwave" alarm was rarely used. Later Batman uses the Bat-Signal to make different versions of the symbol for Robin, Barbara, Alfred and many of Batman's allies summoning them to team up and defeat the Joker.
In Batman: Gotham by Gaslight , when Selina Kyle is being pursued by Jack the Ripper in an empty fair, she uses her blood and a spotlight to create a makeshift Bat-Signal to attract Batman's attention, sketching a bat on the light and aiming it at the sky. In the DC Super Hero Girls animated short " BatCatcher", Batgirl mistakenly believes she is summoned by the Bat-Signal when in reality the shadow is cast from a real bat inside her bedroom.
Batman gets so annoyed that he confiscates the Bat-Signal. By the end of the episode, they make amends and Batman restores it. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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