The evolution of the Batman symbol

Some time ago I asked for your favourite logo. Al Woods chose Batman. This one’s for you, Al

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The symbol used in Tim Burton’s Batman (shown around the 57 seconds mark) is the one I’m most familiar with.

Batman logo evolutionImage via Museum of Brands, Packaging, and Advertising

History of the Batman logo

Here’s a five-part series showing the history of the logo: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Batman logoEntrance to the Philly Bat Cave

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Video via VIBE. History via Kottke.


Updated March 2013:
Batman brings in suspect to Bradford police

Updated November 2014:
Holy Trademark! Batman creators DC take on Valencia over logo

12 responses

  1. That’s quite a coincidence, as I thought just yesterday, how interesting an article about super hero-logos and especially the batman symbol, would be :-)

  2. Hey David, this is awesome. Thanks for sharing. I would definitely say that the either Batman Beyond or Batman Begins are my favorites

  3. Thank you so much for this video. It was very interesting to see the different logo designs of a timeless hero. I also would have to say that Batman Beyond & Batman Begins were my favorite designs.

  4. Thanks for the entertaining post David! …and wouldn’t you know: that’s one of the few songs by U2 I can tolerate ;)

    Like you, the ’89 Batman logo from Mr. Burton will always hold a special place in my heart, but I was pretty impressed with the Nightfall logo from ’93, and I really like the Nolan logo from ’05.

    I wonder is there another Superhero logo that has undergone this many transformations?

  5. Great little video, 68 years of designers ‘ tweaking ‘ interesting to see the different versions, I think most of them kinda suit the era they were released.

    Next week Spidey?

  6. Wow, not a single iteration I could complain about. What famous logo could change so much and receive no complaints? Maybe logo revisions every few years isn’t such a bad thing! If your basic logo shape is so memorable.

    Not even Superman’s changes were this good. Although the best S is better than any bat. Maybe because it’s much more of a cherished symbol.

  7. I had no idea there were so many… I only knew of some the earliest ones starting with the one from Tim Burton’s Batman.

  8. David, that’s a great little video you found. I really enjoyed seeing the symbol morph through the various versions over the years, it gave a real sense of the changes made, some of which were quite a departure from what came before.

  9. Wow! the designer sure knows his bats… amazing extension without losing the personality and attitude of the original logo… can’t get batter. ;)

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