Sunday, August 19, 2012

Over the years, Batman Robin and Batgirl...and Catwoman on occasion...have prowled the nights of Gotham City on the Silver Screen. Here are the different versions of the four heroes as they have appeared on film

The Adam West Era of the Batman franchise was very popular in the 60's, although criticized for its campy nature and bright colorful costumes. Adam West as Batman, Burt Ward as Robin, Yvonne Craig as Batgirl, and Julie Newmar as Catwoman.

The late 80s/early 90's introduced fans to a darker Batman with black rubber and vinyl bodysuits instead of brightly colored tights and spandex, and grim humor in place of campy quirks. Michael Keaton as Batman, Chris O'Donnell as Robin, Dina Meyer as Batgirl, and Michelle Pfieffer as Catwoman

The late 90's/early 2000's brought what many considered to be the end of the Batman franchise...from the neon lit backdrops, to the molded nipples and buttocks on the Batman and Robin costumes, to the lack of accuracy in the costume designs. The Batman and Robin film, along with Catwoman film are considered to be the worst movies of the Batman mythos. George Clooney as Batman, Chris O'Donnell as Robin, Alicia Silverstone as Batgirl, and Halle Berry as Catwoman

Christopher Nolan pulled the Batman movie franchise back into the spotlight with a dark, ultra-realistic tone and dark hi-tech armor. And though Robin and Batgirl didn't appear in the film, costume designs were made by talented fans. Christian Bale as Batman, unknown model as Robin, unknown model as Batgirl, and Anne Hathaway as Catwoman

With the success of the film franchise, the heroes of the Bat-Family made their way to the stage. The Batman Live World Arena characters wore suits that combined elements of the Batman movies with the DC comics costumes. Batman, Robin, Batgirl, and Catwoman were portrayed by various theatre actors

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