On a purely visual level, Gotham serves as the backdrop for the Bat-Signal: the bright Batman logo appearing in the night sky as a call for help from the Caped Crusader. A more rounded version is used in a rather marketing-heavy way in the Burton films, appearing with much pomp and circumstance in the last shot of BATMAN RETURNS as Michelle Pfeiffer looks on. A much more angular, horizontal Bat-Signal in the Nolan franchise has more of a functional purpose: in THE DARK KNIGHT, Jim Gordon projects the updated Bat-Signal to warn Gotham criminals of Batman’s continued presence. The Bat-iconography serves its purpose, scaring the bejesus out of various riffraff (as well it should; Christian Bale is a lot scarier than Michael Keaton).
Author: Dan HechingPhoto Credit: Catfan