Batman’s comic book costumes, ranked by influence and iconic design

To say that Batman has one of the most iconic costumes in all of superhero comics — or in any fiction that has a visual component at all, really — is underselling things by a pretty significant amount.

He’s up there with Robin Hood, so recognizable that you don’t even need the symbol on his chest or the scalloped edges of the cape to tell who you’re looking at. All you need is those pointy ears, and whether it’s the solid black, cape-free costume of Terry McGinnis, the technicolor nightmare of the Batman of Zur-En-Arrh, or the shiny blue and grey that Adam West wore in the ‘60s, there’s never any doubt about who this is. The guy with the ears? That’s Batman.

The costume is so iconic and effective that, like the hero who wears it, it’s had countless variations over the years, with 11 distinct, defined looks in

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