Illustration for article titled Batmans Ears: Long or Short?

Sometimes I like it when artists draw Batman’s ears long. But, then, other times, I like it when the Dark Knight’s cowl is rendered with shorter ears. What about you guys?

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I got to thinking about Batman’s homage to his winged friends’ soundholes when #BestSpideyEye popped up in my Twitter feed again. Like giant or squinty Spidey eyes, each Bat-ear style has its advantages. Pointy ears that stretch way past the top of Batman’s head play into the scare-the-crap-outta-fools demonic mindfuck vibe that Bruce Wayne like to throw off.

Kelley Jones, of course.
Kelley Jones, of course.

Shorter ears read as more pugnacious and dogged to me, evoking more realism in some counterintuitive process in my brain.

Well, sort of realistic anyway.
Well, sort of realistic anyway.
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