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Open Channel: Which Batman Is the Best Batman?

Image: DC Kids via YouTube
Image: DC Kids via YouTube

Because it’s her 25th anniversary, this year’s Batman Day has been hijacked by Harley Quinn. While the rest of the world is obsessing over a lovable maniac with a lapsed medical accreditation, we wanna revisit the question that always pops up when you think about how many versions of Batman there are.


Throughout the 78 years that the world’s greatest detective has been saving the world and striking fear into the hearts of criminals, we’ve seen dozens of different takes on the Batman character that have ranged from brooding and dour to campy and effervescent. Perhaps you’re a fan of Bob Kane’s original hard-boiled, pulpy Batman who had no qualms about killing bad guys. Or maybe you’re into Joel Schumacher’s Batman, who understood the importance of accenting his Batsuit with nipples and a built-in codpiece (all practical decisions.)

Personally, we here at io9 are more than partial to the Teen Titans Go! take on Bats, an absurdly wealthy, but uncharacteristically hands-off (and kind of dumb) Bruce Wayne who lovingly watches over the Titans from afar and leaves Robin notes signed “XOXO—Batman.” But we’d like to hear from you guys: Who is the best Batman?

io9 Culture Critic and Staff Writer. Cyclops was right.

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