Batarang


Batarang

Infobox comics elements
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publisher = DC Comics
debut = "Detective Comics" #31 (Sept. 1939)
creators = Gardner Fox
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weapon = y
supports = Batman
subcat = Batman
sortkey = Batarang
A batarang is a roughly bat-shaped throwing weapon used by the DC Comics superhero Batman. The name is a portmanteau of bat and boomerang, and was originally spelled baterang. Although they are named after boomerangs, batarangs have become more like shuriken in recent interpretations. They have since become a staple of Batman's arsenal, appearing in every major Batman television and movie adaptation to date. Recent interpretations of the Dark Knight finds additional motivation to use the batarang as a ranged attack alternative to firearms, which he rejects outright due to the circumstances of his parents' murder.Citation | last = Wallace | first = Dan | author-link = | contribution = Batman's Batarangs | editor-last = Dougall | editor-first = Alastair | title = The DC Comics Encyclopedia | pages = 93 | publisher = Dorling Kindersley | place = New York | year = 2008 | ISBN = 0-7566-4119-5 | oclc = 213309017]

History

Batarangs first appeared in "Detective Comics" #31 (Sept. 1939). The earliest depictions were of scalloped, metal boomerangs which were used to attack opponents before quickly flying back to the thrower. However, variations of batarangs include those which are able to be folded to fit into Batman's utility belt, those which can be explosively charged and those which are electrified. A grappling hook made out of a batarang and a rope was common until the mid-eighties when artist Norm Breyfogle introduced a grapple gun; that tool became the standard in the subsequent animated series and comics, including the 1989 "Batman" film.

Other characters and versions

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A "Throwing Bird" [ [http://www.angelfire.com/film/batman/movies/robin/design/robinbatarang.jpgBatman & Robin - Gadgets > Throwing Bird] ] is a roughly bird-shaped throwing weapon used by the DC Comics superhero Robin as a non-lethal ranged attack alternative to firearms. They are similar to batarangs [ [http://66.218.71.231/language/translation/translatedPage.php?lp=de_en&text=http%3a%2f%2fwww.batmannews.de%2fgotham_city_central%2fbatcave%2fbatarang_b_r.html This proven weapon gives it in two new versions. Batman has now a launcher for the Batarang on its lower arm. The Batarang is shot by an easy movement of the hand gel RPC. While Robin used in former times still projectiles in bat form, he has now its own silver throw birds with red design.] ] . They first gained prominence in the 1997 live-action film "Batman & Robin". The Throwing Birds in that particular film have silver edges with a red design. As with Batman, Robin can launch his weapon with a launcher located on his lower arm.

In other media

In the movie adaptations of Batman, the batarangs shown roughly match the adapted bat logo of the respective movie franchise. Following the backlash against the camp "Batman" television series, the franchise has avoided falling into the perceived overuse of the "bat-" prefix which the 1960s was criticized for. Though shown prominently, the batarangs are very rarely referred to by name, unlike the Batcave and Batmobile. The Batarang used in "Batman" was a foldable metal bat attached to a line and was used to ensnare an enemy's legs and manually drag them back. "Batman Returns" also featured a computerized version which could be programmed to fly after specific targets.

In the "Justice League" cartoon series, Batman employed a variety of Batarangs, including explosive Batarangs and electrically charged variants.

In the "Teen Titans" animated series, Robin uses similar modified batarangs to the adult Nightwing, referred to as "birdarangs". The same weapons are used by The Batman's interpretation of Robin.

"Batman Beyond" [ [http://www.angelfire.com/comics/beyondbat/characters/weapons.htm Batarang: The new batarangs are quite sleek and as effective as the old ones. So far razor edged ones and explosive ones have been effectively used against Curare and the one that emits an highly concentrated electric charge was particularly effective against the Golem and Inque.] ] , another animated series, which takes place 50 years in Gotham City's future, has a young high school student donning a high tech version of the batsuit to become the new Batman. This suit, among many other features, has the ability to automatically produce batarangs in the wearer's hand.

The television series "Birds of Prey" also features batarangs. However these versions are circular and bear the Birds of Prey symbol, rather than the traditional bat shape.

In the animated series "Krypto the Superdog", Robbie the Robin uses comical weapons called "beakerangs", which are miniature projectiles that contain a highly exaggerated amount of purple incapacitating foam.

In "The Batman", a later animated series, the batarangs are mostly depicted as futuristic throwing weapons lined with fluorescent blue, and making a distinct humming noise while flying through the air. They are also portrayed as sharp enough to slice through metal pipes. Batman has from time to time also used them in hand-to-hand combat.

The 2005 film "Batman Begins" showed them as a simple bat-shaped shuriken, used mainly for distraction rather than as weapons, fitting in with that film's depiction of Batman's ninja training.While the "The Dark Knight" uses the batarang in its promotional posters, it is not thrown in the film. As part of Lucius Fox's improvements on the Batsuit, they are altered to be blades that shoot out of Batman's arm. To gain leverage over his fight with the Joker, Batman shoots these blades at him, further disfiguring his already scarred face. His true batarangs are only seen once during the film; when Bruce Wayne puts away his Batsuit after deciding to turn himself in to the police, he takes a minute to pick up and stare at one of his batarangs, and then proceeds to put it away with the rest of his gear.

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