Batcomputer


Batcomputer

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The Batcomputer, the computer system used by comic book superhero Batman and housed in his underground headquarters, the Batcave. It was introduced in 1964.

pecifications

The Batcomputer specifications are on par with any of those used by leading national security agencies. It permits global surveillance and also connects to a massive information network. In addition, it can store vast amounts of information, both on Batman's foes and his allies. A series of satellite link-ups allows easy access to Batman's information network anywhere on the globe. There are smart-systems that are protected against unauthorized access. Any attempts to breach this security immediately sends an alert to Batman or Barbara Gordon.

Difficulty with specifications and technical jargon in TV, movies, and comics

Over the years, the Batcomputer has been portrayed as a large box that outputs punchcards ("Batman" TV series, 1966), a home computer running a never-released version of the Mac OS ("Batman Forever", 1995), and a revolutionary supercomputer in which Quantum Computing and Neural Nets work in parallel ("Batman Confidential" #8, 2007) [ [http://www.cic.unb.br/~weigang/qc/aci.html Quantum Neural Computing Study, by Li Weigang ] ] These are fictional incarnations to drive the story.

Location

The Batcomputer is situated atop a rock ledge on the main level of the Batcave, the island platform has been upgraded to permit speedy access to Batman's copious criminal files. Holographic displays provide three-dimensional imaging of various rogues, while a retractable glass map features detailed diagrams of Gotham City, as well as archival maps of the ruined city beneath (following the events of "").

The Batcomputer vs. other computers in the DC universe

Despite the power of Batman's computers, the Justice League Watchtower is known to have more powerful computers (composed of Kryptonian, Thanagarian and Martian technology), and Batman does occasionally use them if he feels his computers are not up to the task; on occasion he also consults Oracle for assistance.

Usage in the comics

In the "" storyline, Jason Todd, while looking for the identity of his biological mother, uses his father's address book that gives the name of three women whose first name starts with "S" and he tracks their whereabouts using the Batcomputer; but all three are based in the Middle East and Africa. Jason therefore runs away from home to find them.

In other media

"Batman (TV series)"

The 1966 Adam West TV series featured the Batcave [ [http://www.batmanytb.com/tv/60series/gadgets/batcave.php 1966 Batcave] ] extensively, and portrayed it as a large but well lit cavern filled with all sorts of computers and devices.

William Dozier and Howard Horowitz, who served as producers on the show, also play cameo roles in the final episode ("Minerva, Mayhem and Millionaires"). Both Dozier and Horowitz also had a cameo part in "Fine Finny Fiends/Batman makes the scenes" when brainwashed Alfred Pennyworth looks at a computer file of "Mug Shots" - and comments on "two Criminal types" {Dozier & Horowitz}.

pecifications

*Bat-diamond (power source for the Batcomputer, must be far more pure then a natural diamond, it's well over 10,000 carat)
*Accelerated Concentration Switch (increases computing power of Batcomputer when it's strained)
*Dual Identity Bat-sensor
*Bat-analyzing Gears
*Batcomputer Ingestor Switch
*Batcomputer Bat-resistance Signal (light comes on when the Batcomputer doesn't understand the question)
*Special Escaped Archcriminal Bat-locator
*Bat-correction Signal (alerts Batman or Robin when they say something incorrect)
*Anti-crime Voice Analyzer
*Special seismological attachment
*Batcomputer Input Slot (enter some information source, such as a phone book, so a search can be performed)
*Illustrated Bat-slides (Alfred created these to be more informative than the usual cue cards)

"The New Adventures of Batman"

On the Filmation produced animated series "The New Adventures of Batman", Lou Scheimer provided the voice of the Batcomputer. [ [http://66.218.69.11/search/cache?ei=UTF-8&p=Batcomputer+%22The+New+Adventures+of+Batman%22&fr=yfp-t-501&u=www.the-trades.com/article.php%3Fid%3D5652&w=batcomputer+%22the+new+adventures+of+batman%22&d=ezpHnf4-PV6n&icp=1&.intl=us The Batcomputer (also voiced by Scheimer) gives our heroes the cryptic clue they need to figure out who the real culprit is.] ]

"Challenge of the Super Friends"

On the "Challenge of the Super Friends" episode "Wanted: The Super Friends" [ [http://www.jabootu.com/cotsfwtf.htm Wanted: The Super Friends] ] Batman and Robin retreat to the Batcave to formulate a counter stratagem for the Legion of Doom's latest evil scheme, mutating everyone on earth to turn into analogs of Bizarro or Cheetah. Robin notes that the Batcomputer is low on power and calls for Alfred (who unbeknownst to the Dynamic Duo has himself been turned into a Bizarro clone) to bring "another nuclear power pack."

"Batman (1989 film)"

The Batcave is present in Tim Burton's 1989 Batman feature film [ [http://www.batmanytb.com/movies/batman/gadgets/batcave.php 1989 Batcave] ] , and is shown to house the Batmobile which is parked at the edge of a large chasm, the Batcomputer and a large vault for Batman's costume.

"Batman: The Animated Series" and "Batman Beyond"

Batman often utilises the Batcomputer [ [http://66.218.69.11/search/cache?ei=UTF-8&p=Batcomputer+The+New+Adventures+of+Batman&fr=yfp-t-501&u=www.batman-superman.com/batman/index.html&w=batcomputer+new+adventures+adventure+batman&d=PcI61v4-PZNe&icp=1&.intl=us When Dick Grayson left Gotham City, Batman often called on Batgirl to assist him with special cases, granting her complete access to the Batcave and all of its technology. A quick study, Batgirl knows the Batcomputer inside-out, and even surpasses Batman, Robin and Nightwing in cyberspace expertise.] ] , impressive technology during the time was produced (early to mid 1990s), to research information on villains, from an anti-venom to Poison Ivy's plant poison to newspaper articles on the origin of Killer Croc.

In the "The Laughing Fish" episode, it's revealed that Harvey Bullock knows the existence of the Batcomputer, but how Bullock learned of it is not revealed. It's possible though he just might have been referring to a computer used by Batman as a "Batcomputer" akin to the 1960s TV series habit of everything having a bat- prefix.

In the episode "His Silicon Soul," HARDAC created a duplicate of Batman that survived the computer's destruction, but lost its memory function and believed itself to be the Dark Knight (it had been implanted with information about both Batman and Bruce Wayne.) Using the duplicate, HARDAC planned to reform over the Internet, connected through the Batcomputer.

In the episode "Dreams in Darkness", Batman fights with a man drilling into the pipes of a Gotham Spa. Batman and the man are doused with the poison the man intended to pour into the system. Batman later develops concerns regarding the hallucinogenic effects of the gas. While Batman examines blueprints of the device the man was to use in his computer, he briefly sees the Joker reflected in the Batcomputer's screen. However when attacking in response, it turns out to be Alfred.

In "Batman Beyond", the elder Bruce Wayne used the Batcomputer to monitor his successor as Batman, Terry McGinnis, and their equipments. The computer has a failsafe in case the suit and other gadgetry fall into a wrong hand.

In the "Adventures of Batman & Robin" video game, Summer Gleeson only appears on the Batcomputer when there is a news item (usually at the beginning of each level).

"Batman & Robin"

There is an apparent parody of "Max Headroom" in the 1997 film "Batman & Robin" when Barbara encounters her uncle Alfred in the Batcave. He has programmed his brain algorithms into the Batcomputer [ [http://66.218.69.11/search/cache?ei=UTF-8&p=Batcomputer+The+New+Adventures+of+Batman&fr=yfp-t-501&u=www.psxa2z.com/gpgs/BT0093.html&w=batcomputer+new+adventures+adventure+batman&d=CkL6Mf4-PWva&icp=1&.intl=us Use the Batcave's state-of-the-art Batcomputer to decipher clues and cross-reference with Gotham City's Police Criminal Files.] ] and created a virtual simulation. He appears and speaks (stutteringly) like Max Headroom.

" The Dark Knight"

A mainframe on Batman's bunker safehouse, which he uses to identify criminals of their features and figureprints and hacking other computer systems. It presumably one of the items from Wayne Enterprises' Applied Science Division, along of the rest of The Dark Knight's gadgets. Another mainframe from Wayne Enterprises' Research and Development Facility, where Batman turned the computer into a device that can turn every phone and other communication equipment in Gotham into a microphone/high-frequency generator-receiver when activated. With half of Gotham generating sonar, the computer can image the entire city. However, Batman rigged the machine to self-destruct after its only use. After The Joker is arrested (as indicated by the Batman), Lucius Fox typed his name and it becomes the self-destruct code for the technology.

"The Batman"

"The Batman", the animated series that debuted in 2004, features a much more high-tech Batcave, with large computer displays and flashing blue lights. Among these displays are the "Bat-Wave" warning signals, an alternate way of calling upon the Caped Crusader before the Bat-Signal went into service.

In the "Team Penguin" episode, while at the Batcave, Batman and Alfred are looking on the Batcomputer. Batman deduces that Penguin is recruiting a gang while Robin trains against a battle robot in the background.

In the "Artifacts" episode, a team of archeologists from the year 3027, led by a man named Grey and a woman named Moria, manage to find the old Batcave and try to find answers about how to deal with Mr. Freeze, who had survived into that era. After discovering that the Batcomputer’s memory didn’t survive and failing to retrieve it, Grey slams his hand into a wall and Moira looks and they discovers that the Titanium has coding on it. Realizing it's binary code that Batman put there to preserve all the computer code that was on his computers they translate it, and an image of Batman appears on a screen, greeting them.

ee also

*Supercomputer
*Global Navigation Satellite System

References

External links

* [http://www.batmanytb.com/bios/gadgets/batcomputerbio.php Character Profiles - Gadgets - Batcomputer]
* [http://www.batmanytb.com/movies/thedarkknight/gadgets/batcomputer.php Movies - The Dark Knight - Gadgets - The Batcomputer]


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