The Origin of the Bat-Symbol (Detective Comics # 1000)
If you ever wondered where Batman got his chest symbol, look no further than Detective Comics # 1000. Here’s the Origin of the Bat-Symbol as told by Kevin Smith and Jim Lee.
In the issue, we find Bruce Wayne visiting a gift shop that specializes on. Weapons and weird trophies left behind by fights between Batman and his enemies. As we go through various weapons and equipment (drawn beautifully by Jim Lee), readers draw close to what Malone had been looking for for this particular visit to the gift shop.
Its nice to see Batman remember all the stuff in that store and how villains like Penguin, Joker and even Scarecrow had used these weapons to hurt Batman and even damage the bat-symbol. But this isn’t really about the walk down memory lane, we’re here in this post to talk about the origin of the bat-symbol.
Also Matches Malone aint doing this cosplay crap.
This timeline though confuses me. Did this happen after The Wedding or is this something that happened even before the New 52 took place? Or slightly after DC Rebirth?
Some signs indicate that this actually happened after the Wedding, around the time Batman decides to drop his high tech costume and revert back to his original cloth costume.
What happens is where it really becomes touching and a major #feels trip. As we bear witness to the origin of the bat-symbol at least in the modern age.
We see Bruce Wayne work on melting Joe Chill’s gun, the gun that was used to murder Thomas and Martha Wayne in front of the frightened Bruce Wayne.
What he does is he melts down the gun and uses the ore to create a new Bat-symbol, which he then puts in his costume.
Its a nice way of turning personal trauma to something that makes you stronger, or protect you from fatal injuries while protecting other people.
That’s a pretty interesting take on the Bat-Symbol and its very heartfelt. Thank you Kevin and Jim!