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Before the Batcave, There was the Bat Barn!

What did Batman’s first Batcave look like? J.J. Gould describes the evolution
of Batcave in this neat article over at The Atlantic – you’d be surprised
to know that in the beginning, there was no Batcave. Instead, there was
the Bat Barn:

In the beginning, it didn’t exist. There was a tunnel that ran
from a staircase under Wayne Manor to an adjacent barn, with a winch
that Batman and Robin could use to bring up the Batmobile or the Batplane
— as in this frame from 1940:

As you can see, there was also a lab, along with some other rooms
for storing things or running mysterious, high-tech equipment.

In 1942, Bill Finger — the writer who co-created Batman with artist
Bob Kane — indicated the presence of "secret underground hangars"
at the Wayne property. But in 1943, the new Batman movie serials presented
the Batcave for the first time as Bruce Wayne’s main base of operations,
featuring a state-of-the-art crime lab, which he accessed through a
grandfather clock in the main house.


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July 20th, 2012

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