A History of Other Batplanes - The Elseworlds

"Elseworlds" is DC's term for stories that are set outside the normal comic continuity. These may be stories set in a different time or place that the character would not normally occupy (Batman in the Civil War, for example) or a cross-over with characters who would not normally encounter each other (Batman and Captain America, for example). I've broadened the term here to include appearances in other media like movies and TV.

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Claws of the Cat-Woman, 1939
In Claws of the Cat-Woman, Batman joins Tarzan in a battle against dark forces in Africa. They journey from Gotham City to Tarzan's homeland in a futuristic (for 1939) but believable jet-powered Batplane. The design seems to be a mixture of the Italian Caproni jet and the German rocket-powered Me 163.
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The Brave & The Bold, 1944
The Brave and the Bold was a comic that teamed up superheroes for adventures. Issue 167 (October 1980) teamed Batman and the Blackhawks in a story set during WW II. Since the Blackhawks are primarily fliers, Batman spends a lot of time in a sleek Batplane (designed by Dave Cockrum) that is unique to this story.
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Batman & Captain America, 1945
John Byrne's 1996 Elseworlds graphic novel, Batman & Captain America cross-over story pits the two heroes and their side-kicks, Robin and Bucky, against a team-up of the Joker and the Red Skull. Byrne's Batplane is unlike any other.
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Gorilla City, 1976
Gorilla City was one of two stories that was part of a record/comic combination released in 1976. Presumabaly, Gorilla City was on one side of the record and the other story on the other. It featured the only four engine Batplane seen so far.
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Batman: the Movie, 1989
The live-action movie of 1989 introduced a new style and a new name, the Batwing.

Batman: The Animated Series, 1992
Batman: TAS, was one of the best interpretations of the character ever done. The stylish art design included a new, stylish Batplane.

Batman Forever, 1995
The third live-action movie served up an exaggerated but uninspired version of the Batwing seen in the first movie.




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