#1 Posted by The_Martian (36984 posts) - - Show Bio

I have always wonder is Batman's and Robin's eyes suppost to be covered by their mask like Spider-Man or open like Captain America? I have always wonder this cause movies have them open, but artist always draw them plain white. Is that a cover or just being lazy?

#2 Posted by Frisco (285 posts) - - Show Bio

Really good question that I'm curious to know the answer to as well.

Anyone know?

#3 Posted by The_Martian (36984 posts) - - Show Bio

Nobody knows?

#4 Posted by Methos (40103 posts) - - Show Bio

to start with, it's not actually batman's eyes you see through the cowl... i assume that Nightwing and Robin have the same technology.

they are a basic heads up display with nightvision and a display to an atomic clock that keeps perfect synced time.

I assume the "no iris / pupil" look is a side effect of the technology and Batman just kept it to use as another tool so that people assume he isn't human

M

#5 Posted by Methos (40103 posts) - - Show Bio

i know Batman, Nightwing and Robin use first generation Starlight lenses with a HUD in their masks...

thats about it though lol

M

#6 Posted by The_Martian (36984 posts) - - Show Bio

Methos says:

"to start with, it's not actually batman's eyes you see through the cowl... i assume that Nightwing and Robin have the same technology. they are a basic heads up display with nightvision and a display to an atomic clock that keeps perfect synced time. I assume the "no iris / pupil" look is a side effect of the technology and Batman just kept it to use as another tool so that people assume he isn't human M"
Cool thanks.
#7 Posted by The_Martian (36984 posts) - - Show Bio

Methos says:

"i know Batman, Nightwing and Robin use first generation Starlight lenses with a HUD in their masks... thats about it though lol M"
Oh ok.I have always just wonder that. I mean the movies have nothing covering them up but like I said when ever he is drawn it looks like Spider-Man's. Thanks for the info.
#8 Posted by zero edge (3696 posts) - - Show Bio

I know this is an old topic but I just read Batman 671 and it shows you what covers the eyes.

#9 Posted by Methos (40103 posts) - - Show Bio

cool...

i was looking for a issue where the Starlight lenses got smashed, the only one i could find was in Contagion where Robin's got cracked

M

#10 Posted by Superkitty (1089 posts) - - Show Bio

Maybe they all have Little Orphan Annieitis. I've submitted comics from the way early days of Batman and Robin, and maybe it was for effect or too hard to draw them in the masks.

Note how the eyes are merely slits and adding pupils would look strange. I imagine comic artists gave technological reasons later on.

#11 Posted by Doomhunter (289 posts) - - Show Bio

Superkitty says:

"Maybe they all have Little Orphan Annieitis. I've submitted comics from the way early days of Batman and Robin, and maybe it was for effect or too hard to draw them in the masks.Note how the eyes are merely slits and adding pupils would look strange. I imagine comic artists gave technological reasons later on."

They look Chinese LOL....

#12 Posted by Doomhunter (289 posts) - - Show Bio

Why don't they make'em with the same tech ,in the films???...I mean that pupil/iris lacking look is cool....just like is he wasn't human...just an urban legend....that's another reason I hate dislike Robin,anyone of them...they make him look so........human......

#13 Posted by Static Shock (47330 posts) - - Show Bio

zero edge says:

"I know this is an old topic but I just read Batman 671 and it shows you what covers the eyes."

That answers a question that I've been wanting to ask all along. LOL

#14 Posted by Valkaad (2589 posts) - - Show Bio

I didn't really know that he covered his eyes but It makes sense.

#15 Posted by MrsJ (305 posts) - - Show Bio

Bob Kane had originaly drawn Batman with pupils, but Bill Finger convinced him otherwise.

#16 Posted by Cosmic Sentinel (3749 posts) - - Show Bio

The Phantom is the one that started the trend as far as I know. I've no idea the original reasoning.

#17 Posted by MidKnight (131 posts) - - Show Bio

zero edge says:

"I know this is an old topic but I just read Batman 671 and it shows you what covers the eyes."

I totally forgot about this panel. Just imagine exactly how much that had to hurt.

#18 Posted by Buckshot (18678 posts) - - Show Bio

Batman looks lame when you can see his eyes.

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#19 Posted by MidKnight (131 posts) - - Show Bio

Buckshot says:

"Batman looks lame when you can see his eyes."

Agreed. I have always been disappointed that every live action Batman movie has his eyes showing in the costume.

#20 Posted by Silenttiger43 (182 posts) - - Show Bio

wow, I never knew about that O_o I'm glad this old topic was brought back to life. He does look pretty lame with the eyes... heh...

#21 Posted by King Saturn (225130 posts) - - Show Bio

zero edge says:

"I know this is an old topic but I just read Batman 671 and it shows you what covers the eyes. "

Oh. Thats awesome. Didnt know that about Batman's eyes how they had coverings like that

#22 Posted by Hawk (15833 posts) - - Show Bio

Alex Ross draws Batman with his mask coming up to his eyes....but they are his eyes. I think it depends on how the artist wants to show him.

#23 Posted by Hawk (15833 posts) - - Show Bio

#24 Posted by MidKnight (131 posts) - - Show Bio

Hawk says:

"Alex Ross draws Batman with his mask coming up to his eyes....but they are his eyes. I think it depends on how the artist wants to show him."

I have the absolute utmost respect for Alex Ross. Anyone who says different must have never seen his work. BUT. I never liked the showing of the eyes in ANY incarnation of Batman. To me that's one of the things I like the absolute best about Batman graphically. It really seperates Batman from his alter ego Bruce Wayne and it makes him more then human. Which Batman, though he has no powers, is.

#25 Posted by Silenttiger43 (182 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't think I'd say he's more than human, he just takes his human abilities to the step beyond. He pushes himself to be better, and that's just something nobody else really bothers with.

#26 Posted by Knightwing (333 posts) - - Show Bio

Silenttiger43 says:

"I don't think I'd say he's more than human, he just takes his human abilities to the step beyond. He pushes himself to be better, and that's just something nobody else really bothers with."

We all push to be better than what we are, that's how I got this far in my life.

#27 Posted by Silenttiger43 (182 posts) - - Show Bio

Knightwing says:

"Silenttiger43 says:
"I don't think I'd say he's more than human, he just takes his human abilities to the step beyond. He pushes himself to be better, and that's just something nobody else really bothers with."
We all push to be better than what we are, that's how I got this far in my life. "

well yeah, but do you spend hours working out, dedicated to take out crime one punch at a time? lol

#28 Posted by MidKnight (131 posts) - - Show Bio

Silenttiger43 says:

"Knightwing says:
"Silenttiger43 says:
"I don't think I'd say he's more than human, he just takes his human abilities to the step beyond. He pushes himself to be better, and that's just something nobody else really bothers with."
We all push to be better than what we are, that's how I got this far in my life. "

well yeah, but do you spend hours working out, dedicated to take out crime one punch at a time? lol"

I totally do!

#29 Posted by Knightwing (333 posts) - - Show Bio

Silenttiger43 says:

"Knightwing says:
"Silenttiger43 says:
"I don't think I'd say he's more than human, he just takes his human abilities to the step beyond. He pushes himself to be better, and that's just something nobody else really bothers with."
We all push to be better than what we are, that's how I got this far in my life. "

well yeah, but do you spend hours working out, dedicated to take out crime one punch at a time? lol"

Not crime but there are other things which are similarly challenging.

#30 Posted by Silenttiger43 (182 posts) - - Show Bio

Well ok then, I'm dumb :P oh well.

#31 Posted by russellmania77 (15822 posts) - - Show Bio

It's like spider-man, the films only showed his eyes to show his expression

#32 Posted by TDK_1997 (15081 posts) - - Show Bio

He uses lenses.That's why his eyes are white in the comic books and you can't see them.

#33 Posted by THEOCITYLEGEND (1310 posts) - - Show Bio

I have always wonder is Batman's and Robin's eyes suppost to be covered by their mask like Spider-Man or open like Captain America? I have always wonder this cause movies have them open, but artist always draw them plain white. Is that a cover or just being lazy?

Lenses. I always thought it was to de-humanize him and make him seem more terrifying in the minds of his enemies.

#34 Posted by MasterDetective (855 posts) - - Show Bio

this is something I've been wondering since I was 7 :P

#35 Posted by dcdyno (130 posts) - - Show Bio

in the not yet finished nightwing series by ismahawk he wears contacts. maybe to block retna scans. idk how to spell retna

#36 Posted by Durakken (1591 posts) - - Show Bio

Both...

Back when Batman was originally created they weren't lenses. As time went on, basic lenses were added that was built into the 2nd layer mask. As time continued on multiple lens types were then built into the cowl itself that can be switched. Robin and Nightwing have all lenses built into their mask.

#37 Posted by ULTRAstarkiller (6476 posts) - - Show Bio

So basically it's like this the entire time

#38 Posted by RustyRoy (13938 posts) - - Show Bio

They should use the white lenses in the reboot.

#39 Posted by FatihBATMAN (1389 posts) - - Show Bio

I like when we can see his eyes, more personal