When it comes to Batman, I tend to think that there are two broad modes of operation: Dark Knight or Caped Crusader.  The Dark Knight is seen in ‘Justice League Unlimited’, the Tim Burton movies and pretty much every comic post-1987.  The Caped Crusader was the star of ‘Batman: The Brave and The Bold’, Batman ’66 and might have even tried to come out in the 2017 ‘Justice League’ film.  There are subtle gradations between your stories, as the Nolan movies are Darker Knights than most, while Joel Silver’s is perhaps even a goofier Caped Crusader than any episode of ‘Super Friends’, leading to today’s Arkham Asylum query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) has always been more of an Adam West man than a Christian Bale type, asking: Dark Knight or Caped Crusader?

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  1. I lean more to the Caped Crusader.
    To quote Batman in Justice League: New Frontier, “I put on this costume to frighten criminals, not children.”

  2. Tough one. I love both.

    They’re obviously very different, and represent the wonderful spectrum of what this classic character can be. But if forced to choose I’d have to go with The Dark Knight.

  3. As much as I love the animated Kevin Conroy voiced Batman (which was more or less the least dark of the Dark Knights), ultimately I have to go with Caped Crusader. Adam West’s version is what made me a Batman fan and I grew up watching Super Friends on Saturday mornings. I feel like the Dark Knight version has been overdone and done best in the animated series. I could live the rest of my life a happy man if I never saw another callback to Miller’s Dark Knight Returns again. Brace and the Bold was fun and brilliant. The world is dark enough right now. We could use more Caped Crusader.

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