Batman has access to numerous amounts of gadgets, equipment and vehicles that are at his disposal. They often assist in giving Batman opportunities to catch villains wreaking havoc on Gotham City. However, the Bat-signal is the hero most distinguished equipment, and it’s functioning has always remained a mystery. A fan theory on Reddit has come up with a rather interesting theory on the purpose of the spotlight.
This is not the first time that theories and inquiries about the Bat-signal has come up. The fan takes a psychological approach, labeling the Bat-signal as a symbol. The fan lays out the possibility of the signal acting as more of a deterrent than a Batman summoning device. The increasing number of crimes in Gotham essentially makes it hard for the masked vigilante to get around. However, the display of the symbol forms a sense of fear among potential criminals. It results in them eventually backing out from engaging in crime.
Similarities With Batman Film
An identical reaction from the criminals was depicted in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. A couple of small-time burglars saw the Batman signal displayed on the night sky, and in fear of being caught, fled the scene and scattered. It implies that simply turning on the Bat-signal unmasks a sense of dread within the criminals and demotivates them from being a threat to Gotham.
Prominence of Bat-signal in real world
The Bat-signal played a significant part in the celebration of Batman Day that occurred earlier this year. The Batman’s director, Matt Reeves, took the time to tweet a picture of the celebration that took place in London. In the picture, clearly projected onto the side of the building, is the Bat-signal. With the awaited release of The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson as the masked superhero, many fans wondered about its significance to the movie.