Monday, October 11, 2010

The mystery of Batwoman's costume

This is something that's always bugged me about the original Batwoman's costume: WHY the HECK is it yellow and red? It's primarily yellow with red accents. WHY, WHY, WHY? The design itself is batlike enough, but the colors certainly don't say Creature of the Night. If idea was that Kathy (Batwoman) Kane was trying to emulate Batman's look, why on earth did she have costume colors (not to mention the elf boots and gloves) more in line with Robin's original look than with Batman's?

The costume for Batwoman's sidekick/niece, the original Batgirl (Betty Kane), wasn't any better. Not only did Batgirl wear a skirt (Wonder Woman discovered a LONG time ago that skirts just aren't practical for bashing in badguys' heads), the primary color of HER costume was red with green accents. Again, more in line with Robin's look than with Batman's.

I don't get it. I just don't get it.


SallyP said...

I'm assuming that Wesley Dodd's tailor also designed Batwoman's costume...because they were both pretty terrible. Not Wes's trenchcoat and gasmask of course, but that OTHER one, with the purple and gold.


Richard Bensam said...

But what was the message of the original Batwoman and Batgirl? Surely not that they were meant to be seen as credible or competent or viable characters in their own right. No, the whole point of those characters was to say "girls don't fit in and don't belong here and just get in the way and stand out like a sore thumb" which just happens to be precisely the message also conveyed by their costumes.

(And yet, whether in spite of this or because of this, I have a sentimental fondness for them.)

Richard Bensam said...

Um, let me clarify that I feel sentimental fondness for the original Batwoman and Batgirl. My feelings about girls in general are considerably more than that...despite the best efforts of DC Comics writers and editors in my childhood.

LissBirds said...

Maybe the colorist had extra yellow ink on hand and needed to use it up?

That's my theory and I'm sticking to it.

Sea-of-Green said...

Whatever the reason, thank goodness the current Batwoman doesn't resemble a giant banana!

Siskoid said...

Is it a coincidence that Flamebird had the same color scheme? Both are in the superhero game only as a form of stalking (one Batman, the other Robin).