The Bat-Signal is a large projection lamp that casts the silhouetted shape of a bat across the sky of Gotham City. Batman gave this device to Commissioner James Gordon as a means of contacting him. The Bat-Signal is located on the roof of the h
- The signal goes on and he shows up. That's the way it's been, that's the way it will be.
The Bat-Signal is a large projection lamp that casts the silhouetted shape of a bat across the sky of Gotham City. Batman gave this device to Commissioner James Gordon as a means of contacting him. The Bat-Signal is located on the roof of the headquarters of Gotham City Police Department. As Batman's existence is not officially recognised by the Gotham City authorities, the Bat-Signal is explained as a method of using the "urban legend" around Batman to terrify the criminal class of Gotham.
As official proven police interaction with the Bat-Signal and Batman himself can lead to cases against criminals arrested by Batman being dismissed, it is up to the civilian employees of the Gotham police department — including the Major Case Squad's civilian attache, Stacy — to operate the signal officially.
Following No Man's Land, a new Bat-Signal was given to the GCPD, which had a number of additions, including a laser writer, built into it. (The laser writer was used to skywrite directional arrows and street addresses to guide Batman straight to a crime scene, without the Caped Crusader wasting time stopping off at police headquarters.) However, when then-Commissioner Michael Akins declared vigilantes illegal, he removed the Bat-Signal, though it ended up self-destructing in the process. The original one was returned soon thereafter.
During a brief period when Batman was out of the country, The Question replaced the bat shape on the front of the signal with a large question mark.
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