The Batarang from the 1989 Batman film.

A batarang is a roughly bat-shaped throwing weapon used by the DC Comics superhero Batman. The name is a portmanteau of bat and boomerang, and was originally spelled baterang. Although they are named after boomerangs, batarangs have become more like shuriken in recent interpretations. They have since become a staple of Batman's arsenal, appearing in every major Batman television and movie adaptation to date. Recent interpretations of the Dark Knight finds additional motivation to use the batarang as a ranged attack alternative to firearms, which he rejects outright due to the circumstances of his parents' murder.[1]

Batman (1989 film)Edit

Batarang MK1: The Batarang is beside bat-grapple Batman's usually assigned defensive weapon. It resembles a boomerang, and it can come back to its thrower. It can be folded up in the center in order to be attached to the utility belt.

Batman ReturnsEdit


The Batarang from Batman Returns.

This time the batarang looks more similar to the comic book, apart from the fact that it has a small LSD screen. It looks a bit like a bat-shaped Sega Game Gear. The screen was used to target the enemies around Batman. After the weapon was thrown, it would seek and hit the targets wherever they were.

Batman ForeverEdit


The Batarang from Batman Forever.

This film saw a dramatic change to Batman's basic weapon, the batarang. This version can be folded in the center, then the two wings are shifted apart. The process is automatic.

Batman & RobinEdit


The Batarang from Batman

This proven weapon appears in two new versions. Batman has now a launcher for the Batarang on his lower arm. Similarly as the rope the Batarang is shot by an easy movement of the arm.