The words 'Batman and Robin' inside a stylised bat for the comic book
...Running

I once did a post about the old-old Batman and Robin Serial and took some screen-caps from the episodes. One of them has proven quite popular around the internet and has been used by sites like [Cracked] THE JOHNNY DUNCAN IMDB PAGE for any post that needs a picture of Batman and Robin running:

A grainy black and white still frame of Batman and Robin running towards the camera from the 1949 Batman and Robin serial

I wondered why it was so popular, till I realised just how iconic that image is, even if I can’t think of a particular example. So after some research, here’s a compilation of images of Batman and Robin running from different media.

First up is Adam West and Burt Ward running to the UN to save some diplomats from being powdered by their greatest foes. I think they’d gotten stuck in traffic?

Robin and Batman running towards the camera in a still from the 1966 Batman TV show
Kapow!

I can’t find any images from the original comics, but I’ll keep my eye out for them and put them up as they come. The closest I could find was this vintage 1966 Japanese comic cover. This is the Adam West era as you can tell by the eyebrows on the cowl1.

A Japanese picture book whose title is in Japanese and Batman and Robin are running toward three villains who are an anthropomorphic fox, black-skinned crocodile creature, and an eagle.
What on earth is that weird black crocodile/mole creature?

Despite the lack of direct comic book proof, I submit this retro t-shirt design, and you tell me if it doesn’t trigger a memory of something in your brain. You know this is a classic image. If you’ve come to realise the iconic-ness of the image of the Dynamic Duo running, you can buy this t-shirt and wear it proudly.

Another image of Batman and Robin Running, on a T-Shirt
Mil... Can I have some cash?

Or if that doesn’t convince you that Batman and Robin hoofing it is one of pop-culture’s most classic images, try this piece from the 2007 Singapore Design Festival. Once glance and you immediately get it don’t you? Because it’s classic.

A parking zone sign with Batman and Robin silhouettes
`to the rescue` by Draken413o

Here they are running in Batman: The Animated Series.

A cartoon Batman and Robin running towards the viewer from a still from Batman Animated Adventures
Animated!

Followed by an awesome wallpaper by BobbyRubio on Deviantart.

A drawn picture of Batman and Robin running across a rooftop
`Midnight Run` by BobbyRubio

The next is Batman and Nightwing, but as Nightwing started out as Robin2, I figured it was an homage to the idea and therefore valid.

Cover for Batman: Hush with Batman and Nightwing running towards the reader
Batman Hush

Which leads nicely into this one, which is the New Batman and Robin, who are Dick Grayson (the original Robin nee Nightwing) and Damian Wayne, Bruce Wayne’s son3. So the image comes full circle to the next generation.

Cover for Batman and Robin 19 with Robin and Batman running towards the reader
Batman The Next Generation

And for gamers, Batman and Robin in the best Batman video game adaptation of all time.

A LEGO version of Batman and Robin running towards the camera on the cover art of the LEGO Batman game
Arkham Who?

Finally, I leave you with Batman and Robin from the end of Batman Forever movie from 1995.

An animated gif of Batman and Robin running out of smoke from the final scene of Batman Forever
This movie is now only remembered as not being as bad as the next one.

  1. And by having seen quite a few ‘shops in my time ↩︎

  2. Don’t even get me started ↩︎

  3. I said, don’t get me started… ↩︎