The Bat-Signal is the iconic distress signal that Gotham City uses to turn on whenever it needed Batman's, and later Batwoman's, help. It was first incorporated as a means of contacting the Bat by the GCPD and its use is strongly associated with them.[1]


Somewhat after Batman's debut in Gotham, a customized searchlight named the Bat-Signal, was created to notify the vigilante whenever someone needed his help. After Batman disappeared in 2015, the citizens of Gotham would turn and GCPD began using it to contact the newly-appeared Batwoman instead.[2]

In 2020, GCPD Commissioner Forbes refused to turn on the Bat-Signal when his son Steven Forbes and Bryan Akins were kidnapped by Mouse because of his homophobia. However, after a crowd gathered to protest outside the department building that very night, he seemingly retraced its steps.[1]

Sometime after this, Sophie Moore used it to call Batwoman to inform her that her boss discovered that she had worked with her and punished her for it, leading the two to eventually share a kiss.[3]

August Cartwright is left next to the Bat-Signal.

After she discovered about August Cartwright's double life as Ethan Campbell, Alice kidnapped him, interrogated him to find out where Mouse was[4] and later knocked him out leaving him close to the Bat-Signal for Kate to find him.[5]

After Kate killed Cartwright and Jacob Kane helped her burying his body together with Alice, when the latter escaped into the shadows, Kate looked up and saw the Bat-Signal; then she stopped a robber as Batwoman albeit getting a bit too violent with him.[6]

After Batwoman went on a one-week hiatus, the Bat-Signal was still flashed out every night.[7]

Jacob summons Batwoman.

Jacob Kane used the Bat-Signal to summon Batwoman and inform her that he disliked her being in Gotham City and wanted her to leave.[8] A couple of nights later, Mary Hamilton activated the signal in order to get the attention of her father, who declared that allies of Batwoman would be arrested, so that he would meet with her and Batwoman.[9]



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Behind the scenes

  • In the DC comics, the Bat-Signal is a large projection lamp that casts the silhouetted shape of a bat across the sky of Gotham City. Commissioner James Gordon incorporated it as a means of contacting Batman, whenever he was needed and it was placed on the roof of the headquarters of Gotham City Police Department.


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