Prompted by this meme:

Meme showing Batman with tanned areas where the mask wouldn't cover him

I don't think it would work. I'm pretty sure Batman uses makeup and/or protection for his exposed skin that would block UV/radiation, the likes.

However, I can't pinpoint a canonical source (preferably from comics, but movie & other media also applies).

Does Batman wear makeup or UV sunblock?

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    I thought he was mostly out as batman in night Aug 7, 2019 at 14:07
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    Why would he need sunblock when Gotham blocks it for him all the time #CloudyGotham
    – Shreedhar
    Aug 7, 2019 at 14:09
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    In many of the movies, including the Christopher Nolan ones, you can see the area around his eyes while dressed as Batman is also black because he applies makeup.
    – Kai
    Aug 7, 2019 at 15:18
  • Alfred doesn't carry sunblock; 2.bp.blogspot.com/…
    – Valorum
    Aug 8, 2019 at 9:58

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Since many depictions of Gotham City show it having a near-constant cloud cover and Batman's preferred working time is the night shift, he wouldn't need much sun screen.

I mean, the Bat Signal, his famous call sign, would only work in a cloudy night.

  • What about the makeup? Aug 7, 2019 at 16:09
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    There's plenty of instances of Batman appearing in the daytime in the comics, the Adam West series, etc.
    – Lexible
    Aug 7, 2019 at 17:10
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    If Batman really needed too, he'd put on the inverse Batman mask and use a tanning lamp.
    – Adamant
    Aug 8, 2019 at 1:52
  • In other words, he uses about 5.9 sextillion tons of sunblock. Called "Planet Earth". Aug 8, 2019 at 9:57
  • @Lexible True. Especially the Adam West Batman would probably have his own brand of Bat Sunscreen™ on. If he's prepared for sharks, he's probably prepared for a little sun.
    – Kakturus
    Aug 8, 2019 at 11:53

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