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 Commented 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
    Commented 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
    Commented Aug 7, 2019 at 15:18
  • Alfred doesn't carry sunblock; 2.bp.blogspot.com/…
    – Valorum
    Commented Aug 8, 2019 at 9:58
  • "It's not make-up, it's the required uniform."
    – JohnHunt
    Commented Jun 9 at 5:21

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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? Commented 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
    Commented 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
    Commented Aug 8, 2019 at 1:52
  • In other words, he uses about 5.9 sextillion tons of sunblock. Called "Planet Earth". Commented 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
    Commented Aug 8, 2019 at 11:53

Yes, in The Batman (2022).

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Batman definitely wears makeup, or at least he did in Matt Reeves' 2022 film The Batman. Robert Pattinson, who played Batman, aka "Vengeance," wore dark eye makeup for a couple of reasons.

First off, it served a practical purpose—helping to conceal Bruce Wayne's face and identity by covering the area around his eyes while he had the cowl on. But it was also an aesthetic choice, giving Batman a grungy, tortured look that aligned with Reeves' vision for this younger, darker interpretation of the character.

Naomi Donne, the makeup designer on the film, is quoted as saying:

Matt was really keen that there were remains of [the eye makeup] when he took his cowl off, so we pushed that. We actually took the cowl off and looked at what was left, and we used that. It’s really hard to get black eye makeup off, and we used that. And then, to brighten it up, we used this lightly sparkly pigment to give it a bit of light, so that it reflected lights in the same way his Batsuit would’ve.

Symbolic Meaning

According to Donne, the makeup had a deeper symbolic meaning too. Donne explained that Reeves wanted there to be visible remnants of the eye makeup on Bruce's face when he took the cowl off. This blurring of his Batman and Bruce Wayne personas was intentional, representing how the two identities were intertwined and how Batman lingered even after Bruce removed the cowl.

As Donne puts it:

I loved that at times it was very smudged and running down his face, and at times it was just a smokey eye. But at all times it was never clean. It always came from the remains of the cowl, it was the way of Batman lingering in Bruce Wayne after he’s taken his costume off.


The smudged, smokey eye makeup served both a practical purpose in helping to conceal Bruce Wayne's identity as Batman as well as an aesthetic one in giving him a grungy look inspired by Kurt Cobain, who rocked the black eyeliner look in the ‘90s. Donne even notes that "men in black eye makeup look really good" and that it looked "dead sexy" on Pattinson.

Source: How to do a smokey eye the The Batman way. Polygon

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