The evolution of Wayne Manor told by an architect


Wayne Manor is restarted almost as often as the Batman franchise itself. In the video below, architect and Batman fan Michael Wyetzner breaks down (almost) every live performance of the stately mansion for Architectural Summary. Even if you have no idea what dormers, battlements and lintels are, it’s an insightful overview that serves as a history lesson for Batman Fans. The architectural evolution of Wayne Manor? Sign us up.

As you may know, Wayne Manor started off as a relatively humble house in the comics, as seen in the image below. The 1949 show gave it a similar look, using a house on the Warner Bros. backlot. also seen in everything from Delighted at lethal weapon. But all other depictions of the Batman House give off billionaire vibes rather than upper middle class. The first series in 1943 depicted a mansion, as did the 1960s series with Adam West. And then Tim Burton filled up on Gothic palaces in Batman. Interestingly, in Return of Batman, Wayne Manor is a different house. Wyetzner analyzes the aquarium version of it because the exterior shots do not show as much detail.

An image of Wayne Manor from the comics tagged with architectural terms
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Wyetzner seems to approve of most of Christopher Nolan’s choices for Wayne Manor. Both mansions are true Elizabethan houses, pictured below. The scenes where Bruce lives in a penthouse in The black Knight were actually filmed in the lobby of a famous building in downtown Chicago. The Batman has our hero back in a tower, but with a very different interior that looks more like a gothic church than a penthouse.

Two Elizabethan mansions used in Christopher Nolan's Batman movies as Wayne Manor
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Did you know that Wayne Manor at batman forever and batman and robin (pictured below) is also in the newest Gotham and Joker? But as some people pointed out in the comments section of the video, Wyetzner is skipping some of Batfleck’s houses. We’d also love to watch his breakdown of animated Wayne Mansions, so hopefully a second part.

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This video is part of the Architectural Details playlist, which also includes information on Disney castles, Bridgerton, and more. The Architectural Summary The YouTube channel also visits celebrity homes and expensive open listings.

Melissa is Nerdist’s science and technology editor. She also leads “science of” panels at conventions and co-hosts Star Warsologies, a podcast about science and Star Wars. Follow her on Twitter @melissatruth.

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