What was the inspiration for The Bat, the titular character from Mary Roberts Rinehart's play (later adapted into a movie)? The character originally appeared in the play which was adapted from the novel The Circular Staircase. The Bat didn't appear in the novel, he was an original character for the play.

He partially inspired Batman through the later movie The Bat Whispers.

What was the inspiration for the character?

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    We can be fairly confident that it was a bat. But which bat? Dec 5, 2022 at 12:23


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