Batman: The Shakespeare Bust?

This has randomly gnawed at my brain for quite a bit and wanted to get everyone’s thoughts on this: what is the significance of the Shakespeare bust in the Batman stories? Pretty much the same bust that was illustrated in his beginnings, and is one of the mechanisms that is used to enter the Batcave (both in the comics and in the 60’s tv show). What do you guys think on what the bust represents?

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I’ve never really thought of it as anything deeper until you mentioned it. Just a Shakespeare nod that started early on. Maybe someone better than I am at connect the dots has something to add.

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It could be an obscure reference to a line from “Macbeth”:

Macbeth: There’s comfort yet; they are assailable;
Then be thou jocund: ere the bat hath flown
His cloister’d flight, ere to black Hecate’s summons
The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums
Hath rung night’s yawning peal, there shall be done
A deed of dreadful note.

Or it could just be the kind of thing rich guys had in their houses in those days. :man_shrugging: One of those, I’m sure of it. :slightly_smiling_face: