Episode #19 - Legends of the Dark Knight
Original Airdate - October 10th, 1998
Several children give their much-varying viewpoints of who and what they
think Batman is and represents.
Media by Bird Boy
Review by Robin III
Story by Robert Goodman, Bruce Timm
Written by Robert Goodman
With Acknoledgement to the Works of Bill Finger, Dick Sprang,
Directed by Dan Riba
Music by Shirley Walker
Animation by Koko/Dong Yang
Kevin Conroy as Batman/Bruce Wayne
Gary Owens as 50's Batman
Michael Ironside as 80's Batman
Michael McKean as 50's Joker
Brianne Siddall as 50's Robin
Ryan O' Donohue as Matt
Anndi McAfee as Carrie
Jeremy Foley as Nick
Kevin M. Richardson as Mutant Leader
Mark Rolston as Firefly/Don
Robert Costanzo as Detective Harvey Bullock
Charlie Rocket as Security Guard
Phillip Van Dyke as Joel
NICK: The way I hear it, he isn't even human! He's like a giant
pterodactyl beast with big fangs and talons! And when he sees a bad guy,
he swoops down from the sky and carries him off! Skree! Skree!
GUARD: The Joker! I'd better stay on my toes!
CUT BACK TO THE KIDS.
NICK: "Better stay on my toes"? He actually said that? Out Loud?
MATT: I don't know. This is how my uncle tells it.
50's BATMAN: Hold it right there, Joker!
50's JOKER: Eh?
HE LOOKS UP TO SEE BATMAN AND ROBIN IN THE SKYLIGHT.
50's JOKER: Batman!
50's BATMAN: We got your clue about stealing laughter, "The comedy is
50's ROBIN: A famous line from Paliacci , the opera about a sad clown.
50's BATMAN: It was your twisted way of saying you'd steal the original
50's ROBIN: Now we're going to make our own clown cry.
50's BATMAN: Well done, old chum!
BATMAN AND ROBIN SHAKE HANDS.
JOEL: Hey! Who's talking about Batman? I love Batman. All those muscles,
the tight rubber armor and that flashy car. I heard it can drive up
NICK: Yeah, sure, Joel.
80's BATMAN: They don't even wait for an order. Kids these days. No
LEADER: I show you who rules Gotham City!
80's BATMAN: Okay, son. Show me.
80's BATMAN: You don't get it, son. This isn't a trash heap.
BATMAN GRABS THE MUTANT LEADERS LEG.
80's BATMAN: It's an operating table.
THE LEADER'S VOICE SHRIEKS WITH PAIN AS A SICKENING CRUNCH IS HEARD.
80's BATMAN: And I'm the surgeon.
MATT: He got my signal!
BATMAN (to Firefly): I heard you were setting fires for money, Lynns. A
little pressure, and your client gave up where'd you be.
MATT (disappointed): Oh.
MATT: See? He was just like I said!
CARRIE: What are you talking about? Did you see the way he fought!?
MATT: Yeah, but he also had that foam thing.
NICK: And when he flew away at the end, I'm telling you, he's not human.
CARRIE: Get off it, he's human.
NICK: I don't know. I thought I saw fangs. . .
Review: This episode presents
three great views of the greatest hero, but only really to the die-hard
fans. This episode would have been confusing to some who didn't
understand the concept of the 50's Batman and The Dark Knight Returns.
While they were presented with terrific accuracy, non-fans of the comics
may have thought the mini-plots, especially the Frank Miller segment,
were pointless. The Joker stealing the music gave it's own little
explanation, but the Dark Knight segment only truly worked if you knew
what was going on from the comic book. The final representation, the
animated version of Batman vs the Firefly, was short but sweet, mixing
the other two types of 'Batmen' to what he is today.
When watching this episode with my friends, I had to explain things like
why Batman was so chunky, why there was a female-Robin, why giant props
were funny, and what the heck was Batman driving. The overall effect was
lost to people who just didn't know what the producers were trying to
The animation was somewhat lacking in the 'realtime' scenes with the
three kids, Matt, Carrie and Nick, but the comic styles were perfect.
They captured Dick Sprang's style perfectly, with more than accurate
images of Batman, Robin, and Joker. Even the thugs and guard looked as
if they were drawn by Sprang himself! Miller's style was captured as
well, but was simplified for the show. It still gave a perfect rendition
though, and with Michael Ironside's (Darkseid on Superman) voice as
Batman, it was just wonderful.
The only real questionable scene was that with the child-likeness of
Joel Schumacher, the director of Batman Forever and Batman & Robin. His
portrayal as a feminine, rubber-loving male was funny, but rather a blow
below the belt on the producers half. While most people wouldn't have
understood anyhow, the joke was still somewhat tasteless. An otherwise
perfect episode ruined by one minor detail.
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