History Film / Batman

8th Aug '16 1:15:29 PM MrDeath
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* CarChase: After Batman rescues Vicki and get in the Batmobile, they are chased by 3 of the Joker goon cars, who are then followed by the police. The chase soon stops when the Batmobile makes a quick turn, and the Joker goons crashed into other vehicles at the downtown intersection. The police stopped quickly before hit anything.

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* CarChase: After Batman rescues Vicki and get in the Batmobile, they are chased by 3 of the Joker goon cars, who are then followed by the police. The chase soon stops when the Batmobile makes a quick turn, and the Joker goons crashed crash into other vehicles at the a downtown intersection. The police stopped stop quickly before hit anything.
8th Aug '16 1:14:43 PM MrDeath
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** When The Joker breathes in Grissom's voice, "You... are my number one... guy!" to Bob, Bob should have realized it was a threat (though to be fair to Bob, the last time those words were uttered, it was when Grissom had called everyone away and he was alone with Jack, and it was meant as a FalseReassurance since he had just found out his "number one guy" was sleeping around with his lady).

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** When The Joker breathes in Grissom's voice, "You... are my number one... guy!" to Bob, Bob should have realized it was a threat (though to be fair to Bob, the last time those words were uttered, it was when Grissom had called everyone away and he was alone with Jack, and it was meant as a FalseReassurance since he had just found out his "number one guy" was sleeping around with his lady).threat.
8th Aug '16 11:03:38 AM Dravencour
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** When The Joker breathes in Grissom's voice, "You... are my number one... guy!" to Bob, Bob should have realized it was a threat.

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** When The Joker breathes in Grissom's voice, "You... are my number one... guy!" to Bob, Bob should have realized it was a threat.threat (though to be fair to Bob, the last time those words were uttered, it was when Grissom had called everyone away and he was alone with Jack, and it was meant as a FalseReassurance since he had just found out his "number one guy" was sleeping around with his lady).
1st Aug '16 12:20:49 AM TitoMosquito
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* CarChase: After Batman rescues Vicki and get in the Batmobile, they are chased by 3 of the Joker goon cars, who are then followed by the police. The chase soon stops when the Batmobile makes a quick turn, and the Joker goons crashed into other vehicles at the downtown intersection. The police stopped quickly before hit anything.
30th Jul '16 1:06:16 PM nombretomado
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* HorrifyingHero: This film is the first (and only) one to ''truly'' invoke this trope: A flawless combination of Bob Ringwood's theatrical costume design, Michael Keaton's performance and the visceral musical score of DannyElfman, Bruce Wayne becomes a mythical, demonic figure that struck such raw terror into the heart of evil that the average petty thug could only incoherently scream to the police: "I'm telling ya man: '''A Giant Bat!'''"

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* HorrifyingHero: This film is the first (and only) one to ''truly'' invoke this trope: A flawless combination of Bob Ringwood's theatrical costume design, Michael Keaton's performance and the visceral musical score of DannyElfman, Danny Elfman, Bruce Wayne becomes a mythical, demonic figure that struck such raw terror into the heart of evil that the average petty thug could only incoherently scream to the police: "I'm telling ya man: '''A Giant Bat!'''"
24th Jul '16 2:02:07 PM Someoneman
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* CompanionCube: The Batmobile, which gets several AwesomeMoments whilst being remote controlled.

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* %%* CompanionCube: The Batmobile, which gets several AwesomeMoments whilst being remote controlled.Batmobile.
20th Jul '16 1:52:09 AM Arivne
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* WhenTheClockStrikesTwelve: The Joker tells Gotham that his festival will be at midnight. It turns out to be a festival of death, courtesy of his Smilex gas balloons.
20th Jul '16 1:45:12 AM Arivne
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* AttackOfTheTownFestival: The Gotham 200th Anniversary Festival is in trouble because people are scared of high crime in the city, and the conflict between the Joker and the gangsters and the Joker's poisoning of the population make it worse. Despite all this, the mayor insists that the Festival must occur so businesses will come back to the city.

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* AttackOfTheTownFestival: AttackOfTheTownFestival
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The Gotham 200th Anniversary Festival is in trouble because people are scared of high crime in the city, and the conflict between the Joker and the gangsters and the Joker's poisoning of the population make it worse. Despite all this, the mayor insists that the Festival must occur so businesses will come back to the city.



* ATeamFiring: When Batman in the Batwing fires MoreDakka at the Joker. It strafes the ground up to him and riddles the parade float behind him. It ''could'' be [[ImprobableAimingSkills Improbable Missing Skills]] since Bats avoids killing, but the bullets hit spots on the float that would be physically impossible reach without going through the Joker's body first.
** [[AllThereInTheManual The tie-in book to the film]] shows that the Joker was initially supposed to literally ''dance around'' the bullets and rockets.

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* ATeamFiring: When Batman in the Batwing fires MoreDakka at the Joker. It strafes the ground up to him and riddles the parade float behind him. It ''could'' be [[ImprobableAimingSkills Improbable Missing Skills]] since Bats avoids killing, but the bullets hit spots on the float that would be physically impossible reach without going through the Joker's body first.
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first. [[AllThereInTheManual The tie-in book to the film]] shows that the Joker was initially supposed to literally ''dance around'' the bullets and rockets.



* BrokenHeel: Subverted then inverted quite neatly, when the Joker takes Vicki hostage and then takes off her high heels to subvert this as they both ascend to the eventual ClimbingClimax at the top of the very, very tall Gotham Cathedral. The inversion is that because her heels were slowing her down until the Joker got rid of them, it allowed the hero (rather than the villain, as usual for this trope) to gain ground. The other reason she's constantly taking off her heels is that Basinger is only 1.5" shorter than Keaton. With the heels on, Vicki is ''taller'' than Batman.

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* BrokenHeel: BrokenHeel
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Subverted then inverted quite neatly, when the Joker takes Vicki hostage and then takes off her high heels to subvert this as they both ascend to the eventual ClimbingClimax at the top of the very, very tall Gotham Cathedral. The inversion is that because her heels were slowing her down until the Joker got rid of them, it allowed the hero (rather than the villain, as usual for this trope) to gain ground. The other reason she's constantly taking off her heels is that Basinger is only 1.5" shorter than Keaton. With the heels on, Vicki is ''taller'' than Batman.



* ChekhovsGun:

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* ChekhovsGun: ChekhovsGun



** The Joker showers $20 million in cash on the people at the parade as poisoned gas-filled balloons loom over their heads - thus trying to lure them into DeathByMaterialism. While not shown in the film, the comic and novelization show the cash was actually SchmuckBait. It was not only counterfeit, it had the Joker's face on the bill. It ties in with the foreshadowing when the Joker says he wants his face on the one dollar bill and Jack Napier's aptitude in art (as well as chemistry).
*** To drive the point home, the crowd is chanting "Money! Money! Money!" - in time with Prince's music, of course.

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** The Joker showers $20 million in cash on the people at the parade as poisoned gas-filled balloons loom over their heads - thus trying to lure them into DeathByMaterialism. While not shown in the film, the comic and novelization show the cash was actually SchmuckBait. It was not only counterfeit, it had the Joker's face on the bill. It ties in with the foreshadowing when the Joker says he wants his face on the one dollar bill and Jack Napier's aptitude in art (as well as chemistry).
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chemistry). To drive the point home, the crowd is chanting "Money! Money! Money!" - in time with Prince's music, of course.



* DisproportionateRetribution: In the opening, the criminal who assaults the father and turns a gun on the mother and child gets a little fright, while the other bum who merely tagged along and chastised the former for turning the gun on the kid gets kicked through a door and has to be taken away on a stretcher.

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* DisproportionateRetribution: DisproportionateRetribution
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In the opening, the criminal who assaults the father and turns a gun on the mother and child gets a little fright, while the other bum who merely tagged along and chastised the former for turning the gun on the kid gets kicked through a door and has to be taken away on a stretcher.



* TheDragon: Bob, the Joker's right-hand man, who seldom speaks but is actually quite good at his job. You could say that he's the perfect henchman, which makes the Joker eventually shooting him just plain wrong, even for supervillainy.

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* TheDragon: TheDragon
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Bob, the Joker's right-hand man, who seldom speaks but is actually quite good at his job. You could say that he's the perfect henchman, which makes the Joker eventually shooting him just plain wrong, even for supervillainy.



** And of course, the last of Joker's goons.

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** And of course, the last of Joker's goons.goons, who suffers a DisneyVillainDeath.



* EvilTowerOfOminousness: The Anton Furst-designed Gotham City was a ''city'' full of these. Carl Grissom's penthouse suite definitely qualifies, though.
** To say nothing of the 1,000-foot tall cathedral.

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* EvilTowerOfOminousness: The Anton Furst-designed Gotham City was a ''city'' full of these. Carl Grissom's penthouse suite definitely qualifies, though.
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though. To say nothing of the 1,000-foot tall cathedral.



* {{Expy}}:

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* FiveBadBand:
** The Grissom gang in the first part of the movie:
*** BigBad: Carl Grissom
*** CoDragons: Jack Napier and Eckhardt
*** TheBrute: Bob
*** EvilGenius: Grissom's accountant [[AllThereInTheScript (named Luce in the script)]] and Vinnie Ricorso [[WrongGenreSavvy {or so he'd like to believe} ]]
*** DarkChick: Alicia

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* FiveBadBand:
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FiveBadBand: The Grissom gang in the first part of the movie:
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BigBad: Carl Grissom
*** ** CoDragons: Jack Napier and Eckhardt
*** ** TheBrute: Bob
*** ** EvilGenius: Grissom's accountant [[AllThereInTheScript (named Luce in the script)]] and Vinnie Ricorso [[WrongGenreSavvy {or so he'd like to believe} ]]
*** ** DarkChick: Alicia



* FormFittingWardrobe: The batsuit was made to look like it.

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* FormFittingWardrobe: The batsuit Batsuit was made to look like it.



* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:

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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:GettingCrapPastTheRadar



-->'''Joker:''' A lovely young beast like that running around could put [[RagingStiffie steel in a man's strides]].

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-->'''Joker:''' A lovely young beast like that running around could put [[RagingStiffie steel in a man's strides]].stride]].



* GoodIsNotNice: Batman, natch. He kills henchmen left and right, sends Vicki mixed signals about what's going to become of their relationship , and overall, seems to be more obsessed with enforcing the law and getting vengeance on The Joker than actually doing good.

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* GoodIsNotNice: Batman, natch. natch.
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He kills henchmen left and right, sends Vicki mixed signals about what's going to become of their relationship , and overall, seems to be more obsessed with enforcing the law and getting vengeance on The Joker than actually doing good.



* JokerImmunity: Averted with the TropeNamer's ''death'' -- just as he was about to escape.

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* JokerImmunity: JokerImmunity
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Averted with the TropeNamer's ''death'' -- just as he was about to escape.



* LetsGetDangerous: Two examples, one right after the other, during the scene in Vicki's apartment. The first is when Bruce, challenging the Joker, picks up a poker and bellows "COME ON! LET'S GET NUTS!" Then, after a long stretch of acting like a deluded fool following his transformation, the Joker retaliates by unexpectedly switching back to the persona of Jack Napier for an in-universe CallBack, in a refreshingly chilling moment that contrasts how he (as the Joker) has been acting for much of the film. Then ''blam''.

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* LetsGetDangerous: LetsGetDangerous
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Two examples, one right after the other, during the scene in Vicki's apartment. The first is when Bruce, challenging the Joker, picks up a poker and bellows "COME ON! LET'S GET NUTS!" Then, after a long stretch of acting like a deluded fool following his transformation, the Joker retaliates by unexpectedly switching back to the persona of Jack Napier for an in-universe CallBack, in a refreshingly chilling moment that contrasts how he (as the Joker) has been acting for much of the film. Then ''blam''.



* MythologyGag:
** In the first film, Vicki Vale had covered a conflict in Corto Maltese, the name of the disputed territory in ''The Dark Knight Returns''.

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* MythologyGag:
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** In the first film, Vicki Vale had covered a conflict in Corto Maltese, the name of the disputed territory in ''The Dark Knight Returns''.''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns''.



** Gordon gets two. The first is when he realizes there's going to be a shootout at Axis.

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** Gordon gets two. two.
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The first is when he realizes there's going to be a shootout at Axis.



* OohMeAccentsSlipping:

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* OohMeAccentsSlipping: OohMeAccentsSlipping



** The Corto Maltese War, mentioned here as being Vicki's last big photography project, is the name of the conflict Superman puts an end to in Frank Miller's ''The Dark Knight Returns'' (which was, in turn, a shout-out to the ''ComicBook/CortoMaltese'' comic book).

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** The Corto Maltese War, mentioned here as being Vicki's last big photography project, is the name of the conflict Superman puts an end to in Frank Miller's ''The Dark Knight Returns'' ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns'' (which was, in turn, a shout-out to the ''ComicBook/CortoMaltese'' comic book).



* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: This is how Bruce realizes the Joker is the thug who killed his parents. He repeats the phrase to Joker at the beginning of their final confrontation just before decking him.

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* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay
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This is how Bruce realizes the Joker is the thug who killed his parents. He repeats the phrase to Joker at the beginning of their final confrontation just before decking him.



* SoundtrackDissonance: Happens in a strange way with this series; the first movie was a dark, serious gothic film that featured a Prince pop number as its' soundtrack's main single, apparently because [[ExecutiveMeddling it was the song the executives wanted]]. ''Film/BatmanForever'' and ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'', on the other hand, are much, much LighterAndSofter but have songs like U2's "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" and Smashing Pumpkins' "The End is the Beginning is the End" as the major soundtrack songs, both of which sound like they should be on the soundtrack of much darker, deeper, better movies. Indeed, a remixed version of the latter song was on the soundtrack of the ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'' movie. (''Film/BatmanReturns'' averts this; see the page for more information.)

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* SoundtrackDissonance: Happens in a strange way with this series; the first movie was a dark, serious gothic film that featured a Prince pop number as its' its soundtrack's main single, apparently because [[ExecutiveMeddling it was the song the executives wanted]]. ''Film/BatmanForever'' and ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'', on the other hand, are much, much LighterAndSofter but have songs like U2's "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" and Smashing Pumpkins' "The End is the Beginning is the End" as the major soundtrack songs, both of which sound like they should be on the soundtrack of much darker, deeper, better movies. Indeed, a remixed version of the latter song was on the soundtrack of the ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'' movie. (''Film/BatmanReturns'' averts this; see the page for more information.)



* SpannerInTheWorks:

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* SpannerInTheWorks: SpannerInTheWorks



* StalkerWithACrush: The Joker becomes this due to twisted [[LoveAtFirstSight infatuation]] when he sees a picture of Vicki Vale.

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* StalkerWithACrush: StalkerWithACrush
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The Joker becomes this due to twisted [[LoveAtFirstSight infatuation]] when he sees a picture of Vicki Vale.



* StealthHiBye:

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* StealthHiBye:StealthHiBye



* TemptingFate: A crooked police lieutenant to Jack Napier near the film's beginning: "The future? You mean when you run the show? You ain't got no future, Jack!" (This culminates in an IronicEcho at the factory, [[spoiler:when Napier kills the lieutenant with a single shot]].)

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* TemptingFate: TemptingFate
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A crooked police lieutenant to Jack Napier near the film's beginning: "The future? You mean when you run the show? You ain't got no future, Jack!" (This culminates in an IronicEcho at the factory, [[spoiler:when Napier kills the lieutenant with a single shot]].)



* ThouShaltNotKill: Averted, which may come as quite a shock to younger tropers more used to the modern ''Batman'' films where this trope is enforced. In fact, this movie is an attempt to return to the [[CharacterizationMarchesOn earliest version]] of Batman's character, where he did kill.
** He didn't start killing until after he found out the Joker killed his Parents. His first scene plays the trope straight. Any mentions of him killing prior, borderlined on UrbanLegend.

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* ThouShaltNotKill: ThouShaltNotKill
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Averted, which may come as quite a shock to younger tropers more used to the modern ''Batman'' films where this trope is enforced. In fact, this movie is an attempt to return to the [[CharacterizationMarchesOn earliest version]] of Batman's character, where he did kill.
** He didn't start killing until after he found out the Joker killed his Parents.parents. His first scene plays the trope straight. Any mentions of him killing prior, borderlined on UrbanLegend.



* TooDumbToLive:

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* TooDumbToLive:TooDumbToLive



* VillainousBreakdown:

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* VillainousBreakdown:VillainousBreakdown



* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield:

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* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield:WhereTheHellIsSpringfield



* WickedCultured: The Joker enjoys classical (or at least orchestral) music, and he plays it on three "romantic" occasions: Percy Faith's "A Summer Place" while meeting Vicki in a museum café; Stephen Foster's "Beautiful Dreamer" while bringing some flowers (which, in a vile twist, are already wilted) to Vicki's apartment; and a sentimental waltz while he is, uh, ravishing Vicki on the roof of the city's Gothic cathedral. Interestingly, the latter piece - Danny Elfman's "Waltz to the Death" - is actually quite beautiful and grand, and [[LightIsNotGood would be completely innocent were it not exclusively associated with a disfigured mass murderer]]. He also quotes Creator/EdgarAllanPoe to Vicki in one scene -- and, fittingly, it is a line from "The Raven," which is about a deceased sweetheart (Joker had murdered his previous love interest, Alicia, in order to free himself up for Vicki). He's also a fan of Francis Bacon, it seems. He is also mentioned in his police file as having an aptitude for art, which puts an interesting perspective when he and his goons vandalise most of the works at the Gotham Museum of Art (or when he dismisses most of Vicki's photography... except the ones of war and death). Presumably, he fully appreciates and understands all of this stuff on an artistic level, but ''still'' felt like smashing it up to bring it up to his own twisted sense of aesthetic standard. When he brings Alicia in, she says "Jack, you said I could watch you improve the paintings."

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* WickedCultured: WickedCultured
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The Joker enjoys classical (or at least orchestral) music, and he plays it on three "romantic" occasions: Percy Faith's "A Summer Place" while meeting Vicki in a museum café; Stephen Foster's "Beautiful Dreamer" while bringing some flowers (which, in a vile twist, are already wilted) to Vicki's apartment; and a sentimental waltz while he is, uh, ravishing Vicki on the roof of the city's Gothic cathedral. Interestingly, the latter piece - Danny Elfman's "Waltz to the Death" - is actually quite beautiful and grand, and [[LightIsNotGood would be completely innocent were it not exclusively associated with a disfigured mass murderer]]. He also quotes Creator/EdgarAllanPoe to Vicki in one scene -- and, fittingly, it is a line from "The Raven," which is about a deceased sweetheart (Joker had murdered his previous love interest, Alicia, in order to free himself up for Vicki). He's also a fan of Francis Bacon, it seems. He is also mentioned in his police file as having an aptitude for art, which puts an interesting perspective when he and his goons vandalise most of the works at the Gotham Museum of Art (or when he dismisses most of Vicki's photography... except the ones of war and death). Presumably, he fully appreciates and understands all of this stuff on an artistic level, but ''still'' felt like smashing it up to bring it up to his own twisted sense of aesthetic standard. When he brings Alicia in, she says "Jack, you said I could watch you improve the paintings."



* YoureInsane:

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* YoureInsane:YoureInsane


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20th Jul '16 1:23:55 AM Arivne
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* ImpossiblyCoolWeapon: In the fight at the cathedral, Batman apparently has a gadget that was designed for the sole-purpose of crushing an opponents nuts. ''And he does that to one of the Joker's mooks.''

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* ImpossiblyCoolWeapon: ImpossiblyCoolWeapon
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In the fight at the cathedral, Batman apparently has a gadget that was designed for the sole-purpose of crushing an opponents opponent's nuts. ''And he does that to one of the Joker's mooks.''
15th Jul '16 11:16:16 PM The12thDoctor
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->''"I'm not going to kill you. I want you to do me a favor: I want you to tell all your friends about me."''\\
'''''"WHAT ARE YOU?!"'''''\\
''"...I'm Batman."''

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