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'''''Batman: Year One''''' is a four-issue story arc, by FrankMiller and David Mazzucchelli, of the regular ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' title (issues 404 through 407), published in 1987 by DCComics. Critically acclaimed, it is considered one of the best Batman stories ever made.

The storyline follows the first year Batman begins to operate in Gotham from his disastrous first attempt in Gotham's red light district, to the battles with crime lords and corrupt cops alike, and even the first appearance of other people in tights and masks in Gotham. It also has (in Batman #404) the first appearances of mob boss Carmine "The Roman" Falcone, who would go on to have prominent roles in ''ComicBook/TheLongHalloween'' and ''Film/BatmanBegins'', and Comicbook/{{Catwoman}}'s protegee Holly Robinson, who would later become [[LegacyCharacter the second Catwoman]].

''Batman: Year One'' is unique in the following: It was deemed the official origin story for Batman PostCrisis, and remained canon despite other {{Continuity Reboot}}s until the Comicbook/{{New 52}}, where it would eventually be replaced by Creator/ScottSnyder and Greg Capullo's ''Zero Year''. It is also canon to the "Dark Knight Universe", an AlternateContinuity comprised of Miller's other ''Batman'' stories, including ''ComicBook/AllStarBatmanAndRobinTheBoyWonder'', ''[[ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns The Dark Knight Returns]]'', and ''TheDarkKnightStrikesAgain''.

This comic heavily influenced ''BatmanBegins''. In 2011, an AnimatedAdaptation in the DCUniverseAnimatedOriginalMovies line was released; the adaptation is almost word-for-word.
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!!This mini-series contains examples of:
* AmazonChaser: Gordon notes that Essen's "arms are strong. Her whole body's strong."
* AmazonianBeauty: This version of Catwoman.
* AnimatedAdaptation: As stated above, this book has a DirectToVideo movie that, while quite faithful to the book, [[AdaptationExpansion expands]] on certain scenes to clarify things a bit more.
* AuthorAppeal: Catwoman starts out as a prostitute. Yup, it's a FrankMiller comic, alright. Distressingly, Holly is also one, and she's only thirteen, if that. Bruce himself is more than a little disturbed by that.
** This is one of the few parts of the book that has NOT remained in continuity, and was made so almost immediately. However, retcon over retcon has actually led it to be the foundation of her post-Crisis character in certain ways.
* AxCrazy: Branden and the GCPD SWAT team. They once put down a riot in Gotham's Not-Central-Park. Didn't even leave the statues standing. Their SOP seems to be: kill everything with fire.
* BadassBoast:
** Batman's speech while he's "convincing" Skeevers to testify against Detective Flass.
---> '''Batman''': You can never escape me. Bullets don't harm me. Nothing harms me. But I know pain. I know pain. Sometimes I share it... With someone like you.
** And also:
---> '''Batman''': Ladies. Gentlemen. You have eaten well. You've eaten Gotham's wealth. Its spirit. Your feast is nearly over. From this moment on - none of you are safe.
** Gordon deserves special mention as well:
---> '''Gordon (internal monologue):''' He's had Green Beret training. It's been a while since I had to take out a Green Beret. ''*tosses Flass a baseball bat*'' Figure I should give him a handicap.
* BadCopIncompetentCop: At the start of the story, Gotham Police Department is made entirely of these, from the Commissioner on down. Lieutenant Gordon and his team seem to be the only cops who are doing what they're supposed to be doing...
* BatterUp: Gordon gets ambushed by a group of dirty cops who beat him to a pulp with baseball bats. Later on, Gordon confronts Flass with a bat of his own... but instead of attacking him with it, he tosses it to him and kicks his ass bare handed.
* TheBeard: The easiest five grand she ever made.
* BerserkButton: For Selina Kyle: don't hurt or threaten Holly for your own good...
* BigBadDuumvirate: Carmine Falcone and Commissioner Loeb.
** FiveBadBand: Each of them have TheDragon (Flass for Loeb, Johnny Vitti for Falcone) with Branden rounding out as TheBrute.
* BigNo: Gordon does this when his baby, little Jim Jr. is thrown off a bridge. (Fortunately, Bruce pulls a BigDamnHeroes and jumps after him, saving him in the nick of time, without his costume).
* BigSisterInstinct: Selina toward Holly.
* BlackAndGrayMorality: The bad guys are ''bad'', but the good guys have their own problems. Even Gordon, TheLastDJ, has problems with infidelity.
* BloodKnight: SWAT leader Branden, who borders on PsychoForHire.
** This is probably the ''only'' time FrankMiller doesn't make Batman this.
* BreakingTheBonds: After Bruce gets shot and arrested, he comes to in a police car. He tells them to stop the car, and when they don't listen, he breaks his handcuffs effortlessly.
* BronzeAge: Was written at the very end of it.
** DarkAge: This story arc, along with ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'' (also by Miller) and ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' (by Creator/AlanMoore) are often credited with starting this age.
* CatScare: Causing one officer to open up with ''a machine gun''.
* ChekhovsSkill: Bruce Wayne karate-kicking the tree in the first issue is later brought to mind in issue three, to be used a few pages later.
* CollectorOfTheStrange: Much to Catwoman's chagrin, Commissioner Loeb has a $40,000 collection of... pop memorabilia.
* TheCommissionerGordon: One of the subplots is of Lieutenant Gordon coming to trust Batman and become this.
* ContinuityNod: "Hmf. I suppose you'll be taking up flying next, like [[{{Superman}} that fellow in Metropolis.]]"
** The arrival board at the beginning mentions several DC universe locations: [[TheFlash Central City]], [[{{Manhunter}} Empire City]], [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Fawcett City]], [[TheFlash Keystone City]], [[{{Superman}} Metropolis]], and [[GreenArrow Star City]].
* DarkSkinnedBlonde: The girl hanging all over Bruce's arm when Gordon comes calling at the manor in chapter four.
* DirtyCop: The Gotham City Police Department is swimming with them, although Detective Flass is the most obvious example.
* DudeWheresMyReward: Catwoman's first heist results in Batman getting the credit. Her second heist ''does'' net her credit... as Batman's assistant.
* FirstNameBasis: Gordon realizes his affair is getting too serious when he starts calling her Sarah instead of Essen.
* FollowTheLeader: This storyline was so successful, it kicked off the various "Year One" storylines in DC, and [[{{Spiderman}} Marvel]].
* TheFettered: Both Batman and Gordon.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** Flass' joke:
--> '''Flass''': "... I said ''posse.''"
* HaveAGayOldTime: About Selina's outfit.
--> '''Holly''': "I mean it's pretty ''queer'' -- I mean --"
* HellBentForLeather: Two words--dominatrix Catwoman. The fact that such appeared in a FrankMiller comic isn't surprising.
* HeroStoleMyBike
* InstantSedation: Some kind of tranquilizer gun Batman uses to knock out the chauffeurs at the socialite party he sneaks into. There's also Batman's blowgun in the apartment shootout scene.
* JerkassFacade: Bruce Wayne. Though in the animated film, Sarah Essen believes (correctly) that Bruce is [[ClarkKenting acting like that]] to throw away suspicions of him being Batman.
* KickTheDog:
** In a poor attempt to act [[AffablyEvil affable]], Flass gets rid of a frail Buddhist monk who's nagging Gordon for donations by picking up the monk by the collar and tossing him aside like a rag-doll. He also beats up a kid allegedly to disarm him of a switchblade. [[spoiler: It's a comb.]]
** Not to mention Loeb's decision to try to corral Batman... by ''firebombing a building full of winos.''
** There also a near-literal example, combined with a PetTheDog for Batman. SWAT agent Pratt gets annoyed and tries to shoot the cat used as a CatScare. Not much later, Batman punches him through a wall over it.
* KnightInSourArmour: Gordon
* TheMafia: Since this is Batman's first year out, none of his iconic RoguesGallery has shown up yet. Thus, these guys take the role of the bad guys.
* MythologyGag: The title of the first chapter: "Who I Am and How I Came to Be" is a reference to the title of the original Batman origin story: "The Legend of the Batman: Who He Is and How He Came to Be".
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: Branden and his SWAT team are often referred to as this, Gordon even calls them Gestapo.
* NeckSnap: Catwoman does this to a random mook using her legs, which is somewhat of a character violation as in the modern-day comics Catwoman almost never kills.
* PapaWolf: ''Do not'' mess with Jim Gordon's son.
** MamaBear: When a pimp is abusing Holly Bruce tries to intervene. When he attacks the pimp Holly stabs him with a knife. When Bruce knocks her aside Selina leaps from the hotel room to ''kick his ass.''
* PaintingTheMedium: Gordon's narration has a printed font on a yellow background, while Batman's is cursive on white.
* PantyShot: Not shown to the audience, but during Gordon's visit to Bruce Wayne, Bruce sat crossing his legs while in his robes, prompting Barbara to avert her eyes.
* LeParkour: Bruce Wayne relies on it while pursuing some kidnappers across the city, during the day.
* PeriodPiece: Not for the original mini-series, which was written in the mid-80s, but for the animated adaptation which is incredibly faithful; it's been more than a generation since Hare Krishnas offered people literature at train stations or airports, for example.
* PostCrisis: This is Batman's origin told for the PostCrisis DCU, removing the weirder bits from the earlier eras.
* PrettyInMink: Martha Wayne wears a white fur coat (it's when she gets shot, but otherwise counts).
* RecycledInSpace: Gordon's part in the story plays like {{Serpico}}, a sole honest cop trying to clean up a corrupt department, but with Batman.
* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: Bruce, starting out on this.
* SaveTheDayTurnAway: Batman saves Gordon's baby without his mask. Gordon says he's blind without his glasses, and tells Batman to flee the scene before the cops arrive.
* ScaryShinyGlasses: Gordon has these when he's pissed off.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: The thief boy about to fall to his death according to Batman.
* SelectiveObliviousness: Batman, out of costume, just saved his infant son's life and hands him the child. Even though he's personally met and spoken to Bruce Wayne, Gordon blames the loss of his glasses for his (claimed) inability to recognize the man he's talking to and standing two feet away from.
** The implication is made that Barbara knows who he is as well: she met Bruce at the same as Jim, sees him without his motorcycle helmet as he promises to save her son, and arrived at the bridge in time to see the conversation between the two.
* SequelHook: The last few frames is of Gordon revealing he received a letter from a guy calling himself "SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker" who is threatening to poison Gotham's water supply.
* SmokingIsCool: Ironically, the corrupt Detective Flass and Commissioner Loeb seem to be the only cops that ''don't'' smoke.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: Though a well loved series, one common complaint is that the book feels more like "Gordon: Year One" than "Batman: Year One". Indeed, his story makes up the bulk of the comic, and he certainly steals the show. That said, his story is hardly bad by any means.
* SupportingProtagonist: Especially in the film, Jim Gordon comes across as the true main character of the story, even being the first in the end credits, than the title character who is shown more as a supporting character.
* SuperHeroOrigin: The point of the story is to show off the origins of Batman, [[BadassNormal Gordon]], and Catwoman, although the last was quickly retconned.
** It was eventually re-retconned back though.
* SwitchingPOV: The arrival of Gordon and Bruce to Gotham, in the begining of the story. Gordon arrives in train, and thinks he should have taken a plane... and Bruce arrives in plane, and thinks he should have taken the train.
* TalkativeLoon: Albert Blume, a paranoid schizophrenic who holds three children hostage in chapter two.
-->'''Blume:''' ''Spider'' nasty don't ''noise'' it--no ''lunch''. No ''lunch''.
* ToBeLawfulOrGood: Gordon struggles with the fact that he should be pursuing the obviously righteous Batman, who is, on paper, a criminal.
* TriggerHappy: Lt. Branden and his SWAT team.
-->'''Holly:''' Selina! Things are blowing up near the park!
-->'''Selina:''' Maybe Branden's cornered a jaywalker.
* UnreliableVoiceover: In chapter two, Flass is narrating the story while Batman attacks him for taking money from drug dealers. Naturally, what he says and what happens are polar opposites. When Gordon beats him up earlier in Chapter 1, he thinks that said cop will doubtless make up a story about twenty attackers and never admit the truth.
* UngratefulBastard: After Bruce protects Holly from her violent pimp, she stabs Bruce in the leg.
* VerbalTic: Holly tends to whinily emphasize single syllables.
** Commissioner Loeb also has a habit of answering his own rhetorical questions and reinforcing his own statements, yes he does.
* WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong: Bruce's first night home to Gotham, he patrols the streets "just for recon". It quickly turns into an epic screw-up where the prostitutes he thinks he's protecting attack ''him'', the cops shoot him without question, and he nearly bleeds to death.
** But it teaches him that he needs to instill fear into the hearts of criminals, who are a cowardly and superstitious lot...
*** And then his first foray as Batman - stopping a trio of burglars - he nearly screws that up as well (one very nearly fell to his death). Then again, this is an origin story: He has to start learning how to ''be'' The Batman...
**** It culminates in his saving an old lady from an oncoming truck. This leads him to get trapped in an abandoned building where he only narrowly manages to escape. After that Batman decides it's time to stop screwing up.
* WouldHitAGirl: Bruce shows no hesitance in laying punches on Selena when she attacks him.
* WretchedHive: This story portrays Gotham at its dirtiest.
* YourCheatingHeart: Gordon cheats on his wife Barbara with his partner, Det. Sarah Essen. Both know it's wrong, so Sarah requests a transfer to another city, and Jim eventually confesses to Barbara, vowing to work on their relationship. Also, Commissioner Loeb tries to blackmail Jim into "playing nice" by showing him pictures of the affair and later calling Barbara to tell on him. (By then, Jim has confessed, and Barbara quickly blows them off. This results in Loeb taking ''drastic'' measures.).

!!The animated adaptation contains examples of:
* AdaptationExpansion: The film expands or completely adds a few scenes and makes things the comic left subtle a bit more obvious. The biggest example is a scene demonstrating that the girl Bruce had over during the Gordons' visit was simply TheBeard working for $5000.
* CreativeClosingCredits: The first part of the film's credits shows off panels from the newsprint version of the comic.
* DemotedToExtra: In the animated adaptation, Dent is only seen and mentioned once when Gordon investigates him on the belief he is Batman. In the comic he was one of the main three that took down the corrupt network (aside from Batman and Gordon) but he was either not mentioned or his involvement was given to Gordon (such as the reason IA was going after Flass was Dent's doing in the comic but Gordon's in the film and the reason Skeeter was given parole was Dent's doing so Batman could interrogate him). This was most likely due to focus more on Gordon and Batman's beginnings.
* ShoutOut: The film changes some of the toys stolen from Loeb into a [[WesternAnimation/TheHuckleberryHoundShow Huckleberry Hound]] and an [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Elmer Fudd]].

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