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Fanfic Recs: Batman
Proof that the remaining 10% is both vengeance and the night here.

These are recommendations made by Tropers for Batman fanfics, all of which have to be signed to stay on the page. Feel free to add a fanfic of your own to the list, but remember to use the template found here.

You can also add to the current recommendations if you want. Refrain from posting Conversation in the Main Page though; that goes in the discussion page.

Page Reconfiguration in Progress: Fanfic Recommendations is being split into pages for each individual series, so help is needed to classify each entry into the appropiate category, and to format it according to the template.


Authors and Websites

Patient J By Bat In The Sun Films
  • Recommended by Tropers/Pretzl43
  • Arguably the precursor to the infamously excellent Joker Blogs, predating them by nearly two years, which features an interview with the Joker that reviews much of his and Batman's personal history, the terrifying influence he has on others, and the best use of Jim Carrey's cover of "I Am the Walrus" and Nat King Cole's "Smile" in any medium. Take note that this Joker is a tad different from Heath Ledger's nihilist version. Rather he is obsessed with theatrics and the chemistry between he and Batman, much more akin to Mark Hamill's version. He's still frightening to watch and the depictions of his attacks on Jason Todd and Barbara Gordon are highly violent and unforgiving.
    • Feel free to peruse the rest of "Bat In The Sun Films'" work, you won't regret it.

The CATverse by Twinings and Bite Me Techie
  • Recommended by Twisted Midnight Dreams
  • A large series centering on the villains of Gotham City—the Scarecrow and his three unwelcome hangers on, specifically. Has nothing to do with Cat Tales.
  • I thought it was going to be a series of Sues. I'm glad that I was proven wrong. And the writing itself is great, seriously.
  • Now getting it's own page in desperate need of Wiki Magic. Go on and give it your lurve!

The Joker Blogs By This group of people.
  • Recommended by HG 131, Tropers/boomslangvenom. Vyctorian
  • This is a video series based on the The Dark Knight Saga. Guess who it stars?
    • I must say, if they wanted to recast the Joker for the next movie and DIDN'T hire whoever is playing the Joker, I would kill them. This guy does Heath Ledger's Joker so well one must wonder if Heath is possessing him. Also notable for having Harleen Quinzell (before her madness), Dr. Arkham, and Joker being the scariest yet funniest guy on Youtube. If you don't watch this, well, lets just say that I'll put a smile on YOUR face.
      • Scary, scary, scary Original Flavor for Ledger's Joker. I do not know how they did it, but it's him.
    • My god. At one point, I found myself wondering why Heath Ledger had a slightly different voice in these videos than in the movie. Let me reiterate: I was wondering why a man I know to be dead sounded a bit different than I know he did in life. The man in these videos is the Joker.
      • Backing up pretty much everyone's thoughts and feelings. The joker is fantastic, the horrific comedy is there. You'll want to laugh, you may laugh and then be in horror at what your laughing at. The character's outside Joker are great, as the series goes on it get's filled with tidbit's and in-jokes that are so well-placed a non-hardcore fan wouldn't miss them, but to a hard-core batman fan they are pure gold on top of this diamond of a cake. And don't let the first few episodes fool, The Joker never stays in Arkham for very long.
    • Minding the praise for Joker, the other villains are also handled exceptionally well. If it wasn't for the goatee, the guy who played Crane could've easily passed off as him. Then there's Dr. Strange, Hush, The Phantasm, Lock Up, Pamela Isley (Poison Ivy), Jack Rhyder (The Creeper), Catwoman... It just goes on. This troper's can't wait to see more of The Penguin after just hearing his voice. And let's not even start on the almost unholy amount of Mythology Gags.

Cat Tales by Chris Dee
  • Recommended by Looney Toons and eset and Marvel Girl
  • Pairing(s): Batman/Catwoman, Nightwing/Oracle Robin/Spolier Aquaman/Diana (!)
  • This 'verse comprises (as of November 2008) of 56 individual stories of several chapters each. This Catwoman-centric series manages to be Original Flavour while tossing so much of the recent reimaginings of Catwoman into the trash. Wonderfully funny and deeply dramatic by turns, skillfully and entertainingly written, it is worth the time to read. (Which you must do from the very beginning, or you'll have no idea what's going on or why in the later stories.)
    • Actually, this troper started towards the end and had little trouble understanding the plot. It made more sense after going back, but was hardly indecipherable or any less awesome.
      • It's mixed. This troper also started at what-was-then the end. Some of the stories are very referential to earlier parts of the series, while others stand fine alone. There are several distinct story arcs.
    • I love this series. Try this url instead. If you detest what Frank Miller and his followers did to Catwoman, you'll probably really enjoy this series. Unfortunately for the DCU, it's better written than a lot of the current DCU. And it RetCons the material in a really creative way: the scurrilous rumors promoted by some hack named F. Miller and others are from in-universe tabloid press.
    • Very, very noticeable splashes of Writer on Board in Cat Tales. Either way, whatever a your opinion of Miller and Co.'s works are, it may be not to your taste when Chris Dee takes the oppurtunity to attack the writers rather than their work.
    • Seconded by this troper, who initially read the series while unfamiliar with Batverse and looks back in shock at the rampant character-bashing. Anyone Chris Dee/Catwoman dislikes—Ra's Al Ghul, Talia, Scarecrow, Poison Ivy and Harley on occasion, Zatanna, etc.—will be slammed and ridiculed on a semi-regular basis and their character derailed/simplified for justification. The writing style and humor are generally good, and some of the character interactions are fun, but it might not be worth it in the long run if you care about someone the author doesn't.
      • This may be true in the minority, however, provided one keeps in mind that the author is putting forward a reality heavy projection of fanon - from the third person perspective of Catwoman, Batman, Alfred and a host of other characters, these ''bashings" may be read as the character's opinions and flaws.
      • Especially given that Catwoman quotes Lex Luthor as a credible source in her performance.

Elseworlds: Bruce Has A Problem initial oneshot written by Adrian Tullberg, and then with permission from above a loosely-moderated Round Robin collaboratively written onward by Andrew J Talon, Scriviner, and a handful of other authors from the Space Battles forum
  • Recommended by Shonen Hero
  • Pairing(s): Bruce Wayne/Harley Quinn, Tim Drake/Cassandra Cain, and Damian Wayne/Stephanie Brown
  • Synopsis: Harley Quinn discovers the identity of the man behind the cowl...then decides to shack up with him. Hilarity Ensues
  • Having been creatively inspired by this oneshot, a group of fanfic authors from the Space Battles forum began writing a series of connected snippets that continued Bruce and Harley's budding relationship, and the repercussions/effects of such a relationship. The majority of the snippets share a similar Slice of Life / Rom Com tone to that of Cat Tales, as well as borrowing some minor naming/story conventions, but other then that the rest is solid, hilarious Original Flavor
  • Now with it's own TV Trope page in need of some lovin'

Batman Kink Meme (Slash, Explicit content)
  • Recommended by Roach Patrol
  • Pairing(s): Various
  • Capsrock on Livejournal is hosting a collection of anonymous short fics written upon request. The quality ranges from decent to god-like, and the subject matter ranges from NSFW to terrifying.

The Batman Complex, by themanbatman
  • Recommended by Dont Kill Bugs, Lavanya Six
  • A series of very well-done fanmade trailers for a psychological thriller where Bruce Wayne's life as Batman turns out to have been delusions resulting from paranoid schizophrenia. Using elements from the Dark Knight trilogy, Inception, American Psycho, and others, themanbatman creates a very convincing set of trailers. The third trailer also features one of the best uses of Peter Gabriel's My Body is a Cage this troper has ever seen.

Silver Spider's stories on fanfiction.net
  • Recommended by Kereea, Zephyr7
  • Where to begin? there's The Changling which is an alternate of Jason's resurrection that involves him fighting his way home and dragging Damian a Ghul with him, there's what I can only call the Jason Redemption Series: The Choice of Family, Antidote for the Poison, Separation Anxiety, In Father's Honor, Mother's Day, and Old Friends, New Beginnings. For everyone who wanted Jason to wise up and get a happy life, these are it. They show all of the Robins as (occasionally reluctant) brothers who do care about each other.
    • Special mention to Antidote for the Poison where Jason finds out that Tim was attacked by drug runners he thought he had corralled. Jason goes after them, with Damian right behind him. It's not them wanting vengeance that's epic, it's that Damian chooses not to take it, because it's not what Tim would do, and Jason agrees to go with it.
    • Also every single story has at least 1 CMOH. Changling has dozens.
    • Also all changes are clear character-development, and come from established traits. And the connections Jason makes with each of his brothers is unique and awesome.

The Spark in the Dark series by paganpunk2
  • Recommended by Daughterof Luthien
  • No pairings.
  • Consisting of stories ranging in length from thousand word shorts to novels with a wordcount over 300K, this series follows Dick's childhood as he grows up at Wayne Manor. Along the way, the author explores a number of Dick's relationships, particularly the father-son bond that he and Bruce share. Several stories are also devoted to developing his friendship with Kid Flash/Wally West. There is currently a total of 14 stories in the series, but the author updates several times a week, and this number is constantly growing.
    • While much of the series is fluffy and heartwarming, many of the stories have excellently written action and drama plots as well. There are also a number of tearjerker moments throughout (especially in Firework, chronologically the first story in the series).
    • The characters and relationships some of the best written that this troper has seen in a Batman fic.

Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.

And the Rest Is Ancient History, by Grace Dark [Set in The Dark Knight Saga continuity]
  • Recommended by Gordon Schumway, Jonn
  • Synopsis: The truth behind the Joker's mysterious past is revealed, as the man's facade slowly crumbles away to reveal the monster lurking underneath.
  • Comments: Some might think it blasphemous to reveal the Joker's background and origin, but this story does justice and more to Nolan's vision and Ledger's portrayal. Absolutely brilliant characterization follows the development of the Joker from an angry young man into the horrifying monster we see in the film, as the demonic clown hiding within him slowly begins to manifest more and more over the course of several years. There are layers upon layers of subtext in this series, and it's a thrill watching the Joker's slow but relentless transformation, particularly in his relationship with the people around him. Almost 600 reviews, just about all of them positive, illustrate just how truly great this fic is.

Batman Revealed by vballmania23 [Set in an AU The Dark Knight Saga continuity]
  • Recommended by Marioman19, Jonn.
  • Synopsis: Bruce Wayne turns himself in at Harvey Dent's meeting and strange events begin to follow...
  • Comments: A truly excellent fanfiction. The characterization is spot-on and the author manages to capture the events that happen in every single way possible, telling it from the point of view of major characters such as Harvey Dent, James Gordon to even the most minor ones, such as the volunteering lunchlady at the prison.

Bat Tales by The Storyteller [set after the Burton films but with the mythology and villains of the comics]
  • Recommended by FantasyLiver
  • Synopsis: Batman finds Catwoman, who is desperate to reform. A new romance forms and Batman finds himself dealing with several new allies and villains and an even bigger threat than the ones he has previously faced.
  • Comments: One of my favorite Batman fics ever. Some of the dialogue is a little wooden but for the most part it is excellently written with lots of conflict mixed with some lighthearted comedy. "Hell Night" and "The Devil Wears Purple" will knock your socks off. They are that good.

Cogito, ergo sum by Cloudy Dream [Set in The Dark Knight Saga continuity]
  • Recommended by helly.
  • Synopsis: "Lost and disoriented, he has to put together the missing puzzle pieces. He left to find himself, and came back with nothing. Featuring the obligatory amnesia ficlet, borderline sociopathy, some character developement and a road to self discovery. Also some action, sooner or later."
  • Comments: The writing is pure gold, the characters spot-on. The author takes the old clichè of a major character losing his memory, and uses it as basis for many different character studies and what is shaping to be a very compelling story, and one of the most creative seen in this fandom in a while. Features a particular writing style (present tense, second person) which this troper had never seen used in a multi-chapter fan fic, but suits the story very well.
    • Unfortunately it is now a dead link.

Impromptu Affair by Greyliliy [Set in The Dark Knight Saga continuity]
  • Recommended by Rubber Lotus
  • Synopsis: One night in a Gotham alley, Scarecrow find himself an unwitting partner of the Joker. Hilarity Ensues, especially when Two-Face shows up as well.
  • Comments: This is quite a good fic, mostly consisting of The Odd Couple-esque dialogue peppered with black humor and the occasional action sequence. Oh, and It seems that Harley's going to be joining the party soon. While you're at it, check out her other piece of Bat-fanfiction, Burlap (a Scarecrow origin story), as well.

The Pajama Game by A Clever Name [Set in The Dark Knight Saga continuity]
  • Recommended by Tropers/Toccata
  • Synopsis: A dark one-shot exploring the background and mentality of Jonathan Crane, where even something as innocuous as pajamas can become horrifyingly traumatic.
  • Comments: This is not a humor story. REALLY. It is, however, beautifully written and disconcertingly tragic. Contains brief language. Does not contain clichés. Cold Shower and Homecoming (the latter under A Clever Name 2) are two similarly excellent one-shots by the same author.

Not Playing With a Full Deck by 4ofCups [Set in The Dark Knight Saga continuity]
  • Recommeded by Lauralot
  • Synopsis: Feeling that he's been insulted by a news broadcast, the Joker kidnaps Lois Lane to exact revenge. Meanwhile, his men cause chaos across the city as Batman tries to track him down.
  • Comments: Not for the faint of heart, as it contains torture, language, and violence. However, the plotlines are genius and the writing fantastic. Her other work, The Joker's Prayer, is also wonderful.

Can't Get You Out Of My Head By J-Horror Girl [Minor AU, Set in the The Dark Knight Saga continuity]
  • Recommended by Jthe Drafter
  • Synopsis: The Joker has an involuntary associate in the form of a ghostly woman. He can't touch her, she can't walk away from him. They're just going to have to make the best of it, aren't they.
  • Comments: Good characterization from the Joker and our mystery woman, and they play off each other wonderfully. We also get such a nice look into how the Joker thinks. Meanwhile we also have an intriguing B-plot with Batman and Alfred. If fantastic elements bother you than this probably isn't your story, though up through chapter nineteen I haven't seen anything besides our ghost. This story has 81 chapters and 1321 reviews.
    • Passionately seconded by Tropers/boomslangvenom. Manages to make the pairing workable without making the Joker any less homocidal or turning Grace into Harley. There are also some very interesting looks at how the criminal activites in Gotham are affecting the Gotham P.D. and even ordinary Gothamites. Note: additional fntastic elements appear in the form of the Endless, though they technically are part of the DC canon, and it looks like they will not be directly involved with the plot for long.

Duality By Seriousfic [The Dark Knight Saga/Superman Returns crossover]
  • Recommended by Jonn
  • Synopsis: A series of events proves more than either the Dark Knight or Man of Steel can handle alone.
  • Comments: Not only does this series pay full respect to both canons, it's filled to the brim with Continuity Nods that border on Fanservice. Not that I'm complaining at all.
    • A quick note: the fic was started (just) prior to The Dark Knight's release, and so ignores series continuity after Begins. Since this means the Joker comes across as even parts Nicholson and Hamill I'm happy, but a heads up ahead of time helps avoid confusion.

Fear And Malice By E. S. Young [Set in The Dark Knight Saga continuity]
  • Recommended by Tropers/somebody else
  • Synopsis: Harleen Quinzel, starting work at Arkham before Batman Begins, is eager to study insanity for its own sake. Jonathan Crane, meanwhile, conducts experiments while sneering down at his new co-worker. A brilliant story about their pasts, their presents, and the friendship forming between them.
  • Comments: Stylistically impressive and well thought out, with detailed interpretations of all characters (including asylum staff and future rogues). This fits perfectly into Nolanverse while regularly paying homage to both comics and the animated series.

Flesh And Bones By Gema227 [Set in The Dark Knight Saga]
  • Recommended by Slaanesh Is Sexxxy
  • Synopsis: Blair from Gossip Girl just wanted to withdraw some cash from the bank...
  • Comments: Really hoping this oneshot would have a sequel.

Nerd by Night Monkey
  • Recommended by Tropers/Whadahell
  • Synopsis: The Scarecrow must deal with most unwanted guests: The Joker and Harley.
  • Comments: Well written, and quite hilarious. The dialog between the three main characters alone makes this worth reading.

Dear Joker written by 4ofCups [Set in The Dark Knight Saga]
  • Recommended by Chubert
  • Synopsis: The Joker takes on an advice column. Hilarity and horror in equal amounts ensue.
  • Comments: I'm not so sure whether I should be cowering in fear or laughing my head off. It's extremely well written, and it's the Joker, so expect... um... well, it's the Joker. So Yeah.

Makeup and Purple Suits written by yesimahuman. [Set in The Dark Knight Saga]
  • Recommended by Chubert
  • Synopsis: (From FF.net) "The Joker evolved by putting on different costumes. He added brighter, flashier items to his existing ones, until he was forced to smile for all eternity."
  • Comments: I used the ff.net synopsis because I just couldn't think of one my own. It's kinda Mind Screwy, but it's a well written Joker story.

The Doctors and the Nurses They Adore Me So By Lauralot [Set in The Dark Knight Saga continuity]
  • Recommended by Tropers/somebody else
  • Synopsis: Joker is brought to Arkham Asylum following his capture in The Dark Knight. Superficially the institution is boring but fairly standard for a mental hospital. Corruption has yet to remove its stain from certain staff members, however—leaving patients like Jonathan Crane considerably worse for the wear.
  • Comments: Gut-wrenching, hilarious, and gruesome in turn; this fic manages to be simultaneously realistic, in-character, and original. Adjectives aside, you seriously don't want to miss this one. It's incredible.

Strange Behavior, by Rick Peterson
  • Recommended by Tropers/Chuckg
  • Synopsis: A different version of the "Murderer/Fugitive" arc, written during 2002 while the comics were still being published, containing the author's best guess at the perpetrator. Now technically AU due to the canon story having ended another way, but...
  • Comments: ... I actually find this version slightly more plausible (not that the canon version wasn't good, admitted). The explanation given for why the proposed scenario involving Hugo Strange would fit every known detail of Vesper Fairchild's murder as of the time of publication is airtight, and the psychological drama is well-written. Also, for Birds of Prey fans, Oracle is the viewpoint character, and it guest-stars Black Canary.

Necessary Force by paxwolf
  • Recommended by Anonymous
  • Synopsis: When a powerful terrorist threatens the safety of the planet, the Justice League must go to extremes to stop him, and Superman and Batman may have to make the biggest sacrifice of all.
  • Comments: The story and depth of the all the characters involved was just amazing. I really loved Superman and Batman's defining relationship here and the descriptions and imagery was so powerful. Featuring Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Oracle, J'onn, Green Lanturn and others from the Justice League.

Broken Glass by Panamint
  • Recommended by Lady Nomad
  • Synopsis: Dick Grayson has always been a perfectionist. But what happens when perfectionism goes too far?
  • Comments: Very gripping scenario that could happen in the comic book universe. It covers the eating disorders and how hard it can be to overcome them. Everyone is in character but it focuses on their relationships on Dick. Featuring Robin (Dick Grayson), Batman, Teen Titans and others from the Batman Universe.

The Salem Protocol by Esther-Channah
  • Recommended by CMR Rosa
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: An AU spinning off from Batman RIP. Canon-compliant through Batman 677 and part of 678. After that, all bets are off. When GCPD makes a surprising arrest, Gordon knows he needs to call in support.

Impossible Worlds by messageredacted
  • Recommended by myrdschaem
  • Synopsis: There are many ways in to Arkham Asylum; getting out is harder.
  • Pairings: Batman/Joker
  • Comments: There are many "Batman in Arkham" fics in the freeweb. This one just pretends it's one. The set up is typical but comes to a very surprising and well working end. Also, I'm putting this into general, because a) the pairing consists of two kisses which are plot relevant and near the end b) the typical shipping fic focus on the relationship building doesn't exist, it concentrates on the plot development. Seriously, it's worth the time even if you don't like slash. This is just a Gen fic that has slash which makes sense in context.

The Land of Nod by vertigeaux [Set in The Dark Knight Saga continuity]
  • Recommended by somebody else
  • Synopsis: A series of vignettes examining Batman, the rogues' gallery, and how they all fit together.
  • Pairings: Joker/Harley, unrequited Riddler/Harley, Batman/Catwoman
  • Comments: Twisted, tragic, funny, and poetic. The imagery is stunning throughout and the characterization spot-on. Although like myrdschaem I've listed pairings, this piece is very decidedly focused on character exploration rather than shipping.

Knock, Knock by Night Monkey
  • Recommended by Schizo Technician
  • Synopsis (from FF.net): Jehovah's Witnesses are spreading the word of God all over Gotham. What happens when they knock on all the wrong doors?
  • Comments: Very funny. While the author clearly doesn't know all that much about the beliefs of Jehova's witnesses in much detail, he also doesn't have them do or say anything offensive and has them keep to the straight and narrow rather well. A comedy through and through about two very, very, very, very unfortunate Gotham residents, with the big names not appearing for very long.

Gotham Intelligence by Solauren
  • Recommended by SAMAS
  • Synopsis: Batman's actions in The Dark Knight are having greater consequences than he thought. The organization Quantum has started making overtures towards both Wayne Enterprises and the Gotham Underworld, and recent events have convinced a number of intelligence agencies, namely the CIA and MI-6, that Batman may be working with them to those ends. And none other than Special Agent James Bond is coming to Gotham to find the truth.

Crisis of Infinite Batgirls by bookwormwithanattitude.
  • Recommended by Maridee
  • Synopsis: A time-traveling villain has a grudge against the Batgirls.

Last Straw by WTF Wonder
  • Recommended by somebody else
  • Synopsis: People no longer take the Scarecrow seriously, so Dr. Crane decides the time has come to address a few misconceptions.
  • Comments: This fic manages to examine a lot of fandom derailment tendencies (Draco in Leather Pants, Uke, Freudian Excuse, Mary Sue pairings, and so forth) in a believable story with Gotham City...and corrects them via one very, very displeased super villain. Manages to be genuinely chilling and is 100% in-character. Even better that it uses Cillian Murphy's Scarecrow, who is often taken lightly by fans based upon his looks and employment under Ra's Al Ghul. Excellently written, already seems to be becoming a reference point for good Scarecrow representation.

Cassandra Cain, the Batgirl by Dan Ingram
  • Recommended by bissek
  • Synopsis: When confronting her mother, Batgirl is told that she is, has always been, and will always be a weapon, not a person. Upon returning to Gotham, Batman and Oracle help her start on the path to proving Shiva wrong.

A Gotham Christmas Carol by Bradp521
  • Recommended by Lady Nomad
  • Synopsis: A "What If" spin on the Dickens classic as Bruce Wayne is visited in the wake of War Games
  • Comments: This is an interesting take on the Christmas Carol and it showed how Batman could reunite his family and understand that he can't fight alone. The character interaction is great and heartwarming. I deeply recommend this.

Brazilian Batman by Goldfield
  • Recommended by Not JM Keynes
  • Synopsis: It is Batman IN BRAZIL
  • Comments: Much better than it sounds, the author blends perfectly Batman with the Brazilian culture, transporting the motifs and themes of the Black Knight to Rio de Janeiro. Unfortunately it is only in Portuguese. The author has also written Brazilian Superman, but it is much more cynical.

The Survivor by Gladrial
  • Recommended by Maybe Baby
  • Synopsis: The story of Harley Quinn's earliest days in the criminal underworld, from the POV of one of Gotham's longest-lived career henchmen. You don't last long in the business without knowing the ropes and etiquette...unfortunately, no one bothers to inform Harley. So White takes it upon himself. (Also contains Joker/Harley, but it isn't the focus.)
  • Comments: Peppered with well-written original characters, funny lines, and various comic tidbits. A year in the making, but long enough without dragging on. Written by someone who obviously knows the DC universe very well and feels confident enough to use what they please from the nineties animated adaption. A very balanced Joker characterization and a Harley that is immersed in her insanity, but not so much that she's made into an idiot. White feels very real and his unusual friendship with his employer's girlfriend progresses naturally, not feeling forced. I can't recommend it enough.

The Changeling by Silver Spider
  • Recommended by Dedicatedfollower 467, Komodo Classic
  • Synopsis: Jason is awake and aware but half-a-world away from Gotham in enemy hands. He thinks of nothing but escape, but what happens when he meets a certain little boy? Partial AU. Starts of at Red Hood: Lost Days #1 then spins in its own direction.
  • Comments: A Jason and Damian centered fic, follows Jason's attempts to return to Gotham with his "little brother" in tow. Wonderfully written, keeps you right on the edge of your seat. Very much a family-oriented story. The author also has several other great Batfamily stories which you should check out.

Clockwork, by HoistTheColours
  • Recommended by Virusir
  • Synopsis: Set several months after the events of The Dark Knight: the Joker has escaped from Arkham Asylum and is searching for a new place to plot his next attack on Gotham. Upon stumbling into an abandoned apartment however, he encounters a little girl.
  • Comments:A truly excellent fan-fiction that goes beyond any kind of exception from any reader. With it's original story-plot, evocative descriptions, and well-written mannerism of the characters (both canon and original), Clockwork is nothing short but a intriguing piece of literature that evolves a simple discovery of a little girl into a dangerous game of cat and mouse between the Clown Prince of Crime and a new villain rising up from the underground of Gotham City. Complete.

Living in the Red Light, by E Kelly
  • Recommended by Pacifist
  • Synopsis: A streetwalker learns where fear and strength meet - in the shadow of the Bat. A Gotham Noir story.
  • Comments: Batman and prostitutes. Not the way you think.

Fall to Grace , by E Kelly
  • Recommended by Pacifist
  • Synopsis: A young Batman faces a powerful corrupt Senator, a deadly assassin and a mysterious woman with a past as painful as his own. Slight AU from B Begins but very similar style. A Gotham Noir story.
  • Comments: Batman goes after the politicians. The politicians go after Batman. The OC is well written and engaging. The scene with Barbara made me cry.

Good People of Gotham (The Dark Knight Rises, spoilers)
  • Recommended by Jonn
  • Synopsis: A city decides to fight.

No Dawn, No Day by Quipquipquip (TV Tropes page here)
  • Recommended by Laevatein
  • Pairing: Stephanie Brown/Damian Wayne (I don't consider this a shipping fic, though)
  • Synopsis: After the death of Bruce Wayne and disappearance of Dick Grayson, Damian Wayne takes up the mantle of Batman and struggles to live up to his father's ideals, while Stephanie Brown, as Batwoman, tries to keep him stable.
  • Comments: Great characterisation of Damian and Stephanie, and a tonic for those who are missing Stephanie Brown since the character was cast into limbo when The New 52 came along. The story does get quite dark by the end, but there is an alternate ending.

Snapshots by meyari
  • Recommended by Keyseeker
  • Synopsis: Tim stalked Jason to Ethiopia. He managed to stop the Joker from killing Robin, but he got badly injured in the process. The Batfam finds out about the Drakes neglect of their son and are determined to win custody of him.
  • Comments: It's nice to see Jason, Tim, and Dick all bonding. This fic really showcases both the Drakes neglect and Tim's intelligence.

Birds of a Feather by Mithen
  • Recommended by Heta4me
  • Synopsis: Oswald Cobblepot is a respectable citizen and a member of Gotham's elite again, just as he's always wanted to be. His birds have to stay in cages, but he's free now. Isn't he?

Macushla by Hinn-Raven
  • Recommended by Hello101
  • Synopsis: Stephanie Brown is nine years old when her world falls to pieces. Whisked away from everything she's ever known, she finds herself in the court of Talia al Ghul, training to be an assassin. And when she ends up as Damian al Ghul's bodyguard, well her life just gets stranger from there. Now has a sequel by the same author: Misericordia. AU

What No One Else Had Seen by susieboo
  • Recommended by: Adele Potter
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "Nine year old Harleen Quinzel finds something she knows she wasn't supposed to see, and just has to tell someone. Sixteen year old Jonathan Crane, with some hesitation, accompanies her into the woods that night." Set in the Nolanverse, and is a prequel of sorts.
  • Pairing(s): Barely. Harley is very lightly implied to have a one-sided Precocious Crush on Jonathan.
  • Tags: Troubling Unchildlike Behavior
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  • The Nightmare of Gotham by Nightmare1
    • Recommended by fruitstripegum
    • Synopsis: The Joker comes up with a great scheme to get rid of Batman once and for all, one that requires the help of all of Gotham's villains! Unfortunately, Harley feels something will go terribly, terribly wrong. Based on The Nightmare Before Christmas.
    • Comments: Has a companion piece here.

    Fair is Foul and Foul is Fair by gypsydancergirl
    • Recommended by Faliara
    • Synopsis: It all comes full circle. Jason was brought back by a member of the al Ghul, and finds himself willing to return the favor. Robin can never die.
    • Comments: I feel so proud to be the one to add this to the list. To quote someone from the comments section: 'I APPROVE. I APPROVE OF EVERYTHING. HEADCANON ACCEPTED. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED. END OF DISCUSSION.' (Edit: In all seriousness though, it's beautiful. Putting it in Jason's POV was probably what dragged me in at first since I'm really a Jason Todd fan, but it was wonderfully done, what DC should've done, and just- woah. The author fixed the reboot in an epilogue, and it's really amazing, how Dami clinged to Dick for sanity, and everyone was wonderfully in character, and- I cannot recommend this enough. By the way, it took me this long to find out that it was on FF.net as well.)

    Veridical Unreality by Hane no Zaia
    • Recommended by Faliara
    • Synopsis: Aided by a strange voice and visions of a supposed future, a younger Jason Todd stays clear of Batman and said man's tires, and continues his thieving career. Even so, his reality balances on a thin knife-edge, and the Dark Knight really can't seem to stay away, can he?

    Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.

    Persistence of Memory by E.V. Oleander
    • Recommended by Magyareagle
    • Synopsis: Life is a plague of memories for Bruce and Selina. They have done their best to get past them, they find themselves entangled in memories, deceit and truths of the past that they had done their best to hide. AU
    • Pairings: Batman/Catwoman
    • Comments: Perhaps the most realistic take I've ever read about Batman and Catwoman, EV Oleander manages to write a depiction of not only Bruce and Selina that is true to their characters, but of Barbara Gordon as well, bringing her into an alternate take on the Nolan verse. Perhaps the best part of her writing is how she manages to bring them together in a way that doesn't turn them into love starved twits, but rather retains the bearing and intelligence each of the characters has in canon. Barbara is smart and cunning, while Selina is the perfect foil to Bruce, even as they struggle to keep their alter egos secret from one another. A classic of fanfiction.

    Catching Up by 01cheers
    • Recommended by byaga
    • Synopsis: One more - the 1001st, I know - version of what happened to Bruce and Selina at the end of the Nolan trilogy between the Gotham Bay blast and the Florentine cafe.
    • Pairings: Bruce Wayne/Selina Kyle
    • The author of this fic says there are "no big surprises.... just light-ish entertainment", but this is one of the best-executed bits of "light entertainment" I've read on this subject. It cheekily corrects some of TDKR's more egregious bits of business illogic, the setting breathes Hitchcock/Stanley Donen, and Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle are sexy, smart and mischievous. Great fun.

    Twelve Days of Riddler by Spy Vs Tailor
    • Recommended by: Carroty
    • Synopsis: Over the course of a year, Catwoman and The Riddler discover they aren’t so very different.
    • Pairing(s): Selina Kyle/Edward Nygma, Harley Quinn/Jonathan Crane
    • Status: Complete
    • Comments: Great dry and witty characterization not just with Catwoman and Riddler as their relationship is explored, but the other characters who surround their lives in Gotham. Has two sequels, both also complete.

    The Game We Play by Dark Jester (Slash)
    • Recommended by Tropers/Xaun
    • Pairing(s): Batman/Joker
    • Synopsis: It is set in the comic series world in the style of The Killing Joke and Arkam Asylum: A Serious House On A Serious Earth and covers a series of events starting with Batman spending a night locked up with the Joker and chronicles how what happens and what is said that night changes what they are and how they see each other.
    • Comments: Well written, well punctuated, good story.
      • I wasn't expecting much from this, but it turned out to be a beautiful, well-written story. Blew my expectations away. Highly recommended.

    The Knight Waltz by B Linky Productions
    • Recommended by Maki P
    • Pairing(s): Batman/Catwoman
    • Synopsis: For years, Batman and Catwoman have had a very non-conventional, love/hate relationship. Neither willing to completely submit to the other's ways. What was once an endless fight, has now become a sensually painful dance of seduction and courtship. It is their unending struggle. It is their Knight Waltz.
    • Comments: Sexy, beautiful, romantic. And the production is excelent! A great short Fan Film about Gotham's sexiest and tempestous couple

    An Unusual Mission by Adrian Tullberg
    • Recommended by Cedarleaf
    • Pairing(s): Batman/Wonder Woman
    • Synopsis: Having alienated every available young woman within Gotham City limits, Batman is now stuck with the dilemma of finding a date for a charity gala to fend of rumors that his alter ego, Bruce Wayne, is gay. Feeling lonely and having absolutely nothing else on her social calendar, Wonder Woman volunteers to help him out. Hilarity Ensues.
    • Comments: Though only three (very lengthy)chapters long and a dead fic, this is absolutely one of the funniest DCU fanfics this troper has ever read and well worth the read. Crowning Moments of Funny are abound, and include the various superheroes' reaction to Wonder Woman going out with that useless flop Bruce Wayne, Alfred's shameless use of Hammer Space, Bruce kicking the immortal stuffing out of two Amazon guards after Queen Hippolyta pays a visit to Wayne Manor to defend her daughter's honor, Artemis's Immodest Orgasm over Alfred's cookies, Martian Manhunter breaking up a psychic fight between Batman and Aquaman:
      Suddenly the two's heads stretched backwards, then slammed themselves into the conference table, hard, with a sound like mating coconuts.
      Martian Manhunter: I don't know about you but SOMEONE IS TRYING TO EAT HERE. Either start shouting like humans or beat each other up like superheroes!

    "Joker Comic" by rawenna [Set in The Dark Knight Saga Continuity]
    • Recommended by Much Ado About Nonny
    • Pairings: Joker/Harley Quinn, with a subtle dash of Batman/Harley.
    • Synopsis: Two years after the events of The Dark Knight, Dr. Harley Quinn is allowed to do a therapy session with the Joker. The red-haired Oxford graduate quickly catches the Joker's eye, and is therefore dragged into a living nightmare when he escapes. Complicating matters is a certain Mr. Wayne, who seems to have developed a soft spot for Harley as well...
    • Comments: What really drew this troper to the comic was the art. The artist has a way of developing characters simply through the art, subtly revealing the Hidden Depths of the characters in spaces where the dialogue simply can't tell enough about them. The eyes, in particular, are beautifully executed. The story itself is much better than it might at first appear. There is some slight trouble with Rouge Angles of Satin toward the beginning; Harley is introduced as Harley Quinn, not Harleen Quinzel, whihc might annoy a few long-time fans; and there are some slight signs of a Self Insert in Harley's backstory. However, the characters are well-written, with Harley having just as much moxie as her canon counterparts, if with just a tad bit more common sense; Joker is as bad as the film made him out to be, even if he gives Harley a bit more respect than most incarnations; and Batman is...Batman, in all his over-protective and emotionally repressed glory. Well worth a look-see.

    In Darkest Light by Meljean Brook
    • Recommended by Bio D
    • Pairings: Batman/Wonder Woman
    • Synopsis: After an odd sexual episode in the Watchtower, Batman and Wonder Woman go on a quest to find out what's been done to them that will take them from Gotham to Hades itself all while dealing with a certain Clown Prince of Crime.
    • Comments: I have two sources to blame for my love of Wonder Woman/Batman; the DCAU and this story. It was one of my first encounters with (good) fanfiction and it more than holds up today. The charactarization for both Bruce, Diana, and all the peripheral characters is spot on and while the focus is most definitely on the romance that develops between the two heroes, the story delivers more than enough action to keep the average comic reader entertained. It's rated M so there's some smut, violence and naughty language, but you're on the internet so you shouldn't mind.

    The Faith of Averages by Mirrordjyn [Set in The Dark Knight Saga Continuity]
    • Recommended by somebody else
    • Pairings: Two-Face/Rachel
    • Synopsis: Harvey Dent and Rachel Dawes both survive The Dark Knight's conclusion...but that doesn't mean they survive unscathed.
    • Comments: Mirrordjyn takes a concept which initially requires some suspension of disbelief and spins it in a way that proves not only believable, but also intelligent. Stunning prose, in-character while simultaneously showing great development, and maintains the overall tone established by Nolan.

    Between the Shadow and the Soul by Rusty Halos [Set in The Dark Knight Saga Continuity]
    • Recommended by desir
    • Pairings: Batman/Catwoman (or, as the case may be, Bruce Wayne/Selina Kyle)
    • Synopsis: From the author "When they were wearing masks, it was safe. He was the big damn hero, and she was the manipulative, clever thief. But once their own faces are all that's left, those roles blur together in a dangerous game of love and lust that spans cities, continents, and the biggest distance of all...the one between truth and acceptance. Bruce and Selina, in the after." To be less cryptic about it, this fic is set in the aftermath of The Dark Knight Rises, and follows Bruce and Selina on a journey to several different cities and countries around the world, all the while focusing in on their (legitimately funny) banter, hot sex, and multitude of issues.
    • Comments: First I have to say that this author has some of the best prose I've ever read in a fanfic. From both a technical standpoint and an artistic standpoint, this story is a joy to read. The descriptions of the cities that Bruce and Selina pass through (Paris, Venice, etc.) are incredible and lavish. They really suck you into the world of this fic. The author also has a really distinct writing style that you'll pick up on almost immediately after starting it, and this troper personally really enjoys it. Secondly, the other huge draw with this fic is the amazing banter between Bruce and Selina. While other fics tend to play down the teasing aspect of their relationship, this fic is kind of powered on it. The banter is 100% believable, and is often sexy, hilarious, or both. While it starts off light-hearted, the fic also gets progressively more intense as Bruce and Selina develop a deeper relationship, and the pacing is spot on. You really feel like you're watching a couple fall in love. This fic hasn't been finished yet, but the author is pretty good about updating. Read it if you're into traveling, actually sensual smut, or believable Batman/Catwoman.
      • Sadly, this fic has been taken down along with the author's other stories and there seems to be no other links available.

    Psalm of the Lark by Jessica-X
    • Recommended by Dragon Death Cab
    • Pairing(s): Barbara Gordon/Harley Quinn
    • Synopsis: AU of the reveal in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker where Harley Quinn is found by Batgirl in Arkham and recovers both physically and mentally, putting her on the road to becoming Gotham's newest Knight.
    • Comments: This is one of those for me that I always go back and read through. Harley Quinn is completely adorkable after her recovery and her heel face turn is plausible and well-handled. Femslash is not for everyone's taste, but Gordon and Quinn's relationship is well paced and their chemistry is pretty palpable. Definitely recommended reading.

    So, Harv walks into a bar by Chance O Riley 27
    • Recommended by: roguehistoria
    • Pairing(s): Two-Face/OC
    • Status: In progress
    • Synopsis: Two-Face and Harvey Dent, after deciding a change of scenery is in order, have 'adopted' a new bar. You can image Jamie Mackenzie's surprise when it's her bar they start to frequent. Mostly AU with the occasional nod to proper time line.

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  • Crossovers
    World's Finest vrs The Children of the Atom
    • Recommended by: fortune cookie
    • Fandom: Mostly Batman, X-Men and Superman. Features many other Marvel and DC characters.
    • Synopsis: The story starts with Batman investigating the abduction of a young mutant girl. The plot thickens when Batman is accused of the murder of Charles Xavier. Lots of plot twists follow until the true villains and their agenda are revealed.
    • Comment: A must read for any X-Men or Batman fan. In fact this was the fic that got me into Batman. I only found it through the X-Men stuff. It's really well written, has a compelling story and excellent characterization. Minor characters are given their opportunity to shine. Nightcrawler is a favourite of mine. There are hints at a Myth Arc with the Marvel and DC universes somehow merging and the world in danger of destruction, that are left open. The sequel DC and Marvel: A Perfect Storm seems to be picking up there, but hasn't been updated in a while now.

    The Prisoner by Mc Junker

    A Dark Knight Over Sin City by capyle
    • Synopsis: Batman travels to Sin City on the trail of the Yellow Bastard and a handful of his worst enemies. Along the way, he run afoul of the Sin City underworld, Old Town, and just about everyone else.

    Ace of Spades by LeontinaStardust (Harry Potter Crossover)

    For Laughs by Slinky-and-the-Bloody Wands (Criminal Minds Crossover)
    • Recommended by: Tempus Corvus, feral, Jonn
    • Pairings: None
    • Synopsis: Set after The Dark Knight. The BAU comes to Gotham to help catch The Joker after he escapes from Arkham. But if they want to catch The Joker, they'll need to profile The Batman.
    • Comment: I'd never seen an episode of Criminal Minds the first time I read this. So after watching some of the show, I went back. It's amazing how well Slinky writes the characters from both TDK and CM. I really cannot recommend this highly enough. Just read it.
      • I like the fic, though the narration and dialogue can be a bit awkward at times. No problem otherwise. —Jonn

    The Mystery Of The Dark Knight by Sean M. Cogan
    • Recommended by: Dr Will Hatch 45
    • Fandoms: Batman and Sherlock Holmes
    • Pairings: None
    • Synopsis: During Bruce Wayne's multi-year sojourn away from Gotham City, he learns detective skills by none other than the legendary Sherlock Holmes.
    • Comment: Very well written, and the characterizations for a younger Bruce Wayne and an older Sherlock are pretty interesting. They're not exactly how you're used to seeing them, but it fits within their personal histories. The plots(there are many different mini-mysteries in here) are well thought out.

    a mirror, darkly by silverpard
    • Recommended by: Azusa
    • Fandoms: Batman and Sherlock
    • Pairings: Gotham/London, one-sided Joker/Batman
    • Synopsis: Excerpts of a 123-year love letter from Gotham to London, (ongoing).
    • Comment: Every time I try to type something in here, it comes out wrong. It's impossible for me to capture what makes this fic brilliant. It's not the excellent use of semi-personification; it's not the excellent characterization; it's not the chilling tone kept all the way through the story. I don't know what it is, but I heavily recommend it. This is one of those rare fics that makes up for every bad thing that has ever raised its ugly head form the depths of the internet. In conclusion, just read it.

    The Billionaire Boys Club by Freak Perfume (Iron Man crossover, set in The Dark Knight Saga continuity, AU)
    • Recommended by: Captain Fine
    • Fandoms: Batman and Iron Man
    • Pairings: Bruce Wayne/Tony Stark
    • Synopsis: Tony always thought it was better to ask forgiveness rather than permission. When he meets Bruce Wayne, he plays it by his rules—that is to say: none at all.
    • Comment: This writer has Tony's voice down to a pat and the dialogue is just dripping with snark. Pretty much one of the best Bruce/Tony stories around. It's a one-shot, but there are two other stories set in this verse, one of them a work in progress.

    Harry Potter and the Dark Knight by Denial and Deception
    • Recommended by feral
    • Crossover with Harry Potter
    • Status: Updated 2009
    • Synopsis: AU, Film Fic. Madness is like gravity, all you need is a little push...Dark!Harry, Evil!Harry, Azkaban, Rated M for violence, You knew someone would do this eventually...
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  • A Game of Thrones: The House of Wayne by Occams Chainsaw 15
    • Recommended by CMR Rosa
    • Status: Ongoing
    • Crossover with: Game of Thrones
    • Synopsis: While the lords of Westoros battle for the crown, the last living member of the House of Wayne wages his own war in the shadows. Told from the perspectives of characters as it is in the books. Current characters are: Bruce, Alfred, Gordon, Dick, Selina, Harvey Dent, and the Joker.
    • Comments: One of the best crossovers I every read, the author perfectly fuse the Batman mythos in the Game of Thrones world.
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  • Vigilante [1] by Zanganito
    • Crossover with Death Note, Justice League
    • Recommended by feral
    • Status: Updated February 2014
    • Synopsis: Crack Fic, After a terrible mistake with the Death Note, Light has a change of heart and decides to make up for the mistake in his own twisted way.
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  • The Wizard of Gotham by Skysaber
    • Recommended by feral
    • Crossover with Harry Potter.
    • Synopsis: After failing to cheat Bruce Wayne on a deal for drills, Vernon Dursley takes his frustrations out on Harry Potter, by abandoning him in Gotham City.
    • Status: Incomplete, Updated 2007
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  • Hottie 4: Even Better Sequel by Chris Jackson
    • Crossover with multiple works of fiction
    • Synopsis: Hottie 4: Even Bette Sequel is a Milestone Celebration that not only commemorates the five year anniversary of Hottie, but the anniversaries of many works of fiction including Batman, celebrating 75 years.

    Change is the Only Constant by Mara Greengrass
    • Recommended by roguehistoria
    • Crossover with House
    • Status: Compelete
    • Synopsis: When Bruce Wayne becomes Dr. Gregory House's latest patient, House's hidden past might just be disclosed.
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