Recap: The New Batman Adventures E19 "Legends of the Dark Knight"
aka: The New Batman Adventures Legends Of The Dark Knight
Three young Batman fans discuss what they think he's really like, unknowingly stumbling into an arson by the villain Firefly. Based off Batman
, The Dark Knight Returns
and Joel Schumacher
's films, Batman Forever
and Batman & Robin
- Action Girl: The female of the group is braver than the others, and is based off Robin (who she plays in her story) from The Dark Knight Returns.
- Art Shift: Each story has its own visual style which corresponds to different past incarnations of the Batman character.
- Barrier-Busting Blow: Batman does this to a mook in a sequence based on The Dark Knight Returns.
- Big Damn Heroes:
- Blasting It out of Their Hands: A thrown batarang is clearly shown lodged in the mook's hand. This is a sequence homageing The Dark Knight Returns, which has that happen regularly. Still surprising it got through the net, though.
- Broad Strokes: Flanderized and inaccurate versions are told of Batman and The Dark Knight Returns respectfully.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: The operating table scene from The Dark Knight Returns makes the cut! Robin\Carrie is apparently quite impressed by this scene.
- Dynamic Entry: In the The Dark Knight Returns section, Batman first appears by crashing through a wall to grab a thug.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Michael Ironside plays old Batman.
- Homage: To the 1960s' Batman and Frank Miller's version, specifically.
- I'll Kill You!: The sequence taken from Dark Knight Returns that used this phrase.
- Instrument of Murder: The 1960s' Batman has a giant piano Death Trap, as well as other musical implements used as weapons.
- Mythology Gag:
- Rashomon Effect: The different versions of Batman told by the kids. Referenced at the end when the kids witness Batman himself battling the pyromaniac villain Firefly.
- Aside from the homages that are used to tell the story, at the beginning one of the boys describes Batman as an inhuman monster. The girl says he needs a reality check. She is based off Robin in The Dark Knight Returns, who says the same thing when her friend describes Batman the same way after he saves them from mutants.
- The episode is based on a classic comic book story where kids around a campfire tell each other — and a bemused Bruce Wayne — their different takes on Batman.
- Something Completely Different: Kids tell each other what Batman is really like — one says he's like the Adam West version, one argues for the style of The Dark Knight Returns, and all dismiss the kid who likes Joel Schumacher's version.
- Stupidest Thing I've Ever Heard: The kids find the first boy's story ridiculous. One of them even scoffs at the idea of Batman calling Robin "old chum".
- Stylistic Suck: The segment based on the Batman series. The synchronization between lip flaps and dialogue is poor, the background music cuts between tracks suddenly, and the animation quality fluctuates wildly.
- Take That: The group scoff at a fourth boy who loves Batman's muscles and leather armor and claims the Batmobile can drive up walls. He is extremely flamboyant, is standing outside a Shoemaker store, and his name is Joel. Joel Schumacher was actually amused by the reference.
- Unreliable Narrator: Invoked by the group concerning the first boy's story, which he heard from his uncle. The uncle was a security guard who happened to witness one of Batman's exploits back in the Sixties, but it turns out he was hit with Knockout Gas early in the fight and missed the whole thing.
Carrie: The whole story's bogus, your uncle was asleep at the time!
Matt: Well, like I said, that's how he tells it.
- Vignette Episode
- Would Hurt a Child: Firefly has no problem killing the kids when he sets the blaze.