Theatre: Holy Musical B@man!
written and performed in 2012 by Team StarKid
. It is an Affectionate Parody
, The DCU
, and comic book superheroes in general.
After witnessing the brutal murder of his parents, young born billionaire Bruce Wayne reacts the way any rational person would and dresses up like a giant bat to wage a one-man war on crime. But as it turns out, there is one big downside to being a lone Anti-Hero
: it's pretty lonely.
Can a young orphaned acrobat named Dick Grayson fill the hole in Batman's heart shaped like his parents getting shot and murdered in an alleyway? And what of Superman
, an annoying and all-powerful
superhero from Metropolis who is secretly jealous of Batman's popularity?
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- Adorkable: Robin and Superman.
- Ambiguously Gay: Robin to a certain extent. Lampshaded in 'Superfriends'
- Antagonist in Mourning: Batman occasionally muses over how much he misses the Joker.
- Appeal to Obscurity
Superman: Have you ever heard of Mr. Mxyzptlk?
Green Lantern: No.
Superman: No! That's right. It's because I do my damn job.
- Author Filibuster: Most of Batman's pep talk to Superman towards the end is pretty obviously the Langs gushing about how awesome superheroes are and how anyone who thinks that they're unrealistic or corny is a pretentious douchebag. And, much like the Author Filibuster from A Very Potter Sequel about Harry Potter, if you're a fan, it's awesome and heartwarming.
- Bad Ass Adorable: Robin is usually adorkable, keetish and pretty wimpy. But he does kick Penguin's ass at one point
- Big Bad: Sweet Tooth.
- Black Comedy Rape: Robin uses his pipe-weapon-thing to anally penetrate The Penguin.
- Bonding Over Missing Parents: Batman and Robin. Later, Superman and Batman for a shorter amount of time.
- Brick Joke: Superman's rant in the first act about how stupid Batman and his villains are. Every single one of his complaints becomes true.
- Two-Face's plot to steal all of the two-dollar bills from the Second National Bank pops up a grand total of four times. The first is in Superman's aforementioned rant; the second is in the Rogues Gallery meeting, where Two-Face confirms that this is indeed his plan; the third is when he hijacks Sweet Tooth's telecast to announce it; and the fourth is when Alfred decides to go after Two-Face at the same time that Batman is going after Sweet Tooth. note
- Bridal Carry: When Batman kills Sweet Tooth by pushing him into THAT vat of boiling hot chocolate, he picks up Robin in this style, and runs with him. Many fans could interpret this as an example of Ho Yay.
- Broken Ace: Batman and Superman.
- Butt Monkey: Two-Face. Superman has shades of it.
- Captain Ersatz: Really, the only difference between Sweet Tooth and the Joker is Sweet Tooth's candy theme. Likewise, Candy to Harley Quinn, right down to the abusive relationship between her and Sweet Tooth/Joker.
- Chekhov's Gun: Batman's knowledge of Superman's weakness to Kryptonite ends up being how he defeats Superman during their fight. Superman's Shout-Out to his movie ends up stopping Sweet Tooth's plans entirely.
- Cluster F-Bomb: 'To Be a Man'. Overall, the musical itself drops enough of these to wipe out a small country, especially when compared to other StarKid musicals.
- 'To Be a Man' wins because the first line of its chorus (that is often repeated) is "Fuck you, I'm gonna kick your ass!"
- Coconut Superpowers: In the great StarKid tradition. Batman's jet is represented by a small model that goes over his shoulders, and Superman's flight is achieved either through Jim Povolo carrying him or Brian Holden sticking his arms out and making wooshing noises like a five-year-old.
- Combat Pragmatist: Batman wins against Superman beating him with kryptonite.
- Composite Character: Sweet Tooth has elements of the Batman: The Animated Series Joker (the purple suit and Candy), The Dark Knight Joker (some of the manic pronunciation, the final scheme and stabbing Chilly Willy),the Riddler from Batman Forever (the hair, the puns and the rampant mugging), and his namesake Sweet Tooth from The New Adventures of Batman (his name, candy theme, and plan involving Water Source Tampering).
- Crazy-Prepared: Somehow, Sweet Tooth has a candy prepared for every occasion.
- Crosscast Role: Commissioner Gordon, Calender Man, Evil King Arthur and The Green Arrow are played by Lauren Lopez. The Riddler is played by Meredith Stepien, and The Flash is played by Jaime Lyn Beatty.
- Curse Cut Short: In "Rogues Are We", there's a line that goes: "I'll weed out any wussy/ I'm a pretty little kitty/ But I ain't no -", only to be interrupted by the rest of the Rogues gallery shouting, "Rogues are we!".
- Department of Redundancy Department: The friendship ship.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Alfred 'buys' Robin for Batman from the Classifieds in a newspaper Later Robin says:
Robin: Iíve been with my fair of wealthy billionaires throughout the years. Itís always the same song and dance with you types. They think itís fun to take in a young acrobat for a while, but after the novelty wears off, Iím back on the streets.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: The Joker is killed off-screen during the show's opening number. Appropriately enough, he falls off a bridge.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Superman is really annoyed about Batman having more fans despite him having more powers and, in his opinion, better villains.
- Eagleland: 'The American Way'. America, the Beautiful AND America, the Boorish - just compare Superman's 'Truth and liberty and justice' idealism to Batman's more cynical 'If money can't fix it then I haven't found it yet', 'Be a born billionaire and have your butler build a jet', and 'Inheritance trust funds, million dollar bills' as the cornerstones of American society.
- Fanservice: Basically Fan Service: The Musical. So many of the Starkid Boys are running around in spandex and underwear.
- Female Gaze: See above Fanservice.
- Frothy Mugs of Water: Played with. Commissioner Gordon's favorite method of celebration is doing water shots, with actual water.
- Ham-to-Ham Combat: The entire point of To Be a Man.
- Harmless Villain: Two-Face.
- Hero of Another Story: Alfred, of all people, runs off towards the end to stop Two-Face's "dastardly" plot, only to return dressed as Spider-Man. God only knows what he was up to in the interim.
- Hurricane of Puns
- Lampshaded, every villain makes puns based on their theme that would make the 60s show proud. Sweet Tooth takes this trope Up to Eleven.
- Robin loves to do this too, and Batman joins in after they team up.
- You could do a drinking game with it. Take a shot when a superhero doesn't make a pun; it'll save your liver than doing it the other way around.
- Idle Rich: Batman says that he's never worked a day in his life.
- Of course, bats are nocturnal...
- I Lied: Sweet Tooth says that Gotham's citizens voted to kill Robin, most likely to break Batman's spirit.
- I Just Want to Have Friends
- Bruce. His eventual friendship with Robin is built on them being perfect for each other, but Superman and the other Super Friends take more effort to win over.
- Superman, too, has to work at fulfilling his longing for friendship.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Two-Face.
- "I Want" Song: Dark, Sad, Lonely, Knight: "I want to be somebody's buddy!"
- Large Ham: Most of the cast at some point or another, but sweet Jesus, Sweet Tooth. Most of the characters that Lauren Lopez portrays are, even when compared to the general cast, exceptionally hammy.
- Legion of Doom: Batman's entire Rogues Gallery, including the obscure D-listers and a few villains made up for the show, team up under Sweet Tooth's banner to kill Batman once and for all.
- Little Guy, Big Buddy: Batman and Robin. There isn't that much of a height difference, but is especially noticeable considering how often Robin is picked up and moved around with relative ease.
- Lonely at the Top: Bruce, despite being absurdly rich and a popular superhero, has no friends.
- Lonely Together: Robin says this when he meets Batman.
- Mad Love: Candy toward Sweet Tooth. Appropriate, considering who they're based on.
- Man Child: Batman. Oh, sweet Lord, Batman.
- He and Robin bond over their shared love for juice boxes
- Alfred at one point tells him "You can't stay in your pillow fort forever."
- And let us not forget: "Batman loves the circus."
- Meaningful Echo: "You mess with one of us, you mess with all of us".
- Miniature Senior Citizens: Commissioner Gordon is played by the fairly petite Lauren Lopez.
- Mythology Gag
- Sweet Tooth's plot to place Robin's fate in the hands of Gotham by setting up a Facebook poll is reminiscent of how Jason Todd's death was decided by a call-in poll... only that Robin wasn't so lucky.
- I'm the goddamn Batman!
- Superman being ordered to take down Batman by the U.S. government is taken from The Dark Knight Returns.
- Green Lantern leaves early on in the plot because "Sinestro's starting his own Corps or something."
- There are quotes from The Dark Knight Saga including, "I won't kill you, that doesn't mean I have to save you", "This town has shown you that's full of people ready to believe in good". Also Alfred mentions that the Batcave was used to help runaway slaves, a mook who had a bomb in his stomach and was told by the Joker Expy that he'd make the pain go away, and one of the Gotham citizens has a "I believe in Harvey Dent" shirt.
- Ninja Pirate Robot Zombie: The Penguin's "hummingbird-ostrich-hybrid murder-birds".
- Non Sequitur: Robin spouts several of these during the final number. The first is even acknowledged:
Robin: I want to be a modern dancer!
- One-Woman Wail: During the reprise of "Rogues Are We".
- You can hear Lauren Lopez doing one off-screen during some of Batman's lines during 'Super Friends'
- Parental Substitute: Alfred to Bruce.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Alfred has two of these, which he affects by simply putting on a hat (and a beard, in the case of O'Malley the Irish butler). He also has an unseen one, considering that he was also Lucius Fox. Averted when he is dressed as Spider-Man.
- Subverted with Superman, as both Batman and Green Lantern knows he's Clark Kent.
Superman: Wait. You know my secret identity?!
Green Lantern: Is it secret?
- Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: Superman and Batman at the beginning of "To Be a Man"
Superman: I am a man of justice. I am a man of might.
Batman: I am a man of vengeance. I am a man of the night.
- Promoted to Love Interest: Inverted. Catwoman, Vicki Vale, Chase Meridian and Rachel Dawes all show up but none of them have a romance, or even a scene, with Batman. Instead he's busy off having major Ho Yay.
- Pungeon Master: Everyone, but Sweet Tooth especially. Bonus points for props.
- Reconstruction: Reaffirms the importance of Robin in the Batman mythos and argues that the concept of a child crime-fighter does nothing to ruin the gritty realism of a man who fights crime dressed like a bat.
- Running Gag
- Go ahead, take a drink every time Batman slugs a Meredith Stepien character in the face. You'll be drunk by the end of the show.
- The demos on the soundtrack have a running gag about people playing the saxophone.
- Sadistic Choice: At the show's climax, Sweet Tooth simultaneously delivers one to Batman and the people of Gotham. He sets up a Facebook poll, asking people to vote as to whether he should kill Robin. If they vote no, then he frees Robin, but poisons the Gotham water supply. If they vote yes, Robin dies and Gotham gets to live. If Batman intervenes in any way, he does both. Notably, both Batman and the people of Gotham decide to save Robin. It's not until Superman intervenes that a third option becomes available.
- The Scrappy: Robin is this in-universe, since everyone thinks he ruins Batman's "dark avenger" schtick. Eventually this changes.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: After Superman calls him a "butthead", Batman responds with a scream of rage. A drawn-out, incredibly high-pitched scream of rage that wraps around from being annoying to the most hilarious sound on Earth. This scream of rage, to be exact.
- Serious Business
- For Superman, Twitter followers.
- Batman's dark and gritty image, to his fans. Just like in real life.
- Shout-Out: Sweet Jesus, where do you even start? Certainly not on this page, the general Starkid shout out page is over here.
- Sociopathic Hero: Sweet Lord, Batman. He enjoys frightening Gotham's citizens for the fun of it, views everyone as "criminals who just haven't committed any crimes yet", and opts to save Robin and let the entire city die at the end until Robin gives him a What the Hell, Hero?.
- The Song Before The Storm: "The American Way". Counts also for a Massive Multiplayer Ensemble Number.
- Smoking Is Cool: Superman and Batman fight over a cigarette during "To Be a Man".
- Stylistic Suck: The costumes, namely to increase the campyness. Notably the white seam-lines on all of the Underwear of Power and all the heroes wearing Cnverse of varying heights (except Spider-Man who wears other tennis shoes.
- Troll: Bruce makes Twitter accounts for people he doesn't like (like Superman and Obama) and posts about how stupid they are.
- Villain Song: "Rogues Are We".
- Visual Pun: The bat-up dancers in Dark Sad Lonely Knight.
- Water Source Tampering: Sweet Tooth plans to irradiate Gotham's water supply, imploding everyone's heads. As per Rule of Funny, this is announced to everyone in Gotham, yet no one thinks to just not drink the water. It's repeated use in Batman stories is also lampshaded.
Construction Worker: "That nutjob Sweet Tooth is gonna poison the water supply!"
Pizza Girl: "This is even worse than when The Joker poisoned the water supply!"
Construction Worker: "Or when Scarecrow poisoned the water supply!"
Pizza Girl: "Or when Killer Croc poisoned the water supply! That's how he died, the poor fool."
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: Robin uses an odd, exaggerated-sounding British-like accent that sounds nicely camp. Evil Sherlock Holmes' is a bit more convincing.
- Your Head Asplode: Happens to the Penguin and victims of Sweet Tooth's Nuclear Warhead.