A musical written and performed in 2012 by Team StarKid. It is an Affectionate Parody of Batman, 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?Can be watched for free here.Has a fledgling character sheet here.
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 [[Genius Bonus Four times would be two times two, or two to the second power, as well as two plus two, so a good number for the running gag.
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.
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.
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!".
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.
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.
Non Sequitur: Robin spouts several of these during the final number. The first is even acknowledged:
Old Shame: Averted. Rather than doing the obvious and having the Joker, Poison Ivy, Scarecrow or some other well-known Batman villain as the Big Bad, the makers of Holy Musical Batman dug up Sweet Tooth, a C-list Batman villain who has had exactly two appearances in official Batman media. First as the villain in an episode of The New Adventures of Batman, where he commits crimes with a candy motif and weaponised sweets: a corny villain, even by the standards of the cartoon he was in. His second appearance was a cameo in Batman: The Brave and the Bold. Understandably, Sweet Tooth never caught on, and with the new, darker age of Batman stories, has been almost completely forgotten and ignored by all. Except this musical, that is. They even manage to go the extra mile and actually make him threatening. Completely ridiculous, but threatening. He ends up playing like a candy-obsessed Joker.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Thehell Is That Accent: Robin uses an odd, exaggerated-sounding British-like accent that sounds nicely camp. Evil Sherlock Holmes' is a bit more convincing.