Western Animation: The Batman vs. Dracula
The Batman and the bat man, together at last!The movie
of The Batman
, featuring (expectedly
battling against Count Dracula
. Heavily based on the Batman Vampire
trilogy (which also had Batman and Dracula fight in the first graphic novel).
Accidentally resurrected by the Penguin, who believed his tomb to be the repository of a great treasure, the Count begins abducting citizens of Gotham City and turning them into vampires as part of a scheme to revive his lost love, Carmilla. Batman catches on to this evil scheme and sets out to stop Dracula and save the citizenry.
This film contains examples of:
- Alucard: Dracula's alias. Revealed to Alfred (and the audience) when the name is written out and held up to a mirror, spelling out Dracula.
- Batman Gambit: Batman certainly angles for this, getting Dracula to follow him all the way through the catacombs back to the Batcave... and the only possible devices he can use against him.
- Brick Joke: The treasure Penguin and Joker were looking for.
- Cardboard Prison: Lampshaded, a convict fakes insanity to get a shorter term in Arkham, only to slowly start to crack. So he tells Joker and Penguin, the two who have escaped the most, about the treasure and kicks off the film's plot. Only he left the directions vague in hopes they'd break him out too.
- Cassandra Truth: Penguin really did try to warn Joker to stay away from a certain coffin.
- Cool Versus Awesome - The title alone is enough to give a person a geekgasm.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Of Batman by Dracula. Batman goes into their first battle as ready as he usually is, and Dracula still nearly kills him. (Only the sunrise saves him.) Batman only wins in the end by Out Gambitting Dracula, and he still gets hammered by the Vampire Lord.
- Dracula: Duh.
- Darker and Edgier: Than the main series.
- Death by Secret Identity: Dracula for Batman.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Dracula truly does love Carmilla.
- Evil Me Scares Me: After Batman's fight with Dracula, Bruce has a nightmare involving the deaths of his parents and a vampire version of himself.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin
- Family-Unfriendly Death: While he actually survives, it was pretty startling to watch the movie and suddenly see the Joker falling into a river while his own joy-buzzers electrocute him and he screams while sinking. Add the occasional electrical surge where you see his silhouette sinking deeper into the water. The same movie also has the real death of Dracula: Batman uses a device that stores energy from the sun on him and he is burned alive and Batman gives him a blow that knocks him into pieces, sending ash and bone everywhere.
- Faux Affably Evil: Dracula.
- Flash Step: Dracula pulls this off quite a bit.
- Foreshadowing: Joker's line of "This time, I'm out for blood, Batsy." Guess who gets turned into a vampire later on?
- Groin Attack: Vicki performs one on Penguin when escaping Dracula's crypt.
- Heroic Willpower: Batman is able to snap out of Dracula's mind control by recalling the death of his parents.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Eyewitness reports of a bat figure result in Batman taking the heat for the disappearances.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: In the beginning of the movie, the Joker falls into a river and is electrocuted by his own high voltage hand buzzer after trying to use it on Batman. He survives.
- Joker Immunity: At the beginning of the film, Batman witnesses Joker fall into a river, with his electric hand buzzer still active, believing him to have been electrocuted to death. Although given that he's the Trope Namer, he survives, only for Dracula to turn him into a vampire. And he's right back to normal by the end of the movie.
- Killed Off for Real: Dracula.
- Laser-Guided Karma: While both race to claim the treasure, Joker zaps Penguin with his electric hand buzzer and leaves him in a river, laughing all the way. As Penguin struggles to get back up, he spies Batman in hot pursuit of Joker.
- Legacy Character: Dracula believes Batman is this to him and tells him as such.
- Lighter and Softer: Than the Batman Vampire trilogy.
- Look Behind You: Penguin pulls this one on a guard at Arkham so he can escape.
Penguin: Ooh, it's Joker!
- Made of Iron: Batman survives getting slugged and tossed around by Dracula, who is shown during the final fight to be capable of punching through solid rock and overturning the Batmobile with his bare hands.
- Mind Rape: When Batman questions Joker about Dracula's hiding place, this trope is why he won't talk.
- Mythology Gag: The movie included elements from Elseworlds tale Batman & Dracula: Red Rain, such as Dracula and his minions' vampiric designs and a Vampire Batman (who appears in Bruce's nightmare).
- A bat crashes through the window (which serves as Bruce's inspiration to be Batman), only the bat lies dead in Bruce's nightmare.
- Like in Tim Burton's Batman, Bruce and Vicki's growing attraction to each other, and also Vicki knowing he's Batman.
- No Sell: Batman trying the antidote on Dracula, who mocks the attempt:
Dracula: You may have cured my human victims of their disease, but no earthly medicine can cure a supernatural affliction.
- Not Big Enough for the Two of Us: "There's only room for one bat-man in Gotham."
- Not So Different: Dracula tries this with Batman initially, thinking that just because he wears a bat costume and operates at night, spreading fear amongst the criminal population (and unintentionally, the civilian population) that he'd make a good vampire to serve under him. Batman is not convinced. Though, he's uneasy about his Batman persona inspiring fear among the civilians.
- Oh, Crap: Penguin upon seeing Joker again, then Joker when he discovers Dracula.
Joker: That's a good looking corpse...
- Our Vampires Are Different: Everyone Dracula (or a vampire turned by him) bites, becomes "his vessel". Effectively meaning they are turned and instantly become slaves to his willpower. Also (at least for some of them) the victims are not killed when bitten (Dracula hates wasting potential servants). At least some vampires lack reflections. The vampires are super-strong, super-fast, with heightened senses, they're all allergic to garlic and sunlight, and have an aversion to crosses.
- Joker is the only vampire slave of Dracula who retains most of his individuality and willpower, (knowing Joker, this is probably due to Insanity Immunity) as well as the ability to speak, though he is still unable to reveal Dracula's resting place to Batman.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Dracula doesn't kill most of his victims, though not because he's against killing. It's because if he kills them, then he can't turn them into his undead minions and he hates wasting potential servants.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: "I'm the Batman. And you're dust!"
- Reality Ensues: When Batman attempts fighting Dracula one-on-one for the first time, he doesn't exactly do so well against him, what with Dracula being much stronger, faster, and can fly as well. Only the rising of the sun saves him from being drained dry by the Count. Effectively, this means that in their next confrontation, Batman spends less time fighting him head on and more time trying to lead him into a pre-prepared trap.
- The Renfield: Penguin becomes this to Dracula.
- Secret Keeper: Vicki Vale figures out Bruce is Batman. But she doesn't let him know that, though Alfred likely sense she knows more than she lets on.
- Sdrawkcab Alias: While in Gotham, Dracula goes by the pseudonym "Alucard".
- Shout-Out: Dracula's wife is named Carmilla.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Granted, as a movie tying into a kid's show and more or less based on the mainstream comics, they couldn't really kill anyone to begin with, but taken as an adaptation (admittedly, a loose one at that) of the Batman Vampire trilogy, everyone who isn't Dracula survives the movie. Granted, it also helps that Batman never becomes a vampire and cured the Joker, and Commissioner Gordon, Catwoman, Tanya, the Riddler, and many other characters are Adapted Out.
- Versus Title
- The Virus: This is at least the case for everyone normal turned in this film. Becoming a vampire effectively means contracting a virus from Dracula and Batman comes up with a serum to cure it. The stuff doesn't work on Dracula however, as his vampirism is much more supernatural in nature, apparently.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Batman has no problems with killing Dracula. Even Alfred is surprised. "Dracula's not a man. He's a monster." Although granted, he did at least try the vampire cure on him first.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: Penguin stumbles across the treasure after being freed from Dracula's control over him, only to be arrested and have the treasure taken by the police.
- You Have to Believe Me: Penguin tries to inform the police that Gotham was nearly taken over by vampires, only to have his claim brushed to the side as the public assumes that he was just making up stories as he failed to frame Batman. Vicky is the only one to believe him, but keeps her mouth shut.