The Justice League International team that Batman formed is this as well.
Depending on where one falls on the Love It or Hate It scale, the self-referential moments in Mitefall! are either a perfect representations of what fans felt the show did right, or undeserved self-aggrandising.
Bizarro Episode: "Bat-Mite Presents: Batman's Strangest Cases!" It features Scooby-Doo dancing the polka... and that's one of the more sane moments.
Broken Base: The show's humor approach is either considered funny or annoying.
Psycho Pirate from season 1's "Inside the Outsiders!" is a sadistic supervillain who increases his own strength by feeding off the negative emotions of others, which leads to their minds being destroyed. Kidnapping three teenage superheroes, the Outsiders, for this very purpose, Psycho Pirate uses a dream machine to invade their minds and mentally torture them with their worst fears and angers. Attacking Katana's mind first, Psycho Pirate forces her to relive her master's death, then tries to manipulate her into striking down her master's killer in her rage, and later tries to trick Black Lightning into showing the same hate and prejudice toward others that people have often shown him. When Batman saves the two kids, Psycho Pirate invades Metamorpho's mind, convinces him his friends have turned against him, then has him try to kill them. After Batman seemingly saves the Outsiders, Psycho Pirate tries one last time to torture Batman by assaulting his mind with the dream that the Outsiders were painfully killed by Pirate, attempting to force Batman to give into his hatred for the villain. Though only appearing in one episode, Psycho Pirate's sadism, victim choice, and powers themselves made him stick out as one of the truly monstrous characters in the series, being such a vile being that he is one of the few people Batman shows nothing but disgust and contempt for.
Chun Yull, known exclusively as the Faceless Hunter, is the The Heavy of season 2's Starro Invasion Arc. Originally from the Saturnian moon Klaramar, the Hunter was an outcast among his people for being a violent hunter, and in retaliation, the Hunter made a deal with the planet-devouring being Starro to destroy his homeworld in exchange for being Starro's herald. Spending the following years mind controlling the populations of entire planets then offering them up for Starro to devour, the Hunter arrives on Earth to continue his work; however, he is forced to flee when the heroes of the Earth destroy Starro. Kidnapping the hero B'Wana Beast, the Hunter painfully forces him to use his powers to create a monstrous creature the Hunter plans to use to destroy the Earth, before moving on to the rest of the universe. Though the Hunter is beaten, B'Wana Beast is forced to sacrifice himself to save the Earth from the Hunter's machinations. Cruel and homicidal for no defined reason, the Faceless Hunter stood out as a surprisingly dark villain for this fairly lighthearted series.
Red Hood, especially under torture; and of course the Joker himself.
The whole damn show.
Ace the Bathound's jetpack.
Joker's jetpack and how it's powered. And his choice of weapon to combat Batman's light saber. A RUBBER CHICKEN!
Critical Backlash: Due to being a Lighter and Softer Batman show inspired by the Silver Age, the show has gotten quite the Love It or Hate It aura from the DC fanbase over the years. However, for all the complaints it gets for having a portrayal Batman that clashes with his normal, darker characterization, its art direction, and its overall silly and kiddy feel, the show has and maintains a rather noticeable following. Many fans state that if you overlook the immature premise, one finds the show rather enjoyable as it pays homage to many obscure elements of the DC mythos, is willing to embrace Camp to be Crazy Awesome, and is very creative and unrestrained, especially in comparison to many of DC's recent Darker and Edgier works. Many people who watch clips of the show online even end up admitting that they wound up liking the show after giving it a second chance or wasn't cheap, kid-centric program they initially thought it was, especially with episodes like "Chill of the Night". In fact, many who revisit this show even express sentiment about how this show was one of the better (if not the best) attempts at portraying the DC universe in a more light-hearted tone in modern times and wish that DC would make more work with its genuine Rule of Fun approach.
In the crossover with Sherlock Holmes, Holmes is so arrogant that he puts his life in danger to prove his superiority, is quick to decide that the supernatural is involved in his case, berates Watson for disbelieving in ghosts and demons, and is openly mean to Watson. So, the exact opposite of Doyle's Holmes.
In The Mask of Matches Malone, Nefertiti is said to have been given a cloak by the goddess Bast. However, Nefertiti was one of the only Egyptian queens who DIDN'T worship the Egyptian Pantheon.
Mrs. Manface's appearance is simultaneously unutterably horrifying and side-splittingly funny.
Batman being crushed with a giant hammer and his soul drifting to heaven replete with harp, angel wings, and cowl, corny; him being melted in a vat of acid to the bone, horrifying; everything afterwards is just plain funny.
The episode "The Battle Of The Superheroes" crosses it a good dozen times, since it's a homage to Superdickery. A notable highlight is Superman picking up Kandor in it's bottle than shaking it while cheerfully shouting "EAAAAARRRRTHQUAKE!!". They even worked in a close approximation to the Super Pope Hat!
Designated Hero: Wong Fei from Return of the Fearsome Fangs. For being a martial arts expert, he's quite an arrogant, rude jerk who always insults his pupils no matter if they do well or bad and orders them to kneel to him essentially every time he wants, just to show off his status of mentor. No surprise that only ONE of FIVE students completed his training, and just because the plot demanded it.
Catwoman. Well, as Batman himself says, she's not exactly "evil" per se, like his other villains, but he does seem to like her more when she behaves meaner. Like this dialogue from "The Knights of Tomorrow!";
Bruce Wayne: I forgot how cute you are when you're threatening
The Captain Atom episode Powerless which has the uncharacteristically arrogant Captain repeatedly proclaiming to powerless kids, and this seems to be his view of ordinary folks in general, that sometimes the best way to be a hero is to remember "you're not one." (Irony and Hilarity Ensues) As cynical as his words are, one could argue that there's a certain ugly truth to what he's saying - that sometimes, regardless of good intentions, the best thing to do is to step aside and let the professionals, people who have years of training and experience, handle the situation or the aftermath.
Taken beyond subtext. Batman lets Catwoman escape, Catwoman gives Bats her number.
Heatwave, Weather Wizard and Captain Cold all have this for Barry Allen when the world thinks he's dead. They interrupt their own robbery to complain about how boring and unimaginative an opponent Batman is next to him, and how "Geezer Flash" and "Baby Flash" just aren't the same. They're quick to deny it when Batman accuses them of missing him, but their delighted reactions when he returns say otherwise.
Sorceror Felix Faust helps Batman undo Batwoman's spell that switched their bodies, all the while thinking that 'Batwoman' was the same woman she'd always been, oblivious to the fact that the original spell had done its job. When he's talking about how he'll miss her after the body-switch was successful and Batwoman's off to prison, Batman asks him if he realizes that it was him in Batwoman's body. He smirks and replies:
Jonah Hex and Lashina are positively dripping with Foe Yay throughout "Duel of the Double Crossers!" It even ends with the two of them riding off together.
Bordering on Ho Yay when Bats teams up with the Joker.
Joker when Bats brings him to the Batcave and he sees the mementos inside: "An entire wing for moi? I knew you cared!"
Bat-mite lampshades Batman's relationship with Joker in "Emperor Joker". Then it is deconstructed when we see how horrible it is to be on the receiving end of Joker's attacks; even Bat-mite realizes it since he's helpless and chased by his own "Mini-Joker".
Fridge Horror: Huntress flirts with Batman like a bad 1940's Hollywood Floozy stereotype. When you realize that this version of Batman is mostly modelled on the Silver Age Earth 2 Batman, (Robin's pre-Nightwing "adult" costume proves this), the fridge horror kicks in; Huntress in that continuity was Helena WAYNE, aka Batman and Catwoman's DAUGHTER. Ick Factor 11.
In "Mayhem of the Music Meister," the titular villain at one point flees from Batman along five telephone wires arranged like a musical notation staff... and his quarter-note-shaped vehicle jumps from line to line to follow Neil Patrick Harris' singing.
In the cold open for "Night of the Batmen!" Vigilante's fingerings and strumming are accurate to the music he's producing.
In "Dawn of the Dead Man!", Batman is trapped in a limbo between life and death, acting as a ghost. He sees the gateway to the afterlife, with his parents urging him to join them. This is a little unsettling given that the episode premiered two days after the release of Final Crisis #6, which ends with Batman's death. Or as revealed at the end of the last issue, what looked like it at first glance.
And this episode shows the start of Deadman's friendship with Batman. In Justice League, we saw such a relationship come to an end. Deadman was forced to possess Batman to save the heroes from Devil Ray, killing him, but when it's over Batman realises he did it by using a gun. Bats does not look happy about it.
In "The Knights of Tomorrow", Old Joker is given six months to live due to the chemicals he's used over the years. Now, take a look at Joker in Arkham City...
There's a short gag about Sportsmaster out with his family on a roadtrip. Come Young Justice, and his character is a prime example of an Abusive Parent.
The entire concept of the show, a celebration of the rich, varied history of the DCU, in light of the New 52 and its disposal of this same history.
At the end of Mitefall, the execs ultimately feel a Darker and Edgier show will do better and cancel Brave and the Bold. This did not turn out to be case in real life - the ratings for Beware the Batman ended up nowhere as good as Brave and the Bold's, leading to Cartoon Network to eventually abruptly pull it from the schedule, keep it off the air for months, and then burn off all the remaining episodes at once, before cancelling the show and deeming it a 'financial failure'.
"Emperor Joker! features a related example. Bat-Mite says fans enjoy how Batman fights an obscure villain like the Ten-Eyed Man, but he really wants to see him take on the Joker. Beware the Batman made a point of not using the Joker and most of the other familiar villains in favor of the lesser known ones. That proved to be an Audience-Alienating Premise for a number of fans.
The very first episode has Blue Beetle arguing that Batman would always beat Superman in a fight because "Batman always has kryptonite". The third season kicks off with Batman actually fighting Superman...and he doesn't have kryptonite. And gets flattened.
In "The Mask of Matches Malone!" an amnesic Batman, in his "Matches Malone" guise, wears the Cursed with Awesome Cloak of Nefertiti (which grants the wearer nine lives), and would often get killed and then brought Back from the Dead in many ways. It is not until he gets killed for the ninth and final time that he is able to take off the cloak upon being brought back by its magic power. Two episodes later, we get "Emperor Joker!", and guess how many times the Dark Knight gets killed and then brought back to life by the Joker in many ways in a Death Montage? That's right, nine freaking times! And just like in "The Mask of Matches Malone!", it is not until his ninth death and resurrection that Batman does something, this time using Reverse Psychology to beg the Joker not to take away his sanity. If you happened to watch both episodes in Australia, it works in context, but in the U.S.? Not so much, since you have to get the Season 3 DVD in order to get the "Matches Malone" episode, as it hasn't aired on TV due to the "Birds of Prey" innuendo song clip that got leaked onto the internet.
Considering one of the posts that didn't make it into the second thread screencap had her identified as the daughter of the Anti-Spiral, as well as a brief reappearance to call on her brother to avenge her, it's probably not over.
She basically shows up as a constant annoyance every so often these days.
De-aged Batman's sad crayon drawings from "The Malicious Mister Mind!", which he sends to the Marvels because he can't find the words to describe how their fighting makes him feel. It's purposefully both adorable and sad.
The dog has a jetpack.
Batwoman getting unmasked. Treated totally seriously, despite her mask covering pretty much nothing but some hair◊.
Though unlike AQUAMAN, that's basically a thematic continuation of his brief appearance (as Expy Devil Ray) in JLU.
The show does this to the very concept of a Camp Batman, showing that even when silly, Batman can still be badass. It helps that, for all the show's absurdity, Batman himself is at worst The Comically Serious.
The Terrible Trio; they went from rich guys who rob banks to Bloody Roar style kung fu villains in this series.
Crazy Quilt has been a joke in comics for decades, but the show is returning him to his roots as Robin's personal archenemy and a legitimate threat.
Hal Jordan does have a strong fanbase, but he's also often regarded as a Creator's Pet in the comics. The show cleverly sidesteps his usual issues by instead playing up his relationship with Carol Ferris and his fear that he can't keep her Superpowered Evil Side under control - something that hasn't been the case in the comics for a long time, but surprised many people who were expecting another generic Sinestro battle.
Also, Bat-Mite. Can't go wrong with being voiced by Paul Reubens and breaking the fourth wall constantly. That is, until...
Seasonal Rot: The third and final season. Batman became more of a Canon Sue and the stories lost a bit of edge in terms of fun and often got more plot holes. Some see the third season as being just as good as the other two seasons and enjoyed the appearances from Superman as well. For a lot it's the earliest episodes that are a bit shaky. Ultimately, it was attempting to prevent this that led to the producers ending the show.
The episode where Alfred writes a story about Bruce marrying Catwoman and them having a child named Damien. Not only is writing fan fiction about people you actually know already pretty icky, but Alfred writes the story in which Bruce and Selina are murdered and leave Damien a troubled orphan. It starts to get pretty squicky if you actually stop and think about the implications for too long.
In "Joker: The Vile and the Villainous!". While Joker and Weeper are obviously only trying to sabotage the Bat-Probe because it would make crime more difficult, the fact that the Bat-Probe operates by summoning the police whenever it detects malicious intent veers dangerously close to prosecution of thoughtcrime. Batman acting a lot jerkier than usual doesn't help. Then again, the entire episode was from Joker's point of view, so there's a reason for that.
Captain Atom might be a Smug Super in this show, but he does raise a good point: If Batman was caught against Giganta, Despero or Star Sapphire without any time to prepare, he would be mulched pretty casually. This was actually demonstrated in two prior episodes. Batman wouldn't have stood a chance in "The Eyes of Despero!" without a Green Lantern power boost, while "Scorn of the Star Sapphire!" saw Hal do all the real heavy lifting, and in between these two episodes "Requiem For A Scarlet Speedster" showed Batman to be ill matched against the Flash's Rogues, requiring the three speedsters of the episode (Jay Garrick, Barry Allen and Wally West) to intervene.
The death of B'wana Beast, pulling a Heroic Sacrifice to save the world at the end of The Siege of Starro, Part 2.
The second Blue Beetle's death. As Batman tells Ted's successor, not every superhero story has a happy ending.
They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: This version of Joker's on/off girlfriend/henchgirl, Harley Quinn, is portrayed as a Deliberately Monochrome 1920's flapper with a very different personality and demeanor than she usually has. Despite this, flapper Harley only appears in two episodes, Emperor Joker and the final episode hanging off Joker's arm during the wrap-up party.
Ugly Cute: Platelet from "Journey to the Center of Batman!"
Uncanny Valley: Mary Marvel. Dear lord Mary Marvel. They fixed her in the second episode she appears in.
Wangst: The Doom Patrol's reason for breaking up and its former members spiraling into depression. Essentially, they were unable to save a hostage from being killed by a villain. It wasn't remotely close to being their fault that she died and no one blamed them for it. While this is an awful thing to have happen, they clearly overreacted.
Iron Woobie: Batman in "Emperor Joker!" He is tackled by the Joker, and it goes From Bad to Worse when Bat-Mite accidentally gives the Joker his powers, turning him into a God-Emperor who uses them to twist the world in his own way. From that time on, the Dark Knight is forced into a Death Montage as he gets killed and then brought back repeatedly, with poor powerless Bat-Mite being Forced to Watch the carnage. It is not until he is revived from the last Death Trap of the electric chair that he uses Reverse Psychology to beg the Joker not to take away his sanity. And through it all, he defends himself and his own mind from the Joker, telling him that they both need each other to survive. The Dark Knight truly needs a hug after all that.