YMMV: Batman: Year One

  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Every single scene in the story that reinforces Bruce's Thou Shall Not Kill stance has become this after the next chronological story in the "Dark Knight Universe" shows him having zero trouble when it comes to killing people.
    • The main mob boss of this 1987 series is named Carmine Falcone. In 1992, Italian judge Giovanni Falcone was murdered by the Mafia alongside his wife and three bodyguards for actually loosening their grip on Sicily.
    • Every moment between Gordon and his son, James Gordon Jr., who disappeared for the next decades only to return as one of the most sadistic Serial Killers in the entire DC Universe.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Ben McKenzie (who played Batman in the animated film adaptation) is now playing Gordon.
  • Narm:
    • Some of Batman/Bruce's inner monologues veer into this territory.
    • The crazy man holding the children hostage screaming "NO LUNCH! NO LUNCH!"
    • In chapter four of the recolored version, Gordon removes his glasses to reveal completely bloodshot eyes and a really weird complexion, only on his face. One would be forgiven for thinking he was high and jaundiced or something. What makes it especially baffling is that the original newsprint coloring gave him normal white sclera and pink skin.
    • Much of the film comes off this way due to the faithfulness to the comic. Scenes that worked great in print come off as over-the-top and silly when someone is forced to say it out loud.
  • Moral Event Horizon: The Roman ordering a hit on Gordon's son and Loeb firebombing the drunks are the two main examples.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Batman's attack on the mansion with the mob bosses and Commissioner Loeb is both a Crowning Moment of Awesome and this.
    • He's cornered by the cops, about to be killed... then a cloud of bats crashes through the windows.
  • The Woobie: Jim Gordon. He's a lower level good cop in Gotham without Batman for most of the story struggling with his desire to do the right thing and also rightly worried about the very real danger his family is in if he thinks to stand up. Thankfully things to start get better for him when Batman shows up.