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* TitleTheAdaptation: The theatrical poster and on-screen title of the film is merely ''Batman''. Home video releases and TV listings have the film titled as ''Batman: The Movie'', as does IMDb.

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* TitleTheAdaptation: The theatrical poster and on-screen title of the film is merely ''Batman''. Home video releases and TV listings have the film titled as ''Batman: The Movie'', as does IMDb.[=IMDb=].


* ReedRichardsIsUseless: The premise for TheMovie and the ''Series/{{Batman}}'' TV series is that only Batman can fight supervillains. Zigzagged when Batman quickly refuses Robin's idea to better the world by making a FreakyFridayFlip with the United World Organization Security Council, arguing that they shouldn't try to tamper with the laws of Mother Nature. Then happens exactly that, (but arguably, the StatusQuoIsGod still applies) and Batman takes responsibility just before going out inconspicuously through the window.

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* ReedRichardsIsUseless: The premise for TheMovie and the ''Series/{{Batman}}'' ''Series/Batman1966'' TV series is that only Batman can fight supervillains. Zigzagged when Batman quickly refuses Robin's idea to better the world by making a FreakyFridayFlip with the United World Organization Security Council, arguing that they shouldn't try to tamper with the laws of Mother Nature. Then happens exactly that, (but arguably, the StatusQuoIsGod still applies) and Batman takes responsibility just before going out inconspicuously through the window.



* StatusQuoIsGod: ZigZagged because the premise for TheMovie and [[Series/{{Batman}} the Batman TV Series]] is that that incarnation of Batman only is useful to fight supervillains (and nothing more). [[ReedRichardsIsUseless He cannot change anything more in his world]]. Robin's idea to better the world by making a FreakyFridayFlip with the bickering United World Organization Security Council is quickly rejected by Batman. Then when this happens... The Security Council is still bickering between themselves, but each one of them is bickering in a different language. Batman realizes that StatusQuoIsGod and he and Robin go out inconspicuously through the window.

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* StatusQuoIsGod: ZigZagged because the premise for TheMovie and [[Series/{{Batman}} [[Series/Batman1966 the Batman TV Series]] is that that incarnation of Batman only is useful to fight supervillains (and nothing more). [[ReedRichardsIsUseless He cannot change anything more in his world]]. Robin's idea to better the world by making a FreakyFridayFlip with the bickering United World Organization Security Council is quickly rejected by Batman. Then when this happens... The Security Council is still bickering between themselves, but each one of them is bickering in a different language. Batman realizes that StatusQuoIsGod and he and Robin go out inconspicuously through the window.



* StockFootage: The Polaris missiles' launching. Scenes of the new Bat-Vehicles shot in the movie were also incorporated in the following seasons of the [[Series/{{Batman}} TV series]]. In one shot of the Polaris, the editors have attempted to make it look different by flipping the image so the fact that it's the same as the previous one will be less noticeable. Unfortunately, this just means that the word Polaris on the missile appears with all its letters facing the wrong way around.

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* StockFootage: The Polaris missiles' launching. Scenes of the new Bat-Vehicles shot in the movie were also incorporated in the following seasons of the [[Series/{{Batman}} [[Series/Batman1966 TV series]]. In one shot of the Polaris, the editors have attempted to make it look different by flipping the image so the fact that it's the same as the previous one will be less noticeable. Unfortunately, this just means that the word Polaris on the missile appears with all its letters facing the wrong way around.

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* TitleTheAdaptation: The theatrical poster and on-screen title of the film is merely ''Batman''. Home video releases and TV listings have the film titled as ''Batman: The Movie'', as does IMDb.


* GotTheWholeWorldInMyHand: The United Underworld Emblem of [[EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods an octopus]] [[ObviouslyEvil squeezing the Earth]].

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* GotTheWholeWorldInMyHand: The United Underworld Emblem of [[EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods an octopus]] octopus [[ObviouslyEvil squeezing the Earth]].


* FreakyFridayFlip: In the end, Batman's attempt at rehydrating the world council ends with a "mixing of minds," an IronicEcho to Robin's suggestion to do that on purpose to try and accelerate progress to world peace. Batman shot the idea down, citing the fate of the five Guinea Pigs as proof they shouldn't try to tamper with the laws of Mother Nature.

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* FreakyFridayFlip: In the end, Batman's attempt at rehydrating the world council United World Security Council ends with a "mixing of minds," an IronicEcho to Robin's suggestion to do that on purpose to try and accelerate progress to world peace. Batman shot the idea down, citing the fate of the five Guinea Pigs as proof they shouldn't try to tamper with the laws of Mother Nature.



* IdiotBall: The nuns, the marching band, and the mother from the "bomb disposal" scene. Robin deciding not to keep tabs on Bruce out of modesty. Batman not recognizing his sworn enemy Catwoman snogging him, [[TooDumbToLive even though she lets out her trademark purr]] and makes a bunch of cat puns, including her fake name. The villains repeatedly falling for the "we hear an explosion, let's assume they're dead" mistake. The World Council continuing to bicker and dicker as their members are being turned to powder one by one.

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* IdiotBall: The nuns, the marching band, and the mother from the "bomb disposal" scene. Robin deciding not to keep tabs on Bruce out of modesty. Batman not recognizing his sworn enemy Catwoman snogging him, [[TooDumbToLive even though she lets out her trademark purr]] and makes a bunch of cat puns, including her fake name. The villains repeatedly falling for the "we hear an explosion, let's assume they're dead" mistake. The United World Security Council continuing to bicker and dicker as their members are being turned to powder one by one.



* ReedRichardsIsUseless: The premise for TheMovie and the ''Series/{{Batman}}'' TV series is that only Batman can fight supervillains. Zigzagged when Batman quickly refuses Robin's idea to better the world by making a FreakyFridayFlip with the United World Organization security council, arguing that they shouldn't try to tamper with the laws of Mother Nature. Then happens exactly that, (but arguably, the StatusQuoIsGod still applies) and Batman takes responsibility just before going out inconspicuously through the window.

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* ReedRichardsIsUseless: The premise for TheMovie and the ''Series/{{Batman}}'' TV series is that only Batman can fight supervillains. Zigzagged when Batman quickly refuses Robin's idea to better the world by making a FreakyFridayFlip with the United World Organization security council, Security Council, arguing that they shouldn't try to tamper with the laws of Mother Nature. Then happens exactly that, (but arguably, the StatusQuoIsGod still applies) and Batman takes responsibility just before going out inconspicuously through the window.



* StatusQuoIsGod: ZigZagged because the premise for TheMovie and [[Series/{{Batman}} the Batman TV Series]] is that that incarnation of Batman only is useful to fight supervillains (and nothing more). [[ReedRichardsIsUseless He cannot change anything more in his world]]. Robin's idea to better the world by making a FreakyFridayFlip with the bickering United World Organization security council is quickly rejected by Batman. Then when this happens... The World Council is still bickering between themselves, but each one of them is bickering in a different language. Batman realizes that StatusQuoIsGod and he and Robin go out inconspicuously through the window.

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* StatusQuoIsGod: ZigZagged because the premise for TheMovie and [[Series/{{Batman}} the Batman TV Series]] is that that incarnation of Batman only is useful to fight supervillains (and nothing more). [[ReedRichardsIsUseless He cannot change anything more in his world]]. Robin's idea to better the world by making a FreakyFridayFlip with the bickering United World Organization security council Security Council is quickly rejected by Batman. Then when this happens... The World Security Council is still bickering between themselves, but each one of them is bickering in a different language. Batman realizes that StatusQuoIsGod and he and Robin go out inconspicuously through the window.



** The World Council not noticing the villains entering the room. You could chalk it up to them being distracted by their arguments.

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** The United World Security Council not noticing the villains entering the room. You could chalk it up to them being distracted by their arguments.


* CosmopolitanCouncil: The United World Council. Once they are reduced to powder they become an AmazingTechnicolorPopulation.

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* CosmopolitanCouncil: The United World Security Council. Once they are reduced to powder they become an AmazingTechnicolorPopulation.



** The United World Council takes the cake, unable to notice the criminals' entrance or the fact that the members are disappearing one by one.

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** The United World Security Council takes the cake, unable to notice the criminals' entrance or the fact that the members are disappearing one by one.



* HopeSpot: The United World Council appears to have been successfully rehydrated without any problems...until they start talking.

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* HopeSpot: The United World Security Council appears to have been successfully rehydrated without any problems...until they start talking.



* NotSoOmniscientCouncilOfBickering: Both the United World Council and the United Underworld

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* NotSoOmniscientCouncilOfBickering: Both the United World Security Council and the United UnderworldUnderworld.


* AssassinationAttempt: The villains plan to "de-hydrate" the United World Council and throw the world into chaos, which initially seems to be some kind of assassination. This expectation is subverted when it turns out water can be applied to rehydrate them, turning their plot into a hostage scheme.

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* AssassinationAttempt: The villains plan to "de-hydrate" the United World Council Security Council[[note]]to be exact, the UW ambassadors of the member nations[[/note]] and throw the world into chaos, which initially seems to be some kind of assassination. This expectation is subverted when it turns out water can be applied to rehydrate them, turning their plot into a hostage scheme.


* BruceWayneHeldHostage: Literally. When Bruce Wayne and Miss Kitka are kidnapped by the rest of the United Underworld, obviously Batman cannot show up and save them.

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* BruceWayneHeldHostage: Literally. When Bruce Wayne and Miss Kitka are kidnapped by the rest of the United Underworld, obviously as bait to lure Batman into a trap. Unbeknownst to the kidnappers, Bruce ''is'' Batman, so Batman cannot show up and save them.


* RealLifeWritesThePlot: BurgessMeredith had created Penguin's ''wak wak!'' to camoflauge his coughs from smoking Penguin's omnipresent cigarettes.

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* RealLifeWritesThePlot: BurgessMeredith Creator/BurgessMeredith had created Penguin's ''wak wak!'' to camoflauge his coughs from smoking Penguin's omnipresent cigarettes.


* BigBadDuumvirate: Catwoman, Penguin, the Joker, and the Riddler. The Riddler does most of the planning, Penguin does most of the leg work, and Catwoman seduces Bruce Wayne. And the Joker is...just sort of...there.

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* BigBadDuumvirate: BigBadEnsemble: Catwoman, Penguin, the Joker, and the Riddler. The Riddler does most of the planning, Penguin does most of the leg work, and Catwoman seduces Bruce Wayne. And the Joker is...just sort of...there.


* BigBadEnsemble: Catwoman, Penguin, the Joker, and the Riddler. The Riddler does most of the planning, Penguin does most of the leg work, and Catwoman seduces Bruce Wayne. And the Joker is...just sort of...there.

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* BigBadEnsemble: BigBadDuumvirate: Catwoman, Penguin, the Joker, and the Riddler. The Riddler does most of the planning, Penguin does most of the leg work, and Catwoman seduces Bruce Wayne. And the Joker is...just sort of...there.


* DoubleEntendre: Bruce and Kitka's lines in the carriage about "Climax" and "Going Slower" among many other saucy lines. Given the tone of the film it's hard to tell if this is GettingCrapPastTheRadar or just an AccidentalInnuendo.


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This movie is technically the very first example of a Superhero film from a major Hollywood studio, preceding Creator/RichardDonner's ''Film/{{Superman}}'' by 12 years. Previous efforts to bring DC and Marvel characters to the big screen were limited to matinee serials, cartoons, and the 58-minute indie film ''Superman & the Mole Men''.

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This movie is technically the very first example of a Superhero feature film from a major Hollywood studio, preceding Creator/RichardDonner's ''Film/{{Superman}}'' by 12 years. Previous efforts to bring DC and Marvel characters to the big screen were limited to matinee serials, cartoons, and the 58-minute indie film ''Superman & the Mole Men''.

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