Batman: Noël is a standalone Batman comic written and illustrated by Lee Bermejo. Acting as Yet Another Christmas Carol, the story follows Batman in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge, sick with pneumonia on a snowy Christmas day as he tries to bring the Joker to justice.
Unfortunately, his heart has hardened after the death of his partner Jason Todd to the point where he considers potential criminals dangerous and uses much more force than necessary in detaining a put-on henchman, Bob, who's desperate to pay his ill son's medical bills.
And so, just like Scrooge of old, Batman is visited by three 'spirits' who can help him change his ways before it's too late—and maybe stop the Joker and save Bob while he's at it.
This comic book contains examples of:
- Adaptational Modesty: As usual for modern depictions of Robin. However, instead of slapping one of Tim Drake's suit on a character or creating a new costume, the comic just modified the classic Robin suit to give it long pants instead of shorts.
- Alternative Character Interpretation: Done in-universe by the narrator, who speculates that in Dickens' original tale there was no Christmas Future and Scrooge was having a near-death experience.
- Art Shift: Catwoman's flashbacks to the past are done in a much more stylized, colorful style reminiscent of the Batman TV show.
- Bad Future: The Christmas Future segment is Batman seeing visions of a future where the Wayne fortune is sold off, the police are even more corrupt and use violent methods even against petty offenders, most of Gotham is overrun in riots, and Commissioner Gordon is arrested and jailed without parole.
- Buried Alive: The Joker buries Batman in a grave for the Christmas Future segment.
- Narrator All Along: The end of the story reveals the narrator is Bob, now with a healthy Tim.
- Twisted Christmas: The main story has Batman working to capture the Joker on Christmas, with civilians caught in the crossfire.
- Working Through the Cold: Despite having a cold and in the middle of catching pneumonia, Batman still tries to catch criminals.
- Yet Another Christmas Carol: The story has Batman in the role of Scrooge, Jason Todd as Jacob Marley, Catwoman as Christmas Past, Superman as Christmas Present, and the Joker as Christmas Future, which helps Bruce's heart soften and change his ways.