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Recap / The Batman S 4 E 11 Rumors

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There is another vigilante in town, who captures criminals and seems to keep them locked away. While Robin ponders if this makes crime-fighting easier, Batman points out that no one knows where the criminals went since they aren't in Arkham or jail. His instincts prove correct when Rumors goes after Catwoman, who is relatively harmless, and seems to have a personal vendetta.


  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Rumors was meant to be Hush, who assembled a Villain Team-Up for very selfish reasons and for revenge on Bruce Wayne. Mario here acts in revenge for his boss Paul Karon, whom the Joker paralyzed during an attack. He has no grudge against Bruce but rather Batman.
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  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Paul was once this but later pulled a Heel–Face Turn and wanted to use his resources to benefit people.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: After the villains were released from their cells, Batman and Robin battled them. Surprisingly, they took them all down.
  • Defiant Captive: All the villains refuse to beg for mercy from Rumors, which Dr. Strange in particular doing psychoanalysis.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Despite being bitter that Batman failed to save him from the Joker, Paul helps them find his bodyguard when they realize that Mario has to be Rumors. Even Paul thinks that his bodyguard went too far.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Batman and Robin's fight with Rumors leads to them accidentally freeing all the captive villains, who want a piece of Rumors and Batman.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Most of the villains aren't too happy that Joker's the reason Rumor exists. Joker on the other hand doesn't care.
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  • Platonic Declaration of Love: Rumors is heartbroken when Batman and Robin reveal that Paul turned Mario in for kidnapping the criminals. He says that he did it for Paul.
  • Prefer Jail to the Protagonist: Penguins begs Batman to send him to jail out of fear of Rumor coming to get him. Unfortunately, before Batman can do anything to protect Penguin or Catwoman, Rumors appears and grabs them both.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Batman can't save everyone or remember people that villains target. While he stopped Joker from stealing a rocket, he failed to save Karon from debilitating injuries.
    • Robin ponders if this new vigilante will make their job easier. Batman says that locking away people and not surrendering them to the proper authorities is kidnapping, not justice.
    • Despite that Mario engaged in Pragmatic Villainy and only targeted villains, including several that have attempted murder, he's still arrested for his vigilante activities.
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  • Red Herring: Paul Karon, whose company developed the technology that Rumors is using and holds a grudge against Batman. He has an alibi the night Rumors did a kidnapping, which leads to Batman realizing that Mario is the real culprit.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Professor Strange summarizes that Rumor's only goal isn't to save Gotham but to make amends for failing to save his employer.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Dr. Strange and Catwoman opt out of fighting Batman and Robin, with Catwoman cheerily telling Batman he's still scary.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Rumors plans to execute every villain in Gotham, but he wants to make sure the Joker is caught as well. His delaying the execution and Motive Rant gives Batman enough time to stop the execution.
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