Three young Batman fans discuss what they think he's really like, unknowingly stumbling into an arson by the villain Firefly. Based off The Silver Age of Comic Books and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.
- Action Girl: Carrie is braver than the others, and is based off Robin (who she plays in her story) from Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.
- And I'm the Queen of Sheba: Carrie's reaction as the first story is introduced:Matt: He's got a lot of cool equipment, and he and Robin are real funny.
Carrie: And my dad's a spy with the CIA.
- Ambiguously Gay: One of the kids, named Joel, is a not so subtle parody of Joel Schumacher, who actually was gay. He has pretty feminine mannerisms and seems to have some erotic fixation on Batman.
- Art Shift: Each story has its own visual style which corresponds to different past incarnations of the Batman character.
- Badass Adorable:
- Before the Joker incapacitates him in Matt's story, Robin successfully takes down several mooks using oversized instruments.
- Carrie's version of Robin can also go toe-to-toe with Mutant gangs while armed with a slingshot.
- Barrier-Busting Blow: Batman does this to a mook in a sequence based on Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.
- Batman Grabs a Gun: Carrie's version of Batman assures her that the tank's bullets are rubber. Honest.
- Big Damn Heroes:
- Dark Knight Batman to Robin in the second act (it was actually a child the Mutants took hostage in the comic).
- Robin to Batman, providing a distraction so he can take the Mutant leader apart.
- Batman to the kids after Firefly torches the theater.
- Blasting It Out of Their Hands: A thrown batarang is clearly shown lodged in the mook's hand. This is a sequence homageing Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, which has that happen regularly.
- Broad Strokes: Flanderized and inaccurate versions are told of Batman's Silver Age adventures and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns respectively.
- Casual Danger Dialogue: Dark Knight Batman and Robin engage in his; after he saves her, Robin asks sarcastically if he figured she had all night. Then when the mutants fire on their tank, Batman only remarks, "Kids these days. No respect."
- Cold-Blooded Torture: The operating table scene from Batman: The Dark Knight Returns makes the cut! Robin/Carrie is apparently quite impressed by this scene.
- Combat Pragmatist:
- In line with Matt's story, Joker acts this way towards Batman and Robin, ambushing Robin in a sneak attack when the latter is distracted.
- Carrie's version of Batman uses military power and brute force.
- Dynamic Entry: In the Batman: The Dark Knight Returns section, Batman first appears by crashing through a wall to grab a thug.
- The first sequence is a homage to the Silver Age Batman comics.
- One of the sequences is an homage to Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.
- I'll Kill You!: The sequence taken from Dark Knight Returns that used this phrase.Mutant Leader: I KILL YOU! I EAT YOUR HEART! I SHOW YOU WHO RULES GOTHAM CITY!
Batman: Alright, son. Show me.
- Instrument of Murder: The 1950s' Batman has a giant piano Death Trap, as well as other musical implements used as weapons.
- Motive Decay: Back on his first appearance, Firefly wanted revenge against his ex-girlfriend. Now he's an arsonist for hire. As with The Mad Hatter previously, Batman calls him on this, and he tries to justify it, saying "Fire needs fuel. Chemicals are expensive."
- Mythology Gag:
- Carrie is modeled on Carrie Kelly, the Robin from Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, and she retells a section of that series.
- The 4th child is an effeminate boy named Joel standing under a sign that says "Shoemaker", who talks about how Batman wears rubber armor and has a car that can drive up walls. The other kids dismiss his theories, and him, out of hand.
- Rashomon Effect: The different versions of Batman told by the kids. Referenced at the end when the kids witness Batman himself battling the pyromaniac villain Firefly — each of them concludes that what they saw proves that their version is the accurate one.
- Self-Deprecation: The show pokes fun at some of Batman's campier eras and periods.
- Self-Insert Fic: Carrie apparently puts herself in her story in the role of Robin, under the assumption that Robin is a girl.
- Aside from the homages that are used to tell the story, at the beginning one of the boys describes Batman as an inhuman monster. The girl says he needs a reality check. She is based off Robin in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, who says the same thing when her friend describes Batman the same way after he saves them from mutants.
- The episode resembles a classic comic book story ("The Batman Nobody Knows") where kids around a campfire tell each other — and a bemused Bruce Wayne — their different takes on Batman. According to the DVD Commentary, this is an accidental resemblance caused by coming up with the same basic idea independently.
- Something Completely Different: Kids tell each other what Batman is really like — one says he's like the Dick Sprang version from the 50s, one argues for the style of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, and all dismiss the kid who likes Joel Schumacher's version.
- Stupidest Thing I've Ever Heard: The kids find the first boy's story ridiculous. One of them even scoffs at the idea of Batman calling Robin "old chum". They are even more dismissive of Joel's version.
- Stylistic Suck: The segment based on the 1950s era. The synchronization between lip flaps and dialogue is poor, the background music cuts between tracks suddenly, and the animation quality fluctuates wildly.
- Take That!: The group scoff at a fourth boy who loves Batman's muscles and leather armor and claims the Batmobile can drive up walls. He is extremely flamboyant, is standing outside a Shoemaker store, and his name is Joel. Joel Schumacher was actually amused by the reference.
- Unreliable Narrator: Invoked by the group concerning the first boy's story, which he heard from his uncle. The uncle was a security guard who happened to witness one of Batman's exploits but it turns out he was hit with Knockout Gas early in the fight and missed the whole thing.Carrie: The whole story's bogus, your uncle was asleep half the time!
Matt: Well, like I said, that's how he tells it.
- Vignette Episode
- Would Hurt a Child: Firefly has no problem killing the kids when he sets the blaze.