The movie of The Batman, featuring (expectedly) Batman battling against Count Dracula. Heavily based on the Batman Vampire trilogy (which also had Batman and Dracula fight in the first graphic novel).
Accidentally resurrected by the Penguin, who believed his tomb to be the repository of a great treasure, the Count begins abducting citizens of Gotham City and turning them and the Joker into vampires as part of a scheme to revive his lost love, Carmilla. Batman catches on to this evil scheme and sets out to stop Dracula and save the citizenry.
This film contains examples of:
- Absentee Actor: None of the main GCPD characters such as Bennett, Yin, Rojas or Gordon appear in this film, making it difficult to tell when exactly this film takes place in the timeline. But since Batman is still considered a menace by the police and neither Batgirl nor Robin appear (as they hadn't been introduced yet), it probably takes place around the time of season 1 or 2 (before "Night and the City").
- Achilles' Heel: Dracula's incredibly powerful and shrugs off most everything that Batman can throw at him, but as a vampire he's vulnerable to sunlight which is one of the only things that can kill him for good.
- Adaptational Sexuality: Dracula's bride is Carmilla Karnstein, the Lesbian Vampire.
- Alucard: Dracula's alias. Revealed to Alfred (and the audience) when the name is written out and held up to a mirror, spelling out Dracula.
- Batman Gambit: Batman certainly angles for this, getting Dracula to follow him all the way through the catacombs back to the Batcave... and the only possible devices he can use against him.
- Batman Grabs a Gun: Dracula is so powerful and dangerous, Batman fully intends to kill him to end his reign of terror because, given how their first fight went, it's clear he has no other choice. Justified, as Dracula isn't exactly alive in the first place.
- Bloodier and Gorier: Since vampires are involved, the movie is considerably more graphic than the main series. Most notably, during a fight with a now-vampire Joker in a blood bank, Batman knocks over an entire shelf of blood samples, and Joker happily laps up the resulting Rain of Blood.
- Brick Joke: The treasure Penguin and Joker were looking for that started this whole mess appears in the finale.
- Cardboard Prison: Lampshaded, a convict fakes insanity to get a shorter term in Arkham, only to slowly start to crack. So he tells Joker and Penguin, the two who have escaped the most, about the treasure and kicks off the film's plot. Only he left the directions vague in hopes they'd break him out too.
- Cassandra Truth:
- Penguin really did try to warn Joker to stay away from Dracula's coffin.
- He likewise tries to tell the media that it was vampires responsible for the missing people when he is blamed for it. Naturally no one believes him.
- Cool vs. Awesome: The title alone is enough to give a person a geekgasm.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Of Batman by Dracula. Batman goes into their first battle as ready as he usually is, and Dracula still nearly kills him. (Only the sunrise saves him.) Batman only wins in the end by Out Gambitting Dracula, and he still gets hammered by the Vampire Lord.
- Curb-Stomp Cushion: Batman's second fight with Dracula. While Batman still gets his ass handed to him and spends most of the fight luring Dracula to the Batcave as part of a trap, he puts up a somewhat better fight than last time, landing several hits and even getting the Count with an explosive Batarang.
- Dracula: Duh.
- Darker and Edgier: The film is notably darker than the main series due to featuring vampires and being rather upfront on the fact that vampires feed on blood. The PG rating is definitely justified here.
- Death by Secret Identity: Dracula realizes Batman is Bruce Wayne mere minutes before Batman finishes him off.
- Demoted to Dragon: Penguin is mind controlled by Dracula to be his number two within minutes of the Count's resurrection. Joker is converted into a vampire as well.
- Depleted Phlebotinum Shells: After he discovers Dracula's involvement, Batman soaks his Batarangs in garlic and creates special garlic bombs to deal with the vampires. Dracula quickly realizes this is the case.
- Doing In the Wizard: Subverted, Batman treats vampirism as a virus that can be cured. The cure doesn't work on Dracula because, as he outright states, he is a supernatural being unlike his spawn.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Dracula truly does love Carmilla.
- Evil Counterpart: Dracula is presented as this to Batman. Both are bat-themed, both operate primarily at night, both wear big capes, both are considered legends in their own way, both have servants and sidekicks to help them in their respective goals (Batman has Alfred and will later have Robin and Batgirl, while Dracula has Penguin, Joker and his mindless vampire minions), both are aristocrats (Batman is a billionaire philanthropist, while Count Dracula is well...a count), both of them have very bad reputations, both of them dislike killing people (Batman because of his no-killing rule and Dracula because of Pragmatic Villainy) and both of them are doing what they do because of their loved ones (Batman protects innocent people because he lost his parents, Dracula harms innocent people because he wants to bring back his bride Carmilla).
- Evil Me Scares Me: After Batman's fight with Dracula, Bruce has a nightmare involving the deaths of his parents and a vampire version of himself.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The Batman takes on Dracula.
- Excuse Plot: Joker and Penguin's search for the buried treasure reveals the existence of Dracula and causes Penguin to inadvertently awaken him.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: While he actually survives, it was pretty startling to watch the movie and suddenly see the Joker falling into a river while his own joy-buzzers electrocute him and he screams while sinking. Add the occasional electrical surge where you see his silhouette sinking deeper into the water. The same movie also has the real death of Dracula: Batman uses a device that stores energy from the sun on him and he is burned alive and Batman gives him a blow that knocks him into pieces, sending ash and bone everywhere.
- False Reassurance: Penguin tells a criminal who knows where a stash of treasure is that, "I'm as dependable as the dodo." A subtle way of mocking the man's ignorance and making clear Penguin intends to betray him.
- A Fate Worse Than Death: Batman and Alfred see Draculas victims as this. Alfred even almost says it verbatim regarding Joker after hes been turned. Thankfully, they all get better.
- Faux Affably Evil: Dracula.
- Fight Dracula: For sheer Rule of Cool, the basic premise of the film is to have Batman face the most famous vampire in the public domain.
- Find the Cure!: Part of the plot is Batman trying to synthesize a cure for vampirism to use on Dracula's victims.
- Flash Step: Dracula pulls this off quite a bit.
- Foreshadowing: Joker's line of "This time, I'm out for blood, Batsy." Guess who gets turned into a vampire later on?
- Game Face: Dracula is capable of looking like a perfectly passable human if he wants to, but when he gets serious, his face becomes completely demonic.
- Groin Attack: Vicki performs one on Penguin when escaping Dracula's crypt.
- Heroic Willpower: Batman is able to snap out of Dracula's mind control by recalling the death of his parents.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Eyewitness reports of a bat figure result in Batman taking the heat for the disappearances.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: In the beginning of the movie, the Joker falls into a river and is electrocuted by his own high voltage hand buzzer after trying to use it on Batman. He survives.
- Insanity Immunity: Downplayed. When Dracula turns people into vampires, they typically become mindless animals who are nothing but his slaves, and can do nothing but snarl and growl. When Joker is turned, however, he retains all of his higher reasoning and intelligence, and can even talk. That being said, he's not completely independent from Dracula's control; he still has an insatiable hunger for blood, and a mental block prevents him from giving away the location of Dracula's crypt.Joker: (referring to Dracula) I AM HIS VESSEL.
- Joker Immunity: At the beginning of the film, Batman witnesses Joker fall into a river, with his electric hand buzzer still active, believing him to have been electrocuted to death. Although given that he's the Trope Namer, he survives, only for Dracula to turn him into a vampire. And he's right back to normal by the end of the movie.
- Killed Off for Real: Dracula.
- Laser-Guided Karma: While both race to claim the treasure, Joker zaps Penguin with his electric hand buzzer and leaves him in a river, laughing all the way. As Penguin struggles to get back up, he spies Batman in hot pursuit of Joker.Penguin: Instant karma, Joker!
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: As Batman discovers after curing them, none of Dracula's victims have any memories of being vampires. Though Joker remembering the cemetery being the last place he was at helped Batman in locating Dracula. And as far as everyone knows, the Penguin is responsible for the disappearances.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: A criminal in the opening reaches out to Joker and Penguin for help breaking out of Arkham Asylum because they'd escaped more than anyone else... i.e. they were in more episodes of the main series than any of the rest of Batman's rogue's gallery.
- Legacy Character: Dracula believes Batman is this to him and tells him as such.
- Lighter and Softer: While still significantly dark, the movie is considerably less so than the Batman Vampire trilogy it is loosely based on, lacking the deaths, violence and suggestive elements from the comic.
- Look Behind You: Penguin pulls this one on a guard at Arkham so he can escape.Penguin: Ooh, it's Joker!Guard: Where?
- Made of Iron: Batman survives getting slugged and tossed around by Dracula, who is shown during the final fight to be capable of punching through solid rock and overturning the Batmobile with his bare hands.
- Megaton Punch: When Vampire!Joker is distracted slurping up blood at the blood bank, Batman catches him by surprise, holding multiple garlic bombs between his knuckles and punching him in the face.
- Mind Rape: When Batman questions Joker about Dracula's hiding place, this trope is why he won't talk.
- Monster Lord: Dracula's vampire minions are powerful, but the Count is on a completely different level and rules over them. Carmilla, as his queen, was another one, and Dracula offers Batman the same.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: When first revived, Dracula is Nothing but Skin and Bones. Nonetheless, he's still strong enough to effortlessly smash through solid rock and concrete.
- Mythology Gag:
- The movie included elements from Elseworlds tale Batman & Dracula: Red Rain, such as Dracula and his minions' vampiric designs and a Vampire Batman (who appears in Bruce's nightmare).
- A bat crashes through the window (which serves as Bruce's inspiration to be Batman), only the bat lies dead in Bruce's nightmare.
- Like in Tim Burton's Batman (1989), Vicki's the Love Interest, her growing mutual attraction with Bruce, and she also figures out he's Batman.
- Going much further back to 1939, one of Batman's earliest villains was a vampire called The Monk, who also targeted Bruce's love interest of that time (Julie Madison).
- No-Sell: Batman trying the antidote on Dracula, who mocks the attempt:Dracula: You may have cured my human victims of their disease, but no earthly medicine can cure a supernatural affliction.
- Not Big Enough for the Two of Us: "There's only room for one bat-man in Gotham."
- Not So Different: Dracula tries this with Batman initially, thinking that just because he wears a bat costume and operates at night, spreading fear amongst the criminal population (and unintentionally, the civilian population) that he'd make a good vampire to serve under him. Batman is not convinced, but he is uneasy about his Batman persona inspiring fear among the civilians.
- Occult Blue Eyes: All vampires in the movie possess glowing blue eyes.
- Oh, Crap!:
Inmate: I knew you were rock-solid, Penguin. Not like that other guy.
- Penguin has two minor ones in succession at the beginning. First when he finds out that the Arkham inmate he was talking to about breaking out and splitting a huge treasure with had told someone else about where it was hidden, then when he realizes just who that someone else was...
Penguin: Huh?! You told someone else?
Inmate: Well, first I went to the only one whos escaped from here more times than you
Inmate: Take it easy, I dont think he got what I was tellin him.
Penguin: Who, who, who?!
Inmate: I mean, talk about havin a real screw-loose, right?
Penguin: You told him?!
Joker: That's one good looking corpse...
- Penguin has another one upon seeing Joker again, then Joker when he discovers Dracula.
- Joker has one when he's falling off the bridge and into the water when he realizes his joy buzzer is still on.
- Bruce has one when he realizes Dracula is after Vicki.
- Dracula gets a delayed one when Bruce leads him into the Batcave and makes to escape after the cure doesn't work on him. Dracula follows only to sees that Bruce is standing in front of his UV machine right before he turns it on.
- Our Vampires Are Different:
- Everyone Dracula (or a vampire turned by him) bites, becomes "his vessel". Effectively meaning they are turned and instantly become slaves to his willpower. Also (at least for some of them) the victims are not killed when bitten (Dracula hates wasting potential servants). At least some vampires lack reflections. The vampires are super-strong, super-fast, with heightened senses, they're all allergic to garlic and sunlight, and have an aversion to crosses. Carmilla was like Dracula himself and it's implied by Dracula's offer to Batman that he's capable of properly converted others into the same class of vampire as himself.
- Joker is the only vampire slave of Dracula who retains most of his individuality and willpower (knowing Joker, this is probably due to Insanity Immunity), as well as the ability to speak, though he is still unable to reveal Dracula's resting place to Batman.
- Outside-Context Problem: Dracula is this, as while this Batman has faced many superpowered enemies, Dracula is a supernatural, Ancient Evil with a Superpower Lottery completely outclassing the rest of his Rogues Gallery. Even coming Crazy-Prepared to his first fight leaves Batman barely able to survive against Dracula (and even then, he really only survives due to the sun coming up).
- Pragmatic Villainy:
- Dracula doesn't kill most of his victims, though not because he's against killing. It's because if he kills them, then he can't turn them into his undead minions and he hates wasting potential servants.
- Also the reason Penguin is spared from being turned; Dracula needed at least one human servant to keep his grave during the day, so he instead hypnotizes him into taking this role.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: "I'm the Batman. And you're dust!"
- Rain of Blood: This literally happens to Joker while fighting Batman at the blood bank, complete with him happily lapping up the blood.
- Reality Ensues: When Batman attempts fighting Dracula one-on-one for the first time, he doesn't exactly do so well against him, what with Dracula being much stronger, faster, and can fly as well. Only the rising of the sun saves him from being drained dry by the Count. Effectively, this means that in their next confrontation, Batman spends less time fighting him head on and more time trying to lead him into a pre-prepared trap.
- Reforged into a Minion: When Batman turns down Dracula's offer that We Can Rule Together, the Count is perfectly willing to subject him to this trope just as well.
- The Renfield: Penguin becomes this to Dracula.
- Save the Villain: The Penguin attempts to warn The Joker about the Dracula, and fails to save him.
- Secret Keeper:
- Vicki Vale figures out Bruce is Batman. But she doesn't let him know that, though Alfred likely sensed she knows more than she lets on.
- Penguin too, in a way. For being Dracula's accomplice and keeping his existence a secret from his fellow supervillains.
- Sdrawkcab Alias: While in Gotham, Dracula goes by the pseudonym "Alucard".
- Shout-Out: Dracula's wife is named Carmilla Carstein.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Granted, as a movie tying into a kid's show and more or less based on the mainstream comics, they couldn't really kill anyone to begin with, but taken as an adaptation (admittedly, a loose one at that) of the Batman Vampire trilogy, everyone who isn't Dracula survives the movie. Granted, it also helps that Batman never becomes a vampire and cured the Joker, and Commissioner Gordon, Catwoman, Tanya, the Riddler, and many other characters are Adapted Out.
- Spit Take: How Alfred reacts to the above Hero with Bad Publicity problem when he hears it on the news.
- Super Strength: Vampires in general display this in the movie, but Dracula in particular stands out. During their first fight, he sends Batman flying back several feet and into a brick wall with enough force to shatter it with a simple shove to the chest, and then, with one hand, he slams Bats headfirst into the ground with enough force to crack the pavement.
- Undeath Is Cheap: Joker and all of Dracula's other victims are cured of their vampirism thanks to the cure that Batman invents. It has no effect on Dracula though, due to him being a supernatural being.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Had that Arkham inmate not mention that treasure he left in Gotham Cemetary, there's a good chance Penguin would not have found Dracula's tomb.
- Vampire Episode: The movie works as such for the The Batman show.
- Vampires Hate Garlic: Upon discovering the existence of vampires in Gotham, Batman quickly sets about making anti-vampire weaponry, including garlic gas bombs and garlic-treated Batarangs.
- [Verb] This!: Alfred to Dracula at the climax before shooting him with a vampire cure via crossbow: "Bite THIS!"
- Versus Title
- The Virus: This is at least the case for everyone normal turned in this film. Becoming a vampire effectively means contracting a virus from Dracula and Batman comes up with a serum to cure it. The stuff doesn't work on Dracula however, as his vampirism is much more supernatural in nature, apparently. It's not clear what that means, however.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Batman has no problems with killing Dracula. Even Alfred is surprised. "Dracula may walk like a man, but he's a monster." Although granted, he did at least try the vampire cure on him first and capturing Dracula isn't really an option that Batman has available to him. Plus, vampires are undead. You can't really kill something that's already dead. Especially if said something has been dead for centuries, that makes it very difficult.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: Penguin stumbles across the treasure after being freed from Dracula's control over him, only to be arrested and have the treasure taken by the police.
- "You!" Exclamation: Penguin does one of these when Joker shows up in Gotham cemetery.
- You Have to Believe Me!: Penguin tries to inform the police that Gotham was nearly taken over by vampires, only to have his claim brushed to the side as the public assumes that he was just making up stories as he failed to frame Batman. Vicki is the only one to believe him, but keeps her mouth shut.