Alternative Character Interpretation: The line "Green Arrow has heroic traits—that is when he's shooting straight" line from the song "Birds of Prey". Different fans take it to mean that Catwoman is saying Ollie is bi with a lean towards men, he suffers from Speed Sex problems, or that he's an unfaithful flirt.
Awesome Art: The designs for the gaseous forms of the Gas Gang of "Clash of the Metal Men"
Chun Yull, known exclusively as the Faceless Hunter, is the The Heavy of season 2's Starro Invasion Arc. Originally from the Saturnian moon Klaramar, the Hunter was an outcast among his people for being a violent hunter, and in retaliation, the Hunter made a deal with the planet-devouring being Starro to destroy his homeworld in exchange for being Starro's herald. Spending the following years mind controlling the populations of entire planets then offering them up for Starro to devour, the Hunter arrives on Earth to continue his work; however, he is forced to flee when the heroes of the Earth destroy Starro. Kidnapping the hero B'Wana Beast, the Hunter painfully forces him to use his powers to create a monstrous creature the Hunter plans to use to destroy the Earth, before moving on to the rest of the universe. Though the Hunter is beaten, B'Wana Beast is forced to sacrifice himself to save the Earth from the Hunter's machinations. Cruel and homicidal for no defined reason, the Faceless Hunter stood out as a surprisingly dark villain for this fairly lighthearted series.
Psycho Pirate, real name Roger Hayden, from season 1's "Inside the Outsiders!", is a sadistic supervillain who feeds on the emotions of his victims until he destroys their minds, standing out even among world conquerors and city destroyers as a despicable predator. Kidnapping three young, rookie superheroes, the Outsiders, as his latest victims, Psycho Pirate invades their minds and mentally tortures them with their worst fears and bad experiences. Forcing Katana to relive her master's death over and over, subjecting Black Lightning to constant hate and prejudice from everyone around him, and convincing Metamorpho that his supposed friends see him as a freak, Psycho Pirate severely harms the teenagers' psyches and even gets them to nearly snuff one another out. When Batman arrives, Psycho Pirate subjects him to a horrid illusion of the Outsiders dying, hoping to force the hero to give in to his murderous hatred so Psycho Pirate can devour his emotions and mind for good.
Critical Backlash: Due to being a Lighter and Softer Batman show inspired by the Silver Age, the show has gotten quite the divisive aura from the DC fanbase over the years. However, for all the complaints it gets for having a portrayal Batman that clashes with his normal, darker characterization, its art direction, and its overall silly and kiddy feel, the show has and maintains a rather noticeable following. Many fans state that if you overlook the immature premise, one finds the show rather enjoyable as it pays homage to many obscure elements of the DC mythos, is willing to embrace Camp to be Crazy Awesome, and is very creative and unrestrained, especially in comparison to many of DC's recent Darker and Edgier works. Many people who watch clips of the show online even end up admitting that they wound up liking the show after giving it a second chance or wasn't cheap, kid-centric program they initially thought it was, especially with episodes like "Chill of the Night". In fact, many who revisit this show even express sentiment about how this show was one of the better (if not the best) attempts at portraying the DC universe in a more light-hearted tone in modern times and wish that DC would make more work with its genuine Rule of Fun approach.
In the crossover with Sherlock Holmes, Holmes is so arrogant that he puts his life in danger to prove his superiority, is quick to decide that the supernatural is involved in his case, berates Watson for disbelieving in ghosts and demons, and is openly mean to Watson. So, the exact opposite of Doyle's Holmes.
In The Mask of Matches Malone, Nefertiti is said to have been given a cloak by the goddess Bast. However, Nefertiti was one of the only Egyptian queens who DIDN'T worship the Egyptian Pantheon.
Mrs. Manface's appearance is simultaneously unutterably horrifying and side-splittingly funny.
Batman being crushed with a giant hammer and his soul drifting to heaven replete with harp, angel wings, and cowl, corny; him being melted in a vat of acid to the bone, horrifying; everything afterwards is just plain funny.
The episode "The Battle Of The Superheroes" crosses it a good dozen times, since it's a homage to Superdickery. A notable highlight is Superman picking up Kandor in it's bottle than shaking it while cheerfully shouting "EAAAAARRRRTHQUAKE!!". They even worked in a close approximation to the Super Pope Hat!
Wong Fei from Return of the Fearsome Fangs. For being a martial arts expert, he's quite an arrogant, rude jerk who always insults his pupils no matter if they do well or bad and orders them to kneel to him essentially every time he wants, just to show off his status of mentor. No surprise that only ONE of FIVE students completed his training, and just because the plot demanded it.
Catwoman. Well, as Batman himself says, she's not exactly "evil" per se, like his other villains, but he does seem to like her more when she behaves meaner. Like this dialogue from "The Knights of Tomorrow!";
Bruce Wayne: I forgot how cute you are when you're threatening
Joker's Emperor costume, compared to its comic counterpart. It has a whoopee cushion in the crown.
Killer Moth has his comicbook costume (unfortunately) and was the first villain Batgirl fought, but still uses giant moths like his Teen Titans counterpart.
Similarly, Firefly's sole depiction here has him sporting his garish Silver Age costume, instead of his sleeker modern look.
Mr. Freeze's first appearance on the show had him sporting his Silver-age costume: a yellow-green suit with hot pink highlights, accompanied by a spherical glass helmet and a freeze gun that looks more like a tea kettle than anything else. Fortunately, future appearances gave him a sleeker and... well, coolerRaygun Gothic-esuqe design that largely resembles the Freeze suit George Sanders wore in the old Batman series.
Taken beyond subtext. Batman lets Catwoman escape, Catwoman gives Bats her number.
Heatwave, Weather Wizard and Captain Cold all have this for Barry Allen when the world thinks he's dead. They interrupt their own robbery to complain about how boring and unimaginative an opponent Batman is next to him, and how "Geezer Flash" and "Baby Flash" just aren't the same. They're quick to deny it when Batman accuses them of missing him, but their delighted reactions when he returns say otherwise.
Sorceror Felix Faust helps Batman undo Batwoman's spell that switched their bodies, all the while thinking that 'Batwoman' was the same woman she'd always been, oblivious to the fact that the original spell had done its job. When he's talking about how he'll miss her after the body-switch was successful and Batwoman's off to prison, Batman asks him if he realizes that it was him in Batwoman's body. He smirks and replies:
Jonah Hex and Lashina are positively dripping with Foe Yay throughout "Duel of the Double Crossers!" It even ends with the two of them riding off together.
Bordering on Ho Yay when Bats teams up with the Joker.
Joker when Bats brings him to the Batcave and he sees the mementos inside: "An entire wing for moi? I knew you cared!"
Bat-mite lampshades Batman's relationship with Joker in "Emperor Joker". Then it is deconstructed when we see how horrible it is to be on the receiving end of Joker's attacks; even Bat-mite realizes it since he's helpless and chased by his own "Mini-Joker".
Fridge Horror: Huntress flirts with Batman like a bad 1940's Hollywood Floozy stereotype. When you realize that this version of Batman is mostly modelled on the Silver Age Earth 2 Batman, (Robin's pre-Nightwing "adult" costume proves this), the fridge horror kicks in; Huntress in that continuity was Helena WAYNE, aka Batman and Catwoman's DAUGHTER. Ick Factor 11.
In "Mayhem of the Music Meister," the titular villain at one point flees from Batman along five telephone wires arranged like a musical notation staff... and his quarter-note-shaped vehicle jumps from line to line to follow Neil Patrick Harris' singing.
In the cold open for "Night of the Batmen!" Vigilante's fingerings and strumming are accurate to the music he's producing.
In "Dawn of the Dead Man!", Batman is trapped in a limbo between life and death, acting as a ghost. He sees the gateway to the afterlife, with his parents urging him to join them. This is a little unsettling given that the episode premiered two days after the release of Final Crisis #6, which ends with Batman's death. Or as revealed at the end of the last issue, what looked like it at first glance.
And this episode shows the start of Deadman's friendship with Batman. In Justice League, we saw such a relationship come to an end. Deadman was forced to possess Batman to save the heroes from Devil Ray, killing him, but when it's over Batman realises he did it by using a gun. Bats does not look happy about it.
In "The Knights of Tomorrow", Old Joker is given six months to live due to the chemicals he's used over the years. Now, take a look at Joker in Arkham City...
There's a short gag about Sportsmaster out with his family on a roadtrip. Come Young Justice, and his character is a prime example of an Abusive Parent.
The entire concept of the show, a celebration of the rich, varied history of the DCU, in light of the New 52 and its disposal of this same history.
At the end of Mitefall, the execs ultimately feel a Darker and Edgier show will do better and cancel Brave and the Bold. This did not turn out to be case in real life - the ratings for Beware the Batman ended up nowhere as good as Brave and the Bold's, leading to Cartoon Network to eventually abruptly pull it from the schedule, keep it off the air for months, and then burn off all the remaining episodes at once, before cancelling the show and deeming it a 'financial failure'.
"Emperor Joker! features a related example. Bat-Mite says fans enjoy how Batman fights an obscure villain like the Ten-Eyed Man, but he really wants to see him take on the Joker. Beware the Batman made a point of not using the Joker and most of the other familiar villains in favor of the lesser known ones. That proved to be an Audience-Alienating Premise for a number of fans.
Heatwave, Captain Cold and Weather Wizard are briefly featured in an episode centered around the Flash. In the comics, those three same Rogues are the unwitting killers to Bart Allen during his brief tenure as the Fastest Man Alive.
The very first episode has Blue Beetle arguing that Batman would always beat Superman in a fight because "Batman always has kryptonite". The third season kicks off with Batman actually fighting Superman...and he doesn't have kryptonite. And gets flattened.
In "The Mask of Matches Malone!" an amnesic Batman, in his "Matches Malone" guise, wears the Cursed With Awesome Cloak of Nefertiti (which grants the wearer nine lives), and would often get killed and then brought Back from the Dead in many ways. It is not until he gets killed for the ninth and final time that he is able to take off the cloak upon being brought back by its magic power. Two episodes later, we get "Emperor Joker!", and guess how many times the Dark Knight gets killed and then brought back to life by the Joker in many ways in a Death Montage? That's right, nine freaking times! And just like in "The Mask of Matches Malone!", it is not until his ninth death and resurrection that Batman does something, this time using Reverse Psychology to beg the Joker not to take away his sanity. If you happened to watch both episodes in Australia, it works in context, but in the U.S.? Not so much, since you have to get the Season 3 DVD in order to get the "Matches Malone" episode, as it hasn't aired on TV due to the "Birds of Prey" innuendo song clip that got leaked onto the internet.
"Battle of the Superheroes" Features Batman fighting Superman while wearing the mecha-suit from The Dark Knight Returns. Batman attempt to reason with Superman by mentioning "Ma Kent". Nowadays this scene makes one think of the infamous "Martha!" scene from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
After getting some of Zoom's speed-force wristbands, Batman is instantly able to phase out of his cell. This is somewhat amusing if you've watched The Flash (2014), which treats phasing as a difficult technique speedsters need experience and practice to use.
The Joker is the self-proclaimed Clown Prince of Crime, depicted here as a far more affable, respectable nemesis to Batman than often portrayed. An energetic Wild Card who will happily team up with Batman to take down a greater threat—even saving the life of a small child in the process—Joker nonetheless considers himself a villain through-and-through, and pulls off a bevy of crimes with flourish and style. Joker's goofy exterior often throws off his opponents, allowing him to take down even the likes of Aquaman and Wonder Woman herself with ease, and his tactical intelligence flourishes in such instances as recommending a switch in enemies to his failing villain colleagues, or actually managing to fake his own death for decades then kill Batman in one possible Bad Future. With genuine respect to many of his fellow villains and even ready to sacrifice his own life to give one a morale boost, Joker stands out among Batman's Rogues Gallery with his hilarious, oddly personable attitude towards enemies and teammates alike.
The Riddler, real name Edward Nygma, is a brilliant puzzlemaster with an affinity for puns and outwitting his opponents. When one of Riddler's heists is thwarted by the arrogant Batwoman, Riddler baits and unmasks the hero due to her smug personality, and, when Batwoman tries to get revenge on Riddler years later, he outwits her yet again, nearly killing her and taking down Batman in the same move before being stopped. Returning in Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Riddler masterminds a diabolical scheme to create a deadly teleportation device. Kidnapping the Question and disguising himself as the hero to gain intel on the investigation into his crimes, Riddler fools even Batman himself with the disguise, all while using Clayface to pull off a variety of successful heists while giving him information on Batman's past that throws the hero off his game. Riddler ultimately finishes up the teleporter and escapes capture when exposed, nearly pulling off his criminal scheme in its entirety with ease.
Considering one of the posts that didn't make it into the second thread screencap had her identified as the daughter of the Anti-Spiral, as well as a brief reappearance to call on her brother to avenge her, it's probably not over.
She basically shows up as a constant annoyance every so often these days.
De-aged Batman's sad crayon drawings from "The Malicious Mister Mind!", which he sends to the Marvels because he can't find the words to describe how their fighting makes him feel. It's purposefully both adorable and sad.
Batwoman getting unmasked. Treated totally seriously, despite her mask covering pretty much nothing but some hair◊.
Though unlike AQUAMAN, that's basically a thematic continuation of his brief appearance (as Expy Devil Ray) in JLU.
The show does this to the very concept of a Camp Batman, showing that even when silly, Batman can still be badass. It helps that, for all the show's absurdity, Batman himself is at worst The Comically Serious.
The Terrible Trio; they went from rich guys who rob banks to Bloody Roar style kung fu villains in this series.
Crazy Quilt has been a joke in comics for decades, but the show is returning him to his roots as Robin's personal archenemy and a legitimate threat.
Hal Jordan does have a strong fanbase, but he's also often regarded as a Creator's Pet in the comics. The show cleverly sidesteps his usual issues by instead playing up his relationship with Carol Ferris and his fear that he can't keep her Superpowered Evil Side under control - something that hasn't been the case in the comics for a long time, but surprised many people who were expecting another generic Sinestro battle.
Also, Bat-Mite. Can't go wrong with being voiced by Paul Reubens and breaking the fourth wall constantly. That is, until...
Seasonal Rot: It is heavily debated amongst fans, though many find this happens with the third and final season. Batman became more of a Canon Sue and the stories lost a bit of edge in terms of fun and often got more plot holes. Some see the third season as being just as good as the other two seasons though, especially enjoying the appearances from Superman. For a lot it's the earliest episodes that are a bit shaky.
In meta, it was attempting to prevent this that led to the producers ending the show.
The episode where Alfred writes a story about Bruce marrying Catwoman and them having a child named Damien. Not only is writing fan fiction about people you actually know already pretty icky, but Alfred writes the story in which Bruce and Selina are murdered and leave Damien a troubled orphan. It starts to get pretty squicky if you actually stop and think about the implications for too long.
In "Joker: The Vile and the Villainous!". While Joker and Weeper are obviously only trying to sabotage the Bat-Probe because it would make crime more difficult, the fact that the Bat-Probe operates by summoning the police whenever it detects malicious intent veers dangerously close to prosecution of thoughtcrime.note Though it does seem to work on a sort of no-harm-no-foul logic - it spares a would-be candy thief when he puts the candy back. Batman acting a lot jerkier than usual doesn't help. Then again, the entire episode was from Joker's point of view, so there's a reason for that.
Captain Atom might be a Smug Super in this show, but he does raise a good point: If Batman was caught against Giganta, Despero or Star Sapphire without any time to prepare, he would be mulched pretty casually. This was actually demonstrated in two prior episodes. Batman wouldn't have stood a chance in "The Eyes of Despero!" without a Green Lantern power boost, while "Scorn of the Star Sapphire!" saw Hal do all the real heavy lifting, and in between these two episodes "Requiem For A Scarlet Speedster" showed Batman to be ill matched against the Flash's Rogues, requiring the three speedsters of the episode (Jay Garrick, Barry Allen and Wally West) to intervene.
The death of B'wana Beast, pulling a Heroic Sacrifice to save the world at the end of The Siege of Starro, Part 2.
The second Blue Beetle's death. As Batman tells Ted's successor, not every superhero story has a happy ending.
They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: This version of Joker's on/off girlfriend/henchgirl, Harley Quinn, is portrayed as a Deliberately Monochrome 1920's flapper with a very different personality and demeanor than she usually has. Despite this, flapper Harley only appears in two episodes, Emperor Joker and the final episode hanging off Joker's arm during the wrap-up party.
Tough Act to Follow: "Chill Of The Night" is frequently spoken of as the show's best episode. Which left the episodes after the unenviable task of trying to follow it, though the consensus most were pretty darn good.
True Art Is Angsty: "Chill of the Night!" is perhaps the darkest episode of the entire show, whose tone clashes rather severely with the rest of the show. It is also perhaps the single most acclaimed episode of the entire show. (Although the loads of Casting Gag from iconic former Bat-mythos actors probably didn't hurt...)
Ugly Cute: Platelet from "Journey to the Center of Batman!"
Uncanny Valley: Mary Marvel. Dear lord Mary Marvel. They fixed her in the second episode she appears in.
Unexpected Character: The series' main idea was giving screentime to characters in the DC Universe who haven't gotten as much widespread exposure to the public, although there are a number of standout examples.
Okay, a Scooby-Doo and Batman team up had been done before. But who really saw a Batman and SPACE GHOST teamup? Sure DC made a mini series a while back but...
Animal-Vegetable-Mineral-Man, a very minor villain in the Doom Patrol comics, shows up for the first time in animation in "The Last Patrol!".
Unintentionally Sympathetic: The beings that Bat-Mite creates in Mitefall. Since it's attempting to satirize unwanted characters, the characters are to appear as unwanted, but that falls flat because their written who genuinely do care about Batman and seem to be completely unaware of what Bat-Mite plans for them to do, and are supposed to be seen as bad guys because some bratty kids turn up their noses at them. It's implied that Batman can simply cause Bat-Mite's creation to vanish at will, and shows no regret or even attempts to reason with the wife and daughter Bat-Mite created. The way they simply cease to exist actually makes matters worse, since it's not as though they were hallucinations, but were previously shown interacting with their environment. We are given no reason to believe that they are fully functioning, sentient beings, and Batman and Ambush Bug kill them off with zero regret. And remember, two of them were youngchildren. It doesn't work on a meta level, because on a meta level, they weren't threatening the show at all. Not only that, by making a satire of Batman being OOC, they actually didmake him OOC by turning him into an unrepentant murderer.
Not helping is Punchichi, the only one who we see vanish onscreen, is shown to be confused and distraught when he goes.
Wangst: The Doom Patrol's reason for breaking up and its former members spiraling into depression. Essentially, they were unable to save a hostage from being killed by a villain. It wasn't remotely close to being their fault that she died and no one blamed them for it. While this is an awful thing to have happen, they clearly overreacted.
Iron Woobie: Batman in "Emperor Joker!" He is tackled by the Joker, and it goes From Bad to Worse when Bat-Mite accidentally gives the Joker his powers, turning him into a God-Emperor who uses them to twist the world in his own way. From that time on, the Dark Knight is forced into a Death Montage as he gets killed and then brought back repeatedly, with poor powerless Bat-Mite being Forced to Watch the carnage. It is not until he is revived from the last Death Trap of the electric chair that he uses Reverse Psychology to beg the Joker not to take away his sanity. And through it all, he defends himself and his own mind from the Joker, telling him that they both need each other to survive. The Dark Knight truly needs a hug after all that.