- Broken Base: There are still arguments over the comic's Post-Crisis origin story subplot for Catwoman, as a professional Dominatrix who saw Batman in action and decided that costumed villainy would be less degrading than sex work. At the time, and to a degree today, there were accusations that it was sexist and degrading to the character, but over the years a significant faction of fans have developed who feel that later writers have developed it into a much more sophisticated and feminist-friendly depiction of sex work and how a former sex worker might deal with her past.
- Harsher in Hindsight:
- Every single scene in the story that reinforces Bruce's Thou Shall Not Kill stance has become this after the next chronological story in the "Dark Knight Universe" shows him having zero trouble when it comes to killing people.
- The main mob boss of this 1987 series is named Carmine Falcone. In 1992, Italian judge Giovanni Falcone was murdered by the Mafia alongside his wife and three bodyguards for actually loosening their grip on Sicily.
- Every moment between Gordon and his son, James Gordon Jr., who disappeared for the next decades only to return as one of the most sadistic Serial Killers in the entire DC Universe.
- Hilarious in Hindsight:
- Ben McKenzie (who played Batman in the animated film adaptation) is now playing Gordon.
- Grey DeLisle voiced Barbara, Gordon's first wife. In Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, she voices Sarah Essen, Gordon's second wife and his mistress in Year One.
- This wouldn't be the last time Jim Gordon was voiced by a cast member from Breaking Bad.
- It's the Same, Now It Sucks!: While the animated adaptation was praised for being a faithful adaptation, some criticised it for being too faithful to the comic.
- Memetic Mutation: The storyline's title has become as memetic as Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo's subtitle for describing Superhero Origin stories. Unlike Electric Boogaloo however, these nicknames are more affectionate than snarky.
- Moral Event Horizon: The Roman ordering a hit on Gordon's son and Loeb firebombing the drunks are the two main examples.
- Some of Batman/Bruce's inner monologues veer into this territory.
- The crazy man holding the children hostage screaming "NO LUNCH! NO LUNCH!"
- In chapter four of the recolored version, Gordon removes his glasses to reveal completely bloodshot eyes and a really weird complexion, only on his face.◊ One would be forgiven for thinking he was high and jaundiced or something. What makes it especially baffling is that the original newsprint coloring gave him normal white sclera and pink skin.
- Much of the film comes off this way due to the faithfulness to the comic. Scenes that worked great in print come off as over-the-top and silly when someone is forced to say it out loud.
- The line reading of "The lights. What happened to the lights?" during the dinner party scene is especially goofy due to the dryness of the reading.
- Nightmare Fuel:
- Batman's attack on the mansion with the mob bosses and Commissioner Loeb is both a Moment of Awesome and this.
- He's cornered by the cops, about to be killed... then a cloud of bats crashes through the windows.
- What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: You can find DVDs of this film about corrupt cops, vigilante justice, and prostitutes sharing shelves with Spongebob Squarepants.
- The Woobie: Jim Gordon. He's a lower level good cop in Gotham without Batman for most of the story struggling with his desire to do the right thing and also rightly worried about the very real danger his family is in if he thinks to stand up. Thankfully things start to get better for him when Batman shows up.
YMMV / Batman: Year One