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Legends of the Dark Knight 

Several children give their widely varying opinions of who they think Batman is.


Dan Riba


Bob Goodman (story) (as Robert Goodman), Bruce Timm (story) | 16 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Kevin Conroy ... Batman / Bruce Wayne / 50's Henchman (voice)
Gary Owens ... 50s Batman (voice)
Michael Ironside ... 80's Batman (voice)
Michael McKean ... 50's Joker / Mutant Member (voice)
Brianne Brozey ... 50's Robin (voice) (as Brianne Siddall)
Ryan O'Donohue Ryan O'Donohue ... Matt (voice)
Anndi McAfee ... Carrie Kelley / 80's Robin (voice)
Jeremy Foley ... Nick (voice)
Kevin Michael Richardson ... Mutant Leader / Cop (voice)
Mark Rolston ... Firefly / Garfield Lynns / Don the Mutant (voice)
Robert Costanzo ... Det. Harvey Bullock / 50's Henchman (voice)
Charles Rocket ... Security Guard / Rob the Mutant (voice)
Phillip Van Dyke ... Joel (voice)


Several children give their widely varying opinions of who they think Batman is.

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Release Date:

10 October 1998 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


At the end of the first story, Batman and Robin shake hands and Batman refers to Robin as "old chum", which are both references to the 1966 Batman (1966) television series starring Adam West and Burt Ward. The handshake was part of the animated title sequence. See more »


During the giant piano sequence, the intervals between the keys the Joker lands on do not match the direction of the hammers inside the piano. For example, one sequence where the Joker "plays" a descending scale, but the hammers hit what should be an ascending scale. See more »


80's Batman: You don't get it, son. This isn't a trash heap.
[Batman grabs the Mutant Leader's leg]
80's Batman: It's an operating table.
[the Mutant Leader shrieks with pain as a sickening crunch is heard]
80's Batman: ...And I'm the surgeon.
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References Batman Forever (1995) See more »


Batman The Animated Series
Written by Danny Elfman & Shirley Walker
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one of the great animated Batman episodes...
5 August 2008 | by Quinoa1984See all my reviews

Batman has a mythology, a framework that can be worked in and around but has rules that can't be broken. But what's great about this one episode of the animated Batman show- now featured as a special feature on the Batman: Gotham Knight DVD- is mixed perspective. It's actually ironic that a carbon-copy (updated only with flashy/anime-inspired) was featured as part of the Gotham Knight episodes, when this one, made by Bruce Timm's team and with less flashy animation (though this is arguable), is better and more indicative of the history of Batman.

It's about a few kids who are talking about what they think Batman is "really" like. We get two perspectives, each based on classic Batman lore. The first is done up like those goofy, feel-good comics from the 40s and 50s where Batman and Robin fight Joker in stilted poses- akin to the obscure animated series from the 1970s- where they're caught between a piano and a hard place. It's beautifully done in a retro, jokingly nostalgic manner. The second is a treatment of Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns, and more or less it's faithful to the best parts of the book (the fight against the mutants, the girl Robin, Batman in that crazy-ass tank). Each of the two feature different voices for Batman and Joker and those other characters than usual, and they're both done wonderfully.

Then, finally, the last segment pits the kids into a situation where Batman really has to come save them- this time from the villain Firefly, who traps them in a theater. The whole framework of this story, I might add, is smart for also incorporating an issue from the 70s (credited to Neal Adams) which is about kids talking about what they think Batman is like. It's altogether fun stuff for the Batman fan, and gives casual viewers of the show a taste of what legacy Batman has left behind, for better or worse, in the long history of the comics.

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