The Batman musical featured in Out of the Past is a nod to an actual planned Batman musical which was to feature music and lyrics written by Jim Steinman, of Bat out of Hell fame. The musical was announced in 1998, but canceled in 2005. Some of the songs written by Steinman for the intended Batman musical, "In the Land of the Pig, the Butcher is King" and "Cry to Heaven" were later sung by Meat Loaf, a regular collaborator with Jim Steinman, on the album Bat out of Hell 3. See more »
Ra's Al Ghul:
But now this youthful form has served its purpose. It is time for me to move on to a new body: yours.
Sure, Ra's, why not? Anything to hold off the Grim Reaper another few seconds.
I take it back. You don't cheat death, you whimper in fear of it.
Ra's Al Ghul:
And you hit like a girl.
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Probably, the best episode in the show's entire run
"Out of the Past" begins with a brilliant, albeit brief, of the Batman myth, told in an off-beat musical, attended by the real but old Batman/Bruce Wayne (Kevin Conroy) and the new one/Terry McGinnis (Will Friedle). Smart dialog between the characters as they watch the musical is a treat for the ears, as well as is the lighthearted musical number.
Following that opening, the main story begins wherein Talia (Oliva Hussey), the daughter of Batman's longtime nemesis Ra's Al Ghul (David Warner), appears with a proposition that the elder Wayne can't refuse. Without revealing much, it's safe to say that it involves some rejuvenation.
However, there is a startling "revelation" that brings about the installment's most memorable line.
As always, Conroy is the definitive Bat "voice" and the rest of the cast - including Michael Rosenbaum, Adrienne Barbeau, and regular Cree Summer - is equally impressive.
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