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

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Batman / Bruce Wayne / 50's Henchman (voice)
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50s Batman (voice)
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80's Batman (voice)
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50's Robin (voice) (as Brianne Siddall)
Ryan O'Donohue ...
Matt (voice)
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Nick (voice)
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Mutant Leader / Cop (voice)
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Det. Harvey Bullock / 50's Henchman (voice)
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Security Guard / Rob the Mutant (voice)
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Joel (voice)
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Several children give their widely varying opinions of who they think Batman is.

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10 October 1998 (USA)  »

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Robin describes the lead character (Canio) in Pagliacci as "a sad clown", but a more apt description would be that Canio is a clown who turns to murder. "La commedia è finita / The comedy is finished" is the last sung line of the opera, after Canio has murdered his wife and her lover. See more »

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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 »

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Firefly: Who's there? Show yourself!
[Firefly fires a flair into the auditorium. Nick, Carrie and Matt slowly raise their hands, surrendering]
Firefly: Kids. Tough break. Hope you like it hot.
[remote activates expolsives around the room]
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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 (United States) – See 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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