These Things Happen In Every Single Batman Movie & You Never Noticed
- Published: 30 September 2019
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Despite their vast differences in style and tone throughout the decades, every Batman movie tends to pull from the same handful of references and plot points again and again, to the point where you can pretty much set your bat-watch by them.
Hey, did you know Bruce Wayne's parents were shot by a mugger in front of him when he was a kid? If you didn't, it's safe to assume that you've never seen a movie about the Dark Knight, because it comes up a lot. Seriously, we've had more scenes of Thomas and Martha Wayne being gunned down in an alley over the years than we've had Batmobiles.
Admittedly, that makes a lot of sense. Along with the bats that inspired Bruce to put on a costume in order to strike fear into the superstitious, cowardly lot that is Gotham City's criminal underworld, it's the single most important thing about his origin story. Still, once you've seen it happen for the fifth or sixth time, it starts to lose its impact, even if each version tries to add something new. Tim Burton's 1989 Batman film makes it a major plot point by casting the murderer as the crook who would eventually become the Joker. Batman Forever shows the murders multiple times as part of a story where the Riddler is stealing memories. Batman Begins replaces the traditional movie theater with an opera house, and even shows us the trial of a remorseful Joe Chill, something that's never really been done in another Batman story.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice leans into slow-motion close-ups, and puts a spin on it by having bats burst out of Martha Wayne's tomb.
The one Batman film that doesn't feature the Wayne murders is, of course, Batman: The Movie, which ties into the 1966 Adam West TV series. In fact, in the show's entire 120-episode run, plus the movie, the killing is only ever mentioned once, in the pilot.
It seems like Warner Bros. finally made up for that in 2018, when they included what might just be the darkest — and most hilarious take on the Wayne murders in the kid-friendly Teen Titans Go to the Movies. Who knew Robin was that stone cold?
More than any other superhero, Batman has an incredible roster of compelling villains, with a deep bench that goes from worldwide threats like Ra's al-Ghul to sinister nuisances like the Riddler, and even classic antiheroes like Catwoman, who have become main characters worthy of a spotlight in their own right. They're the best bad guys in comics.
As a result, the Batman movies are always eager to introduce a new villain, and almost all of them make sure to dive into their origin stories. Keep watching the video and you'll see these things happen in every single Batman movie & you never noticed.
Why do you think they call it Crime Alley? | 0:13
Villainous origins | 2:01
Snarky Alfred | 3:58
Not-so-secret identity | 4:50