Batman Gotham Knights

Season 2 Episode 6

Legends of the Dark Knight

Aired Unknown Oct 10, 1998 on The WB
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Legends of the Dark Knight
Three children tell each other their thoughts on what kind of hero Batman is.

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  • Kids tell stories on how they think Batman really is.

    I know the episode was made a long time ago, but oh well. People say this is an awesome episode, it's a good episode, but not awesome. The Adam West scene was a good one, with the sixties animation( the animation looked exactly like the sixties). The part with Batman blowing into the giant trumpet with Joker in it was funny, and a sixtyish way of defeating a villain. The kids were not very realistic at all. I wish the kids were closer to what kids act like today. The Dark Knight Returns! scene was pretty cool, but boring to me. The scene with the King Mutant drowning Batman was pretty intense for a kids show, and then Batman killing the guy, that was dark.

    Now, the final scene which is the worst. Firefly being the villain was not a good choice at all. They could have used a better villain. Over all the episode had good scenes, boring scenes, and scenes with unrealistic kids. Like I said, it was good, but not awesome.moreless
  • The Batman is but a legend to many of the folks in Gotham City. This episode chroicles a few separate tall tales about the Batman from the point of view of a few of the Gotham City youth.moreless

    If you have ever read Frank Miller's "The Dark Knight Returns", this episode will rock your world. Think of that book in animated form shortened to a 10 minute story and you have Batman gold. While not the entire episode, this one isolated tale, told by a girl named Carrie (in homage to Robin from the book), deals with an older batman of 50 or so. Getting up there in age, but built like a tank, this Batman of tomorrow is possibly more ruthless than the current one. A bit of nostalgia for comic fans, and something compeltely new and great for fans of the show, anyone will love this episode.moreless
  • This is the reason it should be brought back, and "The Batman" should be taken off.

    This is one of my favorite episodes from any of the "Batman" cartoon series. There are many references to the old comics of the '50s, and the Miller miniseries of the 80s.

    But that the stories are told by children, with the sense of wonder that a child has, THAT is what makes this a great episode. This sense of wonder and amazement should never be lost, even though we "have to grow up".

    I like to think I never lost that sense of wonder, I still watch cartoons, like this one, and I always will.

    And I don't care who knows it!moreless
  • A tribute to Batman's comic origins

    Alternative perspectives on the myth known as Batman:

    *From one perspective, we see the campy 60's version personified- right down to Adam West's "old chum" line.

    *In another light, we see "The Dark Knight Returns," a more recent and innovative comic story featuring a female Robin and a tank-driving Bat.

    And, to top it all off, a nasty jab at franchise-ruiner Joel Schumacher!
  • A fun episode with tributes to the Adam West Batman, and Frank Miller\'s Batman, where three kids tell how they think Batman is.

    This episode starts off with three kids talking about Batman. One kid believes he's more than a man, like a monster or something. It eventually delves into how one kids uncle is a security guard and has an encounter with Batman. This is the tributre to the Adam West Batman, and I, being unaware of this at first, thought they had changed the joker for know apparent reason and was disappointed to not hear Mark Hamol behind the voice, but within minutes Batman flew in with Robin, and it all became clear. Through Robin's, "Holy----Batman," quotes, and the Joker's odd complection, this part of the episode was very enjoyable.

    The next kid oges on to tell how Batman is in his fifties, and Robin is a girl. This is clearly the tribute to Frank Miller. Batman goes on to fight the mutant leader in a gruesome mud pit fight where he finally pins the mutant leader into the mud and quotes ,"You still don't get it son. This isn't a trash heap, it's an operating table, (you hear a crack, and a scream), AND I'M THE SURGEON!" I was shocked to see this in a cartoon, though it was my favorite part of the episode. If you listen to the commentary of the episode on the DVD, you'll see that the creators were also surprised they got away with it.

    The rest of the episode is somewhat dull, after seeing the unique versions of Batman, the normal Batman fighting the Firefly is nothing special. The creators also agrreed with me on that.


Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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    • This is also available on the two-disc special edition of Batman: Gotham Knight as well as three other episodes.

    • This episode was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Direction and Composition.

    • Bill Finger is credited in the beginning as one of the sources for this episode. Not only did Finger write many Batman stories, he actually helped Bob Kane create numerous aspects about the Dark Knight and his rogues gallery. Kane attests to as much in his autobiography, "Batman and Me."

    • Carrie is also the name of the girl who became Robin in Frank Miller's "The Dark Knight Returns".

    • The voice of the 50's Batman, Gary Owens, was also the narrator of the 1966 re-release of the 1943 serial classic The Batman.

    • While the three teenagers are running around, they meet a kid named "Joel" who has long hair and is seen stroking a feather boa in a department store window with a sign that says "Shoemaker." He mentions "tight rubber armor" as well as claiming the Batmobile can go up walls. This is an obvious jab at Joel Schumacher, whom many Batman fans believe to have completely ruined the Batman franchise with Batman Forever and Batman and Robin.

    • Carrie's take on Batman is a short scene adapted from Frank Miller's "The Dark Knight Returns". The mutants, tank-esque Batmobile, rubber bullets, and female Robin are all aspects of the story. Batman's line "This isn't a mudhole. It's an operating table, and I'm the surgeon." comes directly from the graphic novel. The voice work for Batman is Michael Ironside, who also did the voice of Darkseid in Superman.

    • The 50's Joker is very similar to the Music Master from the Justice League episode "Legends." Not to mention the whole scene takes place in a music hall.

    • Robin, Batgirl, Nightwing, Alfred, and Gordon are absent in this episode.

    • The 50's Batman story is based on the works of comic artist and longtime Batman contributor Dick Sprang.


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      Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight is the title of one of the comic books involving Batman. The first issue was published in 1989.