The Batman

Season 3 Episode 0

The Batman vs. Dracula

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Aired Saturday 11:30 AM Oct 18, 2005 on The CW
9.2
out of 10
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The Batman vs. Dracula
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Gotham City is terrorized not only by recent escapees Joker and Penguin, but by the original creature of the night, Dracula! Can Batman stop the ruthless vampire before he turns everyone in the city, including the aforementioned super villains into his mindless minions?

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  • An Utter waste of space

    1.4
    First off, i didnt like the animation style

    they all had funny noses looked like boxers.

    Second the characterisation was a bit ropey.

    Alfred does his stereotypical british thing.

    Vicky vale is the damson in distress

    and dracula

    spouts drivel about being the first batman

    i didnt buy the parallells for one second sounded more like

    lazy writing.

    the fight scenes were good dracula moved inhumanly fast and outmatched batsy at every turn

    until the final battle when the vampire seemed unable to catch up with an injured batman.

    The biggest problem with this drivel is that

    it is a blatent rip off of an elsworlds comic

    and comes off very badly from the comparison The part were batman must evade dracula

    and race back to his cave for another confrontation is lifted straight form the pages of red rain



    maybe im being too harsh

    it is only a kids cartoon show after all

    but it feels like they wernt really tryingmoreless
  • The Batman at its best

    9.2
    In September 2004, Batman returned to TV once again in an all new series: The Batman. This series presented a younger hero in a highly stylistic world with many reimagined villains. A year later, The Batman got its first direct to video movie release featuring another "bat man" Count Dracula, or as he likes to call himself in this film Alucard (you see alucard backwards is dracula). For the most part, The Batman is a kid-friendly show. The Batman vs Dracula, as you might guess, with the inclusion of vampires, blood sucking, electrocution, and death delves a lot darker than the Saturday morning incarnation of the show, and that was a nice change.



    In Batman vs Dracula, the Penguin and Joker are both in search of hidden treasure in a graveyard. While Batman apprehends Joker, the moron Penguin accidentally revives Dracula who goes on a blood sucking spree. People all over Gotham go missing as the vamps continue to feed. Seeing bats, would be victims accuse Batman of being behind the attacks. Meanwhile Batman races to find a cure for the undead while also trying Bruce Wayne's charms on the damsel Vicki Vale - who's "nice jugulars" also caught the eye of the Count. Vicki is well presented here. Not annoying or needy, she is a worthy match for Wayne. Unfortunately, Wayne is a famous bachelor, and following this movie, Vicki disappeared from the animated series altogether.



    As mentioned, present in this movie are the popular bat-foes Joker and Penguin. While these two may be the dark knights best known enemies, they are also probably The Batman's worst reimagined characters. The Joker has long green dreadlock style hair. He basically looks like a big ape. The Penguin is a little hobbit like guy that along with his collection of deadly umbrellas, happens to know kung-fu. But both are actually given a decent treatment in this movie, and both receive a fair amount of abuse as well. The Penguin becomes the personal assistant to the Count, and the Joker gets a case of vampirism that leads to a gruesome scene in the Gotham blood bank.



    Dracula has a great haunting theme that accompanies his onscreen appearances. While Batman's enemies are usually grounded in reality,the opportunity to have Batman face the supernatural vampire is too tempting to pass up. The action in this film is top notch. The Batman vs Dracula fights establish the Vampire as more than a match physically for the Caped-Crusader. What really makes Dracula a worthy foe is that along with his physical prowess, he has a sharp mind that truly tests the Detectives skills. The noir animation style full of shadows and billowing capes compliments the dark tone of this clash between "Bat-Masters." This movie really is The Batman at its best and this film can stand proud next to any of the Bruce Timm produced Batman animated features such as Mask of the Phantasm or Sub-Zero. The Batman vs Dracula earns a A-.moreless
  • pretty good

    8.0
    I had always been a fan of the original 90's batman cartoon, and when i heard about "the batman" i had to see it. This was the first episode(well movie) i saw of it- and i have to say i was pretty impressed. At first i didnt really like the animation, but after i while i got used to it. The story is- batman vs dracula- and thats it pretty much- there are a few twists involving the joker,the penguin and vicky vale. But overall i liked what i saw- the carachters had a new spin on them- like the joker, and the animation was different. The episode was entertaining and fun. It made me want to see othe episodes of this showmoreless
  • An utterly amazing Batman animated film that, in my opinion, rivals Return of the Joker.

    10
    As I said earlier, this film rivals Return of the Joker. There is absolutely nothing about this movie that I don't like. It has amazing voice-acting, music, animation, storyline. You name it, and this movie will deliver. Not only that, but this movie is suprisingly violent and bloody for what is supposed to be a kid's movie, especially considering that WB made DC take out any sort of blood whatsoever in Return of the Joker.



    I'll start with the voice acting. Rino Romano is excellent as Bruce Wayne and as Batman. He brings a new, softer quality to the role while Kevin Conroy has always kept it at a deep baritone. Romano brings out a new style to the voice of Batman that really grows on you. Tara Strong was very good as Vicky Vale in all of her scenes, particularly the scene where she just misses the train and runs into Dracula. Alastair Duncan is the perfect voice actor for Alfred. I particularly love his acting in the party scene when he is talking to what he thinks is Stipes and then looks in the mirror.



    But one of the crowning achievements of Batman vs. Dracula is Peter Stormare as Dracula. Beyond amazing, this guy has the perfect voice for Dracula. He has a great accent, but he doesn't overdo it. I also love his acting in the scenes when he is becoming more vampiric in appearance. As his face begins to change, so too does his voice, becoming more evil and menacing. Stormare just puts something into the voice that can chill the viewer. There's something about his portrayal that is entirely creepy and entirely cool at the same time. Utterly stunning.



    The music is another crowning achievement of this movie. Thomas Chase Jones creates excellent pieces that are very dark and creepy. This is most apparent in the opening and ending credits with the violins that play. The music in the fight scenes is particularly intense, but there is one scene in the entire movie that stands out. When Joker enters the blood bank, and the camera zooms in on his face at weird angles, the music plays pounding notes that can scare the crap out of you.



    The storyline of this movie is also amazing. Not just involving Dracula, it practically gives you Vampires 101. We briefly learn of some of the history surrounding Dracula and we also learn about some vampiric lore, particularly in the area of Carmilla Carnstein. They also go through the typical ways to repel vampires, including crosses, garlic, and sunlight. The story itself is well thought out, as the vampires slowly grow in numbers, creating a greater feel of urgency throughout the movie right up to the climax.



    But, above all else, the one thing that you will most likely hear about the most from this movie is the blood and violence. They really do show blood in this movie. There is a scene in the movie that you may have heard of. The blood bank. You may expect to see packets of blood. You see thousands of vials on shelves stacked 100 high. In this scene, Joker takes about half a dozen vials and drinks them all. Due to the lighting, the blood looks more black than red, yet it is still a disturbing image. Even more disturbing is when one of the shelves gets knocked over, sendings hundreds of vials crashing to the wall. Joker goes crazy and starts lapping up the blood around him. Highly distubing. The Lost Ones themselves are equally disturbing with their gray skin, fangs, and glowing eyes. However, Dracula in his vampiric form is downright demonic. He looks like an animal that wants to feed on anything it can find. In this case, people.



    This movie is shocking in terms of its quality and violence. It excellently showcases all of the voice actors with great music to complement. The story is excellent as it builds in intensity throughout the movie. Overall, about 12/10. Whatever you do, don't judge the movie on the lameness of the title, because it really does sound like some stupid WWE wrestling match. It couldn't be further from that.moreless
  • A great animated movie, made mediocre by the cliches

    8.4
    Firstly, I would like to point out that I wasn't impressed when I heard that an animated movie "Batman vs Dracula" was going to be out, considering the idea unoriginal.

    However, I must admit that the movie was a good one, it lasted as long as it should have (unlike "Ultimate Avengers" for example, which was too short) and it had an interesting array of characters.

    Why is this mediocre then? Because it had one cliche after another. Starting with Joker's escape immediately after a convict said he could not, continuing with the bizarre coincidence that Penguin would somehow decided to open Dracula's crypt, not to mention the fact that Bruce Wayne was just experimenting with a machine which would create sunlight, Dracula's main weakness (and many, many, many, many more).

    Even more, some illogical facts, such as Dracula's body being moved to Gotham City (I don't think it should have existed when Dracula was killed), the fact that all the cliche weaknesses of a vampire are inserted, not to mention the antidote serum (copied from Blade).

    The movie had some good scenes too: the one when Batman chases Dracula over the rooftops (we see a resemblance between the two), the scene where Batman defeats Dracula (the shadow he casts is nicely done) and the Lost One's are superbly drawn.

    All in all, this is not a bad animated movie and you should really give it a go if you are a Batman fan. Otherwise, unless you like action cartoons or vampires, you can afford to miss it.

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Peter Stormare

Peter Stormare

Dracula

Guest Star

Tara Strong

Tara Strong

Vicky Vale

Guest Star

Jeff Bennett

Jeff Bennett

Arkham Asylum Inmate, Additional Voices

Guest Star

Tom Kenny

Tom Kenny

The Penguin

Recurring Role

Kevin Michael Richardson

Kevin Michael Richardson

the Joker

Recurring Role

Richard Green

Richard Green

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When Batman first found out about the vampires, his gloves were torn at his knuckles. However, when he zips to the train, his gloves are mended.

    • Dracula is wrongly believed to have lived in Hungary (Budapest is mentioned) when the legend is derived from a vicious Romanian warlord, Vlad Tepes or 'Dracul', who ruled Muntenia, the lower region of Romania. The name Dracula was derived from the nickname 'Dracul' which means "The Devil". This is the name that the Turks used to refer to Vlad.

    • When Batman cured vampire Joker by giving him his own blood which contained the antidote, vampire Joker kicked and screamed in agony. In contrast, when Batman injected the other vampires with the cure, they did not roll and scream on the ground like the Joker. Why? Since the Joker consumed the cure orally, it took longer for the cure to reach the bloodstream and cure him completely, thus the intensive pain. When the cure was injected through the blood stream, the cure didn't have to wait to reach the blood; it was already in the bloodstream, thus it restored the civilians back to normal.

    • Vampires don't have reflections, but Joker's reflection can be seen on the glass vials in the blood bank. (Reply: Vampires do not produce a reflection. However, vampires can see their own image over a reflected surface. It is proven (throughout vampire folklore) that vampires can't stand their own reflection. We were able to see vampire Joker's image reflected on the glass vials in the blood bank because we experienced a first person view (POV). Vampire Joker may not have seen his own rover the vials, since his attention was focused on Batman. That's probably why vampire Joker could continue with "the hunt".)

  • QUOTES (15)

  • NOTES (15)

  • ALLUSIONS (6)

    • 'The Lost Ones' may be a reference to the 80's movie "Lost Boys" both referring to the gang of vampires lead by David (the Peter Pan reference of Lost Boys needing a mother) and for the victims of the vampire gang.

    • The movie may have been inspired by the Elseworlds story titled Batman & Dracula: Red Rain; where Batman encounters Dracula and becomes a vampire.

    • Joker: Got Ketchup?
      An altered version of the "Got Milk?" ads and commercials.

    • Bruce: (falls in a deep hole)
      The scene when young Bruce falls in a deep hole after his parents death, is the same as Batman Forever the movie, in which the exact thing happens.

    • Joker: Batsy, you complete me!
      This is taken from the famous line from the movie Jerry Maguire.

    • Penguin & Joker: Reinfield
      These two escaped lunatics take on the role that the lunatic Reinfield did in the original novel Dracula, and, to a lesser extent, the movies. Penguin fills in for Reinfield as Dracula's human agent, while the vampirized Joker displayed several of the eccentricities Reinfield was noted for (such as eating bugs).

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