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Legends of the Dark Knight
Episode 19
Air date October 10, 1998
Directed by Dan Riba
Written by Robert Goodman
Story by Robert Goodman
Bruce Timm
Music by Shirley Walker
Airdate Sequence
Old Wounds
Girl's Night Out
Production Sequence
The Demon Within
Girl's Night Out
"Hey! Who's talking about Batman? I love Batman. All those muscles, the tight rubber armor and that flashy car. I heard it can drive up walls."
- Joel

Legends of the Dark Knight is an episode of The New Batman Adventures. It is notable for being different from the rest of the episodes of the show, as it features three minor characters as the protagonists telling different stories of Batman. These stories reflect different eras of the Batman mythos from the comics and it was produced as a homage to comic creators Dick Sprang, Bill Finger and Frank Miller.

"Legends of the Dark Knight" is the 19th episode produced and aired of "TNBA".


An arsonist is spreading chaos and fire in Gotham City, and the Gotham Gazette managed to take a picture of the criminal fleeing one of the crime scenes and used the image for their main headline. Three young kids watch the image and assume the obscured flying image is actually Batman, which makes them excited to share their stories of the Dark Knight.

The kid called Nick explains how he believes Batman is more than a man. In his mind, Batman is a supernatural creature, with wings and fangs, who preys on the evil-doers and punishes them without mercy. However, his vision is not taken seriously by his friends, Matt and Carrie. During the conversation, Matt explains that his uncle knows Batman and he proceeds to tell them the story.

LDK 04 - Batman and Robin

50s Batman

Matt's uncle was a security guard in a music store, which sold oversized musical instruments among the regular ones. Certain night, the Joker broke into the place with a couple of henchmen and they knocked Matt's uncle unconscious. The Joker intended to steal valuable items, but Batman and Robin showed up in time to confront the Joker and his henchmen. Although the Dynamic Duo had the upper hand for most of the confrontation, the Joker and his thugs eventually managed to overcome the heroes, tied them up and pushed them inside a massive piano as to be crushed when Joker started smashing the keys. Joker believed himself victorious, but Batman and Robin managed to escape the deadly trap and stopped Joker and his thugs. Once the Joker was stopped, Matt's uncle recovered and he thanked the heroes for their assistance.

The story sounds corny to Carrie and Nick, but Matt explains that is simply the way that his uncle tells the story. As they walk across the sidewalk, the kids come across Joel, a friend of theirs who is enchanted by the idea of Batman, his rubber outfit and the flashy vehicle he uses. The three friends ignore Joel and go inside one of the places burned by Firefly. Once there, Carrie tells her friends that Batman is in fact a 50-year-old man, hulking with muscles and that Robin is a girl.

LDK 16 - Dark Knight

80s Batman

According to Carrie, Batman is a brutal avenger, assisted by a young female Robin. Together, they seek to end the threat of the mutants, a rogue faction of thugs who want to vandalize Gotham. The mutants' hideout is located in a barren wasteland and they have all gathered to plan the invasion of Gotham and the defeat of Batman. However, Batman and Robin have come to meet them in a massive tank, armed with rubber bullets that they use to take down most of the mutant army. Robin goes out and confronts the mutants using nothing but her slingshot while Batman confronts the mutant leader. The fight between the Dark Knight and the mutant leader is brutal and it only end once the Dark Knight has established a clear dominance over the mutant leader and his followers.

Matt and Nick find Carrie's version of Batman awesome, but it's getting late and they have to go back to their homes. As they leave the place, they spot a flying figure in the sky and they assume that it's Batman. They follow the figure to an abandoned theater and they sneak into the place to catch a glimpse of Batman. However, they realize they were mistaken and they have followed Firefly to his hideout. Matt tries to use his flashlight with a bat-sticker on it to summon Batman, but the flashlight runs out of batteries. Firefly becomes aware of the kids' presence and he decides to burn the whole place down with the kids inside as he escapes. However, Batman arrives in time to stop him and the kids are amazed to see the real Batman in action.

Matt is fascinated with Batman's gadgets and Carrie is delighted by Batman's fighting abilities. Batman eventually defeats Firefly and allows the kids to escape, before taking the criminal with him. Nick is shocked at the sight of Batman rising towards the sky, taking Firefly with him through the fire and the flames, like a supernatural beast. The experience has left the kids amazed and their respective visions of Batman has only been reinforced, even though they just saw that the Dark Knight is nothing like their individual visions, but rather all of them combined.


Actor Role
Kevin Conroy Batman
50s Henchman (uncredited)
Robert Costanzo Harvey Bullock
50s Henchman (uncredited)
Gary Owens 50s Batman
Michael Ironside 80s Batman
Michael McKean 50s Joker
Brianne Siddall 50s Robin
Ryan O'Donohue Matt
Anndi McAfee Carrie
80s Robin (uncredited)
Jeremy Foley Nick
Kevin Michael Richardson Mutant Leader
Cop (uncredited)
Mark Rolston Firefly
Charlie Rocket Security Guard
Rob (uncredited)
Phillip Van Dyke Joel

Notes & Trivia[]

  • The plot of this episode is similar to the story called "The Batman Nobody Knows!" from Batman #250, as three kids tell diferent stories about Batman.
  • Matt's tale is a homage to the Batman comics of the 1950s and 1960s. Specifically, Detective Comics #91 and World's Finest #48; in which Batman and Robin confront the Joker in music stores and oversized musical instruments. The tale's ending with Batman and Robin shaking hands, and the former calling Robin "old chum" are references to the 1966 Batman television series.
  • The entire sequence with Joel is a reference to Joel Schumacher and the critically panned Batman & Robin movie.
  • Carrie's tale is a homage to the Frank Miller graphic novel Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.
  • This is one of the few episodes of the show that was not used as a cutscene in the videogame Batman: Gotham City Racer.
  • The episode has been released as part of the following Home video sets:


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