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The Dark Knight's First Night
Season 0, Episode 0
The Dark Knights First Night
Directed by Bruce Timm
Eric Radomski
Story by Bruce Timm
Teleplay by Eric Radomski
Airdate Sequence
Production Sequence

The Dark Knight's First Night is the name given to the short two-minute pilot used by Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski to show Fox executives what they were planning to do with Batman: The Animated Series.


Two men armed with guns stand lookout while a third carrying a box emerges from a door on the top story of a building. He trips and spills all the jewels out of the box. While he and his partner try to clean up the mess, a shadow of a bat flies over them. Spooked, they draw their guns.

While they watch the skies, the third thief is caught by surprise and knocked out with one punch by a mysterious figure resembling a bat. The remaining two thieves start firing on him but he nimbly dodges each bullet. Finally, he takes the offensive and tackles them to the ground. One of the criminals grabs his gun again but is disarmed by a batarang. He's not willing to give up and punches Batman. The two fight for a brief while with Batman emerging victorious.

Just as Batman finishes his adversary, Commissioner Gordon and the rest of the police arrive on the scene. They watch as Batman leaps from the building and swings away into the night.

The Promo Test Reel[]


Batman The Animated Series, 1990 1991 Pilot

Pilot Promo with Original Audio


Gotham City by Eric Radomski

Gotham City background by Eric Radomski, used in the short promo

  • According to Eric Radomski, the test reel was animated by a Canadian studio thanks to a close friend of him at the time.[1]
  • Although for the most part the reel lacked voice acting, Bruce Timm, Eric Radomski and Henry T. Gilroy did some of the grunting noises during the fight scene; with Timm and Radomski doing the thugs noises and Henry Gilroy the Batman noises.[2]