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This is general information about production inconsistences, mistakes and external references related to the episode The Man Who Killed Batman from season one of Batman: The Animated Series.

  • The Ace Chemical Plant, where Joker holds Batman's funeral, is the place where, according to several comics continuities, the Joker fell into a vat of toxic waste during his first meeting with the Batman and became who he is today. It appeared in the comics story Batman: The Killing Joke. This was later confirmed in the episode Beware the Creeper.
  • This episode reflects that the animated series has largely adopted the Batman film's version of the Joker's origin. Likewise, in the episode Dreams in Darkness, Dr. Bartholomew refers to the Joker by his "real name" of Jack Napier, the name given to him in the film.
  • The Joker makes a pun on the Latin term "corpus delicti" using the words "batus delecti" while wondering whether or not Batman is actually dead.
  • Bruce Timm has stated that the idea for the episode came when he and Dini debated on what it would be like if Batman was not present for the majority of the episode. Indeed, it is one of the most-acclaimed episodes of the series.
  • The idea of Joker not wanting Batman dead and enjoying their encounters is something that has remained constant since the early versions of the character in the comic books and has endured until the present.
  • In Mark Hamill's introduction for the book "The Joker: A Visual History Of The Clown Prince Of Crime" (2011), he specifically mentioned the scene from this episode where Joker gave Batman's solemn eulogy, casually sent Sid to his death, and then said "Well, that was fun! Who's for Chinese?" Hamill credits both the scene and the line, "Without Batman, crime has no punchline", with being the single most significant moment to him "getting" the character of the Joker.
  • Scenes from this episode were seen playing in the background at the end of the graphic novel, Dark Night: A True Batman Story by Dini.


  • During the jewelry store heist, the Joker's henchmen are carrying machine guns, but they then change to shotguns.
  • When Joker pinches Harley's cheek at the funeral scene, her normally blue eyes turn black. They revert to blue when Joker lets go.
This article uses material from the The Man Who Killed Batman article at the DCAU Wiki and is licensed under the CC BY-SA License.