Batman Knightcast 34: DETECTIVE COMICS #400 and BATMAN #452

Riddle me this! When is the Batman more Man than Bat? On the first Batman Knightcast episode of 2021, Ryan Daly and Chris Franklin take on the opening chapters of two different fan-favorite trilogies. First, the Dark Knight’s first encounter with the Man-Bat in DETECTIVE COMICS #400. Then, the Riddler challenges Batman like never before in “Dark Knight, Dark City” from BATMAN #452. All that, plus listener feedback from last episode.

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Music from the Batman and Batman Returns original motion picture soundtracks by Danny Elfman. Additional music: “Midnight Confessions” by The Grass Roots; “Cities in Dust” by Siouxsie and the Banshees.

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7 responses to “Batman Knightcast 34: DETECTIVE COMICS #400 and BATMAN #452

  1. Thanks for another inspiring episode, gentlemen. After your comment about Batman sticking the rescued baby in a Robin costume, I’m now imagining a new reality TV show, where orphaned toddlers compete in a contest to become Bruce Wayne’s new ward. For some strange reason, the tots would have to complete various tasks like escaping from handcuffs and solving riddles, before participating in a final no-holds-barred steel cage match. The panel of judges would consist of Bruce Wayne and his butler, along with a rotating spot for one of Bruce’s former wards. I’d call it Who Wants to Be a Billionaire’s Ward?

    You know, I think I’ve been sitting in front of my computer for too long. Perhaps, I should go for a walk, and reconnect with reality.

  2. Thanks for another Bat-tastic episode, two very interesting stories there. Somehow I’d never noticed that Man-Bat has no wings in that first story. That’s fascinating!

    Have you seen Man-Bat in Justice League Dark? He spend most of his time in a mid-shift form and looks ridiculous, like Dr Dillamond in Wicked. And what’s he doing in there, he’s not supernatural, he’s science!

    This may shock you but I don’t violently disagree with you boys that the Detective Comics #400 cover is too busy with logos and irrelevant figures. It would look better if it were cleaner.

    I don’t ‘dig’ that new Batmobile, it’s very dull – just a sports car with a black Bat-blotch. Any Batmobile worthy of the name needs at least a big bubble on the back containing a crime lab. Heck, where does he even keep the whirly-bats? Overall though, a classic debut for Kirk Langstrom.

    As for the next story, woh, we’re going to to Barbathos! What an impressive opening to a classic three-parter. I don’t actually like the idea of Gotham as sort-of sentient, a haunted city, but I can overlook the odd bit of narration by putting it down to a writer getting overly flowery. The Riddler is too dark here, and what’s this about a Hanged Man ‘codeword card’? That’s just odd.

    The most interesting thing this issue, above all else, is the revelation that Bruce Wayne has a gold lavvie with matching bidet. So classy.

  3. I’ve read the second part of the Man-Bat trilogy in “Batman 30s to 70s”, but never got around to the other issues, so this is a treat! And yes, Alfred as guinea pig for testing gadgets is a riot. “I need exploding batarangs when working with the Justice League. Alfred, you stand behind this concrete wall and let’s see if it blasts thru.” “… Of course, sir…”

    But I did read “Dark Knight, Dark City” back in the day. Looking forward to revisiting it. Kieron Dwyer’s artwork is wonderful in this issue. You guys place his take on Batman just where I do. Love it!

    After you joking about putting the baby into a Robin costume in a few years, why wait? The little one could wear one now, and Batman carries them around papoose style, just like Jack “Nomad” Monroe does in his 90s series. Wait a sec, let me check. (“Yoooooou, light up my liiiiiiiife”) The first issue of the Nomad mini-series is just 4 months after Batman #452! Holy guacamole!!

    Maybe Harold can whip up a floating bulletproof baby carriage that closes up when the fighting starts. (Hey, Captain America AND Mandalorian references! Winning!)

  4. I recently picked up some discounted Batman Automobilia issues, including issue 5 which came with the Batmobile from Batman 400.

    The magazine features a lot of details from this arc.

    Aren’t I awesome!

      1. Paul, I have no authority on this network. That said, I sense that this is the type of environment where insults and harsh judgment based on simple errors are in welcome. That even includes errors regarding topics as important to all of us as Batman comic book trivia. Let’s all be kinder nerds — not just to one another,* but to ourselves.

        *Does not apply to Shag if Rob Kelly makes the error. Does not apply to anyone, including network guests, if Shag makes the error. Verbal abuse based on personal characteristics and history (e.g., state of origin, nation of origin, fondness or dislike of certain characters and creators, financial status during childhood, etc.) still highly encouraged. Family members, children, and animals off limits. Generally.

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