Warning: Although I did my best to avoid spoilers of any kind, this article may contain minor points from the first episode of Batman.
Batman fans worldwide finally got the opportunity to experience Telltale's Batman now that the first episode has been released worldwide. Now that you've (probably) played it the whole way through, some of you may have noticed that the first episode has plenty of Batman Easter eggs. The storyline is completely original but there are definitely several nods to previous Batman adaptations. Let's take a look at some below.
Mayor Hamilton Hill
You probably caught that Harvey's competition for Mayor is current reigning Mayor of Gotham Hamilton Hill, but did you know that Mayor Hill is an existing Batman character? Originally a micro character in the comic books, he was brought to life in the legendary Batman: The Animated Series.
Hill is mostly associated with his appearance in this show and this neat little shoutout is perhaps only noticeable to the die-hard Batman fans.
Batman And Catwoman On The Rooftop
In the beginning of the episode, Batman and Catwoman get into a fight on the rooftop of City Hall. The rooftop has almost become a sanctuary for these two pivotal characters, having appeared on a roof together in so many different adaptations that it's probably impossible to list them all, but I'll give it a shot.
Arguably the most notorious use of the rooftop is Tim Burton's gothic Batman Returns, which sees Batman and Catwoman get into a fight on a roof. Michael Keaton's Batman and Michelle Pfeiffer's Catwoman brawl and, over the course of the film, both of them almost die by falling off a roof. Later in the movie, after Batman falls off a different rooftop onto a lower rooftop, Catwoman crawls on top of him, creating arguably the most famous scene from the movie.
In The Dark Knight Rises, Batman and Catwoman also get into a fight — this time as teammates — when the pair take on Bane's cronies. In an episode of Batman: The Animated Series entitled "Almost Got 'Im," Batman and Catwoman have a romantic moment atop a roof. Similarly, in an episode of the classic Batman TV series, entitled "The Cat and The Fiddle," Batman attempts to save Catwoman before ending up hanging from the same rope. Hanging from the roof, the pair have a romantic moment. It seems that the pair really like hanging out on rooftops and although Telltale's Batman is a total new story, it appears that some things will just never change.
Oswald's Unique Look
Telltale's version of Oswald Cobblepot looks strikingly similar to the version we know from Gotham, played by Robin Lord Taylor. While their fashion sense and accent are completely different, the short hair and facial features definitely resemble each other. Perhaps this is coincidental, but considering both these Penguins are early into their villainous career, it's more than likely that inspiration was taken from Gotham.
Before Gotham, we had rarely seen a thin and relatively younger Penguin — take The Batman for example, even though Bruce was young in this animated series, Oswald was considerably older. In the Telltale universe, Oswald also has very short hair and barely has a pointed nose — it's only noticeable from certain angles. These characteristics are shared with Gotham's version of the character and considering the rave reviews that Taylor's performance gets, it's no wonder Telltale gave a little nod to his iconic performance.
Gotham City Hall
The City Hall seen at the beginning of the episode bears a striking resemblance to the Gotham City Police Department seen in the '60s Batman TV series. In fact, the scene itself is reminiscent of the beginning of any of the classic episodes from the 60's series — the police cars lining up outside with the officers running in to the building, just like Batman and Robin did in the classic series.
Falcone: Ruler of Gotham
It was made clear in the first episode of Telltale's Batman that Falcone runs Gotham. Despite Telltale's claim of a brand new story, this isn't the first time that the mob boss has been in charge. Primarily seen in Batman Begins, Falcone has a large part in the dodgy dealings going on in Gotham City. Similarly, Falcone own half of the city in the FOX TV series Gotham.
The Falcone seen in Telltale's Batman is strikingly similar to both of these adaptations — even the suit is similar the one Tom Wilkinson wears in Batman Begins. Falcone is always in charge of Gotham at the beginning of Batman's crime-fighting career and it appears that, in the Telltale universe, this is still the norm.
There is no doubt that we will see more easter eggs in future episodes of Telltale's Batman. The series has started stronger than we could've imagined and although the story reeks of originality, its nice to see small tributes to the past.
Did you notice anything else in Episode 1 of Batman: The Telltale Series? Tell me in the comment section below!