Friday, March 25, 2011

Batman in the Television Crossover Universe and Multiverse

1966 Batman titlecard.JPG

Today I'm covering the other half of the World's Finest Team, Batman.  Unlike Superman, I'm able to incorporate a whole lot more material because of the generational theory created by John Byrne and adopted by Dennis Power.  Now this blog takes place in the TVCU, not Earth-3898.  I will steal bits and pieces from Byrne and Power.  But like a religious group I won't name does with their book, I will pick out the parts that work for my own theories, and ignore the rest. (Note no religious group should be mad at me for that statement, because if you don't identify with it, then it must not be your group, and if you do identify with it, then it must be true.)

This post is now updated to incorporate information from the Horror Crossover Encyclopedia published by 18thWall Productions.  For the purpose of this post, Horror Universe and Television Crossover Universe are synonymous.

And now on to the chronology:  (note that all LOST ISSUES are considered apocryphal, but included for fun.)

13th Century B.C.--BRAVE AND THE BOLD:  THE LOST ISSUES--Batman travels back in time from December 21, 1941 thanks to Professor Carter Nichols' hypnosis method and teams with XENA, WARRIOR PRINCESS.

1764—Batman #452-454—“Dark Knight, Dark City”; Peter Milligan, and Kieron Dwyer 
Thomas Jefferson travels to Gotham City with a number of other Illuminati initiates. There they are to summon a demon who shall do whatsoever they command it; but the summoning demands a blood sacrifice, and the initiates balk at the murder of a young girl they are required to commit. Something goes terribly wrong during the attempted summoning, and Jefferson and the other initiates flee for their lives. The girl is left locked in the basement of a bell tower to die.

19th Century--ZORRO--"The Wizard"--Adam West's character here is named Professor Wayne after his own Bruce Wayne in "Batman" (1966). Also, the bass line from that series' theme is used as Wayne enters Zorro's cave.

1871--BRAVE AND THE BOLD:  THE LOST ISSUES--Batman and his cousin John Wayne travel back in time to 1871 from September 2, 1951 using Carter Nichols' hypnosis method.  A fictional TVCU version of John Wayne has appeared in MAUDE, THE JOEY BISHOP SHOW, THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES, THE LUCY SHOW, and I LOVE LUCY.  The revelation that Bruce Wayne is related to John Wayne comes from this cover.

1891--BRAVE AND THE BOLD:  THE LOST ISSUES--Batman travels back in time from November 11, 2041 thanks to Professor Carter Nichols' hypnosis method and teams with THE LONE RANGER.


Release Date: 2005 (Setting is 1916, during the events of Les Vampires)
Series: Tales of the Shadowmen
Horror Crosses: The Vampires
Non-Horror Crosses: Batman; Fantomas; Judex; Rouletabille; Nyctalope; the Shadow; Doctor Mystere; The Merry Widow
The Story: Dr. Thomas and Martha Wayne are on honeymoon in Paris where they become targets of the infamous Vampires gang, and are aided by the vigilante hero Judex.
Notes: The Vampires are from the serial film Les Vampires. Batman’s inclusion here through his parents, based on the date of the setting, implies that this is the golden age version of Batman, and only his golden age tales, and other crossovers in this book, should be considered Horror Universe canon. Clearly there is a place for the Dark Knight Detective in this world, especially with some of his darker adventures. Fantomas is a pulp vigilante of the era, as is Rouletabille, the Nyctalope, the Shadow, and Doctor Mystere. Judex is a vigilante from the film serial of the same name. Interestingly, this story implies that the Shadow may be the true father of Batman. Though that wouldn’t fly as canon in the DC Comics Universe, it certainly may be true in the Horror Universe. The alias used by the Shadow of Col. Kentov is the same one used in Philip Jose Farmer’s Adventure of the Peerless Peer, thus I have an inclination to include that tale in Horror Universe canon as well despite its lack of horror crossovers. The Merry Widow is a film that is placed in canon due to references in this story.

Tales of the Shadowmen 1: The Modern Babylon

October 1916--Birth of Bruce Wayne.

1928--LAST DAYS OF THE JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA--Birth of Dick Grayson.  I don't consider this series to be in the TVCU.  The JSA are too old in the 1980s to be active, even with Ian Karkull factored in.  But that doesn't mean I can't use the date they give for Grayson's birth as accurate.

Summer 1929--BATMAN # 259--"The Night of the Shadow"--THE SHADOW saves the lives of Thomas Wayne and his son Bruce.

Batman #259 - Comic Book Cover

November 1929--Thomas and Martha Wayne are murdered.  Their son Bruce witnesses the event, and vows to wage war on all crime.

Spring 1935--THE WHISPERER # 1--"The Dead Who Talked"--Commissioner James W. Gordon begins operating as the Whisperer.  According to Mark Brown's "The Magnificent Gordons" found in MYTHS FOR THE MODERN AGE, James Gordon is the grandson of Artemus Gordon (of THE WILD WILD WEST.)

May 1936--THE BAT--Vigilante Wesley Sharp fights crime using a ring given to him by DRACULA.  The vigilante is shot to death by gangsters in his final mission, but the ring resurrects him to exact vengeance.  Once his mission is complete, Sharp removes the wing, and his soul leaves his body, flying into the window of Wayne Manor, in the form of a bat, inspiring Bruce Wayne's new costumed identity.

Early May 1936--DETECTIVE COMICS # 265/SECRET ORIGINS # 6--"Batman's First Case/The Golden Age Batman"--During his early adventures Batman captures a criminal named Slugsy Kyle.

Detective Comics 265 - Batman - Diary - Robin - Net

Release Date: 2004 (Setting is 1939)
Series: Batman (Golden Age)
Horror Crosses: Hellblazer
Non-Horror Crosses: Sherlock Holmes
The Story: Batman is in London investigating a murder.

Notes: This story was part of DC Comics’ Elseworlds series, created to tell tales that don’t have to take place in the official DC Comics canon. This story fits neatly into DC Comics’ golden age canon, which has been incorporated into the Horror Universe. Within the story, a newspaper compares Batman to Sherlock Holmes. Batman also works with Scotland Yard Inspector Frank Constantine, implied to be of the same family as John Constantine.

November 1939--BATMAN AND TARZAN:  CLAWS OF THE CAT-WOMAN--Batman I (Bruce Wayne) and Tarzan meet and work together against a thief called the Cat-Woman.  This is the first Catwoman, Khefretari.  Note that inside the museum is what appears to be THE MALTESE FALCON.

November 1939--INDIANA JONES AND THE RELIC OF GOTHAM--Little known artist Bob Kane finds a relic that is sought after by Nazis and INDIANA JONES, bringing them all to Gotham, where Batman and the Joker get involved.

December 1939--DETECTIVE COMICS # 38--After Dick Grayson's acrobat parents are murdered, Bruce Wayne adopts him and trains him to become the first Robin.


Spring 1940--BRAVE AND THE BOLD:  THE LOST ISSUES--A Deadite resurrected Boba Fett has come to Earth following the Millennium Falcon, but instead finds Batman.

Spring 1940--BRAVE AND THE BOLD:  THE LOST ISSUES--Batman tracks Boba Fett back to a spacecraft where he encounters a resurrected Darth Vader.  This would be part of a larger tale involving Batman, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Evil Dead, and Muppets!!!

July 1940--BRAVE AND THE BOLD...THE LOST ISSUES--Batman and Tarzan.  See

August 10, 1940--BRAVE AND THE BOLD:  THE LOST ISSUES--The original Batman and Green Hornet meet.  Years later, in the 1960s, Batman II (Dick Grayson) and the son of Green Hornet will meet a couple of times.

November 27, 1940 to July 20, 1973--DRAGON:  THE BRUCE LEE STORY--Normally I wouldn't include any movie based on a true story.  Those usually go to Earth-Prime.  But I felt this was a good exception.  In this film we see Bruce Lee play Kato on TV.  Even though Kato and the Green Hornet were real, there was a television show in the 1960s called THE GREEN HORNET since Batman and Robin watched it.  And we know that Bruce Lee existed in the TVCU thanks to the new film, where the latest Kato is a fan.  So this movie actually fits well into this chronology.

Release Date: 2008 (Setting is 1941)
Series: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Domino Lady; Ravenwood; the Black Bat
Horror Crosses: Anton Zarnak; The Ghorl Nigral
The Story: During the early years of World War II, prior to the United States’ entry into the war or the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese hatch a plan that summons the forces of occult and arcane evil to use in their goal of global domination. This leads Inspector Legrasse, the Domino Lady, Ravenwood, and the Black Bat to team-up to save the world.

Notes: Legrasse is from the Call of Cthulhu. The Domino Lady is one of the few female pulp heroes. Ravenwood is from his own series of adventures as a psychic sleuth. And the Black Bat is another classic pulp hero, one who may have been one inspiration for Batman. This story also references Zarnak, the pulp supernatural sleuth who is mentioned often in the Horror Universe. The Ghorl Nigral is a horror tale by Lin Carter, tied to the Lovecraft mythos, which gets referenced in this story.

December 9 to 10, 1941--ALL-STAR SQUADRON # 5 to 6--"Never Step on a Feathered Serpent/Mayhem in the Mile-High City"--Indiana Jones is mentioned, as are the events of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK.  The All-Star Squadron is in the TVCU because of the graphic novel THE GOLDEN AGE, which is connected to STARMAN, who has met BATMAN and HELLBOY, as detailed in CROSSOVERS.  However, it needs to be said that in the TVCU, the general public was not aware of these "mystery men" who worked with the FBI.

March 3 to 4, 1942--ALL-STAR SQUADRON # 41 to 43--"Catch a Falling Starman"--Prince Daka leads a mission to capture Starman's gravity rod.  Daka will later return in the 1943 serial.

April 1 to 12, 1942--ALL-STAR SQUADRON # 54 to 60--"The Crisis Comes to 1942"--The skies turn blood red, strange weather patterns occur, and movement between time and realities becomes easy and accidental.  Because of this, Mister Mind of the Captain Marvel Universe discovers the TVCU and gathers together villains as his first Monster Society of Evil.  Later, they must deal with a time travelling robot (from the future of METROPOLIS.)  Eventually, the world is restored to normal without anyone really knowing what happened.


Release Date: January 2, 2009 (Contemporary Setting as well as medieval times)
Horror Crosses: The Demon
The Story: Batman and Green Arrow are thrown back in time to the time of King Arthur where they must aid Merlin against Morgaine le Fey who has stolen Excalibur and controls the demon Etrigan.
Notes: The Brave and the Bold takes place in a divergent reality where super-heroes didn’t debut for another 70 years later, and are more public, while horror elements are lesser. However, because the nature of divergent realities is that there are multiple timelines that originate from a singular timeline, I believe the Batman and Green Arrow of the B&B timeline traveled back to a point before the split, thus they arrived in the 6th century of the Horror Universe.

1943--BATMAN--Prince Daka plots to turn American scientists into zombies.  Prince Daka had previously fought the ALL-STAR SQUADRON.  The All-Star Squadron has a crossover with Indiana Jones and Metropolis, thus it is in, and then that brings in the Batman serials.  Note that even though the All-Stars were in, their existence was secret.  These heroes operated more in line like other TV heroes as seen in shows like HEROES, GREATEST AMERICAN HERO, SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN, BIONIC WOMAN, CHARMED, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, SUPERNATURAL, ect.

(Dr.) Prince Daka (J. Carrol Nais).png

March 1945--THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN--While working together, Superman learns the identities of Batman and Robin, but they don't learn his. (The Adventures of Superman radio show is in the TVCU because of a story in It's that Time Again, which features Superman fighting the Martians during 1938's War of the Worlds.  Since the book's theme was old time radio characters, this means that it was indeed the version from the radio show.  Since War of the Worlds is in the TVCU, then the Superman of the radio show is the Superman of the TVCU.)

September 1945--ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN--When Lois Lane is accused of murder, Superman turns to Batman and Robin for help.

Early December 1945--ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN--The Nazis create an Atom Man powered by Kryptonite.  Meanwhile, the rest of the meteor has scattered around the world.  Superman comes to Batman and Robin to help.  He also reveals to them he knows their identities and comes clean with his own.  Note in 1980, Superman and Dick Grayson will have a conversation that mentions this adventure.

January 1946--ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN--After exposure to Kryptonite, Superman begins suffering from blackouts.  Shortly after, a series of bank robberies occur which look be be the work of Superman, so Superman seeks out Batman and Robin for assistance.

April 1, 1946--ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN--Batman helps Superman play a prank on his friends.

July 1946--ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN--Batman helps protect Superman's identity.

September 1946--ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN--When Dick's life is threatened, Superman comes to assist Batman.

November 1946--ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN--Once more, Batman helps keep Superman's secret identity.

December 1946--ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN--Batman and Superman work together to help an alien from the planet Utopia.

February 1947--ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN--While in Metropolis, Robin is arrested for crimes committed by the Monkey Burglar.  Under the request of Superman, they don't remove his mask.  Superman and Batman must find the Monkey Burglar to free Robin.

May 1947--ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN--Superman ends up missing due to a crooked politician with kryptonite.  Batman and Robin search for him.  They find him with amnesia pitching for a minor league baseball team.

September 1947--ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN--Batman comes to Superman's aid when an experimental ray robs him temporarily of his powers.

February 1948--ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN--Crooks learn the identities of Batman and Robin and blackmail them, until Superman comes to the rescue.

March 1948--ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN--Clark Kent's apartment is robbed, and one of his Superman costumes is stolen.  It's up to Batman and Robin to help protect his secret.

Release Date: May 1948 (Setting is contemporary and 19th century)
Series: Batman (golden age)
Horror Crosses: Frankenstein (novel)
The Story: Batman and Robin travel back in time via hypnosis as usual where they meet Mary Shelley and become involved in the events of Dr. Victor Frankenstein creating his monster.

Notes: This is the original Batman and Robin, Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson. Back in those days, a scientist would help them travel back in time by hypnotizing them and having them go back astrally yet taking form in the past, costumes and all. They would then proceed to mess around in major historical events. Here, it seems they were present during the events of Frankenstein, though Mary Shelley left their involvement out of her story. This is clearly meant to be Mary Shelley’s version of Frankenstein, not the later Spawn of Frankenstein series from DC.

May 1948--ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN--A case leads Superman out to California, so Batman assists by rounding up the remaining crooks in Metropolis.

June 1948--ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN--Superman, Batman, and Robin travel to China on a case.

July 1948--Superman, Batman, and Robin team against the Scarlet Widow and Butcher Stark.

December 1948--ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN--Once more Batman helps protect Superman's identity, this time from Clark Kent's co-workers.

1949--BATMAN AND ROBIN--Batman takes on the Wizard, who is not the same foe who fought the JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA.

1949--BATMAN # 217--Dick Grayson (the first Robin and later the second Batman) attends Hudson University, which will appear often on LAW & ORDER. Professor Martin Stein (in via SUPER FRIENDS) also attended.  Clark Kent had considered attending Hudson but chose Metropolis University instead.  It should be noted that  Batman has been referenced once in Criminal Intent and once in SVU, both times as a real person.  Additionally, Spider-Man was a temporary suspect on one case in SVU.

Late 1940s--NEW BATMAN ADVENTURES--The Three Stooges have taken a job as the Joker's henchmen.  Batman kicks their butts.  

Summer 1950--Bruce Wayne marries Julie Madison, a woman he once engaged to once before in the 1930s.

1950s--TOOBWORLD--The government forms a new JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA with founding members SUPERMAN, BATMAN, WONDER WOMAN, and the Scarlet Cyclone.

Spring 1951--Birth of Bruce Wayne Junior, the son of Bruce and Julie Wayne.  BJ, as he would be called, would later become Robin II, then Batman III.

Summer 1951--Bruce and Julie divorce.  Julie gains custody of BJ.

Summer 1953--BATMAN # 253--"Who Knows What Evil-?"--Batman teams with THE SHADOW.  Batman considers the Shadow to be one of his role models, and the Shadow admits that he has been watching Batman's career from the beginning (likely because the Shadow is secretly Batman's real father.)

Winter 1954--BATMAN # 259--"The Night of the Shadow"--Remember when THE SHADOW saved Thomas and Bruce Wayne?  That criminal escapes, and Batman joins the Shadow in hunting him down.

Summer 1955--DC SUPER STARS # 17/SUPERMAN FAMILY # 211--"From Each Ending...A Beginning/The Kill Kent Contract"--Bruce Wayne marries Selina Kyle, and Clark Kent reveals to her his alter ego.

Winter 1956--Birth of Helena Wayne (the future Huntress), daughter of Bruce and Selina Wayne.

1956--BRAVE AND THE BOLD # 108--"The Night Batman Sold His Soul"--Batman and Sgt. Rock team up against a foe who Rock believes to be Hitler, while Batman thinks their foe is actually Lucifer.

August 9, 1956--BRAVE AND THE BOLD:  THE LOST ISSUES--Batman vs. the Fonz (HAPPY DAYS).

Release Date: September 2014 (setting is late spring 1957)
Series: Sherlock Holmes
Horror Crosses: The War of the Worlds
Non-Horror Crosses: Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street, The Prisoner (see notes)
The Story: A secret faction of what is presumably the British government fakes Sherlock Holmes' death and imprisons him on a far away island. He plots his escape.

Notes: Holmes mentions how his friend Peter would find his faked death to be deplorably acted. This is an invention of William S. Baring-Gould in Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street, who had Holmes trained in acting and disguise by an old friend, "Lord Peter." "Lord Peter" has no relation to Dorothy L. Sayer's Lord Peter Wimsey. The methods used in the capture of Sherlock Holmes are identical to those suffered by Number Six in The Prisoner (a kidnapping disguised as death). The site in the story is still under construction. Perhaps Holmes was one of the early prisoners held in the village, though his escape was much more successful. The story is intended to explain how Holmes could "die" in 1957, but be quite alive when he met the men from UNCLE in The Rainbow Affair and Batman in "The Doomsday Book." Initially, there is a second prisoner held on the island. Although he dies when one of Holmes' plans backfires. He begs for his life by crying "I told you where Ogilvy's papers were! I told you!" Ogilvy was the well-known astronomer who first sighted the bursts from Mars. It would seem that, before his death, he wrote at length on the curious explosions, then--possibly--wrote some further notes after the initial landing. The British government was proactive in covering up the Martian War, and by 1957 seems all too ready to lock up anyone who claims to remember the war, whether they bargain for their freedom or not.

Spring 1959--Bruce Wayne retires as Batman I.

Release Date: November 27, 2010 (Setting is 1959 and contemporary)
Series: Tales of the Shadowmen
Horror Crosses: A NIghtmare on Elm Street
Non-Horror Crosses: Judex; Batman
The Story: In 1959, Dr. Jonathan Crane tests his fear toxin on a little girl. Her fear is so strong that it pulls Freddy Krueger from his future time period, allowing Krueger to possess the girl.

Notes: Dr. Jonathan Crane will go on to become Batman’s foe, the Scarecrow. In the comics, the Scarecrow first appeared in the 1940s. In the Horror Universe, there was a Batman in the 1940s, with his sidekick becoming the second Batman in the 1960s. Presumedly, Crane was younger in the Horror Universe and went on to be an enemy of the second Batman. In Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash, Freddy dissipated at the end of the story, as he often does when he’s defeated. This time, he must have moved backward through time, being incorporeal within the timestream. This story isn’t the first instance of Freddy possessing someone. In the second Nightmare film, Freddy possesses Jesse, the boy who moves into Nancy’s house five years after Nancy defeated Freddy. His anxiety as the new kid allowed Freddy to slowly take over. The more control he gained, the more fear Jesse had of losing control. Thus, the fear of losing control gave Freddy more control. Then in Nightmare 5, Freddy tries to possess an unborn child still within the womb, this time by convincing the child in his dreams to willingly be a vessel. Judex is the hero of this story.

Spring 1960--Dick Grayson returns to Gotham and takes over as Batman II.  Bruce Wayne Junior becomes Robin II.

October 1961 to May 1963--MAKE ROOM FOR DADDY--A character named Jose Jimenez is a recurring character on this show, appearing in six episodes.  This character also appears on THE STEVE ALLEN SHOW, THE SPIKE JONES SHOW, HOLLYWOOD PALACE, a cartoon whose name I could not find (see picture below), "a comedy album by Joey Forman (as the Mashuganishi Yogi) which spoofed the Indian mystic movement popular in the psychedelic sixties" (quoting Toby O'Brien), THE BILL DANA SHOW, BATMAN, SWINGING SPIKETACULARS, THE NEW STEVE ALLEN SHOW, I WANT MY MUMMY, THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW, THE SECOND ANNUAL COMEDY AWARDS, THE RED SKELTON HOUR, THE DANNY THOMAS SHOW, and THE STEVE ALLEN PLYMOUTH SHOW.

Spring 1965--BATMAN--The Joker Junior (actually the original Joker), the Penguin II (Oswald Cobblepot Junior), Catwoman III (Kitanya Irenya Tatanya Karenska Alisoff), and the Riddler I (Edward Nigma) join forces to take down the United Nations Security Force to hold for ransom.  

May 15, 1965--BRAVE AND THE BOLD:  THE LOST ISSUES--Batman II (Dick Grayson) teams with JOHNNY QUEST.

Summer 1965 to Fall 1967--BATMAN (TELEVISION SERIES)

Release Date: January 12, 1966 - March 14, 1968 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Batman (TV)
The Story: Batman and Robin protect Gotham City from various bizarre criminals.
Notes: For Horror Universe purposes, this dynamic duo is Dick Grayson as Batman and Bruce Wayne Junior as Robin.


Spring 1966--BATMAN--"The Spell of Tut"--Batman battles King Tut.  THE GREEN HORNET briefly appears.

Spring 1966--BATMAN--"The Yegg Foes in Gotham"--The Dynamic Due encounter Jose Jiminez of THE BILL DANA SHOW.

April 1966--BEWITCHED--"Follow that Witch"--Charlie asks Samantha if she travels like Batman.

June 1966--MUNSTER, GO HOME!--Herman calls for help from Batman

Summer 1966--BATMAN--"It's How You Play the Game"--The Dynamic Duo encounter Col. Klink, former Nazi head of Slalag 13 (from HOGAN'S HEROES).


Release Date: December 7, 1966 (Contemporary Setting)
Horror Crosses: Addams Family
The Story: The Penguin opens a restaurant where customers must write down their orders, so that he can then learn to forge their handwriting.
Notes: The irony is that the restaurant was successful financially when legit. During their usual wall-climbing scene, the heroes often encounter some celebrity or character who pokes his head out a window. This time around, it is Lurch, the butler of the Addams Family. This makes a bit of sense considering that Gomez Addams was the Riddler! That’s right. In an episode of the Addams Family, Gomez gets a bonk on the head and suddenly acts like the Riddler. And indeed actor John Astin played Gomez and the Riddler. Incidentally, the Penguin of this episode is likely the son of the foe who fought the 1940s heroes.

Fall 1966--BATMAN--"A Piece of the Action/Batman's Satisfaction"--Batman II and Robin II team up with GREEN HORNET II and Kato II.  (See my Green Hornet blog for an explanation for the similar legacy of the Green Hornet line.)



Release Date: February 19, 1965 (Contemporary Setting)
Non-Horror Crosses: Batman
The Story: Gomez gets amnesia and acts normal.
Notes: At one point, Gomez is bonked on the head and acts like the Riddler. That’s really interesting as John Astin, who plays Gomez, will play the Riddler in Batman, but that show hadn’t even started yet, nor had Astin been cast in the part yet. But from a metafictional perspective, it’s clear that Gomez was the second Riddler.

1960s--BATMAN--At one point, the real Riddler, Edward Nigma, references the nation of Moldavia in one of his riddles.  In the real world (our world), Moldavia was once its own nation, but since has been swallowed up by its neighbors.  In the TVCU, it's still a nation of it's own, not only as seen in BATMAN, but also DYNASTY, BOTTOM, and ROSEANNE.

1966--THE WILD WORLD OF BATWOMAN--The central character is a 60s Batman knockoff that even does the Batusi like Adam West did in the show.

December 1966--MONKEES--"Dance, Monkee, Dance"--Peter picks up the Batphone in the very first shot

December 1966--BATMAN--"The Duo is Slumming"--Batman and Robin encounter Santa when climbing up the side of a wall in Gotham.

January 1967--MONKEES--"Case of the Missing Monkee"--Micky proposes to use the Bat-hook to scale a building

June 1967--HELLTOWN--This story occurs just after Charles Victor Szasz has begun operating as THE QUESTION.  The Question, in a conversation with his mentor, brings up past mystery men, including THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL, THE GREEN HORNET, WILDCAT, THE SANDMAN, and BLACK CANARY.  Later on, Batman II (Dick Grayson) has a conversation with his butler Alfred Pennyworth (who is not the same as Bruce's former butler Alfred Beagle) in which they mention THE SHADOW.  RICHARD DRAGON and Lady Shiva are also involved in the tale, and ORACLE is mentioned.  Oracle is the first Barbara Gordon, who once operated as Batgirl in the 1940s.  After the Joker (the original) shot her, she was paralyzed, but became an information broker to the world's heroes.  Barbara is the daughter of former Police Commissioner James W. Gordon (aka THE WHISPERER) and the sister of current Police Commissioner Tony Gordon.  She is also the aunt of Tony's daughter Barbara, who is now the second Batgirl.

1967--MAD MONSTER PARTY?--Dracula says "Now, friends, you'll discover who was the original Batman."

Fall 1967--THE MONKEES--"The Monkees Blow Their Minds"--During this misadventure, the second villain to be called the Penguin, Oswald Cobblepot Junior, appears.

March 1968--THE BATWOMAN--This movie intentionally copies the style of the Adam West Batman, complete with the same mask but adapted to a woman.

1968 to 1969--THE BATMAN/SUPERMAN HOUR--The Batman portion of this show is a direct spin-off of the TV series.

July 1969--SESAME STREET--"Pilot"--Batman II (Dick Grayson) appears.

Summer 1969--BRAVE AND THE BOLD:  THE LOST ISSUES--Batman and Hawaii Five-O.

May 12, 1970--BRAVE AND THE BOLD:  THE LOST ISSUES--Batman teams with JAMES BOND.

May 1970--DOCTOR WHO--"Inferno"--The Doctor references Batman.  Certainly at some point in all his travels in time, he must have met the Batman.

"What did you expect?
Some kind of space rocket with Batman at the controls?"
'Doctor Who' - "Inferno"

September 9, 1970--BRAVE AND THE BOLD:  THE LOST ISSUES--Batman II (Dick Grayson) is thrown by Bat-Mite into a reality created by his fellow Q which is commonly referred to as the PLANET OF THE APES.

September 1970--INVISIBLE DEATH--PRINCE ZARKON visits the Cobalt Club (frequently visited by THE SHADOW) and consults with the Shadow, THE SPIDER, the second GREEN HORNET, Bruce Wayne, and Ham Brooks (one of DOC SAVAGE's assistants).  Also appearing, mentioned, or inferred are:  NANCY DREW, THE THINKING MACHINE, ELLERY QUEEN, WU FANG, CAPTAIN HAZZARD, and DOCTOR DEATH.

1970--SABRINA AND THE GROOVIE GOOLIES--From James:  Were you aware that Sabrina had a crossover tv cartoon where she joined a band with hip versions of Dracula, the Wolfman, Frankenstein's Monster, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and the Mummy. It was ever so creatively titled Sabrina and the Groovie Goolies (not to be confused with the much better band the Groovie Ghoulies). It aired for one season in 1970.

For no obvious reason I'm inclined to think the Mummy is Klaris from Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy. Because of the date, I believe the Frankenstein's Monster in this series is the same Frankenstein's Monster that was created by a descendant of Victor Frankenstein during his duties at the insane New York power company called The Electric Company. This same Monster was also established to have fought a very dunk Dick Grayson--during the final days of his tenure as Batman--in Texas, as established by Robert.


Release Date: September 15, 1972 (Contemporary Setting)
Non-Horror Crosses: Batman (The New Adventures of Batman)
The Story: Mystery, Inc. teams-up with Batman and Robin to foil the counterfeiting ring run by the Joker and the Penguin.
Notes: Using the Generations premise, this Batman would be Dick Grayson and this Robin would be Bruce Wayne Junior. The Penguin would be Oswald Cobblepot Junior based on Dennis Power’s contribution to the theory, and according to John Byrne, this is the original Joker, posing as “Joker Junior”. The New Adventures of Batman is an animated continuation of the 1960s live action Batman series. Later, the Batman: The Brave and the Bold animated series will conflate this Batman with that of Super Friends.


Release Date: December 15, 1972 (Contemporary Setting)
Non-Horror Crosses: Batman (New Adventures of Batman)
The Story: When a Professor is kidnapped by the Joker and Penguin in order to obtain his flying suit, Mystery, Inc. once more teams with Batman and Robin.
Notes: The two teams will team-up a third time on Batman: the Brave and the Bold. Recently, they have teamed again in DC Comics’ Scooby-Doo Team-Up, but the series is too new at this writing for me to evaluate how it may fit into Horror Universe canon.


May 2, 1972--SUPER-TEAM FAMILY:  THE LOST ISSUES--Robin II (Bruce Wayne Junior) vs. the Hulk, Part I.

May 3, 1972--SUPER-TEAM FAMILY:  THE LOST ISSUES--Robin II (Bruce Wayne Junior) vs. the Hulk, Part II.


Release Date: January 19, 2011 (Setting is Contemporary-ish)
Horror Crosses: New Scooby-Doo Movies
Non-Horror Crosses: Mad; Bat-Manga
The Story: Bat-Mite presents three tales from alternate realities.
Notes: In this instance, the Horror Universe is one of those alternate realities. As explained in the previous entry, the Brave and the Bold series is a divergent timeline to the Horror Universe. But from their perspective, the Horror Universe is the divergent timeline. The Horror Universe story is a sequel to the Batman appearances in the New Scooby-Doo Movies in the 1970s. The other two stories take place in the world of Mad Magazine parodies and the world of Manga. It’s likely those are also divergent realities in the Horror Multiverse.

1973 to 1986--SUPER FRIENDS--Batman II (Dick Grayson) becomes an instructor along with Robin II (Bruce Wayne Junior), Superman, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman to train new heroes Marvin and Wendy (and later Zan and Jayna).  They also work as part of the Justice League of America.  The team is nick-named the Super Friends, and later will be code named the Super Powers Team.  The team works secretly for the U.S. Government and the United Nations.  The team was actually founded in the 1950s and disbanded in 1986.  It's entire roster over it's long run included:  Aquaman, Batman II, Robin II, Superman, Wonder Woman, Atom II, Cyborg, Firestorm, Flash II, Green Lantern Hal Jordan, Hawkgirl II, Hawkman II, Apache Chief, Black Vulcan, El Dorado, Rima the Jungle Girl, Samurai, Green Arrow II, Plastic Man, Wendy Harris, Marvin White, Wonderdog, Zan, Jayna, Gleek, Captain Marvel I, Huntress II, and Black Canary II.  I want to make clear that even though the shows for the most part appear just like you see them, in general the public isn't aware or clear of the activities of these heroes.  The primary foes of the Super Friends would be the Legion of Doom:  Bizarro, Black Manta, Brainiac, Captain Cold, Cheetah, Giganta, Gorilla Grodd, Solomon Grundy, Lex Luthor, Doctor Natas, the Riddler I, the Scarecrow II, Sinestro, the Toyman II, Mordru, and Dr. Sivana.  During their final years, they mostly fought Darkseid and his minions.  Additional bad guys they faced were:  Bizarra, Joe Chill, the Crime Syndicate of America, Felix Faust, Gentleman Ghost, Joker Junior, Mirror Master, Mr. Mxyzptlk, Penguin II, Royal Flush Gang, the Shark, Dracula, Frankenstein, Orville Gump, the Phantom Zone villains, and Zy-Kree.

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1973--SERPICO--Tony Roberts' character mentions the Batmobile

Summer 1974--DETECTIVE COMICS # 446--"Slaughter in Silver"--Batman poses as a janitor, an idea he got from THE SHADOW.  This Batman is Dick Grayson.  Though there were never any recorded meetings, it's safe to assume the Shadow was a constant part of his son Bruce's life, and thus must have met Dick Grayson, who would have been like a grandson to him.

Release Date: December 1975 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: The Occult Files of Doctor Spektor
Horror Crosses: Donald F. Glut’s interconnected works; Dracula (novel); Frankenstein (Donald F. Glut); Count Wulfstein; The Lurker; Purple Zombie; Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde (novel); Simbar; Phantom Stranger; Deadman; Dr. 13 (See Notes)
Non-Horror Crosses: Batman; Justice League of America; Avengers (Marvel); Freedom Fighters; Thor (Marvel); Defenders; Beast; Thunderbunny; Animal Man; Generation X (See Notes)
The Story: Spektor is in Rutland, Vermont for the annual Masque Macabre Halloween parade when the Dark Gods bring several statues to life.

Notes: The Statues brought to life are Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, Count Wulfstein, the Lurker, the Purple Zombie, Mr. Hyde, Simbar, and Ra-Ka-Tep. Though these are all statues brought to life, most are characters who met Spektor already, so the presumption is that the others are also in the same reality as Spektor. This parade is a real annual event, but it appears often in comics. It’s considered one of the first intercompany crossovers because multiple comic book companies use it as a setting. This was an intentional attempt by comics writers to get past legalities and present that all the comics co-exist in the same reality. Because of writer’s intent, I’m inclined to allow the crossovers, even though I really hate to make the Horror Universe into a superhero universe. The compromise is to say that the above crosses are all in, but superheroes in the Horror Universe were more or less not as public as in their main comic book universes, and their careers only lasted from the 1960s to the mid 1980s at most. It was a weird quirky phenomenon in the Horror Universe and most people today have no recollection that super-heroes ever existed.

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1976--Batman's 1976 Pro Wrestling Encounter With Jerry "The Super-King" Lawler Is Amazing (and Slightly Drunk)

Read More:  Then see the TVCU discussion on this event at

Summer 1976--THE NEW ADVENTURES OF BATMAN--A continuation of the show.  Batman is now bothered by Bat-Mite, a member of the 5th Dimensional Q Continuum of Zrff.

Spring 1977--BATMAN FAMILY # 18--"A Choice of Destinies"--Helena Wayne (aka the Huntress) graduates from Harvard Law School and works for Gotham's law firm Cranston, Grayson, and Wayne.  (This provides pretty solid evidence that THE SHADOW did indeed remain a part of the Batman and Robin's lives for the past few decades.)

Summer 1977--BRAVE AND THE BOLD:  THE LOST ISSUES--Batman II (Dick Grayson) and Charlie's Angels.  

March 1978--BRAVE AND THE BOLD:  THE LOST ISSUES--Batman II (Dick Grayson) teams with the SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN and THE BIONIC WOMAN.

1978 (it starts on may 18th which is about 6 months after House of 1000 Corpses)--THE DEVIL'S REJECTS--Billy Ray Snapper tells Sheriff John Quincy Wydell if he doesn't like the way the unholy two work to pick up the Batphone and hire someone else

Release Date: 1978 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Batman (Silver Age); Deadman; Sgt. Rock
Non-Horror Crosses: Sherlock Holmes
The Story: Batman finds himself involved in a supernatural adventure that requires the aid of Sgt. Rock, Deadman, and Sherlock Holmes.

Notes: Batman’s golden age stories are in via Tales of the Shadowmen. His silver age incarnation is brought in here, and his modern age version is brought in via crosses with Alien and Predator. How can Batman have a career that spans from 1937 to the present? He can’t. I propose that there is an explanation. It’s not always the same Batman. In the 1960s, Bill Finger created a series of “imaginary stories” in which Dick Grayson (Robin) becomes the second Batman and Batman’s son, Bruce Wayne Junior became the second Robin. In the 1970s, World’s Finest Comics featured a series of stories with the Super-Sons, in which Bruce Wayne Junior eventually becomes Batman. John Byrne later wrote Generations, which supported the idea that Bruce Wayne was Batman I, Dick Grayson was Batman II, and Bruce Wayne Junior was Batman III. Based on those stories, I propose a similar scenario for the Horror Universe. Bruce Wayne was the Batman of the golden age comics. Dick Grayson was the silver age version, which was from 1959 to 1986, and Bruce Junior has been Batman from 1986 to present. So the Batman of this story is Dick Grayson, despite what may be said in the story. Deadman was brought in via a cross with Doctor Spektor. Sgt. Rock is a DC war comic series, which is brought in via this story. And Holmes is Holmes, of course.

Summer 1978--THE EARTH-SHAKER--Another PRINCE ZARKON novel, featuring crossovers with:  DOC SAVAGE, CAPTAIN HAZZARD, THE SHADOW, THE SPIDER, THE AVENGER, THE PHANTOM DETECTIVE, THE BLACK BAT, CAPTAIN ZERO, PHILO VANCE, NICK AND NORA CHARLES, CASH GORMAN, Bruce Wayne, THE PHANTOM CREEPS, DOCTOR DEATH, TOM SWIFT, CAPTAIN ZERO, THE ANGEL DETECTIVE.  Freddy Freeman appears also.  He is a crippled newspaper seller.  On Earth-S, Earth-Post Crisis, and Earth-0, Freddy Freeman is the super-heroic Captain Marvel Junior (or CM3.)  There are also other alternate realities where this is also the case.  In the TVCU, a Freddy Freeman will become CAPTAIN MARVEL JUNIOR/CM3, but not until the 1990s.  This Freddy Freeman has no relationship to the later one nor any relationship to the power of Shazam.

1978--LUPIN THE THIRD:  THE SECRET OF MAMO--Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman, Superman and Aquaman appear.  Watch it here.

Summer 1978--LEGENDS OF THE SUPERHEROES--"Challenge of the Superheroes"--A birthday party is being held for retired hero the Scarlet Cyclone.  Those who come to the Hall of Heroes (aka the Hall of Justice) are Justice League members Batman II, Robin II, Flash II, Green Lantern Hal Jordan, Hawkman, Captain Marvel I, Huntress II, and Black Canary II.  However, they are challenged by the Legion of Doom (Riddler I, Weather Wizard, Sinestro, Mordru, Dr. Sivana, Giganta, and Solomon Grundy.)  Some time after, there is a celebrity roast that is crashed by the Legion.

1978 to 1980--TARZAN AND THE SUPER 7--Only the Batman segments are relevant here, as a continuation of the television series and previous animated series.

December 1978--Chief Clancy O'Hara becomes the new police commissioner.

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Release Date: March 1979 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Spider-Man; Red Sonja
Horror Crosses: Doctor Strange
Non-Horror Crosses: Superman; Ms. Marvel; Conan the Barbarian
The Story: Kulan Gath possesses a security guard at a museum and draws the attention of Spider-Man. Mary Jane Watson also finds herself possessed, but by the heroic Red Sonja.

Notes: Carol Danvers is mentioned, but not her alter ego Ms. Marvel. Based on the various crosses with Marvel heroes in this guide, we can determine that many of the Marvel heroes must have had counterparts in the Horror Universe. If this is the case, I still doubt that superheroes were as publically known as in the MU. Like with the alien invasions and zombie outbreaks, I’m sure the general public is in denial about vigilantes with super-powers. The super-hero phenomenon must have come in waves. The first started in the late 1930s and died down after World War II. The second would have occurred from the early 1960s to the mid 1980s. Since then, heroes would have still operated, but with less and less frequency. Red Sonja is a spin-off character from Conan the Barbarian, and Kulan Gath was a Conan foe. Doctor Strange is also mentioned in this story. Clark Kent also arrives to cover the story. Of course, this is a fun cameo of the type that DC and Marvel liked to do regarding their friendly competition. But from an in-story point of view, a few questions arise. Why didn’t Superman get involved? Why was he in New York? Shouldn’t he be old? Clark often got sent out of Metropolis on assignment. So that question is easy to answer. He might have been there for another story and stumbled upon this one. As for a young Clark Kent, several crosses in this guide demonstrate that the golden age version of Superman existed in the Horror Universe. And there are crosses with the modern age (post-Crisis) version. And of course this is a silver age era story. To explain the longevity and multiple versions, I have to look towards what DC would refer to as “imaginary stories” or “Elseworlds”. In the 1970s, DC had a series of “Super Sons” stories, in which Superman and Batman had sons. Clark Kent Junior would later become the next Superman. In another series, “Superman 2020”, Superman also had a son who became the next Superman. And finally, DC One Million followed the same premise. Based on those three story series, I can theorize that the same case exists in the Horror Universe. Additionally, the Earth-2 stories and John Byrne’s Generations saga demonstrate the continued life of an aging Superman, which I can utilize. Pulling all that together, I believe that the golden age Superman follows pretty closely to the original stories. But then he retired, only occasionally going back into action. So in this story, he chooses to let the young heroes handle things. Besides which, being out of Metropolis, having Superman and Clark both both seen there would risk his secret identity, something even more important to him now that he’s married and a father. Plus Superman has a weakness against magic, something that in the Horror Universe couldn’t have been easy for him. The later appearances of a modern age version of Superman are likely to be Clark Kent Junior.

Spring 1980--BATMAN # 336--"While the Bat's Away"--Batman II (Dick Grayson) tells a crook that THE SHADOW has retired.

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April 22, 1980--BRAVE AND THE BOLD:  THE LOST ISSUES--Batman tries to rescue GODZILLA.  I've decided that there are enough crossovers linking Godzilla to the TVCU, as well as reference by TVCU characters to Godzilla attacking Tokyo, that Godzilla really exists, and is publicly known in the TVCU, worldwide, even in a world with Law and Order, the Brady Bunch, ect.  

May 18, 1980--BRAVE AND THE BOLD:  THE LOST ISSUES--Batman II (Dick Grayson) teams with rock band/super-heroes KISS.

August 2, 1980--BRAVE AND THE BOLD:  THE LOST ISSUES--Batman II (Dick Grayson) teams with the Blue Falcon and DYNO-MUTT.

Fall 1980--BATMAN VS. THE INCREDIBLE HULK:  THE MONSTER AND THE MADMAN--Batman II (Dick Grayson) must face off against the Hulk (who is Bruce's old friend David Banner).  The set-up is created by the Joker and the Shaper of Worlds.

June 29, 1981--MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE:  THE LOST ISSUES--The Thing teams up with the Super Friends.

August 12, 1981--BRAVE AND THE BOLD:  THE LOST ISSUES--Batman works with DIRTY HARRY Callahan.

September 1981--WORLD'S FINEST COMICS # 271--Superman (Kal-L/Clark Kent) and Batman II (Dick Grayson) help Superman and Batman of the Looniverse defeat a revived Atom Man (spelled Atoman in this story).

May 18, 1982--SUPER-TEAM FAMILY:  THE LOST ISSUES--The Justice League of America and Stan Lee.  A fictonalized version of Stan Lee is in the TVCU through appearances in CHUCK, THE BIG BANG THEORY, and MALLRATS.

May 24, 1984--BRAVE AND THE BOLD:  THE LOST ISSUES--Batman II (Dick Grayson) works with G.I. JOE.

September 21, 1984--BRAVE AND THE BOLD:  THE LOST ISSUES--Batman II (Dick Grayson) teams with Mr. T, an alias used by B.A. Barracus of the A-TEAM.

October 27, 1985--BRAVE AND THE BOLD:  THE LOST ISSUES--Batman teams with the Autobots (TRANSFORMERS).

Winter 1987--Dick Grayson hands over the Batman costume to Bruce Wayne Junior.

Release Date: June 1988 (Contemporary Setting, along with numerous flashbacks from ancient times up to the 1960s)
Series: Zatara; Zatanna
Horror Crosses: Doctor Fate; Faust; Hellblazer; Doctor Occult; Sargon the Sorcerer; Spectre; Deadman; Phantom Stranger
Non-Horror Crosses: She; Justice League of America; Super Friends; All-Star Squadron; Justice Society of America; Hawkman (silver age); Batman (silver age); Atom (silver age); Green Lantern (silver age); Elongated Man; Hawkman (golden age); Starman (golden age); Flash (golden age); Green Lantern (golden age); Atom (golden age); Sandman (golden age); Johnny Thunder (golden age); Superman (silver age); Flash (silver age); Green Arrow (silver age)
The Story: Felix Faust captures Zatanna, and as they discuss his motivations, we are told not only the origins of Zarara and Zatanna, but also of Doctor Mist and Felix Faust.

Notes: This was meant to be the post crisis revised origins of Zatara and Zatanna. However, from pre-crisis to post-crisis, the canon of those characters didn’t really change, and this story really just expands on the older origin without altering it. This story also features the origins of Doctor Mist and Felix Faust, tying the four’s histories together. In the original version of the story, proposed by Jean Marc Lofficier, Wotan was meant to be the main villain. Wotan is from mythology, but this was the version who was an enemy of Doctor Fate. DC had it changed to Felix Faust, an enemy of the Justice League of America. This story conflates Felix Faust with the original Faust. This story reveals that when Zatanna was young, she had an affair with John Constantine. The flashbacks show Zatara as a member of the All-Star Squadron. Zatanna is shown in flashbacks to have worked with many members of the (DC) supernatural community. Doctor Mist is a member of the Global Guardians, first appearing in the Super Friends comic book, but he is based on a character from H. Rider Haggard’s Wisdom’s Daughter. There is a flashback to Zatanna’s original quest storyline. The Justice Society are shown in flashback to the storyline in which they are brought before congress and forced to retire, leading to the end of the golden age of heroes. Zatanna is also shown in flashback as a member of the Justice League of America.

April 1990--BRAVE AND THE BOLD...THE LOST ISSUES--Batman III (Bruce Wayne Junior) and Daredevil.  See 


Release Date: December 1991 - February 1992 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Batman (Modern Age/Post-Crisis); Predator
The Story: A Predator comes to Gotham and is killing off mobsters, inciting a mob war.
Notes: This would be the third Batman, Bruce Wayne Junior, for the sake of the Horror Universe.

January 1993--THE SIMPSONS--"Marge vs. the Monorail"--Marge tells Homer she has someone with her who can help and Homer says "Batman?"

August 1993--METEOR MAN--Mentioned by Mrs. Reed while sewing Jeff's Meteor Man costume

September 1993--BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER--"Some Assembly Required"--Buffy mentions the Bat Signal

1994--BRAVE AND THE BOLD:  THE LOST ISSUES--Batman vs. the Mask.  The flashback is actually 1969.  The person being called Wayne and being punched is Bruce Wayne Junior.  The woman and child are just bystander victims.  The man wearing the MASK in the flashback in not Ipkiss, but BJ years later confuses Stanley Ipkiss for the previous owner of the Mask.

1994—“Черепашки-ниндзя и Бэтмэн” (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Batman)
Batman III works with the Turtles to fight the Foot Clan, presumably. I know nothing about this Russian comic other than the fact that this is a team-up between Batman and TNMT.

Winter 1995--DAREDEVIL AND BATMAN:  EYE FOR AN EYE--Daredevil teams up with Batman against Two-Face and Mr. Hyde.  It may seems Daredevil is too old for this type of adventure.  But that's if he debuted in 1964.  But in the TVCU he debuted in the early 1980s, making him 20 year younger in this reality.  The Batman here is Bruce Wayne Junior.  The Two-Face here is not the original, former district attorney Harvey Kent.  Rather, it is a lunatic who has taken the name of Harvey Dent, or Harvey Two Face as an amalgamation of the identities of the original Two-Face Harvey Kent and recently deceased DA Harvey Dent.  Mr. Hyde is pretty much like his Marvel Universe counterpart.

February 1995--LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT # 86 TO 88--"Conspiracy"--James Bojaciuk: I just read Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #86-88, which is yet another Batman vs. the Illuminati story. In #88, Batman collects evidence from bugging the Solucci crime family that connects them to the CIA, MKUltra, and police corruption--he then delivers this evidence to the offices of an unnamed Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. This crossover confirms Batman and the X-Files take place in the same universe. The Batman present in this story would be Batman III, Bruce Wayne Jr.

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Spring 1995--BATMAN/DAREDEVIL:  KING OF NEW YORK--The two vigilantes team again, this time against the Kingpin, the Scarecrow, and the Catwoman.  The Kingpin here is like his Marvel counterpart.  The Scarecrow is not the original, but an obsessed "fan."  And the Catwoman here is a former secretary who after a near death experience, loses it and turns to crime. 

1995—“Бэтмэн против Двудушника” (Batman vs. Dvudushnika)
Batman III once more teams up with the TMNT.


Release Date: October 1995 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Batman (Modern Age/Post-Crisis); Predator
Non-Horror Crosses: The Huntress (Modern Age/Post Crisis)
The Story: While Batman is dealing with a price on his head, he and the Huntress also find themselves dealing with a rogue Predator, so dangerous he’s even hunted by others of his kind.
Notes: This Huntress is not Helena Wayne, daughter of the original Batman, but rather Helena Bertinelli, daughter of a mobster.

January 1997--THE SIMPSONS--"El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Homer"--homer's sillouette is projected, Bart says it could be Batman if he's really let himself go. Batman was projected into the sky in this show.

Release Date: February 1997 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Catwoman (Modern Age/Post-Crisis); Vampirella
Non-Horror Crosses: Batman (Modern Age/Post-Crisis)
The Story: When there is a string of feline related burglaries in Gotham City and Selina Kyle isn’t the thief, Vampirella helps Catwoman clear her name.

Notes: Since the golden age Batman stories occur in the Horror Universe, we must assume that Selina Kyle was the Catwoman of the 1940s from those stories. Thus, since Catwoman had no mystical powers, this can’t be Selina Kyle. In this reference guide, we steal a little bit of theory from some non-mainstream DC stories in which Batman got older, retired, and had a family who carried on the legacy. Following that logic, the original Catwoman would have gotten older, retired (and perhaps married Bruce Wayne!). Batman’s son would have been Bruce Wayne Junior, who would have been the second Robin under Dick Grayson as Batman, and then the third Batman. Dick would have likely operated from the early 1960s to the mid 1980s, with Bruce Junior then taking over the mantle in the mid 1980s and possible operating still up to the present. Each Batman had a Catwoman. And since Selina would have retired in the 1950s, likely the second and third Cawomen were “copycats”, (pun intentional), and likely their real names were never revealed, and they used “Selena Kyle” as an alias and an homage.

1997--CHAOS THEORY--Bruce Wayne, retired from the cape and cowl, is still solving crimes.


Release Date: 1997 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Batman (Modern Age/Post-Crisis); Predator
The Story: A father Predator takes his son on his first hunt, after another father and son team of Batman and Robin.
Notes: Technically, even in DC canon, this Batman and Robin are not actually father and son, but I could see how the Predator could see them as such. In DC canon, this is indeed Bruce Wayne as Batman, and the third Robin, Tim Drake, who is actually a teen who lives next door to Wayne. For Horror Universe purposes, though, this is Bruce Wayne Junior as Batman, but still Tim Drake as Robin.


Release Date: March - April 1997 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Batman (Modern Age/Post-Crisis); Alien
The Story: Batman is on a mission in Central America where he runs into a handful of mercenaries and a bunch of Aliens.
Notes: For Horror Universe purposes, the Batman of this story is Bruce Wayne Junior. Of course in DC canon, it’s Bruce Wayne, who began operating about 12 years prior. (But DC says this story no longer exists.) Technically, the Aliens are called Xenomorphs, but it’s been a long standing tradition for me to simply refer to them as Aliens (capitalized).

Release Date: January - February 1999 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Batman (Modern Age/Post Crisis); Hellboy (comics); Starman (Jack Knight)
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
The Story: Batman, Hellboy, and Starman must team up against a Neo-Nazi cult trying to raise a Lovecraftian Elder God.
Notes: Anything that crosses with Lovecraft gets solidly placed in the Horror Universe. Because of this, the Hellboy comics and movies are in the Horror Universe. This Batman should be Bruce Wayne Junior for Horror Universe purposes. He’s a bit more grim and gritty than his father in the role. (Ironically, BJ was also the 1960s Robin, who was pretty lighthearted and full of bad puns. But an incident with the Joker as told in John Byrne’s Generations explains his new attitude.) This also brings in the modern age Jack Knight Starman series. Interestingly, that Starman series by James Robinson kept the same writer throughout and had a beginning and an ending. And though it took place in the DC Universe, which operated under the comic book time where the entire 75 plus years of DC Comics stories happened in the past 5 - 12 years only, the internal Starman timeline had time moving at the same pace as the real world. Jack’s annual visits with his deceased brother happened annually. The Starman series tied into the entire Starman legacy, as well as Phantom Lady, the Shade, the Black Pirate, and the golden age Justice Society of America. I have no problem with bringing in the JSA and these other characters, keeping in mind that that doesn’t mean that every single appearance is canon in the Horror Universe. Basically, the rule for DC and Marvel super-heroes is that if they get included due to a crossover with a horror series, then only their first appearance and/or origin story gets in as canon, and then whatever stories show up in this guide. The DC and Marvel Universes have very complex mythos regarding their superheroes that don’t work in the Horror Universe. However, they can exist if they had very limited adventures, only operating occasionally, and mostly against more supernatural threats. On the other hand, with super-heroes who are already designed as horror/supernatural characters, such as Hellboy, Vampirella, Doctor Strange, or the Demon, I have no problem including all of their stories that didn’t involve crossovers with other characters, and crossovers with other supernatural/horror characters. While Starman is not a horror character, I feel because of the nature of how his story is told, this story can bring in the entire Jack Knight storyline as told by James Robinson, but not all DC Starman stories.


Release Date: March 1, 1999 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Spider-Man
Horror Crosses: Scooby-Doo! (revival film series)
Non-Horror Crosses: Invaders; Captain America; Human Torch (golden age); Sub-Mariner; Casablanca; Hulk; Jackie Chan Adventures; Terry and the Pirates; Silence of the Lambs/Hannibal; Fargo; Trading Places/Coming to America; The Great Race; North by Northwest; Indiana Jones; Marathon Man; Smilin’ Jack; Iron Man; Sherlock Holmes; Die Hard; Fu Manchu; James Bond; Superman (modern age); Law & Order; Ellery Queen; Batman (Burton/Schumacher film series): Usual Suspects; Carmen Sandiego; Unbreakable; Maltese Falcon; NYPD Blue
The Story: A new Sinister Six is formed.
Notes: Because of the appearance of the Mystery, Inc team, and not as 40-somethings, this must be the team from the newer animated films that started with Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island. This film series continues with all the previous animated series as canon. In Zombie Island, the gang are all adults, post college. Velma has a Master’s degree. The team had split up and in Zombie Island are reunited. So the “kids” here are now in the mid-20s, in a time period that is contemporary with release dates based on pop culture and technology. In the Horror Universe, the “kids” should be in their 40s. Furthermore, based on evidence from Looney Tunes: Back in Action, it’s likely the revival films are fictional in the Horror Universe, being fictional films about Mystery, Inc. However, Mystery Incorporated (in a divergent timeline) has an appearance of the Hex Girls, a fictional band that originated in revival series film Scooby-Doo and the Witch’s Ghost. Based on the crossover rules I am using, that would place the revival film series if not in the Horror Universe main timeline, at least in a divergent timeline. And indeed, it must be placed in a divergent timeline. Thus,Spider-Man: Gathering of the Sinister Six should be placed in that divergent timeline.

September 1999--SABRINA, THE TEENAGE WITCH--"No Place Like Home"--When Hilda and Zelda are turned into penguins, Hilda asks Zelda if she wants to "wreak havoc in Gotham city".

February 2000--ANGEL--"Smile Time"--In the Angel episode "Smile Time", one of the lab workers at Wolfram and Hart suspects the Joker is behind the large amount of children dying with big smiles on their faces.  And considering the Joker of the TVCU is immortal, they might know something about how that is possible, since nobody else does.  Coincidentally, Angel has often been compared to Batman.


Release Date: November 2000 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: The Executioner
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; King Kong; Frankenstein (novel)
Non-Horror Crosses: Batman; Doc Savage; Crocodile Dundee; Blue Thunder; Terminator
The Story: A group of K’tulu worshipping Nazis create a super soldier.
Notes: K’tulu surely is Cthulhu and the link to Lovecraft brings the Executioner into the Horror Universe. The super-soldier is compared to King Kong, the Frankenstein Monster, the Riddler, Doc Savage, Crocodile Dundee, and the T1000 Terminator. Those could be pop culture references, comparing him to fictional characters. However, since the Lovecraft element places this in the Horror Universe already, and some of those compared to are also already in the Horror Universe, then we should just assume these are all references to real people. Thus, the reference to Crocodile Dundee brings his film series into the Horror Universe. Likewise, a reference to the Blue Thunder helicopter in this book also brings in that film and television series. Terminator is also brought in, but a few things should be noted. First, the ever changing Terminator future timelines should present solid evidence that the future is not set, so many different future stories can all be part of the future of the Horror Universe. Also, one may wonder why I didn’t include Terminator as a horror series, even though I did for Predator and Alien. I’ve also wondered this. But I guess it just comes down to the elements. Sure, the Terminator is a scary monster stalking its prey, but most of the plot is about stopping a post-apocalyptic future from coming about and it’s just much more sci-fi and very little actual horror. If you disagree, feel free to write a book of your own

July 2000--SUPERMAN & BUGS BUNNY--Mr. Mxyzptlk of the TVCU discovers the Looniverse and the Dodo.  Both the Dodo and Mxyzptlk create chaos for both realities, causing Bugs and his friends to work with the Justice League of America to stop the two mischief making god like beings.  (One of my favorites.  It worked incredibly well playing both groups of characters in their normal character.  The best parts were watching the Martian Manhunter meet Marvin the Martian, watching the Flash find that he's slower than both the Road Runner and Speedy Gonzales, and watching Tweety single handedly take down a giant robot being controlled by the Toyman.  This series also revealed that the stories in the Looney Tunes cartoons that take place in the past, such as when Bugs and Yosemite Sam are knights, actually take place in the past, and that these are not the same characters from the present.  They are ancestors.)

Release Date: December 20, 2000 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: JLA; Predator
Non-Horror Crosses: Superman (Modern Age/Post-Crisis); Batman (Modern Age/Post Crisis); Green Lantern; Martian Manhunter; Plastic Man; The Flash; The Atom; Aquaman; Wonder Woman (Modern Age/Post Crisis); Legion of Super-Heroes
The Story: The Justice League find themselves challenged by Predators who are altered to have the same powers and abilities (and equipment) as the Earth heroes.

Notes: This story is a follow up to the previous encounters between Superman and Batman and the Predators. The Justice League here is not the same team from the “silver age“ of heroes. That team disbanded in the 1980s, and this team was recently formed. The incarnation in this story consists of Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, Plastic Man, the Flash, the Atom, Aquaman, and Wonder Woman. As explained in previous entries, this is the third Superman and Batman. The Green Lantern here is Kyle Rayner, who has also fought the Alien xenomorphs. The Martian Manhunter and Plastic Man of this story could be the same versions from the silver and golden age stories, as they don’t age like normal humans do. The Flash here is Wally West, who should still be old at this point. Perhaps the Speed Force kept him preserved. The Atom here is Ray Palmer, who also should be too old, unless his meta gene also kept him preserved. And the Aquaman and Wonder Woman here could be long lived unaging heroes, or generational. The alien Dominators also appear in this story, who originated as villains in the Legion of Super-Heroes.

2001--ELEKTRA WOMAN AND DYNAGIRL--The duo come out of retirement.  Aquaman appears and Flash , Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman are all mentioned as real people.


Release Date: December 2002 - February 2003 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Batman (Modern Age/Post-Crisis); Alien
The Story: In 1927, a scientist finds Alien DNA in Alaska and brings it to Gotham City, where it is forgotten, until recently, where it is found by a construction crew. Now, an Army Scientist wishes to splice the Alien DNA with that of Arkham Asylum inmates.
Notes: As usual, this is Bruce Wayne Junior wearing the cape and cowl for Horror Universe purposes. The Aliens are technically called Xenomorphs, but I call them Aliens (always capitalized).

2003--BATMAN:  DEAD END--Batman and the Joker face an Alien and three Predators.

November 2003--FAMILY GUY--"When You Wish Upon a Weinstein"--When the nuns are leaving the church and boarding the bus, the Batman villain Penguin is outside jumping for joy going “Excellent, excellent!” and delivers his signature laugh. The gag is a reference to the slang term “penguins” which is often used to describe nuns due to their traditional black and white uniforms, and the fact that the Penguin used trained penguins in his crimes. Furthermore, in the old Batman series, Penguin’s henchmen wore black and white costumes, the same colors as the nuns’ habits.  A short cutscene, which parodies the rumored dangers of laser eye surgery, Star Wars character Luke Skywalker, who wields a lightsaber to execute the surgery on the encouragement of Obi-Wan Kenobi.  Optimus Prime, leader of the Autobots on Transformers shows up to the Quahog synagogue for the Sabbath service. Also appearing is Lenny Kravitz who being half-Jewish, is shown with only half of his body present.

May 2005--FAMILY GUY--"Blind Ambition"--Stewie catches the Keebler Elves plotting against Snap, Crackle, and Pop; later on it is implied that Snap was killed during the ambush by the Keebler Elves.  The entire final scene in which Peter receives his award is a reenactment of the ending of the original 1977 Star Wars film (A New Hope), complete with John Williams’ music, Chewbacca, C-3PO, and R2-D2. (The episode first aired the Sunday before the release of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith). In the same fashion, the credits were done to the Star Wars theme and style.  At the bowling alley, Peter sees Judd Hirsch working on a missile below the lanes. Later in the show, the Keebler Elves plot against Snap, Crackle and Pop, “assuming Judd Hirsch delivers with the goods.” Judd Hirsch voiced himself in this episode.  Peter spent a week with Superman, Aquaman, Wonder Woman and Batman in the Fortress of Solitude from the Superman movies. Peter interrupts their meeting, in which the heroes are discussing how to foil Lex Luthor, and asks Superman to use his powers to pick up Mr. Pibb and Cheez-Its, because it is a 800 mile drive for him (Peter), but five seconds for him (Superman), referencing the speed the superhero possesses.

Release Date: 2005 - 2006 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Evil Dead
Horror Crosses: Re-Animator (Dynamite Entertainment); Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Marvel Zombies
Non-Horror Crosses: Batman; Alice in Wonderland
The Story: Ash is locked up in Arkham Asylum, a mental hospital associated with Miskatonic University in Arkham, Massachusetts. His doctor is Herbert West!

Notes: These events follow the comic book series Army of Darkness: Shop Till You Drop. This crossover brings a version of Re-Animator that is different than the film version of Re-Animator and the Lovecraft story it was based upon. Horror expert Kevin Heim informs “This comic book version of Dr. Herbert West has a wildly different origin story than the one in the film series, revealed in RE-ANIMATOR #0 (2006). He is also much younger than the movie version, as opposed to the Herbert West that turns up in HACK SLASH, who IS the movie version.” The West from the Lovecraft tale, the West from the 80s films and the comic book version are not the same guy, but they could be related, perhaps even a direct family lineage. Other Lovecraftian elements in this tale include Miskatonic University in Arkham, Massachusetts and the invocation of Yog Sothoth. Note the uncanny coincidence in there being an Arkham Asylum, as that is a key setting in Batman’s Gotham City as well. Batman’s Arkham Asylum is also a home for the criminally insane, founded by the Arkham family, who seemed to be cursed with madness as well. It could be that the same family were the founders of Arkham, Massachusetts. The end of the tale leads into Marvel Zombies with a brief stopover in an alternate Wonderland infested with deadites.


Release Date: January 8 - February 14, 2007 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Superman (Modern Age/Post-Crisis); Batman (Modern Age/Post-Crisis); Alien; Predator
The Story: When a mountain climbing crew disappears in the Andes, the World’s Finest team investigates and finds Predators whose ship has been stuck there since the Ice Age.
Notes: If these are the “Super-Sons”, Clark Kent Jr. and Bruce Wayne Jr., they must be in their 50s at this point. But the story implies that the previous encounters Superman and Batman had individually with the Aliens and Predators were all of the same version of Superman and Batman. Perhaps this story takes place several years prior to the release date, or else the Super-Sons aged well.

January 2008--STARGATE:  ATLANTIS--"Quarantine"--When asked if it is wise to climb the outside of a tower, Sheppard says "Batman did it all the time" referencing Batman's favourite method of getting into a building by effortlessly scaling walls using a rope.

October 2008--BIG BANG THEORY--"The Griffin Equivalency"--When Sheldon grins like the Joker, Leonard says, they're not here to kill Batman

April 2009--30 ROCK--"Cutbacks"--Tracy says that the Riddler is around.

July 22, 2010--BRAVE AND THE BOLD:  THE LOST ISSUES--Batman III (Bruce Wayne Junior) works with Stan Lee.  Years earlier, Dick Grayson and the Justice League of America had worked with  "the Man."

Summer 2010--THE GREEN HORNET--Another of the Reids takes on the mantle of Green Hornet with the aid of another Kato.  (There could be arguments that this film should be an alternate universe, but then was not the 1960s television series meant to be a remake, not a continuation?  But yet a little bit of creativity turned the Green Hornet into a generational hero to explain it away.  And that same generational reasoning is why I include this new film into continuity.  Note that in this film, Kato, who likes to draw, has a picture of Bruce Lee in his sketch book.  Bruce Lee played Kato in the 1960s TV show.  This isn't a "zonk" as I already explained.  In the 1960s, Batman and Robin would watch THE GREEN HORNET on TV, even though they had also worked with them.  The show was just a fictionalized version of the duo.  Additionally, This Britt Reid (though perhaps not his real name) also has a poster of the Lone Ranger on his wall, just as the first Britt Reid did.  The Lone Ranger was the uncle of the first Green Hornet, and thus a relative of this one as well.

October 2010--FAMILY GUY--"Halloween on Spooner Street"--Mayor Adam West passes out candy to a kid dressed as Batman. The real Adam West starred in the title role of the classic campy 1960's TV show of the same name.  A monster resembling Godzilla is shown getting blown up by Stewie's rocket after it misfires.

September 1, 2011--BRAVE AND THE BOLD:  THE LOST ISSUES--Batman and Jack Bauer (24).  The following takes place between 4:00 PM and 5:00 PM.

October 11, 2011--BRAVE AND THE BOLD:  THE LOST ISSUES--Batman III (Bruce Wayne Junior) teams up with Super Grover.

November 2011 (episode dated 2011)--COMMUNITY SEASON 3 EP 9--"Foosball and Nocturnal Vigilantism"--So the year that Bruce Wayne Junior/Batman left Gotham, was the year Abed Nadir began operating as Batman in Greendale, CO.

December 14, 2011--BRAVE AND THE BOLD:  THE LOST ISSUES--Batman IV (Abed Nadir) teams up with David Dunn (UNBREAKABLE).

January 2012--FAMILY GUY--"The Blind Side"--Stewie finds the Batcave

March 2012--FAMILY GUY--"Killer Queen"--The fight between Peter and the Riddler is similar to the campy style of the '60s TV series of Batman.  One of the fat kids from fat camp is Barry Robinson from American Dad!  In the novelizatiion series of Friday the 13th, Jason Voorhees actually does have a son named Free Jeffereson, born from artificial insemination.

Spring 2012--LAW AND ORDER:  SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT--"Batman can't catch me"--From a note
left by a serial rapist, 'Law & Order: SVU'.  Note also that Batman was referenced by Detective Bobby Goren as a real New York vigilante in an episode of Criminal Intent.  Also once the Special Victims Unit  once considered Spider-Man as a suspect in a case.

Release Date: April 13, 2012 (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Cabin in the Woods
Horror Crosses: Alien; Half-Life; Evil Dead; Poltergeist; Frankenstein (Universal); Child’s Play; Creature from the Black Lagoon; Corpse Bride; Killer Klowns from Outer Space; Stephen King Universe; Killjoy; Devil’s Rejects; Clownhouse; Drive Thru; Funhouse; Amusement; Circus of Fear; Clown Camp; Demonic Toys; Demons; Night of the Demons; Supernatural; Charmed; Gremlins; Ghoulies; Creeps; Troll; Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; Frankenstein (novel); Dr. Giggles; The Human Centipede; House on Haunted Hill; The Dead Pit; Buffy the Vampire Slayer; The Strangers; Underworld; Attack of the 50 Foot Woman; Troll Hunter; Anaconda; Python; Mega Snake; Snakes on a Plane; Resident Evil; Hellraiser; Cannibal Holocaust; Creepshow; Legend of Sleepy Hollow; Attack of the Jack-O-Lanterns; Pumpkinhead; Frankenfish; The Mummy! Or a Tale of the Twenty-Second Century; The Mummy (Universal); The Hills Have Eyes; Wrong Turn; Chernobyl Diaries; 28 Days Later; Signal; the Works of Quentin Tarantino; Left 4 Dead; Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Re-Animator (film); Siren; The Exorcist; The Exorcism of Emily Rose; Reptillicus; Jurassic Park; Abomidible Bigfoot; The Legend of Boggy Creek; Ape Canyon; Curse of Bigfoot; Night of the Bloody Apes; Wendigo; Night Beasts; Night of the Scarecrow; Scarecrows; Husk; Scarecrow Gone Wild; The Scarecrows Walk at Midnight; The Town that Dreaded Sundown; The Craft; Witches of Eastwick; Hocus Pocus; Jack Frost; Hellboy (film); Rumplestilskin; Lephrechaun; Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters; Gingerbread Man; The Vampyre; Dracula (novel); Nosferatu; The Wolf Man; An American Werewolf in London; The Howling; Wolf; Texas Chainsaw Massacre; Friday the 13th; Night of the Living Dead; Return of the Living Dead; F.E.A.R.; The Blob; Feast; Horrors of the Wendigo; Frostbiter; Ghost; Bram Stoker’s Dracula (film); The Cyclops; Cyclops Giant; Nightbreed; Leeches!; Attack of the Giant Leeches; Rows of Teeth; The Birds; Killing Birds; Birdemic: Shock and Terror; Silent Hill; Attack of the Killer Lane Gnomes; Alligator; Lake Placid; Them!; Legion of Fire: Killer Ants!; Ants; Empire of the Ants; King Kong; Centipede Horror; The Giant Claw; The Ring; Attack of the Giant Gila Monster; The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms; Tarantula; Eight Legged Freaks; Jaws; Frogs; Lord of Darkness; House of the Dead; The Grudge; Chopping Mall; BlinkyTM; The Kraken; Kraken: Tentacles of the Deep; Octopus; The Beast; Deep Rising; It Came From Beneath the Sea; Tentacles; Eye of the Beast; Mega Shark; Giant Octopus; Castle Freak; Tokyo Gore Police; Septic; Mutants; Ogre; Blood Pool; Legend of the Ogre; Killing Floor; Little Shop of Horrors; The Breed; Hatchet; Phantasm; See No Evil; Thinner; Monster House; Attila; Dead Snow; Frankenstein’s Army; Manhunt; The Monster in the Closet; Killer Eyes; Demomata; CSP-682; Parasite Eve 2; Dead Space; Night of the Lepus; Creature from the Haunted Sea; Tremors; Hostel; The Collection; The Butcher; Dead Rising; My Bloody Valentine; The Exterminator; Willard; War of the Worlds; Signs; Lollipop Chainsaw; Ghost Ship; Curse of the Pirates; Jolly Roger; Lead Soldiers; Vampire Vikings; The Witch; Blair Witch Project; The Village; The Thing; Vampire Breath; Goosebumps; Angel; King Cobra
Non-Horror Crosses: Harry Potter; Wizard of Oz; Great Expectations; Batman; Labyrinth; Land of the Giants; The Wrath of Paul Bunyan; Dreamscape; Last of the Mohicans; Blood Meridian; Scalps; Savage Sam; Sin City; Kevin Spencer; We Need to Talk About Kevin; Jacob’s Ladder; Doctor Who; Black Swan; Pan’s Labyrinth; Nutcracker; Blade Hunter; The Chronicles of Narnia; Time Bandits; The Princess and the Frog; Pirates of the Caribbean; Futurama; The Incredible Shrinking Man; Pee-Wee’s Playhouse; Red Planet; Terminator; Zathura; Hardware; Robot Wars; Bacterial Contamination; Firefly; Clash of the Titans; Team Fortress; Man from Planet X; Starship Troopers; Silence of the Lambs/Hannibal; Twisted Metal
The Story: A group of teens head out for a weekend in a cabin in the woods, not knowing that they have been chosen as sacrifices to an ancient deity in order to save the world from his wrath.

Notes: This film exposes the secret truth behind modern horror. Behind it all is a secret organization, chosen to sacrifice youth to ancient gods. All of the above named crossovers have been linked in this film, and revealed to be part of this secret conspiracy. Most of the crossovers above come from the monsters and artifacts contained in the facility. While some of the monsters and artifacts are clearly from certain films above, many are based on certain types of horror films, in which case I included the more well-known of these film types. I recommend the well-researched Cabin in the Woods Wiki for a more detailed listing of the monsters and their inspirations. Note that I included in the above crossovers some monsters that only appeared in the official novelization and the official Universal Theme Park attraction tie-in. With this film, I break one of my major rules of crossover connecting. Though some of the crosses are direct crosses, like Evil Dead and Left 4 Dead, most of them are only connected because the films represent the more well-known films of the trope from which a certain monster comes. Normally, I would not count something that is “like something from”, but there is dialogue within the film that makes me break my rule. In one scene, referring to the monsters, security officer Daniel Truman says “They’re like something from a nightmare.” Lin, a head scientist, responds, “No, they’re something nightmares are from.” She goes on to explain that these monsters are the creations of the Ancient Ones, having been around since the beginning, and different cultures have told stories that interpret them in different ways. Thus, in the instance of this film, “like” is enough because of the author’s intent. And thus my love/hate relationship with Joss Whedon, for expanding the Horror Universe dramatically but making me do a lot of work to write this entry. Note that this film ends with the start of an apocalypse, so the end must veer into a divergent timeline. We must presume in the main Horror Universe, the virgin shot the fool. And if you haven’t seen the movie, that last sentence probably seems very bizarre. This film has been referenced as fictional in South Park, The Cinema Snob, Scary Movie 5, and Doc of the Dead. It is also paid homage to in Red Dawn when Chris Hemsworth and his friends once more wind up in a cabin in the woods. The film has also been spoofed in Robot Chicken and Scary Movie 5.

2012--THE FINDER--"Every time Batman goes looking for Justice, He kills hundreds of people."--Walter Sherman, 'The Finder'

The Near Future--BRAVE AND THE BOLD:  THE LOST ISSUES--ROBOCOP temporarily assumes the identity of the Batman.

2020 to 2022--STAR TREK:  DEEP SPACE NINE--"If Wishes Were Horses"--Planetary Baseball League player Buck Bokkai plays for two seasons for the Gotham City Bats.

22nd Century--BRAVE AND THE BOLD:  THE LOST ISSUES--Batman II (Dick Grayson) is thrown forward in time from July 29, 1981 where he encounters G-Force (BATTLE OF THE PLANETS).

Winter 2230--Birth of Spock, who is half Vulcan and half Human.  His mother is Amanda Grayson, who is related to Dick Grayson.

Early Spock publicity still.jpg

2268--STAR TREK VERSUS BATMAN--Batman's first encounter with the Enterprise crew.  This is Dick Grayson in 1968.

July 2285--BRAVE AND THE BOLD:  THE LOST ISSUES--Batman II (Dick Grayson), Robin II (Bruce Wayne Junior) and Batgirl (Barbara Gordon) are thrown forward to the future from July 1985 during the Crisis on Infinite Earths.  There they once again encounter Captain Kirk and crew of the Enterprise (STAR TREK).

July 2369--STAR TREK:  DEEP SPACE NINE--"If Wishes Were Horses"--Deep Space Nine station Commander Benjamin Sisko owns a trading card of Buck Bokai, who played baseball for the Gotham City Bats in the 21st century.


BATGIRL PILOT:  The 1967 pilot for a Batgirl spin-off contradicts her first appearance on the Batman TV show, thus is in this AU.

Release Date: July 13, 2013 - present at time of writing (Contemporary Setting)
Series: Beware the Batman
Horror Crosses: Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
The Story: This series takes place early in Batman’s career, when he transitions from fighting organized crime to battling super-villains.

Notes: The previous animated series, Batman: the Brave and the Bold, demonstrated that all versions of Batman exist in the same multiverse. This would be another divergent timeline of the Horror Multiverse. An episode implies a strong connection between Arkham Asylum in Gotham and Lovecraft’s Arkham, Massachusetts. It’s stated that experiments done on Magpie to make her immune to pain were conducted at Miskatonic University.


The Dark Knight
  • 2002--BATMAN BEGINS--Batman begins his war on crime, but finds two obstacles:  Ra's al Ghul, and the Scarecrow.
  • 2003--THE DARK KNIGHT--Batman has to take on the Joker, a mysterious foe who has alluded him for months, but who is now attacking Gotham head on.  The Joker causes district attorney Harvey Dent to go mad and become the villainous Two-Face.  Bruce's first love Rachel Dawes is murdered by the Joker.  A bunch of wannabee Batmen are popping up.  And Batman is still hunted by the police.
  • 2012--THE DARK KNIGHT RISES--Batman vs. Bane and Catwoman.
DC MULTVERSE:  Includes:  JUSTICE LEAGUE:  THE NEW FRONTIER, BATMAN:  BLACK AND WHITE, SUPERMAN/BATMAN:  PUBLIC ENEMIES, DC SUPER FRIENDS, JUSTICE LEAGUE:  CRISIS ON TWO EARTHS, BATMAN:  UNDER THE RED HOOD, SUPERMAN/BATMAN:  APOCALYPSE, as well as of course an infinite number of infinite Earths, including the main ones:  Earth-2 (Golden Age Batman), Earth-1 (Silver Age Batman), the Post-Crisis DC Universe, the Post-Infinite Crisis DCU (aka Earth-0), and the current DCnU.


  • Summer 1989--BATMAN--Bruce Wayne begins operating as Batman.  Bruce has been able to turn Batman into an urban legend.  Commissioner James Gordon and DA Harvey Dent secretly hunt the Batman.  Photographer Vicki Vale is also searching for Batman and digging up dirt on Wayne.  Gangster Jack Napier falls into a vat of chemicals and becomes the new Joker.  Batman Forever references Metropolis and Batman and Robin references Superman, placing a link to the cinematic Superman films.  The Aliens and Predators of the Whoniverse have encountered the post-crisis versions of Superman and Batman, who were partially inspired by the cinematic versions of those heroes.  (Byrne especially stated he modeled his Superman after Reeves, whereas the Batman film's look was partially modeled after Miller's Year One and Dark Knight.)
  • December 1992--BATMAN RETURNS--Oswald Cobblepot was dumped by his parents in the sewers in 1944 for being deformed.  The abandoned Oswald spent his years with the circus and in the sewers, but finally comes to the surface with a plan of revenge of killing all the first born of Gotham's high society, and also running for mayor.  A new villain called Catwoman also surfaces, when a near death experience makes secretary Selina Kyle a little unhinged.
  • 1995--BATMAN FOREVER--Harvey Two-Face returns to menace Batman again.  To add to his misery, a man named Edward Nigma becomes the Riddler.  Two-Face murders the Flying Graysons acrobatic team, leaving Dick Grayson an orphan.  Batman takes in Dick who becomes Robin.
  • 1997--BATMAN AND ROBIN--Alfred Pennyworth is dying.  The only one who can cure him is the villains Mr. Freeze.  Alfred's niece Barbara moves into Wayne Manor, uncovers the secret, and becomes Batgirl.  To make matters worse, a scientist associated with Dr. Jason Woodrue named Pamela Isley becomes possessed by the spirit of the green and gains powers over plants.  She comes to Gotham with a mindless brute she dubs Bane.  Alfred is saved, by the way.

Batman: The Animated Series
  • 1985 to 1988--TEEN TITANS--Dick spends his teen years away from Gotham leading his own team.
  • 1988 to 1999--BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES/THE NEW BATMAN ADVENTURES--Dick Grayson is in college in BTAS.  There is a four year gap, then the New Batman Adventures features a second Robin, Tim Drake.   The Three Stooges have taken a job as the Joker's henchmen.  Batman kicks their butts.  (These are not the immortal trio of the TVCU, but their Earth-12 counterparts.)
  • 1989--BATMAN:  MASK OF THE PHANTASM--Batman has to face a new foe, the Phantasm.
  • March 1998--BATMAN AND MR. FREEZE:  SUBZERO--Batman, Robin, and Batgirl take on Mr. Freeze.
  • 2000--JOKER/MASK--Ironically, the comic book version of the Mask is part of the DC Animated Universe while the animated version is part of the TVCU.
  • 2001 to 2006--JUSTICE LEAGUE--A new League is formed.  The team is Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern John Stewart, the Martian Manhunter, and Hawkgirl. 
  • January 2002--STATIC SHOCK--"The Big Leagues"--The Joker goes to Dakota to recruit meta-humans.  Batman and Robin follow and recruit Static's help.
  • January 2003--STATIC SHOCK--"Hard as Nails"--Nails travels to Gotham seeking a cure for her meta-human abilities, and falls in with Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy.  Static goes after her and gets help from Batman and Robin.
  • March 2003--STATIC SHOCK--"A League of Their Own"--The new Justice League has a power drain in their Watchtower and ask Static for a jump start.  Unfortunately, this also released Brainiac.
  • 2003--BATMAN:  MYSTERY OF THE BATWOMAN--A new vigilante comes to town, and it really bothers Batman when there are rogue heroes in his town not under his control.
  • January 2004--STATIC SHOCK--"Future Shock"--Static is working with Batman when he is blasted 40 years in the future where he works with Terry McGinnis and his future self.
  • April 6, 2010--BRAVE AND THE BOLD:  THE LOST ISSUES--Terry McGinnis travels back in time from the 2044 to team-up with the original Batman, Bruce Wayne.  
  • 2042--BATMAN BEYOND:  THE MOVIE--Bruce Wayne, an old man living alone with dog Rex, has retired, rich from the Wayne fortune he inherited but no longer in charge of Wayne Enterprises.  Barbara Gordon is now police commissioner.  Terry McGinnis uncovers the secret and is recruited to be the new Batman.
  • 2042 to 2044--BATMAN BEYOND--The events of this show takes place during this time period.  Loonatics Unleashed shared backgrounds with Batman Beyond.
  • November 19, 2042--MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE:  THE LOST ISSUES--The Thing is transported from 1970 to 2042 where he meets the Batman of this era.  (Wait, what?  Did I just place the Thing in the DC Animated Universe?  Don't worry.  Lost Issues are apocryphal and not real connectors.  But if this did count, I would likely argue that this Thing is from the Marvel Animated Universe of the 1970s, which included X-MEN, GENERATION X, SPIDER-MAN, SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED, FANTASTIC FOUR, IRON MAN, HULK, and AVENGERS.  I would think that any crosses between DCAU and Marvel characters would be MAU of the same era for sure, especially since this involves time travel, which could also mean travel between realities.)
  • 2043--BATMAN BEYOND:  RETURN OF THE JOKER--The Joker does return, except actually it's Bruce Wayne's old partner, Tim Drake.
  • 2043--MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE:  THE LOST ISSUES--The Thing of the Marvel Animated Universe (home of all the 1990s Marvel cartoons) is thrown to time in space to meet the Batman of 2043.
EARTH-16:  Events of YOUNG JUSTICE, which features Batman.

EARTH-PRIME:  RETURN TO THE BATCAVE:  THE MISADVENTURES OF ADAM AND BURT is a fictional account of the stars of the 1960s Batman TV series.  Earth-Prime is the home for fictional stories that are supposed to take place in the real world.

Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt


Batman: The Brave and the Bold
    Release Date: January 2, 2009 (Contemporary Setting as well as medieval times)
    Horror Crosses: The Demon
    The Story: Batman and Green Arrow are thrown back in time to the time of King Arthur where they must aid Merlin against Morgaine le Fey who has stolen Excalibur and controls the demon Etrigan.
    Notes: The Brave and the Bold takes place in a divergent reality where super-heroes didn’t debut for another 70 years later, and are more public, while horror elements are lesser. However, because the nature of divergent realities is that there are multiple timelines that originate from a singular timeline, I believe the Batman and Green Arrow of the B&B timeline traveled back to a point before the split, thus they arrived in the 6th century of the Horror Universe.
  • July 15, 2000--BRAVE AND THE BOLD:  THE LOST ISSUES--Batman is a guest on SPACE GHOST COAST TO COAST.
  • November 2002--SIMPSONS--"Large Marge"--Batman appeared.
  • November 2005--DRAWN TOGETHER--"Little Orphan Hero"--Captain Hero learns that his planet wasn't destroyed, but that his parents aborted him.  He ends up destroying the planet except for his parents who are on Earth at the time.  Batman and Robin appear in a flashback.  This is the Looniverse Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson.  Baby Kermit, Fonzie, Gonzo, and Scooter appear from MUPPET BABIES giving me an excuse to place the cartoon here and making my Muppet continuity a little cleaner now.

  • January 2006--DRAWN TOGETHER--"Super Nanny"--Captain Hero feels threatened by the Looniverse counterpart of SUPER NANNY.  The animated Godzilla appears, which places the original cartoon in the Looniverse.  Crazy Ivan said..."The Loonieverse already has a version of Godzilla, as seen in the old Hanna-Barbara series (w/ Godzooky, the Jar Jar Binks of dai kaiju) and an episode of Drawn Together. In the movie Godzilla vs Hedorah, the Big G dances, flies, and generally acts like a dilweed in light of the awful majesty that IS the King of Monsters in every other G-flick (except maybe the one that's just a dream sequence in which a kid thinks Minya can talk and change his size). I'll point out that the movie ALSO has animated sequences, which is why I feel justified in thinking this is a live movie of the Looneyverse Godzilla, rather than, say, the lame-o-verse version of Godzilla."  BATMAN, SPIDER-MAN, GREEN LANTERN, and ETHAN HAWKMAN are seen.
  • 2008 to 2011--
    Release Date: November 14, 2008 to November 18, 2011 (Contemporary Setting)
    Series: Batman: The Brave and the Bold
    The Story: Seasoned hero Batman teams with all the other heroes of his world.
    Notes: This series in not, I repeat not, part of the Horror Universe. But it is included for a story below that I do consider part of the canon. In a few episodes of the series, Bat-Mite has demonstrated how there is a large number of alternate timelines. One of those, in which Batman teams up with Scooby-Doo, is more likely the main Horror Universe timeline, while this series is a divergent timeline in which the universe became more of a superhero universe rather than a horror centered reality. Perhaps the time travel event of the crossover episode below is what causes the divergence.
  • December 2008--BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD--"Invasion of the Secret Santas!"--Santa appears.  This takes place in a divergent Looniverse reality labeled by Bat-Mite as Earth-23.
    Release Date: March 20, 2009 (Contemporary Setting as well as 19th Century)
    Horror Crosses: The Demon
    Non-Horror Crosses: Sherlock Holmes
    The Story: In the 19th century, when Jason Blood, aka the Demon, is framed, he summons through magic the world’s greatest detective. This pulls Batman back in time from the 21st century, and also brings in Sherlock Holmes to the case.
    Notes: The Batman in this story is not from the Horror Universe, but from an alternate timeline. Since the future isn’t set, there is always an infinite number of alternate futures. From the perspective of the 19th century part of the story, the Brave and the Bold timeline was one of the possible alternate futures. Of course, from our 21st century perspective, that alternate future never came to pass, but instead became an alternate reality. So we can say that this is the Jason Blood and Sherlock Holmes of the Horror Universe. Of course, there is a Batman in the Horror Universe, who operated from 1937 to 1959, and then had his children carry on his legacy. The Brave and the Bold episode where Bat-Mite shows alternate realities, including one where Batman works with Scooby-Doo, is likely the main Horror Universe timeline.

  • April 2010--THE DRAWN TOGETHER MOVIE:  THE MOVIE!--The housemates have been living in the house for two and a half years.  They haven't been aware the show was cancelled.  The Jew Producer has been continuing a charade.  It turns out there is a conspiracy and the cast are led to believe that they were created for the show and their memories before the show were implanted and all of their people they've met from their lives before the show were also created for the show.  Clara and friends go to DISNEYLAND, her home, to find another copy of her and a father who thinks Clara is fake.  It's my belief that in fact the cast aren't fake, but they are led to believe so.  The network head has an agenda to destroy the cast, and we know that MICKEY MOUSE also has an agenda against the cast, and could have created the doubles of Clara and her father.  Meanwhile, in an attempt to get back on the air, the cast realize their show needs a point, and goes to seek one out.  While hiding from the network's assassin, Toot goes back in time to Bedrock of circa one million B.C., where she has an affair with BARNEY RUBBLE and becomes the mother of BAMM-BAMM.  While on the road, the cast runs over the ROAD RUNNER.  Seeing he no longer has meaning in his life, WILE E. COYOTE takes his life.  (Like most Toons, he gets better.)  Papa Smurf has died (and he too gets better).  The others are at his funeral.  This implies that the Smurfs do indeed live now in the present in Toon Town.  Perhaps they migrated long ago from mideivel Belgium.  Molly, a dead corpse that Captain Hero is dating, is shown to have been sexually involved with Aquaman, Plastic Man, Green Lantern, Doctor Manhatten (!!!), the Wonder Twins, Gleek, He-Man, Orko, Battle Cat, Batman, and Robin.  So it seems that the heroes from Watchmen are in the Looniverse, but obviously the events of Watchmen didn't happen.  Tinkerbell, the rhino guards from DISNEY'S ROBIN HOOD, a doorknob like the type in DISNEY'S WONDERLAND, and the Atlantis and Sebastian from LITTLE MERMAID are seen as Disneyland.  The show that replaces DRAWN TOGETHER is SUCK MY TAINT.  The Suck My Taint Girl seems to be from South Park.  She has a picture of Eric Cartman's cat in her dressing room.  The cast travels to MAKE A POINT LAND, which may be yet another strange part of the overall Looniverse.  
  • May 30, 2010--BRAVE AND THE BOLD:  THE LOST ISSUES--A portal opens between the Island of LOST and the Bat-Cave.
  • August 13, 2010--BRAVE AND THE BOLD:  THE LOST ISSUES--Batman is thrown into the future and travels to the planet of the HERCULOIDS.
  • August 20, 2010--BRAVE AND THE BOLD:  THE LOST ISSUES--Batman visits SOUTH PARK, Colorodo.
  • 2010--THE LOONEY TUNES SHOW--When Batman is on a break, Bugs Bunny take over the cape and cowl for a bit.
  • July 28, 2011--BRAVE AND THE BOLD:  THE LOST ISSUES--Batman teams up with Mayor Adam West of Quohog, Rhode Island.
  • August 2011--BATMAN:  THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD--"Bold Beginnings"--Teaser--Batman and Space Ghost team up. Space Ghost is actually from the Looniverse of the future, and that is where the story takes place.  Space Ghost will later settle in the early 21st century as a talk-show host.  


SKITLANDIA:  Batman appears in a skit in FRENCH AND SAUNDERS.


  • 2012--BIRDS OF PREY--"Unaired Pilot/Premiere"--The Joker (Jack Napier) kills the retired Catwoman (Selina Kyle) in front of her daughter, Helena Kyle.  The Joker is locked up by Batman (Bruce Wayne).  Then Wayne leaves town.  Alfred Pennyworth is left to care for Wayne Manor, and to keep an eye on Wayne's daugher, Helena.  Helena is taken in by Barbara Gordon, who has been paralyzed and has taken on the role of Oracle.
  • 2024--BIRDS OF PREY--Helena Kyle takes on the role of the Huntress and works for Oracle, Barbara Gordon.  They take in Dinah Redmond, who is the daughter of Black Canary, a retired super-hero.


  • 2004 to 2008--THE BATMAN--This series is related to THE BATMAN VS. DRACULA, thus there is a version of Dracula in this reality, as there is in most realities.  These are the adventures of Bruce Wayne as Batman and Dick Grayson as Robin.  Here are a list of the characters on the show.
  • October 2005--
    Release Date: 2005 (Contemporary Setting)
    Series: The Batman (Animated Series); Dracula (The Batman)
    Horror Crosses: Carmilla
    The Story: Dracula’s coffin ends up in a cemetery in Gotham City. Dracula is then accidentally revived by the Penguin. Dracula then creates an army of vampires, including the Joker.
    Notes: This version of Dracula is likely another soul clone. He claims to have been married to Carmilla Karnstein, and that brings in the animated series, The Batman, into the Horror Universe. However, since that cartoon reboots and retells much of the Batman mythos, it’s hard to fit into the Horror Universe. Thus, I must presume that this is yet another alternate timeline, just as with Batman: the Brave and the Bold. In fact, in Brave and the Bold, Bat-Mite demonstrates more than once that every version of Batman depicted in print or on screen exists within a larger multiverse (which would be the Horror Multiverse for our purposes). Several other stories within this reference guide also demonstrate the existence of this multiverse, which includes the Dark Tower, Anno Dracula, Wonderland, worlds overrun by zombies or devastated by nuclear war, and many more.

The Batman vs. Dracula

Thanks to Aaron Severson.  His chronology was very helpful.


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