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Thursday, June 2, 2011

King Kong

Before I get onto Kong, first I'd like to announce that Ivan, James, and Gordon have been invited to become contributors to this blog.  My time is getting busier and busier, and I don't want to lose my following, so the best option was to take on other contributors.  All three have exhibited that they get what I'm doing, and they have become vital partners in my research.  So they will be writing their own blogs on here, and updating my older blogs with new material.  I will still be writing blogs myself and updating my blogs as well, but now I have an extra mechanism to ensure things don't come to a halt here.

Okay, on to the big guy.

1700s--Sailors had been discovering Skull Island at least as far back as this time.



19th to 20th centuries--THE ELDRITCH NEW ADVENTURES OF BECKY SHARP--Becky Sharp is from VANITY FAIR.  Becky's adventures have her interacting with the CTHULHU mythos, SHERLOCK HOLMES, TARZAN, Ishmael (of MOBY DICK), Professor Lidenbrock (who took a JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH), SHE, THE SCARECROW, the dwarves from RIP VAN WINKLE, and of course, KING KONG.





1930--KING KONG:  THE ISLAND OF THE SKULL (NOVEL BY MATTHEW COSTELLO)--This prequel to the 2005 version of the film features three separate stories actually, showing the events before the film’s story, from the point of views of film maker Carl Denham, actress Ann Darrow, and former Navy Diver Sam Kelly.  Denham and Darrow will end up in the film.  Kelly is the discoverer of the island who creates the map that ends up in Denham’s hands.  I actually put a lot of thought as to whether King Kong was of the horror genre, and eventually decided it was, as it is a classic monster movie for sure.  Of course, this crossover story brings in the 2005 remake from Peter Jackson.  However, the original version is also in.  The two versions are actually the same story, so we can consider them to be  the same tale from different perspectives.  As for the crossover, a native girl of Skull Island mentions R’lyeh (though spelled ry-leh) when dying.  R’lyeh is the underwater city associated with the elder god Cthulhu.  So it seems there’s a connection between Skull Island and Lovecraftian lore.



1931--JIM ANTHONY, SUPER DETECTIVE:  THE HUNTERS--Jim teams with Count Zaroff (from "The Most Dangerous Game").  There are also crossovers with the BALTIMORE GUN CLUB and THE KING IN YELLOW.  Later, Anthony runs into Denham and his film crew on the Venture and later encounter Kong on Skull Island.






January to October 1931--KING KONG (FILM)--A film director obtains a map to a little known island where he plans to film a picture.  He gets a crew and some actors and they head off to Skull Island, where they find a land filled with primitives and giant animals, including King Kong, a giant ape.  Actress Ann Darrow is kidnapped by the natives as a sacrifice to Kong.  Kong takes her but doesn’t kill her, but instead finds himself fond of her.  Ann is rescued and Kong is subdued and returned to New York as an attraction.  Surprisingly, bringing a giant monster into an overpopulated city turns out to be a bad idea.  Kong breaks free, finds Ms. Darrow, and takes her to the top of the Empire State Building.  Kong is shot down by bi-planes, but Ann survives.  In the end, it was beauty that killed the savage beast.  Well, plus being shot and falling off the Empire State Building. Even though these events happened in the Horror Crossover Universe, most of the world do not know of it, despite it being very public.  Obviously, like with the War of the Worlds, there was a huge conspiracy by government and private concerns to cover things up.  The making of the film, to come out two years after the events, being publicized as fictional, helped with this.  Of course, in the modern era of iPhones, YouTube, and Facebook, it’s a lot harder to cover up something like this, but this was a different era after all.  Note that the 2005 remake is the same story, just reimagined on film by Peter Jackson, which only can help support the fictionality of the events, as with other films and novels featuring Kong.






1931--KING KONG (FILM)--A film maker finds out about an undiscovered island and wants to shoot a picture there.  He recruits some actors and they set sail.  They find Skull Island, where the natives are primitive, animals and bugs are giants, and most importantly, they find Kong, who the natives worship.  He is a giant ape, who abducts actress Ann Darrow, whom the natives capture to sacrifice to their god.  Ann is rescued, and Kong is subdued, and brought back to New York for the sake of entertainment.  Turns out, not such a good idea, and the beast escapes, finds Ms. Darrow, and climbs the Empire State Building, only to be shot down. This film and the original film are both in the Horror Crossover Universe, and are the same events from different perspectives.  Though the original film is from 1933, several other sources have placed the film in 1931, under the assumption that the film was made based on a true story.  

1931--WIZARD OF OZ 3: DOROTHY GOES TO HELL--An image of King Kong on top of the Empire State Building was shown during the time paradox montage.

1931--FAIRLY ODDPARENTS--"The Big Bash"--Timmy wishes himself to 1933 (the year of this movie's release) and fights King Kong at the Empire State building in a bi-plane.



1931--MONSTERS OF THE MOVIES MAGAZINE # 1 “THE LIFE STORY OF KING KONG” (STORY BY JIM HARMON)--In his essay, Jim Harmon speculates on the events of King Kong.  Specifically, he believes that the bi-planes that attacked Kong were actually flown by Captain Midnight (also known as G-8), Smilin’ Jack Martin, Tailspin Tommy and Jimmie Allen. Harmon speculates G-8 (the pulp hero) and Captain Midnight (the radio hero) are one and the same character, having used both identities at different times in his career.  He also says he does not believe the rumor  that G-8 did “hide in the shadows like some creeping spider.”  This is a reference to Farmer’s assertion in Tarzan Alive that G-8, the Shadow, and the Spider were actually one person with multiple personalities, which he later altered in Doc Savage:  His Apocalyptic Life to say they are brothers.  Smilin’ Jack Martin and Tailspin Tommy were comic strip aviators.  Jimmie Allen was a radio aviator hero.



October 1931--THE GRAND ADVENTURE “WHEN KING KONG FELL” (STORY BY PHILIP JOSE FARMER)--Doc Savage and his assistants, as well as the Shadow and Margo Lane, are present at the aftermath of Kong’s fall.  Tim Howller is also present. I don’t think I need to explain Doc Savage or the Shadow.  Tim Howller also appears in Farmer’s story “The Face that Launched a Thousand Eggs”.



1931--SHOOTING STAR COMIC ANTHOLOGY # 3 “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST” (SHOOTING STAR COMICS)--Adventurer Rex Solomon is on the phone trying to get some info from his girl Ruth when he’s forced to hang up due to an assassination attempt.  She gets upset and complains to the girl standing nearby, who happens to be Ann Darrow, having just survived the incident with Kong, who is laying there dead in front of the Empire State Building.  Yet another person present at the events.  Rex Solomon is a comic book adventurer, and this crossover brings him into the Horror Crossover Universe.

November 1931--THE BOYS’ MAGAZINE # 609 “THE MENACE OF THE MONSTERS” (STORY BY JOHN HUNTER)--Carl Denham returns to Skull Island and captures a bunch of dinosaurs (because his previous idea of bringing a giant monster back to civilization worked so well.)  Wouldn’t you know the boat crashes and the dinosaurs rampage through London. I know very little about this. I couldn’t find anything online to elaborate.  I was barely able to even confirm the existence of this story. But it does exist, and I assume there are monsters, and they cause a menace.



November 1931--SON OF KONG (FILM)--Turns out bringing a monster into the city who goes on a rampage has consequences.  Denham finds himself broke, facing numerous lawsuits after Kong’s rampage.  Denham flees the United States on the Venture with Captain Englehorn, and seek to make a living in trade in the Orient.  Eventually they hear a rumor that there was treasure on Skull Island and decide to return.  A Dutch woman named Hilda, with troubles of her own, stows away.  Oddly, the crew don’t want to return to the dangerous island of deadly monsters.  Go figure.  So they mutinee.  Denham, Englehorn, Hilda, the cook, and ironically the guy who started the mutiny get thrown overboard and swim to Skull Island, stranded.  And turns out abducting a god has consequences as well.  It so turns out that the natives also remember Denham and company and aren’t too happy to see them.  The trespassers are forced to flee into the jungle.  There they find a white albino ape about twice the height of a man.  Denham presumes this to be Kong’s child.  This ape is much more benevolent than Kong, and ends up dying saving Denham’s life. This is a direct sequel to the original King Kong film, and out of all the sequels to follow, this is the most official one.

January 1932 to March 2, 1933--RKO PRODUCTION 601:  THE MAKING OF KONG, EIGHTH WONDER OF THE WORLD--The government covers up the true events by making a movie about it, declaring it fictional.  This is a common method of the governments of the world and other secret societies.  This explains a lot of events in the TVCU in which real events are later forgotten by all and then later still thought to be fictional.

1932 to 1948--THE WORLD OF KONG:  A NATURAL HISTORY OF SKULL ISLAND--DOC SAVAGE and TARZAN employ Denham to return to Skull Island to do documentary filming.  Skull Island is said to be "the Menace of the Monsters".  Joining in on the expedition were INDIANA JONES, Alex O'Connell (famous for taking down THE MUMMY), and Joshua Williams (from "Joshua Williams Breaks a Date").  (TARZAN couldn't make it due to events seen in TARZAN ALIVE).  Roland Tembo is amongst the expedition as well.  Tembo's CINEVERSE counterpart appears in THE LOST WORLD:  JURASSIC PARK.  SON OF KONG is a fictionalized version of events that actually happened during this expedition.





1933--DOUBLE OR DIE (NOVEL BY CHARLIE HIGSON)--This is part of a young James Bond series, featuring James Bond as a teen in the 1930s.  One of Bond’s classmates mentions that Kong was recently found on Skull Island.  Based on the date of the setting of the story, this works well to fit with the events of King Kong.  Even though the events were covered up, some still believe the events happened.  I love these kinds of crossovers, where one little line of dialogue brings together two very different series into the same canon.



September 1936--DOC SAVAGE MAGAZINE # 6 “THE SKY STEALERS” (MARVEL COMICS)--Doc and his team investigate a mysterious force that can destroy cities. Like Holmes, Doc isn’t one to buy into the supernatural, but like Holmes, he’s had his fair share of encounters with it.  Doc’s original tales are included in the HCU, and all the crossovers mentioned in this book.  The Scroll of Thoth appears in this story, which first appeared in Universal’s The Mummy.  It was also regularly featured in the Simon of Gitta stories and is named for Thoth-Amon, an enemy of Conan.  King Kong is referenced here when Ham jokingly makes a comparison between the beast and Monk.  Of course, in “When Kong Fell”, Doc and his assistants were present at the aftermath of the events of King Kong, so they would have direct knowledge.  Though I didn’t mention it as a cross, there is also a mention of an archaeologist named Petrie.  This man is important in an essay that appears in the collection “Myths for the Modern Age” entitled “Who’s Going to Take Over the World When I’m Gone?”  This essay originated online, and though I don’t include online posted material, since this has since been published in book form, the essay should be considered valid for the HCU.

Late 1930s--SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW--This story is partially true, partially fiction.  The hero is actually G-8/CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT.  The villain behind these events may have been FU MANCHU.

March 3, 1945--ROCKETEER ADVENTURES # 1--Cliff is sending letters to Betty with photos in the letter Dated 3/3/45 He's fighting a gigantic samurai sword wielding samurai armor wearing King Kong On skull island

1947--MIGHTY JOE YOUNG--Both 1949 and 1998 films are versions of the same event.  Jill Young is a distant cousin of Ann Darrow.



1956--KONG:  KING OF SKULL ISLAND (NOVEL BY JOE DEVITO AND BRAD STRICTLAND)--The son of Carl Denham travels to Skull Island. This is a book authorized by the estate of the original film’s director.


1960s--KING KONG VS. FRANKENSTTEIN--In this unproduced film idea, one of the Kong species battles a very large Frankenstein creation.

King Kong vs Frankenstein

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1962--KING KONG VS. GODZILLA (FILM)--Both monsters rise once more, menace civilization, and fight each other.  What else were you expecting? This is a Toho film that is a sequel in the Godzilla series, and the first of two Toho King Kong films, that is meant to be a sequel to the original King Kong.  Faro Island, which is where they find Kong, must be another name for Skull Island.  This obviously isn’t the original King Kong, but considering Son of Kong, and common sense, it’s doubtful that Kong would have been the only one of his kind.  There must be many giant apes, who do not live in tribes but isolate.

1965--A THOUSAND CLOWNS--Murray yells to Arnold to look out the window, and claims King Kong is climbing the Time-Life building

1967--MAD MONSTER PARTY?--The Character "It" is an unnamed King Kong. The film with the planes attacking him references the 1933 film



1967--KING KONG ESCAPES (FILM)--King Kong returns, discovered by folks who visit the island, while a mad scientist creates his own mechanical version of Kong. This is not the original Kong but the Kong who fought Godzilla.  This film is based on the Rankin-Bass King Kong Show, which means this is also the same King Kong who appears in Mad Monster Party.  Incidentally, I should point out the mad scientist in this movie is named Dr. Hu (pronounced “Who”).  No relation to the Time Lord, and I’m not sure if this was intentional or coincidental.

1969--THE WEREWOLF CULT CHRONICLES: VIETNAM 1969--Skull bay is a variation of Skull Island.




January 1, 1973  (No date setting as it’s a biography)--DOC SAVAGE:  HIS APOCALYPTIC LIFE  (NOVEL BY PHILIP JOSE FARMER)--Philip Jose Farmer, after research, investigation, and interviews, puts forth the real biography of the man most famously known as Doc Savage. Tarzan Alive introduced the Farmer Universe, and this book expands and clarifies.  One of my favorites.  As for the crossover inclusion, Farmer states that the character identified in H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness, Professor Dyer, is actually Professor William Harper “Johnny” Littlejohn, one of Doc’s five assistants.  And we know that everything written by Lovecraft is also in the HCU.   Another cross that is horror related is that the events of King Kong end on the Empire State Building, which is Doc’s headquarters.  Though he was out of town, he returns just as the events ended and was instrumental in the creation of the film based on the events.

1973--BAD, BAD LEROY BROWN--"Badder than old King Kong"

1975--THE GHOST BUSTERS--"The Vikings Have Landed"--Jake Kong notes that Tracy's grandfather has experience climbing on the Empire State Building.

September 1975--THE GHOST BUSTERS--"Dr. Whatsisname"--Kong notes that Tracy's grandfather had an unfortunate occurrence at the Empire State Building.

February 1977--SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN--"U-509"--An admiral states that even King Kong couldn't open the outer hatch of their sub.

October 1977--SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN--"Bigfoot V"--An expert on catching Bigfoot states she's created a net that could hold King Kong. Since they both exist in the TVCU already, she may be speaking of the real creature.



1980s--EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS--"Everybody Hates Superstition"--Chris mentions King Kong failing to defeat the planes in his class presentation

1981--CARNIVAL MAGIC--The police refer to a crime in progress as a "King Kong: An ape kidnapping a beautiful woman."

November 1983--A-TEAM--"Steel"--One of Denham's grandkids is a crook in L.A. who is taken down by the A-Team.

between 1987 and 1989--SUPER SCARY SATURDAY--That time grandpa monster met Jim Cornette and Michel P.S. Hayes while the managed King Kong and Godzilla



August 1989--JURASSIC PARK--When researching the article that I am heavily relying on for this timeline,  he was assisted by Dr. Jill Drake, who survived the incident where cloned dinosaurs went amok.  Drake's Cineverse counterpart is Ellie Sattler.  FU MANCHU may have been a secret mastermind behind these events.

1992--DEAD ALIVE--The Rat Monkey is captured from Skull Island (where King Kong was from) and taken abroad, the expeditioners also are confronted by tribal local people who try to stop them.

1993--LAST ACTION HERO--Benedict suggests bringing King Kong into the real world

1994--NEW NIGHTMARE--Heather says "Every kid knows who Freddy is. He's like Santa Claus... or King Kong".

1997--LOST WORLD:  JURASSIC PARK--Ship transporting T. Rex is the S.S. Venture.

Spring 2000--THE EXECUTIONER # 264--"Iron Fist"--Mack Bolan takes on a CTHULHU based group that creates a super-agent.  This super-agent is compared to KING KONG, the FRANKENSTEIN monster, the Riddler (foe of BATMAN), DOC SAVAGE, and CROCODILE DUNDEE.  The cult utilized helicopters with a similar design to BLUE THUNDER.  There is also a reference to the T1000 TERMINATOR.  The Terminators exist in several realities, including the TVCU, in which the first two films, the fourth film, and the television series all occur, along with appearances in WAYNE'S WORLD and LAST ACTION HERO.

2000--THE CRITIC--"Episode #1.8"--Jay and Jennifer see King Kong while atop the Empire State Building

Winter 2001--THE NEW ADVENTURES OF FRANKENSTEIN--"Frankenstein in the Lost World"--The original FRANKENSTEIN monster and friend are pulled through space and into the past to THE LOST WORLD.  They find a stranded professor of the Marshall Natural History Museum, which features heavily in most of the works o DONALD F. GLUT.  Amongst the primitive species in the Lost World are the giant apes that are the same species as KING KONG.



2001--KONG REBORN (NOVEL BY RUSSELL BLACKFORD)--The grandson of Carl Denham clashes with a business magnate who decides cloning Kong is a good idea. Even though it’s released at the time of the remake, it’s actually a sequel to the original.  Not that it matters much for our purposes, since both versions are the same events.

July 2003--TREMORS--"The Sounds of Silence"--Skull Island is mentioned

2004--KING KONG VS. REPTILLICUS--This must be a clone or another of the species.  See it here.

2005--THE DEVIL'S REJECTS--Billy Ray Snapper says to Wydell that when they attack the Firefly's it will be like King Kong attacking Skull Island.

January 2006--BOONDOCKS--"Return of the King"--one of the 'other kings' (besides MLK) that is recognized

2006--DOOGAL--when they reach skull island, dylan says "hey, looks just like the movie" refering to the movie king kong

2006--DESTROY ALL HUMANS 2--Crypto: "King Kong ain't got nothing on me!" Milenkov: "King Kong died, Cryptosporidium."

2007--SHREDDERMAN RULES--Bob Bixby mentions a giant monkey climbing up a tower and is seen doing so.

2008--CABIN IN THE WOODS--So first, I wrote this initially after seeing the film and having a discussion with James.  Wolfram and Hart are responsible for keeping the old ones from rising and destroying the Earth by making regular ritual sacrifices.  Basically, every few years they lure teens to a rural setting and set up a situation for them to become victims of some sort of slasher.  This film crosses BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, FIREFLY, EVIL DEAD I and II, HELLRAISER, ANGEL, CLOVERFIELD, GRUDGE, MUMMY, FRIDAY THE 13TH, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, THE SHINING, ROMERO ZOMBIE FILMS, RE-ANIMATOR, LEFT 4 DEAD, FRANKENSTEIN, HALLOWEEN, RESIDENT EVIL, TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, and DOC SAVAGE.  James and I also infer a link to SCOOBY-DOO, but that link is harder to prove.  Note these aren't the only crossovers, but the only ones that James and I caught on our first viewings.  Once we have it on video, I'm sure we'll find more.  The results of the end of the movie lead to two alternate events.  In the TVCU, Gort comes to Earth to reclaim the Earth, but in the end, chooses to give humans another chance.  But in the TVCU2, Gort allows for the release of giant monster, as seen in the film Cloverfield.  2008 is a key year for divergence between the TVCU and TVCU2.  This is also the year vampires and mutants go public.  I can only imagine that four men's trip in time via a hot tub during this year (with one of them staying behind to intentionally alter history has some major effect.)  But then James posted this more recently:  The internet has seen fit to discover more CABIN IN THE WOODS crossovers, get em while they're hot!  The controller's talisman (and symbol on the floor) is the Circle of the Black Thorn from Angel.  Someone else has seconded Rob's research that the Cabin in Cabin in the Woods is literally identical to the cabin Ash stayed at in Evil Dead I & II.  During the Monster Mash finale:  There's an Xenomorph, from Alien.  There's said to be a dead ape from the Kong family.  A number of men and women in suits wearing porcelain masks, which crosses over with The Strangers.  A torturer in mask and apron from Hostel.  And Scarecrows from, well, Scarecrows.  Of course, there are probably still well over a dozen crossovers lurking in that movie we've yet to find. Sheesh. This is the Tarzan Alive for horror movies.

2009--THE HAUNTED WORLD OF EL SUPERBEASTO--King Kong's corpse is mentioned



October 15, 2009--GLIMMERGLASS:  THE CREATIVE WRITER’S ANNUAL, VOLUME 1 “THE BEAST” (STORY BY JOHN SMALL)--Author John Small discovers that the film King Kong was based on true events, and gathers research on the true events of the film and the follow-up events that have happened since. John Small uses a popular Farmerian method (named for Philip Jose Farmer), in which he places himself in the world of fiction, imagining that fictional stories are based on true events.  Here, he melds together the original Kong story, and its sequels, prequels, and remakes, and makes them all fit into one coherent reality.  Along the way, he throws in references to other fictional characters who must have been involved in such events based on their stature and the nature of the event.  John Small makes official my conjecture that the 2005 film by Peter Jackson is the same events of the original film, just retold with dramatic license from Mr. Jackson.  In explaining how the events of Kong could have happened in a world where most people are unaware of the supernatural and the extraordinary, he references other events that have later been covered up, despite their overly public exposure, such as the 1898 and 1938 Martian invasions from War of the Worlds, and the invasion of Mongo from Flash Gordon.  DOC SAVAGE and TARZAN employ Denham to return to Skull Island to do documentary filming.  Skull Island is said to be "the Menace of the Monsters".  Joining in on the expedition were INDIANA JONES, Alex O'Connell (famous for taking down THE MUMMY), and Joshua Williams (from "Joshua Williams Breaks a Date").  (TARZAN couldn't make it due to events seen in TARZAN ALIVE).  Roland Tembo is amongst the expedition as well.  Tembo's CINEVERSE counterpart appears in THE LOST WORLD:  JURASSIC PARK.  SON OF KONG is a fictionalized version of events that actually happened during this expedition.  On Kong Reborn, Dr. Jill Drake is involved in this incident.  Jill discovers the BUCKAROO BANZAI has moved a clone of KING KONG to BANDUKI.  It may be that the events of KONG:  THE ANIMATED SERIES may be based on these events, which involve a female scientist who clones Kong then has to release him in a suitable environment.  It was followed by KONG:  KING OF ATLANTIS and KONG:  RETURN TO THE JUNGLE.  Amongst the crew that journeys to Skull Island in the first expedition is Jake Cutter (TALES OF THE GOLD MONKEY).   Kong is of the same species as seen in JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH, TARZAN AT THE EARTH'S CORE, and TALES OF THE SHADOWMEN 3:  DANSE MACABRE "The Ape Gigans".  Mighty Joe Young is also connected to Kong and one of Denham’s grandsons is tied in as a villain on an episode of the A-Team.  Fu Manchu is also said to be the villain secretly behind Jurassic Park.

31st century--FUTURAMA--"Beast with a Billion Backs"--King Kong is still alive but quite aged in the 31st century according to the Futurama film "Beast with a Billion Backs".  Maybe is the clone kong form that 90's cartoon.  The book Kong Reborn also has a cloned King Kong.

ALTERNATE REALITIES:  (Note all the events of the AUs are fictional in the TVCU, as part of the cover-up, or simply films made in ignorance of the true events.)

BANGLADESHI CINEVERSE--BANGLAR KING KONG occurs here.

CINEVERSE 2--The events of th 1976 film, KING KONG, and its sequel, KING KONG LIVES, occur here.  Also BYE BYE MONKEY.

Cineverse 3--The events of QUEEN KONG occur here.


IMAGINATIONLAND--King Kong lives in this world where he lives on the side of the good characters.

JAPANESE CINEVERSE--This is the world of Japanese films.  American remakes occur in the Cineverse, rather than Cineverse 2.  Anyways, here , the events of JAPANESE KING KONG occur, where the same events as in the TVCU occur, only in Tokyo rather than New York.

LOONIVERSE--In this reality, Mickey Mouse has to save Minnie Mouse from King Kong.

MARVEL UNIVERSE--The events of THE KING KONG SHOW.  Also the series IKE! GREENMAN, which Kong appears in episode # 38.

SKITLANDIA--In THE GOODIES, Kitten Kong terrorizes London.  In THE MR. MEN SHOW, King Kong carries LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE up the Empire State Building.

TOONIVERSE--Kong also appears in YELLOW SUBMARINE.  Kong appears in the episode of WHERE MY DOGS AT? entitled "Buddy and Woof do the Movie Awards".  Kong later reappears in KAPPA MIKEY "Where's my Werepuff", where the giant ape captures actress Lily and climbs LilyMu Studios, only to be shot down by Guano.

TOONIVERSE 2--This is a new one for me, but it's created out of necessity.  Here the events of THE MIGHTY KONG occur, where everything is the same as the TVCU events, only it's a musical.

TREEHOUSE OF HORROR--At least one reality in this multiverse has a counterpart that is a conflation of Homer Simpson and King Kong.

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, the CU, or the WNU.  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.)

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.

January 1916--TALES OF THE SHADOWMEN VOLUME 1:  THE MODERN BABYLON--"Penumbra"--Dr. Thomas and Martha Wayne are in Paris on their honeymoon.  It's alluded to the Martha is pregnant, and that the father is not Thomas, but rather THE SHADOW.  As with most Shadowmen tales, this one by Chris Roberson includes the following characters:  JUDEX, LES VAMPIRES, THE ADVENTURE OF THE PEERLESS PEER, FANTOMAS, ROULETABILLE, DOCTEUR MYSTERE, MARTIN MYSTERE, THE NYCTALOPE, LA VEUVE JOYEUSE, THE MERRY WIDOW.

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

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.

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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 http://braveandboldlost.blogspot.com/2010/07/tarzan.html

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.

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.



January 1943--BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD--"Day of the Dark Knight!"--Main Plot--Batman and Green Arrow are pulled back to the sixth century where they must help Merlin find Excalibur for King Arthur while they have to battle Morgaine le Fey and the demon Etrigan.

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.

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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.

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).

Spring 1959--Bruce Wayne retires as Batman I.

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--Events of the TV show.  My viewpoint for the TVCU is what you see on TV is how it really happened.  However, when it comes to Batman, there is some explaining.  Batman here is Dick Grayson and Robin is Bruce Wayne Junior.  The Butler is Alfred Pennyworth, the second butler for the Waynes.  Aunt Harriet is there too.  She is actually a cousin of Bruce Wayne.  Where are Bruce, Selina, and Helena?  They have temporarily moved out of Gotham for some peace.  The police commissioner is Tony Gordon, son of James.  Barbara Gordon is Tony's daughter who becomes Batgirl.  Some of the villains here are the originals of the 1940s, some are copycats, and some are newbies.  As a sidenote, it should be mentioned that this TV series is the first use of the 555-prefix for phone numbers used in the TVCU, replacing KL5.  For a full list of shows and films that use the 555 or KL5 prefix, check out this site.

"Batman"

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).


Summer 1966--BATMAN--"The Penguin's Nest"--The Dynamic Duo encounter Lurch, butler for the ADDAMS FAMILY.


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.)



1966 to 1969--Events of TEEN TITANS SEGMENTS of the BATMAN/SUPERMAN/AQUAMAN SHOW

1966--THE ADDAMS FAMILY--In one episode, that I can't place, Gomez Addams gets bonked on the head and suddenly takes the identity of the Riddler, revealing that the second Riddler on the Batman TV show played by John Astin is Gomez Addams.



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?"
THE DOCTOR
'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.




November 1971--THE NEW SCOOBY-DOO MOVIES--"The Dynamic Scooby-Doo Affair"--Batman II and Robin II team with Mystery Inc.  

Winter 1972--THE NEW SCOOBY-DOO MOVIES--"The Caped Crusader Caper"--Batman II and Robin II once again work with Mystery Inc.

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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.

Fall 1972--BATMAN:  THE BRAVE AND BOLD--"Bat-Mite Presents:  Batman's Strangest Cases!"--This one is complicated.  In this story, Bat-Mite is telling some stories.  He is presenting the stories from his home dimension in the 1980s and is telling the tale to people in the Real Universe in the present day.  The first story in the teaser actually takes place in Skitlandia.  The next story (the first of the main plot) takes place in the Mangaverse.  The final story is the one that is in in the TVCU on this date.  Batman (Dick Grayson) and Robin (Bruce Wayne Junior) work with Scooby-Doo and Mystery, Inc. to rescue a celebrity who has been kidnapped by the Joker Junior (really the original Joker) and Penguin II (Oswald Cobblepot Junior.)  The celebrity here is Weird Al Yankovic. Note this was the final episode of season 2.  










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.

Detective Comics #446 - Comic Book Cover

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

Read More: http://www.comicsalliance.com/2011/06/09/batmans-1976-pro-wrestling-encounter-with-jerry-the-super-king/#ixzz1bvNOP11t--
http://www.comicsalliance.com/2011/06/09/batmans-1976-pro-wrestling-encounter-with-jerry-the-super-king/.  Then see the TVCU discussion on this event at https://www.facebook.com/groups/146387439534/permalink/10150334273204535/.



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.

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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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.

April 1990--BRAVE AND THE BOLD...THE LOST ISSUES--Batman III (Bruce Wayne Junior) and Daredevil.  See http://braveandboldlost.blogspot.com/2010/04/daredevil.html 



1991--BATMAN VERSUS PREDATOR--A Predator hunts in Gotham.

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.

Batman Legends of the Dark Knight Vol 1 86.jpg

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.



1995--BATMAN VERSUS PREDATOR:  BLOODMATCH--Batman encounter a Bad Blood Predator.

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.

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


1997--BATMAN VERSUS PREDATOR III: BLOOD TIES--Batman and Robin take on two Predators.

1998--BATMAN/ALIENS--Batman first encounters Aliens when working with mercenaries in Central America.

1999--SPIDER-MAN:  THE GATHERING OF THE SINISTER SIX--This novel trilogy is not part of the Marvel Universe, and so is easily incorporated into the TVCU.  The crosses are SPIDER-MAN, THE INVADERS (CAPTAIN AMERICA, HUMAN TORCH, SUB-MARINER, UNION JACK), CASABLANCA, WOLVERINE, JACKIE CHAN, TERRY AND THE PIRATES, SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, FARGO, TRADING PLACES, COMING TO AMERICA, PUNISHER, THE GREAT RACE, NORTH BY NORTHWEST, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, MARATHON MAN, SMILIN' JACK, BLACK WIDOWER, SHERLOCK HOLMES, IRON MAN, DIE HARD, FU MANCHU, JAMES BOND, SUPERMAN, THE 87TH PRECINCT, ELLERY QUEEN, BATMAN (including the 1989 film specifically), THE USUAL SUSPECTS, CARMEN SAN DIEGO, UNBREAKABLE, MALTESE FALCON, LAW AND ORDER, NYPD BLUE, SCOOBY-DOO, and probably more that my TVCU crew and I have yet to find.

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.

Spring 2000--THE EXECUTIONER # 264--"Iron Fist"--Mack Bolan takes on a CTHULHU based group that creates a super-agent.  This super-agent is compared to KING KONG, the FRANKENSTEIN monster, the Riddler (foe of BATMAN), DOC SAVAGE, and CROCODILE DUNDEE.  The cult utilized helicopters with a similar design to BLUE THUNDER.  There is also a reference to the T1000 TERMINATOR.  The Terminators exist in several realities, including the TVCU, in which the first two films, the fourth film, and the television series all occur, along with appearances in WAYNE'S WORLD and LAST ACTION HERO.

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.)

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.



2003-BATMAN/ALIENS 2--A mad scientist combines Alien DNA with that of Arkham Asylum inmates.

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.

July 2005--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

2007--SUPERMAN AND BATMAN VERSUS ALIENS AND PREDATORS--Superman and Batman come across Aliens and Predators in the Andes.

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.   http://splashpage.mtv.com/2011/12/02/community-dark-knight-abed-batman/

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.




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.

ALTERNATE (TV/FILM) REALITIES:

BATGIRL PILOT:  The 1967 pilot for a Batgirl spin-off contradicts her first appearance on the Batman TV show, thus is in this AU.
THE CINE-MULTIVERSES:  Includes JAMES BATMAN, THE WITCHES, BATMAN FIGHTS DRACULA, FIGHT BATMAN FIGHT!, ALYAS BATMAN EN ROBIN, BATIMAM E ROBIM, UNMASK, THE UNDERGROUND COMEDY MOVIE, MATTRESS OF SOLITUDE, TV ROAD TRIP, THE DEATH OF BATMAN, I HATE LIVING WITH YOU BATMAN, BATMAN:  DEAD END, BEHIND THE MASK, DARK JUSTICE, WORLD'S FINEST

DARK KNIGHT UNIVERSE--

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.

EARTH-1278 (ORIGINAL DC CINEMATIC UNIVERSE):


  • 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.

EARTH-12 (DC ANIMATED UNIVERSE:
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

LOONIVERSE:

Batman: The Brave and the Bold

  • 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--BATMAN:  THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD--The further adventures of the Looniverse Batman and other super-heroes.  For a full list of episodes, click here.   In Batman: The Brave and the Bold, a kind of "multiverse" is referenced in the episodes "Deep Cover for Batman!" and "Game Over for Owlman!", which feature several references to alternate incarnations of DC Comics heroes and villains, including Batman and Owlman. The Multiverse is briefly revisited in "Night of the Batmen!", with a large group of Batman gathered from across various Earths coming together to help an injured Bruce Wayne protect Gotham. The army of Multiverse Batmen contained various iterations of Batman from different media adaptions, such as from The Batman, the DC Animated Universe, the 60's Batman TV series, and Batman Beyond. This helps me in justifying removal of some elements from my current Batman timeline and placing them elsewhere. Clearly Brave and the Bold, the Animated DCU (Earth-12), and the Batman must be separate from the TVCU (60's Batman). And though Batman Beyond is in Earth-12, the one seen here could be either the one that is part of the 52 multiverse, or that is now part of the mainstream rebooted DCU.
  • 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.
  • March 2009--BATMAN:  THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD--"Trials of the Demon!"--First, the Batman teams with Jay Garrick, the golden age FLASH against the Scarecrow.  Then, he is pulled back in time to the 19th century to aid Jason Blood (the host of THE DEMON Etrigan) who is accused of a series of crimes he didn't commit.  SHERLOCK HOLMES also comes to solve the case.  This is the Looniverse version of Holmes, who also met Tom and Jerry.
  • 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.  


ROBOT CHICKEN UNIVERSE:  Batman appears often on ROBOT CHICKEN.


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



SMALLVILLE UNIVERSE--





  • 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.


THE BATMAN UNIVERSE--


  • 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--THE BATMAN VS. DRACULA--The Penguin (Oswald Cobblepot) accidentally revives DRACULA, who wishes to resurrect his former bride, CARMILLA Karnstein.  Along the way, Dracula turns some to created an army, including the Joker.  Batman (Bruce Wayne) is able to reverse the effects of the turning.
The Batman vs. Dracula

Thanks to Aaron Severson.  His chronology was very helpful.