25 years ago, could anyone have imagined creating a video of the Dark Knight that was entirely based on a Broadway play? Of course not – most of us wouldn’t understand the reference. When’s the last time an un-filmed musical transcended the bounds of its theater to this degree? I’ve never seen Hamilton. Odds are you haven’t seen Hamilton, either. But thanks to the Internet, we know the musical so well that it can play host to one of the most famous superheroes of all-time.
“How does a bat-scared orphan / one with a fortune and options / who watched as the barrel of a revolver shot right in the abdomen / his mother and his father near an opera / grow up to battle village rogues and robbers?” ponders the Joker in that now-famous opening cadence.
Alfred, Gordon, Harvey Dent, and Rachel all follow with sharp soliloquies before the Joker returns to ask: “What’s your name man?”
“Batlexander Manilton / My name is Batlexander Manilton / But if I’m ever asked by anyone / I’m just Bruce Wayne / I’m just Bruce Wayne.”
It’s really well-written and features some Broadway-capable voices. And for extra credit, the clip’s director changed his name to Phil Hamilton (just kidding that’s his real name). The piece was done by newly formed comedy collective, Turtle Cameron.
In the end sequence where each character introduces their relationship to Batman, we get a surprise appearance from Clark Kent, who says: “And me. I’m the damn fool that fought him.”
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IMAGE: Turtle Cameron/Youtube