1x19 Legends of the Dark Mite!
First Aired: May. 29, 2009 on Cartoon Network
Summary: Batman's biggest fan, BatMite, is also his biggest nightmare when the 5th dimensional imp pops up and in an effort to make Batman a better hero, throws Gotham City into chaos. Kidnapping the Dark Knight and traveling to the surreal 5th dimension, the adventure continues with references to…
Main Characters in this Episode
Batman: But never far from crime, Catman.
Bat-Mite: Whoa, whoa. That was never a fair fight. You've got skills and weapons. All he's got is a daily planner.
- When Bat-Mite zaps Batman because he doesn't look cool enough he transforms him into various incarnations of him throughout the years including the vampire Batman from Bloodstorm, Bat-Hombre from Batman #56 (1949), the Adam West 60s Batman, the Batman Forever Batman, Zebra Batman from Detective Comics #275, and Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns.
- The villains that appear in Bat-Mite's adventure are The Joker, The Penguin, The Ridder, Catwoman, Mr. Freeze (in his Mr. Zero alias), Two-Face, Mad Hatter, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, Cat-Man, Kite Man, Polka-Dot Man, Killer Moth, Tiger Shark, and Zebra-Man.
- The creators and crew of the show appear in the panel that Bat-Mite moderates at a Fifth Dimension convention. They are sitting and wearing the same outfits they had on at the 2008 Comic Con in San Diego. The crew that appear are Andrea Romano, Diedrich Bader, Michael Chang, Ben Jones, Brandon Vietti, Michael Jelenic, James Tucker and Sam Register. Paul Dini, who wrote the episode, and Warner Bros. producer Bruce W. Timm also make cameo appearances in the episode, in the audience dressed as Harley Quinn and The Joker. Dini, who was dressed as Harley Quinn, made a similar cameo in the Batman: TAS episode "Joker's Millions."
- Batman mentions a "friend in Metropolis" who has dealt with beings like Bat-Mite before. This is a nod to Superman, and his 5th-dimensional opponent Mr. Myxzptlk, who possesses many of the same reality-warping powers as Bat-Mite does.
- The scene where Bat-Mite confronts Batman's enemies is taken directly from the 1945 cartoon The Great Piggy Bank Robbery (1946), starring Daffy Duck as "Duck Twacy," a parody of Dick Tracy. This episode's writer, Paul Dini has already parodied this scene once before, in the Tiny Toon Adventures episode "Inside Plucky Duck," where Plucky Duck takes on the role of Bat-Duck.