Warning: The following contains SPOILERS for Batman: Along Halloween, Part 1.
What are the DC Comics Easter Eggs Hidden Inside Batman: Along Halloween, Part 1? Based on the 13-part miniseries by writer Jeph Loeb and artist Tim Sale, Along Halloween takes place at the very beginning of Batman’s career. This was an unofficial follow-up to Batman: Year One, further exploring the life of District Attorney Harvey Dent in the days before he became the Two-Face gangster, and how Gotham City’s underworld became dominated by costumed criminals.
The main plot of Along Halloween focuses on a series of murders committed by a serial killer nicknamed Holiday by the Gotham City press. Each of the Holiday murders took place during a major American holiday, with Holiday leaving an object relating to the day in question (such as a Halloween pumpkin on Halloween) at the crime scene, along with the murder weapon. All of Holiday’s victims were associates of Gotham City’s godfather Carmine “The Roman” Falcone, but there was little logic or motive behind the specific people targeted otherwise.
While Along Halloween has never been directly adapted until now, it is considered one of the greatest Batman stories of all time and had a major stylistic influence on Christopher Nolan. Dark Knight Trilogy. The animated film goes beyond the reproduction of the original straightforward graphic novel, however, offering a few nods to the larger DC Comics universe and Batman mythology. Here’s a look at each Easter egg in Batman: Along Halloween, Part 1.
Salvatore “Sal” Maroni
The prologue before the opening credits ends with a car full of gangsters armed with machine guns shooting at an Italian restaurant called Maroni’s. This introduces the character of Salvatore “Sal” Maroni, who would later prove to be Carmine Falcone’s main rival in the Gotham City underworld. He is best known to comic book readers, however, as the gangster responsible for throwing acid in Harvey Dent’s face, triggering his transformation into Two-Face.
Artwork by Tim Sale in the credits
While the animation style of Batman: Along Halloween, Part 1 is not directly modeled on the illustration of the original graphic novel, the film still found a way to honor artist Tim Sale. The opening credits show stills of various scenes from the original Long Halloween graphic novel, while a white line winds on a black background, with the credits scrolling. In the last shot, the white line turns out to have drawn a bat symbol.
At the time Along Halloween has been written, Barbara Gordon had been converted back into Commissioner Gordon’s niece rather than daughter, and was not part of the story beyond a fleeting mention that she was old enough to babysit now. The DC Universe’s New 52 reboot in 2011 changed the story so that Barbara Gordon was Jim Gordon’s daughter again. The future Batgirl makes an appearance in Batman: Along Halloween, Part 1, with a preteen Babs preparing to go for a ride dressed as a police officer and her father loaning her his badge to complete the costume.
A new origin for the two-sided part
Two-Face’s iconic piece has had many origins over the years, both in comics and adaptations. Batman :: The Long Halloween, Part 1 introduces a new story for the play, revealing that it is a gift from Batman. After discovering a warehouse full of Carmine Falcone money waiting to be laundered but having no way to legally confiscate the dirty profit, Batman and Harvey Dent finally decided to burn the warehouse and the money with it. When Dent expressed his reluctance to commit arson, even in the name of greater good, Batman handed him a coin and suggested that he return it; heads they light the fire, tails they leave it alone. It wasn’t until Dent got home and looked at the coin that he realized, to his amazement, that it was a two-headed silver dollar.
Detective René Montoya
Created as a character for Batman: The Animated Series, Rene Montoya was later introduced to the comics and quickly became one of the most popular supporting characters in the Batman books. A beaten cop who rose to the rank of detective, Montoya was also a locked-in lesbian who was forcibly exposed and disowned by her conservative parents. She then adopted the identity of The Question and became a vigilante, following the death of the original Question, Vic Sage. Although she does not have a speaker role in Batman: Along Halloween, Part 1, Detective Montoya can be seen in several scenes, including escorting bomber Mickey Chen to holding cells after Batman and Commissioner Gordon interrogated him.
A terrible trio of bats
After Holiday’s second murder, Batman and Commissioner Gordon enlisted the expert help of Arkham Asylum from Julian Day, aka Calendar Man, who also based his crimes on the holidays. As they made their way to Day’s cell, several other notable Batman enemies could be seen in the background, including Oswald “Penguin” Cobblepot, Jonathan “Scarecrow” Crane, and the Mad Hatter, Jervis Tetch. While Penguin did not play a role in the original Along Halloween graphic novel Beyond a brief appearance in the final chapter, the Mad Hatter and the Scarecrow both played major roles in the action of the second half of the story and will appear in Batman: Along Halloween, Part 2.
Carmine Falcone celebrated the New Year with a fundraising gala to benefit the Gotham Children’s Clinic on her private yacht. After delivering a speech on the importance of family and caring for those in need, Falcone thanked the corporate sponsors for the event, the first named being Kord Omniversal. This is the company owned by Ted Kord, who like Bruce Wayne uses his fortune and the technology developed by his company to fight crime under the Blue Beetle name.
Another of the corporate sponsors Carmine Falcone thanks is Soder Coda. In the DC Comics universe, Soder Cola is America’s most popular soft drink and Zesti Cola’s main competitor. The rivalry between the two companies is comparable to the real “cola wars” between Coca-Cola and Pepsi.
Gotham Broadcast Company
The last corporate sponsor Carmine Falcone thanked in her speech was the Gotham Broadcasting Company, which he noted has sponsored their gala for ten years in a row. In classic comics, Gotham Broadcasting Company was a Gotham City-based radio and television news network. The original Green Lantern, Alan Scott, was employed as an executive at GBC after World War II, and he rose through the ranks to eventually become the CEO.
In the original version Along Halloween graphic novel, Holiday’s identity has always been obscured, allowing anyone to have been the mysterious killer. Batman: Along Halloween, Part 1 changes that, allowing enough glimpse of Holiday in action to suggest he’s a tall, thin man. The film’s design for Holiday, with a black scarf wrapped around the lower part of his face with a matching trench coat and fedora, appears to be a tribute to the character of The Shadow, who was one of Batman’s inspirations.
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