25 Easter Eggs in Batman Films You Never Noticed

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It’s one thing to tease various nods and winks in a hero’s own film. But as it turns out, the Batman is branching out. Hints and teases about his world are hidden not just in his own movies, but in the broader DC and Justice League cinematic universe as well. After rummaging through a few super-cool facts about the Dark Knight, we put our detective skills to the test to find the best Batman Easter Eggs hidden throughout the Batman timeline and his fellow DC movies…

1. The Joker AKA Jack Napier

Movie: Batman

Here’s a cool Batman movie connection! The name ‘Jack Napier’ which was given to The Joker in Tim Burton’s Batman was simply invented for the movie. Wanna know why? Turns out, in the Adam West Batman series, Alfred was played by one Alan Napier.

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2. Catwoman Foreshadowing

Movie: Batman Returns

Selina Kyle’s future as Catwoman was cleverly teased early on in Batman Returns. When she’s working on some paperwork at her desk, the shadows on her eyes look a lot like the mask she wears as Catwoman later on in the movie.

catwoman easter egg

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3. How about Nightwing?

Movie: Batman Forever

Batman Forever wasn’t the best of the series, but it wasn’t all bad. As Dick Grayson drops ideas for his sidekick identity to the Crusader, one in particular might ring a bell: Nightwing. Grayson historically adopted this name after growing up and desiring a career independent from Batman. He became the masked protector of the rotten whaling town of Bludhaven.

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4. Riddle Me This

Movie: Batman Forever

During his campaign across Gotham in Batman Forever, the Riddler leaves his trademark clues via products of the Crisscross Puzzle Company. This was the Riddler’s chosen method of sharing his riddles when he first appeared on the scene back in the 1940’s, before he decided on a more bespoke method of exposure.

riddler batman forever joke

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5. Arkham’s Broader Residency

Movie: Batman & Robin

When Bane breaks into Arkham Asylum to retrieve Mr. Freeze’s cryo-suit in Batman & Robin, he passes by a few familiar accessories – Riddler’s green question-mark attire and most prominently, Two-Face’s two-tone suit. We also briefly spot a clock – is this the Clock King or the Toyman?

Riddler Two Face easter egg

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6. The Joker Card

Movie: Batman Begins

Many would have noticed this rather-obvious Easter Egg. The Joker’s arrival in The Dark Knight was actually teased at the end of Batman Begins when Batman is handed an evidence bag by Jim Gordon. In it is a Joker playing card and on the label writes “J. Kerr”. This clearly refers to Joe/Joseph Kerr which is an infamous alias the Joker uses in the comics.

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7. Zsasz On The Loose

Movie: Batman Begins

Sociopathic serial killer, Victor Zsasz makes a cameo in Batman Begins as one of the Falcone thugs that get sent to Arkham and later get freed by Ra’s al Ghul. Although his bald head is easy to hide, the three 5 tally scars on his neck are not. Zsasz’s signature feature has always been the scars he marks on his body for every kill he makes.

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8. Two-Face’s Origins

Movie: The Dark Knight

Harvey Dent’s fateful transformation into Two-Face is a little different from the comics, who was scarred by acid rather than burned. But Nolan, attentive as ever, still gives us a tease. When Harvey is questioning one of Sal Maroni’s thugs in The Dark Knight, he pulls a gun and almost misses Harvey – a signal nod to how Sal classically threw a vial of acid in Harvey’s face during the former’s trial.

two face easter egg

Warner Bros. | DC Comics

9. Dancing with the Devil in the Pale Moonlight

Movie: The Dark Knight 

The Joker’s gatecrashing of a Gotham gala in The Dark Knight could be a visual nod to a calling phrase from the 1989 Batman movie. “Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?” is a question he asks the Bat, and at the gala he has a reveler dance with him, a demon of chaos.

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10. Catwoman’s Appearance Teased

Movie: The Dark Knight 

Indeed, Catwoman’s appearance in The Dark Knight Rises was teased in The Dark Knight when Bruce asks Lucius Fox to improve his Batsuit against more dog attacks. Lucius’ reply? His costume might not defend him against dogs but it “Should do fine against cats.”

catwoman tease dark knight

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11. Clayface Reference

Movie: The Dark Knight Rises

Was this a nod of things to come? It seems master of disguise, Clayface may appear one day. We can guess this as Roland Daggett (the chairman of the company that makes the chemical Basil Karlo would be exposed to) is presented as a chief rival to Bruce Wayne in The Dark Knight Rises.

clayface dark knight rises

Warner Bros.

12. Shakespeare Bust

Movie: The Dark Knight Rises

An old house like Wayne Manor is unsurprisingly filled with historic artifacts. But when John Blacke meets Bruce in The Dark Knight Rises, he misses a couple – a bright red object and a bronze bust of William Shakespeare. The bust as well as a bright red telephone were iconic props from the Adam West TV show – Commissioner Gordon’s hotline and the secret entrance into the Batcave, respectively.

batman shakespeare bust

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13. A Killer Croc Reference

Movie: The Dark Knight Rises

It might not be wise to scoff at the prospect of alligators in the sewers of Gotham City, as John Blake did to Commissioner Gordon’s story about something going on down below. Veteran Gothamites might know that the city’s sewers are home to one crocodilian in particular – the mutant cannibal, Killer Croc. Was John playing with fire? Or rather, teeth?

killer croc

DC Comics

14. Robins and Rogues

Movie: The Dark Knight Rises

The Gotham Rogues match in The Dark Knight Rises had some terrible bad luck when Bane came to town. Though there is something off about their “R” brand – a letter that looks a lot like the “R” for Robin as worn by Tim Drake, the third Robin.

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DC Comics | Warner Bros.

15. The Old DC Comics Logo

Movie: The Dark Knight Rises

An awesome callback to Detective Comics was difficult to spot during a particular moment in The Dark Knight Rises. Eagle-eyed viewers would have noticed that the original DC Comics logo was marked on the radios used by Gotham Police. Cool!

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16. The Joker’s Cameo

Movie: The Dark Knight Rises

The list of Dark Knight Easter Eggs could go on all day. Last but not least, Heath Ledger’s role as The Joker was given a small tribute in The Dark Knight Rises. His eerie face was spotted on a magazine cover next to Bruce Wayne to suggest that although Ledger was gone, The Joker was still alive, causing trouble elsewhere. Ranked as the best Joker of all time, there’s no surprise the movie chose to give him a slight tribute.

joker magazine dark knight rises

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17. Keep Calm and Call Batman

Movie: Man of Steel

During Superman’s intense battle with General Zod in Man of Steel, he zips past a rather humorous poster that says “Keep Calm and Call Batman.” Memes aside, this gave audiences an early glimpse that Batman had been operating for years, and likely a sign of things to come.

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18. Knightmare and The Joker

Movie: Batman v Superman 

Look closely at Batman’s gun during his “Knightmare” dream sequence in Batman v Superman and taped to it appears to be a playing card, a likely wink to our favorite murder-clown and whatever storied history the DCEU has planned for him beyond what we’ve seen in Suicide Squad.

joker card Knightmare

Warner Bros.

19. Nod to Detective Comics #602

Movie: Batman v Superman

Batman poses a lot. It’s one of his better features, but standing on top of the Grim Reaper gargoyle is another of our hidden Easter-eggs. Namely as a nod to Detective Comics #602 in which the Caped Crusader faces off against the KGBeast, who appeared as a mercenary under Luthor in Dawn of Justice.

batman v superman Gargoyle easter egg

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20. A Storied Wardrobe

Movie: The Lego Batman Movie

As Batman explores his massive suit wardrobe in The Lego Batman Movie, it’s not just silly variants like “Vacation Bat” that are stored within. A few nods to broader mythology are in there too such as the Batman Beyond variant, the Winged Armageddon, and a Nightwing suit Dick Grayson picks up and adopts. Perhaps half a dozen varieties of the classic suit, too.

Lego Batman easter egg

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21. Sionis in the Skyline

Movie: Justice League

DC movies are no stranger to shots of the Gotham Skyline. But when we observe the city in Justice League, one name is almost shadowed by Wayne Enterprises as Batman breaks an Apokolips soldier: Janus Cosmetics, the cosmetics manufacturer that is subsidiary to Sionis Industries. Comic fans will better know the company’s chairman, Roman Sionis, as the sinister Black Mask, who’s the rumored villain in the upcoming Gotham City Sirens film.

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DC Comics

22. ACE Chemicals Calling

Movie: Justice League

When the Bat-signal shines high in the sky to assemble the Justice League, another signal shines much lower to the ground – the three-letter neon sign for ACE chemicals. Possibly the most infamous company as the place where the Joker was born.

justice league ace chemicals

Warner Bros.

23. Wind-Up Penguins and the Good old Days

Movie: Justice League

Here’s yet another Justice League moment that references the original Batman movies. As Bruce and Alfred contemplate how the world has changed since the days when Batman started out, they joke about how much things have changed from the days of “exploding wind-up penguins”. Not just any penguins though, a likely nod to the avian time bombs the Penguin likes to use and did in Tim Burton’s Batman series.

penguin batman

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24. Batman Original Theme

Movie: Justice League

One of the cooler Justice League Easter Eggs. Listen closely during a particular scene and you might hear the motifs to the iconic soundtrack composed by Danny Elfman for the 1989 Batman. Out of all of the Batman themes, this one is a close second to that all-round classic: “Na-na-na-na-na-na-Bat-Man!” Keep an ear out during the scene when Batman appears atop the Gotham police station before meeting Jim Gordon.

25. Little Shop of Horrors Connection

Movie: Little Shop of Horrors

It’s an open secret that props are reused all the time when making movies in Hollywood. You probably didn’t notice that the tools used to fix the Joker’s face in Tim Burtons’ Batman were the same as those used by Steve Martin on a dental patient in Little Shop of Horrors.

Little Shop Horrors Joker

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When you’re a natural at hiding in the shadows like the Dark Knight is, you won’t always be spotted. We’ve done what we can but are there any other Easter Eggs in Batman-related movies you spotted that we left out? Let us know in the comments…

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