Straight Outta Gotham


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The Batmen
The Batmen

All right, I don’t usually plug Youtube clips. But I’ve watched this one about 30 times today already. If you’re a serious comic book fan –specifically, a Batman fan– this will resonate with you.

It’s a fan-made music video parody of NWA‘s Straight Outta Compton, sung by Batman’s rogue’s gallery. It’s headlined by Two-face, Riddler and Joker, with interspersions from Bane. I find Riddler’s bits to be the best written and the most skillfully delivered. But it was Two-face’s scary, gravely voice that got me hooked, including his name-checking of Blackgate Prison and Frank Whaley (from Swimming With Sharks).

Here are some of the best lines:

Two-face:

“I’ll admit that your toys are pretty nifty. But I still put your odds at fifty-fifty.”

Riddler:

“Riddle me this, what has four legs and flies? Batman and Robin when they meet their demise.”

“You might wonder why I leave clues behind. Fuck you. That’s how my shit’s designed.”

“I’ve got more riddles than the motherfuckin’ Sphinx.”

Joker:

“My actions might strike you as kind of odd. But I’m the motherfucker killed Jason Todd.”

“Crazy: like getting mail on a Sunday. I’m a coup deville and Batman’s a Hyundai.”

“I shot Barbara Gordon right through her spine. Now she can’t walk. Haha! Punchline!”

Here’s the video:

Let’s not forget that the first best NWA parody was done by none other than Chris Rock in his seminal CB4: