Dracula or Batman – Who will rule the night?

The Batman vs. Dracula is a 2005 direct-to-video animated movie based on The Batman television series.

When asked who my favoriote fictional character is, I never give a straight answer. Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan best fits the bill. “What, not Dracula?” someone inevitably replies. I explain that Dracula is a SEMI-fictional character. Also I tend to separate literary fictional characters from the world of comics or film. If asked about my favorite superhero, I answer without hesitation: Batman.

Batman has fought Jack the Ripper before in the alternate-history graphic novel GOTHAM BY GASLIGHT, so having him battle Dracula is a given. “Who would win?” you ask. I concur with the ending of the comic RED RAIN, wherein Batman is able to destroy Dracula, but is turned into a vampire in the process. However, Batman’s will is so strong that he’s able to resist turning evil, and continues to fight crime as a more literal “Bat-man.” The direct-to-video movie THE BATMAN VERSUS DRACULA, aiming for a PG rating, couldn’t serve up as much blood as the comic, but it’s an entertaining romp, and I love the animation. I wish I could say I was a fan of the artwork in RED RAIN, but alas I don’t dig Kelley Jones. (Good story, though.) Are there any other instances where Batman and Dracula have squared off?

By TheCheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless. Denn die totden reiten schnell!

2 comments

  1. I liked Red Rain too. I( wasn’t crazy about Kelley Jones’s artwork either and I didn’t like the away they made Dracula look as opposed to what they did with him in Superman vs. Dracula. There are sequels to Red Rain but I don’t know if there are any other Batman vs. Dracula stories. As for the animated movie I liked it as well but it was just a little to kid friendly for me. They’ve taken other Batman comic book stories and animated them, and stayed faithful to the original mathrial. Why couldn’t they just have done that with Red Rain?

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