This year marks the 75th anniversary of Batman, this particular writer’s personal savior and hero and singular male influence. In that time, countless writers and animators have imagined a plethora of alternative takes on the Dark Knight. That’s a list that includes at least three worlds where Bruce Wayne is a vampire, a Batman who becomes a Green Lantern, and the always adorable Batmouse. Now, YouTube collective ArhyBES have shared their homage to the mighty Bat mantle by casting the Caped Crusader as the leader of a death metal band.
The awesomely-titled “BATFACE” video features The Children of Batman (rounded out by the Tim Drake-era Robin, Nightwing, and Jason Todd/Red Hood) performing a tune from another animated outfit, Dethklok’s “Face Fisted”. With an animated style reminiscent of a grittier Animaniacs, the clip features Bats kicking hoodlum booty, serenading his greatest foes (which somehow includes a giant hot dog?), partaking in some sewing, and basically thrashing like there’s no tomorrow. World’s Greatest Detective? Nah, try World’s Gnarliest Metal God.
Watch it below. I’m gonna do so about 100 times, just as soon as I put on my homemade Batman PJs.