As a backbone of the comics industry it’s only natural that Batman has a wealth of crossovers with his name on, spanning back through the ages. Combining iconic characters to draw readers has been a tactic since the Golden Age of comics, and has lead to a multitude of well-respected titles; the Justice League, the Avengers and the Suicide Squad to name a few cherished examples.
However, not all crossovers mesh as naturally as in these cases- some because the characters don’t quite fit together, and some because the franchises are tonally at odds. There does exist a last kind, however – the kind that were not strategically put together in order to create an interesting story, but instead were crafted as a sort of lobotomised lovechild of the comics industry, a writers’ bad daydream about the most surreal combination of characters their mind could conceivably create.
There is a staggering amount of the last type of crossover within Batman’s interesting past. It is almost impossible to comprehend seeing some characters placed centre-fold with the brooding Caped Crusader.
But between the wild tag-teams, crazy fights and questionable choices, at the very least none of them can be described as dull.