Batman/Elmer Fudd is a standalone Batman story first published in 2017. Written by Tom King and illustrated by Lee Weeks, the story combines the DC Universe with the world of the Looney Tunes for a comic book mash-up.
Batman/Elmer Fudd is played straight, but is filled with nods and winks to the Looney Tunes. The story focuses largely on the two title characters, but does find plenty of space to incorporate other classic cartoon stars.
What happens in Batman/Elmer Fudd?
It’s a rainy night in Gotham City when Elmer Fudd enters Porky’s – a seedy bar filled with miscreants. Fudd is a bounty hunter and has come to Porky’s to look for Bugs “The Bunny”.
Bugs is a hit man, who Fudd believes has killed his lover, Silver St. Cloud. Bargaining for his life, Bugs offers to give Fudd the name of the man who he claims hired him to bump off St. Cloud – billionaire, Bruce Wayne.
Seeing Wayne as the true villain, Fudd heads to Wayne Manor to assassinate his enemy. But his attempt on Wayne’s life gets the attention of Batman, and together Fudd and the Caped Crusader dig further into Bugs’ claims.
Returning to Porky’s the pair discover that Silver St. Cloud is still alive. She faked her own death (with help from Bugs), as she deemed Fudd’s line of work far to be too dangerous for her to get involved with.
Is Batman/Elmer Fudd worth reading?
Published as part of a series of DC/Looney Tunes mash-up comics (Lobo/Roadrunner, Wonder Woman/Tasmanian Devil etc), Batman/Elmer Fudd is a fun tale which effortlessly combines two very different franchises that really shouldn’t work well together… yet do! In fact, this story works so well that it could easily have led to its own series.
Writer Tom King takes many iconic Looney Tunes characters and reinterprets them as citizens of Gotham City. And because this tale takes place in Gotham, a city that already boasts many weird and wonderful characters, the likes of Bugs Bunny, Tweety Pie and Yosemite Sam don’t seem out of place.
It also helps that this story is positioned as a noir-style tale. This allows artist Lee Weeks the opportunity to really mine the genre for all its worth, to create an imaginative detective story filled with gritty imagery.
Batman/Elmer Fudd is an unusual Batman story, but one that really stands out as a fabulous piece of fiction. It is a love letter to the classic era of Looney Tunes, while seamlessly slotting itself into the world of the Dark Knight.
Has Batman/Elmer Fudd been adapted for film?
To date, Batman/Elmer Fudd has not been adapted for film. If it ever was to be reworked for a feature-length tale then it would need padding out somewhat, but in its current form it could certainly work well as an episode of a TV show or perhaps an animated short.
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