Footlight Frenzy


Footlight Frenzy was a film released before the murders of the Waynes.


Bruce Wayne saw Footlight Frenzy at the Monarch with his parents on the night they were murdered by Jack Napier.

A poster for the movie was displayed outside the Monarch around the day that Bruce Wayne returned to lay roses at his parents’ death site, and Joker killed Vinnie Ricorso. If one looks closely, it can be seen in the background while Harold, his wife, and son Jimmy were visiting Gotham City.

Film specs

Poster Art: Evoked German expressionism in shades of gray, and featured a woman with long fingernails, brunette hair, a devil locks hairstyle, a black leotard, and fishnet stockings. She stood on a stairway, surrounded by slanted buildings in a metropolitan setting.
Genre: Musical
Tagline: The Musical Sensation
Director: Ron House
Music: Diz White
Costumes: Alan Shearman

Behind the scenes

  • In real life, a movie with the title Footlight Frenzy was released in 1984. Warner Bros. received permission to use its title, which is all they share. The real life Footlight Frenzy is partially a farce of stage plays. The poster for the version seen in Batman seems to indicate a lavish musical production along the basis of pre-1950s musicals, akin to the real life, and similarly titled, Footlight Stampede.
  • Curiously, in Batman Forever Footlight Frenzy is not mentioned during Bruce’s flashbacks, in a deleted scene Bruce reads a passage in the Red Leather Book that reads « Martha and I have our hearts set on Zorro, so Bruce’s cartoon will have to wait. » This was designed to prove to Bruce that his parents’ deaths were not his fault.


  • Batman (First and only appearance, by advertising only)

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