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Batman and the ''Wonderland Gang''

Batman is a popular superhero/comic-book title created and owned by DC Comics. The franchise has a large quantity of characters (particularly villains) whom are inspired by the works of Lewis Carroll, along with many stories which will reference the works as a result.

Alice in Wonderland inspired characters[]

  • The Mad Hatter: Dr. Jervis Tetch AKA, "The Mad Hatter" is a central member of Batman's rogues-gallery. He is a deranged scientist obsessed with Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and role-playing as the Hatter from the story. Mad Hatter uses mind-control technology and hypnosis to force others to participate in his Wonderland themed delusions, frequently having them dress up as Wonderland characters or kidnap woman to serve as his, "Alice". Hatter often references or quotes Lewis Carroll's works and is an inmate of the Elizabeth Arkham Asylum.
  • The Mad Hatter (imposter): This is a criminal who took up Jervis Tetch's mantle as the criminal, "Mad Hatter" during Tetch's absence. This man was more obsessed with stealing hats than he was with Lewis Carroll or mind-control, and had the end-goal of stealing Batman's cowl. When Jervis Tetch returned to crime, he murdered this hatter.
  • Humpty Dumpty: Humphrey Dumpler, nicknamed, "Humpty Dumpty" is an inmate of Arkham Asylum who is a large, pale, bald, overweight man that is obsessed with taking things apart and putting them back together, albeit with poor craftsmanship. Dumpler was captured after taking apart a train-track and murdering his abusive grandmother to try and stitch her back together again.
  • Jeffrey Yorkes: Jeffrey Yorkes was Dr. Jervis Tetch's social-worker, whom he kidnapped. Hatter also kidnapped fellow supervillain Dr. Kirk Langstrom AKA Man-Bat and had him genetically alter Yorkes into a real-life Jabberwock, brainwashed into being Tetch's henchman. Batman cured Yorkes who used the experience to better understand Tetch's mind.
  • Red Alice/Alice: Elizabeth "Beth" Kane is Batman's maternal-cousin and the lost twin-sister of Katherine Kane AKA Batwoman. Beth has the Wonderland inspired persona of, "Alice" or, "Red Alice" and like the Mad Hatter, frequently quotes the works of Lewis Carroll. She is a, "High Madame" leader in the Religion of Crime, an ancient crime-syndicate/cult which Batwoman and the Bat family often fight.
  • Tweedledee & Tweedledum: Deever Tweed and Dumfree Tweed are co-dependant identical-cousins whom are both gangsters in Gotham City. They are both large, rotund, bald, and assume personas based around Tweedledee and Tweedledum. Like Mad Hatter, the two are inmates of Arkham Asylum and also founded the Lewis Carroll themed, "Wonderland Gang" which they used a brainwashed Mad Hatter as the figurehead leader and fall-man for.
  • The White Rabbit: Jaina Hudson AKA The White Rabbit is a minor enemy of Batman who is an Indian socialite with the inexplicable ability to duplicate herself into the form of an albino play-boy bunny with enhanced speed. Hudson uses her rabbit moniker and speed to make Batman chase her like Alice chases the White Rabbit, though unlike many of the aforementioned villains she is a prisoner of Blackgate Penitentiary rather than Arkham Asylum.
  • The Wonderland Gang: The Wonderland Gang is a syndicate of Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking-Glass inspired super-criminals which was assembled by Tweedledee and Tweedledum, while posing as henchmen for the Mad Hatter. In actuality, Mad Hatter was being brainwashed by his own mind-control technology by the cousins and used as the gang's figurehead leader until Batman deduced the plot, stopped the Tweedles, and instructed the authorities not to add Tetch's involvement to his sentence as he was not in control of his actions. Other members of the gang included:
    • The Carpenter: Jenna Duffy was a petty-criminal and con-artist from Kansas who assumed the identity of the Carpenter, inspired by the character from The Walrus and the Carpenter. Initially, she simply dressed as the Carpenter and planned on using carpentry equipment as weaponry (rhetorically mocked by Batman to talk her out of it), though she would become a recurring antagonist separate from the Wonderland Gang whom would design and build lairs for criminals.
    • The Lion: Lewis Yarnell was a career thug hired to represent the Lion from the Lion & the Unicorn.
    • March Harriet: Harriet Pratt was an English thief, grifter and prostitute who moved to Gotham with her girlfriend Lily Shaw (possibly named for Lily from Through the Looking Glass). Both were shot and left for dead by enemies, though Harriet was rescued and nursed back to health by the Mad Hatter, prompting her to become his criminal accomplice.
    • The Unicorn: Skitch Benson was a career-criminal and thug who was hired to represent the Unicorn from the Lion & the Unicorn.
    • The Walrus: Moe Blum was a mob-enforcer for the psychotic disfigured crime-lord Roman "The Black Mask" Sionis, until Sionis was shot dead by Catwoman. After this, Blum was hired to represent the Walrus from the Walrus & the Carpenter while using a tusked mask as his primary weapon.

Alice in Wonderland related stories[]

Comics[]

  • Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth: In this story, Batman encounters the Mad Hatter while trapped within Arkham Asylum. The Hatter is found by Batman, sitting atop a giant mushroom and smoking a hookah, similarly to the Caterpillar. Tetch states that sometimes he thinks the asylum dreams them all into being, an idea similar to the Red King's dreaming from Through the Looking Glass.
  • Batman: Madness: In this instalment of Legends of the Dark Knight Halloween, Mad Hatter kidnaps Barbara Gordon off of a train by using Alice in Wonderland costumed henchmen. He then dressed her as Alice and had her attend his tea-party, before Batman and Commissioner Gordon foiled his plans. Hatter attempted to escape thru a looking glass, only for it to shatter and knock him out.
  • Batman: The Long Halloween: The Mad Hatter is amongst the super-criminals who takes over Gotham's criminal-underworld in this story. He is initially recruited by Gotham's don Carmine "The Roman" Falcone to work alongside the Scarecrow and create drugs, causing him and Scarecrow to clash heads over Hatter offering Scarecrow tea and quoting Alice's Adventures in Wonderland while Scarecrow recites, "Pat-a-Cake". Later in the story, Hatter recites, "The Walrus and the Carpenter" and gets interrupted by the Scarecrow, applying logic to answering the poem's question of clearing sand, in a similar way to the Walrus. The two proceed to be attacked by Batman and Catwoman, with Hatter repeating lines from the Walrus and the Carpenter throughout the fight, until he is taken out by Catwoman quoting the White Rabbit by saying, "Oh, my paws and Whiskers! Sorry. It's the only line from "Alice" I remember." then comparing herself to the Cheshire Cat when Batman comments on her following and watching him.
  • Mimsy Were the Borogoves: In Detective Comics Vol. 1 #787, Mad Hatter kidnapped his social-worker to turn into a real-life Jabberwock, giving Batman a clue through a Lewis Carroll except left behind at the scene of the kidnapping.

Film[]

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  • Batman Returns (1992): The logo for Max Schreck's department store is the Cheshire Cat's face. While robbing the store, Catwoman peers through the logo in a window while grinning, inadvertently imitating the Cheshire Cat.

Television[]

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  • Batman: The Animated Series: The Mad Hatter was a recurring antagonist in this show. In his first episode appearance, "Mad as a Hatter", he is a Wayne Enterprises scientist who has a one-sided attraction to a woman named Alice, is tormented by his female employer who uses similar expressions to the Queen of Hearts, and whom develops a chip technology resembling playing-cards that he uses to have lab-mice serve him tea. Jervis dresses up as the Mad Hatter in an attempt to woo her. When Alice becomes engaged to another man, he uses his brain-washing technology to control her mind and have her dress up as Alice from the book, while brain-washing various others to dress up as Wonderland characters while holding up in a Wonderland themed maze attraction. Batman ultimately defeats him by trapping him under the claws of a Jabberwock sculpture. The title-card for this episode was Sir John Tenniel's illustration of the Mad Hatter from the original book.

Video-Games[]

  • Batman: Arkham Asylum: The Mad Hatter, Tweedledee, Tweedledum and Humpty Dumpty are all identified as inmates of Arkham Asylum. Biographies for them can be unlocked by solving riddles left by the Riddler, with the Hatter's being, " When is it tea time in Wonderland?", solved by scanning a picnic tea-party left by Tetch in Arkham Island's botanical gardens. Humpty's riddle, "Looks like all the king's horses trampled all the king's men" can also be solved in the botanical garden where a bench is covered in dolls which Dumpler disassembled, while the Tweedles' can be solved outside with, "Tweedledum and Tweedledee SAW it. Can you SEE it?"'s answer being a see-saw which has a Tweedle hat and crown on it. The game's biography artwork for the Tweedles shows them dressed as their 1951 Disney counterparts.
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    The Hatter and his brainwashed, "rabbits' in Arkham City

    Batman: Arkham City: One of the side-quests involves being kidnapped by the Mad Hatter who forces Batman to attend his tea-party, filled with mind-controlled henchmen dressed in white rabbit masks. The Hatter places a rabbit mask on Batman to try and mind-control him, causing Batman to hallucinate falling down a rabbit-hole on a giant pocket-watch while fighting the Hatter's goons to maintain his sanity. The Mad Hatter's lair has the Cheshire Cat head from Batman Returns outside of it, a copy of Alice in Wonderland inside of it which solves the Riddler's riddle, "I wonder how you can land an appointment with this milliner? Perhaps it would be best to book?”, and Hatter's old hat-shop appears in the Penguin's territory. In interview-tapes between Hatter and Professor Hugo Strange, it is revealed that Strange had Tetch develop brainwashing technology for him to control Gotham's mayor, while experimenting on lesser known patients of the asylum.

Trivia[]

  • The classic comic-book films Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992) were directed by Tim Burton, who also directed the 2010 Alice in Wonderland film. In these films, Batman's butler Alfred Pennyworth was portrayed by Michael Gough who also voices the Dodo in the Tim Burton film.
  • The Ever After High villain Courtly Jester is daughter of a Joker playing-card from the Queen of Hearts' court. She resembles Batman's arch-nemesis the Joker and acts in a villainous way similar to him.

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