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Batman is an 8-Bit Zubat in Pokemon Crossover

Batman has appeared as an 8-bit Zubat, of course, within a Pokemon Game Boy Color crossover, carrying the self-appointed title ‘Zubatman’.

The Dorkly YouTube channel frequently posts comical 8-bit fan theories spanning multiple fandoms, and this crossover from 2015 has recently surfaced again within the community.

Not only does Batman appear with a Zubat costume, but the short also gives the Dark Knight an alternative origin story, explaining how Bats could exist within the world of Pokemon.

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Meet the Creator

Dorkly has a loyal following of 3.5 million subscribers on YouTube, sharing pixel shorts from the universe of Pokemon, Mario, and comic books.

The channel has been producing humorous, pixelated videos since 2007, and has an involved, growing community on social media.

The majority of Dorkly’s success has accumulated from the channel’s library of Pokemon content, including ‘Pokemon Disappointed By Their Evolution’, ‘Pokemon Bug Trainer Intervention’, and the ‘If Pokemon Entries Were Supremely Literal’ series.

Zubatman to the Rescue

Credit: Dorkly

The Batman crossover short in question shows two trainers who come across Zubatman in the wild, who begins to tell his ‘tragic backstory’ within a Game Boy aesthetic.

Using the classic, husky Batman voice – made famous by the Christopher Nolan live-action trilogy – Zubatman reveals that after his parents death he fell into a Zubat cave and took on the ‘Zubat’ mantle.

The comedy lies in the trainers’ attempt to make Zubatman’s tragedy sound less devastating, by marveling over the fact that he had two parents instead of one.

A flurry of Zubats make an appearance, and they always attack him and no other. Bruce Wayne’s loyal butler Alfred also makes a cameo, after Zubatman calls for his ‘Zubatmobile’.

The video has gained over 3.5 million views, with commenters asking if he will evolve into Golbatman and fall in love with Meowthwoman. Fans have also petitioned for a Zubatman return, which could potentially be an ongoing series for the channel.

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Jo Craig

Being a pop culture writer and a proud geek of all trades, Jo loves to dissect fandoms and marvel at their insides. The entirety of The Lord of the Rings, superhero origins, the Ghost of Tsushima score, the Wings of Freedom, and the endless search for a sleepy Tyranitar are but a few of Jo's passions, with a penchant for contributing to the geek culture community.

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