Close on Batman (Bruce), grim-faced as usual, explaining a puzzling problem.
Batman: Every time I think I’ve put a stop to his insane plans… he somehow manages to get the upper hand again.
Flashback. Batman has just defeated the Joker. He holds the clown prince by the scruff of the Joker’s crazy purple Abba T-shirt. Despite having just taken a good pummelling from the Batman, Joker is still quietly giggling to himself. General Joker-flavoured fight-scene carnage in the background.
Joker: Was it a bat I saw?
Close on Zatanna, listening to Batman’s tale of woe. She wants to help. (Because, y’know, she secretly luuuurves him.)
Batman (off-panel): At first I thought it was just a really bad case of déjà vu… now I’m not so sure, Zee.
Flashback. The Joker has broken into the Batcave along with the Floronic Man’s old henchwomen Eva Green and Holly Wood. All three baddies are hurling knives and daggers at a huge spinning wheel to which the Joker has tied Batman (Dick) and Robin. Batman (Bruce) is rushing in to save his friends. The two henchwomen are wearing black outfits with a large white ‘S’ on the front and back, the Joker’s black outfit has a large white ‘O’. He’s standing between them.
Joker: Eva – can I stab bats in a cave?
Two shot of Batman and Zatanna, standing on a darkened rooftop.
Batman: The Joker once told me that he hates the way our encounters always follow the same predictable course.
Batman: He starts out on top, but in the end I always knock him down.
Batman: What if he’s found some way to reverse that pattern – hit rewind every time I win… so that he never really loses?
Zatanna: You think he’s using some kind of crazy backwards magic… that’s why you called me. You may be right.
Flash forward. Zatanna and Batman (Bruce) are both tied to a huge firework-style rocket, about to be launched from atop a skyscraper somewhere in Gotham City. The Joker stands watching, grinning maniacally, arms aloft. The Joker’s shirt says ‘!Tut tuT!’
Joker: Reviled did I live ‘n’ evil I did deliver!
Zatanna: We were both wrong – it’s much worse than backwards magic, Batman – it’s palindromic… the one enchantment none of my spells can combat!
Joker: Party, boobytrap!