Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Alfred Pennyworth – But How Did He Train Them? – MK Stangeland Jr.

(6 Panels)

Panel 1: SPOILER (Stephanie Brown) and RED ROBIN (TIM DRAKE) (Assume it’s sort of DCnU, sort of not, whatever the best way to make the script work would be) are in the BATCAVE at a computer table. BATMAN might be in the background at the elevated ‘main’ computer setup.

SPOILER: Tim, quick question.



SPOILER: Alfred is responsible for cleaning all of Wayne Manor, right?

RED ROBIN: More or less, yeah.

SPOILER: And the Batcave is part of Wayne Manor, right?


Panel 3: WIDE VIEW of the BATCAVE. SPOILER has her arms spread out wide to help emphasize just how big it is.

SPOILER: So how does he clean the Batcave? It’s huge!

RED ROBIN: He trained the bats to do it.

Panel 4: SPOILER looks at RED ROBIN with a look that says she doesn’t believe him in the slightest.

SPOILER: You lie.

RED ROBIN: No, I’m serious.


Panel 5: ALFRED stands on the upper steps of the batcave that lead to the entrance to WAYNE MANOR. He is ringing a small bell.

TEXT BOX: Later…

ALFRED: Places, everyone!

SFX: (From ringing bell.) *ding*ling*ling*

Panel 6: Large panel of the BATCAVE. It is empty aside from ALFRED and the caves bats. The bats are flying around with cleaning rags and other supplies, cleaning the BATCAVE just as RED ROBIN said.

SFX: (There should be an assortment of bat and cleaning sounds in the panel as can be made to fit.)


Answer: "Very Carefully"


  1. There's an appealing sort of charm to your script this week, whimsy in the Batcave. It puts me in the mind of classic Disney, like Mary Poppins or the Sorcerer's Apprentice. (Never thought I'd use "whimsy" and "Batcave" in the same sentence, but there you go...)

    It's just too much fun, really put a smile on my face (desperately needed in a difficult workweek - thanx). Too cool.

  2. You pose a riddle for the ages here, sir. In canon, we may never know the truth, but this is a hilarious explanation. You also captured Tim and Steph's voices perfectly.

  3. Haha. Brilliant page, MK. Definitely on the far end of ridiculous, but it's all the better for it. Way to be on bringing in some serious levity to the week.

  4. Some nice dialogue interplay between Spoiler and Red Robin here and it's nice to see a comedic slant to a Bat-Family centric script.


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