Who Decorated That Christmas Tree?
It’s time to launch the annual Christmastime celebrations in Gotham City, and the mayor has invited a certain local mover and shaker to say a few words. Max Shreck, a conniving department store tycoon whose factories are environmentally offensive, steps up to the microphone. Behind him stands a massive decorated tree to rival Rockefeller Center’s. As Shreck halfheartedly spouts about wishing he could hand out world peace wrapped in a big bow, a colossal gift box rolls out. It catches everyone’s eye—then a chaotic company of freak show performers burst forth from their festive Trojan horse to rain hell on Gotham City’s merriment, and to abduct Shreck.
From the sewer watches the mastermind of it all: the diabolical Penguin. A few decades prior to this yuletide attack, Oswald Cobblepot was born, malformed and bloodthirsty, to affluent jerks who could not handle the idea of raising such a monstrosity, so they shut him in a basket and tossed him into a stream, you know, as one does…
Eventually, he floated into the sewer, then to a subterranean penguin exhibit beneath the now-defunct Arctic World, where he grew up to become a lecherous grinch with a fondness for unflattering onesies. And this wild Shreck kidnapping is only the beginning of the Penguin’s holiday havoc!