Batman: The Animated Series (1992) – I Am The Night, Almost Got ‘Im and Moon of the Wolf

 

Batman (Kevin Conroy) makes Gotham’s streets a little safer this week, with three more episodes from the classic series.

First up is I Am The Night, which aired 9 November, 1992, Batman examines his role in the city, and if he is good enough for it, when Commissioner Gordon (Bob Hastings) is critically injured.  He wonders if he’s made a difference and even Alfred (Efrem Zimbalist jr.) is unable to reach him.

It’s that time of year, as Bruce visits Crime Alley to remember his loss, and Dr. Thompkins (Diana Muldar) consoles him, as she always does.

Seth Green makes an appearance as a young hustler named Wizard, who is saved by Bats, but while he’s doing that, Gordon and Bullock (Robert Costanzo) conduct a raid on the villain, the Jazzman (Brian George), that sees the Dark Knight’s trusted ally hurt.

While Gordon is in a coma, his daughter, and future Bat-Girl, Barbara (Melissa Gilbert) watches over him. Back in the Bat-Cave, Dick (Loren Lester) tries to convince Bruce he’s done some good, but Wayne debates whether or not to throw in the cowl.

All of this takes place while the Jazzman escapes from prison, intent on finishing Gordon off once and for all.

Will Batman return to save Gotham, and his friend, or will it fall to another caped hero to do it?

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Almost Got ‘Im plays like the Rogues’ Gallery version of a “I caught a fish this big tale,’ though this time the fish is Batman. This one debuted on 10 November, 1982.

In a bar, a real dive, over a game of cards,  the Joker (Mark Hamill), Two-Face (Richard Moll), the Penguin (Paul Williams), Killer Croc (Aron Kincaid) and Poison Ivy (Diane Pershing) swap tales.

Each of them thinks they got close at least once, there is humor, and in-jokes circling aplenty in this episode, and Croc’s ‘almost got him’ is practically laugh out loud funny.

The rest of them seem pretty dastardly, and in each case, Batman truly does barely escape, but it’s the Joker’s story that is the best, broadcast for all of Gotham to see. And keeping in with the Art Deco style, and time frame (ish) of the series, the television picture is black and white (well ish – there’s some color in it, especially while Batman is being electrocuted).

Catwoman (Adrienne Barbeau) makes an appearance and saves Batman once, and even has a confrontation with the Joker, but falls afoul of Harley (Arleen Sorkin), will Batman be able to save her in time?

This is a fun episode, filled with humor, and a truly enjoyable story.

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The final tale this week is Moon of the Wolf, which aired 11 November, 1992.

Is there a werewolf stalking the streets of Gotham? Batman finds it hard to believe, but doesn’t rule it out as he is drawn into the final investigation this week.

Dr. Achilles Milo (Treat Williams) is up to no good it seems. He has created a serum, and found a subject to use it on, Anthony Romulus (Harry Hamlin) who agrees to take it when he believes it will help return him to his former athletic glory.

Bruce is friends with Tony, and hears about a trap that the athlete is planning for his alter-ego. Tony has promised two million dollars to a local charity IF Batman will come to his home and accept the cheque in person, unfortunately the Dark Knight is captured by Milo and Tony, and Milo wants to use the athlete in his lycanthropic form to kill our hero.

After the previous tale, this one falls a little flat, even if the voice cast, as always, is top-notch.

That’s all for now, check back next week, same Bat-Time, same Bar-Channel.

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