The Batman

The Bat in the Belfry

Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 9/11/04
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  • Episode Description
  • After stopping a heist by Rupert Thorne, Batman returns to the Batcave to learn that all criminals in Arkham Asylum have mysteriously been released. Batman finds out that it's a crazed clown named Joker who released them, and he plans to make a blimp full of laughing gas to explode over Gotham so that every citizen turns into a lunatic. It's up to Batman to stop him.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Alastair Duncan

    Alfred Pennyworth

  • Steve Harris

    Detective Ethan Bennett (Season 1; guest otherwise)

  • Rino Romano

    Bruce Wayne / Batman

  • Ming-Na

    Detective Ellen Yin

  • Duane Capizzi

  • Fan Reviews (17)
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    By Adam_106, Sep 09, 2008

  • The Batman realises that a mad phsyco, The Joker, has released everyone from Arkham, and plans to take over Gotham City with laughing gas. Can Batman stop him, as well as avoiding confrontations with police?

    By ClassicPlayer, Jul 28, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (14)

    • Joker: (after Batman foils his plan) You made me a very sad clown! (sees Batman isn't on the balloon) Hey, where'd you go? Batman: Knock knock. Joker: Who's there?

    • Joker: I was feeling a little screw-loose, so I let myself in.

    • Batman: Stop this thing, Joker! Joker: With what brake?

    • Joker: (while fighting Batman) You know, I really love this place. My hide-out's a shambles. And these digs just scream me! (tired of fighting) Ok, take back the asylum, but mark my words: This town has happy days ahead!

    • Batman: Who are you? Joker: Joker. Batman: Not what, who. (Tries to smear off Joker's make-up, but it won't come off) Joker: Smear free. It's perma-clown. (Sees that Batman isn't laughing) Oh, tough crowd.

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    Notes (25)

    • Metropolis, the city Superman protects, is mentioned in this episode.

    • Kevin Michael Richardson, the voice of The Joker, also plays Carlton Duquesne, in the animated movie "Mystery of the Batwoman".

    • This episode along with "Traction" and "Call Of The Cobblepot" was released on DVD as The Batman: Training For Power.

    • Chief Rojas mentions that Detective Yin is from Metropolis.

    • This incarnation of Joker slightly differs from his previous animated incarnations in terms of his facial appearance. This Joker has eyes with yellow pupils and blood-crimson irises/whites and his teeth, though yellowed like his animated predecessors, are misshapen and uneven. In this episode, they have a squared, jigsaw-like pattern, enabling him to still perform the trademark Joker Smile with no difficulties. In all subsequent episodes, his teeth are simply misshapen and crooked. In fact, they seem to appear differently in every episode.

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    Trivia (3)

    • The episode had a scene with a laughing fish (as a result of Joker's gas being dumped into Gotham Bay), which got cut for time reasons.

    • Metropolis, the city Detective Yin is from, is the city Superman (another famous DC hero) lives and works under his alias Clark Kent.

    • So, Yin and Bennett jump into the moat around Arkham and expect it to have NO security features?

    Allusions (1)

    • Batman: Gotta work on those stops.
      In the 1989 Batman movie, Batman remotely calls the Batmobile as he does in this episode, while on the run with Vicki Vale from the Joker. He steps out into the middle of the street as the Batmobile barrels down on him, stopping just inches away from his legs.

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