Batman Gotham Knights

Season 1 Episode 1

Holiday Knights

Aired Unknown Sep 13, 1997 on The WB
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Holiday Knights
Three little holiday adventures: Story 1 - Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy have Bruce under their control and use his money for a Christmas shopping spree. Story 2 - Batgirl stumbles upon the return of Clayface in a Gotham Department Store. Story 3 - Batman and Robin have to stop the Joker from using a sonic weapon to kill all the people at a New Year's Eve celebration.moreless

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  • The first episode of Gotham Knights and frail in comparison to theoriginal series. Click on continue to see separate reviews for the the three segments to which this episode was divided into.moreless

    Story One:

    I felt that they portrayed the Harley and Ivy relationship wrong in this segment and stuck with it for the rest of the series. Ivy was acting as if she didn't need Harley and I feel they didn't interact with eachother well. In TAS episode Harley and Ivy they seem much more friendly with eachother and that relationship is the one I would want to see more of. Also, Ivy has never exactly been one for shopping sprees. It was as if they forgot the prionciples of her character. This story gets a score of 6.0

    Story Two:

    This story was all wrong. Clayface was supposedly dead at this point from the previous episode Mudslide when his fading form and condition fell into the ocean and mixed with the chemicals. Then all of the sudden he's back. And worse, they had lost principles of Clayface's character like they had with Ivy's. Clayface is not some kind of common theif! He has never showed intrest in common pety robberies and all of the sudden he is hitting a mall! The only things I can say that I liked about this segment was what Harvey said to that little girl. I felt that was cute and showed another side to Harvey. And that it introduced Batgirl's new design which I prefer as opposed to the other design. This story gets a score of 5.2

    Story Three:

    This story was terrible aswell. The Joker promises a countdown of victoms on New Years Eve. That is way to obvious of a scam and yet hudreds of citizens still show up at the plaza on New Years eve. Also, Robin is introduced without his origin which would lead to questions such as why is Dick Grayon so young in this episode? Also, Nobody would survive having a heavy bell fall on them at that height. This story gets a score of 5.1moreless
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  • Good start...

    Well I guess i lied. This will be my final christmas review of the year, hopefully. This is the pilot to batman gotham Knights and I must say it is a good episode. There is three different stories in this episode. Sometimes episodes like that can be good and others not but this was a good one. I really like the new drawings, but you see those in the superman episode world's finest. I thought that batgirl's new costume was pretty cool. The new design for clayface and poison ivy are alos cool. They didn't do much with harley Quinn though. Later...moreless
  • the best thing to look forward to are the new drawings.

    revamped!!! whoa! we get to see the new poison ivy& harley quin. quinn looks the same but Ivy looks a lot better, more suductive and pale skined, but it fits her. The story seems to be dumed down because it\'s more of a kids show now, the new bruce looks more cut and sharp and he has blue eyes. This story is very basic,the girls find a way to make bruce do watever they want, and it ends with the traditional good over evil.

    second story starts off great but ends week, a bunch of kids team up and shoplift at a mall, there finally seen, but there is a surprise. We get to see batgirl for the first time, and she looks better then BTAS. Barbra is more teenagery

    now and not as mature as she was on BTAS. Also Clayface makes his first aparence and he looks exactly the same, but its good to see him again.

    the ending makes no sense if u seen the very first clayface 2 parter

    Third story?! the joker looks looney toon cartoony, the worst Joker drawing to date.

    and robin looks yonger, we know who he is now but then we would of thought this was an episode from

    the past, hink the joker drawing. the ending was way to predictable, worst of the three storiesmoreless
  • Holiday mayhem insues as Harley and Ivy force Bruce Wayne into a shopping spree. While on a stakeout, Montoya and Bullock stop Clayface from shoplifting a local mall (with some help from Batgirl). Joker tries to get his fill of killing before beginning hmoreless

    A wonderful way to start the new series with three fully developed stories. While each substory could be an episode unto itselt, after the first substory you long for a little more, and they deliver.

    I really appreciate the more realistic fight scenes as well. Batman was shot in the arm and Robin couldn\'t escape a henchman three times his size.

    Keep an ear out for the football game when "Altieri fades back," a nod to Kevin Altieri, director on Batman: TAS.moreless
Robert Costanzo

Robert Costanzo

Detective Harvey Bullock

Bob Hastings

Bob Hastings

Commissioner Jim Gordon

Tara Strong

Tara Strong

Barbara Gordon / Batgirl

Efrem Zimbalist Jr.

Efrem Zimbalist Jr.

Alfred Pennyworth

Kevin Conroy

Kevin Conroy

Bruce Wayne / Batman

Mathew Valencia

Mathew Valencia

Tim Drake / Robin

Ron Perlman

Ron Perlman


Guest Star

Diane Pershing

Diane Pershing

Poison Ivy

Guest Star

Marilu Henner

Marilu Henner

Veronica Vreeland

Guest Star

Mark Hamill

Mark Hamill

the Joker

Recurring Role

Arleen Sorkin

Arleen Sorkin

Harley Quinn

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • The department store that Barbara is shopping in is called "Mayfields," according to the sign outside. Inside, at the counter, the sign advertising the store Santa misspells the name as "Mayfieds."

    • Barbara changes into her Batgirl outfit in the mall when everybody runs from Clayface. Wouldn't someone find it odd that a woman is suddenly stripping down and putting on a Batgirl costume?

    • Clayface is defeated by means of electrocution. However, in the two-parter episode in which he debuted "Feat of Clay," Batman states that electricity has no effect on Clayface's anatomy.

    • When Commissioner Gordon leaves the diner at the end, the cheesesteak he ordered to go (or the bag it would be in) is nowhere in sight. You don't cram a big greasy cheesesteak, even if it's in your bag, in your coat pocket!

    • The Joker doesn't seem concerned about the fact he's not wearing his ear mufflers when he detonates the sonic bomb - it should kill him along with everyone else and he's never been suicidal.

    • When Harley and Ivy have Bruce under their control and on the shopping spree, Bruce signs the credit card receipts..."Bruce." But in reality, you need some semblance of first and last name.

  • QUOTES (1)

  • NOTES (7)

    • Joker's video threat about the sonic bomb was featured in the Batman Beyond movie Return of the Joker where Bruce uses it as a voice sample for comparison, with Joker's face reedited to match the movie's Joker.

    • This episode is based on a special holiday-themed issue of the "Batman Adventures" comic book, a title based on Batman: TAS. The episode dramatized all but one story featured in the comic book, one that involved Mr. Freeze. Since the animated series had wrapped up the Mr. Freeze storyline involving his wife in the movie Subzero, the story was left out of this episode.

    • Mark Hamill (The Joker), Ron Perlman (Clayface), Arleen Sorkin (Harley Quinn), Diane Pershing (Poison Ivy), Marilu Henner (Veronica Vreeland) and Liane Schirmer (Detective Renee Montoya) all reprise their respected roles from various Batman: TAS episodes.

    • Most of the regular cast return from Batman: TAS. However, Tara Strong (listed in the credits as Tara Charendoff) takes over the role of Barbara Gordon/Batgirl from Melissa Gilbert, who played the role in several episodes of the original series.

    • Clearly this episode was meant to air after "Sins of the Father," which is when Tim Drake assumes the role of Robin.

    • On December 13, 2003, Cartoon Network aired this episode as the second "part" of a one-hour Christmas special with the premiere of a one-part half-hour Justice League Christmas episode, "Comfort and Joy."

    • Alfred is absent in this episode.


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