Batman: The Animated Series

Season 1 Episode 32

Beware the Gray Ghost

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Aired Saturday 9:00 AM Nov 04, 1992 on FOX
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Episode Summary

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Batman seeks help from an aging actor when a mysterious man begins to pattern his crimes likes the TV show the actor once starred in as the leading role.

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Adam West

Adam West

Gray Ghost

Guest Star

Bruce Timm

Bruce Timm

Ted Dymer

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Joe Leahy

Joe Leahy

Narrator

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Mari Devon

Mari Devon

Summer Gleeson

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Batman: I used to admire what the Gray Ghost stood for.
      Simon Trent: I'm not the Gray Ghost.
      Batman: I can see that now.

    • Bruce Wayne: You know, as a kid, I used to watch you with my father. The Gray Ghost was my hero.
      Gray Ghost: Really?
      Bruce Wayne: And he still is.

  • NOTES (11)

    • Among the identified Gray Ghost episodes in Simon Trent's cupboard are "Have A Heart", "Red Ghost Run", "The Claw", "Take A Hint", "One On One", "Dr. Death", "Jimmy's Homecoming", "The Doll Maker", "Gray Ghost Returns", "Missing Link", "The Card Shark", "Spy Smashing", "The Secret Chamber", "The Road Trip", "Terror In The Sky", "Earthquake", "Sweet Revenge", "The Mad Bomber", "Electronic Man" and "Sweating Bullets". "Terror in the Sky" was also the name of a later episode in this series.

    • "The Mad Bomber" is episode 18 in the Grey Ghost series and "Beware the Grey Ghost" is episode 18 in the production/ DVD order of the show

    • The Gray Ghost is voiced by Adam West, who played Batman in the '60s Batman TV show. According to producer Eric Radomski, "When we had first
      gotten the script on that, we all went: 'This would be perfect for Adam West, but do you think he'd be offended because of the content.' But he was more than happy to do it. It was great to have this aging hero play this aging
      hero."

    • This is the first time Batman takes anyone, who is conscious, other than Alfred or Robin to the Batcave, and he strongly hints at his secret identity to Simon Trent.

    • The poster of the Gray Ghost in the Batcave shows him in the same pose Batman has in the series logo.

    • The People Magazine shows the Gray Ghost casting Batman's shadow.

    • The Gray Ghost poster that hangs on Simon's apartment wall is based on the cover of the January 1, 1933 issue of The Shadow pulp magazine.

    • The People Magazine was dated October 9, 1992. The same day Perchance to Dream first aired.

    • On The People Magazine cover at the end of the episode, there is a story called "Matt Hagan: Man of a Thousand Faces". Matt Hagan is the villain Clayface.

    • Bob Kane originally used radio shows similar to "The Gray Ghost" as the inspiration for Batman.

    • This features the first "appearance" of series creator Bruce Timm as a character on his own show.

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Another probable inspiration for the Mad Bomber's killer toy cars is the 1950's Adventures of Superman episode Beware The Wrecker (airing January 20, 1954), in which remote controlled model planes were used by a mysterious extortionist to blow up Metropolis trains and ships.

    • The concept of using remote-controlled toy cars to carry bombs was used prior to this episode in the Dirty Harry movie, 'The Dead Pool'.

    • The Gray Ghost appearance and weaponry bear a striking resemblance to Golden Age DC superhero Sandman. They both wore goggles and a trench coat. The Gray Ghost uses a smoke gun, which was also Sandman's weapon of choice.

    • Robby the Robot

      At the Yestertoys store you can see a miniature Robby the Robot from Forbidden Planet (1956).

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