Batman: The Animated Series

Season 1 Episode 60

Fire From Olympus

Aired Saturday 9:00 AM May 24, 1993 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Believing himself to be a Greek God, Maxie Zeus steals an experimental electricity weapon with plans of using it on Gotham City.

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  • "Now this is truly Olympus. Surely there can be no other place."

    This was such an amazing episode. It featured one of my favorite villains, Maxie Zeus. The writers did a great job of taking a new spin on Maxie and giving us a unique and entertaining story. The music was phenomenal, the art and darkness was perfect, and the fact that the Greek mythology was done right was awesome. This is easily one of my favorite episodes of the series.
  • A mighty Episode as great as the Gods.

    A great episode and a great one time villain. Mazie Zeus was great with his E.D.C, his Costume, his thunderbolt and of course his machine gunned harpies. Not only that but the music throughout the episode was spectacular and very theatrical.

    And of course there was the great ending in Arkaham Asylum. Batman Episodes don't get much better than this.

  • Batman as Lord Hades. Hey, it fits!

    I don't care who says what about the Maxie Zeus in the comics. B:TAS managed to make him a great one-shot foe.

    I also enjoyed this episode because of it's (accurate) references to Greek mythology. From the parallels of Batman to the Lord of the Dead to Arkham Asylum being a more "appropriate" Olympus for Maxie, it was fun then and now. It shows that the writers put in REAL effort into studying Greek mythology, rather than the more popular Roman incarnations.

    Fun fact: Rome eventually conquered Greece and took Greece's mythology for their own, changing few details such as names (Heracles to Hercules).


Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Zeus calls Two-Face Janus. However, Janus is a Roman god, not a Greek one. Janus, by the way, is the god the Romans named the month January after.

    • Zeus asks Batman (taking him form Hades) if Lord Vulcan has been causing him trouble. However, Vulcan belongs to the Roman pantheon of Gods, so Zeus should have asked about Hephaestus, Vulcan's equivalent in Greek Mythology.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Zeus: Now this is truly Olympus! Surely it can be no other place. There's beautiful Demeter, goddess of the harvest! And double-faced Janus, lord of beginnings and endings! And merry Hermes, the trickster of the gods! Now, at last, mighty Zeus is home!

    • Max Zeus: Like the shadow of ebon-winged night, he rises from the dark realm. Behold, the coming of my brother, Lord Hades!

    • Zeus: Be gone, Lord Hades! Get thee back to thy own realm. Do not come again to Olympus until bidden!
      Batman: I think I get the message...

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode, along with "Deep Freeze" was released on VHS as The Adventures Of Batman & Robin: Fire & Ice. Later it was paired up with the VHS The Adventures Of Batman & Robin: The Joker (consisting of "Christmas With The Joker" and "The Laughing Fish") on DVD.

    • Maxi accurately calls Zeus' son "Heracles", rather than "Hercules", the more popular Roman title of the mythical strongman. This shows real accuracy and effort on the part of the writer(s).

    • Maxie Zeus calls Poison Ivy of Demeter, the goddess of the harvest. Ivy used 'Demeter' as an alias in "Eternal Youth."


    • Zeus: Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!

      This is a famous quotation from Percy Shelley's poem Ozymandias which also appears in Watchmen #11.

    • Zeus: To the depths of Tartarus with you.

      Tartarus is part of the Greek mythology. It is the lowest part of the world (below Hades). In later myths Tartarus becomes a place of punishment for sinners.