Batman: The Animated Series

Season 1 Episode 39

Heart of Steel (1)

Aired Saturday 9:00 AM Nov 16, 1992 on FOX



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Bruce: Well, since you won't tell me what you're working on, Karl, maybe I can charm the details out of your lovely assistant?
      Randa: Well... you can try...

    • Alfred: Sound as if the human race will become quite expendable. Except for butlers, of course.
      Batman: Of course.

    • Alfred: I do wish you wouldn't be so rough with your toys, Master Bruce.

  • Notes

    • This episode is episode 10 on the Batman: The Animated Series Volume 2 DVD.

    • The license plate on Randa Duane's auto-driving car is "RUR", another nod to the Capek play.

    • This episode marks the first appearance of Barbara Gordon.

    • HARDAC is an acronym for "Holographic Analytical Reciprocating Digital Computer."

    • William Sanderson (Karl Rossum) also played the role of sympathetic android worker J.F. Sebastian in the SF classic Blade Runner.

    • The name of the character "Karl Rossum" is almost certainly a nod to "Rossum's Universal Robots", the 1921 Karl Capek play that gave us the word "robot". Robot comes from the Czech word 'robota', which originally referred to time spend working without remuneration on a nobleman's fields -- peasants were required to do this work.

  • Allusions

    • Cybertron:

      While Cybertron is a company in Batman TAS, Cybertron is a planet to robots called Autobots and Decepticons (among other names) in the Transformers series. Ironically, this episode also has something to do with robots.

    • Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey

      The front of the HARDAC computer is clearly influenced by the HAL computer of Stanley Kubrick's film 2001: A Space Odyssey (i.e., menacing, red-eye panel and a calm, stoic voice).

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