Batman: The Animated Series

Season 1 Episode 34

I Am the Night

Aired Saturday 9:00 AM Nov 09, 1992 on FOX
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Episode Summary

When a Police Raid goes terribily wrong and Commissioner Gordon gets severely wounded by The Jazzman, Batman blames himself thinks about hanging up the cape and cowl for good.

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  • i am the night

    this episode would have made a great series final
  • Batman on the anniversary of his parents death questions his invovlement as a vigalante in which Jim Gordon is shot. Batman tries bring the perpatrator to justice while fighting his conscenes to stay in the fight for justice overall.moreless

    This is a great episode is explains while the Batman TAS is the best, the epsiodes have plots and great stories-- I wish they continues the series just like they did with Batman Gotham Knight Adventures instead of creating The Batman that has no stories or reasons for any episode, except to amuse 5 year olds-- what anout the rest of us.
  • A classic example of what makes "B:TAS" great.

    Batman is unique among the superhero community because-when all is said and done-he's just a normal guy in a suit. The physical and mental ramifications of this are staggering and are almost never addressed in Batman's stories.

    But not here. In "I Am The Night," we see Bruce at his worst. He's realized how futile his efforts seem-1 man fighting against the legions of evil in the world- and wonders if it's worth it to keep going. And, on top of all his doubts, tragedy strikes. Jim Gordon, one of the few people Batman could consider friends, is shot in the line of duty (in a situation that Batman could have prevented).

    The guilt eats away at Bruce (especially when he realizes that Jim Gordon is the same age his father would have been). So, he quits. Tosses the mask down into the Cave's depths and says goodbye to crime fighting before someone else in his close circle is hurt by his lack of actions.

    Thanks to the combined efforts of Robin, Alfred, Leslie and Barbara, Batman realizes that he IS needed, and that the city would fall apart without him. He gets back in costume and comes through for his friend Jim when help is needed the most. And, as an added bonus, Batman learns that sometimes he CAN make an impact and improve lives.

    Truly an excellent episode, and one of the greatest.moreless
Seth Green (I)

Seth Green (I)


Guest Star

Brian George

Brian George


Guest Star

Sal Viscuso

Sal Viscuso


Guest Star

Robert Costanzo

Robert Costanzo

Detective Harvey Bullock

Recurring Role

Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert

Barbara Gordon

Recurring Role

Mari Devon

Mari Devon

Summer Gleeson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Leslie: Aren't you going home? It's almost 3 am.
      Batman: Promises to keep, Leslie. I have promises to keep.

    • Batman: When you look too long into the abyss, the abyss looks back through you. Maybe it's time for Batman to return to the night that spawned him before anyone else gets hurt!

    • Batman: I chose this life. I use the night, I became the night. Sooner or later I'll go down. It might be the Joker, or Two-Face, or just some punk who gets lucky. My decision. No regrets. But I can't let anyone else pay for my mistakes.

    • Leslie Thompkins: Santayana says that those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it.
      Batman: He also said a fanatic is someone who redoubles his efforts while loosing sight of his goal.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Also available on the two-disc special edition of Batman: Gotham Knight as well as three other episodes.

    • This episode is episode 20 on the Batman: The Animated Series Volume 2 DVD.

    • Note the reference to the corner of O'Neil and Adams streets - a homage to Neal Adams and Denny O'Neil, the artist/writer respectively who are credited with reviving Batman as the somber "Darknight Detective" in 1970 with "The Secret of the Waiting Graves" (Detective #395).


    • Batman quotes philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche, when he speaks, "If you stare into the abyss long enough the abyss stares back at you".

    • Batman's line, "Promises to keep, Leslie. I have promises to keep." is a vague reference to the poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost, the last stanza of which speaks of promises to keep.

    • George Santanyna

      Both Leslie Thompkins and Batman quotes two slight variations of the philosopher's sayings: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." and "Fanaticism consists in redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim."