Batman: The Animated Series

Season 3 Episode 9

Lock-Up

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Aired Saturday 9:00 AM Nov 19, 1994 on FOX
8.6
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Episode Summary

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Lyle Bolton Arkam's former chief of security becomes the vigilante Lock-up and kidnaps Commissioner Gordon and Mayor Hill seeing them as the cause of rampant crime in Gotham City.

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  • The writers score with an original villain.

    8.8
    Batman gains a new adversary, Lock-Up, in this episode that shows once again how the Dark Knight usually has a hand in the genesis of his enemies. What makes Lyle Bolton such an intriguing villain is that, in many ways, he is the darker side of Batman. Both are committed to law and order, but Bolton is willing to cross lines that Batman will not. Each views the other as contributing to the problem of crime - Batman sees Lock-Up as another threat to society, while Lock-Up sees Batman as coddling, allowing the Joker and his ilk to continue to terrorize the city. It's a glimpse at what Batman could become, and it's a nice storyline with a villain created especially for the series.



    "Lock Up" is a solid episode; the cameo appearances from other villains testifying at Bolton's hearing is nice (especially Scarface and the Ventriloquist), and Bolton provides a good physical menace for Batman.moreless
Loren Lester

Loren Lester

Dick Grayson / Robin

Bob Hastings

Bob Hastings

Commissioner Jim Gordon

Kevin Conroy

Kevin Conroy

Bruce Wayne / Batman

Bruce Weitz

Bruce Weitz

Lock-Up

Guest Star

Richard A. Dysart

Richard A. Dysart

Dr. Bartholomew

Guest Star

Robert Costanzo

Robert Costanzo

Detective Harvey Bullock

Recurring Role

Arleen Sorkin

Arleen Sorkin

Harley Quinn

Recurring Role

Henry Polic II

Henry Polic II

Scarecrow

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Lock Up eventually became adapted into the official mainstream comics of DC even though he was originally created only for the show. He appeared in a Robin comic book series in 1996.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Bolton: They thought they could trap me in a world with lunatics, but I showed them! Now I can keep an eye on everyone. They'll never slip past me again.

    • Bullock: Just what this town needs, another psycho in a Halloween costume

    • Robin: Another fine villain brought to via a grant from the Wayne Foundation.

    • Bartholomew: It's all right. I promise, you can speak freely here. (Bolton sneers at Ventriloquist and Scarface)
      Ventriloquist: Mr. Bolton? He's a..
      Scarface: A hard worker! A real stand-up guy. No complaints here, chief.

    • Bartholomew: Ms. Quinn? Do you have any complaints against Mr. Bolton? (Lyle Bolton sneers threateningly at Harley)
      Harley Quinn: I got nothing to say.
      Bartholomew: But surely you must have something you wish to..
      Harley Quinn: You got a hearing problem or something?! NO! NADA! IXNAY! ZERO! ZILCH! BUPKES! NOTHING! OKAY?!

    • Robin: (Robin breaks into Lyle Bolton's apartment, only sees a couch in front of a TV) Nice look...early Alcatraz.

    • Robin: You mean this Lock-Up nut is the same guy who was the security chief in Arkham?
      Batman
      : The same one.
      Robin: Another villian made possible by a grant from the Wayne Foundation. (making light of a Wayne grant that allowed Bolton to work at Arkham) (Batman looks menancingly at Robin)
      Robin: Only kidding.

    • Lyle Bolton: Congratulations, Professor Crane, you're the first inmate to escape Arkham under my charge. You're also the last.

    • Lyle Bolton: This city is an open wound begging to be stitched.

    • Robin: That Bolton is a 10 on a creepameter.

    • Lock-Up: We could have made our own order!!
      Batman: I was born to fight your brand of order!

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode is episode 26 on the Batman: The Animated Series Volume 3 DVD.

    • When Lock-Up tosses Commissioner Gordon into the same cell with Mayor Hill, Hill is handcuffed. But once the bars on the cell shock Gordon, Hill is able to catch him, showing no signs of being cuffed just seconds earlier. Is Hill a master escape artist or just the victim of an artist's screw up? You make the call.

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