Batman: The Animated Series

Season 2 Episode 3


Aired Saturday 9:00 AM Sep 15, 1993 on FOX
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A female scientist helps Clayface when his body begins to disintegrate.

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  • A tragic episode in every sense

    Even referenced in the title screen image, this episode is more about Clayface as a tragic villain than it is about Batman.

    I've always liked Clayface as a character in this series, and the 3 appearances he makes ("Feat of Clay", "Mudslide", "Growing Pains") are all strong episodes, but this one is my favorite of the 3.

    From the beginning, there is obviously something wrong with Matt Hagen aka Clayface. He is literally falling apart, he is slow, he can barely fight. He is never really a match for Batman at any point, yet he uses his shape shifting to great effect in the episode. He is after one thing: not just a cure to his condition, but a catalyst to return him to full power as Clayface. This is obviously the reason that Batman will not allow him to complete his mission.

    The animation is great in this episode, and there are some great moments as well. Clayface "melting" on the subway in front of bystanders as a little girl tries to point him out to her mother is a great part, as well as when Clayface tries to suffocate Batman inside himself.

    I won't spoil the whole thing, but the ending really stuck with me. Aside from Mr. Freeze, Clayface might be the most tragic Batman villain, and no episode illustrates that more clearly than this one. The musical score by Danny Elfman perfectly highlights the final moments.moreless
  • Great episode! It marks the return of Clayface, portraying him as the man looking for a cure for its condition. One of my favorites in the Batman TAS universe, that could have used just a bit more of intrigue... However, Clay is one my second greatest antmoreless

    In this episode we get to witness the return of Matt hagen, aka Clayface. Its a shame that he did not make any more appearances in the show (at least that I remember off), albeit he made two subsecuent appearances in the New Batman Adventures (aka , Gotham Knights).

    The only thing that I disliked about this episode was that why didn´t Batman let Clay finish with the process, just in case he could become a normal person again... The producers could have made the process more life-threatening to say Stella or Clay, so Batman would have to shut down the machine...

    Anyway, it was a great episode, and Clay as the villain is always a treat!!moreless

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