Batman: The Animated Series

Season 1 Episode 14

The Clock King

Aired Saturday 9:00 AM Sep 21, 1992 on FOX

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  • Batman is in a cat and mouse chase with the Clock King, a villain with a penchant for clocks and one of Batman's most human villains.

    The villains on the series are for the most part pretty human. Most of them have no or little superpowers and all of them have some sort of mental issue. Enter the Clock King, the most human of Batman's opponents. In appearance he comes off as a banker, lawyer or accountant. He has no superpowers at all and his only strength comes from, in all things, his knowledge of clocks and his obsession with time. Yet he is able to still one up Batman repeatedly. In their first encounter, the Clock King gets away from Batman by jumping onto the train below him knowing it is always early. He almost kills Batman in a sealed bank vault by making sure that the air will be sucked out of the vault before Batman has time to burn his way all with a welding torch. In the second encounter, the Clock King is able to time his dodges to Batman's punches. This is all even more amazing considering that the Clock King is twice Batman's age yet has the strength and agility to somersault of buildings onto trains and quickly dodge Batman's punches within a fraction of a second. To be sure, the Clock King's clock based crimes make his crimes somewhat predictable and gimmicky, but he still able to keep Batman on his feet nonetheless and should be considered one of Batman's top villains.
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