Batman: The Animated Series

Season 1 Episode 27

The Underdwellers

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



  • Trivia

    • Alfred claims that he knows nothing about children despite the fact that he has taken care of Bruce since he was a child in the animated series.

    • There are 'Bat-signals" in the eyes of the police woman, just before the police car is going to hit Batman.

    • At one point, while dealing with the sewer alligators, Batman makes the comment "I thought you were endangered." American alligators were removed from the endangered species list in 1987, prior to the creation of this episode.

  • Quotes

    • Alfred: Perhaps a vacation. Golf?
      Bruce: Sounds boring.
      Alfred: In the Bahamas?
      Bruce: Hot and boring. No, Alfred, I think this is a job for Batman.
      Alfred: You have a fine flair for dramatics, sir.
      Bruce: Why, thank you, Alfred.

    • Sewer King:(After being pulled from the tracks before the on-coming train hits him) Why? Why? WWWWhhhyyyy?!
      Batman: (angry) I don't pass sentence, that's for the courts! But, this time, this time, I am sorely tempted to do the job myself.

    • Batman: Children and guns do not mix... ever!

    • Batman: You think I'm crazy don't you?
      Alfred: In what sense, Master Bruce?

  • Notes

    • According to Bruce Timm, BS&P took a lot out of this show. "Originally, the
      kids were to be victimized by the Sewer-King, but he was not allowed to be
      mean or torturous to any of them. The impact is watered down. If we were
      doing it today, we probably would have decided not to do the show."

    • This episode is episode 6 on the Batman: The Animated Series Volume 1 DVD.

    • In the new Gotham Knight straight to DVD anime movie, the story "In Darkness Dwells" written by David S. Goyer has similar story of the show.

    • This episode along with "P.O.V.", "The Forgotten" and "Be A Clown" was released on DVD as Batman The Animated Series: Tales Of The Dark Knight.

    • Though the Toon Disney airing has the scene with the kid pulling out the gun, the scene with it being pointed at Alfred is removed.

    • This is the only appearance of the Sewer King, the first original villain not adapted from the comics in the animated series.

  • Allusions