Batman: The Animated Series

Season 1 Episode 50


Aired Saturday 9:00 AM Feb 02, 1993 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Batman helps a magician named Zatanna when she is framed for robbery. Zatanna also happens to be an old friend and former love intrest of Bruce Wayne before his crime-fighting days.

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  • Click on continue =P

    Great episode. I was a bit disappointed at Zatanna not using real magic but whatever. They made up for not using magic multiple times in the episode. I expected Kane to be the villains from the beginning and was hoping that Zatanna would find out that Batman was really John Smith / Bruce Wayne. When Bruce pulled the Joker from the deck I was suprised but grinning. It was just one of those moments where you feel like everything in the world is right. I would have been glad if they brought Zatanna back in another episode but at lekast she appeared in Justice League with Batman.moreless
  • Great chemistry between Zatanna and Batman - if only they'd included her in more episodes!

    This is a great episode, perhaps one of the best, of Batman TAS. There's real chemistry between Zatanna and Batman, rekindling an old romance that began when they were young.

    Oh and Zatanna - she's impressive. Why they didn't feature more Zatanna in this series I don't know. She and Batman get along great.

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • According to the series bible, the villain framing Zatanna was originally the Gentleman Ghost, a foe that had originally been on the roster of recurring enemies along with Killer Croc and the Ventriloquist. Since he obviously didn't make the cut, they replaced him with a debenair one-timer.

    • When using playing cards to tell Bruce's fortune, Zatanna guesses wrong; Bruce had drawn the joker. Nonetheless, Wayne's future was inadvertantly and correctly predicted, since he would encounter the Clown Prince of Crime numerous times as the Batman.

  • QUOTES (3)

  • NOTES (3)

    • In one of the flashbacks, Bruce tells Zatanna that he has to leave for Japan, meaning that Bruce must have learned escape artistry from Zatanna's father before he trained with Sensei Yoru and Kyodai Ken in Japan.

    • In order to fit in the context of Batman The Animated Series, Zatanna's traditional magical abilities in this episode are downplayed. They were restored for her apperance in Justice League.

    • Zatanna is a longstanding character from DC comics who has been (at times) a member of the Justice League. Contrary to the magician in this episode, the comic Zatanna was an extremally powerful sorceress. Her father, Zatara, appeared in Action Comics #1, right after the first Superman story.


    • Dear John Letter
      Zatanna's farewell letter to Batman holds a double meaning. First, it is a reference to the type of letters women write to their boyfriends to indicate the end of the relationship. Secondly and primarily, Zatanna had only known Bruce under the alias of John Smith.

    • Dr. M. Kane: Name
      The antagonist for this episode has the surname of Kane, which is a nod to Batman co-creator Bob Kane.