Superman: The Animated Series

Season 3 Episode 2

Knight Time

Aired Saturday 10:00 AM Oct 10, 1998 on The WB
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Episode Summary

After Bruce Wayne is kidnapped, Superman must go undercover as Batman to find him.

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  • Sweet...

    This is another one of my favorite episodes of superman the animated series. Batman misteriously disapeared so superman teams up with robin and dresses up as batman to try and find bruce wayne/batman. it turns out someone was controlling him with these alien bugs, and that someone is brainiac. Brainiac hacked into the wayne enterprises computers when bruce wayne had his partnership with Lexcorp and learned that wayne enterprises could build him a rocket. Superman destroys it and brainiac. But you know that brainiac will come back in a later episode of superman. batgirl and nightwing weren't in this episode because they were following a lead on batman's disapearance. I thought that they should have been the episode. This is a true series classic. Later...moreless
  • When Bruce Wayne goes missing, Superman secretly protects Gotham City disguised as Batman.

    When Bruce Wayne goes missing, Superman secretly protects Gotham City disguised as Batman. Ever since seeing the three-part episode “World’s Finest”, I hoped that the writers of the animated series would once again bring these two heroes together. I was very amazed with “Knight Time”. There are many memorable moments in this episode. Robin is surprised by Superman’s arrival and even more shocked that he knows Batman’s secret identity. Superman’s attempts of being Batman appear somewhat awkward but quite funny. The fight between Superman and Bane is the big highlight of the episode. I was ecstatic the way that Superman takes down Bane. Brainiac’s return after the events of “Ghost in the Machine” is well played out. He was also surprised of seeing Superman in Gotham City. The story holds out nicely. There is a great mix of humor and action. Overall, “Knight Time” is one of my favorite crossover episodes in the DCAU.moreless
  • One of the Best

    "Knight Time" has to be one of the more interesting episodes of Superman. It is the second of three Batman and Superman crossovers, the other two being "The Demon Reborn" and the three-part "World's Finest".

    In "Knight Time", Bruce Wayne has disappeared and Superman must help Robin find him by pretending to be Batman. Superman takes on the role of Batman in a way that involves more than just putting on the costume of the Caped Crusader. Superman takes on Batman's role as "detective". The plotting of the episode is excellent. It moves at quick pace and does not let up. It features two truly great action sequences: when Superman as Batman fights Bane and when Superman as Batman confronts Brainiac. The animation of these sequences is wonderful.

    The teleplay builds up an interesting relationship between Superman and Robin that is sharp contrast to the relationship between Batman and Robin. Superman is much more easy-going and friendly. He jokes around and interacts with Robin more as a friend than as a mentor. Batman, of course, rarely jokes around and is often much more serious. Of course, Superman's relationship with Robin is more than just friendship. Superman actually a lot of respect for Batman's younger partner. Appropriately the teleplay also emphases the differences in the crime-fighting styles of Superman and Batman. This comes out best in the scene featuring the Penguin. When the Penguin refuses to offer any information on the whereabouts of the Mad Hatter, Superman who is pretending to be Batman is stumped. He appeals to the Penguin's sense of humanity, but the Penguin still refuses to talk. After Robin tells him to kick over a desk and he does so, the Penguin talks. It is interesting to speculate how that scene would have been like if Superman were confronting the Penguin as Superman. Would Superman have kicked over the desk? Would the Penguin have talked without a show of force?

    One can of course ask whether this episode makes Batman look weak? After all, Superman handles Bane who is Batman's most physically powerful villain without any trouble at all. Bruce Wayne is also clearly outclassed and enslaved by Brainiac. Superman must rescue him. All in all, however, I don't think that the episode makes Batman look weak. Batman's strong points are his cleverness and ingenuity. Brianiac who takes control of Bruce Wayne in virtue of a cleverly placed pinprick does not test these merits. Of course it is true that a Superman villain gets the better of Batman. Later on in the series, however, in the episode "The Demon Reborn" a Batman villain named Ra's Al Ghul gets the better of Superman. Though Batman has to be saved by Superman in "Knight Time", Superman needs to be saved by Batman in that episode. So, in the end Batman is around to return the favor.

    Overall: 10/10

    Best Scene: The confrontation between Bane and Superman in disguise.moreless
Mathew Valencia

Mathew Valencia

Robin/Tim Drake

Guest Star

Roddy McDowall

Roddy McDowall

The Mad Hatter

Guest Star

John Glover

John Glover

The Riddler

Guest Star

Kevin Conroy

Kevin Conroy

Bruce Wayne

Recurring Role

Corey Burton

Corey Burton


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When the Mad Hatter is using the microscope during an interrogation from Superman (as Batman) and Robin, his left hand is cuffed to the table. However, a closer pan clearly shows the same hand moving without the cuff.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • (Robin has just finished showing Superman a vid-mail Bruce Wayne sent to one of his employees)
      Robin: You see what I mean about him acting strange? (Superman doesn't understand, so Robin points at Bruce's face) He's smiling.

    • Superman: All this sneaking around just isn't my style.
      Robin: What do you mean? It's half the fun.

    • Mad Hatter : (After 'Batman' uses his super-speed to outrun him) Curiouser and curiouser...

    • (After "Batman" is exposed as being Superman)
      Brainiac: Kal-El. This development was highly improbable.
      Superman: Today's been full of surprises.

    • Superman (to Batman): I have to say for a guy who's supposed to be such a loner, you sure know how to pick a partner.

    • Robin: He's really being controlled by aliens? Baaahhhh.
      Superman: I'm deeply hurt!

    • Robin: So how did you do Batman's voice?
      Superman: Precise muscle control. (In Robin's voice) Plus, I've a pretty good ear!
      Robin: Don't do that again!

    • Robin: I could have handled them.
      Superman: Sure. Now where's your boss?
      Robin (after a pause): Around.
      Superman: Okay, let's try this another way. Where's Bruce?

  • NOTES (4)


    • Robin: They went over there to find some old guy who may have kidnapped him. Ghul something.

      Robin is (probably) referring to Ra's al Ghul, a very old enemy of Batman.

    • Bane: I feared you were gone forever, Batman. And that would have meant I'd never feel your spine crumble in my hands.

      This is a reference to the comic books. In the comic series Knightfall, Bane breaks Batman's spine forcing him to retire for a short period of time. Although Bane appears in Batman: The Animated Series in the episode "Bane," he does not succeed in breaking Batman's back.