Superman: The Animated Series

Season 2 Episode 16

World's Finest (1)

Aired Saturday 10:00 AM Oct 04, 1997 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Batman travels to Metropolis when the Joker steals a solid Kryptonite statue and makes a deal with Lex Luthor to kill Superman.

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  • THE BATMAN!!!!!

    I really don't like superman that much but this is a great show and this was a nice crossover.
  • they took this one and are trying to sell it as a movie. this is a three parter with batman and superman combing forces to stop joker and lex luthor. alas we never seen superman on the batman show as far as i know it. worth watching over and over.moreless

    we get to see batman and super crossover and see the villains working together also. we get to see joker and lex luthor on the same side but they do try and double cross each other. or shall i say triple cross each other. one of the best three parters
  • One of the finest half-hours of the series

    The first part of the three-part World's Finest is one of the best half-hours of the entire series. In this episode, Batman heads to Metropolis after the Joker steals a twenty-pound statue made of Kryptonite. The interplay between the characters is wonderful.

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    The confrontation scene between Superman and Batman at the end is absolutely fantastic. Each superhero behaves completely in character and each superhero is made to look good. One potential problem with crossovers is that guest characters can sometimes detract from the main characters of the series. This, however, does not happen in this episode at all and that is simply due to great writing. Superman and Batman bring out each other's differences and each makes the other look all the more impressive. The boy scout meets the brooding vigilante and both end up looking the better for it.

    Another great sequence in the episode is the confrontation between Lex Luthor and the Joker. The Joker plays well off of Luthor's manipulative and greedy image. Both men have their enemies and both of them take their enemies very seriously and with a certain amount of respect. The Joker's lines about Batman say a lot about how he feels him about it. Luthor clearly does not like the Joker and this will be developed as the three-part episode continues.

    Of course much of this episode is about contrasts and comparisons. The episode pretty much hits the nail on the head for all of them: Superman vs. Batman, Clark Kent vs. Bruce Wayne, Lex Luthor vs. The Joker, Bruce Wayne vs. Lex Luthor, Harley Quinn vs. Mercy Graves, Gotham City vs. Metropolis. There are plenty of contrasts to be made: "body scout" superhero vs. brooding vigilante, a shy reporter vs. a confident playboy, a wealthy corporate villain vs. insane and highly instable villain, a responsible corporate executive vs. a greedy corporate executive, etc. Many of these contrasts would later be developed more fully in the other two parts of the three part episode.

    This episode also features the start of a romance between Lois Lane and Bruce Wayne. This romance would later be developed in the next two parts of the three-parter. I think this plot line may be one of the best Lois plot lines in the entire series because it really brings Lois Lane to life. It also allows you to see a side of Bruce Wayne that was rarely seen in either Batman series.

    One question that might arise on the course of this episode concerns the relationship between Wayne Enterprises and Lex Corp. How on earth could the two companies be in business together? Why doesn't Bruce Wayne see through Lex Luthor's facade? Eventually through the course of the three-part episode, Bruce does see through Lex's facade and breaks off relations between Wayne Enterprises and Lex Corp. But as to why "the detective" was working with the shady Luthor in the first place is something that one could wonder about. Perhaps it came out of necessity. Perhaps Bruce Wayne simply didn't notice how sketchy Luthor and his company are.

    The animation of the episode is quite good. Standout scenes include the aforementioned confrontation between Superman and Batman in the dance club and the closing sequence outside of Clark Kent's apartment.

    All in all, an excellent episode that I highly recommend.

    Overall: 10/10

    Best Scene: The confrontation between Batman and Superman in the dance club.moreless
Mark Hamill

Mark Hamill


Guest Star

Bob Hastings

Bob Hastings

Commissioner James Gordon

Guest Star

Efrem Zimbalist Jr.

Efrem Zimbalist Jr.

Alfred Pennyworth

Guest Star

Kevin Conroy

Kevin Conroy

Batman/Bruce Wayne

Recurring Role

Lisa Edelstein

Lisa Edelstein

Mercy Graves

Recurring Role

Brad Garrett (I)

Brad Garrett (I)


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • The Joker makes a deal with Lex Luthor to kill Superman for 1 Billion dollars.

    • We notice that Batman is a few blocks away and staring at Clark through binoculars almost immediately after Clark finds the bug on his costume. If Superman usually flies everywhere he goes in costume and we know he had his costume on when he got home ,how did Bruce keep up with him and find the apartment so quickly. It would have taken Bruce at least 5 to 10 minutes to locate and arrive at the bugs signal.

    • Goof: The episode title contains a typo. It appears on screen as "Worlds's Finest."

    • The scientist times the WayneLex T7 at 14.8 seconds, but the stopwatch he is holding is clearly pointing to 30 seconds.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Joker: Ceasar Carlini, my old pal! Why, I haven't seen you since... Wait, I've never seen you, have I? You need to get out more.

    • Batman:: (holding up sliver of kryptonite while Superman buckles) It doesn't take much, does it? The Joker has 20 pounds more where this came from. (throws kryptonite into nearby glass) Thought you might like to know. (Disappears)

    • Bruce Wayne: (about Superman) How do you contact him?
      Lois Lane: Commiting a felony helps.

    • Superman: (X-Raying through Batman's mask) Bruce Wayne!?
      Batman: You peeked.

    • Superman: (to Batman) I heard you were crazy, I didn't think you were stupid.

    • Joker: Pay me 1 Billion dollars, and I'll kill Superman!
      Lex: What makes you think you can kill Superman when you can't even handle a mere mortal in a Halloween costume?
      Joker: There's nothing mere about that mortal!

    • The Joker: (to Lex) I sense we are kindred spirits, you and I. Although there are differences to be sure, like hair.

  • NOTES (4)

    • This three parter was later released on DVD as The Batman/Superman Movie.

    • Originally aired as part of The New Batman Superman Adventures in an hour and a half Saturday morning timeslot. Only the first half hour got the traditional TNBSA opening credits, although each half-hour segment had the episode title ("World's Finest Part I," "World's Finest Part II" and "World's Finest Part III").

    • Superman claiming he had heard Batman was crazy refers back to the pilot episode, "The Last Son of Krypton" when Martha Kent told Clark she didn't want anyone thinking he was like that "nut" in Gotham City.

    • This marks the first Superman/Batman crossover.


    • Joker(Admiring the seats inside Luthor's limo):Oooo Rich Corinthian leather

      This was a allusion to the 1976 Chrysler Cordoba advertising campaign, featuring celebrity Ricardo Montalban. Who is famous for his line about the rich Corinthian leather in the Cordoba's interior seats. The Joker even imitates Montalban's accent.

    • The Joker: Oh, you'll be Mr. Clean!

      When Joker offers to kill Superman, Luthor says that he (Luthor) can't be connected to it in any way. Characteristically, Joker reassures him while at the same time making a joke about Luther's lack of hair, referring to the burly, bald man on the cleaning liquid bottle.