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Dick Grayson / Robin
Bruce Wayne / Batman
Bruce told Dick he would take care of Tony Zucco, but had Robin not shown up to stop Zucco, the following death might have caused even more pain for him, but also Alfred. It might also cause more trouble for both of them because all the villains would know who Batman is.
When Batman beats up Zucco's goons in the bakery, he uppercuts the one wearing the tank top, knocking the danish out of his mouth and onto the ceiling. He then proceeds to beat said goon about ten feet to the left. When he stops beating him up, the danish still manages to fall on his face.
At the Grayson's funeral, Bruce Wayne's eyes were blue-greenish but in other episodes they were blue. Doesn't he have one eye color only?
After Robin saves Batman from being killed by Tony Zucco, one can see that the bat symbol on his (Batman) chest is just a simple black bat design rather than the normal bat inside the yellow oval shape. However, this is very brief.
Twice Robin's name is referred to "like the bird," although it is inspired by Robin Hood, "Little Robin" is Mary Grayson's term of endearment for her son from the comics.
Playing John Grayson, Kevin Conroy is the third actor to voice a character in The Batman that has played the Dark Knight. The first was Adam West, and the second was Will Friedle.
The Robin costume remains mostly similar to what was seen in Batman: TAS, Gotham Knights, Static Shock, and Superman, save that the cape now has a slit in the center.
In "The Cat, the Bat and the Very Ugly," Batman said that he would only hold onto one of the rare artifacts (the cat or penguin). However, in his villain gallery in the batcave, we see both.
The local police wasn't seen until Zucco was arrested towards the end of the episode, an undeniable avoidance of the Commissioner and Barbara/Batgirl. A definite nod to DC Comic's birth of Robin on the production crews' part.
At the Graysons' funeral, Alfred tells Bruce that Dick's parents were all the family he (Dick) had. Weren't there any other performers or workers at the circus to be Dick's de facto extended family?
Zucco: Let me be blunt, John. I don't think this circus or your family can afford not having our protection.
Dick: Funny. 'Cause I think we can.
Zucco: And what makes you so sure about that ... sonny?
Dick: I called the police five minutes ago.
Dick: A Robin? Like the bird? You know, kids my age get beat up for nick-names like that.
John: How about we call you our flying squirrel? Better?
Dick: You know, dad? I'm not the only one who looks like a loser...
Tony Zucco: I come from circus folk myself, so let me put this in terms you can understand. You don't pay us, and you'll have to deal with a strongman, a lion tamer, and a juggler.
Batman: Nice save. But I thought you wanted Zucco to get what was coming to him.
Dick: Well, he did, didn't he? Justice.
Alfred: We should prepare for dinner. Perhaps Master Bruce will even join us this evening.
Dick: And perhaps monkeys will fly out of my butt!
Bruce: The criminal responsible for my parents' death was never brought to justice, Alfred. That's a burden I won't let Dick carry.
(About being a knife-thrower with his dad)
Batman: Why'd you give up such a promising career?
Tony Zucco: Well, one day ... I missed.
Tony Zucco: So, Batman's got family too ... Cute.
Batman: We'd have to give you a name.
Dick: How 'bout Robin?
Batman: Like the bird?
Dick: It's a family name.
Dick: Is there a reason why this costume has to be so colorful?
Mary: Because when I see you up there, Richard, you make me think of a little robin.
Tony Zucco: Our family has been divided. I think we should return the favor.
This Tony Zucco differs from the comics. In the comics, he was a coward and desperate criminal. Here, he is shown as cold-blooded and merciless.
The show's creators finally got the rights to bring in Robin because this episode was aired after the series finale of Teen Titans.
Tony Zucco bears an uncanny resemblance to Zombie, Bane's suit-wearing, pale-skinned, knife-throwing lackey from the "Knightfall" storyline.
The theme song is slightly changed from season three. Instead of the scene where Barbara is holding up her batsuit, it shows Robin coming out and spinning his bo-staff. Also, instead of the ending showing Batgirl swinging and Batman diving towards the screen, it shows Batman, Robin and Batgirl jumping off onto a rooftop.
UK Airdate: 15th January, 2007.
This episode's ratings reached a series high with an 8.74.
As of this episode, Michael Goguen is the lone supervising producer while Duane Capizzi moves to executive producer. Also, Michael Jelenic is the new series story editor.
Tony Zucco bears a striking resemblance to Dracula from the DTV movie The Batman vs. Dracula.
This is the first time we've seen Zucco given more of a character sketch than just "a mid-level criminal thug" in the Batman saga. Now, he and his associates actually have a connection to Robin and a dichotomy in that they are both circus-trained but on opposite sides.
This episode features the first time that someone has died in the series, even if it isn't shown directly.
Apparently, The Batman's version of Tony Zucco bears a striking resemblance to Arkham from the video game, 'Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening'. The most notable feature that the two villains share is heterochromia (a difference in coloration usually in the irises of eyes). In addition, the scene when Zucco almost kills the Batman is also reminiscent of when Arkham nearly finishes off Dante, in which both heroes are saved by an unexpected ally. In this case, Robin and Vergil, both family members. Although, Robin is a foster-son for now while Vergil is Dante's brother.
Batgirl is absent.
A couple of new scenes are added in the theme song to compliment the addition of Robin to the team.
This marks the fourth episode where it is raining. The first three being "The Bat in the Belfry," "Fleurs du Mal," and "Gotham's Ultimate Criminal Mastermind".
Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill are best known for respectively voicing Batman and the Joker from Batman: TAS to Justice League Unlimited.
Robin is introduced.
Dick: (regarding Bruce) Why's he never around? This line and many others seem to be taken from the Batman: TAS episode, "Robin's Reckoning".
The opening sequence of Robin jumping through the paper hoop is reminiscent of the cover of Detective Comics #38, where the character made his debut.
Dick: "And perhaps monkeys will fly out of my butt!"
This line is taken from the character Wayne Campbell, portrayed by Mike Meyers on Saturday Night Live and the Wayne's World movies.
Tony Zucco's brothers are very reminiscent of another group of comic book villains called the Enforcers. The Enforcers membership includes "The Ox" who is incredibly strong similar to Zucco's largest brother, "Montana" who uses rope tricks to subdue is similar to the brother with the whip, and "Fancy Dan" who is a diminutive martial arts expert. However, the Enforcers are with Marvel while Batman is with DC.
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