The Batman

Season 4 Episode 11

Rumors

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Aired Saturday 11:30 AM Mar 03, 2007 on The CW
9.3
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Rumors
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The villains of Gotham City are disappearing, each one defeated and captured by an invisible vigilante named Rumor. Batman and Robin must defeat Rumor before he has a chance to execute the villains.

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  • I swear, this episode should've been the series finale of "The Batman". But with Batgirl in it.

    8.0
    In this episode, all of Gotham's villains have been kidnapped by this super villain named Rumor, who's plot is to kill all of the criminals in Gotham. It's up to Batman and Robin to stop him. The villains were released (and saved; Hugo Strange and Catwoman were the only ones who escaped). My most favorite scene on that episode was: when the villains were ready to attack Rumor, Batman and Robin defeated every single one of them. If Batgirl was here, then that would've been super epic. This was also Catwoman's final appearance. Still though, that episode should've been it's last one.moreless
  • Just like the Harley Quinn ep. this season thiers nothing new the show is really offerring this is almost an exact copy of the final Batman the animated series ep. where Two Face goes even crazier and becomes the Judge (which is a knockoffofJudgeDredd)moreless

    7.8
    The Judge goes through Gotham bringing in, in his mind true and final justice to Gotham Super Villians though on the Animated Batman movie The Phantasm, she already did this w/ the mobsters of Gotham. And at the end the Judge even hunts himself and when the Batman catches him the Judge finds himself Two Face guilty so probably kills himself thats why you never see Two Face again. I wonder if the same production staff on the Kevin Conroy Batmans work on the Ramono Batmans that would explain the lack of fresh ideas and I think it would of been better to have a Two Face ep. though making the Rumor was kinda cool. Also how come the producers will give fans a hint on the ep. where you see Mr. Freeze and Bats like 20 yrs. in the future that this Batman version is the Birds of Prey version where the Joker cripples Batgirl not some unknown business man and she becomes the Oracle who give Bats and co. strategical advise on missions, and later Batman retires by just vanishing from Gotham and Batman has a secret affair w/ Catwoman and they have a daughter which he doesnt know about until she replaces him in the fight against crime teaming up w/ Oracle she becomes the meta-human known as the Huntress not the same chick from the Kevin Conroy Justice Leagues. This Batman Catwoman thing I think is hinted when she said she thought he was scary and Bats lets her get away and Bats and the Robin are just left looking at each other. Bats already dated her in a previouse season and really liked her, I just wonder if they are ever going to bring in love interest Vicki Vale before the show ends and I also wonder if the Joining prt. 1and2 has Two Faces origins in this finale w/ Harvey Dent as district attorney starting off the ep. I thought the Legion of Super Heroes was really good today w/ Lightning Lad fighting Cosmic Boy for the leader position and humble Clark never steps up being the most powerfull It seemed he would take lead from that premiere ep. where at the end he takes lead in flying and Lightning Lad objects. But Bouncing Boy that was a nice surprise and he even gets the affections of the one black girl Triplicate Girl so now he can have a well deserved foursome but why have the black girl hook up with the not so super super heroe this has happend before like on the Fantastic 4 Movie where the blind black girl hooks up whith the Thing? What Bouncing Boy's not good enough for Saturn Girl and where were the new recrutes from the prev. ep. Starkid and the guy who can really EAT. Final Thought on both shows both Sup's and Bat's both love being a hero b/c this Rumor incident happend only b/c the Gotham criminals keep escaping putting others at risk like the Rumors boss. And its awfully selfish in a way that the Batman wont take them out so it is the Batmans fault for wanting excitment and being a hero and I think he comes to the conclusion that his CODE doesnt work when again they show him 20 yrs. in the future looking healthy but stessed saying this dance had to end sometime and yes this ep. had been done in both return of the Joker and the BATMAN beyond show, but I think he was really trying to kill Mr. Freeze which also explains why he left an artificial hologram of his mind for the future police to find because he knew not killing these villians would result in never ending super villians from his rogues gallery attacking the city. This show really has nothing left to offer really except for bringing in all of the other villians from the rogues gallery from not just his lineup but the Flash's Batman BEYOND, heck every bodies villians if they want since they arent going to do any cross overs really(Soloman Grundy,Spellbinder, made up villians that are clones of other well known villians i.e. Cluemaster/Riddler, Ragdoll/Joker/Clayface, and Crank/Toyman) but all these villians teamed up and the Batman and Robin w/o the help of Batgirl took out all the villians in less than 2 minutes, it truly is time to tell something new about the Bat or end the show. The Batman turns out to be a cool hero who thinks too highly of himself and the judicial system and not the citizens he supposedly wants to protect!moreless
  • A Rumor tells me that it's only OK.

    6.5
    I don't know what it is with The Batman, but I just feel that it could have been so much better and here is another episode that I just find hard to like.

    I feel like they tried to hard to make an episode that had all of Batman's villains in and didn't really make story the main thing that had to be covered.

    A roughs episode it was, but there has to be a way for them feasibly to stop them all and that they couldn't figure out.

    Plus the twist towards the end was not very well hidden and I saw it coming-though I have to admit that it fooled me for a second, I had thought maybe the writers weren't game enough to make that move, but...no.moreless
  • Eh... (check the ful review [click continue])

    6.0
    This episode was poorly out of character. Normally it would take whole episode to defeat just one of these villains but here, it was simple to defeat each of them in the final battle at the end. It was a one punch knock out battle. Maybe some instances instituted a one hit knock out but out (such as Man-Bat crashiong into Penguin) but most other didn't. Normally I would have left the room and quit watching durning the boring beginning of the episode until I saw Harley Quinn in her first return appearance in The Batman. Compared to the episode "Two of a Kind" this would be rated 2 out of 10 but compared to "The Butler Did It" this was a 7 out of 10. In and overal review of judgement out if all of the episodes I'd rate this VERY slightly above adverage.moreless
  • Like Judgement day, See no evil and lock up in rolled into one.

    9.9
    People consider this The batman's Judgement day(B:GK). Personally I consider it a little more like lock up. But enough wth the comparisons, this episode was cleverly plotted, with you not knowing who rumor was to the end as they had misleding parts of the plot, this stops it from being predictable, it was fun to watch the who scene with Batman, Penguin, Robin and Catwoman. The investigation was a one of a kind thing and the main battle with all but 3 of the villains was exiting. That line with Rumor and Batman

    Mario: You have to save me

    Batman I know

    Was just great.moreless
Tom Kenny

Tom Kenny

The Penguin

Guest Star

Xander Berkeley

Xander Berkeley

Paul Karon

Guest Star

Ron Perlman

Ron Perlman

Killer Croc, Mario/Rumor

Guest Star

Kevin Michael Richardson

Kevin Michael Richardson

the Joker

Recurring Role

Gina Gershon

Gina Gershon

Catwoman

Recurring Role

Richard Green

Richard Green

Hugo Strange

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (7)

    • The villains seem to be able to move from one cell to another. Between each flyover, each villain is in a different cell. For instance, Catwoman is first seen next to Dr. Strange and then next to Joker. She finally ends up being back next to Dr. Strange but at the opposed end.

    • When Mario touches the computer, it says that the escapees were Joker, Freeze, Bane, Riddler, Poison Ivy, Langstrom (Man-Bat), Firefly, and Penguin. How did Black Mask, Killer Croc, Cluemaster, Spellbinder, Punch and Judy, Harley Quinn, the Kabuki twins, Hugo Strange, Ragdoll, Temblor, and the other henchmen escape?

    • Several of the villains Rumor has in his collection were still locked up (e.g. Harley, Hugo Strange). Did Rumor just walk into Arkham or whatever prison they were in and grab them from their cells? Wouldn't this warrant undue attention and place his little crusade at risk? And if they weren't on the street posing an immediate threat, why even bother with them?

    • Throughout most of the episode when Kirk Langstrom was shown, it was in his human form. Yet, somehow when all the prisoners escape and the big brawl with the Dynamic Duo is about to begin, he's transformed into Man-Bat without any kind of chemical or sonar-related catalyst. (Reply: The priming of the super-sonic weapon may have been able to transform Langstrom.)

    • Just how does exceedingly obese Cluemaster get out of his cell with the rest of the villains?

    • Near the start of the episode Catwoman is seen on the list of captured villians, yet she is seen and captured later in the episode, after the list is shown.

    • When Catwoman is seen at the end of the episode with her goggles lifted she does not have the mask that usually wears beneath them. That should lift all Batman's doubt's of her being Selina Kyle.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Penguin: What I want is to turn myself in. Come on. Chop, chop. Let's go. Pat me down.

    • Catwoman: (staring at an artifact) Hmm. I know the perfect place for you.
      Batman: Try back where you found it.

    • Killer Croc: I do love spending afternoons in the old fishing hole.

    • (After Batman destroys Rumor's machine with a batarang)
      Robin: You know ... I bet there was an off button.

    • Hugo Strange: Our captor continues to captivate me. I wonder what it is that motivates him. And if there is some ultimate punishment he has awaiting us.
      Catwoman: Punishment? You mean something worse than being stuck here listening to you?

    • Catwoman: Now, handsome, how did you know to find me here? I thought I was being careful.
      Robin: Nothing screams careful like a brick through the window.

    • Killer Croc: (after being captured) What the -- What is this?!
      Rumor: This ... this is the end. For all of you.

    • Catwoman: There's no new guy. That's just a rumor.
      (Rumor reveals himself)
      Rumor: Thing about rumors ... they're often true.

    • Rumor: (to the villains) I have bad news and I have worse news. The bad news is that I've sentenced you all to life. The worse news is it's going to be a very short sentence.

    • Joker (as he and the other villains emerge from their cells): Mind if we cut in, Batsy? You see there's this nasty little Rumor we'd all like to stomp out!
      Rumor: You have to save me!
      Batman: I know.
      Robin: Let me guess...this is one of those "Not the easy way, but the right way" moments?

    • Robin: Wouldn't everyone be better off if we just let Karon finish the job?
      Batman: The code we work by isn't always the easiest way, Robin. But it's the right way.

    • Catwoman: Batman, my favorite stalker. And another new kid partner. Is that because they make you look taller?
      Robin: (sneezes) Sorry... allergic to cats. And bad jokes.

    • Hugo Strange: Before you send us all to that big Arkham Asylum in the sky, would you mind indulging an old man's intellectual curiosity and answer a simple question: Why?
      Rumor: Why? I'll tell you why. (Rumor removes his mask, revealing Mario) I'm the bodyguard of Paul Karon, a great man. A man, you Joker, maimed.
      Joker: (grinning) Me?
      Catwoman: I should have known it was Joker's fault.
      The Penguin: You just had to make the nut ball angry!

    • Catwoman: Just wanted to say thanks, handsome, and by the way, I still find you scary.

  • NOTES (7)

    • The weapons used during the fight scene between Batman and the Joker's henchmen are squirt guns. They look like modified super soaker squirt guns, popular from the 90s.

    • This episode was originally going to introduce Hush, but DC rejected the idea, and a new villain was used in his place.

    • Batgirl and Alfred are absent.

    • Though Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, The Riddler and Bane are all heard grunting and yelling while fighting, none of them have voice credits in the closing credits. Poison Ivy's scream, however, is a reuse from her previous appearance.

    • Captive victims of Rumor: Bane, Black Mask (with Number One), Catwoman, Cosmo Krank, Cluemaster, Firefly, Gearhead, Hugo Strange, Joker (with Harley Quinn, Punch and Judy, and the other men Joker hired), Killer Croc (with his henchmen), Man-Bat, Maxie Zeus, Mr. Freeze, Penguin (with the Kabuki Twins), Poison Ivy, Ragdoll, Riddler (with the Riddlemen), Rupert Thorne, Spellbinder, Temblor, and The Ventriloquist & Scarface.

      However, Cosmo Krank and Number One are only shown as stills in the beginning of the episode. Killer Moth was mentioned to have been captured, but not seen. Tony Zucco and the Basil Karlo version of Clayface weren't captured.

    • Before airing in the US, this episode aired in the UK on Cartoon Network UK on January 29th 2007.

    • Rumor is introduced.

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • The way The Penguin is trying to get sent to jail to avoid getting caught by Rumor is similar to the way The Penguin in the 1960's television show "Batman" tries to get thrown into jail to get signatures of wealthy people of Gotham to a forger who was his cellmate in the episodes "The Penguin's Nest" and "The Bird's Last Jest".

    • Judgment Day:
      Rogue's Gallery of Villains trying to be captured/killed is an allusion to Gotham Knights episode "Judgment Day".

    • n/a: Teen Titans
      When they showed the villains that were captured, it was similar to the lining of the villains in the Teen Titans episode "Homecoming (Pt. 2)".

    • Teen Titans:

      In this episode, Robin wields a staff similar to the one he uses in the Cartoon Network series, Teen Titans.

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