The Batman

Season 1 Episode 1

The Bat in the Belfry

5
Aired Saturday 11:30 AM Sep 11, 2004 on The CW
8.3
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After stopping a heist by Rupert Thorne, Batman returns to the Batcave to learn that all criminals in Arkham Asylum have mysteriously been released. Batman finds out that it's a crazed clown named Joker who released them, and he plans to make a blimp full of laughing gas to explode over Gotham so that every citizen turns into a lunatic. It's up to Batman to stop him.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Batman

    10
    This show is great
  • Confused

    1.0
    I don't understand how to watch the shows I logged in and I click on picture nothing happens
  • The Dark Knight is back...

    7.5
    The new series of Batman begins with an action packed episode when Batman meets his arch enemy the Joker. The good thing is that it starts a batman series with what it needs a dark twist and humor that brings it all together exactly how it needed to be. Rino Romano is a great voice cast for Batman but you still kind of miss Kevin Convoy (Batman in Batman:TAS, Gotham Knights). The new way Joker has been recreated is pretty awesome and makes him more kind of scary. Detective Ethan Bennet and his partner play a major role in this series also. I like this episode alot but I'd have to say it is fairly average.moreless
  • The pilot episode of The Batman is full of twists and turns.

    9.1
    The Batman has been fighting crime for three years, but now faces his biggest threat yet: The Joker.



    It's a classic pilot episode. It introduces most of the main characters in a well-written way. Kevin Michael Richardson really stands out from this episode's cast. He is a different, unique Joker, but in a good way. His talented voice suits this version of the crazy Clown Prince of Crime perfectly.



    The animation's good throughout. I particularly liked the parts where The Batman and The Joker first meet in Arkham Asylum and the hot-air balloon battle.



    A great episode and a great introduction to the new animated Batman series: The Batman.moreless
  • The Batman realises that a mad phsyco, The Joker, has released everyone from Arkham, and plans to take over Gotham City with laughing gas. Can Batman stop him, as well as avoiding confrontations with police?moreless

    8.7
    This is quite interesting for a pilot in the new series, and is well thought out. The Joker looks alot more unique and more scary then in previous batman cartoons, he has yellow pupils, with red completely around them. Long green hair to match, and of course all his tricks like the Joker cards.



    This isn't as interesting compared to the other stories in the series, but it is certainly the best cartoon pilot to date. The only thing that may be unclear to people new to The Batman is it doesn't say how it all started, how he became The Batman, so people might be slightly confused.



    The dialogue is quite good, and the actor that voices the Joker has got it dead on, I mean like he sounds like a proper joker. Detective Yin is a new detective that gets introduced, and she gets to Arkham Asylum by swimming in the moat, as Joker blow up the bridge with a jack in the box (an explosive jack in the box to be precise).



    The fight scenes are quite good, with both the Batman and Joker taking hits, and the way Joker actually fights is quite amusing, like how he jumps in the air, then starts to twist like a beyblade before hitting Batman in the face. Of course our dark knight saves the day, and Joker goes back into prision.



    This episode is a must for any Batman fanatic, and I mean any, if you ever watched Batman Beyond or Batman from 1986, you'll notice that this is another good pilot episode.moreless
Alastair Duncan

Alastair Duncan

Alfred Pennyworth

Steve Harris

Steve Harris

Detective Ethan Bennett (Season 1; guest otherwise)

Rino Romano

Rino Romano

Bruce Wayne / Batman

Ming-Na

Ming-Na

Detective Ellen Yin

Victor Brandt

Victor Brandt

Rupert Thorne

Guest Star

Miguel Sandoval

Miguel Sandoval

Thug #1

Guest Star

Edward James Olmos

Edward James Olmos

Chief Angel Rojas

Guest Star

Kevin Michael Richardson

Kevin Michael Richardson

the Joker

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