The Batman

Season 1 Episode 1

The Bat in the Belfry

Aired Saturday 11:30 AM Sep 11, 2004 on The CW

Episode Fan Reviews (17)

out of 10
167 votes
  • 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?

    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.
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