The Batman

Season 5 Episode 1

The Batman/Superman Story (1)

Aired Saturday 11:30 AM Sep 22, 2007 on The CW
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The Batman/Superman Story (1)
Batman and Superman find themselves teamed up when Lex Luthor begins his operations in Gotham City to take down his arch-nemesis, and employs a horde of the Batman's villains to do so.

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  • They should rename this, Brave and the Bold!

    Batman will be teaming up with tons of JLA/DC Comics characters in this season.

    I like the fact that they kept voices from the Characters in Justice League, even if they didn't draw them the same way.

    The Superman/Doomsday movie would have greatly benefitted from that continuity, and at least could have been drawned in the "the Batman" style, or better yet, the "Justice League Unlimited" style. Anyways...

    One thing I noted was that Clark Kent/Superman looked like a cartoon version of.. Clark Kent/Superman from Superman Returns .. Brandon Routh.

    No seriously, I was shocked to see the resemblance. Kudos for Routh, if he watched this episode. Should be flattering for him.

    And it was a good episode and of course, I can't wait to see the conclusion, next week :)

  • Batman and Superman teamed up when Lex Luthor employs Batman's enemies to destroy the Man of Steel.

    After the fourth season finale, it was obvious that the next season will focus on the rise of the Justice League and will include appearances of other known superheroes. The fifth season starts strong with a two-part episode that has Batman teaming up with the Man of Steel. Superman's arrival to Gotham City is met with the appearance of Metallo who's under orders of Lex Luthor to kill the visiting hero. Fortunately, Batman and Robin are around to give a helping hand. Luthor takes his operations to Gotham City, and employs some of Batman's enemies to take down Superman. The creators of the series certainly had some fun developing this episode. Superman appears to be more of a loner and shows no interest in join the Justice League. Clark Kent looks and acts more like a nerd to cover up his secret identity. George Newbern, Dana Delany and Clancy Brown return to voice the characters of Superman, Lois Lane and Lex Luthor from the previous Justice League series. The action scenes hold out well. The ending is promising.moreless
  • Ilike how the voice actors from the other superman shows showed up to voice this version of a nearly plaid out story by the same production staff who did batman animated series and beyond i.e. justice league.moreless

    Its just that this version is too soon and this batman is too needy and nice unlike konroys version who doesnt like working with people and in the early league days would not go out of his way to get someone to join. I really liked how lex punked superman I have been waiting for this for years especially after watching annoying smallville year after year to see if something good will finally happen.

    I wonder why they didnt kill this asian version of Mercy off like they did to the black Mercy in the lame Doomsday movie. I just wish they would stop doing different realities of these shows you get more mileage and money from having continuity like they did on the nineties versions of bats and supes, they obviousely havent learned their lesson b/c I NOW hear they are doing a live action Justice league movie but will not have bale as bats, nor routh as supes who i didnt care for to begin w/ and they havent wised up yet and decided to do it with the Smallville leaguers. It just shows all the wb is good for when it comes to this genre is shilling out money to a director who has never even picked up a comic book and thinks very little of the ones who do! I know this will b a great final season of the batman and yes I said final season b/c theyve shown most of all his villians anyone would care about, and all the sidekicks and partners anyone would care about theyve pretty much run out of steam w/ this nice guy retro young ninja batman. P.S. how in the world does bats vs. dracula in ep. order come after this season you would think bats would have a looooong list of alli's to call on when a demon from hell comes to kill every gotham city citizen! one would think! And can they give bats a girlfriend like VICKI frickin Vale who they already introduced on the bats vs. drac movie he really deserves to get laid especially after babysitting two karate kids that arent even his all the darn time.moreless
  • The wait is over, a brand new season of The Batman. And what a kickstart this episode provides. This is gonna be one hell of a season alright.

    After the incredibly awesome Season 4 of The Batman, that definitely was on the same level as Batman: The Animated Series, I have been waiting for Season 5 to start. It's been a long wait, but this episode makes it all worth it. I haven't had so much fun watching a TV show in a very long while. I was smiling like an idiot the whole time. Instead of making the changes come slow and easy, we are almost instantly delivered a fight between Superman and Metallo, looking great BTW. What I loved the most about this episode was the high number of villains, and instead of just being there without doing anything like in "Rumors", they play a bigger role and are included in a great fight scene near the end. Lex Luthor is a great addition, not to worry, he doesn't act like a 4 year old like he did in "Brainiac Attacks", no sir, this is the cold and calculating madman we all know from Superman TAS. If you're a Batman fan, or a Supermn fan, hell, a comic book fan, and you haven't checked this episode out yet, I feel sorry for you. But be sure to catch it next time it airs, you won't regret it. The Batman is back, better than ever.moreless
  • This episode was extremely well done. First, Superman TAS / Justice League Unlimited fans get what they have wanted for a while: The return of George Newbern, Dana Delany and Clancy Brown as SuperClark, Lois Lane and Lex Luthor...moreless

    Why they didn't use them for the Superman / Doomsday DVD I have no clue. But it was GREAT to hear their voices again in the roles that so many animation fans identify them with. Combining these voices w/ the Animation style of The Batman v. the Superman TAS / JLU animation style was different to watch...but still extremely enjoyable.

    Speaking of The Batman's animation style, which in itself if already pretty good, it was taken to yet another level for this episode and I hope they keep it up.

    Story wise, the plot and pacing were both well throught out and executed almost perfectly. My only issue w/ the story is when Clayface attacks Superman as FRONT of a captured Lois...which I'm assuming is a plot hole because it isnt like she wasn't watching superman get attacked...and I bet she doesn't know (for some reason) that Clark and Supeman are one in the same despite this logical conclusion...also, Batman found out Superman's can I put this? It was lame. It should have been done similarly to the way he does it in the Batman / Superman movie...

    All in all though, its a well done episode and I'm giving this one a 9.3, leaving room for additional episodes to top it...but for real? Its a good look...moreless
Dana Delany

Dana Delany

Lois Lane

Guest Star

Clancy Brown (I)

Clancy Brown (I)

Lex Luthor

Guest Star

Lex Lang

Lex Lang


Guest Star

George Newbern

George Newbern


Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • (After Superman runs into Robin while he's flying on his jetpack)
      Robin: I've got an idea for the next prototype: barf bags!

    • Metallo: Lookin' a little green, Supes. Me, I love Kryptonite; Can't get enough. But I guess one man's power source is another man's poison.

    • Jimmy Olsen: (about Superman: Wait'll they see him, Ms. Lane. The roof's gonna come off the building.
      Dick: Fan boy.
      Jimmy Olsen: What are you, un-American? He's Superman!
      Dick: Well, we have our own hero.
      Jimmy Olsen: The Bat? He's okay, if you like the circus.

    • Batman: (referring to Superman) He's not much for conversation, is he?
      Robin: Like you should talk.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Barbara Gordon/Batgirl does not appear in this episode.

    • Wallace Langham does not reprise his role of Clayface (Basil Karlo). Instead, Lex Lang voices him here but makes his grunt sounds.

    • Bane, Black Mask (with Number One and his organization), Clayface (Basil Karlo), Mr. Freeze, and Poison Ivy return; however, only Black Mask and Clayface II speak, and Clayface II now has a different voice actor.

    • Superman, Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, Lex Luthor, Metallo, Mercy Graves, and Mayor Hamilton Hill are introduced.


    • Lex Luthor: Bow to me.
      When Lex Luthor says this, it's reminiscent of General Zod's line to Superman in Superman II.

    • Batman: Hush

      When Lex Luthor uses Poison Ivy's spores on Superman he mentions that he laced the spores with Kryptonite. In the graphic novel Batman: Hush, Poison Ivy combines synthetic Kryptonite with her spores and uses them to control Superman.

    • Terminator 2
      Robin makes a reference to a famous Terminator 2 movie line/quote ("Hasta la vista, baby.") when driving away on his motorcycle with the green kryptonite from Metallo.