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The Batman is a 65 episode animated series that premiered on the Kids' WB on September 11, 2004, with the final episode airing on March 22, 2008. Although the series borrows many elements from previous Batman storylines, it does not follow the continuity set by the comic books nor that of the previous Batman: The Animated Series. Also, the animation style bears a strong resemblance to that of Jackie Chan Adventures, since Jeff Matsuda was the chief character designer for both shows. The designs of many supervillains, like the characters Joker, Penguin and Riddler, are very different from those of their comic counterparts.

The Batman began its first run on Cartoon Network's Toonami block on April 2, 2005 and ended on August 27, 2005. The series then returned to the block a year later for another short run from November 11, 2006 to December 23, 2006.

The first five seasons are available on DVD. A Direct-To-DVD movie titled The Batman VS Dracula, based on the series, was released on October 18, 2005 and made its television debut on Cartoon Network's Toonami block on October 22, 2005. There is also a spin-off comic book series, The Batman Strikes!, published by DC Comics which is set in the same continuity and style as the series.

Series OverviewEdit

Color Season Episodes Season Premiere Season Finale
1 13 September 11, 2004 May 7, 2005
2 13 May 14, 2005 September 10, 2005
3 13 September 17, 2005 May 13, 2006
4 13 September 23, 2006 May 5, 2007
5 13 September 22, 2007 March 22, 2008
Movie 1

Season 1 (2004-2005)Edit

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Episode Title

Villains

Director

Writers

Original Airdate

01 "The Bat in the Belfry" Rupert Thorne & Joker Seung Eun Kim Duane Capizzi September 11, 2004
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 a crazed clown calling himself Joker is behind the breakout, and he plans to make a blimp full of Joker venom to explode over Gotham City so that every citizen turns into a lunatic.
02 "Traction" Bane Sam Liu Adam Beechen September 18, 2004
Three mob bosses want revenge on Batman because he constantly interferes with their operations. They call in a mysterious villain named Bane to finish him off, once and for all. Bane may seem like a normal criminal, but he has a secret so powerful that it could destroy all of Gotham. During their first encounter, Bane easily takes down Batman, seriously injuring him. Now, Batman must think of a new way to stop this menace.
03 "Call of the
Cobblepot"
Penguin & Kabuki Twins Brandon Vietti Steven Melching September 25, 2004
After strange owls, vultures, and crows start to steal diamonds and jewels, Batman decides to find out who's controlling them. It turns out that the crook is Oswald Cobblepot, aka Penguin, a socialite who attends Bruce Wayne's party. Alfred tries to catch Penguin for his misbehavior at the party, but unfortunately, Penguin catches Alfred. Batman must find Penguin's mansion and save Alfred, as well as defeat the Pudgy Purveyor of Perfidy and return all the jewels and gems he has stolen.
04 "The Man Who Would
Be Bat"
Man-Bat Seung Eun Kim Thomas Pugsley
Greg Klein
October 2, 2004
A flock of bats lead Yin and Bennett to Wayne Industries, where Bruce has a scientist named Dr. Langstrom working on a project related to bats. In truth, Langstrom actually develops a serum that can turn him into the "Man-Bat." The creature goes out of control and flies out into the city, feeding on animal blood.
05 "The Big Chill" Mr. Freeze Brandon Vietti Greg Weisman October 30, 2004
Using his new ice powers, Mr. Freeze steals the rarest and most valuable diamonds Gotham has to offer. When he and Batman first cross paths, he reveals that he was once a normal criminal, and was rendered dependent on a cryogenic suit after an encounter with the Dark Knight. He will stop at nothing to make Gotham his own personal domain, unless Batman can think of a way to stop this menace.
06 "The Cat and the Bat" Catwoman Sam Liu Adam Beechen November 6, 2004
Batman chases his new foe, Catwoman, who steals his utility belt. Now, with his belt in the wrong hands, Batman must figure out how to find the cat burglar and retrieve his belt before she can use it for no good.
07 "The Big Heat" Firefly Seung Eun Kim Christopher Yost
J.D. Murray
November 13, 2004
Batman meets Firefly, a man who dresses in a heavily-armored fly ensemble and has a turbo-enhanced jetpack. Firefly breaks into numerous Gotham companies, destroying their technology, and takes to the skies when Batman arrives. Meanwhile, Bruce meets up with Mayor Grange, who tells him that he's going to have to give his father's charity work to GothCorp instead of Wayne Enterprises.
08 "Q&A" Cluemaster Brandon Vietti Steven Melching November 20, 2004
Arthur Brown, a former child prodigy now calling himself Cluemaster, plans revenge upon the people involved in the "Think Thank Thunk" game show for helping his opponent beat him years ago.
09 "The Big Dummy" Ventriloquist & Scarface Sam Liu Robert Goodman November 27, 2004
Arnold Wesker is a ventriloquist who controls Scarface, a puppet that has its own seperate personality. Together, they pull off bank heists, with Scarface running the show. Scarface, along with two knuckle head muscles, plan on stealing a gold reserve from Gotham Bank and Batman tries to stop the puppet and his lackeys. Meanwhile, Alfred plays matchmaker for Bruce.
10 "Topsy Turvy" Joker Seung Eun Kim Adam Beechen February 5, 2005
Batman investigates a crime bearing the stamp of his archenemy Joker, despite the fact that Joker is currently, and has been, locked up in Arkham Asylum since Batman first put him there. A trail of victims encased in larger-than-life playing cards leads The Batman to the bizarre truth.
11 "Bird of Prey" Penguin & Kabuki Twins Brandon Vietti Steven Melching February 12, 2005
While Bruce Wayne is busy being the subject of a "Day in the Life" segment of a television magazine show, Penguin pulls his latest heist-at Bruce's mansion. Alfred is taken hostage, and Bruce must now find a way to transform into Batman out of sight of the watchful TV cameras.
12 "The Rubberface of
Comedy"
Joker Sam Liu Greg Weisman April 30, 2005
Joker's back in town and has a new invention, Joker putty, that can morph anything and everything into rubber or putty. Meanwhile, Chief Rojas tells his Detectives to stop both Joker and Batman once and for all, saying both of them have no place in Gotham.
13 "The Clayface of
Tragedy"
Clayface Seung Eun Kim Greg Weisman May 7, 2005
Leaving off after the previous episode, Ethan transforms into the monstrous Clayface after Joker tortures him with his putty. As Clayface he targets the man he despises the most, Chief Rojas. When Batman and Yin realize who he is, they will have to work together to keep Ethan from becoming a monster.

Season 2 (2005)Edit

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Episode Title

Villains

Director

Writers

Original Airdate

14 "The Cat, the Bat,
and the Very Ugly"
Penguin & Catwoman Brandon Vietti Thomas Pugsley
Greg Klein
May 14, 2005
During a museum robbery, Catwoman and Penguin form a partnership. Penguin double-crosses Catwoman before she can double-cross him, so she and Batman team up to stop the Pudgy Purveyor of Perfidy before he unleashes his true plan: harnessing the power of Ra.
15 "Riddled" Riddler Sam Liu Christopher Yost
J.D. Murray
May 21, 2005
Fearing that Riddler will make good on his threat to destroy the city, Batman and Detective Yin's secret alliance is put at risk when they must work together to solve a string of riddles that have been scattered throughout Gotham.
16 "Fire & Ice" Mr. Freeze & Firefly Sam Liu Joseph Kuhr May 28, 2005
Firefly and Mr. Freeze team up to put their devastating plan into action: permanently putting Gotham City in a never-ending winter. Once the policeman's gala charity ball is put on ice, it's all up to Batman to save the day.
17 "The Laughing Bat" Penguin & Joker Seung Eun-Kim Michael Jelenic June 4, 2005
Joker decides to take on the role of "Batman" and doses Bruce with Joker venom to create an arch-rival of his own.
18 "Swamped" Killer Croc Brandon Vietti Thomas Pugsley
Greg Klein
June 11, 2005
Killer Croc, a half-man, half reptile, plans to flood all of Gotham in order to plunder the city.
19 "Pets" Penguin & Man-Bat Sam Liu J.D. Murray
Christopher Yost
June 18, 2005
Penguin steals a sonic device that he thinks will allow him to control birds, but instead, he gets a sonic device which controls bats, putting Man-Bat under his control. Meanwhile, Alfred must deal with a raccoon which has found its way into the Bat-Cave and is wreaking havoc on the electric equipment.
20 "Meltdown" Hugo Strange & Clayface Seung Eun-Kim Greg Weisman June 25, 2005
Ethan Bennett is captured and put on trial for his crimes as Clayface. He's released on probation but finds himself tempted towards the criminal way of life.
21 "JTV" Joker Seung Eun-Kim Michael Jelenic July 9, 2005
Joker pirates the airwaves of Gotham in order to broadcast his crimes on TV as entertainment. When Yin's overzealous new partner tries to bring the clown prince of crime down, he merely becomes Joker's latest "co-star." Batman must find where Joker is broadcasting from before he can carry out his plan to make Gotham die of undying laughter.
22 "Ragdolls to Riches" Catwoman & Ragdoll Seung Eun-Kim Adam Beechen July 16, 2005
Ragdoll, a triple-jointed contortionist, crosses paths with Batman and Catwoman while trying to steal priceless artifacts. Also, Selina Kyle befriends Bruce Wayne.
23 "The Butler Did It" Spellbinder Brandon Vietti Alexx Van Dyne August 20, 2005
Spellbinder, a three-eyed mystic with the ability to induce both hypnosis and visions, sets his sights on stealing the valuable Eye of Sarkana – controlling Alfred (and other butlers) to commit his crimes.
24 "Grundy's Night" Solomon Grundy &
Clayface
Sam Liu Adam Beechen August 27, 2005
Solomon Grundy, a zombie of Gotham legend, emerges from a swamp on Halloween to wreak havoc on Gotham. Batman and Alfred discover that there is more to Grundy than it appears.
25 "Strange Minds" Joker & Hugo Strange Brandon Vietti Greg Weisman September 3, 2005
Joker takes Yin hostage, but once captured he refuses to talk of her whereabouts. Convinced it's the only way to learn Yin's location before she meets her demise, Batman uses a device created by Professor Hugo Strange to enter the mind of Joker in search of an answer.
26 "Night and the City" Joker, Riddler, Penguin Brandon Vietti Steven Melching September 10, 2005
Joker, Penguin, and Riddler set up a bet to settle their differences by giving all of Gotham to whoever is able to capture and discover the true identity of Batman. Meanwhile a new member of the Gotham police force determines Batman's future in the city.

Season 3 (2005-2006)Edit

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Episode Title

Villains

Director

Writers

Original Airdate

27 "Batgirl Begins,
Part One"
Temblor & Poison Ivy Brandon Vietti Michael Jelenic September 17, 2005
Commissioner Gordon's daughter, Barbara, recounts a story about a powerful new super-villain sabotaging waste-dumping corporations and her increasingly radical friend, Pamela Isley.
28 "Batgirl Begins,
Part Two"
Poison Ivy Christopher Berkley Michael Jelenic
Adam Beechen
September 24, 2005
Continuing from the previous episode, a chemical accident mutates Pamela's DNA giving her power over plants and Barbara Gordon becomes Batgirl in order to stop Pam from going to jail. Things quickly change when Pamela becomes the super-villain Poison Ivy, kidnapping the Commissioner and placing Batman under her mind-control.
29 "A Dark Knight
to Remember"
Penguin Brandon Vietti Joseph Kuhr October 1, 2005
When Batman gets a hit to the head during a fight with Penguin, Bruce Wayne suffers memory loss, and forgets he is Batman. Meanwhile, Barbara Gordon begins to suspect that Bruce Wayne is Batman.
30 "A Fistful of Felt" Ventriloquist,Scarface,
Hugo Strange, Joker
& Penguin
Anthony Chun Steven Melching October 8, 2005
After his most recent crime spree, Arnold Wesker is taken to Arkham and apparently "cured" by Dr. Hugo Strange. He then begins a new career as a children's entertainer.
31 "RPM" Gearhead Christopher Berkley Christopher Yost November 5, 2005
A new villain, Gearhead, makes his first appearance robbing a charity race, and Batman soon finds himself forced to upgrade the Batmobile to keep up with the cybernetic villain.
32 "Brawn" Joker Brandon Vietti Alexx Van Dyne November 12, 2005
Joker becomes a raging strongman when he gets hold of Bane's Venom. However, when Batman fails to stop Joker's wrath, Batgirl must learn to overcome her own physical limitations in order to save the day.
33 "The Laughing
Cats"
Catwoman & Joker Christopher Berkley Joseph Kuhr November 19, 2005
When a rare Black Siberian Leopard is stolen, Batman and Batgirl suspect Catwoman and go to protect the second Black Siberian Leopard. However, Joker beats them to the punch and brings the cats to Killgore Steed, a giant maze filled with dangerous creatures.
34 "Fleurs du Mal" Poison Ivy & Penguin Anthony Chun David Slack November 26, 2005
When her father, along with other high-ranking Gotham officials, begin to embrace environmental causes after the delivery of mysterious plants, Barbara discovers that they've been replaced with plant-based copies created by Poison Ivy and teams up with Batman to stop her.
35 "Cash for Toys" Toymaker Anthony Chun Steven Melching February 4, 2006
When Wayne Industries shuts down Cosmo Krank, a toymaker with a spotty safety record, the demented villain takes revenge by trying to kill Bruce Wayne with his diabolical toys.
36 "Thunder" Maxie Zeus Christopher Berkley Paul Giacoppo February 11, 2006
Maximillian Zeus, a millionaire who is also a Greek history fanatic, takes control of Gotham from the sky with his giant aircraft, New Olympus, after losing to Mayor Grange in an election.
37 "The Apprentice" Joker & Prank Brandon Vietti Steven Melching February 18, 2006
Jealous that The Batman has a new sidekick in Batgirl, Joker decides he needs one of his own. Turning to Donnie, a misguided prankster and classmate of Barbara Gordon's.
38 "The Icy Depths" Mr. Freeze & Penguin Anthony Chun Steven Melching May 6, 2006
Penguin, Mr. Freeze, and Alfred's old school chum are all on the trail of a sunken treasure in Gotham Harbor.
39 "Gotham's Ultimate
Criminal Mastermind"
Hugo Strange &
D.A.V.E.
Brandon Vietti Alexx Van Dyne May 13, 2006
Hugo Strange creates an AI database called D.A.V.E. (Digitally Advanced Villain Emulator), encoded with the minds of Gotham's greatest criminals, in order to better predict their crimes. However, D.A.V.E. breaks free and proclaims himself to be "Gotham's ultimate criminal mastermind."

Season 4 (2006-2007)Edit

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Episode Title

Villains

Director

Writers

Original Airdate

40 "A Matter of
Family"
Tony Zucco Brandon Vietti Michael Jelenic September 23, 2006
After a young circus performer named Dick Grayson loses his parents to a criminal named Tony Zucco, Bruce adopts the boy, since he knows what it feels like to lose family. Batman then sets out to bring Mr. and Mrs. Grayson's killer to justice. Once Bruce's secret is revealed, Dick joins Batman as his new sidekick, Robin.
41 "Team Penguin" Team Penguin Anthony Chun Joseph Kuhr September 30, 2006
After watching a movie about criminal masterminds, Penguin forms Team Penguin along with Bane, Killer Croc, Ragdoll, Firefly and newcomer Killer Moth in order to finally take Batman down. Meanwhile, Batgirl and Robin must learn how to work together. However, Moth gets infected by a chemical which the team stole, and becomes a giant, monster moth.
42 "Clayfaces" Joker, Clayface & Basil Karlo Adam Youngberg Steven Melching October 7, 2006
After Ethan Bennett foils one of Joker's plans, he plans to prove himself to Batman by turning over a new leaf. Meanwhile, has-been actor Basil Karlo steals the mutagen responsible for mutating Bennett and becomes the new Clayface. Batman is unsure if he trusts Ethan enough to let him help stop Karlo.
43 "The Everywhere
Man"
Everywhere Man Brandon Vietti Greg Weisman November 4, 2006
When evidence from a series of art thefts by the Everywhere Man, a new costumed villain with the power to replicate, implicates Bruce's close friend John Marlowe, Batman believes there must be another explanation. Now, Batman must unmask the identity of the "Everywhere Man" and prove his friend's innocence.
44 "Strange New
World"
Hugo Strange Anthony Chun Joseph Kuhr November 18, 2006
Hugo Strange infects the population of Gotham City with a virus that transforms them into zombies, and only Batman and Robin are left to find and distribute the antidote.
45 "The Breakout" Black Mask Matt Youngberg Alexx Van Dyne November 11, 2006
After Batman apprehends Black Mask, his henchmen plan to spring him from Gotham P.D. so that Black Mask can activate his doomsday device. When Batman is captured, Batgirl and Robin must stop the villain and save the city on their own.
46 "Artifacts" Mr. Freeze Brandon Vietti Greg Weisman February 3, 2007
A thousand years into the possible future, the citizens of new Gotham must uncover the history of Batman in order to stop a new-and-improved Mr. Freeze. This episode is partly inspired by Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns.
47 "Two of a
Kind"
Joker & Harley Quinn Anthony Chun Paul Dini February 24, 2007
When Daytime TV host Harleen Quinzell is fired from her television program for ambushing Bruce Wayne, Joker takes an interest and decides to turn her into his partner in crime, Harley Quinn.
48 "Seconds" Francis Grey Matt Youngberg Steven Melching February 10, 2007
The Bat Team goes up against an unstoppable thief who knows their every move.
49 "Riddler's
Revenge"
Riddler Brandon Vietti Stan Berkowitz February 17, 2007
Riddler and Batman are in a crate, dropped at the bottom of Gotham Harbor. Riddler reveals his origins.
50 "Rumors" Rumor Matt Youngberg Joseph Kuhr March 3, 2007
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.
51 "The Joining,
Part One"
The Joining Anthony Chun Douglas Petrie
Jane Espenson
April 28, 2007
Bruce discovers that Wayne Industries is distributing alien technology across the world and gains the aid of a mysterious ally, who warns him of an alien race threatening to conquer Earth. Meanwhile, Batman begins to wonder whether he'd be better off without Batgirl and Robin.
52 "The Joining,
Part Two"
The Joining, Joker,
Mr. Freeze, Penguin
& Bane
Anthony Chun Douglas Petrie
Jane Espenson
May 5, 2007
The Joining has launched its attack on Earth and the key to defeating them is Wayne Industries' satellites. As Batman and Martian Manhunter attempt to penetrate Wayne Towers, Alfred encourages Batgirl and Robin to disobey Batman while the battle for Earth begins.

Season 5 (2007-2008)Edit

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Episode Title

Villains

Director

Writers

Original Airdate

53 "The
Batman/Superman
Story, Part One"
Lex Luthor,
Metallo, Clayface,
Poison Ivy, Bane,
Mr. Freeze &
Black Mask
Vinton Heuck Alan Burnett September 22, 2007
Batman and Superman find themselves teamed up when Lex Luthor begins his operations in Gotham City to take down Superman, and employs a horde of Batman's villains to do so. Lex later on gets a hold of Poison Ivy's control gas, and laces it with Kryptonite, and becomes able to control Superman's mind.
54 "The
Batman/Superman
Story, Part Two"
Lex Luthor,
Poison Ivy & Clayface
Christopher Berkley Steve Cuden September 29, 2007
Batman and Robin must battle Superman, who is under Lex Luthor's mind control, as the villain plans to launch a wave of robots and take over the world's armies.
55 "Vertigo" Count Vertigo John Fang Stan Berkowitz October 6, 2007
Batman welcomes another member of the Justice League to Gotham as he teams up with Green Arrow when Count Vertigo, a villain who can affect people's sense of balance, arrives in the city with a diabolical plan.
56 "White Heat" Firefly, Phosphorus
& Blaze
Vinton Heuck Joseph Kuhr October 13, 2007
Firefly tries to upgrade his powers with the aid of his new girlfriend Blaze, but is exposed to radioactive phosphorus and takes on a more dangerous identity as Phosphorus.
57 "A Mirror Darkly" Mirror Master &
Smoke
Christopher Berkley Steven Melching November 3, 2007
Batman and Robin team up with Flash to thwart Mirror Master's plans to trap everyone in their own mirror image.
58 "Joker Express" Joker John Fang Brian Swenlin November 10, 2007
Gotham citizens are bursting into hysterical laughter and dumping stolen goods into the river, and Batman is soon on the trail of Joker.
59 "Ring Toss" Penguin & Sinestro Christopher Berkley Len Uhley December 8, 2007
Green Lantern seeks out Batman's help in locating renegade Green Lantern Sinestro, but when the villain comes to Earth, Penguin ends up with the hero's power ring.
60 "The Metal Face
of Comedy"
Joker &
Harley Quinn
Vinton Heuck Alexx Van Dyne December 15, 2007
With the help of a hacker, Joker's mind is downloaded into a computer, enabling him to control the new WayneTech Nanobots. This creates a new and improved body which attempts to destroy Batman, Robin, and the original Joker.
61 "Attack of the
Terrible Trio"
The Terrible
Trio
John Fang Stan Berkowitz February 2, 2008
A trio of college misfits use stolen mutagens from Doctor Kirk Langstrom (Man-Bat) to transform themselves into animal forms and get revenge on those who have scorned them.
62 "The End of
the Batman"
Wrath, Scorn
Ventriloquist,
Scarface, Joker,
Penguin &
Killer Croc
Vinton Heuck Robert Goodman February 9, 2008
Wrath and Scorn, the Dynamic Duo's evil brothers, are helping the villains of Gotham City.
63 "What Goes Up…" Shadow Thief &
Black Mask
Christopher Berkley Alexx Van Dyne February 16, 2008
When Black Mask hires Hawkman's foe the Shadow Thief to break him out of Arkham and assist in the theft of a meteorite, Batman must team up with Hawkman to defeat the villains.
64 "Lost Heroes,
Part One"
The Joining, Toyman,
Hugo Strange &
Mirror Master
John Fang
Vinton Heuck
Stan Berkowitz
Alexx Van Dyne
March 8, 2008
The super-powered members of the Justice League begin disappearing one by one. Only Batman and Green Arrow are left to investigate and discover that old enemies are involved.
65 "Lost Heroes,
Part Two"
The Joining &
Hugo Strange
John Fang
Vinton Heuck
Stan Berkowitz
Alexx Van Dyne
March 22, 2008
The heroes fight their android counterparts to recover the Justice League's powers, while the Joining prepares for its final assault on Earth.

The Batman VS DraculaEdit

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Episode Title

Director

Writers

Release Date

01 "The Batman VS Dracula" Michael Goguen Duane Capizzi October 18, 2005
Gotham City is terrorized not only by recent escapees Joker and Penguin, but by the original creature of the night, Dracula. Batman must stop the ruthless vampire before he turns everyone in the city, including the aforementioned super villains into his mindless minions.

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