Batman The Animated Series Episode 1 On Leather Wings – Review
By Ricardo ‘Rease’ Butler
Apparently Dr. Kirk Langstrom goes throughout Gotham stealing certain drugs from pharmaceuticals to create the Man-Bat serum. In the process of all the theft, people (especially the GCPD) thinks it is Batman.
Detective Harvey Bullock, who by the way, doesn’t seem to like Batman at all is in Mayor Hill’s office with Commissioner James ‘Jim’ Gordon and the Gotham’s District Attorney and future bad guy in the show, ‘Two Face’ Harvey Dent (we seem him flipping his classic coin in this scene). Harvey is trying to convince the Mayor to let him start a specific task force to take the Batman in. Of course Commissioner Gordon is against the idea.
Later in the episode Batman breaks into the latest burglary to find other evidence to clear his name of the other break-ins. He later as Bruce Wayne goes to the see doctors March, Kirk Langstrom, and Francine Langstrom about the audio he found on the scene from the security office who recorded Man-Bat’s break in and some bat hair for Dr. March to analyze. He tells them a story that he has bats in his own chimney back at Wayne Manor and edits to tape to only show the sound of the Man Bat noises. He figures they are lying when they bring back some bogus results on what they think the noises are.
Bruce comes back later to confront the lying Kirk Langstrom and Kirk gives away his evil plan that he is the Man-Bat and a fight breaks out between the two as Francine Langstrom comes in a realizes the truth about Kirk.
While Batman and Man-bat are flying all over Gotham wreaking havoc, Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock come to realize as they see Man-bat that Batman was innocent of the robberies.
Batman with the help of his butler Alfred Pennyworth finds all the ingredients of the man-bat serum so they can help Kirk turn back to normal. Later, Batman carried an exhausted Kirk back to Francine saying that the man-bat serum is out of his system and that Kirk will be okay for now.
My Thoughts on this Story
What I love right off the bat (pun intended) of this first episode of what has become one of the most epic and loved versions of Batman as a character is the detective work they show Batman involved in. You get to see some of his classic tools and grappling hooks, and even the first look at the classic animated Batmobile we all love!
Batman has always been known for his detective skills and this show demonstrates that.
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Ricardo Butler aka Rease Val Zod (Black Superman from Earth 2)
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