Episode #018 - Beware the Gray Ghost
Original Airdate - November 4th, 1992
Batman realizes that a pattern of recent bombings in Gotham is based on
an episode of an old television series featuring his favorite boyhood
hero, the "Gray Ghost." Seeking information, Batman visits the actor who
played the TV hero, who later becomes a suspect.
Media by Borg4of3
Review by Robin III
Story D. O'Flaherty & T. Ruegger
Teleplay G. Wolf & T. Ruegger
Directed by B. Kirkland
Supervising Composer Shirley Walker
Music Composed by Carl Johnson
Animation Services by Spectrum Animation Studio
Kevin Conroy as Batman / Bruce Wayne
Bob Hastings as Commissioner James Gordon
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. as Alfred Pennyworth
Mari Devon as Summer Gleeson
Joe Leahy as Narrator
Bruce W. Timm as The Mad Bomber / Ted Dymer
Adam West as The Gray Ghost / Simon Trent
NARRATOR: When crime haunts the night, a silent crusader
carries the torch of justice. Those with evil hearts beware for out of
the darkness comes the Gray Ghost!
BRUCE: We're looking for a copy of a film. Actually, a TV show. We can't
find it on video.
CLERK: Well, you've come to the right place, pal. I've got every TV show
ever made here! I collect 'em. It's my life. I got it all. Anything you
want. Name it!
BRUCE: The Gray Ghost.
CLERK: Uh, name something else.
BRUCE: So many actors. . .
ALFRED: I wish I knew the one you were looking for, Master Bruce, but I
don't watch television. I prefer my fireplace.
BATMAN: I used to admire what the Gray Ghost stood for.
TRENT: I'm not the Gray Ghost.
BATMAN: I can see that now.
GRAY GHOST: Hey, I owed you. You got me my outfit back.
BATMAN: As a kid, I used to watch you with my father. The Gray Ghost was
GRAY GHOST: So it wasn't all for nothing. . .
BATMAN: Time to put your toys away little man.
BOMBER: I can't. Y'see I need the money to buy toys. I love toys. They
can play songs, they can dance, they can even eat money. H'oh boy, they
can eat money. All my money. And then I remembered an episode of the
Gray Ghost and I knew what else a toy can do. It can carry a bomb. It
can hold a city for ransom! Oh, the power of the toy! It can earn
millions! Millions for the little old toy collector! Me!
BRUCE: Y'know as a kid I used to watch you with my father. The Gray
Ghost was my hero.
GRAY GHOST: Really?
BRUCE: And he still is.
Review: A great addition to the
Batman mythos that adds character in Bruce by making the hero have hero
worship. It also explains Bruce's choice for the Batcave's design. It is
a shame that the Gray Ghost only appeared once in the series since he
was a great supporting cast member.
Adam West does a great job as the Gray Ghost and Simon Trent. No matter
what everyone says, the man has an excellent voice and can act. It was
also a pleasure to have him back on Batman.
The animation was superior, but the drawings were not as correct
according to the model sheets. This may have been a change of animators
who could draw amazing explosions and animate fast moving cars.
Here is a list of the Gray Ghost episodes in Simon Trent's cupboard.
They are as close to what I could make out since some titles were a bit
Have A Heart
Red Ghost Run
Take A Hint
One On One
The Doll Maker
Gray Ghost Returns
The Card Shark
The Secret Chamber
The Road Trip
Terror In The Sky*
The Mad Bomber
* Terror in the Sky is also the name of BTAS' very own Man-Bat / She-Bat
Note: You can view all of these titles in Pan 10 above!
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