Episode #038 - Heart of Steel: Part 1 Original Airdate - November 16th, 1992
High-tech secrets are stolen from Wayne Enterprises by a robot and
Barbara Gordon suspects that her father is not herself. Both instances
lead to a plan by HARDAC, an Artificial Intelligence computer created by
Karl Rossum, to supplant humanity with machines. Batman soon
investigates, only to put his identity on the line.
Media by Bird Boy
Review by Robin III
Written by Brynne Stephens
Directed by Kevin Altieri
Music Composed by Richard Bonskill, Tamara Kline
Animation Services by Sunrise
Kevin Conroy as Batman
Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. as Alfred
Bob Hastings as Commissioner Gordon
Jeff Bennett as Hardac
Melissa Gilber-Brinkman as Barbara Gordon
Leslie Easterbrook as Randa
BrocK Peters as Lucius Fox
William Sanderson as Rossum
GUARD: What the heck is that thing? Better not take any
chances. Right this way, sir. Now, for your own safety you stay put, Mr.
THE GUARD CLOSES AND LOCKS THE DOOR.
BRUCE: Stay put? (Changes to Batman's voice) I don't think so.
BRUCE WALKS TO THE CORNER AND TOUCHES THE WALL. THE CORNER OF THE
OFFICER TURNS AROUND AND BRUCE IS GONE.
ALFRED: Protein-silicon-what, Master Bruce?
BATMAN: It's called WetWare, the cutting edge of computer research.
ALFRED: Sounds more like a line of swimsuits.
BRUCE: And who's your little friend?
BRUCE PIONTS TO A BEAR IN BARBARA'S PURSE.
BARBARA (giggling): This is Woobie, my best friend since 3rd grade. Dad
can't seem to pick me up at the airport without bringing me along.
GORDON: Uhhh. . . Yes, well, he knows the way better than I.
BRUCE: As of last night, Carl Rossum wasn't approached to receive any
stolen goods, but he knew what was stolen.
FOX: So you'll try to squeeze some info from his assistant tonight.
BRUCE: Well, squeeze may not be the best word.
BARBARA: Don't you like the roast dad?
GORDON: It's fine.
BARBARA: That's practically all you've said since last night. Are you
mad at me?
GORDON: No, you're--
BARBARA: I know. "I'm fine."
RANDA: HARDAC, I've definitely found something. Bruce Wayne is Batman.
HARDAC: Intriguing. This data may be useful later. Review: This episode is a very
interesting one indeed. It's not something you'd normally expect for
Batman, evil duplicates and all, but it's something worth watching. This
episode is only the warm up one though, but it is still very well done.
The crime at the beginning with the suitcase on legs was really sci-fi,
but neat to see. Also, it was interesting to see how Bruce Wayne had
rigged Wayne Enterprises to have a change area and a glider stored on
the roof. It'd be nice to see more of this Batman-related stuff in Wayne
The animation was good too, mostly the consistency of characters and
especially the briefcase at the beginning. This episode may not have
been taken as seriously if it had used the lesser quality animation that
made characters bubbly.