The World's Finest Presents
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
Credits
Written by Brynne Stephens
Directed by Kevin Altieri
Music Composed by Richard Bonskill, Tamara Kline
Animation Services by Sunrise

Voices
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

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Pans



Quotes
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. Wayne.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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."
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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 Enterprises again.

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.

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