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Episode #040 - Joker's Wild
Original Airdate - November 19th, 1992

An enraged Joker breaks out of Arkham Asylum when he learns billionaire developer Cameron Kaiser has built a gambling casino exploiting the evil clown's likeness. Batman is also infuriated, knowing the Joker will destroy the casino and everyone in it to avenge his wounded pride. 

Media by Bird Boy
Review by Robin III
Written by Paul Dini
Directed by Boyd Kirkland
Music Composed by Todd Hayen
Animation Services by Akom Production Co.

Kevin Conroy as Batman
Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. as Alfred
Mari Devon as Summer Gleeson
Mark Hamill as The Joker
Harry Hamlin as Kaiser
Ernie Hudson as Security Guard
Brion James as Irving
Diane Pershing as Poison Ivy
Roger Rose as TV Host
Screen Grabs


JOKER: Don't look now, Sonny Jim, but the Plant Lady's gone wackers again.
IVY: He started it! I was just sitting here!
JOKER: That's right! You're always blaming me! And the children wonder why we fight.
JOKER: You hold my hand and I'll slug you. . .
IVY: Guard!
JOKER: Just kidding! Just kidding! Yeesh, Pammy, lighten up!
JOKER: Step right up and play everybody's favorite game "What's the Joker got in the pail?" Maybe a deadly poison, or maybe just something to make the floor nice and slippery.
JOKER: Jumpin' Iminy Christmas! It's an homage to me! I'm kinda sorry I have to blow it up.
JOKER: Try your luck, friend?
BRUCE: Why not?
JOKER: Hey, don't I know you. . . Sure! Bruce Wayne! So this is how your family made all those billions. Heh heh heh!
BRUCE: The secret's out. And you are. . . ?
JOKER: Just a nameless clown, shuffling my life away!
BRUCE: Too bad it has to be in sure gruesome surroundings.
JOKER: Don't care for the decor?

BRUCE: Not hardly. All those horrible faces grinning at me. That would do things to my mind after awhile.
JOKER (mumbling): Who says you have one?
BRUCE: Yeah, I'd be ready for the laughing academy if I had to stare at that ugly clown all day.
JOKER (grumbling): Why I aughta--
BRUCE: Hit me.
JOKER: Twenty!
BRUCE: Oh! Lucky me! Twenty one! How nice. A little something for the Wayne charity fund. Good night.
JOKER: I wouldn't take odds on this place lasting the night.
BATMAN: He's counting on you to blow this place up so he can collect the insurance. By the time you get clear, Kaiser will be miles away laughing at you.
JOKER: I hate it when you make sense!
JOKER: Oh, please, Mr. Kaiser! You of all people should have realized there'd be a Joker in the deck!
JOKER: Ehh, you bunch of not good wacked out losers, you make me sick.

Review: This was not the greatest of the Joker episodes, but that's mostly because of the poor animation. It's sad that in the whole episode, the part that was animated the best was the Bugs Bunny cameo on TV at the end. Joker looked horrible at times, especially when he had Batman tied to the giant roulette wheel. He lost his green in his hair and his face was totally screwed up. Also, he ran quite slowly and jointed at the end after the helicopter crashed.

As for the story, it was a great scheme used by Kaiser, and it was a good idea to have Joker to the deed. The episode just wouldn't have worked if it were a different establishment than a casino and a different character. Joker was the only villain that's insanity was worthy of doing the crime.

There was also a great scene with Poison Ivy and Joker in Arkham at the beginning where Joker was treating the situation like they were a couple bickering. It was funny to see and was also surprising to see that Harley wasn't used since it was a Dini episode. It was sort of a nice break from her in this episode. Another great scene was between Joker and Bruce Wayne, not Batman. This was a fitting scene and pretty much could not have happened in the series unless it was like the 60's where Bruce was all the villains Parole Officer (which is pretty dumb).

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