The World's Finest Presents
Episode #078 - Showdown
Original Airdate - September 12th, 1995

While attempting to rescue one of his immortal followers from a hospital, Ra's Al Ghul tells Batman and Robin a tale from his mysterious past. Along with Batman and Robin, we learn of Ra's attempts in the 1800's to destroy the fledgling railroad and seize control of the US government. The one person standing in his way is the renegade bounty hunter, Jonah Hex. How Ra's battle with Hex is tied to his present-day battle with Batman is revealed in a surprise ending. 

Screens by Bleu Unicorn
Pans by Bird Boy
Review by Robin III
Story by Kevin Altieri, Paul Dini, Bruce W. Timm
Teleplay by Joe R. Lansdale
Directed by Kevin Altieri
Music Composed by Tom Hayden
Animation by Dong Yang Animation, Inc.

Kevin Conroy as Batman
Loren Lester as Robin
Senator Patrick Leahy as Governor
Malcolm McDowell as Arcady Duvall
David Warner as Ra's Al-Ghul
Michael Bell as Airman Captain
William Bryant as Sheriff
William McKinney as Jonah Hex
Elizabeth Montgomery as Barmaid

Screen Grabs


SHERIFF: Well, well. Jonah Hex his own bad self. Been here five minutes and you ain't killed nobody nor set nothin' on fire. Slippin' ain't you?
HEX: I'm still a little bushed.
SHERIFF: Fact is, you look a little past it, Hex. Not tied, just all used up.
HEX: Well, when I get pushed, I can still shoot a fly out from between its wings. Provided the lights right, of course, and it's a big plump fly.
WAITRESS: Good luck, Jonah Hex.
HEX: Right nice sentiment, Ma'am. But I never cotton much to luck. I like to make my own.
HEX: Ain't nobody calls me a liar and goes to be happy.
ARCADY: You! I don't believe it!
HEX: Guess I'm just a bad penny.
ARCADY: Why are you doing this?
HEX: Because I don't like ya.
ARCADY: You cannot defeat me. I am a Heidelberg fencing champion.
HEX: My heart's all a-flutter.
RA'S: Come now, Detective. I've still a few good years left. We will cross swords another day. But for now, let me take my boy home.

Review: This was an excellent episode, the story linking back to the 1800's and also using Ra's Al Ghul as a villain for Jonah Hex (who was a surprising guest star that fit in perfectly). Many of Hex's lines were great, using the subtle humour that Batman would use, but on a more frequent level. His whole character was excellent. Also the character Arcady DuVall was interesting, and was even more shocking in the ending. The only thing about this episode that some may not like is the lack of Batman for the majority of the episode, but his spirit is there in Hex.

The animation was fantastic, using the simplicity of the series, but the quality of Robin's Reckoning. There were very nice fight scenes: Batman and Robin vs Ra's black-suited men and also Hex vs DuVall on the Airship. Explosions (many of them in this episode) were nice and detailed too.

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