The World's Finest Presents
Episode #023 - Vendetta
Original Airdate - October 5th, 1992

Detective Harvey Bullock is framed for suspected murder and goes to jail. Batman, though he has no great love for Bullock, thinks he's innocent. His investigation reveals that the real criminal is Killer Croc, a mutant hit man who wants revenge on Bullock because Bullock sent him to jail years ago. 

Media by Bird Boy
Review by Robin III, Batman Fan
Credits
Written by Michael Reaves
Directed by Frank Paur
Supervising Composer Shirley Walker
Music Composed by Michael McCuistion
Animation Services by Spectrum Animation Studio

Voices
Kevin Conroy as Batman / Bruce Wayne
Robert Costanzo as Detective Harvey Bullock
Bob Hastings as Commissioner James Gordon
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. as Alfred Pennyworth
Mari Devon as Summer Gleeson
Aron Kincaid as Killer Croc
Ingrid Oliu as Officer Renee Montoya
John Vernon as Rupert Thorne

Screen Grabs







Pans


Quotes
GORDON: (to Bullock) Remind me never to think of you as a good luck charm!
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BATMAN: Here's how it works, slimeball. I have questions, and if you have answers, I'll leave you alone.
THORNE: Oh, I have plenty of answers. . . Thirty-eight caliber answers. Now then, you were saying--?
BATMAN USES THORNE AS A SHIELD.
BATMAN: I was saying, you'd better hope your men are very good shots. It's too hot in here. Let's get some air.
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GORDON: Batman? For once, my friend, I hope you instincts are wrong.
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ALFRED: In any event, I've made your favorite, French Onion Soup. And when you let it get cold this time note that it's in a microwave-able crock.
BATMAN: Croc? Alfred! You're Beautiful!
BATMAN RUNS OFF.
ALFRED: Imaging if I had gotten around to telling him about the salad.
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BULLOCK AIMS HIS GUN AT BATMAN. BATMAN CONTINUES HIS WAY OUT OF THE SEWER AND DRAGS THE UNCONSCIOUS KILLER CROC BEHIND HIM.
BULLOCK: Why? Why'd you stick your neck out like that to help me?
BATMAN: Because I thought you were guilty too and I was wrong. We may have different ways of enforcing the law, but we both believe in it.
BULLOCK SHUTS HIS EYES AND SHAKES HIS HEAD.
BULLOCK: Ah, go on. I'll take it from here.
BULLOCK OPENS HIS EYES AND BATMAN IS GONE. BULLOCK LOOKS AT THE UNCONSCIOUS CROC.
BULLOCK: Not a bad piece of work.


Review (Robin III): A very good episode for detective work. It was nice to see Batman truly using his skills as a detective more than a fighter. This episode wasn't paced down so kids could understand it at all.

Some very nice scenes include Bullock talking to Gordon in his office, Batman interrogating Thorne, the fight between Croc and Batman, and the end scene between Batman and Bullock. They were all nicely scripted and well performed by the voice actors.

The drawing quality was that of On Leather Wings, but sometimes there wasn't as much attention to detail when it came to how the characters moved. It was still nicely done, especially the movement of Croc, Batman's cape in the wind (especially during the boat explosion), and the swimming sequence.

Review (Batman Fan): This episode is a personal favorite of mine and is very distinct in it's film-noir type feel and the classic mystery story where the detective (Batman) uses more of his intellect to solve the crime then strength.

This episode is really fun and interesting to watch because it's like a classic detective story where there's a mystery and we're following along with Batman to solve the crime. The visual looked added to this type of story and made a very intense and intelligent episode to watch. I have to say, Killer Croc was pretty smart in this episode considering how dumb he was in future episodes. It's a typical revenge plot where Croc wants vengeance against those who helped put him jail. The fun thing comes in when we see Batman using his wit and skill as a detective to solve the crime and the suspense and immediate appeal is that Detective Bullock is the number one suspect. I have to say, Bullock was amazing in this episode. It was neat to get a little background on Bullock, learning how he was almost sent to prison for allegedly taking bribes from Rupert Thorne and his questionable tactics as a cop made him a prime suspect. Thanks to their less than friendly relationship, Batman isn't sure if he trusts Bullock or not which makes for a more interesting episode, but in the end, the two are able to reach an agreement that they both are here to stand up for what they believe in, to protect the law.

I always thought this episode was animated really well, and it had a very dark, grim and eerie feel to it to match with the mystery and film-noir type story this was. The animation is very distinct in this episode, and it looks absolutely fantastic, clear and vivid and at the same time creepy and dark which added to the effect of the story. When you have a look that compliments with the type of story your telling, that's really something special and makes this episode all the more memorable. The action scenes were amazing too. From the beautiful explosions, to the intense fight with Croc, they were all executed brilliantly. The fights with Croc were brutal, especially the ending one in the sewer, but they looked amazing and were fun to watch.

Thorne was a good addition to this episode, if only to give Batman a really cool interrogation scene. Kevin Conroy did a great job performing all of Batman's dialogue and made him sound really intimidating and threatning. Little subtle things such as Batman sneaking into the police headquarters to read Bullock's file, to him finding a scale on the docks added to story and made it a more unique episode to watch.

As I said early, Croc was actually pretty smart in this episode, seeing how it was his introduction, I'm glad he wasn't the big oaf like his was later in the series. It was cool to get a bit of a background on him like how he used to be a wrestler and stuff like that gave us an insight of who this new villain is. I was impressed with Croc's ability to collaborate a plan like this to get back at everyone who busted him and things like disguising as Bullock to frame him and hiding in an underwater cave were all really smart on his behalf.

Overall, a really intelligent episode, with a neat story telling aspect and a dark visual look that corresponded well with it makes this episode one of my favorites of the entire series.

*****

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