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Dawn of the Dead Man!
Original Airdate - January 16th, 2009
Deadman and Batman team up as spirits to stop Gentleman Ghost from raising an army of undead criminals. Green Arrow and Speedy Thief join in the battle to save London. In this week’s teaser, Batman and Kamandi outrace a horde of monsters from the future.

Written by Steven Melching
Directed by Ben Jones
Animation by Dong Woo Animation
Review by Andrew
Media provided by Warner Bros. Animation
Cast
Deidrich Bader as Batman/ Bat-Ghost
James Arnold Taylor as Green Arrow/ Ratmen Leader
Pat Musick as Medium
Michael Rosenbaum as Deadman/ Triad Boss
Greg Ellis as Gentleman Ghost/ Dr. Canus
Mikey Kelley as Kamandi
Jason Marsden as Speedy Thief

Music
Theme Written and Performed by Andy Strumer
Music by Michael McCuisition, Lolita Ritmanis, Kristopher Carter
Media



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Review
The Batmobile must have hit 88 miles per hour, because for some bizarre reason this episode starts off with Batman in the future running from giant rats - yes, this takes place in New York. As the remnants of the Statue of Liberty proves to us. Although nice that next to none of the future elements are made by the horrid CGI, and the strange characters are from the comics, but you’re still left dumbfounded from the incredibly random scenario. These opening sequences are becoming more like a miniseries in themselves. Despite being the most random thing possible, it was an entertaining segment.

The actual episode is less random and every scene just as good as the other, even with the slurry of deadly puns. From Green Arrow’s junior sidekick Speedy filling the atmosphere with various Robinisms, to Deadman’s dark origin, to Green Arrow’s Batman imitation that surely made B:TAS fans giggle in delight. Only the ending leads to some mild disappointment. Another plus of the episode is that it’s surprisingly dark. Yes, I know I shouldn’t be assuming this show is going to be limited in it’s abilities due to being very kid-oriented, but to feature so much death in an episode and still keep a light-hearted atmosphere just cannot be anything but surprising. We not only see a supposedly dead Batman, as well as his freshly dug grave and headstone, but Batman is even seduced to “go into the light” by apparitions of his dead parents. They then go on to feature a skeleton-zombie army brought back by Gentleman Ghost.

The episode only tends to disappoint when they seem to forget to mention details to other characters, but somehow the characters already know what they should. Details such as Green Arrow not knowing Batman’s grave was booby-trapped, but they still managed to dig into it without incident. Although it’s rather strange that the booby-trap depended on lasers to trip the explosive, and then dirt was piled on top of the casket in a way that would have obviously tripped the lasers? The only other thing that truly bugged me in the episode was the introduction of the DC-exclusive alloy known as Nth metal. It’s nice and all that they explained how their weapons could prove useful against a villainous ghoul, but from that point on every one-liner they uttered during the fight had to mention Nth metal. Adding insult to injury, all of these lines were pretty much spoken in a row.

Still, the greatness of the episode definitely outweighs the handful of obnoxious bits, especially hearing Green Arrow mimic the great Kevin Conroy as he imitates Batman in proclaiming that he is vengeance, he is the night, he is… BATMAN! And this is a must-see episode.

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