Journey to the Center of the Bat!
Original Airdate - January 30th, 2009
This week Batman’s life hangs in the balance
when he is poisoned by Chemo, who is under the
control of the evil Brain. The Atom races to the
rescue with Aquaman by shrinking down and
entering Batman’s bloodstream. While Aquaman and
the Atom battle the infection deep inside
Batman’s body, Batman struggles to end Chemo’s
rampage and defeat the Brain! This week’s teaser
features Elongated Man and Plastic Man teaming
up to derail a bank heist and capture the
criminal Baby Face.
Written by Matt Wayne
Directed by Michael Chang
Review by Andrew
Media provided by Warner Bros. Animation
Deidrich Bader as Batman
Tom Kenny as Plastic
Man/ Baby Face
John DiMaggio as Aquaman
Sean Donnellan as Elongated Man
James Sie as
Dr. Choi/ Atom
Dee Bradley Baker as The
Theme Written and Performed by Andy Strumer
Music by Michael McCuisition, Lolita Ritmanis,
Starting off with the self-proclaimed long arm of the
law, the episode begins with the dense duo of Plastic
Man and Elongated Man. While pursuing the baby-headed
gangster BabyFace, they continuously distract each other
with banter as to which one Batman prefers to work with
further. The mini-story is mostly humorous, but delves a
bit too far into the Bat-worship amongst DC legends.
Batman even has to save them as they get into a Wonka-like
predicament involving a taffy puller.
The rest of
the episode fortunately puts the Bat-worship to rest,
and instead focuses on Batman’s incredibly stubborn
personality. Starting off with another appearance by
Aquaman, he calls on the help of the Atom to help cure
Batman from the toxin of the random gigantic villain
known as Chemo. Most people have been displeased with
the depiction of Aquaman’s personality, and it’s highly
understandable as to why. However, if you enjoy the
alternate work of Aquaman’s voice actor (John DiMaggio)
as Futurama’s loveable robot Bender then you will most
likely enjoy this version of Aquaman as well.
Together, Aquaman and the Atom shrink down to go on a
bacterial journey within Batman in order to fight off
beastly-looking microorganisms. Aren’t these things ever
cute? Well, at the very least the adopted steed
“Platelet” of our tiny duo is incredibly cute, yet
cheesy, and yet still quite funny. Especially given that
it was named by the seemingly ignorant Aquaman.
Meanwhile, Batman continues his attacks on the angry
green giant and finds out that the evil mastermind
behind Chemo’s rampage is the French cerebellious mass
known as the Brain. Batman manages to burst the Brain’s
muscle, however, as he is swallowed by Chemo and quite
easily punctures the giant from the inside, leaving
toxins spilled all over the street. Somehow, there is no
worry about this, but given the toxic sewer stream in
“Outsiders,” I suppose this sort of thing is normal.
In the internal struggle, the unfortunate loss of
Platelet leaves the Atom enraged and finally fighting
with brawn instead of brain and ultimately defeats the
infection. Unfortunately, they are quite surely still
stuck within the Dark Knight as the Atom lead them
towards the tear ducts. As Aquaman points out, however,
Batman never cries. Never. Unless you don’t have a watch
of this humorous and educational jaunt through the
anatomy of a hero. Actually, he still won’t - but watch
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