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The Last Bat on Earth!
Original Airdate - June 19th, 2009
Gorilla Grodd travels to the future where intelligent animals rule humans -- Batman follows him and teams with Kamandi (the last boy on Earth) to bring him down.

Written by Steven Melching
Directed by Ben Jones
Animation by Digital eMation
Review by Andrew
Media by Warner Bros. Animation
Cast
Diedrich Bader as Batman
Dee Bradley Baker as Oberon/Ramjam
Diane Delano as Big Barda
John DiMaggio as Gorilla Grodd
Greg Ellis as Dr. Canus
Mikey Kelley as Kamandi
Yuri Lowenthal as Mr. Miracle/Tuftan
Richard McGonagle as Professor Nichols
Peter Woodward as Caesar

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




Review
Delving further in New Gods territory, the teaser opens with Batman and Mr. Miracle trapped in a quirky death trap that would be ridiculous if it werenít so interesting with how they manage to escape each attack. Well, actually, itís still ridiculous, but it turns out itís made entirely for a charitable spectacle with a large audience looking on. Itís an interesting concept, to say the least, as it makes you curious if the other heroes also endeavor in showing off for charity gatherings. Definitely another case of the teaser being better than the episode as it ends with the usual but hilarious marriage banter between Mr. Miracle and Big Barda.

The rest of the episode doesnít fare as well with me, however, I have to admit that I am completely lost when it comes to this bit of DC lore. I had no idea of Kamandi and the future setting before it was introduced to me via Brave and the Bold. Although, they havenít exactly caught my interest with the setting as I found this episode pretty boring. It starts off with showing Grodd in the future using a time machine, which turns out to be Batmanís own way of accessing time travel. Iím not sure if thatís a good or bad thing, however, as I always thought Batman was forced into these situations, but this yet again implies that Batman has no concern about meddling with the timeline.

Batman of course pursues Grodd to the future, a future in which animals are people and people are slaves. Including giant Bats - freaky. Admittedly, the end of the episode when the two armies go to battle is fun to watch, but itís a pretty small part compared to the rest of the episode that was pretty boring (excluding the teaser). If youíre more familiar with Kamandi and the rest of that little corner of DC history, you may enjoy this more than I did. If not, watch it at least once.

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