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Episode #55 - Vertigo
Original Airdate - October 6th, 2007

Green Arrow teams up with Batman when Vertigo, a villain who can affect people's sense of balance, arrives in Gotham with a diabolical plan.

Review by The Penguin
Media provided by Warner Bros. Animation
Credits
Written by Stan Berkowitz
Directed by John Fang
Music by Thomas Chase Jones
Animation by Moi Animation

Voices
Rino Romano as The Batman/Bruce Wayne
Evan Sabara as Robin/Dick Grayson
Alastair Duncan as Alfred
Chris Hardwick as Green Arrow
Greg Ellis as Count Vertigo
Jill Talley as Doctor/Socialite

Video

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Review
"You're makin' kids sick, Wayne! Next time, I won't let you off so easily."
"Sick? What are you talking about?"


When this episode first starts you can't help but wonder what Green Arrow is doing and then when he shoves Bruce against his limo you are really left wondering what is happening. This bit of mystery early on as the new hero threatens our hero adds a little bit of intrigue as the first assumption is this would be a happy team-up between The Batman and a Justice League character.

Even so, I found this episode to be a little flat until we got into the origin of Green Arrow. I certainly didn't expect we would be given much of a background on the Emerald Archer and we got his whole origin with Count Vertigo folded in to tie it all together. It really gave you a sense of why Green Arrow is who he is and made Ollie more accessible to the uninitiated viewer.

Our second introduction to the animated Count Vertigo was very different as the villain stood on his own rather than being part of a larger plot. Changing him to a former employee of Queen gave the conflict a more personal connection and allowed the telling of the Arrow origin as already mentioned. Vertigo being 'off balance' himself until he developed his eye implant was a nice nod to his own comic origin.

Once the two started actually working together the dynamic of the two rich, human vigilantes was fun to watch. With the others heroes we've met or are going to meet this season having some kind of superpower, it's fun to watch two character with nothing but dedication to developing their skills and high-tech arsenal to rely on.

 

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