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Episode #57 - A Mirror Darkly
Original Airdate - November 3rd, 2007

The Flash is coming to Gotham City, and not a moment too soon. The Mirror Master has arrived with a nefarious plot to trap everyone in their own mirror image.

Review by The Penguin
Media provided by Warner Bros. Animation
Written by Steven Melching
Directed by Christopher Berkeley
Music by Thomas Chase Jones
Animation by Dong Woo Animation

Rino Romano as The Batman/Bruce Wayne
Evan Sabara as Robin/Dick Grayson
Alastair Duncan as Alfred
John Larroquette as Mirror Master
Charlie Schlatter as Flash
Amanda Anka as Smoke


Screen Grabs


"...Are you sure you don't have a twin brother?"

Not quite a twin, Robin, but very close. The subtly of the mirror heroes being the reverse of their real-life doppelgangers was a nice touch. Even if it's not overly complicated, I always like seeing The World’s Greatest Detective discover information and use it to aide him in his mission. It nicely shows off his non-fighting skills.

Five-time Emmy Award winner John Larroquette gave us a cerebral Mirror Master. You’d have to be pretty sharp to develop the technology to trap people in mirrors and created mirror image henchmen and Larroquette did not portray his character as a campy criminal. While it seems unlikely, I would welcome another Mirror Master appearance.

Also strong in the voice actor department was Charlie Schlatter as the hyperactive, fast-moving, fast-talking, fast eating Flash. It's been a long time since I've seen the Superman: The Animated Series episode "Speed Demons" where Schlatter first voiced the Scarlet Speedster, but I really enjoyed this take on The Flash. Maybe it's the kid in me enjoying some harmless fun, but it just make sense (at least in a 'TVY7' sense) for the fast hero to do everything fast.

This is the second episode this season that has used the evil female accomplice and for the second time it is done very effectively. Mirror Master obviously needs to have someone to talk and Smoke fits that bill nicely. Not only is her name clever for those who take a minute to think about it (go ahead, I'll wait), but she wasn't afraid to mix it up when Batman and Flash arrived.

While Flash certainly knew what he was doing, he also didn't seem to have as much experience as Superman or Green Arrow as Batman sometimes seemed worried about losing track of him. Of course The Batman following Flash's example and doing something quick and impulsive is ultimately what saved them.


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