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Episode #63 - What Goes Up...
Original Airdate - February 16th, 2008

When Shadow Thief teams up with Black Mask to steal an entire building, Hawkman arrives in Gotham to give Batman an assist.

Review by Stu
Media provided by Warner Bros. Animation
Written by Alexx Van Dyne
Directed by Christopher Berkeley
Music by Thomas Chase Jones
Animation by Lotto Animation

Rino Romano as The Batman/Bruce Wayne
Evan Sabara as Robin/Dick Grayson
James Remar as Black Mask
Robert Patrick as Hawkman
Deidrich Bader as Shadow Thief/Sands
Peter Jessop as Curator
Lex Lang as Tech 2
Rob Clotworthy as Warden
John Mariano as Number 1





This episode sees Batman and Robin team up with another superhero to fight their arch nemesis – it’s not exactly the most original of plots and to be honest, most of what is here has been done before in this season – out of the numerous team ups we’ve had, none of them have really come close to the season opener with Superman. Superman is a much more interesting character than Green Lantern, Flash and Hawkman and this season has shown it.

As with the rest of the season, the episode isn’t bad it’s just that we’ve seen this formula a little too much this season, it’s starting to wear thin. Something different would’ve been appreciated but alas, I’m here to review what we did see, not the episode I would’ve liked to.

I admit to being ignorant when it comes to Hawkman’s complex comic book history and I didn’t really enjoy him that much in the Justice League Unlimited cartoon (I actually thought Hro Talek was much, much more interesting than the real Hawkman). I like the slightly redone Hawkman design and there was some cool visuals behind Shadow Thief but to be honest, even though it’s his spotlight, Hawkman doesn’t steal the show here. That honour goes to Black Mask.

When they first announced that Black Mask would be appearing in season four, I didn’t think that much to it. He’s not a villain I dislike but he’s not one of my favourites either – he was just one of Batman’s more obscure villains from the comics to me. This show’s version, however, is outstanding. He’s got everything right – the visual is great (that none moving jaw just works – I can’t explain why, but it’s brilliant), the casting is superb and his dialogue and character is spot on – I especially like the recurring “You! You’re my new number one!” line. A lot of The Batman’s villains are under whelming or underdeveloped but Black Mask isn’t among them – he is one of the show’s top villains, just behind The Riddler and Dracula in my opinion.

With this being the last team up before the big finale with the Justice League, I’m hoping we see something really special for the show’s final story. With this season being the last one, I hope we get to go out with a bang rather than a whimper – despite a shocking start, the show deserves to go out on a high note.


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