Hosted by Clay McCormack and Sean Murphy, this podcast examines every episode of Batman: The Animated Series. Utilizing the knowledge from their backgrounds as comic book artists, Clay and Sean dissect the show with a mix of expertise and humor!
Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero and Q&A
This week on The BATTASS Podcast, we head back to the theater, or in this case, the home theater, as we bridge our season coverage by taking a look at the second film to emerge from the Batman the Animated Series universe, Batman & Mr. Freze: SubZero! But the fun doesn’t end there as, after our coverage of the film, Sean and Clay answer all the most burning questions submitted from our lovely listeners, covering a broad array of topics, bat-related and otherwise!
First up, in Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero, Mr Freeze kidnaps Barbara Gordon to use her plasma to rejuvenate his dying wife. Leaving Batman and Robin to race against time to save Barbara and stop Freeze’s desperate scheme. A return of the major heroic players from the animated series, as well as one of its most revered villains, Sub Zero offers a tour de force of animated action, the inclusion of new, digital animation techniques (some more successful than others), but comes up lacking in the story department. The ninety minute visual spectacle is unfortunately undercut by what amounts to only about twenty two minutes of story, and one that’s rather forgettable and inconsistent at that.
Next up Sean and Clay dive into the icy cold waters of the internet to spear some wild listener questions! They cover a variety of topics, both bat-related and otherwise, and get into the nitty-gritty of topics such as which characters in the series are overused, whether the series has held up to modern criticism, the future of Sean’s comic book Batman universe, and why Clay just can’t stop talking about the Dolph Lundgren Punisher movie! Come along for the ride as they get into all the explosive highs and ice-cold lows of Batman the Animated Series’ second foray into the film world, how and why it wasn’t as successful as the first try, and all of the illuminating answers to all the questions burning a hole in your mind’s ear! Grab your best polar bear buddies and skin dive into the icy deep with us!
Batgirl Returns & Series Wrap Up
This week on The BATTASS Podcast, we hit a few pretty sizeable milestones: the return of fan-favorite bat-family member Batgirl, as well ass the end of season three, and most notably the end of what is technically defined as Batman: The Animated Series! The show keeps going, but under a different title, and a different look, so don’t miss this episode for the final appearance of TAS Classic!
First up, in Batgirl Returns, after a brief dream sequence rogues’ gallery beat-down that ends with the suggestion of a rather questionable romantic infatuation with the caped crusader, Batgirl investigates the theft of a jade cat statue from Gotham State University. Unfortunately for her there’s someone else on the prowl for said statue, the ferocious feline Catwoman. Forming an uneasy alliance, the Bat and the Cat track down the missing statue, and manage to rescue it from the clutches of some scary mobsters, with an assist from the bird-brained boy wonder Robin. Oh, also, Batman is on vacation or something in Europe in this episode, which is why the kids are all left to their own devices.
Next up Sean and Clay take a look back at season three, as well as a look back at the entire series, as the conclusion of Batgirl returns marks the conclusion of Season 3, as well as the conclusion of what is traditionally known as Batman: The Animated Series. From here on out, in season 4, the names change and the designs change, but you’ll have to tune in to season 4’s coverage to find out how the episode quality fares!
Join Sean and Clay as they get into the finer points of returning heroes, inappropriate romantic pairings, the future of Batman, the state of the comic book industry, when critique turns into nit pick, and some general thoughts on where we are and where we’ve been. Grab your favorite homemade, bat-related costume, make an alliance with an enemy, and check this one out!
Make ‘Em Laugh & Deep Freeze
“Make ‘Em Laugh” with a “Deep Freeze”!
Make ‘Em Laugh: Using microchips stolen from the Mad Hatter, the Joker brainwashes famous comedians into committing crazy crimes in order to ruin their reputations. As it turns out, the comedians are the judges who tossed the Joker out of the Gotham Comedy Competition the year before. Now, the Clown Prince of Crime wants to seek his revenge, and Batman and Robin must foil the Joker’s plot.
Deep Freeze: Mr. Freeze is sprung from Arkham by aging billionaire Grant Walker, who is looking to freeze the world and recreate it according to his own design. Batman and Robin infiltrate the billionaire’s underwater city and combat both high-tech robots and Mr. Freeze himself, who has decided to do Walker’s bidding and cover the earth in a new ice age.
This week on The BATTASS Podcast, special guest Eric Peters (@graphiknightart) joins us for the penultimate episode of our coverage of Batman the Animated Series “Season 3,” as we get up on stage with The Joker in Make ‘Em Laugh, as well as go on the world’s coldest amusement park ride with Mr. Freeze in Deep Freeze! The show brings back two of its most popular villains to help round out its official, final season, and they do not disappoint!
First up, in Make ‘Em Laugh, Using microchips swiped from the Mad Hatter, the Joker brainwashes famous comedians into carrying out screwball crimes so as to ruin their reputations. The Joker is the big bad here, but Make ‘Em Laugh introduces us to three very unique additions to Batman’s revered rogues’ gallery: Pack Rat, Mighty Mom, and of course, the greatest on-off villain of all time, The Condiment King!
Next up in Deep Freeze, Mr Freeze is kidnapped from prison by Grant Walker who wants to freeze the world and recreate it according to his own design. Batman and Robin infiltrate the billionaire’s underwater city where they combat high-tech robots and Mr Freeze himself. Mr. Freeze makes only his second appearance in the series here, and is once again faced with giving into the darker aspects of his nature, all in the hopes of getting back the only thing he cares about: his wife Nora. Unfortunately, an evil Walt Disney analog stands in his way!
Join Sean and Clay as they get into the nitty gritty of the finer points of comedy contest paperwork details, villainous theme park magnates, flash sales at the Brand Manager’s place, mustard as a projectile weapon, and Mr. Freeze’s love of cold women. Grab your warmest parka, wrap your melting friend in a light blanket, and get ready for a punchline with these two episodes!
Harley’s Holiday & Lock-Up
This week on The BATTASS Podcast, we’ve got one debut, and one more entry in our season-long trend of villains attempting to go straight, as Harley Quinn tries to navigate the pitfalls of trying to rejoin polite society, and a disgruntled cop thinks he can do Batman’s job better than Batman, in Harley’s Holiday and Lock-Up!
First up, in Harley’s Holiday, Harley Quinn is released back from the asylum after being proved sane, but after a mix-up at a clothes shop, the situation begins to snowball out of control. It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad day on the town, where Harley draws the ire of Batman, the organized mob, and even the military, as she gets into a ridiculous amount of trouble in less time than it takes to say “where are my pet hyenas?” It’s her first outing without the Joker, and she lives up to all the whacky mayhem of her previous appearances, while also making you feel something for her situation as well!
Next up in Lock-Up, Lyle Bolton is fired from Arkham because of his severe mistreatment of the inmates. Six months later, Bolton becomes Lock-Up, a vigilante targeting the people he feels are responsible for the city’s ruin. After what we can only assume is a very expensive trip to see Brandon Brandanowitz, the Brand Manager, Lyle reappears armed to the teeth with crazy, innovative tech that allows for a wide variety of anti-personnel management.
Join Sean and Clay as they get into the nitty gritty of the finer points of Harley shooting people in the face, bringing your hyena to the department store, and when it’s awesome to wear sweet chains. Grab your roller skates, max out your credit card, and join us in putting a boot on the wheels of these two episodes!
Riddler’s Reform & Second Chance
This week on The BATTASS Podcast, we continue the running theme on this season of Batman The Animated Series, namely looking at what happens with Gotham’s biggest baddies decide to turn over a new leaf. Are they being sincere? Are they really trying to turn it around? Or is it just all an elaborate plan to pull one over on Batman and the people of Gotham? Our two episodes give us two different answers with Riddler’s Reform and Second Chance
First up, in Riddler’s Reform, The Riddler, vowing to change his ways, gets a job in a toy company, but Batman suspects that the Riddler is still obsessed with defeating him. Now, the Dark Knight must prove that the Riddler is still a criminal at heart. Unfortunately for Batman, Riddler does the math and realizes the only way to really free himself of his criminal past is to kill the one thing that inexorably links him to a life of crime: the caped crusader himself!
Next up in Showdown, Before undergoing surgery meant to remove both his disfigurement and his alternate personality, Two-Face/Harvey Dent is kidnapped by persons unknown. A different twist on the “bad guy goes straight” formula, this one has Harvey’s quest to turn it all around hit the one big road block that’s always there to bring him back to the dark side: big bad Harv. It’s a fun one that, as they always do, has Batman’s fate decided by the maniacal flip of a coin!
Join Sean and Clay as they get into the nitty gritty of the finer points of bad guys going straight, how easy it is to stump The Riddler, Nuking the fridge, and Harvey’s shoddy coin flip etiquette. Cuddle up with your cleanest exit strategy and join us in starting a new life on the straight and narrow!
The Lion and the Unicorn & Showdown
This week on The BATTASS Podcast, Alfred heads out on his own to tie up some loose ends of his pre-Wayne life back in merry old England in The Lion and The Unicorn, and Batman gets relegated to a framing device in order to introduce Old West anti-hero Jonah Hex in Showdown! It’s an underwhelming look into the personal life of Alfred Pennyworth, and a good, albeit awkwardly set up, departure for the series.
First up, in The Lion and The Unicorn, the villainous Red Claw makes her return to the series as she kidnaps Alfred because he knows the code that she needs to arm a weapon of mass destruction pointed directly at London! Mass destruction is a really relative term here, though, as it doesn’t seem to do much damage once it explodes. Red Claw’s plan is pretty stock, but we get our first look at Alfred’s days as a British Intelligence operative, but despite being a great premise, unfortunately it leaves a lot to be desired in execution. They leave a lot on the table with this one.
Next up in Showdown, While the Dynamic Duo race to stop Ra’s Al Ghul from performing a kidnapping, the wild west story of how he was once opposed by the disfigured bounty hunter, Jonah Hex, is told. We get all sorts of new stuff in this episode, from heavily-armed airships to bright, southwestern landscapes, to Ra’s al Ghul using ninjas to break into a nursing home when he easily could have just checked the guy out during visiting hours. It’s a different kid of episode, but it’s a lot of fun!
Join Sean and as they get into the nitty gritty of merry old England, the plot of Wild Wild West, 22 page silent comics where you watch Batman listen to a walkman, what Jonah Hex’s appearance means for the creative direction of the series, and how John Wayne is the worst. Saddle up and hit the trail!
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Wes and Clay FTW
Great podcast, love listening!
Interesting and Fun
Found these guys from a Star Trek podcast (the Penske Podcast which is also great). I grew up watching the animated series and a huge Batman world fan so listening to their opinions as comic artist and writers is very cool. Listen to it at work and enjoy the jokes, facts, opinions, and straw slurping.