Wednesday, June 26, 2024

The DC Animated Universe Weekly Review - Batman: The Animated Series

Batman: The Animated Series

Episode 18

Beware the Gray Ghost


This is a fun episode, that’s the easiest way to explain it. It calls back to Adam West as the 1960s Batman by having him voice Simon Trent an actor who played the Gray Ghost, a fictional superhero in the world of Batman, which inspired Batman to become a superhero.  


Someone is copying the plot of one of the Gray Ghost’s old episodes and blowing up places and ransoming the city.  Batman recognizes the episode from when he was a kid.  He asks Simon Trent for help in the investigation.  Trent helps Batman and together they figure out it’s the dude Trent has been pawning his Gray Ghost merchandise to.


The highlights of this episode are seeing Brice Wayne’s happy childhood with his parents, the more childlike inspiration of his hero persona, show creator Bruce Timm being cast as the villain Ted Dymer.  You can tell the production team probably had a good laugh at his expense for the goofy fanboy voice acting.  


Written by
Joseph Ammendolea
“I Like To Play With Toys” Productions®