Wednesday, July 10, 2024

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

 Batman: The Animated Series

Episode 20

Feat of Clay Part 1


The two-part introduction to Clay Face.  While not as tragic as Two-Face’s origin story, breaking it up into two parts makes sense.  There was never a defined Clay Face in the comics.  The series was able to take plenty of liberties with the character and the story they came up with was rather epic.


Actor Matt Hagan is pretending to be Bruce Wayne and committing crimes in his name.  He’s doing this under the orders of Roland Dagett who has a bunch of businessman bad guy motives. Bruce Wayne is framed for crimes he did not commit.


Matt Hagan was disfigured in a car accident and Daggett supplies him with a special cream that allows him to fix his face.  The stuff is temporary and addictive, a drug.  To get a steady supply Hagan has to constantly go to Daggett and do a ton of illegal stuff.  Hagan tries to find a way to break free of Daggett by stealing a bunch but Daggett’s goons catch him and give him an OD of the stuff.  


This silhouette scene of the band guys pouring the stuff on Hagan that will turn him into Clay Face is scary.  Even in a monster film it would be frightening.  For what is supposed to be a kids show, it’s absolutely shocking.  The episode ends on a nice cliffhanger.


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