06-24-2013, 11:14 PM
Join Date: Jan 2009
Re: The Official Batman TAS Thread - Part 1
BTAS Episode: Almost Got ‘Im
- Every time the viewer gets to see Two-Face's hand, he always has 2 deuces (twos), and two face cards, a play on his name. In one shot he also has a four (two times two) and is seen pouring "half and half" in his coffee.
- The Joker's hand at the end is four aces and a Joker. Every time we see his hand he always has at least one ace (due to cheating). He also cheats by looking at Two-Face's hand.
- The Joker cracks a joke at Poison Ivy about her use of "exploding pumpkins". Two years after this episode, Mark Hamill, who voices the Joker, would voice the Hobgoblin on the 1994 television series Spider-Man, a supervillain who utilizes exploding pumpkin bombs.
- The Penguin's and the Joker's stories all happened recently, with the Penguin having freshly escaped from his crime a few weeks before and the Joker's being just the night before (he must have planned for this). Poison Ivy's story is set the previous Halloween, and Two-Face's story happened some undetermined time ago.
- Two-Face's story is based on an original Two-Face deathtrap from the comics where both Batman and Robin were tied to the penny that was catapulted onto spikes. In the comics, they used the radios to create a "negative magnetic field" to repel the spikes and cause them to land "good side up", snapping the ropes and defeating Two-Face. By comparison, the solution in the animated version is much more plausible.
- The Two Ton Gang's capture of Batman possibly represents the only time in the DCAU storyline that the Dark Knight is physically overpowered by non-metahumans.
- Two-Face's comment of "Half of me wants to strangle her" and the other half wanting to "hit her with a truck" indicates that killing Poison Ivy is the only thing both sides seem to agree on.
- Killer Croc's story was directly referenced in the webcomic Impy and Aevy.
- A Read-Along story tape version of this story was released, though the Poison Ivy segment was left out.
- There are several animation goofs in Two-Face's story. Early on, he removes Batman's utility belt, yet it sporadically reappears on Batman throughout the tale; the first time, with Two-Face actually holding it in his hands.
- None of the hummingbirds have feet, although this was probably just to make them easier to animate.
- Since Batman was acting as Croc the whole time it is safe to say that the story is made up, but it oddly fits a scene in "Sideshow", an episode made/aired later than this. It is possible that the event actually happened and that Batman is telling it as Croc would.
- Two-Face tells Ivy that they let Batman keep the giant penny, thus providing a new origin for the piece of memorabilia he keeps in the Batcave. In the Justice League episode "Starcrossed", The Flash would use it to defeat a group of invading Thanagarians.
- Ivy makes a reference to the group that she and Two-Face used to date (while Harvey Dent was still the District Attorney), an event that occurred in the episode "Pretty Poison".
- This marks the second time Batman disguises himself in order lure his enemies into a trap. The first time was in "The Cape and Cowl Conspiracy".
- Killer Croc proves to have a fascination with assaulting Batman with rocks, suggesting it as a punishment for Batman in the episode "Trial".
- Assuming Killer Croc to have been Batman in disguise the entire episode, Batman portrays Croc as stupid. This contradicts the previous Killer Croc episode "Vendetta" in which Croc is shown to be rather intelligent (enough so to work as a mob hitman and frame Harvey Bullock for murder).
- This is the second episode to show Batman bleeding, following "On Leather Wings".
- It is odd that Catwoman can get along with Harley in Gotham Girls, as Harley tries to kill Catwoman in this episode and makes a reference to mistreating a cat. ("I had a kitty once. You know, they don't always land on their feet".)
- This is the first reference to Ivy's natural immunity to poisons, referenced again in "Harley and Ivy", among other episodes.