List of The New Batman Adventures episodes

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Three years after the second season of Batman: The Animated Series ended production, the show was moved from Fox to The WB network, which was airing and producing Superman: The Animated Series. These shows were merged as part of an hour-long segment called The New Batman/Superman Adventures. The WB wanted more episodes of Batman, so 24 new episodes were produced, which featured a different format and more focus on Batman's supporting cast.

In addition to the network's demands, the producers decided to make the show match the graphic style of Superman, so all the characters and objects were redesigned as more "animation friendly" with fewer lines, usually referred to by the fans and creative staff as the "revamp" (or alternately, the "new look"). A similar graphic style was used in the rest of the DCAU later on.

The entire series was released on DVD as Batman: The Animated Series Volume Four (From The New Batman Adventures), most likely to establish the connection with the original series.

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byVillainsOriginal air date
1"Holiday Knights"Dan RibaPaul DiniThe Joker, Harley Quinn,
Clayface and Poison Ivy
September 13, 1997 (1997-09-13)

Three holiday-themed vignettes:

(1) Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn kidnap Bruce Wayne and use his credit cards for a shopping spree.

(2) While shopping for a gift for her father, Barbara Gordon spots a group of shoplifters that turn out to be portions of Clayface.

(3) Batman and Robin race to stop the Joker from killing the crowd at the Gotham City New Year Celebration.

Notes:

  • Based on the comic The Batman Adventures Holiday Special
  • This episode takes place after the episodes "Sins of the Father" and "Growing Pains", which introduces Tim Drake and brings Clayface back after his apparent death in "Mudslide".

Absent: Nightwing

2"Sins of the Father"Curt GedaRich FogelTwo-FaceSeptember 20, 1997 (1997-09-20)

Young orphan Tim Drake becomes Batman's new ward when he becomes involved in one of Two-Face's deadly plots.

Note: An uncostumed Dick Grayson appears at the end, while Nightwing does not appear at all.
3"Cold Comfort"Dan RibaHilary J. BaderMr. FreezeOctober 11, 1997 (1997-10-11)

Mr. Freeze wants revenge and threatens to destroy everything that Batman loves in life.

Absent: Nightwing
4"Never Fear"Kenji HachizakiStan BerkowitzThe ScarecrowNovember 1, 1997 (1997-11-01)

The Scarecrow develops a new toxin that, rather than inducing fear, eliminates it, making average people incredibly reckless and dangerous, including Batman.

Absent: Batgirl and Nightwing
5"You Scratch My Back"Butch LukicHilary J. BaderThe CatwomanNovember 15, 1997 (1997-11-15)

In an effort to further distance himself from Batman, Nightwing tries to go it alone to stop a smuggling ring and gets unexpected help from the seductive Catwoman, who attempts a somewhat sensual relationship with him.

Absent: Robin
6"Double Talk"Curt GedaRobert GoodmanThe Ventriloquist and ScarfaceNovember 22, 1997 (1997-11-22)

Arnold Wesker is released from Arkham Asylum, completely free of his Scarface persona. But Scarface's old gang, needing their old boss back, begin working to drive Wesker back to his old ways.

Note: Clark Kent and Lois Lane from Superman: The Animated Series make a brief cameo when Arnold Wesker is walking in the park.

Absent: Robin and Nightwing
7"Joker's Millions"Dan RibaPaul DiniThe Joker, Harley Quinn, the Penguin,
Poison Ivy and Edward "King" Barlowe
February 21, 1998 (1998-02-21)

Crime boss Edward "King" Barlowe dies and in his will leaves his archrival, the Joker, a large fortune of $250,000,000. The Joker immediately goes on a shopping spree, even searching for a replacement for Harley Quinn, but realizes too late that almost all of the money is fake as a joke of Barlowe's to trick him.

Note: Based on the comic book story of the same name.

Absent: Robin
8"Growing Pains"Atsuko TanakaStory by : Paul Dini and Robert Goodman
Teleplay by : Robert Goodman
ClayfaceFebruary 28, 1998 (1998-02-28)

Robin fights to protect a young girl with amnesia named Annie who is being stalked by her "father", who turns out to be Clayface. Having created the girl from his own body to scout out the city, he now intends to reabsorb her.

Absent: Batgirl and Nightwing
9"Mean Seasons"Hiroyuki AoyamaStory by : Rich Fogel
Teleplay by : Hilary J. Bader
The Calendar GirlApril 25, 1998 (1998-04-25)

Batman pursues an ex-model, who is now looking for revenge and calling herself the "Calendar Girl".

Absent: Robin and Nightwing
10"The Demon Within"Atsuko TanakaStory by : Rusti Bjornhöel
Teleplay by : Stan Berkowitz
Klarion the Witch BoyMay 9, 1998 (1998-05-09)

Batman and Robin assist occultist Jason Blood when Klarion the Witch Boy takes control of Blood's alter-ego, Etrigan the Demon.

Note: This episode was the final performance of actor Stephen Wolfe Smith (Klarion), who died shortly afterwards.

Absent: Batgirl and Nightwing
11"Over the Edge"Yuichiro YanoPaul DiniThe Scarecrow and BaneMay 23, 1998 (1998-05-23)
During a fight with the Scarecrow, Batgirl is ambushed on a rooftop and falls to her death. Having watched his daughter's demise, Jim Gordon blames Batman for her fate and vows revenge, recruiting Bane in the process.
12"Torch Song"Curt GedaRich FogelThe FireflyJune 13, 1998 (1998-06-13)

A lovelorn pyrotechnic engineer, Garfield Lynns, gets dumped by a big-time singer named Cassidy. Lynns becomes the supervillain the Firefly, bent on burning the woman who burned him.

Absent: Robin and Nightwing
13"Love Is a Croc"Butch LukicSteve GerberBaby-Doll and Killer CrocJuly 11, 1998 (1998-07-11)

Baby-Doll becomes enamored of Killer Croc and the pair forms a very unlikely, yet very successful, criminal duo. However, their partnership soon falls apart when Baby-Doll learns that Croc is only using her to further his own criminal career.

Absent: Robin and Nightwing
14"The Ultimate Thrill"Dan RibaHilary J. BaderThe Penguin and Roxy RocketSeptember 14, 1998 (1998-09-14)

Former stuntwoman and adrenaline junkie Roxanne Sutton becomes the rocket-riding thief Roxy Rocket to chase danger and excitement.

Absent: Robin and Nightwing
15"Cult of the Cat"Butch LukicStory by : Paul Dini and Stan Berkowitz
Teleplay by : Stan Berkowitz
Thomas BlakeSeptember 18, 1998 (1998-09-18)

Batman tries to help Catwoman, who is being chased by a cat cult due to a statue she stole.

Absent: Robin, Batgirl, and Nightwing
16"Critters"Dan RibaStory by : Steve Gerber
Teleplay by : Joe R. Lansdale
Farmer BrownSeptember 19, 1998 (1998-09-19)

A genetic engineer goes overboard in creating bigger livestock and loses all his money. A year later, an army of mutant farm animals terrorize Gotham City.

Absent: Nightwing
17"Animal Act"Curt GedaHilary J. BaderThe Mad HatterSeptember 26, 1998 (1998-09-26)

A series of thefts is being committed by circus animals in a town where Nightwing's old circus is performing. Is it an old friend that is training the animals to steal, or someone else?

Absent: Batgirl
18"Old Wounds"Curt GedaRich FogelThe JokerOctober 3, 1998 (1998-10-03)
When on patrol on his own, Robin runs into Nightwing and he tells Robin the story of how he and Batman grew apart. The story reveals how Batgirl discovered Batman and the original Robin's true identities and also explains some of what went wrong with Barbara and Dick's relationship.
19"Legends of the Dark Knight"Dan RibaStory by : Robert Goodman and Bruce Timm
Teleplay by : Robert Goodman
The Joker, the Mutants and the FireflyOctober 10, 1998 (1998-10-10)

A group of Gotham City youths tell their stories about what they believe the Dark Knight to really be like. This episode acknowledges the works of Bill Finger, Dick Sprang and Frank Miller.

Note: Loosely based on "The Batman Nobody Knows!" from Batman #250 (July 1973) by Frank Robbins and Dick Giordano and contains a direct adaptation of part of the comic Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.

Absent: Robin, Batgirl and Nightwing
20"Girls' Night Out"Curt GedaHilary J. BaderPoison Ivy, Harley Quinn,
Livewire and the Penguin
October 17, 1998 (1998-10-17)

Livewire, Poison Ivy, and Harley Quinn join forces to wreak havoc in Gotham. With Batman and Superman away, Batgirl and Supergirl must team up to stop them and bring them to justice.

Absent: Robin and Nightwing
21"Chemistry"Butch LukicStan BerkowitzPoison IvyOctober 24, 1998 (1998-10-24)

Bruce Wayne, along with other wealthy denizens of Gotham, fall in love with their ideal mate, who all happen to have green eyes. Bruce decides to marry and gives up being Batman forever.

Note: Dick Grayson appears in this episode yet his alter ego, Nightwing, does not.
22"Judgment Day"Curt GedaRich Fogel and Alan BurnettTwo-Face/The Judge, Killer Croc,
the Riddler and the Penguin
October 31, 1998 (1998-10-31)

When a new vigilante uses lethal force to battle Gotham's criminals, Batman must figure out his true identity.

Absent: Robin, Batgirl, and Nightwing
23"Beware the Creeper"Dan RibaStory by : Rich Fogel
Teleplay by : Steve Gerber
The Joker and Harley QuinnNovember 7, 1998 (1998-11-07)

Exposure to a weird mixture of chemicals, including the Joker's laughing gas, changes straitlaced newsman Jack Ryder into the crazed Creeper. He looks to kill the Joker, and develops a much-unwanted crush on Harley.

Absent: Batgirl and Nightwing
24"Mad Love"Butch LukicStory by : Paul Dini and Bruce Timm
Teleplay by : Paul Dini
The Joker and Harley QuinnJanuary 16, 1999 (1999-01-16)

Harley reflects on her first meeting with the Joker, as she plots to eliminate her main competition in his attentions – Batman.

Note: Adaptation of the Eisner Award-winning 1994 comic book of the same name by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm.

Absent: Robin, Batgirl, and Nightwing

Crossovers[edit]

Superman: The Animated Series[edit]

No. in
series
Title Villain(s) Directed by Written by Original air date
29–31"World's Finest"The Joker, Lex Luthor,
Harley Quinn and Mercy Graves
Toshihiko MasudaStory: Alan Burnett and Paul Dini
Part I: Alan Burnett, Paul Dini
and Rich Fogel
Part II: Steve Gerber
Part III: Stan Berkowitz
October 4, 1997 (1997-10-04)
Batman and Superman team up to take on their respective archenemies: the Joker and Lex Luthor.
43"Knight Time"Brainiac, Bruce Wayne (hypnotized), the Mad Hatter,
Bane, the Riddler, the Penguin, and Roxy Rocket
Curt GedaRobert GoodmanOctober 10, 1998 (1998-10-10)
Superman comes to Gotham to fill in for Batman, who has mysteriously disappeared.
52"The Demon Reborn"Ra's al Ghul, Talia al Ghul, Ubu,
and the members of the League of Shadows
Dan RibaRich FogelSeptember 18, 1999 (1999-09-18)
Ra's al Ghul needs Superman's strength to fully heal, so Batman steps in to stop him.

Static Shock[edit]

No. in
series
Title Villain(s) Directed by Written by Original air date
14"The Big Leagues"The Joker, Hotstreak, Kangor, Talon and ShivDave ChlystekLen UhleyJanuary 26, 2002 (2002-01-26)
Static works with Batman to stop the Joker and his gang of bang babies.
25"Hard as Nails"Harley Quinn and Poison IvyTBAPaul DiniJanuary 25, 2003 (2003-01-25)
Static reteams with Batman to help a girl whose powers are being used by Harley and Ivy to steal shipments of gold.
40"Future Shock"KobraVic Dal CheleStan BerkowitzJanuary 17, 2004 (2004-01-17)
After assisting Batman and Robin with a mission to stop Timecode, Static is accidentally sent 40 years into the future, where he has to help the Batman of that era, Terry McGinnis, save a captured superhero: Static's future self.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • "The New Batman Adventures Original Airdate and episode list". epguide.com. Retrieved April 15, 2007.
  • "The New Batman Adventures Original Airdate and episode list". worldsfinestonline.com. Retrieved July 11, 2009.
  • "The New Batman Adventures Writers". Worldsfinestonline.com. Retrieved April 18, 2007.
  • "The New Batman Adventures Directors". Worldsfinestonline.com. Retrieved April 18, 2007.