Batman: The Animated Series 25th Anniversary #40: If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Rich?

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If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Rich was first broadcasted on November 18, 1992 and debuted in primetime on January 3, 1993 with a script by David Wise and directed by Eric Radomksi.

Edward Nygma creates the game The Riddle of the Minotaur and makes millions for the company Competitron. He is then fired by his superior, Daniel Mockridge, who wants the profits for himself. Nygma vows revenge, and two years later, he takes up the mantle of the Riddler and traps Mockridge inside a life-sized version of the Minotaur maze. Batman’s sympathy is with Nygma, but he and Robin have to stop him before he kills Mockridge, despite the fact that Mockridge cannot legally be brought to justice. Regardless, Mockridge, despite the resulting rescue, is left in a permanent all-consuming fear of Nygma’s return for revenge.

This episode introduces the Riddler, voiced here by John Glover, and what an introduction this episode gives him. I really liked the way they portrayed the Riddler, you really do feel like this guy got screwed over big time and you actually kind of agree with the villain and why he’s taking his revenge mostly because the guy who screwed him over was just asking for it. I love just how they made Mockridge look like the biggest douchbag on the planet, like a mix between Clark Gable and Gaston from Beauty & The Beast. You just want to watch the Riddler take his revenge on this guy and it’s one hell of a fun ride.

The maze sequences are fun to watch as Batman & Robin try to pass through the maze to get to Mockridge:

I also like how fast and intense the animation gets on this episode, just in that sequence alone, it’s all over the place but you can see what’s going on so easily.

The ending is great too, not only do you see that Mockridge gets off scott free but he’s still scarred about what he did in one of the show’s most brilliant endings:

That’s such a brilliantly executed scene from the lighting and shading they use to the brilliant philosophical way it ends and a lot of that is all throughout the episode and it’s just one of the many spectacular aspects about this episode.

Man, I love this one so much, If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Rich? is the perfect way to introduce the character of The Riddler with Glover giving a great voice to him along with intense animation, great tension filled moments, beautiful lighting and shading on many scenes, and just overall fun all around. This is definitely a highly recommended episode to watch.

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3 comments on “Batman: The Animated Series 25th Anniversary #40: If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Rich?
  1. […] has is that the Riddler doesn’t really have a motivation in this episode like he did in If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Rich?, he’s just doing this because he’s basically trolling Batman by showing how he’s […]

  2. […] then again, much like with Daniel Mockridge in If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Rich?, she kind of gets her own comeuppance at the end of the episode with the final scene where Cassidy […]

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