Batman: The Animated Series 25th Anniversary #52: Mudslide

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Mudslide was first broadcasted on September 15, 1993 with a script by Steve Perry from a story by Alan Burnett and directed by Eric Radomski.

Clayface is falling apart, literally. His clay-like body is disintegrating. Fortunately, a scientist he knew from his movie star days is working on a remedy. However, Hagen is forced to steal money to pay for the expensive components of the remedy. That is, until one of his targets is Wayne Biomedical Labs…

Clayface returns once again and this time, we have one of the few cases you can honestly make for Batman essentially being the bad guy in the situation.

In kind of a role reversal to Feat Of Clay, Clayface is trying to becoming his old self again but he has to break the law in order to do so and it’s Batman who has to come in again to stop him, mostly because Batman doesn’t know what he’s doing. So when he finally figures it out, it’s already too late, as shown in the ending:

Of course, Clayface doesn’t actually die as he does come back in The New Batman Adventures in several episodes but then again, half the villains who are seemingly killed off in this show do come back at some point, it’s part of comic book lore.

But you get my point, Batman ends up interfering than actually helping out the situation at hand.

While I don’t think this episode has that emotional push that Feat Of Clay had, Mudslide is still an overall solid episode where you actually do question if what Batman is doing is the right thing to do and it leads to a lot of great action, great animation, great voice work once again by Ron Perlman as Clayface, and it’s just an overall really solid episode.

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