This is it, folks, let’s wrap up Batman: The Animated Series, a.k.a. The Adventures of Batman & Robin, a.k.a. The New Batman Adventures, by looking at the final episode of the series, Judgment Day, first broadcasted on Halloween 1998, October 31, 1998, with a script by Rich Fogel & Alan Burnett and directed by Curt Geda.
A mysterious new vigilante dressed as a judge appears in Gotham City, where he targets the rogues’ gallery of villains with vicious fury.
First of all, I think it needs to specified that I really do not think they intended this to be the final episode of Batman: The Animated Series because when you watch this episode, there’s nothing about the overall scope of this that signifies this as the last episode of the series. I think what ended up happening with the series was kind of the same thing that happened with Animaniacs, Pinky & The Brain, and Freakazoid!, there was a changing of the guard at the head of Kids WB! and maybe they thought too many adults were watching these shows and wanted more kids to come in and this was right at the point when Pokémon was beginning to blossom in America too so, maybe that’s what happened. But overall, I think this was never meant to be the last episode of the series, if it was, then I retract my statements.
As far as the episode itself goes, it’s one hell of a ride. The Judge is a chilling and enticing new villain created for the show and the great thing about the Judge is that they pull a great twist with him. Much like with the Phantasm where you have a different voice actor playing the voice of the Phantasm and the actual real culprit, Andrea, in Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm, they do the same thing here only the Judge is voiced by Malachi Throne, while in actuality, the real bad guy behind this was Two Face….but he didn’t really know it.
Two-Face intended to create his own vigilante, to be a good guy again like he was when he was Harvey Dent but he never knew that it would essentially become his own entity to the point where The Judge was basically trying to kill himself, Two-face, and never knew about it. It just shows a dark twisted side of Harvey Dent that we never really got to see before and shows the most uncertain of futures for that character in particular.
The last scene of the episode and essentially the series is especially chilling, Richard Moll once again gives this great creepy performance with just one word being repeated three times and you feel that he’s giving it his all in this performance.
Also, from an animation and music standpoint, this is some of the best of both, Michael McCuistion’s score is excellent especially in that last action scene and the animation is top-notch.
Judgment Day may not have been intended as the last episode of the series to be produced but I will say, they go out with a bang, an exciting, intense, chilling, action packed episode with great animation, great music, great action, and a tense climax. Even if the intent was not to end the series like this, the show does come to an end on a high note.
With that said, this concludes the three and a half month look at Batman: The Animated Series, I’m glad I finally got around to doing this, this is one of the greatest TV shows of all time and I wanted to give it its’ proper respects.
To anybody who’s wondering if I’m gonna take a look at the other DC animated universe shows, I’ve already confirmed that I’m gonna use this year’s DC-Ember to talk about Superman: The Animated Series, I’ll review every episode of that show in December. As far as Batman Beyond, Justice League, and Justice League Unlimited, we’ll see how the Superman review run plays out and we’ll take it from there.
Thanks to everybody for checking out the reviews and keep giving Batman: The Animated Series the proper respect it deserves.