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When Simon Trent opens his closet to retrieve a reel of an episode of "The Gray Ghost", one of the tapes is labeled "Dr. Death". The character Dr. Death was the first ever reoccurring villain in the Batman comics. Another episode is titled "," which went on to become the title of a Batman: The Animated Series (1992) episode. See more »
How did the Batcomputer have Simon Trent's fingerprints on file? Trent was not revealed to have a criminal record, so there is no rational explanation as to how his fingerprints were in any police database that the Batcomputer could access. See more »
[presenting a "Gray Ghost" video to Trent]
Could you make it out to Bruce?
[signing the video]
Here you go, Bruce!
[Wayne starts to leaves, then turns and looks at Trent]
You know, as a child I used to watch it with my father. The Gray Ghost was my hero.
[quietly to Trent, in a familiar tone]
... and he still is.
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If I had to pick one epitomizing episode, 'Beware the Gray Ghost' may very well be it. Herein is a common tale we've all seen before: destitute actor once revered as a superhero, but given new relevance via a copycat terrorist. And they cast Adam West as the Gray Ghost; I mean, that's just a home run. None of this feels like a stunt and it pays great reverence to the '60s version.
This is a great story, well-written and nicely animated. Hell, it deserves a hand for tying in directly to Bruce's formative years and pulling off just the right heartfelt tone. It's a huge tip of the hat, and yeah, it's that good.
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