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William sanderson doing the voice of karl rossum is wonderful, as he the role is essentially the same in blade runner, as sebastian the genetic replicant engineer. Heart of Steel was one of my favorite episodes when I was a kid, and HARDAC is on my mind from time to time! I just watched Blade Runner and noticed their voices were the same so I came to IMDb to check it out. I probably haven't seen this episode in ten years, so I was pretty happy to have picked up on it. I think it tipped me off when Sanderson says he " built his friends". Whomever was doing the voice casting for this particular role definitely has good taste.
Machines in the form of unusual looking robots are Batman's chief foe
in this two-part adventure. The first robot is unlike anything I've
ever seen: animated or in some sci-fi movie. It's a briefcase than
turns into a walking octopus-like creature! It takes pictures of the
Wayne Enterprise security system and attacks people with some nerve gas
and a laser.
This is one mean and fascinating brief case!
It goes on from there, with a big computer - HARDAC - able to clone human beings. One, for instance, takes the place of Inspector Gordon. Another infiltrates the Bat Cave.
There are all kinds of happenings in this very fast-moving episode.
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Batman: The Animated Series is an American television series based on
the DC Comics superhero Batman, which was produced by Warner Bros.
Animation and originally aired on Fox from 1992 to 1995; lasting 85
episodes. The series has since aired in re-runs on various other
broadcast and cable networks, including The WB, Cartoon Network, Toon
Disney and The Hub. Each episode is approximately 22 minutes long,
The series is part of what has become known as the DC animated universe, which consists of eight animated television shows and four animated films, largely surrounding DC Comics characters and their respective mythos. This includes Superman: The Animated Series, The New Batman Adventures, Batman Beyond, Static Shock, The Zeta Project, Justice League and Justice League Unlimited.
Several robberies take place at major companies, including Wayne Enterprises, and Bruce Wayne, as Batman, discovers the thief to be a mechanical briefcase. Bruce meets with his old friend, Karl Rossum, an expert in robotics who lost his daughter to a vehicle accident years ago. He also meets Rossum's assistant, Randa Duane, and Rossum's ultimate creation: a prototype A.I. known as Holographic Analytical Reciprocating Digital Computer (H.A.R.D.A.C.) Bruce invites Duane to dinner, and around the same time, certain civilians start acting strangely. Most surprising is when Duane unexpectedly leaves Wayne Manor while Bruce is on the phone, and the entire Batcave turns on Batman.
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1992 saw the dawn of a new age in television animation with the birth
of "Batman: The Animated Series," an homage to The Dark Knight, as well
as a tribute to the comics and vintage animation of the 30's and 40's.
"Heart of Steel" (both parts) presents the show at its finest, with
spectacular animation and a riveting storyline, reminding viewers of
the pitfalls of technology.
The plot involves a super-computer replacing influential Gothamites with robot doubles. One of the first to succumb is Police Commissioner Gordon. Mayor Hill, along with other civic leaders comes next. At the top of the list is playboy/financier Bruce Wayne, who, of course, is Batman.
This installment presents a young Barbara Gordon (the future "Batgirl") delving into the mystery when she notices that her father is not the man that she knows and loves. She shows the resourcefulness and ingenuity that would later serve her well as Batman's crime-fighting ally.
One of the main pluses of this installment, along with other episodes in the series, is the voice-over talent. Kevin Conroy deftly balances the dual role of Bruce Wayne/Batman with the skill of a trained actor. Veteran voice-over artist Bob Hastings is the tough-as-nails Commissioner Gordon, while Melissa Gilbert (of "Little House on the Prairie" fame) is Gordon's daughter. Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., himself a veteran of television and the movies, is appropriately "British" as the loyal butler, Alfred.
Besides the aforementioned recurring characters, "Heart of Steel" has William Sanderson as inventor Karl Rossum, Jeff Bennett, appropriately cold and calculating as the voice of the supercomputer, and Leslie Easterbrook as the sultry "Randa Duane" who is not as she appears to be.
The first five minutes of the episode are quite thrilling as a "suitcase" takes on a life of its own and gets through the security at the Wayne Enterprises Building.
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