When a horrifying bat creature terrorizes Gotham City, police conclude that it is Batman. Batman's investigation leads him to the laboratory of Kirk Langstrom a scientist, who has been experimenting with a formula serum that turns him into a Bat-like creature. Not only does Batman have to capture Man-Bat in order to save Langstrom, but also to clear his name from the police. Written by
The title of this episode may have come from a line in Cormac McCarthy's ultra-violent old-west epic Blood Meridian Or The Evening Redness In The West (1985). On page 148 in the Vintage International edition (1992), the line reads: "A lobe-shaped moon rose over the black shapes of the mountains dimming out the eastern stars and along the nearby ridge the white blooms of flowering yuccas moved in the wind and in the night bats came from some nether part of the world to stand on leather wings like dark satanic hummingbirds and feed at the mouths of these flowers." See more »
'On Leather Wings' wasn't the premiere episode, but it sure does lay down the fundamentals. Batman as a detective, working the case3 with crime scene analysis and actual legwork; even as he works in opposition to an array of trigger happy cops (while Gordon stands aside as a conscientious objector).
This is an exciting episode, with Batman taking on both the police department and a giant bat. The animation works nicely in the action scenes, particularly the big aerial chase scene. A solid treatment of both the Dark Knight and the misguided mad scientist.
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