When Manbat is flying after Batman on his Batcycle, we are treated to its point of view from above. In this shot, the Batcycle is pointing towards the lower section of the screen. However it should be the other way around, since Manbat is flying in the same direction. The shot makes it look like it's visage is upside-down. See more »
Batman The Animated Series
Written by Danny Elfman & Shirley Walker See more »
Another bat-figure swoops down from the sky, but this sure isn't Batman. This man-bat is ugly, nasty and hungry as it devours a certain cargo of fruit which had just been unloaded at the Gotham docks.
Very soon in this episode we discover what Alfred and Batman quickly deduce. Alfred asks his master, "You don't think he's taking his formula again, do you?" Yup, and the "he" Alfred was referring to is Dr. Langstrom whom we've seen once before. What's more, the good doctor's wife "Francine" finds out and she's not happy, either. Francine and Batman both tell the doctor to clean up his act.
Langstrom tells Batman the antidote he gave him isn't working. (Remember, this is kind of a sequel to an earlier story). Batman is skeptical and takes it home to analyze it. Is Langsrom lying or really just unable to cleanse himself of this dastardly drug? When Batman leaves, and attempts to get on his Bat-bike (cycle) he is attacked by this bat-creature again.
The next few minutes is one f the best action sequences I've seen on this show: a tremendous chase scene through the city as Batman gets back on his Bat-cycle and is chased by the swooping ugly brown bat (in red pants) through streets, tunnels, and train tracks. In the end, Batman's bike is trashed and the creature gets away. However: the good news is that Batman's serum did work: Langstrom has been cured. This bat is somebody else - some new creature!
The only thing Batman is pretty sure about is that "March" is behind this again. (He's the guy that used a serum on son-in-law Langstrom "to recreate a mutagen." He's another weird scientist who believes "only a creature like a ManBat can survive the next evolutionary cataclysm," as he puts him. Gee, another nutcase. It turns out bad for the latter, however, when March finds out his daughter, Francine is the latest monster, thanks to an accident in the lab.
How is Batman going to solve this problem, trying to eliminate someone who really is an innocent victim?
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