Jules Dennis, Richard Mueller, and Sean Catherine Derek wrote the original script based on the story by Sean Catherine Derek and Gary Greenfield. But there were several changes made to the script. Bruce Timm added the dream sequence and changed the villain to a fat and revolting character. There was also a sequence at the beginning of the original script where Batman is wandering around the city, trying to find out why people were disappearing. It was staged with homeless people hanging around on sidewalks: families, mothers and kids. BS&P made storyboard artists take all that out of the boards. BS&P said it was too much for kids to see that maybe a woman or a family can be out on the streets. So they specifically asked to show only men as homeless. See more »
This is an excellent episode, because of many reasons. Sean Catherine Derek, Jules Dennis, and Richard Mueller did a great job writing the script. Alfred finds out Bruce Wayne is missing. When Alfred smells danger, he uses his own method of finding Bruce Wayne. Its a simple way of showing how faithful Alfred is.
In this episode, we see that Bruce Wayne has amnesia. We see him working hard with others. He doesn't know who he is, because of his amnesia. But when he realizes who he is ("My family" flashback), he becomes far more stronger than other human beings. The script brilliantly shows what makes Bruce Wayne "Batman" and how he is different from other human beings. The flashback sequence is handled brilliantly by the writers.
Another good point is there are no major villains like Joker or Riddler or Mad Hatter in this episode. And this helps to focus more on the character of Bruce Wayne.
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