Andrew Garfield, Mahershala Ali, Ruth Negga, and five others received their first-ever acting nominations for 2017. While these actors are new to the Academy Awards, you may recognize them from their earlier work.
The story seems to borrow from the premise of Grant Morrison's "Arkham Asylum: A Serious house on a serious earth", where the inmates have free reign of the asylum. See more »
Court is now in session! The Good People of Arkham Asylum vs. the self-righteous vigilante called Batman! Our prosecutor is ready, likewise our fair and impartial jury!
The Mad Hatter:
Hit him with a rock!
And now, all rise for the most honorable, most benevolent, most merciful Judge Joker!
D.A. Janet Van Dorn:
I was promised a chance to defend my client!
Oh, very well. Like it'll make a difference.
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At this point, it's safe to say that if Mark Hamill and Arleen Sorkin are in the credits, it's a great episode. And 'Trial' is further proof of this. A fine episode, packed with villains, great gags (most coming from Joker and Harley) and a whirlwind pace. Having the Arkham inmates force Batman to stand trial in a kangaroo court is a great way of addressing the big question: is batman responsible for their criminal turns? Of course not, but it's prime fodder for a kids show. It's comic book philosophy 101 and the question tends to loom over some Batman discussions.
But philosophy isn't what's memorable about this. 'Trial' is as colorful as they come.
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