The Batman (2004–2008)
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Gotham's Ultimate Criminal Mastermind 

The Digitally Advanced Villain Emulator, or D.A.V.E., is an artificially intelligent computer program made up of the combined psychological profiles of the most diabolical criminals committed to Arkham Asylum.



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Episode credited cast:
Bruce Wayne / The Batman (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
D.A.V.E. (voice)
Man at the Bank (voice)


A new villain emerges in the form of D.A.V.E. (Digitally Advanced Villain Emulator), an AI database created by Dr. Hugo Strange that is encoded with the minds of Gotham's greatest criminals and breaks free to commit crimes. Batman finds himself trying to stop D.A.V.E. when the AI proclaims itself as the ultimate criminal and plans to reveal to Gotham the true identity of Batman, Bruce faces a choice between saving a friend and giving up his secret identity. Written by Left_back

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13 May 2006 (USA)  »

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Richard Green took over voicing Professor Hugo Strange after Frank Gorshin's death in May 2005. See more »


Batman: Strange.
Professor Hugo Strange: Ah, the Dark Knight returns.
Batman: D.A.V.E.'s escape wasn't a glitch, wasn't it, professor?
Professor Hugo Strange: You don't mean to say that I deliberately unleashed Gotham's Ultimate Criminal Mastermind?
Batman: I am saying you might find Arkham a better home than office.
Professor Hugo Strange: The line between genius and insanity is often blurred. Ha!
[Professor Strange wields a blaster. Batman pins him down and sees Strange's fan collection of him]
Batman: Didn't know you were such a fan.
Professor Hugo Strange: Your obsession with criminals fascinates me as much as the ...
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Open the pod bay doors, DAVE
28 July 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the most likely contender for "Best Episode" so far. At the end of what has been a very difficult season to sit through, comes probably the best episode this show has to offer, how ironic. No joke, this episode is up there with "His Silicon Soul" and "Heart of Steel". How do you defeat a computer whose sole purpose is to be smarter than you? This is easily Bruce's toughest challenge so far on this show. Throughout this entire episode, DAVE is three steps ahead of Batman, and outsmarts him multiple times. Bruce has to pull out all the stops in this one, he can't overpower DAVE, he can't outmaneuver DAVE, so he has to outsmart him. But how can he do that when DAVE's entire point of existence is to be smarter than Batman? It's the ultimate Catch 22, it's a never-ending paradox, and it's the best episode of "The Batman" so far.

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