Batman teams up with the mysterious Talia to retrieve a prototype weapon from the supervillain, Count Vertigo.



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Episode cast overview:
... Batman (voice)
... Commissioner Gordon (voice) (as Bob Hastings)
... Detective Bullock (voice)
... Alfred Pennyworth (voice)
... Shadow Agent (voice)
... Lucius Fox (voice)
... Talia (voice)
... Twitch (voice)
... Ra's al Ghul (voice)
... Vertigo (voice)


Batman teams up with the mysterious Talia to retrieve a prototype weapon from the supervillain, Count Vertigo.

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One of the very few episodes to depict actual deaths. The Society assassins throw an informant off the Statue of Liberty. Afterward, they appear to commit suicide via gas although Batman later states it only erased their minds. See more »


Batman states he was able to get through the vertigo trap by keeping his eyes closed and relying on his other senses. Vertigo affects the vestibular system which coordinates balance and is linked to the auditory system. Therefore closing one's eyes would not stop or even lessen the symptoms. In fact, closing your eyes could make the symptoms worse by further disorienting your balance. See more »


Batman: Four against one. Nasty odds!
Talia: I can take care of myself, thank you!
Batman: So I see.
Talia: Still, the gesture is appreciated.
Batman: Don't mention it. Just whose side are you on?
Talia: That would be telling.
Shadow Agent: And it would make no difference!
Shadow Agent #2: As of now, this battle is ended.
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Batman The Animated Series
Written by Danny Elfman & Shirley Walker
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Ladies and gentlemen, Ra's al Ghul
13 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

You've gotta love the misdirection on 'Off Balance'. Al Ghul, one of the comics' more surreal villains is kept under wraps until the very end. And even then, he's not referred to by name. He just stands back and lets the decoys put Batman through his paces; which is still no letdown. Vertigo (in total Bond villain mode) and his Society of Shadows goons lend this episode its espionage flavor, and Talia (well played by Helen Slater) spices thing right up. It's not my favorite company doing the animation, but it still fits the story being told.

Rewatching this as an adult, I'm really looking forward to that Demon Head two-parter.


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