Episode 22: He Has A Pretty Good Ear

Welcome to the twenty-second episode of The Overlooked Dark Knight.  The is a non-index index show where the hosts, Andrew Leyland and Michael Bailey, look at Batman comics that rarely, if ever, get talked about.  In the second episode of the month they discuss the various books that were associated with the animated Batman shows of the nineties, though just about everything is fair game.

Except for this month.

This month Andy and Mike are celebrating Superman’s birthday.


There are two answers to that question.

One: Superman and Batman are best mates.

B: Andy and Mike like Superman.

So there you go.

This time out things take an animated turn as Andy and Mike not only discuss an issue of Batman Adventures but also talk over an episode of Superman: The Animated SeriesBatman Adventures #25 technically features the first meeting between the DCAU versions of the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel and as you would imagine the threat they face is so dire that only the World’s Finest team can save the day.  From Superman’s world you have Lex Luthor (with red hair and a beard) and from Batman’s side of things you have…Maxie Zeus.

Yes.  That’s right.  Maxie Zeus.  Not the Joker.  Not the Riddler.  Maxie Zeues.

To be fair it looks like he’s been hitting the gym.

The story is still good.  Andy and Mike promise.

After that it’s commentary time as the guys talk all over (and sometimes just watch) an episode of Superman: The Animated Series.  In Knight Time, Batman has gone missing and Superman heads to Gotham to investigate.  He finds the Tim Drake Robin, who informs the Man of Steel that Batman is indeed missing and that’s really weird.  Superman dons the cape and cowl and poses as Batman to find out who is responsible for the Dark Knight’s disappearance.  Along the way Superman (as Batman) and Robin face off against the Mad Hatter, the Riddler and Bane, but they aren’t the real foe behind the abduction!  Listen to find out who that is…unless you’ve seen the episode already…in which case you already know who the real villain is.

Below is a gallery of images from the comic covered in this episode.

And here is the pin-ups from that issue that Andy and Mike discussed.

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Next Time: Things go back to normal.  For this show, at any rate.

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  1. Martin Gray says:

    ‪I prefer the shows on regular comics rather than animated material and comics, in case you’re ever taking a vote!‬

  2. I like ’em both, in case you’re taking a vote (but then my love for the DCAU is rather obvious, isn’t it?)

    Great show fellas! I will admit I was a bit disappointed that “long hair” (I will refrain from the “M” word) Supes was used in BA #25, since I was already buying the Superman and Batman Magazine where these same folks were doing more traditional Superman fare, at least at first. Aussie-Amish Lex was a problem too, but it’s still a fun story. I do agree “World’s Finest” was the better choice for the animated debut of the team-up, but there are interesting similarities.

    Oh, and Kevin Nowlan designed Killer Croc and Man-Bat for BTAS, and contributed to the designs of several other characters, including Robin and the Joker. Mike Mignola designed the animated Mr. Freeze. Mark Chiarillo (sp) is a DC editor/art director responsible for the great Batman: Black and White series. He also did some of those Dark Knight Saga trading cards I know Mike likes.

    “Knight Time” is one of my all-time favorites, and I just love how it harkens back to the earliest WF team-up where Superman and Batman switch identities, even if Bruce didn’t really get in on the action. “Precise muscle control” and SuperBat whupping Bane still stand out in my mind as some of the best moments of this great episode.

    Can’t agree more with your estimation of STAS. It does get overlooked in the wake of BTAS and JLU, so any love it gets is much appreciated. We hope to cover the occasional episode on JLUCast, as we did with our 2nd episode spotlighting Green Lantern. Thanks for the plug, by the way!


  3. Dan Doherty says:

    At the time, I was completely flabbergasted that “Legacy” ended up being the series finale of Superman: The Animated Series. Though I didn’t find it as frustrating as the ’90s Spider-Man animated series’ final episode (where they NEVER resolved the Mary Jane storyline) it was still a slap in the face to have STAS end on such a downer.

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think Legacy was meant to be the end of STAS. I *think* Bruce Timm and company had every intention to do more episodes, but producing Batman Beyond took priority, and “The New Batman/Superman Adventures” fell to the wayside… But, I’m not 100% sure about that.

    P.S. Michael might find this amusing…

    When Legacy originally aired, it was still the beginning of the fall. I genuinely thought that the subplot for this season of STAS might be Superman, trying to win back the trust of the world.

    Then, it occurred to me that maybe the intense hatred and mistrust towards Suerman (caused by Legacy) might result in him having to leave the Earth… And then, I thought: “what if they’re going to do their version of “EXILE” and have Superman meet Mongul?”

    Ultimately, no new episodes were made, following Legacy. But knowing Michael’s love for the Exile storyline, I thought he might get a kick out of that story.

  4. Brian Rosen says:

    I was just as perplexed as you both were about who did the voice for Roxy Rocket. So I looked it up. Charity James was the voice actress.


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