Directed By: Dick Sebast
Written By: Len Wein
Starring: Kevin Conroy, Richard Moll, Frank Welker ...
Running Time: 30 min
Air Date: 11/11/1992
You've got to love the old Batman cartoons. The animation is tacky, the storylines are silly, but hey, it's all in the name of good, clean, crime-fightin' fun. Thanks to the changes that the franchise underwent at the hands of those such as Frank Miller and Tim Burton, there's really not much that can go wrong with Batman. So long as Joel Schumacher stays away from it, that is ...
In this particular episode, Batman faces what appears to be a ravenous werewolf. He investigates, but ends up unconscious and kidnapped (as usual his attackers neglect to have a quick look under the mask) and is taken to a place called Sebast construction (named after the director of the episode) to have a spectacular showdown with the beast. This is a very cool, atmospheric series with a great soundtrack, and the episode is well-written and quite interesting too -- werewolves and Batman seem to go together surprisingly well. Definitely worth checking out.
The extremely experienced voice actor Frank Welker, who in this episode supplies the "voice of werewolf FX", also did some voice work in the werewolf episode of The Real Ghostbusters. And he does lots of Scooby-Doo voices. Zoinks!
The story begins with our caped crusader rescuing a man from what he believes is a "mugger in a werewolf mask". They must have pretty realistic werewolf costumes in Gotham City, I'll tell you that ... anyway, when he discovers real wolf hair at the scene and that two Alaskan timberwolves have just been stolen from the zoo he begins to suspect otherwise.
It turns out the culprit is an athlete who's been taking experimental performance-enhancing drugs with traces of timberwolf estrogen, manufactured by a devious scientist who is now manipulating him (see bottom photo). Of course, any idiot could work that out! The scientist in question uses both terms 'lycanthropy' and 'werewolfism'. I guess the message here for the kids is, don't take steroids or you might turn into a werewolf! But not before it makes you rich and famous. Umm.
There are some pretty cool transformation scenes here (see second photo down), as well as some neat fight scenes between Batman and the werewolf (see top photo). The design of the werewolf is pretty much what you'd expect, a very 'comic book' style biped werewolf, but that works well with the overall style of this cartoon. The ending suggests that this character is still at large in the Batman universe, so at any time we could encounter him again ...