Journey to the Center of the Bat!
Original Airdate - January 30th, 2009
This week Batman’s life hangs in the balance when he is poisoned by Chemo, who is under the control of the evil Brain. The Atom races to the rescue with Aquaman by shrinking down and entering Batman’s bloodstream. While Aquaman and the Atom battle the infection deep inside Batman’s body, Batman struggles to end Chemo’s rampage and defeat the Brain! This week’s teaser features Elongated Man and Plastic Man teaming up to derail a bank heist and capture the criminal Baby Face.

Written by Matt Wayne
Directed by Michael Chang
Animation by Lotto Animation
Review by Andrew
Media provided by Warner Bros. Animation
Cast
Deidrich Bader as Batman
Tom Kenny as Plastic Man/ Baby Face
John DiMaggio as Aquaman
Sean Donnellan as Elongated Man
James Sie as Dr. Choi/ Atom
Dee Bradley Baker as The Brain/ Chemo

Music
Theme Written and Performed by Andy Strumer
Music by Michael McCuisition, Lolita Ritmanis, Kristopher Carter
Media



Video Clips
 
Clip 01 (QuickTime)
 
Clip 02 (QuickTime)

Review
Starting off with the self-proclaimed long arm of the law, the episode begins with the dense duo of Plastic Man and Elongated Man. While pursuing the baby-headed gangster BabyFace, they continuously distract each other with banter as to which one Batman prefers to work with further. The mini-story is mostly humorous, but delves a bit too far into the Bat-worship amongst DC legends. Batman even has to save them as they get into a Wonka-like predicament involving a taffy puller.

The rest of the episode fortunately puts the Bat-worship to rest, and instead focuses on Batman’s incredibly stubborn personality. Starting off with another appearance by Aquaman, he calls on the help of the Atom to help cure Batman from the toxin of the random gigantic villain known as Chemo. Most people have been displeased with the depiction of Aquaman’s personality, and it’s highly understandable as to why. However, if you enjoy the alternate work of Aquaman’s voice actor (John DiMaggio) as Futurama’s loveable robot Bender then you will most likely enjoy this version of Aquaman as well.

Together, Aquaman and the Atom shrink down to go on a bacterial journey within Batman in order to fight off beastly-looking microorganisms. Aren’t these things ever cute? Well, at the very least the adopted steed “Platelet” of our tiny duo is incredibly cute, yet cheesy, and yet still quite funny. Especially given that it was named by the seemingly ignorant Aquaman. Meanwhile, Batman continues his attacks on the angry green giant and finds out that the evil mastermind behind Chemo’s rampage is the French cerebellious mass known as the Brain. Batman manages to burst the Brain’s muscle, however, as he is swallowed by Chemo and quite easily punctures the giant from the inside, leaving toxins spilled all over the street. Somehow, there is no worry about this, but given the toxic sewer stream in “Outsiders,” I suppose this sort of thing is normal.

In the internal struggle, the unfortunate loss of Platelet leaves the Atom enraged and finally fighting with brawn instead of brain and ultimately defeats the infection. Unfortunately, they are quite surely still stuck within the Dark Knight as the Atom lead them towards the tear ducts. As Aquaman points out, however, Batman never cries. Never. Unless you don’t have a watch of this humorous and educational jaunt through the anatomy of a hero. Actually, he still won’t - but watch it anyways.

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