Clash of the Metal Men!
Original Airdate - January 29th, 2010
Batman is introduced to a team of energetic androids known as the Metal Men. When their creator goes missing at the hands of the Gas Gang, Batman helps them track the villains to get him back.

Written by Dean Stephan
Directed by Michael Goguen
Animation by Dongwoo Animation
Review by Andrew
Media by Warner Bros. Animation
Cast
Diedrich Bader as Batman
Dee Bradley Baker as Chemo and Tin
Brian Bloom as Iron and Oxygen
Corey Burton as Doc Magnus and Mercury
John DiMaggio as Aquaman and Faceless Hunter
Bill Fagerbakke as Helium and Lead
Lex Lang as Gold and Hydrogen
Hynden Walch as Carbon Dioxide and Platinum

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


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Review
When this episode first started, I was a bit concerned due to the presence of Aquaman. I’ve been loving this incarnation of Aquaman plenty, don’t get me wrong, but he’s really had plenty of spotlight this season. Fortunately, I was wrong - for the most part. It featured Aquaman quite a bit, but the real focus was on continuing the serial arc of the invasion of the creature Starro. This was a fantastic and unexpected way to continue it, as I thought it would be solely focused on the previous heroes we were introduced to for the first Starro teaser. Easily one of the best teasers of the show, or I may simply be a sucker for things involving starfish taking over the mind of a Dolphin.

The rest of the episode gives us the first introduction of the sextuple team The Metal Men, and their creator Dr. Magnus. The beginning of the episode is easily the weakest part of it, as it features Chemo yet again wreaking Godzilla-like havoc. While Chemo is moderately interesting, it’s just a bit odd that Batman is fighting him alone after coming so close to death in “Journey to the Center of the Bat” after being infected by Chemo’s toxic innards. I suppose it could be explained that he now has an antidote for it, but the entire scene just comes across as too convenient of an intro for The Metal Men. Despite this, however, the episode nicely picks up when we finally leave Chemo behind.

They’re not the sole long forgotten introduction to this episode, though. Emerging as their newfound foes, colleagues of Dr. Magnus’ that had been thought dead come back as the body lacking creatures known as The Gas Gang. Both of these introductions are wonderfully done, and the episode - after getting away from Chemo - never ceases to amuse with the face off between The Metal Men and their gaseous foes. The spontaneous decision to combine The Metal Men with Batman was odd and a bit too convenient, but wasn’t bad in the end. Overall, if you’re a pre-existing fan of these guys, or have never heard of them before - like me - then I highly recommend this episode!

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