"THE DEMON REBORN"
Review and screen grabs by The Flash.
Original Airdate - September 18th, 1999. - Fourth Season Premier
Batman comes to the rescue of Superman as Ra's Al Ghul, known as "The Demon" attempts to steal Superman's powers.
Written by Rich Fogel
Directed by Dan Riba
Tim Daily as Superman
Kevin Conroy as Batman
Dana Delany as Lois Lane
David Warner as Ra's Al Gual
Olivia Hussey as Tailia
Michael Horse as Ubu
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. as Alfred
Townsend Coleman as Thug Leader
Jeff Glen Bennett as Guard
John Rubano as News Anchor
Right away in the first scene I noticed the "starter" (that's what I'm going to call him) from the episode Speed Demons in the background. You know who I'm talking about. He was the black man that started the race between Flash and Superman. I thought this was quite ironic. Also in the first scene when Prof. Blackwing walked up to great Lois, did you notice that she acted just like she did when Bruce Wayne walked up to her in World's Finest Part 1? She talked really fast and ended it with saying, "This is Clark Kent."
The friction between Lois and Batman was great. I had always wondered after World's Finest what would happen if they meet again. I think we all have at one time or another. It was revealed that Lois was having second thoughts about her and Bruce's relationship. She said that there were several times that she had almost picked up the phone. Unfortunately she was talking to herself. Because, as usual, Batman had already disappeared. Ra's was his usual evil self but it was freaky to see Ra's actually showing some of his age. Although the missing teeth was kind of gross. Olivia Hussey wasn't as good at Tailia's voice like Helen Slater was. The accent bugged me. It was nice that they didn't change Ra's', Tailia's, and Ubu's designs that much from BTAS. But then of course I like BTAS a whole lot more than TNBA. :)
The animation was for the most part smooth. One of the few mistakes I noticed was that Batman's ears tended to get taller and taller the longer episode went on. Before this episode I don't think I have ever seen Superman sweat before. It looks real weird. Also when Superman was trying to stop a train from reaching a break in a bridge Superman tended to differ in size just about each time they showed a different angle of it.