The Top 10 Worst Episodes of "The Batman"

by SlyGuy21 | created - 30 Jul 2016 | updated - 30 Jul 2016 | Public

"The Batman" was (and will more than likely always be) a very underrated Batman show. Sure it had some odd character designs and it wasn't as dark as other Batman shows, but it still had plenty of good to it. One thing it does share with previous Batman shows though, is that it has some bad episodes. Out of 65 episodes, I found 13 that I will never watch again. 13 out of 65 is a pretty good number though, it's essentially one bad season, beings the seasons of the show were 13 episodes each. Well we might as well get started. Just like my "Batman: The Animated Series" lists, I'll put the episodes that didn't make the Top 10 here, but this time as "Dishonorable Mentions"

13. "Night and the City". Out of all the episodes on this list, this one just barely made it on here. There was a lot of good to this episode, but one thing made me never want to watch it again, Chief Rojas. Rojas was always just a James Gordon stand-in, only his role in the series was entirely one-note. He didn't like Batman, repeat that character for 26 straight episodes and you have the reason why this episode annoys me. Granted Rojas never shows up again, and if he was removed from this episode entirely I would like it a lot more.

12. "Topsy Turvy". Much like "Night and the City", this episode mostly suffers from one thing in particular. If Joker's plan to turn people into playing cards wasn't as ridiculous, I would like this episode a lot more. There have always been strange Batman episodes, but for some reason, this one is just too ridiculous for me to enjoy.

11. "Brawn". This episode isn't all that bad, it's just forgettable. Barbara was still new to the show and they hadn't found the right balance for her character yet. So a lot of her jokes fall flat, and Joker's just kind of phoning it in for the episode. I'll stick with Joker injecting himself with Titan formula in "Batman: Arkham Asylum" over this next time, thanks though.

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1. The Batman (2004–2008)
Episode: The Butler Did It (2005)

TV-Y7 | 21 min | Animation, Short, Action

Spellbinder, a three-eyed mystic with the ability to induce both hypnosis and visions, sets his sights on stealing the valuable Eye of Sarkana--mesmerizing Alfred to be his personal thief.

Director: Brandon Vietti | Stars: Rino Romano, Alastair Duncan, Michael Massee, André Sogliuzzo

Votes: 96

Number 10. This episode just feels like a wasted opportunity. All paths to this lead to Mad Hatter being the villain, but it's Spellbinder, you know, that disgruntled counselor from "Batman Beyond". Only this time, Spellbinder's a monk with no personality. I appreciate the writers wanting to introduce a different villain into the show, but sometimes the obvious villain is the best one. The fact that Mad Hatter doesn't even appear in the series is another reason why this episode just feels like a waste.

2. The Batman (2004–2008)
Episode: The Batman/Superman Story: Part II (2007)

TV-Y7 | 23 min | Animation, Short, Action

Batman and Robin must free Superman from Lex Luthor's control via Poison Ivy's hypnotic spores.

Director: Christopher Berkeley | Stars: Rino Romano, Evan Sabara, George Newbern, Clancy Brown

Votes: 100

Number 9. "Inconsistent", that should've been the title for this episode. The first part of this story wasn't all that good, and everything that "Part I" built up was undone immediately in this. Aside from the finale, the rest of the episode feels rushed, phoned-in, and overall it's just inconsistent (there's that word again). Thankfully, Superman wasn't in many episodes so we only had to put up with him for this and the finale. All of this could've been easily avoided had Superman not been in this episode, or if he hadn't been written into a corner 50 years ago.

3. The Batman (2004–2008)
Episode: The Batman/Superman Story: Part I (2007)

TV-Y7 | 22 min | Animation, Short, Action

Lex Luthor teams with the rogues of Gotham City in a scheme to place Metropolis' Man of Steel under his control.

Director: Vinton Heuck | Stars: Rino Romano, Evan Sabara, George Newbern, Clancy Brown

Votes: 114

Number 8. I understand why they did this episode, they wanted to take Batman to the next level, but introducing a super-powered cardboard cutout wasn't the right way to do it. We already met the Martian Manhunter in the season before this, so adding Superman was inevitable. If you're a fan of Superman, this episode'll probably be better for you, but I don't watch Batman shows to see Superman, I don't care about Superman, I've never cared about Superman. Here's a question: Who would win in a fight, Superman or John Cena?

4. The Batman (2004–2008)
Episode: The Metal Face of Comedy (2007)

TV-Y7 | 21 min | Animation, Short, Action

A strange mishap causes the Joker's personality to be downloaded into a nanite entity, and the digitized Joker is an even greater threat than the real deal.

Director: Vinton Heuck | Stars: Rino Romano, Evan Sabara, Kevin Michael Richardson, Hynden Walch

Votes: 83

Number 7. So earlier I mentioned how Joker's plan in "Topsy Turvy" was "too ridiculous", so is this, but this goes from ridiculous, to overly-complicated, to stupid. Joker getting downloaded into the internet is ridiculous enough, but once a nanobot Joker starts to show up, this episode flies off the rails at 200 miles per hour. It just feels pointless, because this could've easily been a Clayface episode. Just have Karlo impersonate Joker and frame him for a bunch of crimes in order to distract Batman while he carries out a deadlier plan. I don't know, much like "The Butler Did It" this episode has everything on track to be good, but it goes off the path just to be unique and it hurts the final product.

5. The Batman (2004–2008)
Episode: Pets (2005)

TV-Y7 | 21 min | Animation, Short, Action

Penguin discovers a sonic device that allows him to turn Man-Bat into his personal slave. Meanwhile, Alfred must deal with a raccoon that has found its way into the Bat-Cave and is wreaking havoc on the electrical equipment.

Director: Sam Liu | Stars: Rino Romano, Alastair Duncan, Tom Kenny, Peter MacNicol

Votes: 95

Number 6. When the high point of your episode is Alfred trying to catch a raccoon, your episode is flawed. When you have Langstrom turn into Man-Bat because of a fancy dog whistle, your episode is very flawed. When your episode has Penguin use Man-Bat in order to carry out crimes, your episode is just bad. This episode had potential, but for some reason the writers decided to included Penguin and dog whistles. This could've been an OK Man-Bat episode, or an OK Penguin episode, but combining both of them was like combining water and oil.

6. The Batman (2004–2008)
Episode: Thunder (2006)

TV-Y7 | 20 min | Animation, Short, Action

After losing the mayoral election, billionaire technologies' mogul Maximilian Zeus takes to the skies in an airship in order to rule over Gotham like a god. Employing the Batwing and ... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Berkeley | Stars: Danielle Judovits, Rino Romano, Michael Bell, Phil LaMarr

Votes: 80

Number 5. Poor Maxie Zeus, I hope you're not this stupid in the comics. Unlike his episode in "Batman: The Animated Series", he is played dead serious in this. The guy that thinks he's a god and wants to destroy Gotham because he wasn't elected Mayor is played dead serious. The guy with a floating battleship that has a lightning cannon and wants to destroy Gotham because he wasn't elected Mayor is played dead serious. If you're gonna try and destroy Gotham, doing so because you lost an election is a pretty stupid reason to do so. His motives are stupid, his portrayal is laughable, he's not a threat at all, and the fact that he had more than one henchman is pretty sad. Here's hoping whoever loses the 2016 Presidential Race doesn't react like Zeus did here.

7. The Batman (2004–2008)
Episode: Batgirl Begins: Part 2 (2005)

TV-Y7 | 22 min | Animation, Short, Action

After a chemical accident transforms her into a half-human half-plant being, Pam Isley takes the name Poison Ivy and sets out to destroy Gotham's environmental polluters.

Director: Christopher Berkeley | Stars: Danielle Judovits, Rino Romano, Alastair Duncan, Jeffrey Combs

Votes: 100

Number 4. Season 3 as a whole was not an easy one to get through. Sure it had some good episodes, but a lot of them were just OK and it had a really disappointing start. The first part of this story is good, it's an interesting change to Ivy and Barbara. The second part is rushed, lazily written, and anticlimactic. When the big cliffhanger of the previous episode is resolved by accident, your episode wasn't written very well. The climax is lackluster, Barbara isn't funny, and Ivy's more annoying than she is a threat.

8. The Batman (2004–2008)
Episode: A Dark Knight to Remember (2005)

TV-Y7 | 22 min | Animation, Short, Action

After a physical trauma causes him to forget he's The Batman, Bruce Wayne finds himself kidnapped by Penguin. Batgirl rescues the "helpless" amnesiac billionaire but is captured herself.

Director: Brandon Vietti | Stars: Rino Romano, Alastair Duncan, Danielle Judovits, Grey Griffin

Votes: 94

Number 3. I don't think I've ever seen an episode try so hard to be funny, and fail so bad at it. This was agony to watch, 99% of the jokes fall flat, the plot is clichéd, the climax is predictable, and it all adds up to torture that I'll never subject myself to again. If this was their attempt to give Barbara her own episode, they failed, hard. Amnesia episodes are already overused, and they all play out the same way, so what was the point of having this? You know what's worse than a bad comedy? Apparently the last two episodes on this list, brace yourself.

9. The Batman (2004–2008)
Episode: Seconds (2007)

TV-Y7 | 23 min | Animation, Short, Action

After a seemingly ordinary criminal continues to get the better of Batman and his partners it is discovered that he has the ability to travel back in time by several seconds. Batman is now ... See full summary »

Director: Matt Youngberg | Stars: Rino Romano, Alastair Duncan, Evan Sabara, Townsend Coleman

Votes: 103

Number 2. This episode is bad, wait that's not right, let me start over. This episode sucks, no that's not right either, let me start over. This episode is dumb, nope that's still not right, one more time. This episode is annoying and stupid, there that's perfect. As if Clock King wasn't bad enough, we get this loser who isn't even given a villain name attempting to be a threat for a half hour. Every time he messes up, he rewinds the scene, guess how many times he messes up, the whole episode. Guess how many of those rewinds we actually see, almost all of them. Guess how big of a threat this guy is, a bowl of oatmeal is a bigger threat than him. Unfunny, drawn-out, annoying, stupid, and ultimately worthless. "Why is this worthless?" you ask, because at the end he rewinds all the time after he got arrested and stops the whole episode from happening. So what was the point of the episode then?!? Also, being able to rewind time because you look at clocks too long is the stupidest way to get powers I've ever heard. You might as well tell me you got bitten by a radioactive clock, that would've been more believable.

10. The Batman (2004–2008)
Episode: The End of the Batman (2008)

TV-Y7 | 21 min | Animation, Short, Action

The Batman meets his opposite number in the form of the Wrath and his partner Scorn. Includes appearances by Joker, Penguin, Scarface/Ventriloquist and Killer Croc.

Director: Vinton Heuck | Stars: Rino Romano, Evan Sabara, Alastair Duncan, Tom Kenny

Votes: 93

Number 1. To call this episode "trash", would be a compliment. To call this episode "lazy" would be a compliment. To call this episode "worthless", would be a compliment. There needs to be a new word invented so I can properly describe this thing. This episode gets everything wrong, and it thinks it gets everything right. Interesting villains? Nope, they're just generic re-colors of Bruce and Dick. Good villain motives? Nope, they hate Batman for something he didn't do, makes sense. Smart villains? Ha, they know Bruce is Batman and don't tell anybody. Good climax? Nope, it ends with them not being able to tell everyone Bruce is Batman via Joker Gas and we never see them again. So what happens when they're given the antidote? It doesn't matter, they're never seen again. So what happens to their stupid motives and their knowledge of where the Batcave is? It doesn't matter, they're never seen again. So what was the point of this episode? To waste your time.

Man, that was an ordeal. Thankfully, the "Worst Episodes" list is now over. So now I can post the "Best Episodes" list and end this on a high note.

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