Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamil, Adrienne Barbeau, Paul Williams, Richard Moll, Diane Pershing, Aron Kincaid, Arleen Sorkin
Written by: Paul Dini Directed by: Eric Radomski
Killer Croc – “There I was, holed up in this quarry when Batman came nosing around. He was getting closer. . . Closer. .” Ivy: “And--?” Killer Croc: “I threw a rock at him!”
ONE OF THE BEST...
...elements of the Batman mythology is that Batman’s Rogues Gallery are just as interesting as him....and arguably more so. With Almost Got 'Im the Joker, Killer Croc, Poison Ivy, Two-Face and the Penguin were given a chance to prove that was true as they sat around a table to play a game of cards. Hmmm, doesn't sound all that exciting does it? Well athough a card game was just a usual past time for the group of miscreants it was really an excuse to showcase a light-hearted approach to the villains discussing the one person they all had in common - Batman! The scene was set, the biggest villains (and Croc) were all there and if you want to get really technical director Radomski's use of close-ups to create a relaxed atmosphere to the game, drew attention to the punchy dialogue and witty banter that was traded between the villains. So Penguin's suggestion that Batman suffered a traumatic event when he was younger was closer to the truth than any of the group realised and the Joker's claim that his story about how he almost defeated Batman was actually relevant to why they were all there.
As they began to tell their 'almost got 'im' tales, Ivy told of almost finishing Batman off with poison, Two-Face described a scheme involving a giant coin and then each villain took turns to describe their showdown with Batman, that in some way centred around their particular character trait. The schemes were hardly worthy of matching Batman's intellect or resourcefulness, but that was all part of the misdirection of the episode as once all of the stories had been told Batman revealed that he had hidden himself amongst the group and had been playing them all from the start. Batman had wanted to smoke out the location of a kidnapped Catwoman, which required a bit of ego stroking and a lot of patience and he knew that in order to do that he had to become one of them. Batman may be the star of his own particular story, but everyone knows that in order to play the game you need many players all prepared to take a crummy hand and that's exactly what keeps things interesting. Batman certainly knows how to come up trumps, but he'd be nothing without a few aces up his bat-sleeves.
TALL TALES: *Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamil reprised their roles of Batman and Joker on a few occasions since the DC Animated Universe ended, including a deleted sequence on the special edition DVD of Batman (1989) and on the popular game Arkham Asylum.
*All of the villains in the episode have appeared in a live action Batman movie, with the exception of Killer Croc and Harley Quinn.
*The Mad Hatter was mentioned at the beginning of the episode, but did not appear.
*Two-Face mentioned during his tale, that he tied Batman to a giant penny and when Batman got loose he was allowed to keep the coin. A giant penny has been an iconic artefact in the Batcave for many years in the comics.