BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES APPOINTMENT IN CRIME ALLEY (1992)
Kevin Conroy, Diana Muldaur, Ed Asner, Jeffrey Tambor, David L. Lander
Written by: Gerry Conway Directed by: Boyd Kirkland
Alfred – “You don’t want to be late for your 8 o’clock appointment sir.”
Bruce – “Have I ever been late?”
Alfred – “No sir.Not once in all these years.”
IT CAN BE VERY...
...infuriating if you miss an appointment; especially if you’ve known about it for a long time.But there can be a good reason for such tardiness, if it’s because of something more important.In Appointment In Crime Alley, Batman’s appointment was an annual event as it was to pay respect to his parents at the place where they had died.That place of course, if you hadn’t guessed from the title, was Crime Alley; or the Park Row district as it was better known.It was a place where the good citizens of Gotham had been through harsh times, but they still kept going, despite the best efforts of those who made their lives difficult because they were only out for themselves.It was also the home of Dr. Leslie Thompkins, Bruce Wayne’s trusted friend and the other person who was set to attend the appointment that Batman was late for.
As was usually the case, best laid plans generally went a bit skew-whiffy (isn’t life a stinker?) and so Batman was late getting to Leslie’s because a few other problems came up.Thing was, Leslie had a few problems of her own, when she stumbled across a plot set in motion by Roland Daggett to blow up most of Park Row.Daggett wanted to level the area so that he could seize the land at a steal (the cad!) and he wasn’t so bothered about anyone else’s plans that day.The men he hired for the deed were spotted by Leslie and she was quickly bound and gagged to keep her out of harms way.What they forgot to take into account was Batman’s determination, as he wasn’t just a hero he was a man on a mission.He wasn’t the sort of person to let a little thing like time get the better of him as the life of someone else was far more important; especially when it was his trusted friend Leslie.
Batman had lost a lot when he was a child and so everyone in his life became so important to him, that they were a vital part of his ongoing journey.His initial desire to reach his destination that night paled insignificance when weighed up against finding Leslie and that was the real appointment he had to make that night.Finding his friend became his number one priority, because without friends and colleagues in his life, he’d have lived a very empty existence and his promise to avenge the death of his parents would have been for nothing without having some form of life himself.Despite constant setbacks he managed to rescue Leslie and save (most of) Park Row, because no matter what, he never gave up.He kept on going because he knew that even when you can’t get to where you want to be, even when you think you should already be there, it doesn’t mean you won’t get there in the end.
THE ELEVENTH HOUR: *Whilst searching for Leslie, Batman looked through a scrapbook with newspaper clippings from the night Bruce Wayne’s parents died which detailed events that night.‘Park Row tragedy claims doctor and wife while son looks on.’‘Police examine evidence at site of crime.’The final headline explained Leslie’s connection to Bruce.‘Park Row resident Dr. Leslie Thompkins comforts Bruce Wayne, victim’s son.’
*Roland Daggett appeared in Batman: The Animated Series a number of times, with his most significant contribution in the show being his connection to the origin of the villain Clayface.
*Diana Muldaur, the actress who voiced Leslie was most famous amongst genre fans for playing Dr Pulaski in the second season of Star Trek: The Next Generation.