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Off Balance 

Batman teams up with the mysterious Talia to retrieve a prototype weapon from the supervillain, Count Vertigo.


Kevin Altieri


Len Wein, Martin Pasko (story editor) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Kevin Conroy ... Batman (voice)
Bob Hastings ... Commissioner Gordon (voice)
Robert Costanzo ... Detective Bullock (voice)
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... Alfred Pennyworth (voice)
Barry Dennen ... Shadow Agent (voice)
Brock Peters ... Lucius Fox (voice)
Helen Slater ... Talia (voice)
Chick Vennera ... Twitch (voice)
David Warner ... Ra's al Ghul (voice)
Michael York ... Vertigo (voice)


Batman teams up with the mysterious Talia to retrieve a prototype weapon from the supervillain, Count Vertigo.

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23 November 1992 (USA) See more »

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Warner Bros. Animation See more »
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Talia's hairstyle is patterned after Veronica Lake's famous peek-a-boo hairdo. See more »


Batman states he was able to get through the vertigo trap by keeping his eyes closed and relying on his other senses. Vertigo affects the vestibular system which coordinates balance and is linked to the auditory system. Therefore closing one's eyes would not stop or even lessen the symptoms. In fact, closing your eyes could make the symptoms worse by further disorienting your balance. See more »


[last lines, Talia makes contact with her father from her plane]
Talia: Vertigo has been dealt with, Father.
Ra's al Ghul: Small wonder you seem so pleased. Then your mission?
Talia: A complete success.
[holds up rifle]
Talia: I secured this just as you asked.
Ra's al Ghul: Then choose a target and test it, daughter. We must be certain it survived its ordeal intact.
[Talia aims the rifle at a mountain, but it short-circuits causing her to drop it]
Talia: The Batman! He sabotaged it somehow!
Ra's al Ghul: So even in defeat, the detective manages to achieve some small...
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Composed by Danny Elfman
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Ladies and gentlemen, Ra's al Ghul
13 January 2017 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

You've gotta love the misdirection on 'Off Balance'. Al Ghul, one of the comics' more surreal villains is kept under wraps until the very end. And even then, he's not referred to by name. He just stands back and lets the decoys put Batman through his paces; which is still no letdown. Vertigo (in total Bond villain mode) and his Society of Shadows goons lend this episode its espionage flavor, and Talia (well played by Helen Slater) spices thing right up. It's not my favorite company doing the animation, but it still fits the story being told.

Rewatching this as an adult, I'm really looking forward to that Demon Head two-parter.


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