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A district attorney who loathes Batman is forced to defend him in a twisted parody of a trial run by the inmates of Arkham Asylum who have seized control and taken them both prisoner.


Dan Riba


Paul Dini (story by), Bruce Timm (story) (as Bruce W. Timm) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Kevin Conroy ... Batman / Bruce Wayne (voice)
Bob Hastings ... Commissioner James Gordon (voice)
Liane Schirmer Liane Schirmer ... Lt. Renée Montoya (voice)
Mark Hamill ... The Joker / Waiter (voice)
Arleen Sorkin ... Harley Quinn / Dr. Harleen Quinzel (voice)
Richard Moll ... Two-Face / Harvey Dent (voice)
George Dzundza ... Arnold Wesker - The Ventriloquist / Scarface / Judge (voice)
Aron Kincaid ... Killer Croc / Waylon Jones (voice)
Roddy McDowall ... Jervis Tetch / The Mad Hatter (voice)
Stephanie Zimbalist ... Janet Van Dorn (voice)
Diane Pershing ... Poison Ivy / Dr. Pamela Isley / Reporter (voice)


A district attorney who loathes Batman is forced to defend him in a twisted parody of a trial run by the inmates of Arkham Asylum who have seized control and taken them both prisoner.

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16 May 1994 (USA) See more »

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Warner Bros. Animation See more »
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Janet Van Dorn is voiced by Stephanie Zimbalist, daughter of Efrem Zimbalist Jr., who voices Alfred. See more »


The Riddler appears on the jury, despite having never been captured or committed to Arkham. See more »


D.A. Janet Van Dorn: I suppose you, like your friends, claim that Batman 'drove' you to be a criminal?
The Mad Hatter: He did.
D.A. Janet Van Dorn: And yet, as I recall your case, you brainwashed and kidnapped a woman who rejected you.
The Mad Hatter: Batman forced me to do it! He was going to take her away from me, I had no choice!
D.A. Janet Van Dorn: You could have respected her wishes and left her alone.
The Mad Hatter: I'D HAVE KILLED HER FIRST! Oop! I'd like that last statement stricken from the record please.
The Joker: Record? Is someone supposed to be writing this down?
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20 June 2018 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

Batman: The Animated Series

One of the most successful and loved franchise of Batman, depicts the comic version at its best by going deep into the character's perspective rather than trying to cover-up or justify its sketchy tone. The animation is not only convincingly good but also seems like a lot of thought is invested on its cinematography which for the most part of it works on metaphorical way. Kevin Conroy seems the apt choice to be the voice of Batman (although not so sure about Bruce Wayne) and so does Robert Hastings for Commissioner James Gordon as it has the right amount of depth in it. A smarter approach by the makers by narrowing it down to only 20 minutes and get right to the point, keeping the audience engaged. It also brings in bigger cast like Mark Hamill to do the voice over of Joker, which is done with genuine passion and enthusiasm that is clearly visible on screen. Addition to that, the makers keep some of the villains under their sleeve and uses it as a trump card whenever felt necessary that helps in continuity and glue all individual cases as much as possible.

Season 02

After a successful run, on its first season, the makers here wisely chose to only air ten of their episodes and offer quality over quantity. Addition to that, the primary reason of betterment compared to the first one, is the consistency of thought-provoking concept and nail-biting scenes that they have projected in here. It also focuses on achieving a closure within its 20 minutes of allotted time.


A classic mishap of all the characters of Gotham, culminated into this amazing showdown as a court trial, where not only all the characteristics and properties of the characters are mocked over, but is also the most glorifying episode to air.

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