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What Is Reality? 

When the Riddler traps Commissioner Gordon's consciousness in a virtual reality device, Batman must enter the villain's construct to save him.


Dick Sebast




Episode cast overview:
Kevin Conroy ... Batman (voice)
Bob Hastings ... Commissioner Gordon (voice)
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... Alfred Pennyworth (voice)
Bever-Leigh Banfield ... Clerk (voice)
John Glover ... Riddler (voice)
Loren Lester ... Robin (voice)
Hal Rayle ... Broker (voice)


When the Riddler traps Commissioner Gordon's consciousness in a virtual reality device, Batman must enter the villain's construct to save him.

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24 November 1992 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


The idea of the Riddler leaving behind a numeric pattern hidden in the questions of past riddles was later used in the feature film Batman Forever (1995). See more »


When the Riddler first creates his virtual chessboard, it has seven rows and at least ten files, rather than the normal eight and eight. Even after the board is fixed to contain the normal amount of squares, while the white king and queen are positioned correctly (the white queen should be on the player's left), the board is not. Each player's back row should start with a black square on the left and end with a white square on the right. See more »


Batman: [trying to solve the Riddler's puzzle involving four quarters and a penny] Sense, red cents... copper.
Alfred Pennyworth: 'Copper' is another term for policeman.
Batman: Police, head
[looks at the tops of the coins]
Batman: quarters.
Alfred Pennyworth: And four quarters and one penny equal 101 cents.
Batman: Police Headquarters, room #101.
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a riddle no one can solve..
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 01

It, being the longest and acclaimed season of it all since this is where the scrutiny began which got the series its Emmy too. Since the season covers up more than half of the series, it comes with larger expectations to fill especially on terms of character development; the key that helps the viewers last long and enthusiast throughout the course of it. Also, it takes a smarter approach on projecting more of newer character's perspective (mostly its the villain), as it helps to create the anticipated impact.

What Is Reality?

A masterstroke by the writers and makers as they create this convoluted and thought-provoking bubble where our beloved characters struggle to survive keeping the viewers at the edge of the seat by justifying its heart of the reason or soul.

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