EPISODE SUMMARY & REVIEW
During a Wayne Tech presentation, The Penguin hijacks a prototype military helicopter and holds Gotham City for ransom with it. The helicopter which – is named the Raven X1-11 – is a high tech helicopter that includes silent running and a cloaking device which makes it invisible to radar.
During the hijacking, Cobblepott opens fire on the crowd. While shielding a woman from the attack, a car is fired upon and explodes right in front of Bruce Wayne blinding him. Afferwards Dr. Leslie Thompkins examines Bruce, and tells him that she believes the blindness is temporary. However, she advises him to rest as much as he can to not make the damage from the attack permanent.
Bruce cannot sit back as The Penguin terrorizes his city. He has Alfred and Dr. Thompkins craft a visor which will allow Bruce to see temporarily. During the final battle between The Caped Crusader and The Penguin, Batman loses his sight, but not his will to fight. Ultimately, he is able to defeat Cobblepott, even though he’s “blind as a bat.”
“Blind as a Bat” was written by Len Wein and directed by Dan Riba. Even though this episode is centrally about how Bruce loses his eyesight, the main theme that is threaded throughout this story is “will.” No matter what will happen to Bruce, he will never stop fighting crime. “Blind as a Bat” is a such a wonderfully produced episode and was written by one of the best Batman writers of all time, Len Wein. - Justin Shanlian