BEWARE THE BATMAN Episode Preview: "Tests" (S1/E3)
Posted by: Bill "Jett" Ramey (Follow @BATMANONFILM)
July 26, 2013

SYNOPSIS: A new villain has come to town to challenge Batman for control of Gotham City: Anarky. Resembling a ghost image of Batman, Anarky prides himself on his brilliance – and intends to prove it to Batman by manipulating a pair of unsuspecting pawns to do his bidding. But Anarky’s real plan is far more devastating: seeking to create a disaster seen by all of Gotham and proving once and for all that even the great Batman is powerless to protect his fair city from the clutches of Anarky.

INFO: "Secrets" was written by Jim Krieg. It originally aired on Saturday, July 27, 2013 on Cartoon Network.

PREVIEW: CLICK HERE for BOF's preview of this episode with images and video.

BEWARE THE BATMAN’s third episode may be the best yet in the series' brief existence.

Installment #3 – titled “Tests” – features Anarky as the main villain. The character’s first appearance was in DETECTIVE COMICS #608 (1989) and was the creation of Alan Grant and Norm Breyfogle. In the comics, Anarky was characterized as a child prodigy with a great knowledge of radical political philosophies. His goal was to improve society by being anti-establishment and overthrowing governments. Oh yeah, he was also a kid whose real name was Lonnie Machin.

The depiction of the character in BTB is quite different. For one thing, it appears that he’s not a kid – though that hasn’t been conclusively revealed. Also, while the comic book version of the character wore a red costume, the BTB version is dressed in white from head to toe. Why the all-white? Well, he’s the “anti-Batman” – Batman’s dressed in all-black, so his opposite dresses in all-white, get it? While The Batman is an agent of order, Anarchy’s an agent of chaos. So I guess you can say he’s sorta a combination of The Wrath from the comics and The Joker from director Chris Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Trilogy.”

The review continues after the jump!

Story-wise, “Tests” focuses on the confrontation between Batman and Anarchy, as the latter gets a thrill out of playing a “game” with the former. Of course to Batman, causing pandemonium in Gotham is no game. Also, the side storyline – which began in the previous episode, “Secrets” – that has Bruce Wayne putting his new chauffer/bodyguard, Ms. Yamashiro, through a series of challenges to prove that she’s “worthy” continues. Thus, the “Tests” title has a double meaning.

As far as the other characters, no Lt. Gordon in this episode (unless you want to count him arresting two of Anarchy’s goons that Batman had taken down at the end), and just a little bit of Alfred as The Batman allows him to take the Batmobile out for a spin...well, sorta.

Personally, I’m digging BTB more and each week. I like the look of it (the CGI doesn’t bother me in the least) and the episodic narrative of the individual episodes – which is something we really haven’t experienced in any previous animated Batman endeavor. And again, this is WAY more “adult” than one would expect for a show being run on Saturday mornings. - Bill "Jett" Ramey

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