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Recap: The Adventures of Batman & Robin E3 "Trial"
aka: The Adventures Of Batman And Robin Trial
District Attorney Janet Van Dorn blames Batman for the city's problems. The inmates of Arkham kidnap her and Batman and put Batman on trial, accusing him of creating them...and Janet is given the task of defending him.


  • Batman Gambit: Batman pulls one that allows Commissioner Gordon to find him, but Van Dorn also uses these to discredit the villains during their testimony.
  • Berserk Button: Van Dorn uses the Mad Hatter's obsession with Alice and Poison Ivy's fanatical love of plants against them on the witness stand, prompting both into snarling breakdowns to discredit them.
  • The Cameo: The Riddler and Scarecrow have no lines and play only minor roles in the episode, probably for budgetary reasons related to their voice actors given the already large guest cast.
  • The Cavalry: The GCPD in the climax.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Assorted Arkham inmates are baying for Batman's blood while Killer Croc suggests they "Hit'im with a rock!", which is continuity from both "Almost Got 'Im" and "Sideshow".
    • Poison Ivy makes a reference to trying to kill Harvey Dent in "Pretty Poison", her debut episode.
    • Nearly all the villains' origins are referenced in the trial.
  • Courtroom Episode
  • Create Your Own Villain: The Arkham Asylum inmates put Batman on trial, accusing him of creating them. This trial leads to the revelation that even if Batman had not pushed them off the edge, they were all deeply disturbed people and would have entered villainy anyway from their own motivations (the only thing the Caped Crusader really influenced them to do was wear costumes). In fact, they created him. The villains then come to terms with this and find Batman innocent... and then, because they are such bad guys, they try to kill him anyway.
  • Disregard That Statement: Parodied.
    Mad Hatter: Your Honor, I would like that last outburst stricken from the record.
    Joker: Record? Is someone supposed to be writing this down?
  • Enemy Mine: Van Dorn defends Batman as best she can under the circumstances despite her distaste for his vigilantism.
  • Hanging Judge: The Joker takes on this role.
  • Hello, Attorney!: Janet Van Dorn. In "Shadow of the Bat: Part 1", Van Dorn looked more like a frigid, 40-something old maid. But "Trial" was a Paul Dini episode, so Van Dorn gets a Hello Makeover.
  • His Own Worst Enemy: The episode makes it clear that all of the villains are this. They would've become what they were in some way, and Batman's interference was a coincidence, not the cause.
  • Joker Jury: With the Joker as judge!
  • Kangaroo Court: The villains of Gotham take over Arkham Asylum, where they kidnap Batman to face an obviously one-sided trial (with several villains as the jury, Two-Face as the prosecutor, and JOKER as the judge). Also, Batman's defense attorney is Janet Van Dorn, who was also kidnapped for this and happens to be anti-Batman. They actually DO win the trial, but since they're dealing with psychopathic villains, said villains were going to kill them off anyway.
  • Lap Pillow: Joker and Harley, to the disgust of Janet Van Dorn.
    Van Dorn: I object to this witness! She's obviously trying to influence the judge.
    Joker: (sounding genuinely confused) What makes you say that?
  • Mook Horror Show: When Batman escapes his straight jacket after the light is broken the villains are in a dark room lit only by Two-Face's lighter. Batman circles around the edges of room, outside the lighter's light, and grabs the villains one by one. The Joker finally says it is okay to panic when he notices Harley suspended from the ceiling and bound with the straightjacket Batman had just escaped from. To make things worse for the villains, Harley was the one who was holding onto Batman's utility belt.
  • Nuclear Candle: Two-Fight lights up a room with his lighter. The fire does not quite illuminate the entire room, leaving the edges in shadow for Batman to hide in and grab the villains one by one.
  • Off on a Technicality: "Trial" demonstrates that Batman's vigilante work can lead to this.
  • Psychotic Smirk: In the beginning, Ivy gives one to Van Dorn.
  • Rogues Gallery Showcase
  • Sanity Has Advantages: Most of the trial sequence revolves around Batman and Van Dorn using the villains' pathologies against them.
  • Shout-Out: Batman catches the skull gang's leader, who wears a T-shirt that's just like The Punisher's logo.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: Two-Face offhandedly mentions that he suggested "a quick slug between the eyes" rather than all the theatrics. Naturally, he lost the coin toss.
  • This Is no Time to Panic: Batman has been captured, bound in a straitjacket and is about to be unmasked by his Rogues Gallery. Harley Quinn has his utility belt. Janet manages to smash the only light in the room and The Dark Knight instantly escapes and retrieves his weapons. Everyone freaks out because Batman is on the loose in just the sort of poorly-lit environment where he is next to invincible.
    Two-Face: NOBODY PANIC!
    (lights a match; Batman has escaped; Harley Quinn's bound in the straitjacket, upside down, without the utility belt)
    Joker: Okay... start panicking.
  • Villains Act, Heroes React: The villains of the series come to the realization that Batman did not create them, but they they created him. If Batman had never existed they would have lost their sanity and turned to crime anyway, but it was only because of crime that Batman himself was born.
  • Villain Ball: It's good thing the villains all stay at or return to Arkham rather than rampaging through Gotham. Justified in that they're all supposed to be insane.
  • Villains Never Lie: While the villains on the stand offer versions of their origins that are only Metaphorically True, when caught out by Van Dorn they admit she's right.
  • Villain Team-Up
  • We Have Reserves:
    Scarface: Hold on, you'll hit Croc!
    Joker: What's your point?
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Riddler is seen among the villains as a juror in their Kangaroo Court. However, he disappears during the second half of the episode and his chair in the jury is even empty. One review of the episode suggests that the Riddler was smart enough to realize that the Joker's plan would probably fail anyway and pulled a Screw This, I'm Outta Here!, leaving a dummy behind in his place (which was discovered off-screen). Of course, this would create a Continuity Snarl with his next appearance, in which he's free after being judged sane rather than as an escapee.
    • Alternatively, since he never moves and has no lines, he's still catatonic following his previous appearance.
  • Woman Scorned: Van Dorn turns Harley's infatuation with the Joker into raging fury by mentioning that he'd finked on her in hopes of getting extra privileges for himself.
    Harley: Is that true, Puddin'?
    Joker: (squirming) "Finked" is such an ugly word....
    Harley: (grabs and shakes him) YOU LOUSY SCUM-SUCKING CREEP!

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