In "The Laughing Bat," Joker apparently thinks Batman's secret identity is an office job a la Superman, complete with Clark Kenting. Of course, he could just be using his own origin instead, as "Strange Minds" suggests he used to be an office worker himself.
Clayface is almost always frowning or appears to be frowning, while Joker is always smiling, bearing resemblance to the "Tragedy and Comedy" masks, symbolized even more by Ethan's life being outright ruined by becoming Clayface.
You probably wouldn't pick this up if you watched these episodes randomly but if you watch them in numerical order you notice a certain pattern in Batman's Character Development; at the end of season one he gives Detective Yin a Bat-Wave, second season finale Batman has official ties with the GCPD, by the end of the third season he has accepted Batgirl into his fold, season four premier enter the Boy Wonder, season four finale and half of the fifth season involves superhero team ups culminating in a Justice League episode. Basically Batman is learning the value of teammates throughout the series.
Bruce's HeroicBSoD in "The Big Chill" once you take into consideration what's happened the last three episodes: namely Bane, Man-Bat, and now Mr. Freeze's arrival in Gotham which can be tied directly to his alter ego. Its no wonder that he considers it his fault for them especially when Freeze's creation was his fault.
In "Grundy's Night", while looking for Grundy, Bruce says to the patygoer he runs into he's looking for a "friend of [his]". This was an early hint before Alfred calls Bruce back with the DNA test results that "Grundy" was really Ethan.
Why does every major member of the Batman's rogues gallery suffer from Villain Decay as the series wears on? There are three reasons. First, the Batman at the beginning of the show is still relatively inexperienced and tends to make mistakes. By the end of the third season, however, he's matured into a much more capable crimefighter while his enemies haven't changed their tactics much, if at all. Second, Batman is learning from his previous encounters and coming in prepared to deal with his enemies' usual tricks. He couldn't do that in their first appearances because they were complete unknowns to him. And third, he picks up more and more allies as the series goes on. At first, he's fighting completely alone. Then Detective Yin joins forces with him, followed by the rest of the police department under the direction of Commissioner Gordon (which also spares him from having to worry about being arrested). Then Batgirl and Robin join up, and finally he begins allying with other superheroes. Penguin lampshades this in "A Dark Knight to Remember," complaining that the newly-installed Bat-signal at police headquarters has halved the time it takes for Batman to catch up with him.
In "Strange Minds", Batman goes into the Joker's head and encounters the pre-chemical bath Joker, "the only shadow of his former self left" in his mind. ...Who then gets dunked into a vat of chemicals and becomes another Joker. Any chance there was of the Joker being reformed and cured of his insanity is gone now.
I watched the episode "Riddler's Revenge" a few times before I noticed something. In the episode the Riddler is trying to kill a businessman who wronged him years ago, and when Batman helps the man get away, he takes Riddler's staff and uses the controls on it to blow up the boat. Par for the course so far, right? But I noticed that later in the episode one of Riddler's henchmen hands Riddler his staff. How did he get it? The businessman took it. The most likely explanation is the henchmen killed the guy off-screen!
To be fair, I remember something about him setting off the explosives while Batman and Riddler were still on board the ship. Riddler I can understand but Batman?
Yes, I mentioned that, but what I meant was that he set off the explosives with Riddler's staff. So how did Riddler's henchmen get it back? Also, yeah, leaving Batman to die was cold :(
When I first watched the episode and saw that scene, I assumed that the Henchmen had a spare on hand, after all if I was fighting a guy who has a tendency to win, I'd want a spare weapon in case my original gets destroyed during the fight.
The Riddler presumably has multiples of the staff, since he seems to have them outfitted to control whatever gadgets/machinery/bombs are relevant to his current plot. I assume The Batman also has more than one belt in the batcave. Also, the businessman in question is shown to be an enormous jerkass in the Riddler's flashbacks, making his offhand detonation of Batman adjacent explosives totally in character.
In "Artifacts" we see that Batgirl became Oracle sometime in the future, complete with her wheelchair. That means in this continuity "The Killing Joke" is canon!
Not necessarily. Who's to say she didn't get paralysed some other way?
When characters are as iconic as comicbook heroes, certain things will always happen in a certain way. Superman will always be beaten to death by Doomsday, Gwen Stacy will always die by falling from great heights while Spiderman tries to save her, and thus if Batgirl gets crippled it will be by the iconic story that did so...