The BEST Episodes of The Batman

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 28, 2020

Network: The WB

A young Bruce Wayne is in his third year of trying to establish himself as Batman, protector of Gotham City. He is in his mid-twenties, just finding his way as protector, defender and Caped Crusader, while balancing his public persona as billionaire bachelor Bruce Wayne. Living in Gotham, a metropolis where shadows run long and deep, beneath elevated train tracks, this younger Batman will confront updated takes of familiar foes - meeting each member of his classic Rogue's Gallery for the first time. From the likes of Joker, Penguin, Catwoman, Mr. Freeze, Riddler and Man-Bat, among others, the war on crime jumps to the next level with a new arsenal at the Dark Knight's disposal, all operated and linked by an advanced remote-controlled invention he dubs the "Bat-Wave."

Artifacts

#1 - Artifacts

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 3, 2007

A thousand years into the future, the citizens of new Gotham must uncover the history of the Batman in order to stop a new Mr. Freeze.

star 7.87
141 votes
Directors: Brandon Vietti
Writers: Greg Weisman
The Batman/Superman Story (2)

#2 - The Batman/Superman Story (2)

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 29, 2007

Batman and Robin must battle Superman, who is under Lex Luthor's mind control, as the villain plans to launch a wave of robots and take over the world's armies.

star 7.76
174 votes
Writers: Steve Cuden
Bird of Prey

#3 - Bird of Prey

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Feb 12, 2005

Penguin is jealous of Bruce Wayne's wealth and breaks into Wayne Manor. He kidnaps Alfred and ransacks the place while Bruce is doing an interview. Batman arrives to help right in time, only to get chained up by Penguin as well. Can Batman find a way out of this crazy mess?

star 7.74
90 votes
Directors: Brandon Vietti
Writers: Steven Melching
Team Penguin

#4 - Team Penguin

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 30, 2006

After watching a movie about criminal masterminds, Penguin gets the idea to form a team of Gotham's greatest villains in order to finally take Batman down. Meanwhile, Batgirl and Robin must learn how to work together.

star 7.68
91 votes
Directors: Anthony Chun
Writers: Joseph Kuhr
Clayfaces

#5 - Clayfaces

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 7, 2006

After the Joker's plan to make all the dogs laugh like hyenas is thwarted by Clayface (Ethan Bennett), he plans to prove himself to Batman by turning a new leaf. Meanwhile, actor Basil Karlo steals the mutagen responsible for Ethan Bennett for becoming Clayface and he becomes the new Clayface. Can Batman trust Ethan enough to help him stop Karlo?

star 7.60
77 votes
Directors: Matt Youngberg
Writers: Steven Melching
The Batman/Superman Story (1)

#6 - The Batman/Superman Story (1)

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 22, 2007

Batman and Superman find themselves teamed up when Lex Luthor begins his operations in Gotham City to take down his arch-nemesis, and employs a horde of the Batman's villains to do so.

star 7.59
166 votes
Directors: Vinton Heuck
Writers: Alan Burnett
The Joining (2)

#7 - The Joining (2)

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired May 5, 2007

Martian Manhunter's prediction of an alien invasion by The Joining has come true. As Batman tries to stop them on his own, he learns that even working with a team will stop The Joining.

star 7.59
161 votes
Writers: Douglas Petrie, Jane Espenson
The Rubberface of Comedy

#8 - The Rubberface of Comedy

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Apr 30, 2005

Joker's back in town and has a new invention, Joker putty, that can morph anything and everything into rubber or putty. Meanwhile, Chief Rojas tells his Detectives to stop both Joker and the Batman once and for all, saying both of them have no place in Gotham.

star 7.56
91 votes
Directors: Sam Liu
Writers: Greg Weisman
The Apprentice

#9 - The Apprentice

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Feb 11, 2006

Inspired by the Batman/Batgirl partnership, the Joker decides to recruit his own sidekick and gain a partner in crime.

star 7.54
76 votes
Directors: Brandon Vietti
Writers: Steven Melching
A Matter of Family

#10 - A Matter of Family

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 23, 2006

After a young circus performer named Dick Grayson loses his parents to a criminal named Tony Zucco, Bruce Wayne adopts the young boy. Once Bruce's secret is revealed, Dick joins Batman as his new sidekick, Robin. Together, they set out to find Zucco and bring him to justice.

star 7.54
114 votes
Directors: Brandon Vietti
Writers: Michael Jelenic
Swamped

#11 - Swamped

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Jun 11, 2005

Killer Croc, a half-man, half reptile plans to submerge all of Gotham in water in order to facilitate his plundering of the city.

star 7.53
81 votes
Directors: Brandon Vietti
Writers: Greg Klein, Thomas 'Tom' Pugsley
Batgirl Begins (2)

#12 - Batgirl Begins (2)

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 24, 2005

Continuing where we left off in the first part, Barbara Gordon becomes Batgirl in order to save the commissioner, but does Batman really want a sidekick?

star 7.53
85 votes
The Bat in the Belfry

#13 - The Bat in the Belfry

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 11, 2004

After stopping a heist by Rupert Thorne, Batman returns to the batcave to learn that all criminals in Arkham Asylum have mysteriously been released. Batman finds out that it's a crazed clown named Joker whom released them, and he plans to make a blimp full of laughing gas to explode over Gotham so every citizen turns into a lunatic. It's up to Batman to stop him.

star 7.50
422 votes
Directors: Seung Eun Kim
Writers: Duane Capizzi
The Clayface of Tragedy

#14 - The Clayface of Tragedy

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired May 7, 2005

Leaving of after the previous episode, Ethan transforms into the monstrous Clayface by Joker's putty. After having the whole town fear and loathe him as Clayface, he targets the man he despises the most, Chief Rojas. When Batman and Yin realize who he is, they will have to work together to keep Ethan from becoming anything like Joker.

star 7.49
91 votes
Directors: Seung Eun Kim
Writers: Greg Weisman
Strange Minds

#15 - Strange Minds

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Sep 3, 2005

Joker takes Detective Yin hostage, but once captured he refuses to tell of her whereabouts. Convinced it's the only way to learn Yin's location before she meets her demise, Batman uses a device created by Professor Hugo Strange to enter the bizarre brain of the Joker in search of an answer.

star 7.47
81 votes
Directors: Brandon Vietti
Writers: Greg Weisman
Meltdown

#16 - Meltdown

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Jun 25, 2005

Ethan Bennett is captured and put on trial for his crimes as Clayface. He's released on probation but finds the temptations of a criminal life too great.

star 7.44
81 votes
Directors: Seung Eun Kim
Writers: Greg Weisman
Traction

#17 - Traction

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 25, 2004

Three mob bosses want revenge on Batman because he constantly took down their operations. They call in a very mysterious man named Bane to finish him off, once and for all. Bane may seem like a normal criminal, but he has a secret, a secret so powerful that it could destroy all of Gotham. After their first encounter, Bane easily takes down Batman, hurting him badly. Now, Batman must think of a new way to stop this menace.

star 7.44
257 votes
Directors: Sam Liu
Writers: Adam Beechen
The Man Who Would Be Bat

#18 - The Man Who Would Be Bat

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 30, 2004

A flock of bats lead Yin and Bennett to Wayne Industries, where Bruce has a scientist named Dr. Langstrom working on a project related to bats. In truth, Langstrom actually develops a serum that can turn him into the ""Man-Bat"", so people will fear him. Man-Bat goes out of control and flies out into the city, feeding on animal blood.

star 7.43
162 votes
Directors: Seung Eun Kim
Writers: Greg Klein, Thomas 'Tom' Pugsley
Lost Heroes (1)

#19 - Lost Heroes (1)

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired Mar 8, 2008

The super-powered members of the Justice League begin disappearing one by one. Only Batman and Green Arrow are left to investigate and discover that old enemies are involved.

star 7.40
138 votes
Directors: John Fang
Writers: Stan Berkowitz
The Cat and the Bat

#20 - The Cat and the Bat

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 2, 2004

After ensuing in a lengthy chase with his new foe, Catwoman, Batman's utility belt gets swiped. Now, with his belt in the wrong hands, Batman must figure out how to find the cat burglar before she puts his belt to no good use.

star 7.40
144 votes
Directors: Sam Liu
Writers: Adam Beechen
The Big Dummy

#21 - The Big Dummy

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 27, 2004

Arnold Wesker is a ventriloquist who controls Scarface, a living puppet that has a whole other personality. Together, they pull off bank heists and Scarface promises this is their final one. Scarface, along with two knucklehead muscles, plan on stealing a gold reserve from Gotham Bank. Batman tries to stop the puppet and his lackeys. Meanwhile, Alfred plays matchmaker for Bruce.

star 7.40
93 votes
Directors: Sam Liu
Writers: Robert Goodman
RPM

#22 - RPM

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 5, 2005

A new villain, Gearhead, makes his first appearance robbing a charity race, and Batman soon finds himself forced to upgrade the Batmobile to keep up with the cybernetic bad guy.

star 7.40
73 votes
Writers: Christopher 'Chris' Yost
Topsy Turvy

#23 - Topsy Turvy

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Feb 5, 2005

Joker is out of Arkham. He's going after everyone responsible for getting him arrested, turning them into playing cards ... with the Batman being his main target.

star 7.37
96 votes
Directors: Seung Eun Kim
Writers: Adam Beechen
Riddled

#24 - Riddled

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired May 21, 2005

A mysterious villain known as the Riddler challenges Yin, secretly helped by Batman, to a number of riddles. Things are not what they seem from the riddles...

star 7.37
155 votes
Directors: Seung Eun Kim
Writers: Christopher 'Chris' Yost, J.D. Murray
The Big Chill

#25 - The Big Chill

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 6, 2004

Using his new ice powers, Mr. Freeze steals the most rarest and valuable diamonds all over Gotham. When him and Batman first cross paths, he tells the Bat he's the reason why he's a cryogenic monster. It's because of a much earlier chase between them, which led to a cryogenics lab. He will stop at nothing to make Gotham his own personal domain, unless the Batman can think of a way to stop this menace.

star 7.34
150 votes
Directors: Brandon Vietti
Writers: Greg Weisman