In this episode, which details the origins of Batgirl, Commissioner Gordon is framed for corruption and taking bribes. First part of a two part episode.
It is time to review Batman the Animated Series Episode 57 Shadow of the Bat Part I. In this episode, Commissioner Gordon is arrested on charges of corruption and his daughter Barbara dresses as Batman during a rally to try and gather support. This leads to her becoming Batgirl. Batman the Animated Series Episode 57 Shadow of the Bat Part I aired on September 13th 1993 on FOX.
Batman the Animated Series Episode 57 Shadow of the Bat Part I
This episode is rather important, as it leads to the origins of Batgirl. It starts out innocent enough with Batman stopping another operation of Rupert Thorne. However, it fully blows up into Commissioner Gordon being investigated for charges of corruption. As you may know, Gordon is one of the only honest cops in the cesspool of crime and corruption known as Gotham City, so the fact that he is also guilty of corruption, is rather awful for many reasons.
Barbara Gordon meanwhile is in disbelief, as are many others. She tries to rally Batman’s help to help the Commissioner, but Batman seems unwilling to help. Of course, Batman is obviously conducting his own investigation to who framed Gordon. She makes sure that one way or another, Batman will be here.
Batman did investigate, but he did send Robin to the rally as support. Which complicates things, when Barbara shows up in a Batman outfit and gets involved stopping an attempted attack on the rally at assistant commissioner Gil Mason. Robin naturally confronts her and it is revealed that this Batman is really a Batgirl.
We find out that Gil Mason might not be on the level but it’s confirmed very much in the second part.
Batman or rather “Matches Malone” tries to investigate what happened through the criminal underworld, but he runs afoul of the mastermind behind this plot, Two Face. Two Face as usual lets the coin decide the fate of Matches and unfortunately, the odds are not in his favor.
Batgirl meanwhile goes into the night to investigate as this episode ends.
So a rather solid first part, with part two coming up. You can watch Batman the Animated Series Episode 57 Shadow of the Bat Part I on Batman the Animated Series Volume 3 DVD or Batman the Animated Series the Complete Collection.