Batman: The Animated Series – The Cape and Cowl Conspiracy

by Alan Rapp on March 18, 2021

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Batman: The Animated Series - The Cape and Cowl Conspiracy television review

Throwback Thursday takes us back to Gotham City for another episode of Batman: The Animated Series. There are several interesting aspects to “The Cape and Cowl Conspiracy” including the show’s introduction of the Bat-Signal, giving us multiple death traps, featuring a villain forcing Batman (Kevin Conroy) to unmask, and offering Batman the opportunity to out think a villain whose modus operandi are in some ways similar to the Riddler (i.e. the core Bat-villain who received the least appearances on the show). In many ways, such as the villain’s attempts to lure Batman into danger through outrageous riddles, I wonder if “The Cape and Cowl Conspiracy” may have started as a Riddler episode or may have unintentionally evolved into something similar.

This is Wormwood‘s (Bud Cort) only appearance. The extractor, who specializes in death traps, is hired by Wacklaw Josek (John Rhys-Davies) to procure Batman’s cowl (or so he thinks) after Batman humiliates Josek publicly. After revealing he’s played Wormwood, in elaborate fashion, the end of the episode featuring a battle between the two in a weight room is a bit anti-climactic (oddly enough, the physical nature of the encounter is the one aspect where it makes sense to have a villain other than the Riddler responsible to luring Batman into death traps with elaborate riddles and clues).

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