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Moon of the Wolf-Title Card
"Moon of the Wolf"
Airdate: November 11, 1992
Production Number: 43
Airdate Order: 36
Animation Services by: Akom Production Co.
Written by: Len Wein
Directed by: Dick Sebast
Episode images (10)

"Moon of the Wolf" is the 36th episode of Batman: The Animated Series. It depicts the return of Dr. Milo and the introduction of Anthony Romulus.

Plot

Moon of the Wolf attack

The werewolf prepares to take his first victim.

It's a peaceful night in Gotham Park and a man, John Hamner, quietly walks his dog. Suddenly, the dog starts to get agitated and growls at an unseen creature. The man dismisses the dog's fears, but he is soon confronted by a hulking man-wolf. The werewolf prepares to kill Hamner, but Batman arrives and saves him. The werewolf, however, manages to escape.

Batman goes to see Commissioner Gordon and tells him about a "mugger in a werewolf mask". Gordon checks the files, but only learns that a couple of Alaskan Timber Wolves were stolen from the Gotham Zoo. Remembering that the victim was a guard from the Zoo, and finding some genuine fur on his gloves, Batman realizes that it might be an actual werewolf.

The werewolf heads out an smashes his way into Dr. Milo's, cabin. Milo is unconcerned, however, and waits for the werewolf to revert to his human form. He assures the man that everything will be over soon now that Hamner has been killed, but the man tells him that he failed due to Batman's interference. Milo is outraged and decides that the werewolf has a new target.

Later, a radio announcement states that the Olympic champion Anthony Romulus will be making a donation to a charity and will double it if Batman himself arrives to receive the check. Talking to Romulus, Bruce asks about the interest in Batman and Romulus claims he wants to meet "Gotham's second best athlete".

Moon of the Wolf desperate

Anthony Romulus sees Dr. Milo about his strange condition.

Batman arrives to meet Romulus, who seems friendly enough, but he then discovers that the room is filled with a knockout gas. He tries to put on his gas mask but is too late and he passes out. Milo then arrives and puts the second part of his plan into motion.

While the two men wait for Batman to awaken, Romulus ponders on the unpleasant task of killing him, and confronts Milo over the evil he's made him do. However, Milo reminds him that he's the only one with the cure to Romulus' condition recalls how all he trained to become an Olympic champion, but he wasn't satisfied. Wanting a guaranteed win, he went to Milo for an undetectable performance enhancer. Milo showed him a serum derived from steroids and wolf estrogen. Romulus immediately snatched the vial and gulped the serum down. It proved to be a success and Romulus won at every event he competed in. With the fame, he amassed a fortune, but he turned back on Milo's deal and refused to share the profits. This proved to be a mistake as the serum infected him with lycanthropy. Romulus went to Milo to seek out help, but was tricked into drinking a formula that completely turned him into a werewolf. The price for the cure was complete loyalty and obedience.

Moon of the Wolf fight

The werewolf and Batman fight for the last time.

Meanwhile, at the Gotham Zoo, Hamner is confronted by Harvey Bullock, who discovers that Hamner was bribed to leave the wolves' cage unlocked. However, he doesn't know who hired him, and is arrested.

Back at Milo's cabin, Romulus' condition takes hold and he transforms. However, instead of killing Batman like he was supposed to, he goes after Milo. In fear, Milo drops the antidote, which makes the werewolf very angry. In his rampage, the werewolf smashes the cabin and causes Milo to fall into a ditch unconscious.

With Milo out of the way, the werewolf attacks Batman, who manages to get free of his chains. However, Batman is no match for the creature. Looking to even the odds, he climbs up to the top of the stadium where he was chained. Bullock and other officers arrive, and he orders them to hold their fire. Batman uses the heavy hook on a crane to stop the werewolf, who manages to grab hold of the crane but lightning strikes it and he falls into the river. Milo is taken into custody, but the werewolf is nowhere to be found.

Later, Romulus has disappeared and his house is sold to pay off his creditors. The buyers ask the realtor where he went, but she says that no one really knows. They also wonder why someone who had "just about everything" would suddenly give it all up.

Elsewhere, a wolf howls at the full moon.

Background information

Home video releases

Production inconsistencies

  • During the fight, when Batman says, "Guess not", the yellow outline of his emblem turns white.
  • Milo's coat changes from white to brown several times throughout the episode.
  • The display at Gotham Zoo misspells "Leopards" as "Lepords".
  • There are a few instances where Romulus' shirt changes from beige to black.
  • When Batman is captured, Romulus takes his utility belt. Throughout the fight, Batman is pictured wearing it. However, it's clear he doesn't really have the belt since he never uses any equipment from it.
  • When Batman says, "From his uniform, I'd say he works for the zoo", he gestures with his left hand. However, in the next shot when he says, "I doubt it's a coincidence", it changes to his right hand.
  • Batman uses his teeth to pick up a pin and unlock one of his shackles. However, he doesn't really need his teeth to undo the lock as he should be able to reach one hand to the other.

Trivia

  • The episode is based on the comics story "Moon of the Wolf" (Batman #255, April 1974), also by Len Wein.
  • When Milo holds up the newspaper, the photo is captioned with Bruce Timm's name.
  • The name of Romulus and Milo's hideout is Sebast Construction, the surname of the episode's director, Dick Sebast.
  • John Hamner slightly resembles the zoo guard who saw Garth the ape man apprehend Selina Kyle in "Tyger, Tyger".

Cast

Actor Role
Kevin Conroy Batman
Bob Hastings Commissioner Gordon
Robert Costanzo Detective Bullock
Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. Alfred
Norman (uncredited)
Harry Hamlin Romulus
Janet May Andrea
Real estate agent (uncredited)
Peter Scolari John Hamner
Frank Welker Werewolf FX
Buyer (uncredited)
Treat Williams Milo

Quotes

Batman: If it's a fight you're looking for, try starting one with me!


Romulus: Milo, you're a worse animal than anything that I turn into.


Batman: Masquerade party's over, hairy!


Milo: (to the werewolf) Oh, please. Spare me the melodrama. In precisely seven seconds, all your fearsome growling won't mean a blessed thing.


Milo: I'm sorry, Batman, but you really should have taken the doctored drink.


Batman: (Fighting the werewolf) Do me a favor, Shaggy! (Batman starts beating on him with a wooden construction beam) Stay down! (The werewolf breaks the beam) Guess not.


Milo: You know, my friend, I'm innocent. They'll never convict me of a thing.
Gordon: Don't bet on it.



Previously produced episode:
"Tyger, Tyger"
Episodes of
Batman: The Animated Series
Next produced episode:
"Day of the Samurai"
Previously aired episode:
"Almost Got 'Im"
Next aired episode:
"Terror in the Sky"

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