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Batman: The Animated Series Feat of Clay Part I (1992–1995) HD online
Language: English
Category: TV Episode / Animation / Action / Adventure / Family / Sci-Fi
Original Title: Feat of Clay Part I
Director: Dick Sebast
Writers: Marv Wolfman,Michael Reaves
Released: 1992–1995
Duration: 22min
Video type: TV Episode
A disfigured actor is forced to frame Bruce Wayne.
Episode cast overview:
Kevin Conroy Kevin Conroy - Batman / Bruce Wayne (voice)
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. Efrem Zimbalist Jr. - Alfred Pennyworth (voice)
Edward Asner Edward Asner - Roland Daggett (voice) (as Ed Asner)
Mari Devon Mari Devon - Summer Gleeson / Dispatcher (voice)
Brock Peters Brock Peters - Lucius Fox (voice)
Ed Begley Jr. Ed Begley Jr. - Germs / Stagehand (voice)
Ron Perlman Ron Perlman - Clayface / Matt Hagen (voice)
Dick Gautier Dick Gautier - Teddy Lupus / Cop (voice)
Scott Valentine Scott Valentine - Raymond Bell (voice)

The Clayface of the show is combination of the first two Clayfaces in that he (like the original Clayface) was an out-of-work actor looking for revenge, and (like the second) he was named Matt Hagen.

The look of The Imperial Pictures lot was designed after the Warner Bros. Studio lot in Burbank, California.

Ron Perlman provides the voice of the shape changing villain Matt Hagen/Clayface. Perlman is known for his ability to change his appearance.

Originally, Max Schreck the tertiary (later secondary) antagonist of Batman Returns (1992) was supposed to appear in this episode, along his company Shreck's. But Tim Burton didn't like the idea; so the producers created Roland Daggett and Daggett Industries for this and further episodes.

Reviews: [4]

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    This is the history - we'll be seeing at least two more episodes of this character - of "Matt Hagen" a.k.a. "Clayface," an film actor who winds up disfigured after an auto accident and then becomes up addicted to some gooey substance which will transform his face. It's a lot faster than plastic surgery, he's told , and it works great.

    The brown goo gives "Hagen" an instant face transplant and he can either go back to being a handsome movie star or be anyone he wants. In this episode, he uses it one time to fake being Bruce Wayne during a crime. Wayne, of course, is innocent, but accused and he/Batman have to prove their innocence.

    The problem with the goo, by the way, like a lot of quick fixes, is that it doesn't last and it's addicting, so -Hagan/Clayface keeps going back to the place where the stuff is hidden: in lab belonging to bad guy "Roland Daggett," the guy who wants to take over Wayne Enterprises. It's like a drug, and Hagen has to have it.

    Included in this episode is a thug called Bell whom Batman calls a "scumwad." That's a good name; never heard that one before.

    Wayne is arrested and put in jail, ending this first part of a two-part episode.
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    Batman: The Animated Series

    One of the most successful and loved franchise of Batman, depicts the comic version at its best by going deep into the character's perspective rather than trying to cover-up or justify its sketchy tone. The animation is not only convincingly good but also seems like a lot of thought is invested on its cinematography which for the most part of it works on metaphorical way. Kevin Conroy seems the apt choice to be the voice of Batman (although not so sure about Bruce Wayne) and so does Robert Hastings for Commissioner James Gordon as it has the right amount of depth in it. A smarter approach by the makers by narrowing it down to only 20 minutes and get right to the point, keeping the audience engaged. It also brings in bigger cast like Mark Hamill to do the voice over of Joker, which is done with genuine passion and enthusiasm that is clearly visible on screen. Addition to that, the makers keep some of the villains under their sleeve and uses it as a trump card whenever felt necessary that helps in continuity and glue all individual cases as much as possible.

    Season 01

    It, being the longest and acclaimed season of it all since this is where the scrutiny began which got the series its Emmy too. Since the season covers up more than half of the series, it comes with larger expectations to fill especially on terms of character development; the key that helps the viewers last long and enthusiast throughout the course of it. Also, it takes a smarter approach on projecting more of newer character's perspective (mostly its the villain), as it helps to create the anticipated impact.

    Feat Of Clay Part 1

    The episode spends most of its time on setting the plots and characters for its latter acts which unfortunately aren't projected in here and is more of an origin story than a whole puzzle that solves the mystery adequately.
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    'Feat of Clay' is a great example of a Batman villain born out of some unfortunate soul's personal demons. Here, it's an actor relying on cosmetics to cover up his physical disfigurement. That alone is kinda sad, but with Roland Daggett as the snake who's lording that miracle cream over him, it's downright miserable. What's kinda funny about this is that there's almost always a tailored gangster or corporate sleaze behind these tragic villainous turns - Daggett, Thorne, Boyle - nothing too deep there, just an observation, I guess.

    Rob Perlman makes for a great Clayface and his descent is one of the more horrifying. Now that I think about it, this is a rather theatrical episode.

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    Well after watching two phenomenal animated Batman movies, it's time to get back to the show. Now, here's a two part story I really love, mostly for two reasons. One, I've always loved Clayface as a villain and I'm glad he got his own origin story in the show. And two, unlike "The Cat and the Claw", this actually makes sense as a two part story. The cliffhanger's good, the writing is once again dark and the episode covers subjects like addiction and corporate espionage. It's cool that Ron Perlman provided the voice for Hagan, he really gets the unstable personality across with his voice. The only real problem I had with the episode was when Bell was getting chased by Batman in the Gotham Tunnel. For some reason, there was no music, but it felt like there was supposed to be. I thought my audio had cut-off for a few seconds before I realized that's how the scene was supposed to play out. But I guess you could call that "nitpicking".

    Bottom line, the episode is a great set-up to an even better finale.