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Batman: The Animated Series: Heart Of Steel (1)

High-tech secrets are stolen from Wayne Enterprises by a robot. Bruce Wayne knows that the only one capable of building such sophisticated robots is Karl Rossum, owner of Cybertron Labs. Meanwhile, Barbara Gordon suspects that her father, the Commissioner, is not himself. She's right -- he's been replaced by a look-alike robot, as have Bullock and Mayor Hill. It is all part of a plan by HARDAC, an Artificial Intelligence computer created by Rossum, to supplant humanity with machines. When Rossum learns of this plan, HARDAC replaces him as well. Bruce Wayne invites Randa Duane to dinner, not knowing that she's a robot also. She discovers the secret entrance to the Batcave, and sets up an interface connection between the Batcomputer and HARDAC. When Batman tries to use the Batcomputer, it attacks him, using robotic arms to seize him and begin to crush him.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x39
Production Number: 138
Airdate: Monday November 16th, 1992

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Guest Stars
Brock Peters
voiced Lucius Fox
Jeff Bennett
voiced HARDAC
Leslie Easterbrook
voiced Randa Duane
Melissa Gilbert
voiced Barbara Gordon
William Sanderson
voiced Karl Rossum
Main Cast
Kevin Conroy
voiced Bruce Wayne / Batman
Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.
voiced Alfred Pennyworth
Bob Hastings
voiced Commissioner Jim Gordon
Episode Notes
The name of the company in this episode is "Cybertron Industries."

HARDAC is an acronym for "Holographic Analytical Reciprocating Digital Computer."

Barbara Gordon makes her first appearance in this episode

Episode Quotes
Batman: I'm talking about artificial intelligence. This is the missing link between human minds and machines.

(Looks at his clone)
Commissioner: What the devil?!

Barbara: Were you outside? You're hands are like ice!
Commissioner: (as robot) I'm fine.

Batman: Alfred! What happened? Where is Ms. Duane?
Alfred: I don't know. She probably left. I suppose I just dozed off, sir.

Bruce: Well, since you won't tell me what you're working on, Karl, maybe I can charm the details out of your lovely assistant?...
Randa: Well... you can try...

Alfred: Sound as if the human race will become quite expendable. Except for butlers, of course.
Batman: Of course

Alfred: I do wish you wouldn't be so rough with your toys, Master Bruce.

Warning: Batman: The Animated Series season 1 episode 39 guide may contain spoilers
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