VOTE in BATMADNESS: The Animated Tournament…

Welcome to BATMADNESS: The Animated Tournament — your chance to VOTE for the greatest Batman: The Animated Series episode of all time.

Writer Fred Van Lente, a 13th Dimension regular, and his artistic collaborator Ryan Dunlavey have produced The Comic Book History of Animation — a five-part series that debuted this month from IDW. To celebrate, we’re holding a tourney to pick the best episode from the greatest comic-book animated series of them all — and YOU get to decide.

Fred and Ryan have seeded eight episodes each for a Sweet 16 and we’ll be pairing them off until we have a champion in January. (Click here to follow the whole tournament.)

HOW TO VOTE: You can pick your choice two ways: 1) Note it in the comments below; or 2) Take part in our Twitter poll, also below. Votes will be tabulated and the winner will be announced in the following round.

We’re up to MATCH-UP #7: HARLEY AND IVY (Ryan’s No. 2 seed) vs. THE CAPE AND COWL CONSPIRACY (Fred’s No. 7 seed)

Written by Paul Dini. Directed by Boyd Kirkland.

“The Batman series had drawn heavily on 50-plus years of comic books for its story ideas, but here scriptwriter Paul Dini and crew took the mythos into uncharted territory — partnering Gotham’s two most colorful female villains for a crime spree. It was pure dynamite. After this episode, anything was game!” — RD

Written by Elliot S! Maggin. Directed by Frank Paur.

“An admittedly oddball choice, but I wanted to include on the list an episode where Batman didn’t fight a costumed villain. This is a great little crime story, even though you can see the twist ending coming from a mile away; I was not surprised to later learn that Elliot S! Maggin adapted it from his own comics story.” — FVL

Now, which do YOU prefer? VOTE!

For the complete BATMADNESS: The Animated Tournament: Click here.

NEXT: The Laughing Fish (Ryan’s No. 1) vs. Perchance to Dream (Fred’s No. 8). Click here.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. “Cape and the Cowl”…..if for no other reason then I’m so tired of Harley.

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