Sunday, March 10, 2013

Animated World of DC Comics: Batman vs. The Chameleon (1977)

Most comics fans know that the Chameleon is more associated with Spider-Man instead of Batman. Marvel's Chameleon was introduced in the 60's as a foreign spy/master of disguise whose true face was never seen under a white mask.

Filmation's Chameleon was a 1-shot villain on The New Adventures of Batman who debuted in 1977. In truth, this Chameleon was the creation of another made-for-TV villain, Dr. Devious, but now we're getting ahead of ourselves. As most episodes in the series were wont to be this was a showcase for Len Weinrib, who voiced Chameleon/Devious and gangster Lefty (with a Humphrey Bogart mimic), in addition to his usual role as Commissioner Gordon. In short, Weinrib was the utility guy in the cast, in place of Ted Knight, who had that gig in 1968.

Rating: B.


magicdog said...

Chameleon seemed an awful lot like Plasticman! It's a wonder DC didn't get cranky over it.

I suppose that's what Eddie O'Brien would have been like had he chosen to remain on the wrong side of the law!

That scene with Bruce & Dick at the beginnning was a little weird... it didn't help that they were wearing matching outfits!

hobbyfan said...

The diff between Plastic Man & Chameleon is that Chameleon, being a robot, could change into anything and not leave a tell-tale clue, unlike Plas, who could simply mold his body into whatever he needed at the time, knowing his red & yellow costume would give him away.