The Joker has trapped Batman and the Justice League must rely on the detective skills of the Riddler in the latest Justice League Action episode, which is titled “E. Nigma, Consulting Detective”.
Air date: October 14, 2017
Written by: Jonathan Callan
Directed by: Shaunt Nigoghossian
Justice League superheroes in this episode: Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Arrow
Where to watch the episode: Cartoon Network, Amazon
*Spoilers for Justice League Action Season 1, Episode 40 “E. Nigma, Consulting Detective” in the review and recap below.
As this episode starts, the Joker is holding Batman hostage at an undisclosed location. We don’t see how he was trapped, but this doesn’t look like something Batman can sneak out of. In typical fashion, Joker nicely broadcasts this to the Justice League and states that he has left clues around Gotham that they must track down if they want to find him.
Wonder Woman and Green Arrow team-up to patrol Gotham, but have no luck tracking down any clues to Batman’s location. Soon, a “reformed” Riddler offers his services to the Justice League. The League is willing to go along with it, because the Riddler is truly just made at the Joker for stealing his routine.
The Riddler’s unique riddle abilities immediately come in handy. He quickly traces a clue to Solomon Grundy’s cell in Arkham Asylum. From there, we get a quick tour of Gotham, which includes a quick stop at Penguin’s Iceberg Lounge.
If I were giving this episode a grade, it would be given bonus points for having a unique and somewhat bizarre team-up featuring Wonder Woman, Green Arrow, and Riddler. It also made good use of other characters from Gotham City to tell a fun Batman story that doesn’t rely on Batman.
Seeing Gotham from a non-Batman perspective had to be the highlight of the episode. The weird team visiting locations that Batman typically goes to for clues was nice to see. It’s nice to see other heroes going to the Iceberg Lounge, for example, while Batman is the one that needs rescued.
The episode also gets points for pitting Joker and Riddler against each other. These two are probably my favorite Batman villains, but we don’t get to see them together nearly enough. On the surface, they have many similarities as characters. In reality, they contrast so much when up close that it is fun to see them try to out-wit the other.
While the story, outside of the team-up, wasn’t terribly unique, it was still executed well enough to make it a fun episode. It’s always nice to hear more of Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy as Joker and Batman, but the show didn’t take the easy way out by relying on them to carry the episode.
Overall, this is just a simple and fun Gotham-centered episode. Although, it doesn’t tell a very unique story, it is still worth checking out for unique character interactions from the team.