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On the anniversary of his parent's death, Batman feels that his spirit is weary and that his actions are futile. However, he decides to pay his respects as he always does, in Crime Alley.

Quote1.png When all is said and done, how much good have I accomplished? They sell T-shirts of me. I've become a cliché. More good for the tourist trade than the streets. Quote2.png

I Am the Night is an episode of season 1 of Batman. It premiered on November 9, 1992.

Synopsis for "I Am the Night"

On the anniversary of his parent's death, Batman feels that his spirit is weary and that his actions are futile. However, he decides to pay his respects as he always does, in Crime Alley.

Batman meets with Leslie Thompkins and tells her about his feelings. Suddenly, they hear some noises nearby and Batman stopped a couple of thugs from beating a young man. The young fellow was a minor criminal and Batman decided to spare him by giving him to Leslie for she to take care of him in her Care Center. Meanwhile, Batman left Crime Alley to meet Commissioner Gordon and the Gotham City Police Department at the Jazzman's hideout, where they were preparing a raid. Unfortunately, Jazzman was ready to attack and a battle between Jazzman's people and the GCPD starts. Batman arrives just in time to stop the battle and prevent Jazzman from escaping. However, as a result of the battle, Commissioner Gordon was injured by one of Jazzman's bullets.

Gordon is taken to the Hospital to be treated. Batman goes to see Gordon and Bullock holds him responsible for the outcome. Barbara Gordon talks to them but Batman leaves the place in shame.

Batman arrives at the Batcave and can't contain his feeling anymore as he starts to destroy some of his equipment and screams in rage.

Meanwhile, Jazzman is convicted to Stonegate Penitentiary and during his first day at the prison, he arranges his escape. That night, with help from a fellow inmate, Jazzman escapes from prison and decides to make sure that Gordon is dead.

For three days, Bruce hasn't left the cave, and Alfred called in Dick Grayson to help him out. Dick talks to Bruce, who is feeling like his whole effort have been for nothing and that he makes more harm than good. Dick tries to make him see how wrong he is but Bruce decides that it is time for Batman to disappear.

After Jazzman's escape was made public, Dick insists Bruce that he must go out and look for the criminal. Bruce is seemingly not caring for the situation at all and Dick decides that he would go out and stop Jazzman. Dick put on his Robin suit but before he could leave, Batman told him that this was his fight and he starts hunting Jazzman.

At that moment, Jazzman attacks one of the Hospital's workers and climbs up a window to Gordon's room. Batman arrives and fights Jazzman outside of the window of Gordon's room. Harvey Bullock arrives and watches at the two of the fighting and rushes to Gordon's room. Jazzman manages to break the window into the room, draws his gun, aims it at Gordon and before he could pull the trigger, Batman throws a Batarang at him and prevents the gun from firing. Bullock arrives and arrests Jazzman once again. With all the confusion and noise, Commissioner Gordon wakes up and tells Batman that he always wanted to be a hero like him. Batman answers him that he is a hero.

Feeling better, Batman patrols the city and finds the young man that he left with Leslie in a bus stop, taking a briefcase with him. Batman tells him to give the briefcase back to its owner and the young man tells him that he is the owner. He was leaving Gotham in order to go back home and he thanked Batman for helping him realize the wrong of his ways.

With renewed hope and strength, Batman finally realized how good he has done and how much more he could do.

Appearing in "I Am the Night"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:


  • Jazzman (Single appearance)
  • Monk (Single appearance)
  • Willie (Single appearance)

Other Characters:





  • This is the 49th episode to be produced and the 34th to be aired.


  • The police dispatch mentions the "corner of Adams and O'Neil", a reference to the comic book artist/writer team of Neal Adams and Dennis O'Neil.
  • The comic book storyline Batman: Officer Down is based upon this episode.

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Recommended Media

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