A man walks into an empty golf course at night, following some instructions printed on a paper and when he reached his destination, a man speaked him through a speaker and tells him to move towards a sand pit. The man follows the voice instructions and when he stepped into the sand, he discovers tha
Synopsis for "The Cape and Cowl Conspiracy"
A man walks into an empty golf course at night, following some instructions printed on a paper and when he reached his destination, a man speaked him through a speaker and tells him to move towards a sand pit. The man follows the voice instructions and when he stepped into the sand, he discovers that it's quicksand. He is told he can either give up a collection of bearer bonds he's supposed to transport and be rescued or he can keep the information to himself and die, and the man gives in.
At the GCPD Headquarters, Commisioner Gordon and Batman discuss about the events of the trapped man. It all pointed towards Josiah Wormwood a.k.a. The Interrogator. Batman used Gordon's files and found the file of old accomplice of Wormwood; a man called Baron Wacklaw Josek. Batman went to see the man and he took Josek out of a ceremony in order to interrogate him. Josek told Batman everything he knew about Wormwood, but it wasn't much. Batman told Josek that it would be better for him if he moved out of Gotham City.
Later, at Josek's office, Wormwood arrives to discuss some business with Josek. Wormwood was asked to retrieve Batman's capa and cown and give it to Josek. Wormwood agrees but he was curious about what Josek wanted it for. Josek told him that he would tell him what he wanted the cape and cowl for only if Wormwood tell him about the bearer bonds. Wormwood didn't tell him and Josek assured him that after retrieving the item, he would pay Wormwood.
Commissioner Gordon uses the Bat-Signal for the first time in order to call Batman and gives him a letter telling him to go to "where iron horses go to rot and children toot their horns a lot." Batman goes to a park known as Traintown and enters into a train with smoke coming from its stack. Soon, Batman discovers that it is a trap, as doors and windows were sealed. Batman managed to prevent a window from closing using a Batarang and just as he was trying to escape, Wormwood's voice spoke to him and told him that the train would start moving and will crush a girl that was tied-up on the railroad tracks and that the only way to prevent that from happening was that he surrender his cape and cowl. Batman used the open window to escape from the train and just a second before the train could crush the girl, Batman arrived to save her, only to discover that she was not a girl but just and hologram. Wormwood escaped from the scene and Batman couldn't follow him.
Wormwood called Josek and told him about his failure. Josek give Wormwood a second chance and before Wormwood could ask him about the cape and cown, Josek hung up the phone.
Another message for Batman is given and he follows the lead to DeLarue's Wax Museum. Batman enters a room filled with incomplete wax figures and the doors of the room closed tight. Wormwood speaks to Batman and then he opens a panel in the roof revealing a 20,000-watt light that rapidly heats up the room and melts the wax figures. Batman tried to escape but every door and window were out of reach. Batman decided to use a a metal frame from one of the wax figures to shatter the light. Unfortunately, from the broken glass, a nerve gas started to fill the room and Batman was unable to breathe and in the end he surrender the cape and cowl to Wormwood. Batman was using a second mask underneath the cowl and Wormwood wasn't able to recognize Batman's identity. when Batman got out of the room, it was already too late as Wormwood was gone.
Wormwood delivered the cape and cowl to Josek and then he asked him what did he wanted it for. Josek refuses to tell unless Wormwood reveals the location of the bearer bonds. Wormwood tells everything about the plan and Josek turned around in his chair concealing himself. Wormwood demanded to know why Josek wanted the cape and cown for and Josek answered that he wanted it to wear it. As Josek turned around, it is revealed that it was Batman all the time personifying Josek and just did so in order to obtain a confession from Wormwood. Wormwood tried to escape but Batman tackled him and both of them engaged in a fight in Josek's gym. A desperate move by Wormwood left him hanging from the penthouse's window clinging to Batman's cape. Batman pulled him inside and then he turned wormwood to the police, with his confession recorded.
In prison, Wormwood is given a package explaining as "Confinement will speed your reform, but long, cold nights will be the norm, so here's a thing to keep you warm." He opens it only to discover it's Batman's cape and cowl.
Appearing in "The Cape and Cowl Conspiracy"
- Josiah Wormwood (Single appearance)
- McWhirter (Single appearance)
- Baron Wacklaw Josek (Single appearance)
- This episode was the 31st to be produced and the 25th to be aired.
- This episode is an adaptation of the comic book Detective Comics #450, which was also written by Elliot S. Maggin.
- There are references to George Washington; Babe Ruth and John Wilkes Booth.
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