CREDITS: Written by Steve Perry and Alan Burnett; directed by Eric Radomski.
REVIEW: Clayface is back from the dead and there's not real reference to his fate from his last appearance. Batman takes his return in stride. Perhaps he's just used to the trope by now. Speaking of tropes, Mudslide is yet another "tragic monster" story, and introduces yet another "crazy fan" female character, of which only Harley Quinn has any depth and worth. This brilliant doctor has a possible cure of Clayface's ongoing deterioration, and seems to be acting purely out of a fannish obsession with actor Hatt Hagen. That's not very interesting, though the metal suit she makes Hagen wear to keep his form between treatments looks like an Oscar, so there's that. And is their lair built atop HADRAC's old cliff by the sea? Sure looks like it. (Note, too, that Alfred seems to be Batman's pre-IMDB resource for film trivia; is he a big fan of Matt Hagen, or was he asked to watch all his movies in Clayface returned and information was needed?)
I'm not sure this is Batman's best solution to a tragic monster dilemma. Where he's been proactive in restoring Kirk "Man-Bat" Langstrom to normal, here he's in possession of tech that could save Hagen's life, but won't let him have it. Nor does the monster and his Stelllllaaaaaaaaaa (another movie reference) simply ASK WayneTech. And okay, yes, this wouldn't have cured Hagen of his clay form, but stabilized it and made him more powerful. If he were to continue his criminal ways, yes, that would be a problem. But since his crimes were committed to cure himself, wouldn't a little cooperation have gone a long way here? In the end, we get the closest thing to a death on the series, with Hagen dissolving in sea water, in what looks to be (but surely isn't) permanent. And though Batman reaches for him, it still seems like his intransigence resulted in that less-than-optimal finish.
But then this is quite the violent episode. The things you can do with a mud monster! The animation is brilliant (and apparently costly, which is why we don't see Clayface more often), with its gooey transformations, Batman fighting from inside the monster, and Clayface's head bursting open by a bat-grapple fired from within. And that's almost enough to recommend its simple plot.
SOUNDS LIKE: Pat Musick, who plays Stella, has done a lot of voice work, perhaps most notably that of Tony in the American Tail movies, and Janine in The Real Ghostbusters.
REWATCHABILITY: Medium - Some cool, high caliber animation, but the story is about as thin as Clayface in the rain.