A zoo guard named John Hamner was walking at night in the park when he was attacked by a werewolf. Batman arrived just in time to prevent the beast from killing Hamner. The beast dropped the guard in the park's lake to let him drown and Batman dived into it to save the man. Wh
Appearing in "Moon of the Wolf"
- John Hamner (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "Moon of the Wolf"
A zoo guard named John Hamner was walking at night in the park when he was attacked by a werewolf. Batman arrived just in time to prevent the beast from killing Hamner. The beast dropped the guard in the park's lake to let him drown and Batman dived into it to save the man. When Batman came out of the lake with the guard, the beast was gone.
At the Sebast construction site, Achilles Milo was waiting for something in a hut. The werewolf arrived at the place and destroyed the hut's door. Milo was expecting him and as Milo look at the time, the beast began to transform back to a human. Anthony Romulus was back in his human form and Milo asked him if he was able to finish Hamner but Romulus told him that Batman interfered. Milo told him that they must get rid of Batman but Romulus just wanted the antidote for his illness. Milo said he would provide him with it once they finished their mission.
At the GCPD Headquarters, Batman paid a visit to police commissioner Gordon and told him about his encounter with the man dressed as a werewolf. Gordon told him that the only related case on the police files was the stealing of a couple of Alaskan Timber wolves from the Gotham Zoo. Batman realized that the man he saved that night worked at the zoo and made the connection between the two cases. Gordon told him that he would have Harvey Bullock look into it. Meanwhile, Batman realized that his suit contained some hair and he wondered what would it mean if the man he fought wasn't using a mask.
The next day at the gym, Romulus told his assistant that he would make a donation to Batman if he claimed it personally. Bruce was also at the gym and heard the conversation. Later that night in the Batcave, Batman was analyzing the hair in his suit and was watching some documentaries while Alfred repaired the Batmobile. Once Alfred was finished, Batman decided to go to Romulus' place to claim the donation.
When Batman arrived at Romulus's mansion, the man told Batman to get inside and Romulus activated a secret button under his desk. The button locked all the windows and after a while, Batman was feeling hot and he noticed something in the air. He knew that it was a trap but it was already too late when he reached for his gas mask and he fainted before being able to put it on. Milo entered the room and congratulated Romulus for the success of their plan and they removed Batman's Utility Belt.
Milo took Batman to the construction site and wanted Romulus to transform into a werewolf in order to kil Batman. Romulus wanted the antidote but Milo made him remember that all his pain and misery was his own fault. Romulus remembered how he was a renowned athlete that worked very hard to achieve physical perfection and how he first approached Milo looking for an artificial way to enhance his physical prowess. Milo provided him with a serum that would be undetectable but warned him that it hadn't been tested yet. Romulus drank the serum without listening Milo's warnings. For a while, Romulus enjoyed his new strength and stamina but on a full moon night his body changed and he acquired a monstrous appearance. He went looking for Milo's help but the scientist told him that the process was reversible only if the transformation was complete. That way, Romulus agreed to drink the serum that would transform him into a complete werewolf. Since then, Romulus had been working for Milo in order to get his antidote.
At that moment in the Gotham Zoo, Harvey Bullock confronted John Hamner and questioned him about the robbery of the wolves from the zoo. Hamner confessed that he was contacted by someone that asked him to let the cage open. However, Hamner doesn't know the identity of the man who hired him and Bullock placed him under arrest.
Moments later, as the day turned into night, Romulus was desperate for the antidote but Milo refused to give it away. Romulus began to change and whe he was a werewolf he didn't obeyed Milo anymore. The werewolf attacked Milo and as a result the antidote was lost. Then, the werewolf turned his attention towards Batman who was just recovering. Batman managed to free himself from the handcuffs and the werewolf attacked him. They fought in the construction site, and Batman used the environment to his advantage. A couple was walking nearby the construction site and witnessed the fight going on and decided to call the police.
Batman and the werewolf continued their fight in the construction and a few moments later, Bullock arrived at the scene with more officers. Bullock prevented his men from firing their weapons. Batman and the werewolf were fighting in the highest point of the building under construction. Batman used a heavy hook on a crane to stop the werewolf and then he tossed the hook to the beast who managed to grab hold of the crane at the time when lightning struck it, shocking the beast with electricity and knocking him into the river, from which the beast didn't came back. The GCPD put an injured Milo under police custody.
Some time later, Romulus's place was being sold as the owner had not been seen in some time. Elsewhere in the woods, a wolf figure howled at the full moon.
- This is the 36th episode to be aired and the 43rd to be produced.
- This episode is an adaptation of the story Moon of the Wolf featured in Batman #255, also written by Len Wein.
- Milo's hideout place's name is Sebast Construction. This is a reference to the episode director Dick Sebast.
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