Created by Pokejedservo on Jan 30 2011
Special thanks to Cypo, Music Meister for additional sound clips.
EDITOR'S OPINIONIn this Batman VC we have another member of Batman's Rogues Gallery and this time its for this Alice in Wonderland-themed villain generally known as Jervis Tetch... THE MAD HATTER! In the late 60's the Mad Hatter had his VA debut in Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder in which he was voiced by the late Ted Knight. Unlike the 2nd clip that we will go over later this take on the Mad Hatter is a simple good old fashioned silly comic book villain with a gimmicky theme. Is this take on the Mad Hatter a generic gimmicky comic book super-villain? Perhaps but Ted Knight's performance does help ensure that this take on the Mad Hatter does suit this show's light-hearten nature.
In the Batman Animated Series (and the DCAU) the Mad Hatter was voiced by the also late Roddy McDowall in which this take on the Mad Hatter is another example of why Paul Dini is known for making sympathetic villains. Granted the Mad Hatter did become a bit more of a conventional villain later on in his appearances in the DCAU but in his debut he was a fine example of a sympathetic antagonist in which Roddy's performance definitely captured the Mad Hatter's persona in the DCAU quite well. Roddy's performance worked very well for the Mad Hatter as it has a good sense of sympathetic shyness to increasing insanity in which to be honest I always found it to be one of my favorite performances from Roddy and it is another fine example of the voice work in the DCAU. Overall while Ted Knight's performance does work for the more simplistic take on the Mad Hatter but I am clearly going with Roddy McDowall here.