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This is general information about production inconsistencies, mistakes and external references related to the episode The Clock King from season one of Batman: The Animated Series.

  • There are several references to classic Batman creators from the comic books as street names on this episode. These include Norm Breyfogle, Jack Schiff, Jerry Robinson and Sheldon Moldoff.
  • There is also a shot that shows Alfred parked at the corner of "Toth St and Kurt..." This is a reference to three artists who never drew much, if any Batman, but were big influences on Bruce Timm's art style. Alex Toth, and because the end of the second sign is cut out of the frame, both Harvey Kurtzman and Jacob Kurtzberg, aka Jack Kirby.
  • The Clock King is an original villain from DC comics, though his character is much different from the animated version. Both characters are efficiency experts who make uncanny use of timing, but the original Clock King was named William Tockman, and his crimes were motivated by the need to provide for his sister when he (mistakenly) believed he was dying of illness. This Clock King first appeared as a rogue of Green Arrow in World's Finest #111 (1960), but is probably best known for his membership in the Suicide Squad, and thus as a rogue of Batman and sometimes the Justice League.
  • This Clock King's name, Temple Fugate, is a play on the Latin expression tempus fugit, meaning "time flies".
  • Another good reason for Batman not to use his torch on the safe door is that the flame would consume the oxygen in the air even faster.
  • This episode breaks the status quo by having Batman making all his appearances by day.
  • The climactic battle in the clock tower is similar to the climax of the animated movie "Castle of Cagliostro", right down to someone (almost, in the case of this episode) getting crushed between the hands of the clock.
  • Fugate's strategy of studying Batman before engaging him directly would later be repeated by Bane in the eponymous episode.
  • As of this episode, Mayor Hill now fully trusts and respects Batman.


  • On Clock King's notes, "Subway Station" is spelled "Saby Station".
  • The face of the clock tower where Batman and Fugate fight has an extra "IX" instead of "XI" before the "XII".
  • After Fugate says, "En garde!", he tears through the emblem on Batman's costume with his cane. However, the tear disappears completely afterwards.

This article uses material from the The Clock King article at the DCAU Wiki and is licensed under the CC BY-SA License.