Legion of Doom Team Member
|Real name:||Jonathan Crane|
|Affiliations:||Legion of Doom|
|Abilities:||Intimidation (his Fear transmitter can cause people to be afraid)|
|Played by:|| Don Messick|
Andre Stojka (Season 6)
Although Batman had tangled with the Scarecrow several times throughout the 70's, when he was with the Legion of Doom, it would not be till 1985 that he would officially meet Professor Jonathan Crane.
Professor Crane was working as an officer of the court (perhaps as a consultant), for Commissioner Gordon and the Gotham City Police Department, to help them find the Scarecrow and put an end to his exploits of fear.
On the parallel-universe of Earth-One, Jonathan Crane was obsessed with fear, from an early age. He enjoyed chasing birds to watch them flee in a panic.
As an adult, he would became a professor of psychology, where by day he would teach students the psychology of fear, while at spending his nights as a recluse spending his evenings alone reading books. His obscure behavior and gangly appearance made him an outcast among his peers. Jealous and paranoid of them, Crane would soon be inspired when giving a lecture on how criminals use fear to intimidate those into doing their bidding. The following evening while pondering this idea, Crane would decide to give up his academic career and become a costumed criminal known as the Scarecrow, employing his expertise on fear as his major tool in crime. His criminal career would eventually lead to a clash with Batman and Robin, and subsequent apprehension and arrest in early 1967. This would lead to the dynamic duo knowing the Scarecrow's secret identity.
A little more than a year later, the Scarecrow would escape prison and attempt to get revenge against Batman by forcing the Dark Knight to swallow a pill that makes Batman fear the Scarecrow. However, after putting away a number of his other foe and escaping a deathtrap set by the Scarecrow, Batman would shake off the drugs effects and take the Scarecrow back into custody.
Amazingly, Jonathan Crane was released from prison a year later. This was not unnoticed by Batman, who would would meet Crane to see if he had indeed been reformed. Although he feigned having turned over a new leaf, Jonathan of course had not. When he extended his hand for Batman to shake, he secretly injected him with a fear drug that would make all those who see him become very afraid. Trapping Batman in a room of mirrors, the Caped Crusader would find that his own reflection causes him fear, however Batman would shake off the effects before he could die of fright and recapture the Scarecrow.
- Biplane (used in the comic book / Earth One universe)
Observe this earlier model sheet which featured a much different take on The Scarecrow, with a long tattered trench coat, scarf and actual straw protruding. The face is more comical, though. The color scheme listed is fitting, red, blue, green, yellow, brown, tan... a hodgepodge of thrown together bits... which is what most real scarecrows are! I will say, though, that the Scarecrow in the comics is always rendered in shades of brown, so the version that actually made it to TV is accurate there, but the sketch is a unique take.
Legion of Doom Team Members
- The Scarecrow first appeared in World's Finest Comics, Vol. 1, #3 (Fall 1941).
- The Scarecrow was invented by Batman creators Bill Finger and Bob Kane.
Appearances in Other Media
- ↑ The generic term officer of the court applies to all those who, in some degree in function of their professional or similar qualifications, aid in forging justice out of the application of the law and the simultaneous pursuit of the legitimate interests of all parties and the general good of society. In Professor Crane's case, he was no doubt used because of his expertise in a particular field.
- ↑ As revealed in Batman, Vol. 1 #189 (February, 1967), which can be found at the DC Database.
- ↑ As revealed in Batman, Vol. 1 #200 (March, 1968), which can be found at the DC Database.
- ↑ As revealed in Detective Comics, Vol. 1 #389 (July, 1969), which can be found at the DC Database.
- ↑ Go to the DC Database for more on the World's Finest Comics, Vol.1, #3 (Fall 1941).