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Roland Daggett
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General Information
Real name: Roland Daggett
Aliases: None
Portrayed by: Edward Asner
Appearances: Batman The Animated Series
  • Feat of Clay: Part I,
  • Feat of Clay: Part II,
  • Appointment in Crime Alley,
  • Cat Scratch Fever,
  • Batgirl Returns


Roland Daggett is an adversary of Batman. He made his debut appearance in Batman: The Animated Series as a corrupt and powerful businessman, voiced by Edward Asner. The president of Daggett Industries, a pharmaceutical company, he is depicted as being a large, physically imposing man with smoothed back reddish-brown hair and blue eyes.

InspirationEdit

He is similar in personality and function to Lex Luthor. It should also be noted that his look (and overall demeanor) bears a striking similarity to Norman Osborn as he originally appeared (minus the "Osborn Cornrows"). He was originally intended to be Max Shreck, Christopher Walken's character from Batman Returns, but it was decided instead to introduce a new character.

Alongside crime boss Rupert Thorne, Daggett is one of the main recurring antagonists of the series who isn't a member of the Rogue's Gallery, and is considered to be a possible forerunner to Batman Beyond villain Derek Powers.

HistoryEdit

As crooked as most businessmen get, Roland Dagget is as crooked as they get. He's Gotham's Lex Luthor, only creepier and more deviant. Roland Dagget tries to keep the facade as an honest business man, but many know his true persona, as a crooked, double dealing, man. Dagget is even responsible for creating Clayface, and infecting Catwoman with a near fatal disease. He also unsuccessfully tried to spread a disease for which he only had the antidote for. This would have made Dagget a very rich and powerful man, but his plan was found out and he went bankrupt.

He 's now in prison, while his lawyers try and find a loophole that'll free him.

Feat of Clay: Part IEdit

Daggett Industries develops "Renuyu", a face cream which enables the user to modify their face to their desire, and which Daggett is secretly going to sell through direct marketing since it will be rejected by stores for its addictive qualities. The only man addicted to the compound is Matt Hagen, an actor who was disfigured in a car accident and who committs crimes (in disguise) for Daggett in return for supplies of the formula. After Hagen botches an attempt to steal incriminating evidence from and kill Lucius Fox, Daggett plots to have Hagen killed and cuts off his Renuyu supply, knowing that Hagen will come to steal some. The plan works, but Hagen, however, does not die when Daggett's henchmen Raymond Bell and Germs force feed untested fluids down his mouth and leave him for dead. Instead, it morphs Hagen into a vengeful, shapeshifting being named Clayface.

Feat of Clay: Part II Edit

Daggett makes preparations to take over Wayne Enterprises, by sending his henchman Germs to kill Fox in hospital (although Batman foils him). At the same time, Daggett goes on television on the talk show Gotham Insider where he hopes to advertise the Renuyu as a mere face cream, but Clayface ambushes him during the show and attempts to kill him after mentioning the addictive effects of Renuyu. Batman intervenes and manages to stop Clayface (who secretly escapes by faking his death) and subdue Daggett. Daggett was mentioned to have been taken into custody after that.

Appointment in Crime Alley Edit

In this episode, Daggett's main objective is to destroy Crime Alley with explosives with the help of arsonists Crocker and Nitro and make it look as if it were caused by the rupturing of an underground gas line, with the alibi of giving a speech about developing a mall somewhere else. Crime Alley, however, happens to be the very place where Batman's parents were gunned down when he was a child. Batman, after receiving information from a man who witnessed Crocker and Nitro tie up Leslie Thompkins (who saw them planting explosives) in a building rigged to explode, manages to disconnect some of the bombs, reducing the number of destroyed buildings. Batman berates Daggett in public view about his hands in the explosion, and tells Daggett that he will be sent to prison once Crocker and Nitro confess. Daggett, however, plays his wits right and denies involvement giving the image as a pillar of the community. Crocker and Nitro are taken to prison while Daggett goes free. Although Batman is enraged that Daggett got away scot-free, Dr. Thompkins consoles Batman to let it go, and that "Daggett won't escape the law forever", a predicition that comes true in the next episode where he is the villain.

Cat Scratch Fever Edit

Daggett's next and possibly biggest scheme is to release a virus in Gotham City that will make innocent cats and dogs into bloodthirsty predators, with the help of Professor Milo. Being the only man with the antidote, it will make Daggett not only a fortune but a public hero. Daggett hires two people named Paunch and Jessy to pose as straycatchers and capture as many stray animals as they can. One of them turns out to be Isis (the cat of Selina Kyle/Catwoman) who takes matters into her own hands and investigates despite Batman's warnings that Selina could be arrested for probation violation and that Roland Daggett is a dangerous man. However, Batman eventually does come to Catwoman's aid, mostly because of his obvious personal concern for her. Batman and Catwoman manage to put an end to Daggett's scheme, but this time successfully acquire implicating evidence which goes public. The newspaper has a headline stating that Daggett has been arrested for medical fraud (though he quotes underneath his picture "I'm Innocent). He is forced to declare bankruptcy, presumably because Daggett has ruined the reputation of his company due to the virus conspiracy.

The Strange Secret of Bruce WayneEdit

Daggett is only mentioned in this episode, although it is established that he has connections to Dr. Hugo Strange.

Batgirl Returns Edit

In a desperate attempt to restore his image and company, Daggett steals a Jade Cat from a museum and hopes to sell it on the black market. Naturally, the police target Catwoman. Catwoman works with Batgirl and tracks Daggett to an old lab (actually the same lab where Matt Hagen was turned into Clayface). Daggett's men capture Batgirl and Catwoman who manage to escape with Robin's help. Catwoman resolves to kill Daggett there and then by dropping him into a vat of acid, but Batgirl and Robin convince her otherwise, and she spares him. Roland Daggett is then finally sent to prison. Although it is stated that his army of lawyers are constantly trying to find a loophole that will set him free, Roland Daggett is not seen or mentioned again in DCAU until The New Batman Adventures comic Batman Gotham Adventures.

TriviaEdit

  • Daggett and Daggett Industries were featured in The Dark Knight Rises, although Daggett's first name was changed to John instead of Roland. Some fans believe Roland is probably John's father.

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