Earth-One Background on Matt Hagen
A treasure hunter, Matt Hagen found a mysterious radioactive pool of protoplasm in a cave. Immersing himself in it, he was transformed into a malleable clay-like form, which could be shaped into almost anything he desired. This was only a temporary effect, however, requiring him to return to the pool periodically in order to maintain use of his powers.
He eventually copied the pool's protoplasmic jelly by chemistry studies, although the artificial protoplasm only allowed him five hours of Clayface powers compared to the full two days of the pool's.
Continuity from The New Adventures of Batman
Matt Hagen must drink his special potion daily to keep his Clayface powers. He often uses his powers to take on the forms of animals. Clayface is also able to survive in water without dissolving (unlike later animated incarnations) by turning into a dolphin, but as Matt Hagen he does not know how to swim. He partners up with Catwoman in a plot to steal oil. He is also one of the four villains (the Joker, Catwoman, and the Penguin) that the alien Zarbor cons into teaming up against Batman and Robin as a diversion while Zarbor steals Earth's nuclear plants.
- Metamorphosis: Clayface could manipulate his physical features to make himself look like nearly anyone or anything. The only restriction appeared to be a limited volume of mass. His mud-like body also made it difficult to harm him, as a bullet would simply pass through him, barely hurting him in some cases.
- Color Alteration: When assuming different shapes, he could even alter his color, making him able to disguise himself to an even greater degree.
- Superhuman Strength: Clayface's additional mass afforded him an above-average strength level.
- Clayface's first appearance outside the comics was in several episodes of Filmation's The New Adventures of Batman in the late 1970s.
- He was voiced by Lou Scheimer and later voiced by Lennie Weinrib.
- The Clayface featured in the show was Matt Hagen, which was similar to the Earth-One version of the character.
- This is the second version of Clayface, Matt Hagen, he first appeared in Detective Comics vol.1, #298 (December 1961).
- See Clayface at Wikipedia.org
- See List of Batman Family enemies at Wikipedia.org
- See the Clayface disambiguation page at the DC Database
Appearances in Other Media