Do my eyes deceive me, or is it an honest-to-goodness villain? Not an alien, a sea monster, or a mutated puffin?
Well, not a particularly good villain, judging by the looks of things, but we'll give it a go. Although it seems to me like if you're made of iron, changing Batman into calcium is really just grandstanding. It's not like you couldn't crush a flesh-and-blood human being if you were made of iron. Not that I've had the chance to test that theory, but I think it would be about as equal a match as putting Binky's brother Allergy against Colossus or Iron Man.
Anyway, like it seemed to happen all the time in the 50's, working in a lab meant there was a good chance you were going to mutate into something:
Science types have a hard time seeing the big picture. Before he changes into something else, why not ask him to get out of those gold clothes? They might still morph, but it would be worth a try. I can't help but think a solid gold suit would be worth trying to salvage.
Science types think they know everything, but they clearly don't.
Now, here's something even I would know is foolish if I were made out of sodium:
I'm pretty sure water dissolves salt, doesn't it? Why didn't The Element Man pull back a nub when he dipped his foot in the swimming pool?
And of course, Batman had to be afflicted with this condition as well. That always adds to the drama:
Well, screw my dreams of an America where we still follow Due Process! I'm sorry, but we think there's a good chance you'll do something if we don't take away your freedom, so into the pokey with you! And Bruce is okay with this. I guess if you're a vigilante operating outside the confines of the law yourself, you must figure this is just Karma kicking you squarely in the 'nads.
But the important thing is, we finally got back to crime. Sort of. I mean, the bad guy was under the influence of whatever was changing his elemental structure when he committed crimes, but that defense probably wouldn't keep him out of prison in Texas, so there's that. Anyway, the important thing is, we're starting to see a turn away from the "Weird Batman" era and...
Well, crap again.
I guess we'll try it again on Monday!