Directors: Ginny McSwain
Writers: Adam Beechen, Duane Capizzi, Robert Goodman, Greg Klein, J.D.
Studio: CW Television Network
DVD Release Date: July 8, 2008
More comic book than graphic novel, this kiddies
television series produced for the Kids WB shouldn’t be confused with the
influential early-1990s animated TV show also featuring the DC Comics
superhero. This series takes an entirely different approach and is much
lighter in tone. (It is somewhat similar to the studio’s
Teen Titans and
Legion of Super Heroes efforts.)
The show is also quite colorful and vibrant and the
animation features bright colors and bold lines in addition to detailed
background textures. But that doesn’t mean that the series descends into
camp as the old 1960s Batman live action show
did – nor that it won’t be enjoyed by adult comics fans. The animation is
quite decent, the episodes fast-paced and the writing more sophisticated
than one would expect of a show aimed at small children, in particular boys.
THE DISCS: All 13 episodes of this sadly last
season of the show are collected on two discs. The image is presented in
full-screen aspect ratio in which it was broadcast which this serves the
gorgeous animation well.
WORTH IT? More anal fanboys who want their caped
crusader Dark Knight pitch black will
complain about the Bat being teamed up with Robin (and Batgirl!) in addition
to a host of other DC “guest stars” such as Superman, Green Lantern and so
forth, but the rest of us wouldn’t mind sitting through this one with their
kids. Hey, it’s a lot better than the latest direct-to-DVD Barbie
offering you know . . .
RECOMMENDATION: Worth checking out, even if you
don’t have any six-year-olds . . .