Birds of Prey: The Complete Series (2002)

Actors: Ashley Scott, Dina Meyer, Rachel Skarsten
Box set, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
Region: 1 (U.S. and Canada only)
Aspect Ratio:
Number of discs:
Warner Home Video
DVD Release Date:
July 15, 2008
Run Time:
737 minutes



No doubt trying to cash in on the popularity of Smallville, this short-lived 2002 Batman spin-off television series however never really, er, took off.

An unmotivated Batman has quit the superhero business and left Gotham City for good after a homicidal Joker has killed off his lover, Catwoman. Now it is up to Batman and Catwoman's very hot young daughter (called Huntress) to pick up his crime-fighting mantle. In this she is helped by a wheelchair-bound Barbara Gordon, a.k.a. Batgirl, paralyzed after an assassination attempt by the Joker. In this they are helped by a teenaged Dinah who is . . . well, according to the story she is clairvoyant, but her real superpower seems to be a moody teenager who usually lands into trouble and helps pad the running time of each hour-long episode. Together they are the so-called birds of prey.

Things are pretty dire right from the start.

The pilot episode illustrates how sensible Smallville's no capes rule turned out to be: it is ruined by Batman and Batgirl costumes that are so cheesy that they will make you groan aloud. (No wonder the pilot was never aired.) You're likely to see better superhero costumes at your local comic con this year - and one wonders why the film-makers simply couldn't have done better. The costumes improve from thereon as Matrix-style leather coats replace superhero codpieces, but the series itself doesn't get any better. It all feels like sub-Smallville plotting (which is saying a lot) and the characters are good-looking but dull and shallow, making for an uninteresting show.

THE DISC: All thirteen episodes are contained on four discs. The unaired pilot episode is also included along with all 30 episodes of the animated Web-based Gotham Girls series. Not much else in the line of extras except for English subtitles.

WORTH IT? The show only ran one season and it is easy to see why. As far as I know there weren't any letter writing campaigns by fans to bring back the show either, which makes sense watching these episodes.




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