The Batman 5 Seasons 2005

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Season 1
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12. The Rubberface of Comedy: Part 1 TV-Y7 CC

Joker wreaks havoc on all of Gotham with a new gizmo that can morph any object into rubber or putty. Meanwhile, the Chief of Police pressures his detectives to take down The Batman once and for all! Part 1 of 1

Starring:
Rino Romano, Alastair Duncan
Runtime:
22 minutes
Original air date:
January 1, 2005

The Rubberface of Comedy: Part 1

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Season 1
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    1. The Bat in the Belfry The Batman finds himself dealing with a new breed of criminal when Joker takes over Arkham Asylum then plans to fly a hot air balloon filled with Joker Gas--a toxin that leaves its victims in a strange "rictus" state--and release its contents all over Gotham!

    TV-Y7 22min January 2, 2005
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    2. Traction The Batman battles the masked criminal Bane, and once Bane activates his chemical-steroid-infusion, Batman finds himself outmatched by brute strength.

    TV-Y7 22min January 1, 2005
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    3. Call of the Cobblepot "Ozzy" Cobblepot, aka Penguin, has delusions of rebuilding the lost Cobblepot fortune, via high-flying robberies employing various trained birds. Unaware of Cobblepot's criminal plans, Alfred goes to the dilapidated Cobblepot mansion where he is ensnared by Ozzy.

    TV-Y7 21min January 1, 2005
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    4. The Man Who Would Be Bat Dr. Langstrom, a scientist in Wayne Industry's Genome Division, has been experimenting with bats, thus threatening to endanger Bruce's secret identity. But before Bruce can stop him, Dr. Langstrom gives himself the experimental serum he's been concocting and transforms into the hideous Man-Bat, before flying off to wreak havoc across Gotham!

    TV-Y7 21min January 1, 2005
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    5. The Big Chill The Batman is on the trail of Mr. Freeze, a villain who uses his ice technology as a means of stealing the objects of his passion: the rarest, most valuable diamonds.

    TV-Y7 21min January 1, 2005
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    6. The Cat and the Bat After a news report erroneously links her with The Batman, Selina Kyle, the cat burglar known as Catwoman, decides she wants to meet her nighttime counterpart. After luring her prey, Catwoman steals Batman's utility belt!

    TV-Y7 21min January 1, 2005
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    7. The Big Heat While on the trail of Firefly, an arsonist/supervillain who uses refined flame-throwing technology and a jet-pack, Bruce Wayne must tend to issues with Mayor Grange and the Wayne Foundation. With Firefly at large, how can Bruce be in two places at once?

    TV-Y7 21min January 1, 2005
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    8. Q & A The Batman engages in a game of wits with Cluemaster: a precocious ex-'quiz kid' bent on revenge against the game show producers he's accused of rigging his defeat. Cluemaster plans a rematch for those involved. Only this time, a wrong answer means their demise.

    TV-Y7 22min January 1, 2005
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    9. The Big Dummy The Batman's attempt to thwart the latest in a series of heists pits him against a team led by a ventriloquist carrying a puppet named Scarface--who by all indications is the brains of the operation.

    TV-Y7 21min January 1, 2005
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    10. Topsy Turvy The Batman investigates a crime bearing the stamp of his archenemy Joker, despite the fact that Joker is currently--and has been--locked up in Arkham Asylum since Batman first put him there! A trail of victims encased in larger-than-life playing cards leads The Batman to the bizarre truth...

    TV-Y7 21min January 1, 2005
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    11. Bird of Prey While Bruce Wayne is busy being the subject of a "Day in the Life" segment of a television magazine show, Penguin pulls his latest heist--at Bruce's mansion! Alfred is taken hostage, and Bruce must now find a way to transform into The Batman--out of sight of the watchful TV cameras!

    TV-Y7 21min January 1, 2005
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    12. The Rubberface of Comedy: Part 1 Joker wreaks havoc on all of Gotham with a new gizmo that can morph any object into rubber or putty. Meanwhile, the Chief of Police pressures his detectives to take down The Batman once and for all! Part 1 of 1

    TV-Y7 22min January 1, 2005
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    13. The Clayface of Tragedy: Part 2 Batman is pitted against a new villain named Clayface, who can transform his body as if it were clay and impersonate anyone he chooses! Before The Batman can stop him, he will learn Clayface's shocking dark secret! Part 2 of 2

    TV-Y7 22min January 1, 2005
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    TV-Y7 6min July 14, 2008
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    Building the Batman Super-sleuth, Delective Ellen Yin, investigates The Batman's true identity.

    TV-Y7 7min July 14, 2008
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    Gotham PD Case Files Take a sneak peak into the highly confidential profiles of The Batman's most dastardly foes.

    TV-Y7 7min July 14, 2008

Product Details

Genres Adventure, Action, Kids & Family
Director Sam Liu
Starring Rino Romano, Alastair Duncan
Supporting actors Steve Harris, Ming-Na Wen, Jesse Corti, Kevin Michael Richardson
Season year 2005
Network Warner Bros.
Executive Producer Alan Burnett
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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112 of 128 people found the following review helpful By Simon on December 21, 2005
Format: DVD
This set collects the first 13 episodes of The Batman, the newest incarnation of the Dark Knight. Warner Home Video has finally wised up, ditched the meager single discs and given fans and collectors an affordable way to get this series on dvd.

But wait...are there any fans and collectors? The general bat-fan will tell you this show sucks, while the small but vocal die-hards will pump The Batman for all its worth. This is a very difficult show to rate. Not only does it feel like Batman as envisioned by corporate focus groups, but the general writing is way below par compared to the classic Batman: Animated series.

In my opinion, these problems are mostly confined to the first season. This is definitely the show at its worst, and the newer seasons have been much more kinetic and entertaining. It's painful here to watch Bruce eat nachos and cast opera aside for bubblegum pop. It's painful to watch him resort to an endless array of bat-gadgets to take down foes. But the show has occasional moments of brilliance. When Batman slips into a coma after being thrashed by Bane, there's a very poignant look at the night of his parents' murder. The villain designs, wacky and grotesque as they may be, are fiercely original and fun if you go in with the right expectations. And the season finale, written by Gargoyles creator Greg Weisman, brings the show to a near-BTAS level with a brand new interpretation of Clayface. It's really worth checking out.

Again, this is a difficult recommendation. Season 1 is mostly weak, and I can't blame anyone for shunning it. However, the second season onwards is definitely worth looking into. I at least give kudos to WB for giving us The Batman in a season set that has more appeal to adult collectors. For those on the fence, check out season 2 when/if it is eventually released, then go back and see if you'd like season 1 for completion purposes. In the meanwhile, rent for the Clayface finale.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Spiehler on May 26, 2005
Format: DVD
If you're going to have any chance of liking this show, you have to completely forget about "Batman: The Animated Series." BTAS was, is, and will remain one of TV's crowning achievements in animation. This new series doesn't aspire to anything that lofty-it's kid-vid. Judge it that way.

I'm 40 years old with a 10-year-old superhero-loving daughter. We watch the show together. We understand this show is a new riff. It has something of an anime influence, and it works. The show looks awesome. The theme music, by The Edge of U2, is very cool. Let's look at the characters. (BTW-don't look for Comissioner Gordon, Batgirl, Robin, Bullock, Montoya-they're not here. At least, not yet)

Batman/Bruce Wayne: He's young, he's just starting, he makes mistakes, and he's still having fun.

Alfred: One of the best parts of this show. Really captures the complex fellow that Alfred is.

Villains on this disc:

Joker: A Joker who is Bruce's equal in hand-to-hand combat? Neither my daughter or I care for this take on Batman's biggest foe.

Bane: Interesting version. Tad over-the-top, but what the heck. The episode does highlight Bruce's brainpower over brawn. The introduction of Rupert Thorne is a nice touch.

Penguin. This one flat-out-works. You really get a feel for what makes Oswald Cobblepot tick. They take the high-society-wannabee aspect of Paul Williams from BTAS, and add a true sense of menace.

Other villains from later in the series:

Catwoman: Get the costume right. My daughter and I call her Mousewoman.

Mr. Freeze: Worst of all the reimaginings. They've taken the most incredible tragic character from BTAS (and the DC Universe in general) and reduced him to a common jewel thief. Pathetic.
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49 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Tom Birkenstock on January 31, 2006
Format: DVD
Let's start with what I do like. The style of the cartoon is actually pretty good. At first I was a little turned off by the whole "X-treme" Batman, but considering this is Bruce Wayne in his younger days I think it works.

However, the characters are reduced to nothing. Batman has absolutely no edge to him. In the original series we got to know his past and saw him really struggle with the death of his parents, and lets be honest, the best thing about Batman is that he's the first superhero who's given a real motive. In this series the death of his parents are brough up a few times, but as a driving force it's generally ignored.

The villians are all one-note characters. In the original series each villian had some kind of conflict. It wasn't just good versus evil; it was about that in-between grey. The Man-Bat is just some mad scientist. Mr. Freeze is just some jewel thief. They're run of the mill pedestrian characters. The only exception is Clay Face. Lets hope this new version of Clay Face is pointing to a new direction to the series. Maybe the writers will wise up and give us some good stories. Until then I'll be watching the DVDs of the original Batman: The Animated Series.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. A. Reed on September 25, 2010
Format: DVD
The first season of The Batman is weak but not as weak as some of the seasons to come. Sure season 1 has problems but it wasn't that bad of a season. Let's jump in!

The animation (and this goes for subsequent seasons as well) always looked great in this series. The landscape, the fight sequences and character design. Though done in an anime-esque style (reminding me a lot of Jackie Chan Adventures), the characters still had a resemblance (vague for some characters however; ex. Cluemaster) when I compare it to the actual anime seen in Gotham Knight. And while its not the "classic" Batman look that the nineties animated series had, I grew to like the designs, except for one and that was Catwoman. Her costume didn't even resemble a cat, well the mask part anyway. She looked like a mouse with overgrown ears! Batman/Bruce Wayne and Alfred have almost no change done to them whatsoever when compared to other designs, though Batman's cape is a little longer but it does look good when he's jumping about the buildings. The Joker design startled me at first and I was a little off put by his wardrobe in the first episode but by the time he reappeared again, he was back in his traditional (for this show anyway) outfit (though the straightjacket look would reappear one more time in season 2) and I was happy. Though for the life of me I'll never understand why they didn't give him any shoes. Penguin's back to his Danny DeVito look and it kind of works for this series over its predecessor. Though he looked deformed in B:TAS, he still acted and dressed like a refined gentleman of crime. The only off putting thing about Penguin is the oversized hat and his coattails dragging on the ground.
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