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A step in the wrong direction
, April 30, 2007
This review is from: The Batman: The Complete Third Season (DC Comics Kids Collection) (DVD)
Well, last night I finally completed my tour of The Batman by finishing Season 3 (directly after having finished 2 and 1). As others have stated, Season 3 pales in comparison to Season 2 but not for reasons expected. The writing actually matures a little bit over the past two volumes. We are treated to a more in depth look at the relationship between Bruce and Alfred as well as Batman and Catwoman's love/hate thing. Unfortunately that is where the pluses end- The first flaw is a total overuse of Joker. With a rogue gallery as deep as Batman's, there is really no excuse for reusing an enemy over and over like this. Granted, he has his humorous moments, the fact is Joker brings too much chaos and unpredictability to the formula for me. He is interesting in small dosage but The Batman starts to feel like a broken record with how many times the Joker's ridiculous schemes get squashed.
Next up is the made-up villains. Prepare to witness a fair share of either made up rogues or very generic ones brought into the light in Season 3: Krank, Prank, and Gearhead all make appearances before staples such as Ras, Two Face, and Scarecrow.
However, none of these problems compare to the glaring annoyance of Batgirl. As others have said in their reviews, season 3 introduces Batgirl as a self-appointed sidekick (oddly enough, before Robin). While the voice work is nice and the setup with Barb Gordon's ties to Poison Ivy are interesting enough, it doesn't take long to develop a deep hatred for the whole Batgirl character. This happens mainly because suddenly the show's writers switch into a mode where Batman finds himself in sticky situations where only a sidekick can save the day. What's worse is that Batgirl is given far too much credit (she even has her own getting-dressed into costume animation sequence) only to end up requiring Batman to save her from certain doom. Also as a result, all traces of both detective Yen and Chief Rohas are vanquished for Barbara and her commissioner father. Gordon is very well done but believe me when I say that Batgirl will be pushed down the viewer's throat almost continuously throughout this entire season.
The tragedy is that the few episodes of this season that are on track (and don't throw Batgirl at us) are fairly brilliant, maybe even better then the best offerings of season 2 (such as Fistful of Felt and The Icy Depths). Unfortunately these are the minority to endless Joker nonsense and Batgirl saving/ ruining the day.
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