The Batman: The Complete First Season (DC Comics Kids Collection)
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In Gotham City, where shadows run long and deep, lives The Batman. He's in his mid-20s and just finding his way as protector, defender and Caped Crusader, while maintaining his public persona as billionaire bachelor Bruce Wayne. This animated series picks up a few years after the 2005 theatrical release Batman Begins. This younger Batman confronts updated versions of familiar foes, meeting each member of his classic rogues' gallery for the first time. With the likes of The Joker, The Penguin, Catwoman, Mr. Freeze, The Riddler and Man-Bat, among others, the Dark Knight takes his war on crime to the next level, employing a new arsenal of experimental Bat-Gadgets and an amped-up Batmobile, all linked by an advanced remote-controlled invention he dubs the "BatWave." In season one, join the most complex and intriguing character in comic book history for action-packed adventures that test the limits of this legendary character's extraordinary physical prowess and super-sleuthing skills.]]>
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
I watched 2 episodes with him and he was bouncing off the walls he was so happy. The picture was nearly as good as the Blu-Rays I've bought for myself. Sound was great as well. And the price INCLUDING S/H was **UNDER** $10. You just can't beat that with a stick!!!!!
His mom has called and thanked us - apparently he watches as least one episode a night after supper. I guess I will have to buy him the rest of the series for his birthday this summer.
I would rate this a very good 8.75 to 9.25 out of 10 - nearly any young child will like this and many older adults (you know who you are!) will have fond memories of this 1960's show!. Highly recommended!!!
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My boys and I are big fans of DC Comics however most are adult versions of the 'toons, with cussing and adult "situations", etc. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
The first and best season of Batman aired from January 1966 to May 1966. This set has the 34 uncut and beautifully remastered episodes of season one spread out over 4 single-sided... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ron2900
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