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The Batman – The Complete Third Season (Animated)


Picture: B-     Sound: B-     Extras: C     Episodes: C



Now on DVD is The Batman: The Complete Third Season.  For those of you who have been living under a rock for the past almost 70 years, Batman is the alter ego of millionaire playboy Bruce Wayne.  Batman protects the corrupt city of Gotham from such evil doers as the Scarecrow, the Joker, Clayface, and so on.  The Batman, created in 2004, has taken a very different and not necessarily good spin on the classic Batman we all know and love.  The show has a new wave animation technique that is very undetailed and has a washed feel about it that greatly lacks depth.  The Batman is a strong deviation from the instant past classics such as Batman the Animated Series and Justice League.  The slender, cat-like Batman is unusual and is too anime for its own good.


Also the classic Batman characters are not even spared from the debauchery that this Jackie Chan Adventures clone has ensued, destroying the Penguin, the Riddler, the Joker, and many other characters.  Season 3 introduces a plot line that centers a lot on a character that was never extremely popular to begin with, Batgirl.  Batman being the loner that he is does not take kindly to Batgirl’s presence on his team and just as he seems to warm up to the idea of another partner Batman slips back into doubt.  The series does show moments of promise but it has taken four seasons to cleanup the animation and storyline enough to actually start becoming enjoyable.  A little too long for this reviewer’s taste.


This 2-Disc set is simple and to the point.  The picture is disappointingly presented in a boring 1.33 X 1 Full Screen and though it is crisp and clear it should have most definitely been a Widescreen production.  The sound is also amazingly clear in its Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo format that is more than adequate for the needs of this series.  The extras are very sparse only offering fans a small inside look at the series in a featurette entitled The Batman: Season 3 Unmasked that is nothing to write home about.


Overall, the series is simple and nothing special like previous Batman Series, but going into its fifth season it obviously has captured a pretty sizeable fan base.  This Season contains 13 Batman swinging, slashing and kicking episodes that this reviewer is sure some will enjoy.  For a more enjoyable and deep series viewers may wish to check out the critically acclaimed Justice League series.



-   Michael P Dougherty II


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