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The Batman – The Complete Fourth Season


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



It is hard to get over greatness like Batman: The Animated Series, but The Batman is as sure as hell trying to make lightening strike twice.  That brings us to The Batman: The Complete Fourth Season.  Whereas this reviewer has had a hard time adjusting to this new look and new direction for the Batman series, however, in the Fourth Season the director and animators gave the series a tiny overhaul.  Some of the characters appearances were slightly modified to look more like those familiar faces of the DC Universe (such as adjusting Bruce Wayne’s appearance).  Not only did the appearance of the series improve, but the plot devices did as well.  Three new characters were solidified in the Fourth Season introducing Dick Grayson as Robin, Lucius Fox toward the end, and Batgirl as well; taking a slightly more direct route to the peripheral characters than previous series had.  Some artists that had headed previous seasons of the series also left this season, perhaps this is the reason for the drastic improvement.


The series was surprisingly interesting, deep, and captivating this season.  Not only were new Batman counterparts introduced, but the plethora of villains like Clayface, Harley Quinn, Mob Boss Tony Zucco (voiced by Mark Hamill), Black Mask, and many, many more only increased the excitement.  If the villains and heroes weren’t enough add a dash of Frank Miller to set any DC fan overboard.  In the episode Artifacts the writers and animators take a page from the Frank Miller handbook of AWESOME to give tribute to the Batman: The Dark Knight Returns story arch that takes place in a slightly distant future.  Any Batman fan must see that episode if nothing else from this series.


Though the series greatly improved in Season Four, the DVD features did not improve too drastically.  This 2-Disc set is still simple and to the point.  The picture is again disappointingly presented in its boring 1.33 X 1 Full Frame image and though it is crisp and clear it should have most definitely been a Widescreen production.  The sound is clear in its Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo format and truly highlights the high flying action this series attempts to portray.  The extras are very sparse only offering fans a small inside look at the series in a featurette entitled The Batman: Season 4 Unmasked that is nothing too exciting.


In the end, the Fourth Season of The Batman impressed this reviewer very much.  It was well written, gripping, and had all the elements of the DC Universe that count.  As if all the aforementioned Fourth Season material was not enough a little thing called The Justice League of America also comes into play this season.  That’s right Green Arrow, The Flash, Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern, and Hawkman are all present and accounted for in this Season.  So suit up and head to the cave, because the Batman Universe may never be the same again.



-   Michael P. Dougherty


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