Monday, May 10, 2010
The Disgrace of Batman
Batman: The Animated Series is known as the best Batman cartoon in history. Having great sequels such as The New Batman Adventures and Batman Beyond, many thought the series could never die; unfortunately, in 2004, it did.
A new Batman spin-off was made, The Batman. Unlike the 90's version, this version stays away from the continuity of the comics, theatrical films or any of the previous Batman cartoons. The art style is done in the same way as Jackie Chan Adventures is drawn.
In this show, Bruce Wayne is a lot younger and less serious compared to the other Batmans. His voice doesn't fit his personality and tone, especially when he puts on his cape and mask. It wasn't until later in the series that the animators decided to fix his chin, changing it from a V-shaped to a square-shaped one.
His sidekicks, Batgirl and Robin, look way too young to be in high school and college.
Out of all of the super villains, the Joker is treated the worse in this series. His eyes are red, his hair is a green mess and his teeth make him look like he is a plagued rat. With no gloves or shoes, Joker is given Kung Fu fighting abilities, making him move like a monkey.
What's really way off is that in the series he is said to have once been a low-level bureaucrat before he became the Joker. Since Joker's story origin has no relation to Batman, gives Joker no real reason to despise Batman the way he does.
The Penguin, on the other hand, is portrayed in a more interesting way. His character is based more off Danny DeVito's performance in Batman Returns. He also has a huge variety of birds trained to steal. However, like the Joker, he also has martial arts skills which makes him look ridiculous, and he has two Kabuki-themed henchwomen by his side.
Since the character, Two-Face was being used in The Dark Knight, Warner Brothers refused to include him in The Batman. As a substitute, the animators replaced his role with a cop named Ethan Bennett who becomes Clayface.
What makes this spin-off dull is the fact that there is no real character development in the series. The episodes don't go in chronological order and instead are done in a completely random way. The Batman just can't hold a candle to Batman: The Animated Series.
All images are from:The World's Finest - The Batman
The Batman belongs to Warner Bros./DC Comics.