Well after having just finished this Season 1 double disc set, I have to admit that while many of the criticisms have been a bit harsh, there is some truth to them as well.
I know comparisons to the generally impeccable Batman: The Animated Series (TAS) have been done to death, even this show's creators admit to their own fondness and inspiration from TAS when developing The Batman.
Honestly, the animation quality of The Batman is better than I remembered from catching occasional episodes on Saturday mornings. The artistic style aims for a bit of Japanese-anime with odd (but interesting) color use. Need examples? Prepare for a fair share of green skies, crimson skies, black and white interiors etc. Fans of TAS will likely need a moment to adjust to the brighter backgrounds and more close-up angle fight scenes but it is nothing that an episode or two doesn't take care of.
The stories are pretty well told especially considering that the intended age group of this series is far lower than the more-adult oriented TAS. The problem is that the villains aren't near as well developed as they could (or should) have been.
We meet the Joker with little to no explanation of his coming to be and even less regard to his new look: Green dread locks, glowing red eyes, and an apparent dislike for shoes.
Things bottom out with Mister Freeze, who's back story is completely downgraded to a common diamond thief who has a car accident as a result of Batman's pursuit. Fair enough until you witness TAS' take on the same villain in which your heart actually goes out to the man as he's misunderstood by everyone (except Batman).
On the other hand The Ventriloquist was done with a surprising deal of class and accuracy as is Firefly, proving that there is hope for this series if the writers wish to dig a little deeper. I suppose the biggest consolation comes in the form of the reviews I've read on the Second Season where reviewers state a turn for the better regarding the issues I've just highlighted here.
I ordered all three complete seasons and will be digging into the second one tonight. I will post my thoughts when I complete it.
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The Batmanis an action-packed animated series that chronicles the life of Bruce Wayne and his alter-ego Batman who lands him in a variety of precarious situations. The newly anointed Caped Crusader of Gotham City confronts updated versions of familiar foes such as The Joker, The Penguin, Catwoman, Mr. Freeze and The Riddler. In this series, the Dark Knight takes his war on crime to the next level utilizing brand new Bat-gadgets and a 21st Century-styled Batmobile operated by his remote-controlled invention the "Batwave." The Batman currently airs on Cartoon Network and Kids WB.