I dove into the complete second season immediately after finishing the first season and can confidently state that The Batman does come into its own. It is immediately apparent that the show's writers came into the second season with a much clearer understanding of the show's demographic and what its viewers expect out of the product.
Having said that, fans of The Animated Series will likely still fell a bit let down on account of the lack of background story given to the rouge gallery. We do meet a wonderfully interesting interpretation of The Riddler right away that nearly makes up for the overabundance of Joker-based episodes that follow. Also noteworthy are the villain team-ups in the second season- Firefly & Mr. Freeze, Catwoman and Penguin, even Riddler, Joker, and Penguin in the season finale.
We are also treated to some new rouge appearances, namely Killer Crock, Ragdoll, and even an attempt to creepify the already creepy Solomon Grundy (which spits on the original origin-story as has become standard practice with this series).
However, this isn't to insinuate that the package as a whole isn't entertaining. In fact it is best to forget The Animated Series ever existed and just approach The Batman as a different entity altogether. The writing definitely took a turn for the better here and we're finally treated to some of the mystery and intrigue that makes Batman's rogue gallery interesting. The season even ends with an encouraging appearance from the newly elected Commissioner Gordon.
DVD pundits who enjoy extra features be warned: There is basically nothing included in terms of DVD extras. The second disc includes a commercial for the Second Season (yeah the one you just finished watching) then ends with the encouraging message "The Batman Season One now on DVD." Hmm.
Overall though, an improvement in the show's content. I'm heading into Season Three tonight.
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