This series was easily one of the worst television adaptations of a comic book that I have ever seen. I never saw much of the series when it aired, and I did not remember liking any of what I saw. However, as I have recently found that Smallville (a show I wrote off as irredeemably ruined during the fourth season) has turned out to be far better than I remembered, I decided to give this series a second chance. Sadly, my memories of the series were pretty accurate to the acutal quality of the show, but there were a few pleasant surprises.
The series is not entirely without worth. Oracle, Alfred and Harley Quinn were all very well cast, if not always well written. It was also nice to see Clayface and Black Canary on screen. Hearing Mark Hamill's voice for the Joker almost made up for how poorly the actor on screen actually fit the part. The flashback scenes involving Batman, Batgirl, Catwoman and the Joker were the highlights of the show. Some of the villains and supporting characters were rather interesting and played by very talented actors, and the final two episodes were actually pretty good.
Unfortunately, most of the series was awful. First of all, I've never liked stories that give my heroes illegitimate children, which happened to be the premise of the series. Both Huntress and Dinah Lance were cast terribly. Dinah's character also got changed to the point she was unrecognizable as the comic book heroine I liked so much. Also, the obsession with "relationships" over plot, acting and character development was infuriating. This is a problem shared by most WB (now CW) shows I've seen. The music, especially the replacement theme song almost never fit with what was on screen. I'm sure the original music was much better, but that does not give much comfort when watching the dvd.
As far as special features go, there were only two. The Gotham Girls web series was generally more entertaining than the actual show. The unaired pilot was interesting in that it showed different directions the show could have gone, and makes the actual series seem a little better by comparison. So, while at a very good price for a thirteen episode tv series, I still would not recommend this product very highly.
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