If you’ve been linked here by another blog, especially one purporting to be about why certain shows were cancelled, read my additions to this post at the bottom of the page. (edit Jan 2017)
Recently there was a small controversy in the animation community where fans found out that the networks don’t want girls watching the boy’s shows. Worse they don’t actively don’t care about girls. Misogynistic marketing was exposed and there was an outcry against it. This isn’t new, it’s been going on for decades and this type of misogyny is deeply engrained in our culture.
Everyone loves Batman; that’s practically an unequivocal fact now with him taking over everything from the DC comics to the movies to TV series. He sells, he sells so much, but are we reaching the point where we’re oversaturated with the character? Can we truly have too much Batman?
This was the last episode before the show went on hiatus, and they picked the right one to go on a break. We get human tragedy, a great story, and a perfect example of using continuity to make episodic TV more compelling. I’m a little late due to personal matters tying me up for several weeks, so the hiatus has already ended and there’s a brand new episode out. Written by Erin Maher & Kathryn Reindl and directed by Curt Geda let’s look at, Toxic.
This time we get another Arkham Living Hell villain, more Lieutenant Gordon, and Tatsu somehow manages to lose a 4 foot long sword. I also ponder a rather weird story point to keep popping up in a Batman series in this week’s episode Broken, written by Michael Ryan and directed by Rick Morales.
In this week’s, delayed, review of Beware the Batman: he fights ninjas, Bruce leaves the mansion to do his job, we actually see Tatsu doing her job, she also gets a crush, and Alfred has the badass moment I’ve been hoping for since the series was announced. All that and more from writer Mark Banker and director Sam Liu in Safe.
The tests begin as Batman faces Anarky while Tatsu endures whatever Bruce Wayne has cooked up for her; a chess game is at the centre of it all. We also get even more obscure villains and Batman shows off some of his toys. Written by Jim Krieg and directed by Curt Ceda, let’s look at Tests.
This week the second episode of Beware the Batman as Batman fights the mysterious and deadly femme fatale, Magpie. We also see Katana’s first day on the job, Lieutenant Gordon and Batman clash over the investigation, and the first appearance of his daughter. An episode a lot better than the first with Magpie being front and centre. Directed by Rick Morales and written by Mitch Watson let’s look at Secrets:
There’s a new Batman cartoon series and he’s back in Gotham fighting crime, but this time in CGI. Developed by Glen Murakami, Mitch Watson, and Sam Register, the show focuses on a younger Batman as he fights much more obscure villains along with his trusty ally Alfred and newcomer Katana. I’ll be doing regular episode reviews of the series to see how this new show holds up against the long legacy of good Batman shows. This week Batman fights Professor Pyg and Mister Toad as they kidnap some of Gotham’s wealthiest in: Hunted. Written by Mitch Watson and directed by Sam Liu