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You can’t keep a shadowy vigilante down. I think this is Batman’s 50th animated TV show in the last ten years. I could be wrong, of course, but it sure seems like, out of all of D.C.’s superheroes, the Caped Crusader gets the most love. Superman comes close, but let’s face it, you can only stomach so much of a guy who can do everything before it gets super dull. So here comes Batman (again) in “Beware the Batman: Shadows of Gotham Season 1 Part 1,” now arriving on DVD/Blu-ray in a 2-disc, 13-episode bundle.
Batman swings into an exhilarating new age, teaming with a powerful allies old and new for a thrilling new take on the classic Dark Knight franchise in Beware the Batman: Shadows of Gotham, Season 1 Part 1. The new action-packed detective thriller incorporates Batman’s core characters with a rogue’s gallery of criminals as the Caped Crusader faces some of Gotham City’s most despicable villains. Through the show’s first 13 animated adventures of this two-disc collection, ex-secret agent Alfred and lethal swordstress Katana join Batman to takes on an array of evildoers including the likes of Anarky, Professor Pyg, Mister Toad and Magpie. This thrilling series redefines what we have come to know as the “Batman show” and is sure to excite fans with cutting-edge CGI visuals.
My DVD copy came with two discs containing all 13 episodes, with the titles “Hunted,” “Secrets,” “Tests,” “Safe,” “Broken,” “Toxic,” and “Family” on Disc 1, and “Allies,” “Control,” “Sacrifice,” “Instinct,” “Attraction,” and “Fall” on Disc 2.
Unlike previous Batman shows, the animation here looks like overly CG. I have no idea what the technical term is, but it’s like watching a cut-scene from a Batman game … from 10 years ago. I’m personally not a fan, but then again, I haven’t played a game where I’ve had to sit through cut-scenes for a few years, so maybe I’ve just lost my taste for it. And those ears. What’s the deal with the big pointy ears? If you can deal with this new animated style, you’ll probably like the show. Anthony Ruivivar as the voice of Batman/Bruce Wayne is actually pretty good. “That 70s Show” curmudgeon Kurtwood Smith does Gordon, with notable guest voices from Udo Kier, James Remar, Adam Baldwin, Emmanuelle Chriqui, and Lance Reddick as the villains and heroes.
You’re essentially buying this for the episodes. There are no extras to speak off, except for trailers for “Justice League: War,” some Scooby-Doo wrestling show/movie or something, and a bunch of LEGO stuff. But then again, it’s an assembling of TV episodes, so I guess it’s not too surprising that the bonus will be sparse — or, er, non-existent, in this case.