Debriefing #30: ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ Vol 2 Disk 2

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Batman: The Animated Series Volume 2 Disk 2

Directors: Boyd Kirkland, Frank Paur, Kevin Alteri, and Eric Radomski

Writers: Buzz Dixon, Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens, Bynne Stephens, David Wise, Paul Dini, and Cherie Wilkerson

 Note: This is a discussion of the episodes Cat Scratch Fever, The Strange Secret of Bruce Wayne, Heart of Steel (Part 1 & 2), If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Rich?, Joker’s Wild, and Tyger, Tyger

Edgar: As we go deeper and deeper into Batman: The Animated Series, more familiar villains are provided additional episodes, while some long forgotten ones receive their share of the spotlight for the first time and still in other cases entirely new foes are brought into the ring to challenge the Dark Knight. This batch of adventures presents a healthy mixture of each scenario, some of which I found to be stronger than others. James, were you more interested in the repeat offenders like The Joker and Catwoman, were you more excited by the first time appearances of old friends like The Riddler and Doctor Strange or did you prefer the entirely new maleficent maniacs we got this time around? Continue reading

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Debriefing #27: ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ Vol 1 Disk 4

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Batman: The Animated Series Volume 1 Disk 4

Creators: Eric Radomski and Bruce Timm

Directors: Boyd Kirkland, Frank Paur, Dick Sebast and Kevin Altieri

Writers: Paul Dini, Michael Reaves, Samuel Warren Joseph, David Wise, Gerry Conway, Judith Reeves-Stevens and Garfield Reeves-Stevens

Note: This discussion covers the episodes The Joker’s Favor, Vendetta, Fear of Victory, The Clock King, Appointment in Crime Alley, Mad as a Hatter and Dreams in Darkness.

James: After getting a variety of episodes over our first three discussions, this round of episodes is a bit different. There are some new characters introduced, but the series begins to stray into what a lot would consider the b-list of Batman antagonists. Still memorable for Batman fans, but not someone the average person would recognize. My question is, going forward, do you find these characters, both old and new, as fun, memorable and interesting as the big hitters or do you think this series of episodes is a noticeable step down on the character side of things? Continue reading

Debriefing #17: ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ Vol 1 Disk 3

Batman: The Animated Series Volume 1 Disk 3
Creators: Eric Radomski and Bruce Timm
Directors: Kevin Altieri, Dick Sebast, Dan Riba, Boyd Kirkland and Frank Paur.
Writers: Sean Catherine Derek, Laren Bright, Richard Mueller, Jules Dennis, Martin Pasko, Dennis O’Flaherty, Tom Ruegger, Garin Wolf, Dennis Marks, Bill Finger, Marv Wolfman, Michael Reaves

Note: This discussion covers the episodes The Cat and the Claw Part 1 & 2, See No Evil, Beware of the Gray Ghost, Prophecy of Doom and Feet of Clay Part 1 & 2. Continue reading

Debriefing #14: ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ Vol1 Disk1

Batman: The Animated Series Volume 1 Disk 1
Creators: Eric Radomski and Bruce Timm
Directors: Kevin Altieri, Boyd Kirkland, Frank Paur and Ken Butterworth
Writers: Mitch Brian, Tom Ruegger, Paul Dini, Michael Reaves, Henry Gilroy, Sean Catherine Derek, Laren Bright, Carl Swenson, Eddie Gorodetsky, Jules Dennis and richard Muller

Note: This is a discussion of the episodes On Leather Wings, Christmas with The Joker, Nothing to Fear, The Last Laugh, Pretty Poison, The Underdwellers and P.O.V.

Edgar: And now for a refreshing change of pace. James and I enter the world of Batman on television, but before venturing into the Adam West 60s comedic serial, we explore the most widely recognized, most critically acclaimed animated series which aired in the early 1990s. James, there are a lot of things I think we can talk about regarding this show, which holds a special place in many fans’ heart, including yours if I am not mistaken, but I would like to start with a simple question. Given what you and I have talked about since starting Batcave Debriefs, namely, some pretty dark and violent comic stories and Christopher Nolan’s ‘epic’, dramatic conclusion to the Dark Knight trilogy, do you find Batman the Animated Series, these first 7 episodes at least, to be on par with what hard core Batman fans should expect, or a watered down version for the kids (notwithstanding that all Batman fans are still kids on the inside)? Continue reading