The Batman: The Complete Fifth Season (2007)

Genre(s): Action / Adventure / Animation / Fantasy / Science Fiction
Warner Brothers || NR - 272 minutes - $19.98 || July 8, 2008
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2008-07-11


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): NA
Cast: Rino Romano, Evan Sabara, Danielle Judovits, Kevin Michael Richardson


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Joining Forces: The Batman's Legendary Team-Ups
  • The Batman: Justice League Profiles


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Full Screen (1.33)
  • English (Dolby Stereo Surround), French (Dolby Stereo Surround)
  • Subtitles: English

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.::THE FILM::.

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“The Batman” is the latest of a fairly long line of TV series based on our favorite Caped Crusader. The crème de la crème of animated shows was “Batman: The Animated Series” (1992-95) where fans fell in love with the voice talents of Kevin Conroy who would go on to be the voice of Batman in Batman: The Mask of the Phantasm (and its DTV sequels), The Batman/Superman Movie, “The New Batman Adventures” (1997-99), “Batman Beyond” (1999-2001), “Justice League” (2001-06) and the recently released Batman: Gotham Knight, along with some cameo appearances. The reason I bring him up is, after watching “The Batman”, I sorely missed him.

“The Batman”: The Complete Fifth Season brings to a close another vision of The Dark Knight. Given this is actually my first foray into this version; I actually was surprised by the animation style... for the most part. Batman, Robin and the rest are pretty much in line with what has been done before with the exception of The Joker, who has suddenly been given some muscle and some wild hair.

That said, the stories are very thin and several episodes were more storylines for The Justice League as members of the, in this timeline, newly formed JL make guest appearances. The season opens up with Batman teaming up with Superman who are trying to stop Lex Luthor and his plans to take over the world (yeah, that’s new). It’s a two-part season premiere that is actually good. The series then gets guest appearances by Green Arrow, Green Lantern and The Flash. Those shows are fine, but I wanted more Batman-centric stories, not a setup to The Justice League (which I know was a part of season four).

My biggest gripe with “The Batman” however is with the voice of The Joker. I know they were going for something different with this series over all the others and that nobody (NOBODY) would be able to touch the pitch perfect tone of Mark Hamill’s Joker. I’m all for changing things up, but his voice in this series just never felt right.

“The Batman” is a good series, but nothing special. It’s got some visual finesse and the voice talents are alright. I wasn’t expecting “Batman: TAS” or anything, yet it seems I’m behind the times. Back in my day (late 80s/early 90s), even cartoons had substance. Now it seems to be style over substance. The stories in this fifth season are fairly straight forward (the non-Justice League one’s anyway) and they don’t dip into Batman’s rogues gallery too much outside of The Joker and The Penguin.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

“The Batman”: The Complete Fifth Season comes in a single array DVD case which houses both discs, which contain all 13 episodes.

The features are a little thin, but they do highlight one of my gripes (re: JL). First is Joining Forces: The Batman’s Legendary Team-Ups (8:40) goes behind the reasons and progression of using various characters this season. The Batman: Justice League Profiles (11:38) merely goes through each character where animators and writers talk about the storylines used and how they were animated.

There are also trailers for “Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Hour” (Season 1, Volume 1), “Ben 10: Race Against Time” and “Speed Racer: The Game”.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

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Not surprisingly the show is presented in full screen as it had originally been aired. The colors actually look pretty good and the images themselves look sharp.

A Dolby Surround Stereo provides for a decent soundtrack, but let’s be honest, this is a cartoon and we don’t need much.



.::OVERALL::.

“The Batman” may not hold up to previous incarnations but I thought this fifth season was decent enough even with more focus on Batman’s team-ups with Justice League members. If you’re a Batman fan, it’s worth picking up (helped by a low $19.98 SRP).