The Batman – Season 3

  • Series Title:  The Batman
  • Season:  3
  • Episodes:  13
  • Discs:  2
  • Cast:  Rino Romano, Alastair Duncan, Danielle Judovits, Kevin Michael Richardson, Tom Kenny, Mitch Pileggi, Adam West (as Mayor Grange, uncredited)
  • Original Network:  Cartoon Network
  • Production Network:  Warner Brothers (Animation)

The third season of The Batman brings in a teenaged Batgirl and Barbara Gordon’s father, Commissioner Gordon. Batgirl’s origin involves her friend, Pamela Isley, who becomes Poison Ivy in the opening two-parter, then returns towards the end of the season. Yet, despite the new characters, The Batman just doesn’t tell the classic and memorable stories of Batman: The Animated Series, nor does it have the out there humor of Batman – The Brave and the Bold. The Batman is simply very flat.

The third season features stand-alone episodes with stand-alone villains such The Ventriloquist and Scarface, Gearhead, and the usual suspects of Joker and Penguin. Hugo Strange is in more than one episode, but his story isn’t strong enough to make the season compelling – especially not when compared to other versions of Batman.

“The Laughing Cats” has Batman and Batgirl working with Catwoman against Joker who in turn is stealing rare Black Siberian Leopard to sell to a hunter who lives on his own private island and gets his jollies hunting rare, even nearly extinct animals. Although it was great to see Batman working with Catwoman for a change – they have no chemistry in this series. And they could have done more with the greediness of the hunter, rather than emphasizing the maze escape in the second half of the half-hour episode.

“Brawn” has Joker stealing and using Bane’s “strength enhancing” pump (for Venom, which isn’t mentioned) but whereas a Joker with Bane’s size and strength should have been fascinating – it just makes Batman look like a bully for “beating-up” the normal-sized Joker at the end of the episode.

“Gotham’s Ultimate Criminal Mastermind” – has Hugo Strange compiling the criminal psychological profiles of all of Gotham’s criminals in Arkham, plus his own warped psyche into a super-computer, named D.A.V.E. (Digital Advanced Villain Emulator) to “help” police solve crimes. DAVE escapes immediately, goes on a crime spree, then deduces who Batman really is. Batman defeats the super-computer of course.

There’s nothing disastrously wrong with The Batman Season 3, but there’s also nothing particularly memorable about it either. It’s just very flat.