Ten episode review.
In a word: bland. At least that was my opinion of the first nine episodes.
I guess it's a case of a slow-starter because episode 10 picked things up a bit.
This version of Batman pales in comparison to many others, being "toned down" from the epic Large Ham
he was in Batman: The Brave and the Bold
. I think the word "realistic" was thrown around at some point, but if it was, the writers didn't get the memo because this Batman is just as absurd in the physical department as BATB Bats. Over all he gets a 6. Maybe a 7.
The would-be Big Bad
of the series Anarky appears in the third episode (the first two being Villain of the Week
) and brings basically nothing of note to the table other than such an incredible level of smugness that you just wanna reach through the screen and punch him in the face. Repeatedly.
Batman defeats him and he "dies", but it turns out he wasn't really dead or something. 3 for him. After that, Tatsu Yamashiro shows up, here reimagined as a friend of Paul Moses, I mean Alfred and bodyguard for Bruce Wayne. Wacky hijinks ensue as her past with the League of Assassins as Katana catches up with her. The League, led by one Lady Shiva, basically outdoes Anarky in every way. They're after a magic sword that Katana stole because she was secretly CIA or something. Idunno. She joins Bats in his crime fighting as Katana.
Then episode 10. While far from perfect, this is a much more interesting episode than the previous ones. Anarky returns, still bringing the smug, but also a new-found bit of competence as he manipulates Batman and Lady Shiva into unleashing a mutating virus thingy into Gotham. But they stop it in time and Shiva escapes and Anarky walks away saying "JUST AS PLANNED
! MWAHAHA!" (well, not really, but he kinda seems like he's thinking it. Then again, who can tell behind all that smug), and we get a look at the true ruler of the League, a fellow named Ra's al Ghul (who even while unconscious still manages to be more impressive than Anarky). The episode gets 7, maybe 8. Anarky gets a 5. Maybe six.
Overall this series has its ups and downs, but so far it hasn't failed in any spectacular way and may even be improving after episode 10. I look forward to seeing where it's heading.
Twenty-five words left. Why was Green Lantern: The Animated Series
cancelled for this?!?!?