The producers employed thematic realism on designing the heroes and villains. Batman was kept realistic as possible (Mitch Watson says he "really gets damaged in his work") to focus on his detective nature, while the villains were specifically designed to be over-the-top. See more »
I have dipped into most of the animated Batman series, including The Animated Series, while watching cartoons with the seven-year-old. When I get a new cartoon show, I check it out to decide whether it is suitable for my son.
In this case, I couldn't stop watching. What a great show! After watching a couple episodes, I went to the internet to find out if more seasons are coming. NO! :( Bummer.
I think the animation is fine. It reminds me of the latest incarnation of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The fight scenes are well done. The show defies the laws of physics less than many others.
The voice acting is good, too. Batman/Bruce speaks with a bit of the now-conventional Batman monotone, but it's well done instead of grating.
I am not sure if the show IS suitable for a seven-year-old boy. The values are good: life is sacrosanct, loyalty is important, don't judge the book by the cover, some corporate magnates (but not all!) are evil. My sole concern is the physical forms of the characters. Most of the male characters look like serious body-builders, and the female characters are pretty sexed up, hotties in skin tight clothing.
And here I am being a typical American, cool with the violence but prudish about the sex.
Maybe I'll wait until he's eight. ;)
What I like best is the CONTENT.
The writer did a good job of weaving a couple story arcs into the 26 episodes, with bad guys from an early episode appearing in later episodes, other niceties that would be spoilers. The finale brings it together.
I am sick to death of the Joker and the other standard stable of bad guys. This show introduces a number of bad guys that are new (to me, anyway), and (this is cool) a couple good guys that LOOK like bad guys, having been transformed monsterish. One of the good monsters reminds me of Ben 10, in appearance and function.
Batman: Computer, what is the last known address of Humpty Dumpty?" Computer: A wall." Batman: "Let me rephrase that: What is the last known address of the CRIMINAL known as Humpty Dumpty."
I have enjoyed Beware of Batman more than any animated series aside from the fabled Avatar: The Last Airbender. I'm disappointed that there won't be another season, and hope that someone picks up the series.
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