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In the future, long after the Batman has driven himself into exile, his legacy lives on in the form of the Birds of Prey--Black Canary, Oracle, and the Huntress.

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Complete series cast summary:
Ashley Scott ...  Helena Kyle / ... 14 episodes, 2002-2003
Dina Meyer ...  Barbara Gordon / ... 14 episodes, 2002-2003
Rachel Skarsten ...  Dinah Lance 14 episodes, 2002-2003
Shemar Moore ...  Jesse Reese 14 episodes, 2002-2003
Ian Abercrombie ...  Alfred Pennyworth 14 episodes, 2002-2003
Mia Sara ...  Dr. Harleen Quinzel / ... 13 episodes, 2002-2003
Shawn Christian ...  Wade Brixton 8 episodes, 2002-2003
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Now Gotham's Undercover Superhero Batman has disappeared leaving behind a daughter from his long-time love Catwoman. Her name is Helena the mysterious superhero known as "The Huntress". She has teamed up with the paralyzed hero "Batgirl" together they meet up with their next teammate Dinah Lance. Dinah is a telepath and psychic who had terrifying dreams about Batgirl's brutal accident. They must learn how to work together and become not only a team of superheroes but also a family. Written by BlackOmega

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

9 October 2002 (USA) See more »

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(13 episodes)

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Stereo

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Color
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Trivia

The map of New Gotham is identical to one used in the Batman comic book cycle "No Man's Land," which is also the name of the metahuman bar in the show. See more »

Quotes

Helena Kyle: I don't know what to do, Alfred.
Alfred: Welcome to parenthood.
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Although she is included in the opening credits of each episode, Mia Sara only appeared in about 1/3 of the episodes that were broadcast. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original version of the pilot differs from the aired version in numerous ways.
  • The original began with Selina Kyle's murder, then cut to Barbara Gordon in the shower, intercut with Batman and Batgirl fighting Joker. There is a voice-over by a reporter on this. Barbara then hears this reporter, who is on her TV, announce Selina has been murdered and goes to the door where she is shot by Joker. The aired version is edited differently. It starts with footage of Batman fighting Joker, then has a shot of Helena and Selina Kyle walking together that wasn't in the previous version. It then adds new footage of Batman and Catwoman fighting. It then cuts to Barbara Gordon's apartment, intercut with footage of her fighting. It cuts directly from her in the shower to her opening the door, where she is shot by Joker. The whole thing has new narration by Alfred Pennyworth.
  • The most obvious difference is that Harley Quinn was recast. Scenes originally shot with were reshot with .
  • There a few alternate scenes involving Barbara Gordon, including one that indicates her involvement with a fellow teacher has been going on for six months. In the TV series, the relationship begins in the pilot and progresses through the series.
  • There are also considerable differences in the score and sound effects.
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In Defense of "Birds of Prey"
14 October 2002 | by Gravity06See all my reviews

There are those comix purists who will complain that BoP violates "continuity". If the truth be known, that which constitutes "continuity" is in the eye of the beholder (At last count, there are over five -- and counting --different Batman "continuities" [Movie Batman, "Batman: The Animated Series", "Batman Beyond", "Justice League", "The Dark Knight", etc.] ). At last count, Superman has over EIGHT different continuities (radio show, TV shows ["Superboy", "Smallville", etc.], and countless cartoon incarnations -- in addition to the comics). This is to say nothing of the pre- and post-"Crisis" versions of each of these characters.

There are so many different versions of Batman and Superman and different eras that trying to please each and every comic fan out there is a nightmare and an impossible task for a screenwriter. There are some people who want to see this version and some who want to see this era and if the writers mix them up then all hell breaks loose in Comix Fandom. To attempt to satisfy the whims of each individual fan is to ask for trouble.

While the critics are marking off their checklists and tabulating how well BoP adheres to its "source material", they're missing out on a fun show peopled with some quirky and interesting characters (The Huntress holds the singular honor of being TV's first superhero to see a therapist on a regular basis!).

"Birds of Prey" is best enjoyed when judged on its own merits. In my opinion, it's a fun show that deserves a chance to come out from under the shadow of its comic book origins.


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