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"Re(1):" , posted Sun 12 Sep 01:19
Freeze looks like he has an iceburg for a helmet. Is his head encased in ice, or is it a helmet? Somewhat interesting that Catwoman looks to be using something loosely based off of her current costume. Despite being heavily changed, several people I've heard seem to like the new Joker.
Bruce's face looks like a cartoon Jackie Chan villian.
The combat in general has a very Jackie Chan Adventures look, which isn't always a good thing. The combat in JCA got repetative once they stopped trying to actually copy how Jackie would have done stunts in a movie.
The show as a whole made me think of the Adam West Batman, though there are parts of the intro that made me think of Scooby Doo. Bruce looks more like an Adam West-style actor than the "tough guy" look of B:TAS. I almost expect him to break out in a laugh or dance the Bat-tusi. The master of subtlety, Bruce has a flashing bat symbol on his PDA as an alarm. (Batman's utility belt has light-up bat symbols, but that is being worn as Batman.)
Even though the series is supposedly set in the "early years," Batman has perhaps the most established network of gadgets as any incarnation. Giant filled batcave, a transforming dumpster (how subtle) for his car to emerge from, and unless he was quite lucky for the entire episode then he has a complete network of passages throughout Gotham for all his vehicles. The early years thing seems to be mainly so that they can ditch Gordon and have Batman occassionally do something stupid.
Joker at first looks like a return to his psychotic personality, but he doesn't actually kill even with his gas, and does end up afraid of Batman eventually.
I'm afraid for future episodes. I'm afraid the Jackie Chan comparisons will only increase, and this will be a very "kid-friendly" attempt. I wouldn't say whether the two cops chasing Batman will become comic relief or become sidekicks, but they have a potential to end up a bit annoying.
"Re(6):" , posted Wed 15 Sep 00:45
I know it is for kids but people need to start seeing the Batman which is most often portrayed in the comics, the cold hard man who has a heavy burden and trusts very few people. Also the Joker (the best villian ever) shouldn't fight, because that isn't his style, he has always been the guy gets what he wants with out having to throw punches (with the exception of Jason Todd) I hope they do this right, but then again it is a show for kids.
For the first episode, Joker does plenty of fighting and is quite good at it. His schemes on the other hand were minimal at best. Making Arkham home was nice, but the balloon of gas has been done to death, and this wasn't even one of the decent versions.
As for Bruce/Batman, maybe it is the face, or the voice, or the animation style, but he doesn't seem cold, hard, or under a particularly heavy burden. It looked liked they tried to make him seem driven in a couple of spots, but it didn't really come off. He comes across as fairly lighthearted to me. As I think I said before, it feels about like the Adam West Batman. It's the look and animation as much as anything else.
As for trust, his best friend is not only a cop, but a cop who has been ordered to catch Batman. So so far, they haven't really given the option of trust.