goofy and flawed but is undeniably glorifying and exhilarating..
4 Out Of 5
One of the most successful and loved franchise of Batman, depicts the comic version at its best by going deep into the character’s perspective rather than trying to cover-up or justify its sketchy tone. The animation is not only convincingly good but also seems like a lot of thought is invested on its cinematography which for the most part of it works on a metaphorical way.
It takes a smarter approach on projecting more of newer character’s perspective (mostly its the villain), as it helps to create the anticipated impact. And a slam dunk by the makers by narrowing it down to only 20 minutes and get right to the point, keeping the audience engaged and rooting for more.
The consistency of thought-provoking concept and nail-biting scenes that they have projected in earlier seasons has achieved what it is now. It also focuses on offering a closure within its 20 minutes of allotted time. On latter seasons, the writers seemed to be losing their touch on the tone of it as they finds themselves sweating behind the camera waiting for a miracle, which no character helps on doing so.
And in the last season, it becomes crystal clear that the makers have decided to draw in their big bucks through it, to a point where they are ready to sacrifice quality over money. Drunk and influenced under its commercial aspect, there barely resides a frame that speaks art let along an episode; a disappointing decision to go for season 04.
Kevin Conroy seems the apt choice to be the voice of Batman (although not so sure about Bruce Wayne!) and so does Robert Hastings for Commissioner James Gordon as it has the right amount of depth in it. It also brings in bigger cast like Mark Hamill to do the voice over of Joker, which is done with genuine passion and enthusiasm that is clearly visible on screen.
Addition to that, the makers keep some of the villains under their sleeve and uses it as a trump card whenever felt necessary that helps in continuity and glue all individual cases as much as possible.
Batman: The Animated Series can be goofy and flawed but is undeniably glorifying and exhilarating on terms of the world that the makers have created in here which smells nothing but home.