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Old October 5 2013, 03:38 PM   #609
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Re: "Beware the Batman" in 2013! New Animated Series

Didn't care for this one. Not a fan of Pyg and Toad, and the writing wasn't great. Too toned down for kids, like talking as though the condor-feather dress had only required plucking the birds' feathers rather than killing them. And that deathtrap on the yacht at the end was ridiculously overcomplicated -- how did Pyg install all those coils and that huge "thermometer" trigger without anyone noticing?

Then there was the bit where Pyg was monologuing about how each new guest would raise the temperature, and Batman told him that the guests were being evacuated, leading Toad to try to activate the device manually. Stupid move, Batman! Don't give away that you're subverting his plan -- let him think it's succeeding! As Napoleon said, "Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake."

And the limitations of the 3D animation format -- or the show's budget -- really reared their heads here, with the largely empty settings and the fact that we never actually saw the endangered fashionistas. Even when this supposedly big Lady Gaga-esque celebrity came out of the club at the beginning, there were only two paparazzi.
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