Sunday, August 12, 2012

Ranking the Batman Movies: #11

11. Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman
Directed by Curt Geda and Tim Maltby
Batman…Kevin Conroy
Robin…Eli Marienthal
James Gordon…Bob Hastings
Barbara Gordon…Tara Strong
Alfred…Efram Zimbalist Jr.
Batwoman…Kyra Sedgwick
Carlton Duquesne…Kevin Michael Richardson
The Penguin…David Ogden Stiers
Dr. Roxanne Ballantine…Kelly Ripa

If you couldn’t already tell, the Batman franchise dabbles in a number of genres. Here, we get sort of a whodunit. The question isn’t who the bad guy is, but who is this other good guy? Actually, good girl in this case. Someone calling themselves Batwoman has also taken to the streets of Gotham to fight crime and is effective, but sloppy. Of course, our hero has to get to the bottom of this because Batwoman doesn’t live by the same moral code as he does. Her techniques are dangerous and ruthless. It’s a solid Bat-tale with a terrific twist that we can’t quite see coming. It’s also notable for being the only movie on the list to show Bruce in an interracial relationship. The best part about that is that I make a bigger deal out of it than the movie which never mentions it.

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