Wednesday, April 17, 2024

The DC Animated Universe Weekly Review - Batman: The Animated Series

Batman: The Animated Series

Episode 7


There are one or two clunkers in the series and this this is one of them.  It retells the same story three different times from the Point of View of three Gotham cops.  We get the rookie Wilkes who describes everything like a child, or in terms of magic, even though he’s probably in his twenties. We get Officer Rene Montoya who describes it fairly straightforward.  Last we get Harvey Bullock who lies to cover his own butt for screwing things up.  Batman is a recurring figure throughout all their events of the story.


This plot is Akira Kurosawa’s film Rashomon.  Pretty deep reference for a children’s show and A+ for tackling that depth but implementation on the story is less than interesting.  


Ultimately Commissioner Gordon is trying to defend his cops while the Internal Affairs cop is harassing them.  They all get suspended and Montoya by some chance gets the opportunity to redeem herself, bust the bad guys with the help of Batman, and everyone gets their job back. 


For some reason the story is just not interesting enough. Why is the police commissioner involved in an internal affairs investigation?  He’s their boss too. Therefore his authority could seriously hinder the investigation since he’s clearly on the three cops side.  Somehow even with the head of the police helping them, they still get suspended.  How does busting the bad guys at the end make up for the fact an entire warehouse was burnt down because of their incompetence earlier?  


It’s a story which could have been told better.  


Written by
Joseph Ammendolea
“I Like To Play With Toys” Productions®