Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman (2003, animated)
Plot: The mysterious Batwoman (Kyra Sedgwick) shows up in Gotham City to take down a gun smuggling operation perpetrated by the Penguin (David Ogden Stiers) and mob boss Rupert Thorne (John Vernon). Batman (Kevin Conroy) tries to unlock the true identity of the Batwoman.
It’s still Batman, but there’s definitely something lacking. The animation is okay, but seems lackluster compared to Mask of the Phantasm and Sub-Zero. The music is terrible and really takes away from the film. It sounds like a mix between elevator music and something you’d hear in a video game. It’s apparent this is a more sexed up Batman movie with scenes at the Ice Berg Lounge and a romantic rendezvous on the side of the road between Bruce and Kathy Duquesne (Kimberly Brooks). The jokes get a little juvenile, especially when you have goons dressing up like women in a department store. But it’s still a decent Batman effort. The mystery of the Batwoman holds your interest, even if it does get predictable by the end. It was cool to see Bane (Hector Elizondo) in there, especially when he tosses Batwoman like a rag doll. This could have been a lot better if the music was edited, but its okay.
Rating: 6 out of 10 (‘meh’)
Category Rankings (Spoilers Throughout):
Best Performance: Kevin Conroy as Bruce Wayne/Batman
-It’s Kevin Conroy, he’s really good. What else is there to say?
Worst Performance: Kimberly Brooks as Kathy Duquesne
-Only because she has this annoying sign off whenever she leaves the screen…Twa-la. Awful.
Best Line: “I knew sooner or later, Batman, we’d face each other…I prayed for it.” –Bane
-Classic Bane line and sums up his character perfectly.
Worst Line: “Welcome to superhero team up!” –Robin to Batwoman
-A solid Batman/Bane fight at the end. Batman wins, but he’s pretty injured afterwards, taking some major hits.
-Barbara Gordon (Batgirl) has a quick scene on the phone with Bruce while she’s at college. She get’s a little jealous of the new Batwoman. But take a look at this line, “I thought you and I were…” Are they insinuating what I think they are? Luckily Bruce makes up some excuse and hangs up the phone.
-Batman is going through a mob henchman’s house and one of his goons walks in. Batman just stares at him and the goon walks out of the room. That’s pretty awesome.
-The end is a little to upbeat for a Batman movie. Bruce rides off into the sunset with Kathy Duquesne. Bruce even says a ‘Twa-la.’ Ugh.
-Alfred has a lot of funny lines, but this one’s the best as he reads the newspaper comics: “I see why Dennis the Menace is one step closer to juvenile hall.” Efrem Zimbalist Jr. delivers perfectly.
Bad Ass Moment:
-Robin barely does anything in the movie, but he does have one bad ass moment where he bounces off the floor with his hands and goes into a kick, knocking this huge guy across the room. That was pretty impressive.