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Cartoon Review: "The Batman" Season 5 (2007)

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"The Batman" season 5 official DVD cover.

"The Batman" season 5 official DVD cover.

Quick Info

Director: Various
Distributor: Warner Brothers Animation
Released: July 8th, 2008
Runtime: 272 minutes
Availability: On DVD in print, available for digital purchase on Amazon, iTunes, and other stores, streaming on HBOMax

Story Summary

Batman continues to work with other heroes as he continues to protect Gotham City. Many different heroes arrive in Gotham to track down their villains with the help of Batman and his team.

It’s a Solid Final Season

This is the final season of The Batman, and it’s a good final season. It had really good stories and even though it wasn’t as good as season 4 it is still a good season and I enjoyed the episodes.

It’s interesting to see other heroes from D.C. Comics in this series but it does become repetitive except for which hero shows up. It’s still a fun season and it is a nice change of pace for The Batman.

The World's Finest working together.

The World's Finest working together.

The Batman "The Batman/Superman Story, Part 1" Clip

The Animation Is Great!

The animation for The Batman looks great and the fight scenes still look good. It is probably the best the cartoon has ever looked compared to season 1 where the animation was just average and not particularly memorable.

I also enjoy the art style too, although the similarity to anime annoyed fans when it first came out, now that the anime art style is mainstream people might be more inclined to watch the series if they like anime already.

The animation still looks really good for being over 10 years old now and I enjoyed the cartoon after a long time of not watching The Batman.

The Voice Cast Is Great!

The same voice cast reprises their roles and they do a great job. Rino Romano, Kevin Michael Richardson, Tommy Kenny, Evan Sabara , Mitch Pileggi, and Danielle Judovits are all great in their roles, as Batman, Joker, Penguin, Robin, Batgirl and Commissioner Gordon respectively.

Clark Kent/Superman

George Newbern voiced Clark Kent/Superman, he’s been the voice of Clark Kent and Superman for a while now so seeing him in this cartoon is a pleasant surprise. He did a great job in this role and it was nice they brought him back in this cartoon for this role.

He did a great job in this role and I liked his voice acting. When I think of Superman’s voice, I hear his voice in my head.

Lois Lane

Dana Delany returns as Lois Lane since she voiced Lois Lane in Superman: The Animated Series (1996) and she’s known for voicing the character. It was nice for her to reprise this role despite this series not being set in the DC Animated Universe that Paul Dini and Bruce Timm created.

She did a great job in her role and I enjoyed her voice acting too.

Green Arrow

Chris Hardwick voiced Green Arrow and I liked his voice acting in the cartoon. He did a great job voice acting and he gave a great performance.

Martian Manhunter

Dorian Harewood did a great job as Martian Manhunter and I liked his voice acting in this cartoon. He was a nice choice for Martian Manhunter and he gave a good performance.

Hawkman

Robert Patrick did a good job voicing Hawkman and he was a nice choice for this role. I liked his voice acting but it’s not the best I’ve ever heard.

Flash

Charlie Schlatter voiced the Flash and I enjoyed his voice acting because he made his character entertaining and funny.

Overall, the voice cast is great and they all gave great vocal performances in their roles.

The Batman Season 5 Theme Tune

The Soundtrack is Good

Thomas Chase’s soundtrack is very good and even though it sounds much better than his music for the early seasons it’s not nearly as good as season 4’s music, but it’s still a great soundtrack that I enjoyed the music for.

The Batman VS. the fox of the Terrible Trio.

The Batman VS. the fox of the Terrible Trio.

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The Guest Appurtenances Become Predictable

While this season of The Batman is unique for having many hero guest appearances, it becomes predictable because the formula is always the same in every episode that Batman will always play a key role in taking down the villain of the week with the help of the guest hero.

Even though these episodes are good they become very predictable and the episodes where it’s just the Batman Family are the more interesting episodes to watch in the fifth season.

A Solid Finale to an Underrated Series

The Batman season 5 ended on a solid finale that had an excellent ending for all the characters in the story and while it wasn’t a perfect series it ended on a solid note which is a great thing because some cartoons start out great and end on a bland note and fans are disappointed by the series’ ending. The Batman stuck the landing when it came to the ending and it was a good, solid way to send off the show.

The Batman is a very underrated series because of its use of an anime-like art style and being overshadowed by Batman: The Animated Series (1992) because people had high expectations because the previous series was so good.

I feel everyone should give this cartoon a chance but I know not everyone will like it. I know that anime fans will enjoy it more because it mimics the anime art style so that will keep their interest.

While it may not be every Batman fan’s “must-buy” series, I will recommend at least trying it out on HBOMax if you have a subscription to HBOMax.

Quick Summary

What Works:What Doesn't Work:

Great story, characters, and world-building

Guest appearance episodes become predicitable

Great animation

Great voice cast

Good soundtrack

I highly recommend at least streaming it, whether you purchase it or stream it on HBOMax, it is worth your time and money if you want to spend your money, but at least give The Batman a chance, it’s a cult classic for a reason, and while it didn’t receive as much critical acclaim as "Batman: The Animated Series" it’s still a great Batman cartoon that any fan of the character should at least try to watch.

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My Grade: A-

I know that some people don’t like the anime-esque art style or that the writing for the series wasn’t as good as Batman: The Animated Series but The Batman can stand on its own. It improved over time and ended on a solid note as far as its series finale.

The Batman was the first Batman animated series I ever watched and while I soon picked up Batman: The Animated Series (1992) and watched that soon after, The Batman will always have a special place in my heart for being the series that really got me into Batman, I started reading and purchasing comics and I have a small comic collection that turned into a DCUniverseInfinite subscription so I can read and save shelf space because I don’t have space for physical copies anymore.

The Batman is a series that I always enjoyed and I was pleasantly surprised that I still enjoyed the series after rewatching it. It was a lot of fun, and while not all Batman fans will buy it, it is inexpensive to purchase on DVD and if you have HBOMax it is available for streaming in HD so that is also a great reason to use your HBOMax subscription because only some of the legal digital downloads are in HD since it hasn’t been released on blu-ray yet.

I hope that one day it will be out on blu-ray because it is an underrated series that, while not perfect is still an enjoyable watch for any Batman fan looking for a fun cartoon to watch.

I highly recommend at least streaming it, whether you purchase it or stream it on HBOMax, it is worth your time and money if you want to spend your money, but at least give The Batman a chance, it’s a cult classic for a reason, and while it didn’t receive as much critical acclaim as Batman: The Animated Series it’s still a great Batman cartoon that any fan of the character should at least try to watch.

It is one of my favorite cartoons and while it wasn’t a perfect series, it ended on a solid note and it’s a series that improved a lot over its run, and stuck the landing for the ending. It was a good show and one that every Batman fan should watch at least once.

My Rating

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