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The The Batman - The Complete Fifth Season - animated DVD / children's and family DVD review
Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America rating: 4 stars
Actors: Rino Romano, Alastair Duncan, Evan Sabara, Kevin Michael Richardson, Ming-Na
Director: Ginny McSwain   Distributor: Warner Home Video
DVD release: 08 July 2008   Feature runtime: 272 minutes
(2 discs)
Format: NTSC, Animated
DVD Features: Audio tracks (English), Joining Forces: The Batman's Legendary Team-Ups, The Batman: Justice League profiles

The Batman (voiced by Rino Romano) is back for a fifth season of action, and he's brought side-kicks Robin (Evan Sabara) and Batgirl (Danielle Judovits) as well. This season, it's all about the team-ups - Batman with Superman (George Newbern), Flash (Charlie Schlatter), Green Lantern (Dermot Mulroney), Green Arrow (Chris Hardwick), Hawkman (Robert Patrick), and the Martian Manhunter (Dorian Harewood). In other words, everyone in the Justice League of America. There is a never-ending cavalcade of baddies, some classic like Sinestro (Miguel Ferrer), some newer ones like Wrath (Christopher Gorham).

It was good to see the dynamic between all of these dynamic characters, each with their own strengths and super powers. Season five provides lots of action and lots of intrigue. Stories that stand out include "The End of the Batman," in which Wrath and Scorn (Daryl Sabara), a team much like Batman and Robin but on the other side of the law, try to do away with the caped crusaders with the help of the Penguin (Tom Kenny), Killer Croc (Ron Perlman), and The Joker (Kevin Michael Richardson). Wrath and Scorn learn the dynamic duo's secret identities and look to blackmail them. The Joker and Penguin make a couple of appearances over several episodes; no Riddler or Egghead, for fans of the old Adam West Batman show.

With the Dark Knight hitting the theaters, Batman is hot, but the film is not for all ages. The Batman series keeps the darkish flavor of Batman without getting too dark, brooding, or violent. It keeps to the canon of the comics and, so far as I can tell, doesn't make up any goofy new characters for the series.

Use this to placate the children who may be too young to fully appreciate the Christopher Nolan films. Enjoy it even if this isn't the case.
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reviewed by Eric Renshaw
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