More stylish risk-taking than other series, this BATMAN offering is refreshing. As stated in the MAKING OF included on disk 2, the whole producing crew tried many thingswith various results. The (then) complete re-design of the Joker (playing card deck style) and of Mr Freeze are blatant examples.
Story telling of OK in Season, but will get better in Season 2. The authors had to start writing different Sub-stories giving the serie a slow start. Not mandatory, but getting S1 helps understandiung what is going on in S2. Alfred the butler has a quite important role in several episodes. It is absolutely needed as the Self-Assured Batman constantly clashes with a unusually psychologically tortured Bruce Wayne. BW is noit too sure about his role in Life. It gives the scenarios much needed depth. It is a bit awkward to have some Saturday morning cartoon action on the same show as some psycho-analysis. The authors tried to start too many things at the same time and ended up giving us not enough if everything Needed extra characthers are filling the gaps in the plots very nicely.
The animation is kindy of off-beat. It uses various types of it. They will achieve a proper balance between action scenes and Motion-comic in S2. The BOX set is loaded with Extras. Unfortunatly, those adders are for the younger crowd, wht the exception of the MAKING OF.
I enjoyed this 13 episodes and got my Bat-$$$ worth. As described by other reviewers, you need to give this serie some time. It is not love at 1st sight, but it will grow on you.