[shadow=red,left,300]Let me start off by saying it was nice to finally get a new episode. I think I was starting to have withdrawls.
Now to this morning's episode. I must say that this rendition of Manbat owns the BTAS version. This one wants to feed, as we see it snatch up an animal from the local zoo (sorry, no shots of him chowing down, although it is implied), and then later in the episode take Bennett as well. Manbat definately looks creepy enough, but to know that he hunts the night for prey to feed on makes him all the more dangerous. The man behind the "bat", Kirk Langstrom has grown an obsession with Batman. Not for his crime fighting abilities or exploites, but for the persona of Batman and the fear it generates in others. This will further cement Bruce's fears that the Batman is bringing these villains out into the open. (And in this case, he is the cause.)
Loved the batglider, it's design reminded me a bit of Bob Kane's take on the cape in some of the earlier comics. I'm happy we're getting a figure of it!
In closing, an excellent episode, although it had a few flaws that I can forgive..most notably Bruce getting into the Batmobile in front of Wayne Industries. You mean to tell me that know one saw that? Like I said, an annoying little flaw that I can look past.
Last Edit: Oct 30, 2004 10:24:02 GMT -5 by BullocK
Post by Frosty Fries on Oct 30, 2004 10:22:39 GMT -5
Watched the episode but with a morning headache. It was still too fast-paced for me as usual but it did have some amusing moments (eg., the 'mobile showing up right after when the detectives left). It was also neat to see Bruce using sign language for Langstrom's niece (I'm deaf, by the way).
Gonna try to catch the rerun of this episode so to try and enjoy it in its fullest at that time. Multiple viewings usually make an episode seem much better.
Really good episode. I think this episode had an overall darker feel than previous episodes, there seemed to be less wisecracks from Batman and Bruce. I like the fact the Man-Bat hunts animals and humans for food, it makes him even more dangerous than usual. Batman seemed angrier and more driven than he has been in other episodes and I think that's something we need to see more of on this show. Overall I have to say of the five episodes shown so far I enjoyed this one the most.
Post by reideen1313 on Oct 30, 2004 10:46:32 GMT -5
I was actually pleasantly suprised by this episode. I read issue 2 of The Batman Strikes and was expecting something very similar to that issue. I enjoyed the issue, so I was waiting for Manbat to start changing people into mutated Bat-creatures. When Manbat hit Ethan with the spit, I was waiting....and it never came. Now, does his venom have different properties based on what he wants it to do, or is it different every time he changes to Manbat?
The transformation scenes were very good - I was impressed. I have to admit, after seeing this ep, I like this version of Manbat better, albino, veins and all.
The thing that I think really draws me to this show is that Matsuda and Co have stripped these characters of years of continuity issues and years of different artist/writer's takes on them. They have kept what was cool about each character and amplified it.
I agree about the whole Bruce getting into the Batmobile thing being kind of weak though. I think there would be better ways to do this. I don't know what it is right now, but jumping into the Batmobile outside the front of your office building would be a dead give away, I would think. ;D
Overall, this was a good episode. I enjoyed the new character and the revised origin that we saw for him.
Good episode and as many have already said, the new Man-Bat totally owns the BTAS version. Don't know why but I got a kicked out of the part when Bennet comfronts Bruce about being Batman, then starts joking about it. My favorite thing about the show was the commercial that said a new show every weekend in November. BRING ON THE BATMAN
Post by TheQuestion on Oct 30, 2004 10:56:31 GMT -5
way too fast, this show should be hour long, but whatever. LOVE!LOVE!LOOOOVED THE NEW MATBAT!!!whoot. I liked that he was unphased by his arrest, almost like he had incorperated that into his plot....whooohohoooo
"Only Master Yoda Has A Higher Midi-Chlorian Count!" -foxtrot august 5th '04
[shadow=purple,left,300]For the first time, "The Batman" has done something no other cartoon has been able to do: It put me on the edge of my seat. Everything in this episode was met with great style and genius animation. The Man-Bat may be one of the most insane villains recreated in the Batman universe. I hope he returns... with a vengeance.
I LOVED this episode, I thought the portrayl of Man-Bat was great, and Langstrom was evil as himself, and as Man-Bat, I loved this episode, and am glad its all new episodes all November, I can't wait till next week.
Post by Drizzt2218 on Oct 30, 2004 12:29:26 GMT -5
Great episode! I feel this show has really found its voice and direction with this episode, which perfectly demonstrated this show's mission statement while also maintaining that distinct "Batman feel" we've all known over the years--there have been points in the other episodes where I said "They've nailed it," and other points, sometimes in the very same episode, where I've said "This writer missed the mark," but this episode never had a moment where I didn't feel like I was watching the hero I've grown up with my entire life.
From Batman's driven nature and obsessiveness matched only by Langstrom's own obsession with the Dark Knight; to the creepy and twisted nature of the Man-Bat, not to mention jokes that really made me laugh (rare for a cartoon), this episode got so much right that I have to give it an "A+." I hope the rest of the season can be so good. I've said before that "The Batman" shows a lot of promise, and now I can say that episodes like this are seeing that promise and potential met head-on.
this episode was the best yet and i've loved the others as well for the most part. i really think that the series is coming along great. this episode was very dark and i agree that this wicked Langstrom/ManBat is the best version of this character yet!
incredible episode! great job. keep it dark and loved the old horror movie feel to this episode!!!
???This episode was GREAT!!! Even though I was half asleep when I watched it , I thought it was really the first ep that brought the darkness that is the essence of all Batman stories to the forefront. I taped it, and will watch it again, much more carefully. Loved the new Man-Bat, he was awesome!
GREAT EPISODE!!! I liked the part where Batman and Manbat were going through the construction site. It was a nice little flashback to 1992 when i was blown away by " On Leather Wings". Thanks to the new Bat team , this and finding the Manbat figure today made for a good Halloween !!!!
Post by The Dinoboy Wonder! on Oct 30, 2004 18:30:38 GMT -5
it was nice..but those dam decetives are REALLY REALLY getting annoying...
they just make me want to vomit...
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[glow=red,2,300]I LOVED this episode!!! I couldn't get enough of Man-Bat. It was also cool how Bruce used sign language to the little girl and her reaction was very amusing. Though the part of the episode that i kept rewinding and pausing was when Batman used his glider and his cape just kind of retracted into the jet glider and then the glider was concealed afterward by the cape!!! 11 out of 10.[/glow]
Two-Face: Half of me wants to strangle you. Poison Ivy: What does the other half want? Two-Face: To hit you with a truck.
This episode without a doubt owned On Leather Wings! I know we really should try not to compare the two, but Matsuda and the rest of the talent there at KidsWB have really gone above and beyond with this character! Man-Bat is finally a force to reckon with!
it seems like every episode I see, this show just gets better and better!
Dr Langstrom was wicked and judging by the ending, its not the last we've seen of him or Man-Bat.
I watched it again on tape, although the reception was pretty terrible, and now I'm sure I believe that this episode is the best yet, even a tad better than the Bane one! And this Man-Bat is also better than B:TAS' version by a rather wide margin. ;D I loved this ep's dark mood, too. Great stuff.
Once again, magnificent, EVERY episode has exceded expectations. Althoguh my two favorites so far are "Traction" and "The Bat and the Cat", this is excellent. I like the transformation of Langstrom, and for some reason, when he does it, it reminds me of the Likens from Underworld... , but I LOOVVVE the new kick butt design, and the relationship between Bruce/Detectives is a very nice touch. They just keep dishing out well-balanced eps, and although this one was fast paced, the story/dialogue was great, good work! I'm definetely looking foward to NEWvember now!
Post by Ralph Nigma on Oct 31, 2004 10:31:02 GMT -5
This has been my favorite episode so far, and it feels like the only one they've taken seriously. The others were, let's face it, fluff. Just, really kinda goofy. but this one.... this one was dark and interesting and the the villain actually seemed crazy (NEW JOKER SUCKS, NOT SCARY) unlike some of the other villains we've seen.
The scene where he swoops down and takes the goat was great.
The Manbat design is maybe the best one, in my opinion, to date. I like the near-albinism of him, as well as the fact that he ACTUALLY looks like a bat. It really put the BTAS Manbat to shame, as well as many versions I've seen in the comics.
Darker tone of the episode + less goofy villain = episode that makes me want to forgive the show for Joker, Penguin and Catwoman (Come on,... Catwoman was silly. She just behaved totally childishly through the whole thing).
I enjoyed it, but judging from my daughter I thought it was a little too dark/scary for little kids. But I think the transformation scenes were nicely done. I though the whole batmobile at Wayne Tec was a little on the silly side...but my daughter didn't question it.
And on a side not for all us blue & gray costume lovers I loved the fact that once Batman was in the daylight and not in the shadows you could see his costume was clearly bule and gray. So how about it Mattel give us an accurate Batman. As for the Batmobile with the Batwave on it...I didn't turn it on this time as I just wanted to enjoy the show without any distractions to it.
Also did anyone catch the one scene from the totally Newvember commercial? It looked like he was dressed like the Disc Attack Batman figure. PJ
Post by Batman Prevails on Nov 3, 2004 4:52:00 GMT -5
I really worship BTAS, but this episode was heaps better than "On Leather Wings". It rocked, I loved every minute of it. This has definately been the best episode so far. If they keep up the good work, I might buy some TB toys after all. The Batmobile and Batman's wing glider are really growing on me.
From the Death of Innosence...
...comes the Birth of a Legend _______________________ BATMAN BEGINS
Finally sat down at 11:30 last night, hit play on the DVR--and was AMAZED. Matsuda's Batman does things that make sense to me. Having the glider wings and propulsion system on the standard Bat-Suit AND the fact the material cape is retractable. You gotta figure that's necessary at various times [like diving into water, etc.].
The visuals for Man-Bat's sonar sense were very cool, as was the sonic disruptor. I was waiting for the nod to B:TAS with Batman jumping onto Man-Bat's back as he flew. That was done extremely well. Alfred's alarm clock/picturephone was also a cool gadget to see. Alfred is growing on me [HATED their take on him at first--too smarmy and over-explained for me].
Ellen Yin needs to be fleshed out a little more. The one-track "I must arrest The Batman" thing is already getting a touch stale [IMHO]. I think Bennett is great [I'd love to see him in an Eleseworlds-type story as Green Lantern].
I REALLY want to see other DCU heroes done in the Matsuda/The Batman style. How 'bout that Riddler?...
I just found out that this aired on the 30th Crap. I thought the newst ep was The Big Chill I have no clue how I missed this episode. Luckily though it was the fifth episode so its the last on my first DVD So hopefully this episode repeats soon enough
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Apr 30, 2014 15:20:16 GMT -5
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