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Episode #6 - The Cat and the Bat
Original Airdate - October 2nd, 2004

After a news reports erroneously links her with The Batman, Selina Kyle, the cat burglar known as Catwoman, decides she wants to meet her nighttime counterpart. After luring her prey, Catwoman steals The Batman's utility belt.

Review by The Penguin
Media by Bird Boy
Credits
Supervising Producer Duane Capizzi
Supervising Producer Michael Goguen
Producer Linda M. Steiner, Jeff Matsuda
Associate Producer Kimberley A. Smith
Written by Adam Beechen
Directed by Sam Liu
Animation by Dong Yang Animation
Music by Thomas Chase Jones

Voices
Rino Romano as The Batman
Alastair Duncan as Alfred
Ming-Na as Detective Ellen Yin
Gina Gershon as Catwoman and Selina
Keone Young as Katsu
Neil Ross as Sprang

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"Not quite what I had in mind when I encouraged you to meet women who share your interests Master Bruce, but it's a start."

I must say I like the look of both Catwoman and Selina in this series. The goggles might be a bit big, but I like how it draws from the current comic book version of the character. As far as her other half, Selina looked perfect with her glasses and long black hair. I can't say I had this grand vision of what Ms. Kyle would look like, but I can now that is it. Gina Gershon's most notable role made her infamous rather than famous, but she does a good job here as Catwoman. "That's not what they think…" got a bit old, but it wasn't because of the way Gina delivered it.

I really liked the Catwoman theme they had going throughout the episode. It sounded like kind of a play on the Danny Elfman Catwoman theme from Batman Returns and it was just perfect. Overall, Thomas Chase Jones is doing a great job with the music on this series.

Naming the regular Gotham News reporter Robinson Sprang was a very nice nod to popular early Batman artists Dick Sprang and Jerry Robinson. A lot of folks ragged on this series and said it was going to take away from many things that have been built up in the Batman legacy, but the creators and writers certainly know where they came from (perhaps more so than some of those naysayers). While not as touching, Catwoman wearing the utility belt around really reminded me of the gold belt that was part of the costume Julie Newmar wore in the '60s series.

The general plot of Batman's utility belt being stolen is not something I could easily envision working in the some of the other series featuring the Dark Knight, but that's part of the beauty of The Batman. I didn't feel it caused things to be dumbed-down, but it's one of the elements that makes this version fun.

Bruce and Alfred weren't having much fun when Catwoman began to play with everything in the Batcave like it was a ball of string. I found it interesting that the duo have everything connected to the Bat-wave. I'm sure it seemed like a good idea at the time—then the Batmobile drove away!

From chase around the rooftops of Gotham City to the fight with Katsu's men, the chemistry between Batman and Catwoman was apparent. It was the standard where Catwoman is more interested in the cat and mouse game than Batman, but at the same time Batman wanted to help her when she needed it. As Alfred so astutely pointed out at the end; there is something there between "The Cat and the Bat."

 

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