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Episode #34 - The Laughing Cats
Original Airdate - November 19th, 2005

When a rare leopard is stolen, Batgirl is quick to blame Catwoman, but The Batman isn't so sure.

Reviews by The Penguin
Media by Bird Boy
Credits
Written by Joseph Kuhr
Directed by Christopher Berkeley
Music by Thomas Chase Jones
Animation by DR Movie Co., LTD.

Voices
Rino Romano as The Batman
Danielle Judovits as Batgirl
Gina Gershon as Catwoman
Kevin Michael Richardson as The Joker
Charles Napier as Kilgore Steed

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Review

"Catwoman leading the way?! Isn't that like calling in Penguin for back-up?"

This was an interesting way to involve The Joker and even though we see him too often, I like the idea of him doing something for someone else to get something he wants. He gave Kilgore Steed (voiced by the excellent Charles Napier) more than he bargained for, but the trip outside of Gotham mixed things up a bit.

Well this Joker seems to have his version "Bud & Lou" in the form of two rare albino hyenas. His stealing of the Black Siberian Leopards to score the laughing hyenas was not something I would expect from the crazy lunatic, but it worked well. He didn't appreciate how they seemed to laugh at his misfortune and warmed up to Catwoman though. Hopefully this won't be the last we see of them. Coupled with Punch & Judy, they could add a fun dynamic to The Joker's band of merry misfits.

Overall, The Batman, Batgirl and Catwoman worked together well and each one of them managed to find their role in the trio. Catwoman maintained her questionable allegiance and with Batgirl and Batman, we were able to have opposite viewpoints on how Catwoman would contribute to the mission or if she even would. When The Batman found that once again he couldn't trust Catwoman, Batgirl was there to show that there was someone else his trust could be placed in.

At the same time, this episode brought to light one of the bigger problems Batgirl could create over time. With her in the picture, the Batman-Catwoman relationship wasn't put on the back burner—it was knocked off the stove. Batgirl was used well, but I can't help but think about the potential loss in advancement of Batman and Catwoman's uncertain relationship. Selina was more concerned with getting Barbara to be "Catgirl" than she was flirting with The Batman and I really feel like we lost something here. Bruce may not be actually interested in Catwoman, but their "what is this?" interaction is what makes an encounter with her more interesting than one with say The Riddler. It was like Batman asked Catwoman out as "friends" and then he had to watch his little sister the whole day.

 

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