Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman
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Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman is a 2003 direct-to-video animated film based on the animated series The New Batman Adventures, serving as a stand-alone sequel to both Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero. It was released in the U.S. in October 2003 and was produced by Warner Bros. Animation. The film was directed by Curt Geda.
|Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman|
|Directed by||Curt Geda|
|Produced by||Benjamin Melniker |
Margaret M. Dean
|Screenplay by||Michael Reaves|
|Story by||Alan Burnett|
by Bob Kane and Bill Finger
|Music by||Lolita Ritmanis|
|Edited by||Margaret Hou |
|Distributed by||Warner Home Video|
A new heroine has arrived in Gotham whose identity is a mystery—even to Batman. During patrol, the Dynamic Duo spots her trying to stop one of the Penguin's shipments on Gotham's interstate, using a plasma rifle to send the Penguin's truck with its driver off the bridge. Batman and Robin save the driver from falling to his death. Batman must figure out who the Batwoman is and stop two familiar enemies, the Penguin and Rupert Thorne, from selling illegal weapons to the fictional nation of Kasnia. The two employ Carlton Duquesne, a gangster, to provide protection.
Batwoman's main focus is on illegal activity by the Penguin, Thorne, and Duquesne. Despite taking the symbol of the Bat as a sign of justice, the Batwoman sullies the Bat-prefix by taking out criminals with ruthless and dangerous techniques. She seems uninterested in sparing the lives of her adversaries.
Batman, with Robin, sets out to stop the Batwoman from making mistakes as she tries to take out the villains and as he encounters numerous twists, setbacks, and apparent false leads in determining her true identity. The newest gadget on display is a wind glider used by Batwoman that utilizes some of the most advanced technology ever seen in Gotham City. Bruce Wayne, Batman's alter ego, also becomes involved with a new lady in his life: Kathy Duquesne, the crime boss's daughter.
In addition to Kathy Duquesne, Bruce is introduced to two other women who, as his investigation into the Batwoman's true identity continues, seem to fall well into suspicion: Dr. Roxanne "Rocky" Ballantine, a new employee of Wayne Tech whose technology development is used by the Batwoman against the Penguin; and Detective Bullock's new partner Sonia Alcana, whose knowledge of the weapons being smuggled by the Penguin and Carlton Dunquesne is much greater than the detective should know. With Carlton Duquesne unable to stop Batwoman's raids on the facilities used to hold the various weapons, the Penguin calls Bane for additional support to ensure that there are no more losses as a result of the Batwoman.
Not long after Bane's arrival in Gotham, it is revealed that there is not one, but three Batwomen, all of whom were the women suspected by Batman; Kathy and Sonia met taking art classes at college and Sonia and Rocky were roommates. They had taken turns to remove suspicion on any one of the three, while using Roxanne's technological genius and contempt for the Penguin (who had framed her long-time fiancé Kevin), Kathy's money and access to several key aspects of her father's organization (Kathy wants to end her father's criminal career, as it led to her mother being killed), and Sonia's physical and police skills to ensure that Thorne's operation is thwarted (as the crime lord previously left her family in financial ruin after arsonists who worked for him burned down her parents' shop and were not punished due to the lack of sufficient evidence). Alcana was also saved by Batman nine years prior, the event giving the detective the original inspiration for the costumed identity that she now shares with her friends.
In the final confrontation, a ship taking the weapons into international waters for the exchange is destroyed by a bomb planted by Kathy, but not before she is unmasked by Bane. Kathy and Batman narrowly escape the explosion despite the efforts of Bane, who falls into the Gotham River and vanishes. At the conclusion, the GCPD are left to assume that Sonia is the only Batwoman after she helps rescue Batman from the ship. Sonia resigns from the police, due to the potential problems her presence could cause, and decides to leave the city. Batman gives Sonia evidence that he discovered which helps clear Rocky's fiancé. Carlton agrees to testify against Thorne and the Penguin after saving Kathy's life during the ship's destruction. After she reconciles with her father, Kathy drives off with Bruce.
- Kevin Conroy as Bruce Wayne / Batman
- Kimberly Brooks as Kathleen "Kathy" Duquesne
- Kelly Ripa as Dr. Roxanne "Rocky" Ballantine
- Elisa Gabrielli as Detective Sonia Alcana
- Kyra Sedgwick as Batwoman
- David Ogden Stiers as the Penguin
- Kevin Michael Richardson as Carlton Duquesne
- Héctor Elizondo as Bane
- Robert Costanzo as Detective Harvey Bullock
- Tim Dang as Kevin (uncredited)
- Bob Hastings as Commissioner James Gordon
- Eli Marienthal as Tim Drake / Robin
- Tara Strong as Barbara Gordon
- John Vernon as Rupert Thorne
- Efrem Zimbalist Jr. as Alfred Pennyworth
Cherie performs the single "Betcha Never" in the Iceberg Lounge as herself. This is the only time in the DC animated universe that Paul Williams did not voice the Penguin. This film marked the final performance of John Vernon as Rupert Thorne before his death in 2005.
Despite that the majority of returning characters retain the same designs from The New Batman Adventures era, the character animation is considerably brighter and more lively than from the series. Rupert Thorne was featured in the original show Batman: The Animated Series, but not in The New Batman Adventures. As such, the animators had to create a new appearance for him specifically for this film; he is streamlined and seems to have lost some weight compared to his previous appearance. Carlton Duquesne is a new character introduced at the start of the movie. He is a large, powerfully built African-American man, presumably middle-aged, who apparently has established himself in Gotham City's underworld. Bane is placed next to him in one particular scene and is seen to be even larger and stronger than Duquesne, further adding to his menacing aura in this movie.
Series writers Alan Burnett and Michael Reaves created the script, and Kevin Conroy reprises the voice of Batman. The movie also shows further continuity with previous Bruce Timm-developed Batman shows: Barbara Gordon's relationship with Bruce Wayne (as mentioned in Batman Beyond) is coming to an end, and Robin and Batgirl are older than shown in The New Batman Adventures, but have not yet been forced to quit in the wake of the events revealed through flashbacks in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker.
The US VHS/DVD release of Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman (October 21, 2003) included the bonus short silent film Chase Me. Chase Me is a 2003 American direct-to-video animated short film also based on the animated series The New Batman Adventures. The silent film was produced by Warner Bros. Animation, and follows Batman as he chases Catwoman across Gotham City. The chase sequences are accompanied by a soundtrack mix of a quiet piano score, and jazz style score that plays up the chase.
The film was written by Paul Dini and Alan Burnett and was directed by Curt Geda. It was co-produced by Geda, Burnett, Margaret M. Dean, Benjamin Melniker, and prolific Batman-producer Michael Uslan. The score is by Lolita Ritmanis.
The soundtrack album, composed by Lolita Ritmanis, produced by John Takis and mastered by James Nelson was released on March 29, 2016 by La-La Land Records. Bonus tracks and the score to the animated short "Chase Me" were also included.
- Track list
- Main Title (2:02)
- Opening* (4:26)
- He's Been Waiting / Weapons Factory (1:12)
- Start Flexing (1:19)
- The Reason I Called / Rocky Ballantine (1:52)
- Bat-Signal* (0:42)
- I'll Get Back to You / Factory / After the Explosion (4:47)
- Chase Through Store / Rear-View Mirror (2:12)
- Bruce and Kathy (2:01)
- Real Muscle / Get Out! (1:54)
- Paint the Town (1:05)
- Revolving Door / Time to Burn a Bat (3:59)
- I Was Wrong About You (0:37)
- Subway / Identified (0:45)
- I Don't Want to See You / High Stakes (1:27)
- The Ship Sails Tonight / Batwoman in Flight (1:49)
- Close to Our Goal (1:36)
- This Is It / Ship Leaves the Harbor (2:22)
- Penguin Gets a Call / Trouble (2:22)
- Bon Voyage, Señor Batman* (1:21)
- Close Look / It Has to End / Explosions (3:18)
- Ship Is Going Down (5:17)
- Bane's Demise (1:25)
- Bullock Sees Sonia / The Badge (1:32)
- I Missed You (1:26)
- Mystery End Credits (1:25)
- Total Score Time: 54:13
- Chase Me (5:55)
- Chase Me End Credits (0:33)
- Total Score Time: 6:28
- News Source (0:38)
- Piano Source (0:40)
- Department Store (0:44)
- Rude Interruption (0:14)
- Main Title (film version)* (2:13)
Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman received mixed reviews.
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