Gotham Girls

Gotham Girls is an American Flash animated web television series focusing on several of the female characters of Gotham City, created and produced jointly by Warner Bros. Animation and Noodle Soup Productions. The webseries, which ran from 2000 to 2002, starred Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Batgirl, Catwoman, Renee Montoya and Zatanna in short stories of varying length about the daily lives of the characters (from the DC Comics universe).

Gotham Girls
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Created byNoodle Soup Productions
Warner Bros. Animation
Written byPaul Dini
Hilary J. Bader
StarringAdrienne Barbeau
Arleen Sorkin
Diane Pershing
Tara Strong
Stacie Randall
Jennifer Hale
Bob Hastings
Tom Kenny
Dee Bradley Baker
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes31 (list of episodes)
Producer(s)Jeremy Rosenberg
Ben Stein
Running time2–5 minutes per episode (more with interactive elements)
Picture format720p
Original releaseJuly 27, 2000 –
November 19, 2002
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It is also the name of a related comic book series.

Flash animation seriesEdit

Harley partially drawn for an intended viewing area. Season 1 Episode 1 "The Vault".

Gotham Girls is one of the few series of Flash animations made by a professional publisher of mainstream cartoons, and features professional voice-acting by the same actresses and actors as those who voiced the television series. Its use of Flash (and also vector graphics) enables the animation to appear undistorted and unpixellated at any resolution. However, the episodes do not tend to show the Symbols (the pieces used to create the flash) outside of the intended viewing area. For example, in Season 1 Episode 1 while the light beam on Harley continues off screen, her body is only drawn for the dimensions of the intended viewing area.

Each episode features a mini-game or puzzle which can be played while the clip downloads, as well as an interactive feature which allows viewers to help a character make a certain decision.

Other features of the website include downloadable trailers, screensavers, desktop backgrounds, internet chat buddy icons, as well as biographies of the characters, and an online version of the classic game Othello (aka Reversi) featuring the Gotham Girls. The screensavers, desktop backgrounds and internet chat buddy icon sites, however, no longer work, and simply redirect to the Warner Bros. website, as the Gotham Girls website also does.

The series lasted for three seasons (10 episodes each), with each episode released month-by-month. While the first two seasons featured primarily comedic episodes, the third season attempted to make the show more serious. These episodes linked directly to Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero. Dropping the magician Zatanna from its lineup and adding a host of new characters to the cast, including Detective Renee Montoya, each episode from this series tied into the next, forming a collective thirty-minute whodunit. The storyline also dealt with issues not seen since Batman: The Animated Series, such as the corruption of the Gotham City Police Department, Poison Ivy's environmental crusade and Commissioner Gordon's wavering faith in costumed superheroes. It is also heavily implied that the series takes place in the DC animated universe. One significant aspect of the third season is the appearance of Det. Selma Reesedale, a character revealed early on to be a transgender woman.

The series finale, "Cold Hands, Cold Heart" aired in 2002, wrapping up the mystery and ending the website. The final episode was dedicated to the memory of Hilary J. Bader, script writer for numerous DC Animated series, and who had died in 2002 of cancer. is no longer online, but the individual .swf files were still accessible until mid-2015.



Catwoman, Poison Ivy, and Harley Quinn, with actresses Adrienne Barbeau, Diane Pershing and Arleen Sorkin reprise their roles from Batman: The Animated Series and The New Batman Adventures.

Comic seriesEdit

Promotional art for Gotham Girls #2, by Shane Glines.

DC Comics produced a five-issue Gotham Girls comic book miniseries in 2003, written by Paul Storrie. It starred Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, Catwoman, Batgirl, with each issue spotlighting one of these characters to a certain degree. The story, which took place in the DC animated universe, involved a vial of chemicals that the three villainesses fought over, as they also tried to avoid capture by Batgirl and Detective Montoya. A three-issue miniseries, Batman: Harley and Ivy, followed the continued misadventures of Harley and Ivy.

DVD releaseEdit

The complete Gotham Girls series was included as a bonus feature on the DVD release of the Birds of Prey television series, released by Warner Home Video on July 15, 2008.[3][4] On the DVD, the animated episodes are presented in a linear fashion, with the interactive, decision-making option omitted.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Warner Bros. Online Debuts All-New "Gotham Girls" Shorts". Warner Brothers Online (Press release). June 15, 2001. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Terrace 2014, p. 107
  3. ^ "Birds of Prey DVD news: Press Release for Birds of Prey - The Complete Series". Archived from the original on May 25, 2011. Retrieved January 15, 2011.
  4. ^ "Birds of Prey DVD news: Box Art & Release Date Change for Birds of Prey - The Complete Series". Archived from the original on May 25, 2011. Retrieved January 15, 2011.
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