This SECOND Batman series (made TWO years later, would be like considering Chris Nolan's Trilogy as #5, #6 #7, ) is, sorrily second-RATE.
One would rewatch THE series before going back to this. There is NOTHING on the level of Christmas With the Joker, Feat of Clay, Heart of Ice, Lock-Up, I Almost got 'Em, Trial TO START WITH--any ONE of these worth THIS WHOLE SERIES. Only Mad Love and Judgement Day come CLOSE .
Batgirl, BADLY, was in this so much at insistence of toy company sponsor--producer ADMITTED it, quickly covering, "We love Batgirl"--in first series she didn't debut to LAST season opener, then given LAST episode WITHOUT Batman, disdain definitely on display for her shown fighting crime because she was b-o-r-e-d, made FOOL out of by Catwoman. She was a drugged-on-danger ditz compared to Bruce and Dick driven by the MURDERS of their parents, just ALL about the thrills and kicks FOR HER. Girls' Night Out with pure product placement--sponsor sold toy set called that--Over the Edge over RATED, was a cartoon con-job, just hallucination hoax, Scarecrow's presence giving it AWAY
The censors of the first series made Robin college student to avoid charges of child endangerment by Batman. One here had NO such concerns, 12-year-old DIM Drake, infantile impostor running about at night ALONE. In feature Batman Beyond Return of the Joker he will, AGAIN at night out ALONE, be captured and brutally brainwashed by Joker into malevolent mini-me, Batman as morally guilty as Joker was legally.
The animation was deliberately downgraded to fit in packaged program hour in Superman's second season with DISASTROUS results, excruciatingly especially the Joker, a facial FIASCO, the worst EVER done in the DCAU, lost all his expressiveness face frozen mask, HARD to look at.
Tragic Victor Freeze was terribly turned into They Saved Hitler's Brain, head jarringly in jar (Cold Comfort).. OTHER bad ones FOR STARTERS, Critters, Love is a Croc, Animal Act.
Sadly Summer Gleeson WAS GONE, half dozen unbilled seconds. (Chemistry, Mad Love) She was cruelly cast aside for DC to cynically sell comeback of sunk-in-SIX-issues comics CATASTROPHE from 30 years before, the Creeper--even though he had been considered, for the first series AND REJECTED. Both show and comics debuted SAME month (September, 1997) can't call THAT coincidence with JERK Ryder rotten at reporting, stiff , dull, actor hardly bothering, made one realize how GOOD Summer was. By the time he finally became title Beware the Creeper, the next-TO--LAST episode (November, 1998) for readers it was DIDN"T BUY the Creeper, new comics HAD FAILED.
Without comics consideration the DCAU, just, justice, for Summer, also animated abandoned him, just cameo, few seconds of unbiled walk-ons. What was done TO her was unfair, unjust, bright character, much missed her Snatched Summer Show ALWAYS season highlight. HAD she been here candidates been Cold Comfort, one facing Freeze NOT JERK, hung up with lab losers; Over the Edge instead of HamilDULL (as in D-U-L-L) Hill horror hostage of Scarecrow he took over Summer's show to emit fear signal to terrorize Gotham, send crazed population out to tear town apart; Chemistry, kidnapped, cloned, by Poison Ivy to make Batman love HER, learn his identity.