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iReview | BATMAN: Mystery of the Batwoman on Blu-ray

The Batman gets mixed up in a caper that reveals a new vigilante emerges from under the shadows of Gotham City’s skyscrapers with an agenda to take down the underworld operations whether the Caped Crusader likes it or not in the animated adventure BATMAN Mystery of the Batwoman.

Before she gets formally inducted into the Arrowverse during the upcoming new season of The CW hit live-action series’ much anticipated annual crossover event, Batwoman has had a storied existence that is almost as enduring as that of the Caped Crusaders. The character was introduced during the Silver Age of comics and brought into the Batman Family as an indicator to readers that Batman and his ward Robin, the Boy Wonder were not engaged in a homosexual relationship. Her active crime-fighting career was short lived.

Eventually she would be replaced by the resoundingly more popular Batgirl / Barbara Gordon who would continue with a significantly important role in DC Comics mythology through to the modern era, but it was in 2006 that the newest iteration of the character appeared on the scene and sent epic shockwaves throughout the fandom. Before Kate Kane’s reimagining in 2003, the celebrated Animated Adventures of The Batman continued a traditional of producing full-length episodes indulging audience demands.

Available in a hi-def presentation Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman reunites the talents from the Emmy®-Winning “Animated Adventures” including Kevin Conroy voicing the Dark Knight and leading an all-star cast that includes Hector Elizondo, Kyra Sedgwick, Kelly Ripa and David Ogden Stiers. Released in conjunction with the final episodes of The Animated Series run, the feature takes its lead and tone from that season’s much darker and more streamlined designs, though much of the art deco cityscapes are still extremely prevalent.

Who Is the Batwoman?

Unique in that Batwoman hadn’t yet been canonized for the new millennium and many fans were unaware of her origins, the mystery surrounding this silver-clad agent of vengeance is shrouded in secrecy. As Batman (Conroy) soon discovers there’s more to the Batwoman than meets the eye, and it’s up to him to learn the truth before she gets to her next target, or the Penguin cuts her down for good! With a story by Alan Burnett, Mystery of the Batwoman truly captures the endearing spirit of the much beloved Animated Series.

The third feature-length narrative inspired by The Animated Series, the film paved the way for the Dark Knight’s entry into the Justice League animated adventures that would soon follow. The Blu-ray itself comes with some engaging behind-the-scenes looks at the making of the film, including in-depth character bios and the dissection of a scene. Though it won’t give audiences insight into the upcoming player on the Gotham City rooftops that will be joining the Green Arrow and The Flash, it’s still a great introduction for the uninitiated.

Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman in available now on Blu-ray and Digital Download from Warner Bros. Animation and is directed by Curt Geda with a story from Alan Burnett.

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