After the “Disney Marvel Franchise Adventure” I figured it was time to return back to DC and to visit the area of DC Comics where the greatest amount of live action films have been good…so Batman, which seems to be the only thing that DC live action can seem to get right some of the time versus their other heroes which have either not been tackled beyond television (Flash, Green Arrow) or have even more bad films to their name (Green Lantern, Superman). Batman is the only one has enough live action films to really show a range in quality that can give a full illustration of what keeps bringing us back to this amazing character.
I’ll be staring with the Adam West “Batman” from 1966, going through Burton’s “Batman” and “Batman Returns,” as well as doing “Batman Forever” and “Batman and Robin” before I get to Nolan’s “Dark Knight Trilogy.” I’ve already reviewed “Batman v. Superman” but will include it when I get to rating the different takes on Batman and rating all of the Batman films as a whole from Worst to Best.
This is going to be quite an adventure and also a change of pace, which should be good. Batman is one of my favorite parts of the DC Universe and I can’t wait to see the Affleck’s solo flick if it comes together. This is a character who speaks to human vulnerability and strength better than nearly any hero in comics, which is why there has been so many films made about him.
Many of these films are my favorite and some are some of the worst to come out of cinema. Suffice to say this is going to be a fun reviewing adventure and I look forward to hearing your own thoughts on the films that are reviewed and the final ratings at the end.
“The Mechanic,” is an episode that could have and would have been terrible if not for the character moments that drive it. The basic premise is the Penguin’s plan from “Batman Returns,” he takes control of the Batmobile and uses it to harass the city with Batman and Robin still in it and after tries to kill them. Suffice to say it is elevated beyond copying someone else’s idea.
Here is the assessment of the episode:
Earl Cooper – Earl is the mechanic and is an awesome guy. He designed the Batmobile and stood up to the Motor Corporation he worked for when they decided to release unsafe sports cars to the public. It was for this reason Batman picked him and made him his personal mechanic. His design for the Batmobile is fantastic and he is a good father to his daughter. He even manages to build in a safe for Batman and Robin to escape the Batmobile and takes out the Penguin thug who takes him hostage. He makes this episode great.
Batman – From taking in Earl as his mechanic to outsmarting the Penguin and understanding Earl’s hints about the sabotage…Batman is able to get control of the situation. It is a good episode for him thinking under pressure.
Penguin – The Penguin is good in that he manages to take control of the Batmobile, it is just a shame that this is a retread of what he already did in “Batman Returns,” it does show how threatening he can be though. The problem is he is almost ripped wholescale from “Batman Returns,” from his maniacal laugh and having a giant Rubber Ducky Boat of Doom and living in the Sewers…it just felt out of character for how he was before. He was still good and interesting it was just inconsistent…
Okay: Robin – He is just kind of there. He doesn’t help or hinder…and really wasn’t needed in this episode at all.
Marva Cooper – Is also like Robin…except she does help her dad. The problem is she is the one needing rescuing for most of this episode once Penguin finds out where the Batmobile gets repaired.
This was a good but not great episode. Robin is unnecessary and the fact that it is a retread doesn’t help it’s case. Did the writers run out of ideas to use for Penguin? I liked his old look better when he was less carnival creature and more gentleman thief. I’m hoping later episodes won’t have this problem.
7.5 / 10.