I had an urge, the other night, to watch something with superheroines; so, I pulled out my Birds of Prey: The Complete Series DVD. Birds of Prey, which I wrote briefly about on my other blog [click here], is one of my favorite comic book adaptations ever. However, I remembered that the entire Gotham Girls web series was included as a bonus feature on the DVD, so I decided to re-watch that first …
Gotham Girls was a Flash animation series created and produced jointly by Warner Brothers and Noodle Soup Productions from 2000 thru 2002. The series, set in the DC Animated Universe, focused on the adventures of Catwoman, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, and Batgirl; as well as several other female characters of Gotham City such as Zatanna and Renee Montoya. Gotham Girls lasted for 3 seasons with 10 episodes (2-3 minutes in length) per season. Each episode also featured a game or puzzle as well as interactive content.
The main characters’ voices were courtesy of actresses Adrienne Barbeau (Catwoman), Diane Pershing (Poison Ivy) and Arleen Sorkin (Harley Quinn), who reprised their roles from Batman: The Animated Series (1992-95) and The New Batman Adventures (1997-99). Barbeau also provided the voice for Renee Montoya, while Tara Strong provided the voice of Batgirl [as she did in Batman: The Animated Series] and Stacie Randall the voice of Zatanna. Barbeau‘s voice, by the way, is so purr-fect for Catwoman!
Here, now, is a brief rundown of the series with links to the Warner Brothers server to view the episodes …
Season 1 (2000). Season 1 consisted of comedic vignettes, each ending with a twist or punchline. For instance, in the first episode, Harley Quinn is told by Poison Ivy to keep quite while she cracks a safe. The Police arrive, but, Harley doesn’t warn Ivy because Ivy told her not to speak.
1. “The Vault”. Poison Ivy attempts to crack a vault of diamonds, but Harley Quinn won’t stop yapping.
2. “Lap Bat”. Catwoman and Batgirl tussle over the Jade Gato, a cat statuette with magical properties.
3-1. “Trick or Treat? (Part One)”. Poison Ivy gives Harley Quinn a Halloween treat.
3-2. “Trick or Treat? (Part Two)”. Harley Quinn kidnaps Batgirl for Poison Ivy‘s Halloween treat.
4. “A Little Night Magic”. Zatanna is forced to use magic on her way home one night.
5. “More Than One Way”. Catwoman, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn each attempt to steal the Belgian Miniature from the Gotham Museum, but, Batgirl thwarts their plans.
6. “Precious Birthstones”. Catwoman attempts to steal the Jewel of the Empress on her birthday, but, ends up helping a little French girl find her missing kittens.
7. “Pave Paradise”. Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn thwart the plans of Gotham City’s mayor to pave paradise and put up a parking lot.
8. “The Three Babes”. While in jail, Poison Ivy tells Harley Quinn the story of Goldilocks (Batgirl) and The Three Babes (Catwoman, Ivy and Harley).
9. “The Gardener’s Apprentice”. Poison Ivy asks Harley Quinn to water her plants while she’s away – all of them except for the mimmitia. Harley accidentally pricks herself on the plant, then, finds herself dealing with tiny plant Harley‘s like the small reflections of Ash in Army of Darkness (1992).
10. “Lady – X”. Catwoman, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn must work with Batgirl to stop the mysterious Lady X‘s crime spree.
Season 2 (2001). Season 2 consisted of more comedic vignettes. Season 2 also included my favorite episode of the entire series [see episode #5].
1. “Hold That Tiger”. Zatanna enlists the aid of Catwoman to recover her stolen white tiger.
2. “Miss Un-Congeniality”. Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn and Catwoman vie for the top spot in the Miss Criminal Mastermind Beauty Pageant, along with Mystery (aka Batgirl).
3. “Strategy”. Poison Ivy teaches Harley Quinn to play chess in order to be able to outwit Batgirl.
4. “Baby Boom”. While attempting to steal jewels at a wax museum, Harley Quinn accidentally sniffs Poison Ivy‘s special pollen dust and regresses into a toddler.
5. “Cat -n- Mouse -n- Cat -n- Mouse -n-“. While attempting to steal a prized statuette at the Gotham Museum, Catwoman stumbles on a time machine and catches herself in a bootstrap time paradox. My favorite episode of this wonderful series!
6. “Bat’ing Cleanup”. Barbara Gordon calls her father on his birthday and tells him all about her uneventful day, which was, in fact, very eventful for Batgirl.
7. “Catsitter”. Harley Quinn takes a job watching Catwoman‘s new rescued kitty, a lion cub.
8. “Gotham Noir”. Private investigator Harley Quinn takes the case of Catwoman‘s missing cat in this film noir-inspired episode.
9. “Scout’s Dis-Honor”. At Poison Ivy‘s urging, Harley Quinn forms the Harley Scouts to teach young girls truly valuable life lessons.
10. “I’m Bad
Batgirl”. Batgirl sniff’s Poison Ivy‘s yellow flower pollen which reverses her moral outlook, and she becomes a criminal mastermind while Harley Quinn gets jealous.
Season 3 (2002). Season 3 abandoned the comedic vignettes for a more serious and linear storyline. Season 3 also dropped the magician Zatanna [even though she only appeared in one episode in each of the first two seasons], and added other characters such as Detective Renee Montoya (voiced by Adrienne Barbeau), as well as Dora Smithy, Acting Commissioner Caroline Greenway and Detective Selma Reesedale (all voiced by Jennifer Hale). I love tough-cop Detective Montoya. She looks a lot like a very young Adrienne Barbeau.
1. “Chapter One: Ms.-ing in Action”. Catwoman attempts to break-in to the Special Crimes Dangerous Evidence Vault, but, is startled by Detective Selma Reesdale and flees. Batgirl chases after Catwoman, then Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn on their way to Arkham Asylum. While in pursuit, Batgirl learns that all the men in Gotham have disappeared, including her father, Commissioner Gordon.
2. “Chapter Two: Gotham in Pink“. Detective Renee Montoya and Gotham’s acting Mayor contact Batgirl for help, against the wishes of Acting Commissioner Caroline Greenway. Meanwhile, Catwoman is blamed for the kidnapping of Detective Reesdale, while Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn take the opportunity to break back into the Dangerous Evidence Vault.
3. “Chapter Three: Hear Me Roar”. Batgirl attempts to apprehend Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn at the Dangerous Evidence Vault. However, using the various weapons at their disposal, they are able to get away with a cache of things from the vault. Acting Commisioner Greenway blames Batgirl for their escape.
4. “Chapter Four: Gotham in Blue”. While investigating the disappearances, Batgirl runs into Catwoman investigating the kidnapping of Detective Reesdale. They learn that Reesdale used to be a man, and that she was the first one to disappear. Catwoman believes that the disappearances are connected to something in the vault, so she and Batgirl confront Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, hiding in an empty monastery. Harley, using a device designed by Mr. Freeze, sends a wave throughout Gotham and, suddenly, all the men return.
5. “Chapter Five: A Cat in the Hand”. Detective Montoya arrives at the scene and apprehends Catwoman, much to Batgirl‘s dismay. However, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn escape. Catwoman is being charged with the disappearances, while Ivy and Harley are believed to be accomplices. Ivy and Harley attempt to free Catwoman, but, are apprehended instead.
6. “Chapter Six: Jailhouse Wreck”. Batgirl breaks Catwoman, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn out of prison and tells them that once she knows they’re safe, she’ll arrest them again. Detective Montoya appears, but, Batgirl holds her back allowing Catwoman, Ivy and Harley to escape. “Keep your eyes open, Renee. There’s something bad going in in Gotham,” she tells her.
7. “Chapter Seven: Honor Among Thieves”. Commissioner Gordon declares Batgirl public enemy #1, and forms a task force to hunt down all costumed villains. However, the task force intends to kill them, so Batgirl disguised as x, apprehends Catwoman, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy.
8. “Chapter Eight: No, I’m Batgirl!!!”. Catwoman, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy, all disguised as Batgirl, divert the attention of Commissioner Gordon and the Gotham City Police Force, while Barbara Gordon attempts to break into the Dangerous Evidence Vault.
9. “Chapter Nine: Signal Fires”. Detective Reesdale tells Barbara that Commissioner Gordon considers Batgirl the prime suspect in the disappearances, and that he has hard evidence connecting her to the stolen Mr. Freeze device. Barbara confronts her father and reveals herself as Batgirl.
10. “Chapter Ten: Cool Hands, Cold Heart”. Batgirl sends Commissioner Gordon falling into the bat signal, revealing that he is actually a robot made with Mr. Freeze technology. Batgirl believes that Mr. Freeze‘s sister-in-law Dora Smithy, Commissioner Gordon‘s secretary, is the real culprit since Mr. Freeze is in prison. Batgirl and Detective Montoya confront Dora at Gotham Ice Cream Industries where Commissioner Gordon is being held, frozen.
Gotham Girls is a delightful little series – so check it out!