|Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman|
|Written by|| Story:|
|Directed by|| Curt Geda|
|Animation by||DR Movie Co., LTD.|
|Release date(s)||October 21, 2003|
|Running time||75 min.|
Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman is a direct-to-video animated film set in the continuity of The New Batman Adventures. It introduces the characters of Rupert Thorne and Batwoman to The New Batman Adventures. It was released on DVD and VHS on October 21, 2003, and on Blu-Ray on March 12, 2013.
On one of Gotham's highways, a truck carries a load of creates out of the city, escorted by thugs in a car. Out of nowhere, a jet-like craft piloted by a woman in a Bat-costume lands on the trailer and opens a create. She takes out one of the high-tech rifles and blasts the thugs' car off the road. The woman then destroys part of the rest of the load, and the truck's codriver intervenes. They fight, and it attracts the attention of Batman and Robin when a stray shot nearly hits the Batwing. The fight goes the Batwoman's way; she knocks the thug into the river and escaped on her glider. She fired one last shot at the truck, which sends it off the highway. Batman can save the cab and driver. Robin wonders who the woman is, but Batman remains silent as he pilots the Batwing carrying the truck away.
Later that night at Wayne Manor, Alfred Pennyworth posits his theories. The Batwoman could be one of his old ememies taking a new persona such as Catwoman, but Bruce disagrees saying that Selina Kyle has regards for human life, so there is a completely new vigilante running the streets. Bruce likes to know of her motive and why her costume links to his.
Rupert Thorne and Carlton Duquesne visit Beak's Bric-a-Brac to see their partner, the Penguin. The warehouse is actually a hidden weapons factory. Duquesne reports that the shipment had failed due to a Batwoman attacked his men, and doubled his efforts to prevent her from getting the rest. Penguin points out that their clients overseas have already given a half billion dollars for the weapons, if they're not delivered they'll want their money back, so they cannot afford any more delays. So, the rest of the delivery has to be done within the next week. He orders Duquesne to get rid of the Batwoman.
- The events in this film take place before the flashback in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, even though Robin is portrayed slightly older here than in the other film.
- This film marks Rupert Thorne's only appearance since the revamp.
- Sonia Alcana seems to have replaced Renee Montoya as Harvey Bullock's partner. Strangely, Sonia wears similar clothing: grey pants, black top, and a shoulder holster.
- The conversation that Barbara Gordon has on the phone with Bruce explores the relationship between Bruce and Barbara; this notion was first introduced in the Batman Beyond episode "A Touch of Curaré". Here Barbara is shown having romantic interests towards Bruce which makes him uncomfortable, also Tim and Alfred's lack of surprise implies this isn't the first time Barbara's made a pass at Bruce.
- Bruce tells Penguin the last time they met, he stole plutonium from Wayne Labs and threatened to blow up Gotham City. This happened off-screen, presumably sometime before the revamp.
Background information Edit
Production notes Edit
- In this movie, the Batsuit has received a slight redesign—all its black parts have received highlights, similar to Batman's Justice League design.
- Although it uses character models from the series, the animation style used in this film is slightly different to that of The New Batman Adventures.
Production inconsistencies Edit
- During the fight between Bane and Batman aboard the S.S. Naiad Batman's leg is overlapped by Bane's face.
- Kathy Duquesne's name is misspelled "Duquesnes" on the Bat-computer.
- The bat symbol used by Batwoman, which resembles the one used on Terry McGinnis's Batsuit and Justice Lord Batman's batsuit, is used by the current Batwoman in mainstream comics.
- The Duquesnes live in the Tarnower Building, which was introduced in the Batman: The Animated Series episode "Mudslide".
- This movie boasts the final DCAU appearances of Rupert Thorne and Penguin. It is also Bane's final appearance production-wise (chronologically, he would appear again in the Batman Beyond episode, "The Winning Edge".
- The song that plays during the Iceberg Lounge scene and the ending credits is "Betcha Neva" by the French singer Cherie from her self-titled debut album. Consequentially, she voices the unnamed and uncredited Iceberg Lounge singer.
|Kevin Conroy||Batman/Bruce Wayne|
|Kimberly Brooks||Kathy Duquesne|
|Kelly Ripa||Rocky Ballantine|
|Elisa Gabrielli||Sonia Alcana|
|David Ogden Stiers||The Penguin|
|Kevin Michael Richardson||Carlton Duquesne|
|John Vernon||Rupert Thorne|
|Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.||Alfred|
|Eli Marienthal||Robin/Tim Drake|
|Tara Strong||Barbara Gordon|
|Bob Hastings||Commissioner Gordon|
|Robert Costanzo||Detective Bullock|
|Timothy Dang||Kevin (uncredited)|
|Chad Einbinder||Additional voices|
|Phil Hayes||Additional voices|
|Sal Lopez||Additional voices|
|John Mariano||Additional voices|
|Andrea Romano||Additional voices|
|Shane Sweet||Additional voices|
|Sean Patrick Thomas||Additional voices|