The Birds of Prey Premiere

The first episode of Birds of Prey was interesting. The plot didn’t hang together all that well, and I’m leery of some of the changes made to the characters, settings, etc. I’ve no complaints with Oracle, and I liked the nod toward Earth-2 continuity with Helena Wayne, erm, Kyle, even if the angst she had toward her parentage I didn’t much care for and giving her metahuman powers ran completely counter to who and what Batman and Catwoman were and are. Frankly, I think Huntress should have worn a mask. On the other hand, the Huntress costume in the comics is sort of stupid looking, so there was room for improvement.

Dinah Lance is supposed to be the Black Canary, so I can’t figure out what these powers she has are or where they come from. It’s like the producers took the name and made up a different character to fit.

I’m not going to say they’ve captured the feel of the comic, because they haven’t. Birds of Prey the show is to Birds of Prey the comic what Smallville the show is to Superboy the comic; conceptual links, taken in a completely different direction.

Why “New Gotham”?

I suspect Bruce Wayne went off to find Ra’s al-Ghul, though I could be wrong. Barring evidence to the contrary this is what I’ll believe.

Dina Meyer looked utterly effective as Batgirl in the flashback sequences. I’m not sure who played Joker, but the actor didn’t feel right to me.

It could be interesting to see where this goes. The revelation at the end surprised me, and I’m not sure why it did. I honestly wonder how long this will last. Fox, I’d give it six weeks. It’s the WB, though, and I can see them throwing money down a hole even if it doesn’t do well.

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A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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