I was really excited when the movie was announced. Even bought the edition with the little figure. I remember how much i was disappointed by the movie. I like BTAS. A lot. As a kid I had a reoccurring dream where Penguin defended me from Freddy Krueger. Go ahead, Freudian geniuses.
So, why watch for my second viewing on DC Universe if I have the Blu-ray? To support the service and because it’s, oh, so convenient.
In the first scene, I was reminded of a plot that felt so bland the first time around I kind of got bored of the movie.
The Harley bits where she’s gone straight are pretty fun. I like her attitude and career choice when on parole. And the fact that she carries a weight in her bag and a Joker gift I don’t want to spoil, it sticks to her character.
Then the Nightwing cometh. I thought the harassment of Harley was meh. Handled very poorly. A few minutes later I’m watching Nightwing kick her ass because she doesn’t want to return to a life of criminals and vigilantes. She wants to earn an honest dollar and Nightwing roundhouses her in the face because Batman is a crap detective in this and can’t figure out something Harley, which I am a fan of but she isn’t exactly a rocket scientist but just really smart, barely knows herself?
That’s kind of evil, Nightwing. Yes, you’re fighting crime and saving lives, but, dude, maybe Poison Ivy got careless somewhere? C’mon, Batman!! Ras (I forget where the apostrophe goes) would be disappointed with the Detective.
I hope that I’m forgetting some details and twists which redeem the film, but so far I don’t like it… Again.
I rather they did Harley’s story in those three months of parole. maybe some character arc of Harley fighting the urge to go back to a life of crime, or her learning how to be decent again until a crime makes her intervene with violence and then she feels conflicted. It could be a BTAS film noir.
See? That took like two minutes to spitball. Dumbing down Batman and making Nightwing an incompetent (I mean, seriously, using a flyer to hunt an ex high profile villain?) abuser of power makes me dislike them, which is hard to do, and makes them feel meaningless and it makes me want to continue watching BTAS instead.
But I told myself I was going to watch it again and I don’t like not giving a full view over memories of my first watch and a few minutes of a second round. I’m going to finish it. Maybe I’m wrong? Maybe this gets really good later and I forgot that.
I probably won’t update this thread with my thoughts on the full second viewing until later tomorrow. It’s 3 AM and I’m only 15 minutes in. No sleep 'til finished!!