Bird Of Prey: A Show Ahead Of It’s Time

I just finished watching the first, and only, season of The Birds Of Prey on dvd. Loosely based on the DC Comics series of the same name the show originally aired on The WB network from late 2002 to early 2003. Being a lifelong comic book fan, I am not sure why I skipped the show when it originally aired. But apparently a lot of fans bypassed the show since it was cancalled after only 13 episodes.

Watching The Birds Of Prey in 2016 it is apparent that the show was ahead of it’s time. With television now full of successful superhero shows, (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Daredevil, Legends of Tomorrow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Gotham and more too come), Birds Of Prey would have fit right in.

Overall it was an enjoyable show. The tone sits somewhere between Michael Keaton’s Batman and George Clooney’s far less serious Batman and Robin. The show centers around Huntress: (the daughter of Batman and Catwoman), Oracle: (formerly Batgirl) and Dinah Lance: (the daughter of the now deceased Black Canary). The setting is New Gotham, in a future where Batman has not been seen for years, since the murder of Catwoman. The date is never specified, but Batman is now an urban legend. To round out the main cast of heroes is Batman’s faithful butler Alfred Pennyworth.

Obviously the show was not 100% true to the comic books, but what Hollywood adaption is? The main cast is strong, along with the supporting cast of reoccuring players which includes Shemar Moore as a police detective.  Moore would later go on to Criminal Minds.    Of course there are plenty of bad guys and supervillians to fight.  Overall the action was very good, for a superhero show on a television budget.  If you are a fan of the genre I would definitely recommend The Birds Of Prey.


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