TV REVIEW: ‘Beware the Batman’ S01E05 ‘Broken’

‘Beware the Batman’ S01E05 ‘Broken’

TV REVIEW: ‘Beware the Batman’ S01E05 ‘Broken’

Nursery rhymes never looked so creepy…

‘Beware the Batman’ S01E05 ‘Broken’
‘Beware the Batman’ S01E05 ‘Broken’

Directed by Rick Morales

Written by Michael Ryan

Watch it live on Cartoon Network USA, Saturdays @ 10:00

Beware of spoilers!

This week marks the introduction of Humphrey Dumpler aka Humpty Dumpty to the ‘Beware the Batman’ universe in an incredibly fun episode which packs a huge amount of action into its 22 minute running time.

Before proceeding can I just say it now… Humpty Dumpty here looks like a Sonataran! Don’t pretend you weren’t thinking it!

I could quite happily start my review each week with: I love this show! I’m still surprised by how much I’m enjoying a CGI animation show, it’s a complete first for me.

This week continues to drive forward the Tatsu/Katanna story whilst Batman makes up for a lack of development with a pretty awesome show of gadgets and detective work.

Let’s start with Tatsu who a lot of online fans are applauding for being a complex character with a continued story which shows that the production team behind this show are playing to both their audiences: the kids and the comic fans.

This week Tatsu is lurking around the manor trying to find the missing sword after last weeks battle. With the help of Alfred we get some history on the sword and learn a little more about Tatsu’s motivations.

The relationship between Alfred and Tatsu is becoming quite father-daughter and it’s really great to see. Alfred is so often portrayed as the stoic Brit or as the expected father figure to Bruce. With ‘Beware’ he is getting to spread his wings much further and I for one applaud that.

Batman/Bruce is in need of some development but this aside he has a lot to do this week. There’s little time to setup the story this week, as soon as the opening credits (that theme tune will be in your head for hours Bat-fans!) have finished rolling the toy soldiers are attacking and Humpty’s plan is in full swing.

Batman is required to do some detective work, interrogating mob bosses and having serious conversations with Gordon who pretty quickly regretted asking Batman to stay off the case.

There’s a great format coming in to this show. Batman detects, there’s a scuffle, some gadgetry and further detective work required and then the big final battle and in between this is woven the story of Tatsu.

Morales does a brilliant job of directing his second episode of the series but of course his first episode was ‘Secrets’ so that’s a big one to follow. The action sequences to be really well choreographed and in this episode there are even some faux focus shifts to give the effect of real camera lenses. It’s clever stuff and well worth keeping your eye on.

The script continues to work well and Michael Ryan proves himself to be a great addition to the writers room. This episode crams in screen time for all three leads as well as both Ltd. and Barbara Gordon, Humpty and Tobias Whale. There’s even a mention of Ra’s al Ghul.

At the risk of repeating myself Gotham still seems empty. There’s a great scene at the shows opening featuring some members of the public but after that Gotham is mainly populated by toy soldiers. One major plus for me was the couple appearing at the beginning seemed to be very BtAS in style the only difference being that they were 3D, looked to me like a nod to the classics.

The episode builds to a great dramatic conclusion without crossing any boundaries towards excessive violence which as we all know was a toned down before the show premiered due to concerns as to how parent groups would react.

A great family show, shaping up to be a great addition to the Bat-family.

7/10

‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ (1990)

CLASSIC REVIEW: ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ (1990)

Kowabunga dude! We flash back to 1990 with a review of the movie that brought the NInja to the UK.

‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ (1990)
‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ (1990)

Directed by Steve Barron

Written by Bobby Herbeck (story) & Todd W. Langen

Pre-order it on Blu-Ray now @ Amazon.co.uk

Beware of spoilers!I thought it was about time that I reviewed something which wasn’t DC Comics and didn’t involve Batman… having recently viewed a copy of this film in it’s 1080p transfer it was naturally high on my list to review.

Back in 1990 I was turning 5 years-old and like most other 5 year-olds I was obsessed with the Turtles only in the UK you had to call them Teenage Mutant HERO Turtles… TMHT doesn’t quite have the same ring to it!

I had all the toys, the clothes, a turtle camera and there was an abundance of ooze especially with my catapault garbage thrower. My favourite was Donatello and I was confused why the toys had them all shaded different colours of green when that was note the case in the cartoon.

It wasn’t until a decade later that I finally picked up a proper adult TMNT comic and began to understand the wider universe that these characters inhabited.

What I can’t remember is if I saw this film at the cinema. I do remember seeing the second but wonder if perhaps I was deemed too young for the first despite its PG classification.

The sheer fact that they could invent live-action turtles that I could see on screen what mind boggling and I’m sure I will have had a nightmare or two about the fact that Shredder could also be on screen.

On a side note: why did nobody attempt to recreate Krang in live action? A puppet brain would have been amazing!

I digress… on to the film. We all know by know that TMNT 1990 retells the origins of the turtles and their sensei Splinter and pits them against arch nemesis Shredder in their first battle which brings them out into the open of the human world. Not to forget the shady ‘Foot Clan’ are also involved in all the furore.

Back in 1990 this film was budgeted at a hefty $13.5million by New Line Cinema only to pull in an estimated $200million at the box office and was a massive hit with fans and less of a hit with critics due to the violence portrayed.

In the UK we had to wait until 2004 for an officially sanction ‘unedited’ version of the film with all previous releases omitting the word ninja as and where possible and also dispensing with any shots of Michelangelo with his nunchaku.

Finally seeing this film in glorious 1080p is pretty awesome. I remember the film being a little more colourful than it appears here but as this is just a transfer for and not a restoration I had expected the film to look a little ‘lived in’ by this point in its life.

What I hadn’t expected was the level of detail hiding in the VHS and DVD transfers. Anybody who is approaching this film expecting a flat upscaling is going to get a pleasant surprise. The level of costume detail is nigh on unbelievable. The turtle puppets look impressive still to this day, the biggest let down still being their mouths. I found myself often pausing the film to take in the details around their features.

Forgetting the puppets for a moment we can’t forget about Shredder, his costume also reveals a massive amount of detail that has not previously been noticed and I’m looking forward to seeing the improvements made for ‘TMNT 2: Secrets of the Ooze’ which had a higher production budget.

A box set of all three TMNT movies is available to import now form the US but stand alone releases and a budget box set come to the UK on Blu-Ray in October of this year.

If you want to evoke some fond childhood memories or, like me, you are still as obsessed with the turtles as you were at 5 years old this new transfer is well worth checking out as it breathes a new life in to an old favourite.

8/10

‘The Wolverine’ (2013)

FILM REVIEW: ‘The Wolverine’ (2013)

High-concept sequel to 2009 ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ doesn’t disappoint but doesn’t break new ground.

‘The Wolverine’ (2013)
‘The Wolverine’ (2013)


Directed by James Mangold

Written by Mark Bomback & Scott Frank

In cinemas now! Check it out in 2D and 3D.

Beware of spoilers!I’ll preface this review by saying I don’t dislike ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ but I don’t love it either. I felt that Fox – or somebody else involved in production – was worried that Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine couldn’t carry a movie by himself despite his massive popularity and so the film became overstuffed with secondary characters who added nothing to the story.

‘The Wolverine’ seems to suffer the same problem. There are less mutants on screen this time around and Jackman is allowed much more time to run around screaming and saying the word ‘bub’ but even then those mutants who do pepper the story are not given time to develop.

For those who haven’t yet seen the film the story revolves around Wolverine being dragged back from a life of obscurity post ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ to say goodbye to an old friend. Of course chaos ensues and an adventure that takes place across several Japanese locales takes on a journey through 126mins of giant set pieces and small character moments.

The story is flimsy but it’s there although potentially a little hacked up to make the 12a rating and also to cut down the running time. There are times I almost expected Wolverine to say ‘ah f**k it’ and go back to the woods.

Jackman has inhabited this character for 13 years now and it shows. He may not have aged too much in that time – much like the character – but there’s now a very blurred line between actor and character for me. His dialogue is short and a sometimes a bit stunted but it embodies the character well and reflects the kind of dialogue you would expect to see in a comic. Adaptions like this often struggle to balance the visual-to-dialogue ratio when basing on strong source material.

The other stand out character in this film is easily Rila Fukushima’s Yukio. She has the most screen time behind Jackman and most of her scenes are shared with him. There’s not a great deal of exploration of her powers but if she was to appear in future movies the groundwork has been laid. There’s enough backstory to make her seem real and she fits in well to the story and with Jackman.

The ending would suggest that she could return to appear in future movies but the post-credit scene, not to be spoiled here, may suggest otherwise for the time being.

The biggest offender on the cast list in this film… Viper played by Svetlana Khodchenkova who comes off as nothing more than a clone of Poison Ivy from ‘Batman & Robin’ her screen time gives Khodchenkova no chance to develop the character and so she totters around, reads her lines and is then gone to be forgotten. No disrespect to the actress but the character is an unnecessary addition to the film. Secondary to her lack of story her costume becomes increasingly green (and shiny) to the point where comparisons to Uma Thurman as Ivy are impossible to avoid.

There are many redeeming features to this film. The set pieces are ambitious to say the least. There were moments during the bullet train scene where I was ducking in my seat and I only saw the 2D version. The flashback scene which opens the film is a little uncomfortable but plays out well although not as well as the WW2 prison camp scenes from ‘X-Men’ and ‘X-Men: First Class’.

There’s nothing major by way of plot twists (during the main film) and the twists which do occur are easily predictable just to those who have seen the trailer. On the topic of the trailer I did feel that there are some misleading scenes which had led me to make assumptions about the plot which were incorrect. Nothing wrong with that, I was actually pleasantly surprised I couldn’t quite read the whole film before having seen it.

Special effects are what we have come to expect from this kind of summer tentpole. There were a couple of occasions where the claws on Logan’s hands were clearly added later but this aside this film has a great visual style which makes the viewer aware they’re in the X-verse we have come to expect on film.

The biggest difference from the previous Wolverine film is the sense of realism. Ignore the fact that you are witnessing mutants with special abilities and this film exists in a relatively real world. My other main gripe with the ‘Origins’ film was that as it lacked a sense of reality due to the number of set pieces which were purposely constructed. Overall ‘Origins’ felt staged whereas ‘Wolverine’ feels much more organic.

Excitement is building massively for next years ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ and with the viral marketing already in play it may have overshadowed this film but actually if you can let go of a meaty plot this is still an enjoyable addition to the X-Men saga.

6/10

‘Batman ’66′ #6

COMIC REVIEW: ‘Batman ’66’ #6

Put your earplugs in guys… it’s the return of the Siren!

‘Batman ’66′ #6
‘Batman ’66′ #6

Cover by Mike Allred

Written by Jeff Parker

Art & Colours by Jonathan Case

Purchase your digital copy @ Comixology now

Beware of spoilers!
This week Batman ‘66 has confused me a little and I can only assume that when the Penguin story makes it’s way to print this little side story featuring the Siren – played by Joan Collins in the series – will find itself as a backup at the end of the issue.

The reason I’m so confused is that the digital version of this ‘chapter’ still features the Penguin/Mr. Freeze cover art that came with the previous two weeks chapters. It’s a small gripe but none-the-less I still have a couple of small gripes with this series.

Once again the story here is the shining star. Parker is proving each week here that he has the upmost respect for the source material as well as the wider Bat-verse and this week he threw in one massive nod to the Silver Age of comics that just took my love for his storytelling to a whole new level.

‘Chandell’s Chanteuse’ is a neat little story that finds itself wrapped up in a single issue and doesn’t even feature a full appearance by Robin. The ending – not to be spoiled here – clearly sets up a later storyline and I’m intrigued to see if we’re building towards a genuine story arc.

This week Jonathan Case is back doing art and colours and it instantly lifts this series back up to its early status. The art pops right off the screen and I have to admit that after two weeks of feeling disappointed about the lack of interactivity this is the first issue where the art holds its own against the DC² of previous issues. I’m really happy to see this comic finding its feet beyond it’s A+ story.

The hallucination sequence allows Case the opportunity to break out from the confines of the usual panels and fill the page with some highly stylised work which adds a new dimension to the series.

It’s too early to pass true judgement as we have only had a couple of artists work on the series but thus far it is Case who is setting ‘Batman ‘66’ apart from other digital comics. His style of art is what I would call the signature style of the series and I hope we can see this style continue in the weeks to come.

I’m definitely looking forward to the return of Joker next week.

8/10

‘DC Nation: Wonder Woman’

‘DC Nation: Wonder Woman’

Wonder Woman goes back to the 70s for hyper stylised animated short.

‘DC Nation: Wonder Woman’
‘DC Nation: Wonder Woman’

Written & Directed by Robert Valley

Produced by No Dice INK inc.

Beware of spoilers!Not being situated in the US I don’t have access to view the weekly DC Nation block on Cartoon Network. I do however regularly read about some of the animated shorts that are currently being screened as part of the block.

Having seen some of the character designs for the Wonder Woman short which recently aired I was compelled to seek this three minute masterpiece out to see what all the hype was about: Wonder Woman in the style of Starsky & Hutch?!

The basic premise is familiar to viewers: Steve Trevor has crash landed, presumably, on the island of Themyscira the island of the Amazons. He is quickly outlawed by the natives apart from one certain Princess Diana.

The animation is what sets this story apart from other DC animated projects that I have seen and put simply it’s genius! Technologically the animation is pristine yet in appearance it’s completely 70s. The character designs, the cars, the music it all screens retro. No Dice INK inc. have created a totally out of the box design that you are screaming out for more of long before the short is even finished.

The story sees Wonder Woman rescue Steve not in her invisible plane but in her invisible car instead. Making their escape they are attacked by Giganta and save the day.

Okay so there isn’t a huge amount of story here but what do you expect from a three minute short?

The film packs enough visual and audio punch to make up for the lack of time to tell a full story. There’s no much here by way of dialogue but the soundbites that are dropped convey enough for you to feel you have at least seen a convincing short story.

9/10

Checkout the three part film below:

‘Beware the Batman’ S01E04 ‘Safe’

‘Beware the Batman’ S01E04 ‘Safe’

Some ups, some downs and a whole lot of action…

‘Beware the Batman’ S01E04 ‘Safe’
‘Beware the Batman’ S01E04 ‘Safe’

Directed by Sam Liu

Written by Mark Banker

Watch it live on Cartoon Network USA, Saturdays @ 10:00

Beware of spoilers!Last week I was critical of this show for the handling of the villain. Anarky was billed as the big villain for the series but instead of crashing in to the show at full pelt he was instead tossed in under developed.

Perhaps learning from their mistakes this week we are introduced to Silver Monkey – an unkown for me – and Lady Shiva who although not seen is heard on a couple of occasions during this episode.

At the beginning of the episode Bruce Wayne is seen introducing the world to his revolutionary new energy source – the Ion Cortex. The technology has been developed by Dr. Jason Burr (perhaps ready for a later appearance as Kobra?) and has drawn the attention of the League of Shadows.

Are you keeping up with the introductions? Jason Burr, Silver Monkey, League of Shadows and Lady Shiva.

This episode is a massive improvement over last week and possibly edges ahead of ‘Secrets’ for me as the best episode so far although I still have some issues with this show overall.

Gotham is once again empty this week. We get several wide angle shots of Batman and the Shadows ninja’s on motorbikes but there’s little other traffic around and I don’t think I saw a single person out on the streets. Yes this show is set at night but I’m starting to feel like I’m back to being a child playing with my action figures and imaging the world around them.

Batman does not get a huge amount of screen time this week. He does get to pop in and out, use some gadgets and kick some butt but in between that he was MIA.

Less Batman does mean more focus on Tatsu – finally referred to at Katana this week – and we finally begin to learn more about her back story.

Alfred is also finally becoming a bit more mobile this week and gets to wield some serious weaponry. I particularly enjoyed the addition of the bowler hat. He’s still a little Jason Statham for me but it’s undeniable how kick-ass this Alfred it.

Now lets get to a major bonus: the soundscape. I wanted to touch on this last week but got sidetracked by disappointment. This show sounds amazing and I don’t mean the voices.

The score by Frederik Wiedmann is brilliant. It accentuates the series perfectly. It’s perhaps not the kind of soundtrack that the average fan would run out to buy as there are not yet any stand-out themes running through the episodes but the music is a perfect fit for the mood and the tone of the show.

This week the ninja theme and the focus on Tatsu/Katana means the music pushes for a more oriental feel and it is executed to great success.

The sound effects themselves are also extremely meaty and ensure that the show has an immersive feel. Listening to it on home cinema the booms of explosions are deep and the thuds of each punch ricochet around the room in an impressive fashion.

I highly recommend you go back and re-watch this episode and try to focus on the sounds.

There’s a much higher focus on storytelling that I hope continues through the next few episodes that prove this show can rise above the generic CGI action genre and take it to the kind of territory that Bat-fans have come to expect over the years.

8/10

'Batman v Superman'

OP-ED: The ‘DC Universe’ on film

'Batman v Superman'
‘Batman v Superman’

Unless you have been living under a rock since the 2013 San Diego Comic Con, you will have heard that summer 2015 will be the season of ‘Batman Vs. Superman’ or is that ‘Superman vs. Batman’?

The news was broken to a packed hall by director Zack Snyder and ‘Man of Steel’ co-star Harry Lennix with the news immediately going world-wide and the sounds of elated fan boys being heard across the state.

We’re a year away from this film going into production and two years from it’s potential release but already the blogosphere is alive with the casting rumours, plot ideas and logo mash-ups.

The easiest place to look for potential story ideas is Frank Miller’s seminal story of ‘The Dark Knight Returns’ that was also recently adapted into a two-part DTV movie to massive acclaim. Snyder chose to introduce his future plans (via Lennix) with a quote from this very story but chances are that these are not the versions of Batman and Superman that you will be seeing on your local IMAX in 2015.

‘Returns’ paints a brilliant picture of an aging Bruce and Clark and one of the reasons that the story has become such a cult favourite is the brilliant interplay between the two but I don’t think that fans should expect to see any of the story directly adapted for the screen here.

The news has broken this week that Snyder is looking to Frank Miller for inspiration in crafting the story – take this with a pinch of salt though – which I think is a clever move because his stories have influenced the friendship between these characters for every writer that has written for them since. However if this film is to exist as a sequel to ‘Man of Steel’, a re-introduction to Batman and an introduction to Snyder’s Justice League universe, then the characters we need to see have to exude far less maturity than those depicted in ‘Returns’.

The DC film universe is still only in its infancy. Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dark Knight’ franchise may still be in the zeitgeist but if the universe of ‘Man of Steel’ is to officially be separate then we have to date only spent 143 minutes in this world and I don’t think Snyder or Warner Bros. are going to be prepared to make that kind of creative leap right now.

The purpose of this film is going to cement to the viewing public that Snyder’s (not to forget David Goyer) incarnation of Superman is able to hold his own on screen against a juggernaut like Batman. Yes Batman has had his dark days on screen (around 1997 perhaps?) but he is riding the wave of Christopher Nolan and is currently considered box office gold. Superman has been absent from the big screen for much of the last few decades barring the minor box office success of Bryan Singer’s ‘Superman Returns’ and Warner Bros. are feeling the pressure to bring these two characters to a level pegging.

Looking to the future there’s undoubtedly a huge amount of pressure on both DC Comics and Warner Bros. to repeat the success that Marvel have had with Disney in launching ‘The Avengers’ via their ‘Phase 1’ movies.  Not only is ‘Avengers’ (I’m not calling it ‘Avengers Assemble’) one of the most successful movies ever at the worldwide box office, but Warner can’t be seen to follow the exact same path leading up to the big group movie.

Marvel cleverly gave each character their own movie as an introduction whilst placing threads that would eventually pull together to form the first ‘Avengers’ movie.

What DC now needs to do is find it’s own spin on this setup and this is why I think we are seeing a team up movie rather than a Superman franchise followed by a new Batman franchise etc.

DC are also reaping the massive benefits of Arrow becoming a hit series on The CW network. As Marvel attempt to conquer the TV platform with their ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’ series this season, DC already have a proven track record in this field. With the inclusion of The Flash in season 2 at some point there is hopefully going to be a merging of the platforms.

DC/Warner Bros. have found a creative partner in Synder who, with Goyer at his side, is setting himself up to finally be the man to bring the Justice League to the big screen in a credible and significant fashion.

‘Batman ’66′ #5

COMIC REIVEW: ‘Batman ’66’ #5

The conclusion of Penguin’s first new comic book saga…

‘Batman ’66′ #5
‘Batman ’66′ #5

Cover by Mike Allred

Written by Jeff Parker

Art by Tye Templeton

Coloured by Wes Hartman

Purchase your digital copy @ Comixology now

Beware of spoilers!

After an issue that left me feeling like something was missing last week this weeks conclusion to the ‘Emperor Penguin’ lights a rocket under the pace and blasts this shorter story through to a baffling conclusion.

The Riddler arc which came before this lasted for three issues whereas this story is split in to two parts much like an episode of the old TV series. I’m not sure if this had been published but either way it came as a slight surprise to me; especially as part one felt like it had very similar pacing to the previous arc. Going in to this issue I had assumed we would get some exposition and then an exciting cliffhanger to take us in to a thrilling final part next week.

Jeff Parker’s story is still the shining light of this series. With ‘Emperor Penguin’ he has crammed the same amount of story as can be found in the previous arc but in two-thirds of the space. This issue suffers slightly from too much story when you think that there are only 23 pages and we have to rescue Batman; solve the crime, have the big fight and save the day.

I loved the introduction of a Bat-vehicle never before seen in the TV series. It was a perfect fit for the story and didn’t feel out of the ordinary for the universe in which the story exists and this is something that I know I keep saying but Parker deserves so much credit for inventing credible stories that feel like they could have been episodes of the series had the budget been available to them.

I do still have to nitpick some of the artwork but as I said in my review of issue #4 I am not criticising Tye Templeton’s artwork for being poor, This issue is again consistent, it’s that the lack of strong representations of West and Ward are still present here. There are such details panels of Burgess Meredith throughout both chapters of this story yet a recognisable image of Burt Ward is not present at all here and after five issues I’m longing to see a great portrait of the Dynamic Duo together.

It’s not enough to put me off reading further issues but it is becoming a bugbear of mine.

Batman ‘66 is definitely a fun read, there’s absolutely no doubt about that but it could be a brilliant read. It’s never going to be a hard hitting; gritty representation of Batman and Robin but it could take the pair and put them in settings that feel like they have been translated from comics of the 60s and 70s to really up the fun factor.

I mentioned this quite a bit in relation to the last issue but the missing DC²  really has definitely impacted my enjoyment. It’s such a fun addition that fits the atmosphere of the tv series. The brilliant fight sequence in #3 is here followed up by a 2 panel page… a 2 panel page for a fight based in the world of TV Batman?! It’s just not enough.

5/10

Next week: Chandell’s Chanteuse!

‘Lois & Clark’ Season 1 DVD

CLASSIC REVIEW: ‘Lois & Clark’ Season 1 DVD

Up, up and away with season 1 of the classic 90s TV series on DVD for our first classic review.

‘Lois & Clark’ Season 1 DVD
‘Lois & Clark’ Season 1 DVD

Directed by various

Written by various

Purchase your copy @ Amazon.co.uk now

Beware of spoilers… if that’s still possible 20 years later!It’s Friday; it’s the end of the week so why not dive in to the vault and review a good old blast-from-the-past TV show that was a big part of my childhood.

It’s hard to believe that this show first premiered 20 years ago – September 12th 1993 to be exact – and still holds up well against modern day shows. This DVD set was released in 2006 and contains the first 21 episodes (click here for a complete list) across 6 discs and includes a small amount of bonus features:

  • Commentary on the pilot by Dean Cain, executive producer Deborah Joy LeVine, and director Robert Butler
  • From Rivals to Romance: series retrospective documentary
  • “Taking Flight: The Visual Effects of Lois & Clark
  • Original pilot presentation introducted by Deborah Joy LeVine
  • Interviews with Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher

The premise of the show is to skip the years that Clark (Dean Cain) lived in Smallville and pickup the story as he arrives to start a new life in Metropolis. The usual cast of characters are present: Lois Lane (Terri Hatcher), Jimmy Olsen (here played by Michael Landes) and of course Perry White (Lane Smith). Also present is Martha Kent (K Callan) and in a change to the Superman mythos also Jonathan Kent (Eddie Jones).

It doesn’t take a genius to work out who the big-bad for the first season of the show is: Lex Luthor (John Shea).

The arc of the season follows the growing reputation of Superman and the burgeoning love triangle between Clark/Superman, Lois and Luthor. Thrown in for good measure are a whole load of brilliant villain of the week characters including: cyborgs, evil clones and Federal Agents working for the shady Bureau 39.

I’ve recently been re-watching this series and even upscaled through a blu-ray player the image holds up well. The special effects, as expected look pretty crude in places but are now just part of the charm of this little series. Much in the way that we look back at old episodes of Star Trek and fondly remember how the effects were at the forefront of technology available at the time.

The chemistry between Cain and Hatcher is the crux of the show but actually the relationships between all the characters function brilliantly thanks to the diligent work by the various writers who passed through the series during its run.

The show feeds off the will-they-wont-they which was such a draw for ‘Moonlighting’ before it and most recently ‘Bones’ which much like ‘Lois & Clark’ continued to be a success after the will-they-wont-they is resolved.

The DVD itself is a slip cover containing three small cases, each containing two discs and brief episode details on the slipcover. The artwork here isn’t outstanding but it never is for shows of this magnitude.

The special features are brief but it’s nice for me as a viewer who was too young to be interested in following behind the scenes of the show have a little insight in to the hysteria that surrounded the show.

For younger audiences who are perhaps more familiar with the ‘Smallville’ series or even just the ‘Superman Returns’ and ‘Man of Steel’ movies this would be a great insight in to Superman history as well being an all round enjoyable 90s TV drama.

I suggest you run out and pick this up if you haven’t already.

7/10