World's Finest #3 is going to be released today and is the first official team-up of *this* Supergirl and *this* Batgirl. I have been looking forward to this issue since I first heard about it.
I figured that reviewing some other team-ups of the two heroes would be fun. Last week I reviewed a Silver Age issue of Superman Family.
This week, I thought I would review the 'Girls Night Out' episode of 'The New Adventures of Batman and Robin'. My thanks to blog-friend Gene for the idea.
For those who haven't seen the episode, it is available on YouTube. Here are the links:
It's a fun episode, the first meeting between these incarnations of the characters.
With Batman and Superman both otherwise engaged, Supergirl and Batgirl have to team up to stop a trio of villains: Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and Livewire.
Initially you see how Supergirl and Batgirl want to be part of the legacies of their respective families. Unfortunately, their first run-in with Livewire ends with her escaping.
One little moment I like in the show is Supergirl's response when Harvey Bullock says he actually misses Batman. Supergirl sticks her tongue out at him as he turns away.
I know ... sophomoric. But it was a small character quirk we saw Supergirl do a couple of other times in her DCAU appearances. I remember her doing the same thing to Captain Atom in the first JLU episode. Consistent character personality flourishes like this showed how dedicated Warner Brothers and Bruce Timm were in putting out a great product.
Livewire ends up running into and teaming up with Poison Ivy and Harley. The three try some petty larceny at a mall only to have Supergirl and Batgirl show up again.
While the Kara and Babs end up stopping the three from completely looting the place, they can't stop them from escaping. Babs gets a face full of severe allergenic pollen. The two heroes have to break off the attack in regroup.
While they recover in Barbara's apartment, the two commiserate a bit about how hard their lives are. It is a cute Town Mouse/Country Mouse moment although I can't imagine Batgirl ever saying she wished she has chores.
They decide to take the fight to the villains, this time with a plan. Unfortunately their sneak attack is hardly a secret. Here is Harley's response to Supergirl x-ray scan. Harley always had the best moments in this show.
Batgirl and Supergirl end up skirmishing with the three in Ivy's hideout in an abandoned fairground or animal park. Between Ivy's giant plant constructs and Livewire's lightning blasts, they are barely able to hold their own. They do work together nicely as a team.
Luckily, the villains end up doing more damage to themselves as Livewire's blasts ignite Ivy's plants. In the meantime, the destruction leads to water spilling all over Livewire shorting her out. They are able to capture the villains and turn them over to the police.
Don't get me wrong, Supergirl and Batgirl have nice moments throughout the show escaping the various traps and laying the smack down on the villains.
The episode ends with the two new friends relaxing after the battle. They are giddy when Bullock praises them on television.
It had been a while since I saw this episode so it was great to watch it again. It was nice to see the easy friendship between the two young heroes. Plus, they worked so well together on the battle field, covering each other's backs and pulling no punches.
I hope that Kara and Stephanie have the same sort of camaraderie.
And thanks again to Gene for the idea. I always like showcasing the multimedia renditions of Supergirl.