A sequel that is done well is hard to find, especially one with an alternative story line that varies from the original narrative. While there is some freedom in creating the alternative story line, the writer or writers have to be careful. If they stray too far from the original narrative, they might loose the hardcore fans that admire and respect the cannon narrative and characters.
In the short-lived television series, Birds of Prey (2002-2003), the criminals in Gotham City are running loose. With Batman in exile, it seems like there is no one to stop the criminals. Enter three women who can take back Gotham City. Helena Kyle/Huntress (Ashley Scott) is the daughter of Batman and Catwoman. Barbara Gordon/Oracle (Dina Meyer) used to be known as Batgirl, until she was shot by the Joker and paralyzed. While she may sit behind the computer, she still watches over Gotham and her residents. Newcomer Dinah Lance (Rachel Skarsten) has the power of telekinesis and while she may look weak, her abilities outweigh her physical image.
Looking back, this was one of those series that had potential. Unfortunately, it didn’t have enough potential to last longer than it did. The other thing that kept it from lasting was that the audience member had to have been well versed in the Batman universe to truly get into the show.
Do I recommend it? Maybe.
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