I remembered seeing some previews for this back in 2002. At that point I couldn’t get a WB channel so I never was able to watch the show. Being familiar with Chuck Dixon and Gail Simone’s comic series I know what I would like to expect but I see what I am not going to be getting. I almost expected to see an Earth 2 (classic) interpretation of the comic series until Selina Kyle was killed off. One of my favorite female characters is Black Canary, it seems they retooled her onto a teenage psychic. Oracle, Barbara Gordon, seems to be one of the few characters, along with the stalwart Alfred Pennyworth, that has been untouched. Helena Kyle, the daughter of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle, seems to have some sort of super-power.
The worst thing I can say about the pilot episode is that Huntress’ outfit is rubbish. Other than that, the show isn’t too bad. It has a good “Girls Kick Ass” vibe to it. If they could remake the show using the same feel but with Arrow’s edge, Flash’s charm, and Legends of Tomorrow’s fun, then I’ll wager, they would have another hit on their hands.
There is a fine line between good superhero shows and great ones. Television has had its fair share of “cape” series like Nightman, M.A.N.T.I.S., The Inhumans, and many more that didn’t do that well. Very few shows of that genre were given a fair shake, let alone taken seriously. When I was younger I grew up on The Adventures of Superman (1952) and Batman (1966), had a huge crush on Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman (1978) and I liked the Flash (1990). I am all in on the CW/DC shows, without a doubt. Marvel is in the game with the Runaways, Agents of SHIELD, Cloak & Dagger, Legion, and all of the Netflix shows. ABC is talking about more on the way.
Anyways… back to Birds of Prey. We have the first four episodes and we are now on the second. I think we’ll be adding the other three discs to our NetFlix queue. I will be giving this series at least a 3 out of 5 stars. More importantly, my wife seems to be enjoying the show 🙂