"Oh, come on Paul".3/10
Right, Paul Dini wrote this short, he's not flawless he has written some awful things before, but he has also proved himself to be a brilliant writer as well, giving us some of the best Batman episodes, be it from Batman The Animated Series, The New Batman Adventures or Batman: The Brave and the Bold. Man, does he drop the ball here. One thing that many have objected against is the scene in the strip club, it's lengthy, fairly gratuitous, and not only does the stripper perform a striptease, but Catwoman as well, albeit a milder one where she doesn't show her breasts...completely, I didn't get upset about this scene, but I don't think it could've come at a worse time, where people are criticizing DC for their portrayal of female characters, frankly I am getting a bit...let's say tired of it, but the scene, while completely unnecessary, didn't get me mad or anything like that it was just "ugh, here we go again" and Catwoman is constantly portrayed as a bit of a "tease". It reminded me of Mark Kermode's impression of Michael Bay and his laddy, frat-boy leeriness "Woooooh, eh? eh? Look at that, wooooooh, eh?". That's not why I didn't like this short, the main problem is that it is just boring and slow even with it's limited running time, around 13-14 minutes, I loved the Spectre and Green Arrow DC Showcase shorts which had excellent pacing, awesome action, terrific animation and excellent writing, which also had some humor, dark humor in The Spectre's case and I also thought Jonah Hex had it's moments, the short not the movie, obviously. The action here is not that special, they throw in some jarring CG, though it is slightly better than the CG used in some previous DC DTV movies. Villain wasn't threatening, despite the awesome John DiMaggio voicing the character, the fight between Rough Cut and Catwoman was fairly lame as well. I got to say, there's barely anything I liked in it, I thought the ending was pretty good. This was a disappointing outing from Paul Dini, I hope and I'm sure Paul Dini did a better job with the upcoming Arkham City, maybe this was a rushed project from his side.