|Created by||Noodle Soup Productions|
Warner Bros. Animation
|Written by||Paul Dini|
Hilary J. Bader
Dee Bradley Baker
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||30 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||2–5 minutes per episode (more with interactive elements)|
|Original release||July 27, 2000 –|
November 19, 2002
Gotham Girls is an American Flash animated web television series focusing on several of the female characters of Gotham City, created and produced jointly by Warner Bros. Animation and Noodle Soup Productions. The webseries, which ran from 2000 to 2002, starred Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Batgirl, Catwoman, Renee Montoya and Zatanna in short stories of varying length about the daily lives of the characters (from the DC Comics universe).
It is also the name of a related comic book series.
Flash animation series
Gotham Girls is one of the few series of Flash animations made by a professional publisher of mainstream cartoons, and features professional voice-acting by the same actresses and actors as those who voiced the television series. Its use of Flash (and also vector graphics) enables the animation to appear undistorted and unpixellated at any resolution. However, the episodes do not tend to show the Symbols (the pieces used to create the flash) outside of the intended viewing area. For example, in Season 1 Episode 1 while the light beam on Harley continues off screen, her body is only drawn for the dimensions of the intended viewing area.
Each episode features a mini-game or puzzle which can be played while the clip downloads, as well as an interactive feature which allows viewers to help a character make a certain decision.
Other features of the website include downloadable trailers, screensavers, desktop backgrounds, internet chat buddy icons, as well as biographies of the characters, and an online version of the classic game Othello (aka Reversi) featuring the Gotham Girls. The screensavers, desktop backgrounds and internet chat buddy icon sites, however, no longer work, and simply redirect to the Warner Bros. website. The Gotham Girls website also does the same.
The series lasted for three seasons (10 episodes each), with each episode released month-by-month. While the first two seasons featured primarily comedic episodes, the third season attempted to make the show more serious. These episodes linked directly to Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero. Dropping the magician Zatanna from its lineup and adding a host of new characters to the cast, including Detective Renee Montoya, each episode from this series tied into the next, forming a collective thirty-minute whodunit. The storyline also dealt with issues not seen since Batman: The Animated Series, such as the corruption of the Gotham City Police Department, Poison Ivy's environmental crusade and Commissioner Gordon's wavering faith in costumed superheroes. It's also heavily implied that the series takes place in the DC animated universe. One significant aspect of the third season is the appearance of Det. Selma Reesedale, a character revealed early on to be a male-to-female transgender woman.
The series finale, "Cold Hands, Cold Heart" aired in 2002, wrapping up the mystery and ending the website. The final episode was dedicated to the memory of Hilary J. Bader, script writer for numerous DC Animated series, and who had died in 2002 of cancer. GothamGirls.com is no longer online, but the individual .swf files were still accessible until mid-2015.
Season 1 (2000)
Season 2 (2001)
Season 3 (2002)
- Arleen Sorkin – Dr. Harleen Quinzel / Harley Quinn
- Adrienne Barbeau – Selina Kyle / Catwoman/Renee Montoya
- Diane Pershing – Pamela Isley / Poison Ivy
- Tara Strong – Barbara Gordon / Batgirl
- Stacie Randall - Zatanna Zatara
- Jennifer Hale – Dora Smithy, Acting Commissioner Caroline Greenway, Detective Selma Reesedale
- Bob Hastings – Commissioner James Gordon
- Tom Kenny – WGBS Anchor, Rogue Cop, Additional Voices
- Dee Bradley Baker - Additional Voices
DC Comics produced a five-issue Gotham Girls comic book miniseries in 2003, written by Paul Storrie. It starred Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, Catwoman, Batgirl, with each issue spotlighting one of these characters to a certain degree. The story, which took place in the DC Animated Universe, involved a vial of chemicals that the three villainesses fought over, as they also tried to avoid capture by Batgirl and Detective Montoya. A three-issue miniseries, Batman: Harley and Ivy, followed the continued misadventures of Harley and Ivy.
The complete Gotham Girls series was included as a bonus feature on the DVD release of the Birds of Prey television series, released by Warner Home Video on July 15, 2008. On the DVD, the animated episodes are presented in a linear fashion, with the interactive, decision-making option omitted.
- "Warner Bros. Online Debuts All-New "Gotham Girls" Shorts". Warner Brothers Online (Press release). June 15, 2001.
- Terrace 2014, p. 107
- "Birds of Prey DVD news: Press Release for Birds of Prey - The Complete Series". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Archived from the original on May 25, 2011. Retrieved January 15, 2011.
- "Birds of Prey DVD news: Box Art & Release Date Change for Birds of Prey - The Complete Series". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Archived from the original on May 25, 2011. Retrieved January 15, 2011.
- Book references
- Terrace, Vincent (2014). Internet Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Television Series, 1998-2013. McFarland. ISBN 9781476616452.