Full of charm, fun and colorful action
Batwheels is heading to Cartoonito on HBO Max and Cartoon Network later this year, but DC introduces fans to the new cast of characters and sets the stage for the series in the special episode. Secret origin of the Batwheels. As indicated by his name, Secret origin of the Batwheels reveals what led to the creation of the Batwheels and their lineup of villains, but also establishes the lighthearted tone and sleek visual style fans can expect from the complete series. Although I can’t judge the complete series yet, the Secret origin of the Batwheels happily lays the groundwork for the series to come and delivers thrills and laughs with a stellar voice cast, and it’s all wrapped up in an adorable yet elegant visual style that all Bat fans should appreciate.
Fans are quickly introduced to the Bat Family and their vehicles through a chaotic and colorful chase through Gotham City, and the stellar visuals and cartoonish character designs immediately grab your attention. There’s definitely a Pixar-meets-fast furious atmosphere in Batwheelsand so far it works brilliantly and should be a hit with its target audience.
You’ll also quickly run through the different characters and voices, and while it always takes a minute to get used to a new version of these iconic characters, the cast knocks it out of the park, with impressive work from Ethan Hawke. (Batman), Jess Harnell (Penguin), Regi Davis (Mr. Freeze), and more. That said, the real heart of the show is revealed when the Batwheels the crew finally makes their way into the spotlight.
Soon, fans meet BC (for Bat Computer) and Moe, who make things work at the Batcave, and, shortly after the introduction of Bam by Jacob Bertrand (for Batmobile) and it’s hard to see the character ( and this particular Batmobile design) not being a success. Bam’s character is endearing and heroic, and the fun intensifies once the other characters and their personalities are introduced. Bam, Redbird, BB, Buff, and Batwing all feature modern designs that all feel contemporary and cool while still feeling unmistakably Batman. , and it won’t be long before every fan has a favorite (although Buff is unquestionably the best and I won’t hear of it).
Villains also have their moment to shine, but I wasn’t as smitten with them as I was with heroes. However, more time with them should change that, and I appreciated that the human characters still play a role in the series and are unaware that the vehicles are sentient. There’s even a lovely message about finding your inner hero and comparing it to others, which is perfect for the show’s target age group, but it’s also something parents who watch with their children can enjoy.
As for the toys, those should happen as soon as possible, and if they happen, please also switch them to superhero mode, which gives the Batwheels their own masks, because the switch is so perfectly executed in the show.
Secret origin of the Batwheels knows what it wants to be and delivers on that promise with stylish designs, charming characters, and colorful action full of fun, and the full series can’t come soon enough.
Rating: 4 out of 5
The Secret Origin of the Batwheels will air on Cartoonito on HBO Max on Batman Day, September 17.