Does anyone remember Gotham Girls?

One of the things I love (and what I’m sure other people love) about DC Universe is that it gives all fans, new and old, the chance to connect with bits and pieces of obscure DC media in a way that just wasn’t possible a few years ago.

From the WB Birds of Prey series to Filmation’s Shazam show from the 70’s to Cartoon Network’s DC Nation shorts, it’s just awesome that we now have a place where can discover (or rediscover) these cult-classics with just a couple clicks.

But there’s one piece of DC’s animation history that’s still relatively unknown to even some of the most hardcore fans out there. A series set in the DCAU that made an immediate impact in the time it came out and the era of animation it was apart of, yet it was gone almost as suddenly as when it arrived.

I’m not talking about The Zeta Project. I’m talking about this:

For this history lesson, I’m going to take you back to the early-mid 2000’s, when Flash animation on the web was one of the hottest things going on in the world of animation (besides the simultaneous rise of both Toonami and Adult Swim).

Newgrounds, Atom Films, Cartoon Monsoon, Icebox, the early days of ScrewAttack and Rooster Teeth. Anyone who was paying attention to any of this stuff (including kids like myself at the time) were exposed to this incredible groundswell of talent that largely came from outside the traditional studio system. Crude skits, serious drama, sitcom-level antics, stylized action. There was something for everyone.

And of course a big draw for kids (like me) who couldn’t stay up late for Adult Swim: a lot of this stuff was VERY adult and VERY raunchy and violent and just flat-out insane. The mods here would physically throw me out if I linked any of the Joe Cartoon stuff here. It was THAT crazy.

Well before YouTube, well before Netflix and the age of streaming, this stuff had me enraptured because you just weren’t seeing that anywhere else, certainly not on TV in the afternoons or on Saturday morning.

Somewhere, in this rabble-rousing, rebellious period of experimentation was one of the most fascinating experiments of them all: Gotham Girls.

A co-production between Warner Bros. Animation and Noodle Soup Productions, it ran for 3 seasons, totaling 30-31 episodes (if you count a two-parter as one episode), took place in the DCAU - animated in a simplified version of The New Batman Adventures’ visual style - and centered on the lives and exploits of some of the most recognizable female heroes and villains in Gotham’s orbit: Batgirl (Barbara Gordon), Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Catwoman, Renee Montoya and (in seasons 1 and 2) Zatanna.

Not only was it a Flash animated series produced by a major animated company, it was maybe the only one to have an entire cast of professional voice-actresses and actors, most of them reprising their DCAU roles for this series: Arleen Sorkin as Harley, Adrienne Barbeau as Catwoman (also voicing Renee), Diane Pershing as Poison Ivy, and Tara Strong as Batgirl. Heck they even brought Bob Hastings on for season 3 as Commissioner Gordon.

While it may not be revolutionary by today’s standards, Gotham Girls was absolutely ahead of its time in almost every respect. A largely-female cast of characters? A season-long arc with a beginning, middle, and end? Flash animation that appears undistorted and unpixellated at any resolution (save for interactive elements)? A transgender character (Selma Reesedale, a GCPD detective) who’s identity is not cast in any negative light and only factors into the story during a key moment?

These were all things that you wouldn’t see in animation for years (decades even), but they were all qualities that made Gotham Girls a truly unique entry in DC Animation canon and, still to this day, one of the best Flash web animations ever produced.

Okay, lightning round:

  • Now, I wish I could tell you why Gotham Girls only lasted three seasons, but I can’t. To my knowledge, no behind-the-scenes document of the series’ creation exists. Only thing known to us is that Paul Dini and key creative personnel from the DCAU were involved with the show’s scripts.

  • The series was popular enough that at one point, it did spawn a five-issue tie-in miniseries, which is coincidentally being reprinted for trade release this month.

  • The Gotham Girls website, which had interactive games, character info, screensavers, polls, and message boards (among other things) is no longer in operation. It simply redirects to the Warner Bros website.

  • The .swf files for all the episodes were still accessible long after the website shut down…until mid-2015. Now, if I try to download them, I run the risk of harming the software on my new laptop.

  • The entire series did come out on DVD once, as a bonus feature for the release of Birds of Prey. The interactive portions are omitted.

If you want to check it out, the whole series is available on Youtube and not widely available anywhere else, unless you happen to have the Birds of Prey DVD (and a DVD player).

Do you remember this show? If you do, do you have any favorite moments? Any favorite episodes? Do you remember the interactive elements?

Discuss and enjoy. I’ll see you down in the thread.

EDIT: As promised, here’s all 30 episodes of Gotham Girls right here on Youtube.


Sounds cool. I am gonna check it out.

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I watched it. No surprise Zatanna was my favorite but I loved it all. Batgirl, Ivy, Harley & Catwoman were great. Idk it was on YouTube I don’t use any tech or social media except this site & texting lol. Maybe I’ll check it out.

I’ve never seen this. It would be cool to have it on dcu.

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Yep. As I’ve mentioned, there really isn’t anywhere else to watch the series. The .swf files are dead weight and I’ve yet to meet a single soul who owns a copy of the Birds of Prey DVD, possibly the only place where you could find all the episodes in higher quality.

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I watched it on fire stick but my fire stick doesn’t work anymore. It takes like 10ms after I hit search to load the keyboard. Then the shows freeze. I quit using it months ago.

Oh, okay. Sorry to hear about your Fire Stick dying on you.

@scarie2010.15620 mentioned having the episodes on DC Universe. That would be nice, though I imagine they’d just lift those episodes from the DVD collection. The 70’s Shazam show was restored using film negatives stored deep within WB’s vault. How do you restore something digital (ancient by our standards) that’s long since vanished?

But yeah, the whole thing is up on Youtube, and I might update the post with some links.

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Awesome. I’d love to watch em’ again.

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Oh yes I remember it very well when it air. I think it sadly ended when Hilary J. Bader passaway of cancer. She was such a talented writer for many shows including the Gotham Girls.

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There are several shows on the service that haven’t been remastered so I’m fine with it being here in its original state. Birds of pray is in SD among others.


This is so funny that I stumbled upon this thread. My sister and I used to be obsessed with the interactive nature of the show. We would rewatch it almost every week when we were younger, and I even bought the Birds of Prey Tv show DVD years and years ago. I have to find it now that you’ve reminded me!


Welcome to DC Universe @harley_ivy! :slightly_smiling_face:

Very happy that this thread brought up some good memories for you. Oh, and welcome to DC Universe!

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Ten or twelve years ago, I remember seeing some DC animated shorts connected to ONSTAR, the automotive tracking service. I pulled it up on my computer at work, purely by accident. it was like Gotham Girls (or maybe it was), but I can’t remember much about it. It was a real hoot though. Would love to see that stuff again.

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