Batman: The Animated Series
Batman: the Animated Series is a cartoon series based off the Batman comic books. It first aired on Fox Kids from 1992 to 1995, before switching networks to The WB in 1997 as The New Batman Adventures.
The series focuses on Batman and his sidekicks as they protect Gotham from mob bosses like Rupert Thorne to the various super-criminals like the Joker, Batman's arch-nemesis.
Why It Rocks
- Epic opening sequence.
- It, along with Spider-Man The Animated Series, X-Men The Animated Series, and Superman The Animated Series, helped save superhero cartoons, which were in a really bad spot thanks to poor quality shows throughout the 60s, 70s, and 80s eras of animation.
- Very well-written stories.
- Great voice acting with Kevin Conroy as Batman, and Mark Hamill as the Joker.
- Mark Hamill's role as the Joker led him to become one of the best-known villain voice actors. He went on to voice the Joker in the Batman Arkham series.
- Many stories were dark and mature, showing that the people behind the show knew that kids could handle it.
- Many great villains, some of whom can be sympathized with, such as Mr. Freeze, who was re-written as a tragic villain who only wanted revenge for himself and his terminally-ill wife.
- Well-done action sequences.
- Superb animation.
- Started the DC Animated Universe.
- Had interesting original characters, like Baby Doll and Red Claw.
- Introduced us to Harley Quinn, the Joker's girlfriend.
- The series has some bad episodes (most notably I've Got Batman in My Basement and Critters)
- The animation quality is very inconsistent, with TMS usually providing the good animation and amateur studios like AKOM providing the bad animation.
- There was censorship in the first three seasons.
- Baby Doll and Red Claw didn't make it into the comics.
Because of its more mature setting (still a kids' show) and well-written stories, Batman: the Animated Series is regarded as one of the greatest animated shows ever made. This show also became very popular not only in the United States of america, it became popular worldwide too.
- Batman: The Animated Series was not only popular in the United States of America, it was also popular in Asia and in Europe (especially in Italy), too.