The Batman is an American animated television series produced by Warner Bros. Animation based on the DC Comics superhero Batman. It was aired on Cartoon Network and Kids' WB from 2004 to 2008.
This animated adventure series of Bruce Wayne -- billionaire by day, crime fighter by night -- starts as Wayne balances life as a free-wheeling bachelor with his role as the Caped Crusader. He's joined on occasion by Robin and Batgirl. Black Mask, Killer Moth, the Everywhere Man and a brand-new Clayface join the Joker, Penguin and Riddler in ceaselessly tormenting Gotham City. Can Batman stop them once and for all?
Why It Rocks
- It shares many similarities with the other Batman media, such as the comic books, film series, the 1992 animated series and the other DCAU shows, as they are also shows that have a very dark plot.
- Great voice acting, especially Rino Romano as Batman.
- The animation is good and the character designs by Jeff Matsuda (who also worked on Jackie Chan Adventures and directed the series finale).
- The villains are amazing, especially the Joker, Penguin and Riddler.
- The story plot was good for all the seasons.
- The show's writers weren't afraid to put new spins on the source material, such as having Batgirl as Batman's first sidekick instead of Robin and giving Clayface a tragic backstory.
- Awesome intro. The first two seasons' theme song was done by U2's The Edge, while Andy Sturmer did the theme song for seasons 3-5.
- Great action scenes.
- It was spawned a comic book called The Batman Strikes and a direct-to-video film called The Batman vs. Dracula.
- Season 5 was incredible amazing, because it has the other DC superheroes in it, including Superman, Green Lantern, the Flash, Martian Manhunter, Green Arrow and Hawkman. It also shows the DC supervillains too.
- The 2-part episode, "Lost Heroes", was a truly epic finale!
- It loses some points for not having classic villains like Scarecrow, Victor Zsasz, Two-Face, Ra's al Ghul and the Mad Hatter, though this is understandable because these five villains were victims of the Bat-embargo and were restricted from being used here because the Scarecrow, Zsasz and Ra's were used in GMW, Two-Face was used (along with the Scarecrow again) in its sequel GMW and there were once plans to include the Mad Hatter in The Dark Knight Trilogy before the idea was dropped.
- Due the Bat-embargo, the use of the Joker, Hugo Strange, Batgirl and the Riddler in the show prevented Justice League Unlimited to use these characters in its third and final season, causing huge backlash from fans of the DC Animated Universe.
- "Grundy Night" should have had 2 parts, with the second episode having Batman actually fight Grundy.