Batman: The Animated Series

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Batman: The Animated Series
Batman the Animated Series logo.jpg
Also known asThe Adventures of Batman & Robin (1994–1995)
GenreSuperhero
Action/Adventure
Mystery
Suspense
Drama
FormatAnimated series
Created by
Developed by
Written byPaul Dini
Michael Reaves
Randy Rogel
Steve Perry
Brynne Stephens
Sean Catherine Derek
Alan Burnett
Laren Bright
Voices ofKevin Conroy[1]
Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.
Bob Hastings
Robert Costanzo
Loren Lester
Mark Hamill
Arleen Sorkin
Theme music composerDanny Elfman
Composer(s)Shirley Walker
Harvey Cohen
Lolita Ritmanis
Michael McCuistion
Stuart Balcomb
Richard Bronskill
Carl Johnson
Kristopher Carter
Carlos Rodriguez
Wayne Coster
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons2 (by production order)
4 (by original airdates)
No. of episodes85 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Jean MacCurdy
Tom Ruegger
Producer(s)Alan Burnett
Paul Dini
Eric Radomski
Bruce Timm
Running time22 minutes
Broadcast
Original channelFox (Fox Kids)
Original runSeptember 5, 1992 (1992-09-05) – September 15, 1995 (1995-09-15)[2]
Chronology
Followed bySuperman: The Animated Series
The New Batman Adventures
External links
Website
 
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Batman: The Animated Series
Batman the Animated Series logo.jpg
Also known asThe Adventures of Batman & Robin (1994–1995)
GenreSuperhero
Action/Adventure
Mystery
Suspense
Drama
FormatAnimated series
Created by
Developed by
Written byPaul Dini
Michael Reaves
Randy Rogel
Steve Perry
Brynne Stephens
Sean Catherine Derek
Alan Burnett
Laren Bright
Voices ofKevin Conroy[1]
Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.
Bob Hastings
Robert Costanzo
Loren Lester
Mark Hamill
Arleen Sorkin
Theme music composerDanny Elfman
Composer(s)Shirley Walker
Harvey Cohen
Lolita Ritmanis
Michael McCuistion
Stuart Balcomb
Richard Bronskill
Carl Johnson
Kristopher Carter
Carlos Rodriguez
Wayne Coster
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons2 (by production order)
4 (by original airdates)
No. of episodes85 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Jean MacCurdy
Tom Ruegger
Producer(s)Alan Burnett
Paul Dini
Eric Radomski
Bruce Timm
Running time22 minutes
Broadcast
Original channelFox (Fox Kids)
Original runSeptember 5, 1992 (1992-09-05) – September 15, 1995 (1995-09-15)[2]
Chronology
Followed bySuperman: The Animated Series
The New Batman Adventures
External links
Website

Batman: The Animated Series is an American animated television series based on the DC Comics superhero Batman. The series was produced by Warner Bros. Animation and originally aired on the Fox Network from September 5, 1992 to September 15, 1995.[2][3] The visual style of the series, dubbed "Dark Deco," was based on the film noir artwork of producer and artist Bruce Timm.[4] The series was widely praised for its thematic complexity, dark tone, artistic quality, and faithfulness to its title character's crime-fighting origins.[5][6] The series also won four Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Animated Program.[7][8]

When the first season of the series aired on weekday afternoons, it lacked an on-screen title in the opening theme sequence (for episode recaps shown at the beginning of the second half of two-part episodes, the narrator would simply say "Previously on Batman...").[9] When the series' timeslot was moved to weekends during its second season, it was given the on-screen title The Adventures of Batman & Robin.[10] The series was the first in the continuity of the shared DC animated universe, and spawned the theatrical film Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993).

Overview[edit]

The series took influence from Tim Burton's live-action films Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992), and the acclaimed Superman theatrical cartoons produced by Fleischer Studios in the early 1940s.[11] In designing the series, Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski emulated Burton's films' "otherworldly timelessness", incorporating period features such as black-and-white title cards, police blimps (though no such thing existed, Timm has stated that he found it to fit the show's style) and a "vintage" color scheme with film noir flourishes.[12] In addition, Radomski issued a standing order to the animation department that all backgrounds be painted using light colors on black paper (as opposed to the industry standard of dark colors on white paper).[12] The distinctive visual combination of "noir" imagery and Art Deco design was dubbed "Dark Deco" by the producers.[13]

The series initially took a variation of music written by Danny Elfman for the Burton films as its theme; later episodes of the series used a new theme with a similar style by Shirley Walker (Walker was occasionally Elfman's conductor for films on which they collaborated). The score of the series was influenced by Elfman and Walker's work on the Burton films, as well as music of 1940s film noir.

The series was more adult-oriented than previous superhero cartoons. It was the first such cartoon in years to depict outright physical violence against antagonists (though only one character was depicted as having been shot — Commissioner Gordon, in the episode "I Am the Night", is shown lying unconscious due to a gunshot wound he received offscreen) and one of the first animated shows in years to depict realistic firearms. First-time producers Timm and Radomski reportedly encountered resistance from studio executives, but the success of Burton's first film allowed the embryonic series to survive long enough to produce a pilot episode, "On Leather Wings", which, according to Timm, "got a lot of people off our backs".[12]

The series was also notable for its supporting cast — a number of well-known actors provided voices for various classic villains, most notably Mark Hamill (previously famous for his role as Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy), who later found success in voice acting thanks to his "cheerfully deranged" portrayal of the Joker.[14] The recording sessions (under the supervision of voice director Andrea Romano) were recorded with the actors together in one studio (as opposed to industry standard of voice actors recording dialogue separately). This method would later be employed for all subsequent series in the DC animated universe.

One of the series' best-known innovations was the Joker's assistant, Harley Quinn, who became so popular that DC Comics later added her to mainstream Batman comic book continuity. The Penguin underwent change for the series; his appearance was remodeled after the version seen in Batman Returns (though still incorporating classic elements of the character), which was in production simultaneously with the series' first season. New life was also given to lesser-known characters for the series such as the Clock King. In addition, dramatic changes were made to villains such as Clayface and Mr. Freeze — the latter character, for example, was changed from a gimmicky mad scientist to a tragic figure whose "frigid exterior [hid] a doomed love and vindictive fury".

Episodes[edit]

Sixteen minutes of animated segments in the video game The Adventures of Batman & Robin for the Sega CD are sometimes referred to as a "lost episode" of the series.[15] These segments are intended to be interspersed between gameplay elements of an early-1990s video game.

Animation[edit]

In order to complete the first season's 65 episodes, Warner Bros. contracted several different overseas animation houses. These studios included Spectrum Animation, Dong Yang Animation, Sunrise, Studio Junio, Blue Pencil, AKOM and TMS Entertainment.[16] TMS also animated the first season's opening theme sequence. AKOM was eventually fired due to its inconsistent animation in episodes such as "Cat Scratch Fever" and "Moon of the Wolf."

The 20 episodes of the second season were animated largely by Dong Yang, with the exception of three done by Studio Junio ("A Bullet for Bullock", "Avatar" and "Baby-Doll") and one done by Jade Animation ("The Terrible Trio").[16]

Adaptations[edit]

The show also featured numerous adaptations of various Batman comics stories over the years to when the show was produced. The following episodes were adaptations:

Feature films[edit]

Comic adaption and novelization[edit]

The Animated Series was accompanied by a tie-in comic book, The Batman Adventures, which followed the art style and continuity of The Animated Series instead of other Batman comic books. The Batman Adventures, through several format changes to reflect the changing world of the series and its spin-offs, outlasted the series itself by nearly a decade, finally being cancelled in 2004 to make way for the tie-in comic of the then-new, unrelated Batman animated series, The Batman.

There was also a short-lived series of tie-in novels, adapted from episodes of the series by science fiction author Geary Gravel. To achieve novel-length, Gravel combined several related episodes into a single storyline in each novel. The novels included:

Characters[edit]

From left to right: Mr. Freeze, Poison Ivy, the Penguin, the Joker, Harley Quinn, the Mad Hatter, the Riddler, Catwoman (and Isis) and Two-Face.

New villains such as Red Claw, Baby-Doll, Kyodai Ken, Tygrus and the Sewer King were invented for the series, but to little acclaim. On the other hand, the Joker's accomplice Harley Quinn, Gotham City police detective Renee Montoya and the vigilante Lock-Up achieved such popularity that they became characters in the comics. Older villains that were lesser known from the comics, such as Count Vertigo, the Mirror Man and the Clock King, were modified for the series in both appearance and personality. The series was also the first to suggest that Harvey Dent had a pre-existing dual personality before becoming Two-Face. This idea came from Alan Burnett, one of the series' producers and head writers.[21]

Aside from creating characters that crossed over into the main line of DC Comics, several of the series' reinterpretations were carried over as well. Mr. Freeze was revised in the comics to emulate the series' tragic story, the success of which actually compelled DC to bring the character back after "killing" him off some years earlier; Clayface was revised to be much more similar in appearance to his animated counterpart; and Two-Face's double-sided, black-and-white suit has become a common appearance for the character.

Bruce Wayne[edit]

One of the most noteworthy changes made in The Animated Series was the treatment of Batman's alter ego, Bruce Wayne. In nearly all other media, including the comics, television shows and films, Bruce deliberately plays up his image as a vacuous, self-absorbed and not-too-bright billionaire playboy.[22] In The Animated Series, his character is instead treated more seriously; he is assertive, extremely intelligent, and actively involved in the management of Wayne Enterprises, without jeopardizing his secret identity. For example: in the episode "Eternal Youth", Bruce is shown angrily ordering one of his directors to cancel a secret deal with a timber company in the Amazon rainforest. In addition, during the episode "Night of the Ninja", he revealed to reporter Summer Gleeson that he has some martial arts training, as the reporter previously researched that he once lived in Japan, though he later throws a fight with the ninja Kyodai Ken in front of Gleeson to disguise his prowess.

Kevin Conroy is notable for being the first person in animation to use two distinct voices to portray Bruce Wayne and Batman, which was his own idea.[23]

Dick Grayson[edit]

Another noteworthy change in the series was the redefining of the original Robin, Dick Grayson. While much of Dick's past remained the same, his Robin costume was updated to a more modern look of the 1990s (with short sleeves and long tights), exactly like Tim Drake's original Robin outfit, but with a non-italicized "R" symbol. In addition, Dick was given a more serious personality to match the tone of the series. The episode "Batgirl Returns" establishes that Dick and Barbara Gordon attend the same college and that they have a mutual romantic attraction to each other, but neither one knows that the other is secretly Robin and/or Batgirl, respectively. Their relationship is one of the plot elements of the film Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero.

Cast[edit]

Protagonists[edit]

Voice ActorRole
Kevin ConroyBruce Wayne / Batman
Loren LesterDick Grayson / Robin
Clive RevillAlfred Pennyworth (first three episodes in production order)
Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.Alfred Pennyworth (rest of the series)
Bob HastingsCommissioner James Gordon
Robert CostanzoDetective Harvey Bullock
Melissa GilbertBarbara Gordon / Batgirl

Supporting protagonists[edit]

Voice ActorRole
Ingrid OliuOfficer Renee Montoya (season one)
Liane SchirmerOfficer Renee Montoya (season two)
Brock PetersLucius Fox
Mari DevonSummer Gleeson
Diana MuldaurDr. Leslie Tompkins
Lloyd BochnerMayor Hamilton Hill
Marilu HennerVeronica Vreeland
William SandersonKarl Rossum
Bill McKinneyJonah Hex
Julie BrownZatanna
Adam WestSimon Trent / The Gray Ghost

Antagonists[edit]

Voice ActorRole
Mark HamillThe Joker
Arleen SorkinDr. Harleen Quinzel / Harley Quinn
Paul WilliamsOswald Cobblepot / The Penguin
Adrienne BarbeauSelina Kyle / Catwoman
Richard MollHarvey Dent / Two-Face
John GloverEdward Nygma / The Riddler
Michael AnsaraDr. Victor Fries / Mr. Freeze
Diane PershingDr. Pamela Isley / Poison Ivy
Henry SilvaBane
David WarnerRa's al Ghul
Henry Polic IIDr. Jonathan Crane / The Scarecrow
Aron KincaidMorgan / Killer Croc
Ron PerlmanMatt Hagan / Clayface
Roddy McDowallJervis Tetch / The Mad Hatter
Marc SingerDr. Kirk Langstrom / Man-Bat
George DzundzaArnold Wesker / The Ventriloquist

Supporting antagonists[edit]

Voice ActorRole
Ed AsnerRoland Daggett
Jeff BennettHARDAC
Ray BuktenicaHugo Strange
Michael GrossLloyd Ventrix
Robert ItoKyodai Ken / The Ninja
Alison LaPlacaMary Dahl / Baby Doll
Joseph MaherDr. Emile Dorian
Kate MulgrewRed Claw
George MurdockBoss Biggis
Michael PatakiSewer King
Alan RachinsTemple Fugate / The Clock King
Helen SlaterTalia al Ghul
Steve SusskindMaximillian "Maxie" Zeus
John VernonRupert Thorne
Bruce WeitzLyle Bolton / Lock-Up
Treat WilliamsProfessor Milo
Michael YorkCount Vertigo

Broadcasting[edit]

The Adventures of Batman & Robin, the on-screen title slide for season two.

Batman: The Animated Series premiered on the Fox Network's children's block Fox Kids on September 5, 1992 and aired in that block during weekday afternoons at 4:30pm. In December, just three months after its debut, Fox also began airing episodes of the series on prime-time Sunday evenings, marking one of the few times a show created for Saturday Morning Television was scheduled for prime-time broadcast. However, the TV ratings fell short (as the show aired opposite the perennial favorite 60 Minutes), and the series was removed from this time slot in March 1993.

After the series produced its 65th episode (the minimum number necessary for a TV series to be successfully syndicated), Fox Network executives ordered a second season of 20 more episodes that was later reduced to airing weekly on Saturday mornings. The second season featured Robin more prominently and, as a result, was retitled The Adventures of Batman & Robin in the title credits; this run of episodes had two new opening sequences and ending credits. In total, Batman: The Animated Series reached 85 episodes before finishing its original run of episodes on September 15, 1995.

In 1997, following the end of Fox Kids' five-year exclusive broadcast contract, the series began airing in re-runs on The WB Network's children's block Kids' WB, alongside Superman: The Animated Series, soon making a block-type show combining the two shows called The New Batman Superman Adventures.

Cartoon Network began airing re-runs of the series on March 2, 1998. From 1998 to 1999, the show was aired after Cartoon Network's action block Toonami, and then in 2000 it was aired on Toonami itself.

The show later began re-airing on September 30, 2007 on Toon Disney's Jetix lineup, again alongside Superman: The Animated Series (despite Warner Bros. being one of Disney's biggest competitors).

The show airs on Teletoon Retro (a Canadian broadcasting channel), debuting on January 8, 2010. The first 65 episodes were confirmed, with the first being "The Cat and Claw, Part 1". The show was scheduled to air on a weekly basis, airing at 7:00 AM, 6:00 PM, and midnight. All times are Eastern.[24]

The Hub started broadcasting the series on September 6, 2011. The network aired a 10-episode marathon of the series on July 20, 2012 to coincide with the theatrical release of The Dark Knight Rises and even created an animated version of one of the film's trailers, featuring Kevin Conroy and Adrienne Barbeau re-dubbing Batman and Catwoman's dialogue from the trailer.[25]

Critical reception[edit]

Batman: The Animated Series has been consistently ranked as one of the greatest animated television series ever made.[26][27][28] It has been highly praised for its sophistication, mature writing, voice acting, orchestrated soundtrack, artistic ambition, and faithfulness to its source material. In the 1992 year end issue, Entertainment Weekly ranked the series as one of the top television series of the year.[29]

In his reference book, Batman: The Complete History, Les Daniels described The Animated Series as coming "as close as any artistic statement has to defining the look of Batman for the 1990s."[30] Animation historian Charles Solomon gave the series a somewhat mixed assessment, commenting that "the dark, Art Deco-influenced backgrounds tended to eclipse the stiff animation and pedestrian storytelling" and concluding that the series "looked better in stills than it did on the screen."[31]

IGN listed The Animated Series as the best adaptation of Batman anywhere outside of comics,[1] the best comic book cartoon of all time,[6] and the second best animated series of all time (after The Simpsons).[32] Wizard magazine also ranked it #2 of the greatest animated television shows of all time (again after The Simpsons).[33] TV Guide ranked Batman: The Animated Series the seventh Greatest TV Cartoon of All Time.[34]

Influence[edit]

Due to the success of the series, many crew members went on to design and produce Superman: The Animated Series for The WB Network. During this time they created The New Batman Adventures, which featured the same streamlined animation style as Superman: The Animated Series, as well as numerous character re-designs from the original series despite taking place in the same continuity. The New Batman Adventures premiered in the fall of 1997 on The WB, airing alongside Superman: The Animated Series as part of an hour-long program titled The New Batman/Superman Adventures.

In 1999, a futuristic spin-off series titled Batman Beyond premiered on The WB, featuring a teenager named Terry McGinnis taking on the duties of Batman under the guidance of an elderly Bruce Wayne.[35] Then in 2001, the Justice League animated series premiered on Cartoon Network, featuring Batman as one of the founding members of the League. This was continued in 2004 by Justice League Unlimited, featuring a greatly expanded League.

The dramatic writing and stylized art of Batman: The Animated Series sets it apart from traditional comic book-based cartoons. It can be considered the dramatic equivalent of more adult-oriented cartoon shows like The Simpsons. For this reason the show's popularity (along with that of its various spin-offs) endures among older audiences and comic book fans.

The Lego minifigures of various Batman characters are more strongly based on the designs from Batman: The Animated Series than any other form of Batman media.[36] More precisely, the Joker, Two-Face, Poison Ivy, Mr. Freeze and Harley Quinn's minifigures seem to have identical costumes and faces to the characters from the series.

The dark atmosphere, mature themes, and even some of the voice cast from the series are heavily employed in the 2009 video game Batman: Arkham Asylum and its 2011 sequel, Batman: Arkham City.[37] Furthermore, Batman's design and costume in the series are featured as an alternate skin in Arkham City. It is available as downloadable content or as an early unlock with a pre-order at GameStop and a valid membership to Power-Up Rewards.[38] There are also Animated-inspired alternate skins for Catwoman, Nightwing and Robin. The same darker themes were also featured in the 2013 prequel game Batman: Arkham Origins.

Accolades[edit]

Annie Awards

Primetime Emmy Awards

Daytime Emmy Awards

Saturn Awards

Young Artist Awards

Music [edit]

Batman: The Animated Series
Soundtrack album by Shirley Walker, Lolita Ritmanis, Michael McCuistion, and Danny Elfman
ReleasedDecember 16, 2008
Length137 minutes
LabelLa La Land Records

Batman: The Animated Series featured a strong musical score written by several different composers throughout the course of the series. The main theme of the show, which was heard during the opening and ending credits of each episode, was composed by Danny Elfman. At first, Elfman turned down Bruce Timm's offer to compose the theme for the show and so Timm hired Shirley Walker to do so. However, Elfman later changed his mind and composed a variation of his 1989 Batman movie theme for the series. Walker's unused theme went on to become the main theme for the second season of the show, when the name was changed to The Adventures of Batman & Robin.[13]

In 1996, Walker won her first Daytime Emmy Award for her music direction of the episode "A Bullet for Bullock" (scored by Harvey R. Cohen). She would then go on to win another Daytime Emmy Award in the category of music-composition for Batman Beyond in 2001.[39]

Although at least twenty-four different composers worked on the series,[40] Walker, Lolita Ritmanis, and Michael McCuistion are regarded as the main contributors. After the series finished up in 1995, the three then went on to score Superman: The Animated Series (which also featured a theme by Walker) in 1996, The New Batman Adventures in 1997 and Batman Beyond in 1999. Television composer Kristopher Carter scored alongside Walker, Ritmanis, and McCuistion throughout the many DCAU series and later filled in for Walker after her death in 2006.

On December 16, 2008, La La Land Records announced the release of a soundtrack companion to Batman: The Animated Series onto a two-disc CD set. The release was limited to a pressing of 3,000 copies, which sold quickly.[41] About one month after its release, the soundtrack set had sold over 2,500 copies. According to a spokesperson of La-La Land Records, the sold out status of the soundtrack "can only help as the label hopes to convince Warner Bros. to release more Batman: The Animated Series soundtracks."[42]

Upon its release, the soundtrack received outstanding reviews,[43][44] and is now completely sold out. The soundtrack was re-released in July 2012, minus "Gotham City Overture" (a suite featuring Walker's themes from the series, some of which do not appear elsewhere on the album) and "Music Of The Bat 101" (a bonus track with Walker herself demonstrating the show's main music).[45]

In July 2012, La La Land Records released a four-disc CD set with further music cues from the series, titled Batman: The Animated Series – Original Soundtrack From The Warner Bros. Television Series, Volume Two.[46]

Volume 3 is planned for release from La La Land Records, which will be the final volume (and will not include every episode score of the initial 65) before moving to the later incarnations of the series, as well as Superman: The Animated Series and Justice League in following years.

Track listing[edit]

Home media releases[edit]

VHS[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

United States[edit]

Chinese Subtitled[edit]

Spanish Subtitled[edit]

DVD [edit]

Region 1

Warner Home Video has released Batman: The Animated Series on DVD in Region 1 in three volume box sets. A fourth volume containing all 24 episodes of The New Batman Adventures was also released and these episodes now also begin with the original Season 1 opening sequence, and also end with the standard final credits. Warner Home Video later released Batman: The Complete Animated Series, which features all episodes from both the original series and The New Batman Adventures, on DVD in Region 1. The set includes all features from the four individual volumes plus a bonus 17th disc with a new special feature and a 40 page Collector's book containing artwork.[13] The DVD was originally on sale for a limited time only and went out of print in January 2009. Warner Home Video then released a second printing of the DVD in May 2009, but withdrew the DVD in August 2009.

DVD NameEpisode #Release DateAdditional Information
Batman: The Animated Series – Volume 128July 6, 2004
  • S01E01-28
  • Commentary on "On Leather Wings" and "Heart of Ice"
  • "The Dark Knight's First Night" Featurette
  • "Batman: The Legacy Continues" Featurette
  • Tour of the Batcave
  • Trailers
Batman: The Animated Series – Volume 228January 25, 2005
  • S01E29-56
  • Commentary Tracks
  • Robin Rising Featurette
  • Gotham's Guardians Featurette
  • Voices of the Knight Featurette
Batman: The Animated Series – Volume 329May 24, 2005
  • S01E57-65
  • S02E01-20 (The Adventures of Batman & Robin)
  • Audio and Video Commentaries
  • Extra Animated Cell 4"x6" In Some Sets
  • Gotham's New Knight — Featurette on Batgirl as Batman's Newest Ally
Batman: The Animated Series - Volume 424December 6, 2005
  • All 24 episodes of The New Batman Adventures
  • Audio and Video Commentaries
Batman: The Complete Animated Series109November 4, 2008
  • All 85 episodes of Batman: The Animated Series
  • All 24 episodes of The New Batman Adventures
  • 40 page collector book

Region 2

Volumes 1 and 2 were released on DVD in the UK on October 10, 2005 (Volume 1) and August 21, 2006 (Volume 2). These DVD volumes are exclusive to the retail chain HMV in the United Kingdom.
On June 14, 2008, Volume 1 was re-released in the UK as a non-HMV exclusive, though both the artwork and the extras remain the same as the original HMV exclusive release.[175] Volume 2 was released in the same way on March 3, 2009.[176] As of 2012, Volumes 3 & 4 are availabile to buy with Regions 1 / 2 / 3 & 4 compatibility.

In Bulgaria, Volumes 1 and 2 were released in early 2006. Each disc was sold separately in amaray case. They were Regions 2 and 5.

Region 3

In China, the show was packaged into four different DVD volume sets just as it was done in Region 1. Volumes 1 and 2 were both released on February 28, 2005, while Volume 3 was released July 7, 2005 and Volume 4 was released February 17, 2006.[177]

Region 4

In Australia, Volume 1 was released on October 19, 2005.[178] Volumes and the boxset are available at websites like eBay.com, Amazon.com and Quicksales.com. All four seasons are also available on the Australian iTunes Store.

Video games[edit]

Several video games based on the animated continuity were released during the 16-bit game-machine era, using the The Adventures of Batman & Robin second season branding. Konami developed a game for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), while Sega released versions of the game for the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive, Mega-CD and Game Gear. The SNES, Genesis/Mega Drive and Game Gear versions were side-scrolling action games, while the Mega-CD version featured a 3-D driving adventure. All of the games had art true to the series, while Sega's versions featured art elements directly from the show's creators.[179] The CD version has over 20 minutes of original animated footage comparable to the most well crafted episodes,[180] with the principal voice actors reprising their roles.

There was also a game made for the Game Boy based on the series and created around the same time. Developed and published by Konami, this game was distinctive upon the fact that it still used the earlier Batman: The Animated Series moniker instead of the The Adventures of Batman & Robin second season title given to the other games.

Though not directly related, the 2009 game Batman: Arkham Asylum features some of the old voice talent from Batman: The Animated Series reprising their roles, and the 2011 game Batman: Arkham City features this in addition to Batman, Robin, Nightwing, and Catwoman's costumes from the series as downloadable content.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

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  2. ^ a b TV.com, Batman: The Animated Series - show overview.
  3. ^ "A History of Batman on TV". IGN. Retrieved August 15, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Batman: The Animated Series - Volume 1". DVD Talk. Retrieved August 16, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Two-Face, Parts 1 and 2". The AV Club. Sava, Oliver. February 7, 2011. Accessed April 30, 2011.
  6. ^ a b "The Greatest Comic Book Cartoons of All Time". IGN. January 26, 2007. Retrieved May 31, 2011.
  7. ^ "Batman" (1992) - Awards. IMDB. Retrieved May 31, 2011.
  8. ^ "Batman / Superman Awards on Toon Zone". toonzone.net. Retrieved July 19, 2010. 
  9. ^ YouTube, Batman: The Animated Series - opening.
  10. ^ "Batman: The Animated Series - Volume 4". DVD Talk. Retrieved August 16, 2010. 
  11. ^ Batman-On-Film, Batman: The Animated Series.
  12. ^ a b c Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski, audio commentary for "On Leather Wings", Batman: The Animated Series, Warner Bros, Volume One box set DVD.
  13. ^ a b c Batman: The Animated Series, an explanation of "Dark Deco".
  14. ^ "An Interview With Mark Hamill". Animation World Magazine. Archived from the original on October 12, 2007. Retrieved October 14, 2007. 
  15. ^ "Batman: The Lost "Episode"". Toonamiarsenal.com. Retrieved January 2, 2011. 
  16. ^ a b Batman: The Animated Series - Filmography
  17. ^ HBO. "HBO First Look: Batman Mask of the Phantasm." HBO (c. 1993). Part 1, Part 2.
  18. ^ Bob Miller (June 1994). "Knight Vision". Comics Scene.
  19. ^ Dini, Kidd, p.117
  20. ^ Stomp Tokyo Video Reviews, Batman & Mr. Freeze: Subzero review.
  21. ^ The World's Finest Online, interview with Alan Burnett.
  22. ^ Fact Behind Fiction, Bruce Wayne biography.
  23. ^ Murphy, Joel (2009-10-01). "One on One with Kevin Conroy". HoboTrashcan. 
  24. ^ Teletoon Retro, TV Index.
  25. ^ BTAS/TDKR trailer on The Hub, Web Video.
  26. ^ "2. Batman: The Animated Series". Tv.ign.com. Retrieved February 10, 2012. 
  27. ^ Serafino, Jason (January 13, 2012). "The 25 Best Animated Comic Book TV Shows Of All Time". Complex. Retrieved February 10, 2012. 
  28. ^ "Wizard Magazine's Top 100 cartoons list". Listal.com. May 24, 2008. Retrieved February 10, 2012. 
  29. ^ Batman, EW review.
  30. ^ Daniels (1999), pg. 178
  31. ^ Solomon, Charles (1994). The History of Animation: Enchanted Drawings. New York: Wings Books. p. 261. ISBN 0-517-11859-9. 
  32. ^ "2. Batman: The Animated Series". IGN. News Corporation. 
  33. ^ "Wizard Magazine's Top 100 cartoons list". Wizard. 
  34. ^ TV Guide Magazine's 60 Greatest Cartoons of All Time
  35. ^ "FOR YOUNG VIEWERS; Introducing an Old-Time Hero To a New Generation". New York Times. September 19, 2004. Retrieved August 12, 2010. 
  36. ^ Lego, Batman Story.
  37. ^ Batman: Arkham Asylum, game overview.
  38. ^ "Pre Order Batman Arkham City". GameStop. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  39. ^ Burlingame, Jon (December 4, 2006). "Composer Walker dies". Variety. Retrieved September 12, 2008. 
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  41. ^ The World's Finest Online, soundtrack release.
  42. ^ Spill, soundtrack overview.
  43. ^ Music on Film, soundtrack review.
  44. ^ Tomz Toyz - Blogspot, soundtrack review.
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