History WesternAnimation / BatmanTheAnimatedSeries

19th Sep '17 2:48:48 PM Pichu-kun
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The series also had an official tie-in comic, ''ComicBook/TheBatmanAdventures'', which also received critical and financial success (most notably, the Eisner-Award-winning ''Mad Love'', which detailed Harley Quinn's [[StartOfDarkness origin]] and was later adapted as an episode of the TV series).

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The series also had an official tie-in comic, ''ComicBook/TheBatmanAdventures'', which also received critical and financial success (most notably, the Eisner-Award-winning ''Mad Love'', which detailed Harley Quinn's [[StartOfDarkness origin]] and was later adapted as an episode of the TV series).
series). ''ComicBook/HarleyAndIvy'' was another tie-in miniseries released in 2004 and based around Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy.
17th Sep '17 7:42:42 AM Doug86
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The new designs in the second series, ''The New Batman Adventures'', notably restored the Penguin to the comics version and emphasized Poison Ivy's plant-like nature. Since {{The WB}}'s broadcast standards were more relaxed than FOX's, the producers were allowed to use more action and violence than before. The status quo of this show was close to the comics of its time, as Batman was partnered with a younger Robin named Tim Drake, [[CompositeCharacter although Tim's origin in the show was taken from the character of Jason Todd]], and Dick Grayson was the independent hero Nightwing due to a falling out occurring during the interim between the two series. Batgirl, who only had three appearances in the original series, became a recurring character and Batman's primary assistant.

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The new designs in the second series, ''The New Batman Adventures'', notably restored the Penguin to the comics version and emphasized Poison Ivy's plant-like nature. Since {{The WB}}'s Creator/TheWB's broadcast standards were more relaxed than FOX's, the producers were allowed to use more action and violence than before. The status quo of this show was close to the comics of its time, as Batman was partnered with a younger Robin named Tim Drake, [[CompositeCharacter although Tim's origin in the show was taken from the character of Jason Todd]], and Dick Grayson was the independent hero Nightwing due to a falling out occurring during the interim between the two series. Batgirl, who only had three appearances in the original series, became a recurring character and Batman's primary assistant.
13th Sep '17 10:02:02 AM Manny20444
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-->-- '''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDppQN0s4DQ Batman,]]''' in [[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE3NothingToFear "Nothing To Fear"]]

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-->-- '''[[http://www.'''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDppQN0s4DQ com/watch?v=4xbbpH-20ak Batman,]]''' in [[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE3NothingToFear "Nothing To Fear"]]
27th Aug '17 5:18:22 PM PaulA
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* BadassBaritone: Batman.



** Creator/KevinConroy initially had a growl in his Batman voice and spoke with a higher, upbeat tone as Bruce Wayne. Interestingly, starting from ''The New Batman Adventures'', his Batman voice got higher and lost the growl and he no longer used the higher voice for Bruce Wayne.

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** Creator/KevinConroy initially had a growl in his Batman voice and spoke with a higher, upbeat tone as Bruce Wayne. Interestingly, starting Starting from ''The New Batman Adventures'', his Batman voice got higher and lost the growl and he no longer used the higher voice for Bruce Wayne.Wayne. He mentions in ''Film/IKnowThatVoice'' that he was fairly new to voice acting when first taking on Batman and he chose the growl not knowing how difficult it would be on his vocal chords, so he had to figure out a way to emulate the same effect without injuring himself.
27th Aug '17 5:21:04 AM Doug86
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''Batman: The Animated Series'' (or ''BTAS''), which debuted in 1992 on the {{Fox}} [[FoxKids children's block]], was one of the most popular and groundbreaking series in WesternAnimation. The show aired from 1992 to 1995 on FOX. Towards the end, it was given a minor {{Retool}} into ''The Adventures of Batman & Robin'', which promoted the latter hero from recurring role to regular star. A more noticeable retool occurred in 1997, where a ChannelHop and an UnCanceled order led to Creator/TheWB's ''[[TheNewAdventures The New Batman Adventures]]'' (also known as ''Batman: Gotham Knights''). This retool streamlined the character designs to better match those of ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', allowing for the inevitable {{Bat Family Crossover}}s.

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''Batman: The Animated Series'' (or ''BTAS''), which debuted in 1992 on the {{Fox}} [[FoxKids Creator/{{Fox}} [[Creator/FoxKids children's block]], was one of the most popular and groundbreaking series in WesternAnimation. The show aired from 1992 to 1995 on FOX. Towards the end, it was given a minor {{Retool}} into ''The Adventures of Batman & Robin'', which promoted the latter hero from recurring role to regular star. A more noticeable retool occurred in 1997, where a ChannelHop and an UnCanceled order led to Creator/TheWB's ''[[TheNewAdventures The New Batman Adventures]]'' (also known as ''Batman: Gotham Knights''). This retool streamlined the character designs to better match those of ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', allowing for the inevitable {{Bat Family Crossover}}s.
19th Aug '17 1:54:38 PM N8han11
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*** Another reading is that Harley is not incompetent, but being the PsychoSupporter for two confessed sociopaths (ComicBook/TheJoker and Poison Ivy) she is blamed regularly for everything that goes bad, even if this is The Joker or Ivy's fault... it's not that they want to blame Harley, it's that sociopaths think it's NeverMyFault, so Harley by associating with those two is ''invoking'' this trope on herself.
19th Aug '17 9:55:02 AM Manny20444
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[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin As the title suggests]], the series is an animated adaptation of the adventures of the popular comic book character Franchise/{{Batman}}. It drew heavily from the Denny O'Neil/Neal Adams era in the 70s and the [[Film/{{Batman}} live-action films]] directed by Creator/TimBurton (although some of the latter's baggage, such as the mutated version of the Penguin, caused them some problems). The often-minimalist look of the show was largely influenced by the 1940s WesternAnimation/SupermanTheatricalCartoons, with character designs resembling those of Creator/JackKirby, [[ComicStrip/DickTracy Chester Gould,]] and Alex Toth. The resulting product, revolutionary for its time, was dubbed "dark deco"; it was also the result of co-producer Eric Radomski's standing order to the animators that all backgrounds be drawn with light colors on black paper (instead of dark colors on white paper, as is the industry standard) to ensure that the artwork stayed as dark as possible. Head producer Bruce Timm -- who also took on other roles -- carried his design style over into other shows, thus making ''Batman: The Animated Series'' the first entry in the fully-realized canon known as the Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse.

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[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin As the title suggests]], the series is an animated adaptation of the adventures of the popular comic book character Franchise/{{Batman}}. It drew heavily from the Denny O'Neil/Neal Adams era in the 70s and the [[Film/{{Batman}} live-action films]] directed by Creator/TimBurton (although some of the latter's baggage, such as the mutated version of the Penguin, caused them some problems). The often-minimalist look of the show was largely influenced by the 1940s WesternAnimation/SupermanTheatricalCartoons, with character designs resembling those of Creator/JackKirby, [[ComicStrip/DickTracy Chester Gould,]] and Alex Toth. The resulting product, revolutionary for its time, was dubbed "dark deco"; it was also the result of co-producer Eric Radomski's standing order to the animators that all backgrounds be drawn with light colors on black paper (instead of dark colors on white paper, as is the industry standard) to ensure that the artwork stayed as dark as possible. Head producer Bruce Timm -- who also took on other roles -- carried his design style over into other shows, thus making ''Batman: The Animated Series'' the first entry in the fully-realized canon known as the Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse.
''Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse''.
17th Aug '17 7:16:22 AM Anicomicgeek
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* BetrayalByInaction: Subverted in one episode, where the daughter of a crime lord is shouting to her father for help as she dangles from a ledge. He goes away, her head drops... and then the lifesaver on a rope he'd gone to grab drops down.
10th Aug '17 3:27:53 PM JulianLapostat
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* LowerDeckEpisode: A few of the episodes in the series shift the focus away from Batman and his RoguesGallery to Gotham City in general. There's ''P.O.V.'' that looks at Gotham's police force, ''Joker's Favour'' that focuses on a Muggle named Charlie Collins getting involved in the Joker's scheme and ''The Man Who Killed Batman'' which deals with the underworld from the perspective of Sid the Squid, a one-shot character.



* SuperStoicShopkeeper: When The Creeper bursts into a tailor's shop, the clerk handpicked him a pair of undies and "complimented" his choice of boa without the slightest twitch. Also, the bartender in "The Man Who Killed Batman"

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* SuperStoicShopkeeper: When The Creeper bursts into a tailor's shop, the clerk handpicked him a pair of undies and "complimented" his choice of boa without the slightest twitch. Also, the bartender in "The Man Who Killed Batman"Batman".
3rd Aug '17 10:56:30 AM JulianLapostat
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** Likewise, Batman in the early episodes is not quite the grim super-serious gruff DeadpanSnarker from ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', he smiles, displays warmth, has an affable CoolBigBro dynamic with Robin (especially in "Christmas with the Joker"). Indeed, as part of his overall MythArc, Batman becomes a much colder, darker, and asocial person, alienating his allies, showing the true cost of his "war on crime".



* StoryArc: Despite its highly episodic nature, the first two seasons chronicle the fall of traditional crime and the rise of supervillains in Gotham City. When the series begins the Joker and the Penguin are the only active supervillains (almost every other supervillain we see it's StartOfDarkness, and Ra's Al Ghul only comes to Gotham to meet the Batman). CorruptCorporateExecutive Roland Dagget and traditional gangsters Rupert Thorne and Arnold Stromwell run the city. Over the course of the series Dagget gradually loses his fortune as legal fees and criminal charges catch up to him, and Thorne and Stromwell have their operations systematically taken apart as new, colorful villains appear in the scene. This comes to a head for Dagget in "Batgirl Returns" where he's finally arrested, "It's Never Too Late" sees Stromwell have a change of heart and turn himself in, and Thorne himself gets arrested in "Shadow of the Bat" after another of his criminal operations is busted and it's revealed that Two-Face has been taking control of Gotham mobs behind the scenes. By the time of ''The New Batman Adventures'', almost all criminal activities are provided by costumed and themed supervillains.

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Despite its highly episodic nature, the first two seasons chronicle the fall of traditional crime and the rise of supervillains in Gotham City. When the series begins the Joker and the Penguin are the only active supervillains (almost every other supervillain we see it's StartOfDarkness, and Ra's Al Ghul only comes to Gotham to meet the Batman). CorruptCorporateExecutive Roland Dagget and traditional gangsters Rupert Thorne and Arnold Stromwell run the city.
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Over the course of the series Dagget gradually loses his fortune as legal fees and criminal charges catch up to him, and Thorne and Stromwell have their operations systematically taken apart as new, colorful villains appear in the scene. This comes to a head for Dagget in "Batgirl Returns" where he's finally arrested, "It's Never Too Late" sees Stromwell have a change of heart and turn himself in, and Thorne himself gets arrested in "Shadow of the Bat" after another of his criminal operations is busted and it's revealed that Two-Face has been taking control of Gotham mobs behind the scenes. By the time of ''The New Batman Adventures'', almost all criminal activities are provided by costumed and themed supervillains.supervillains.
** The story arc in ''TNBA'' is gentrification, with Penguin "going legit" as the owner of the BadGuyBar, the Iceberg Lounge, Joker and Harley Quinn face so many setbacks and are so badly hit by Batman, that Joker is literally being made to run out of town and go to Metropolis for the "World's Finest" arc and likewise goes nuts when he becomes a millionaire ("Joker's Millions"). As per ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', a short while later, Arkham Asylum would be shut down and the inmates would be moved to a new facility and by the time of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', most of the classic era of Batman's RoguesGallery is almost entirely forgotten (referred to by Terry [=McGinnis=] as "the bad old cape and cowl days", with the poor part of Gotham becoming an abandoned section called "Old Gotham" overshadowed and left to disrepair by the more futuristic and middle-class Neo-Gotham of the future.
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