Trivia / Batman: The Animated Series


  • Actor Allusion:
    • In The New Batman Adventures episode "Mad Love", The Joker, voiced by Mark Hamill, quips "May the floss be with you!". Hamill also happens to be married to a dental hygienist, saying he's heard that joke a number of times.
    • The Penguin is voiced by Paul Williams, who also notably played a cruel, cunning, narcissistic gentleman and criminal mastermind obsessed with birds in the film Phantom of the Paradise by Brian De Palma.
    • Grant Walker, a character played by Daniel O'Herlihy, has decided that things are too rough and wants to implement a new city to replace an old society, but is willing to destroy the old one first? Walker's a bit more extreme, but we've seen this before.
    • In his introduction in "Heart of Ice", Mr. Freeze says "Revenge is a dish best served cold.", popularly called a Klingon proverb. Michael Ansara, who plays Freeze, played the Klingon Captain Kang in Star Trek.
  • Breakthrough Hit: The show served as one that put Alan Burnett, Paul Dini and Bruce Timm on the map.
  • Casting Gag
  • Creator Backlash: Despite the series acclaim and legacy, there were several episodes that were either promising misfires, or outright duds, and were regarded as such by the shows team. They gave their thoughts on several of these episodes in an issue of Animato Magazine;
    "I think that if we hadn't gotten Alan Burnett to come over, we would have had a lot more shows like this one," noted director Frank Paur of the producer who stepped in to take control of the show's script process first season. Paur also disliked arming Batman with a screwdriver, but had his hands full wrestling with an as yet unsatisfying storyboard crew. "I had to get rid of most of these boards and start from scratch," he said. "It was very time-consuming. Our schedule was so tight, that small things got by." Noted producer Bruce Timm, "I can't even watch that show. It's the epitome of what we don't want to do with Batman. Strangely enough kids like it. The script came in and it was terrible. Normally, I tell the director to do what he can to make it interesting, and nobody could figure out a way to make it interesting. The storyboard artists didn't care, and it shows."
    • While the episode was based on a good story from the comics and having decent animation, "The Cape and Cowl Conspiracy" was considered a misfire, namely for its lackluster gimmick villain, and Batman having no real motive to play mind games with him.
    "I tried to kill this show, but they didn't let me," said director Frank Paur. "We had a lot of storyboard artists who wanted to rebel on this one. The best metaphor is kicking a dead horse. It arrived dead and no matter how hard you kick it, it ain't going to give you a ride."
    • "The Underdwellers" was likewise considered a dud, namely for censorship problems, bad story elements and very Off-Model animation.
    "It was my first episode as director, and there are still things in it that I cringe at," said director Frank Paur. "Usually when we get an episode, we get to use a lot of discretion and change things. I wish I had been able to spend more time on that script. Another problem at the time, was that we had storyboard people who made things difficult. I found myself going back two or three times to fix scenes. They didn't quite understand we were shooting for a higher standard. So there was always a constant drain on my time. That whole opening sequence of the kids playing chicken with the train should have been cut. That was what we had to contend with at the beginning of the season. We had these little public service announcements worked into the scripts, a concept we nixed real quick." "It's Junio's weakest episode," said producer Bruce Timm. "We almost didn't use them after that. It was the first one that came back that really looked totally unlike our show. It was very Japanese. But I'm glad we did use them again, they've done great work. BS&P took a lot out of this show. Originally, the kids were to be victimized by the Sewer-King, but he was not allowed to be mean or tortorous to any of them. The impact is watered down. If we were doing it today, we probably would have decided not to do the show."
    • "Lock-Up" was also considered a failure, due to its awful script, blatant plot holes and bloopers (Batman changing into his costume out in the open, not letting us figure out how he escaped), and slow, aimless scenes.
    • "Prophecy of Doom" was already considered a very average episode, but its criticism was mainly singled out for its terrible animation by AKOM.
    "If that whole end sequence with the spinning worlds in the observatory had gone to Junio or any other studio, it might have come off, but it went to AKOM," said Bruce Timm. "They just weren't able to pull off that level of animation." "That broke my heart," said director Frank Paur. "I designed those planets using a circle template. How hard is it to animate circles? It was done by hand, and if we had done it now, it would have been done on computer and would have looked spectacular. When I knew the show was going to AKOM, a studio I'd had a long history with, I knew they weren't going to be able to pull it off. Admittedly, it was a tough sequence, but they should have been able to do it."
    • While not considered a "bad" episode, Bruce Timm was not satisfied with the episode "What Is Reality?", although he ironically complimented AKOM's work on it.
    "Virtual reality is too science fictiony for our show. While it may be conceivable that it will work in four or five years, Batman transforming himself into a black knight and flying around on a chessboard is unfathomable to me. Strangely enough, it's one of AKOM's better shows. They pulled off all the special effects really well."
    • "The Mechanic" was also considered dissatisfying, save for some nice action and some of AKOM's better animation.
    "This was one of those stories in development hell for a long time," said producer Bruce Timm. "We needed scripts. I think it's a stinker, but it has some of AKOM's better animation in it." Noted director Kevin Altieri, "It was the first show that AKOM laid out itself. It's not as good as their "The Last Laugh", but had far fewer retakes (almost 80% of "The Last Laugh" needed retakes.) I think they were threatened that they might lose the work, so they put their A-Team on it. It actually is a script that is similar to the '60s series, but when you do do something like this comedy, you must remember that even though the script may be goofy, you have to show that the characters are living it. When Earl drops the tires on Penguin's henchmen, he thinks Batman's dead and he's crying."
    • "Nothing to Fear", despite having some of the series best moments and nice animation work by Dong Yang (whose only glitch was straightening the Scarecrow's crooked posture), was considered to have bad pacing, a cliche way of beating Scarecrow, and an all around mediocre script.
    "It was written by Henry Gilroy, who had never written cartoons before," said producer Bruce Timm. "He was a film editor here and always wanted to get into writing. At the time we didn't have a story editor, so we gave it a go. When he turned in his first draft, which wasn't bad, we had hired our first story editor, Sean Derek. We immediately came to loggerheads over this show. Some of the dialogue she changed wasn't changed for the better."
    • "The Forgotten" was another misfire, mainly for being a message show put forth by the original story editors.
    "I didn't want to do this show from the very beginning," said producer Bruce Timm. "Sean Derek was big on doing shows with social messages. And my big problem with message shows, is that you can't solve the world's problems in a half hour cartoon. If you raise the issue of homelessness, what can you do? It makes the episode look very exploitive, because you're just using the problem as an exotic background. You can't discuss the problem on any meaningful level in a 22-minute action cartoon. So I put in the dream sequence with Bruce in the barracks where these multitudes of people are looking to Bruce for a handout, and he doesn't have enough money for them all, and they're surrounding him and suffocating him. It's not enough for him to put a band-aid on the problem at the end, by offering the two guys a job. It just doesn't work." BS&P undercut the script's essential message, as director Boyd Kirkland explained: "There was a sequence at the beginning where Batman is wandering around the city, trying to find out why people were disappearing. It was staged with homeless people hanging around on sidewalks: families, mothers and kids. They made us take all that out of the boards. They said it was too much for kids to see that maybe a woman or a family can be out on the streets. They specifically asked that we only show men as homeless."
    • "The Cat and the Claw: Part 2" was considered a dud, namely for it's many plot holes, a lame villain and downright abysmal animation by AKOM.
    "The whole end sequence was geared around the explosions, and they were some of the worst you'll ever see," said producer Bruce Timm. "We retook all of them two or three times. They were still awful, but we ran out of time and had to air them."
    • Bruce Timm really came to regret the Joker's redesign in The New Batman Adventures revamp; it looked good in concept, but he felt it was followed on too literally, and it robbed the Joker of a lot of his fearsome personality.
    • Bruce Timm has stated that he considers "The Terrible Trio" to be not just the worst episode of Batman: The Animated Series, but the worst episode of the DC Animated Universe in general.
  • Creator's Favorite Episode: Kevin Conroy's favourite episode was "Perchance to Dream".
  • The Danza: Harley Quinn, real name Dr. Harleen Quinzel, is voiced by Arleen Sorkin, who was also creator Paul Dini's inspiration for the character.
  • Executive Meddling: The executives required many changes to be made to the series for reasons based on both decisions of what was appropriate for a kids show and what was likely to get the biggest profit.
    • The very successful Tim Burton series of Batman films were one of the main impetuses for the creation of this series, and executive's hoped to capitalize on their success. The design for the Penguin was based on the design of the character as it appeared in the then-current and highly successful Batman Returns, which cast Danny DeVito as a physically deformed and emotionally scarred man with fingers fused into a flipper-like arrangement, as opposed to the comic counterpart, who (although only about 5' tall and sporting a prominent aquiline nose) was a still just a regular man.note  Catwoman was likewise turned into a blonde woman to match Michelle Pfeiffer's character, as opposed to her darker-haired appearance in the comics. Both characters were returned to their original comic appearance after the series was revamped into The New Batman Adventures. It's also likely why in dialogue in "Dreams in Darkness" and in a file in "Joker's Wild", the Joker is identified as "Jack Napier" (the Joker's name in Batman), though as with the changes with Penguin and Catwoman, this was retconned into an alias.
    • Several episodes were actually improved because concern over the detail on-screen in some scenes forced changes to the animation, giving them much more emotional power. Dick Grayson's parents falling from the trapeze showed his parents swinging off screen, with a frayed rope swinging back in and everyone gasping in shock. If they showed any more, it would not have been as effective. "Over the Edge" contains another instance. Apparently, when Batgirl is thrown off of City Hall to her death we were originally going to see a police car pull up and then her body would land on the hood. When this was deemed too extreme, Timm redesigned the sequence as though the viewer was in the back seat of the car when the impact occurred. This has the effect of making things far more disturbing. Similarly, "I Am the Night" originally wanted to show Robin getting shot on camera. The network made them change this, so they picked Gordon and did not actually show the shooting. They all agreed this made the scene more powerful.
    • After the first season (production wise) Fox Kids demanded Robin be featured in every episode this necessitated a title change with the show being rebranded The Adventures of Batman and Robin.
  • Executive Veto: One of the rules imposed on the series by Bruce Timm was that there would be no origin story episode, since he felt that Batman was already such a well established character and that the story had already been retold so many times, that making yet another origin retelling was just unnecessary.
  • Fake American:
    • Tara Strong, who voiced Batgirl in Gotham Knights, is Canadian by birth, although her parents are American.
    • Rupert Thorne is voiced by the late John Vernon, who was also Canadian born.
  • Fan Nickname: Tim Drake has Timmy Todd, due to being a composite of Tim Drake and Jason Todd.
  • Genius Bonus: Carl Rossum, the robotics expert who appeared in the "Heart of Steel" two-parter and its sequel, "His Silicon Soul", is an homage to Czech science-fiction author and playwright Karel Capek, as well as his most famous work, R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots), which is credited with introducing the word "robot" to the English language.
  • Irony as She Is Cast: The Penguin squawks out a grating accompaniment of I, Pagliacci in "Birds of a Feather". His voice actor Paul Williams is actually an acclaimed singer/songwriter with notably smooth, melodious vocals (as can be heard in the Penguin's speaking voice).
  • Meta Casting: Surprisingly subverted in the episode "Baby Doll" which features an Expy of Cousin Oliver from The Brady Bunch introduced in the final season of the Show Within The Show, who in the present is a rock musician. Robbie Rist who played Cousin Oliver and is a rock musician in addition to acting is in the episode...but not as the Cousin Oliver Expy. Instead, he voices Brian Daly who played the brother on the show from the get-go.
  • Name's the Same:
    • "Be a Clown" reveals that Mayor Hamilton Hill's son is named Jordan. Yep. Jordan Hill.note 
    • Thanks to bird-Theme Naming, one of Penguin's henchgirls is called Raven.
    • Clayface's friendTeddy Lupin.
  • No Export for You: Several of the later episodes were not released in Japan, for example only two episodes of The New Batman Adventures made it to air.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • At the time, Mark Hamill playing the Joker was this, but it worked so well that he now plays villains more or less full time.
    • A big-time case for the Joker's Swedish voice actor, Per Sandborgh, who is best known for his somewhat goofy and friendly voice leading to him voicing mostly affable and nice characters. This was also the first time he voiced such a major character, mostly having done side roles up to this point.
  • The Other Darrin: Alfred was voiced by Clive Revill for a handful of episodes, then by Efrem Zimbalist Jr. when Revill left to fulfill a theater commitment. A number of villains also were recast for the New Batman Adventures series including Scarecrow, Baby Doll, and Killer Croc. Penguin and Bane were recast in the Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman film. Excluding Batman Beyond, Batgirl went through three actors during the course of the series — Melissa Gilbert in the original episodes, Mary Kay Bergman for Sub-Zero, and Tara Strong (with whom Bergman was close friends) for the revamped episodes in The New Batman Adventures. Renee Montoya was voiced by Ingrid Oliu during the first season, and Liane Schirmer for the rest of the series, as well as her appearances in Sub-Zero and The New Batman Adventures.
  • The Other Marty: Tim Curry was originally cast as the Joker, but he was replaced by Mark Hamill because Curry got bronchitis.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Mark Hamill was cast as his favorite character. By sheer enthusiasm. Bonus points for becoming one of the most famous portrayals of said character.
  • Relationship Voice Actor:
  • Role Reprisal: In the French dub, Alfred and the Penguin were voiced by Jacques Ciron and Philippe Peythieu respectively, reprising their roles from Batman and its sequels. Also, in the French dub of The New Batman Adventures, Claire Guyot portrayed Batgirl, reprising her role from Batman & Robin.
  • Star-Making Role:
    • As far as voice overs go, playing the Joker made BTAS the show that put Mark Hamill on the map.
    • It also gave Tara Strong her first major leading role.
  • Talking to Himself: Kevin Conroy usually voices Thomas Wayne in flashbacks, and Thomas and Bruce Wayne talked to each other in "Perchance to Dream". His Bruce Wayne and Batman personas also conversed with each other in the same episode.
  • Unfinished Episode: A few unmade episodes are known:
    • The Midnight Hour, was based on an 80's Teen Titans comic with Nightwing but altered. Batman is captured by a drug lord who will auction him off at midnight, the highest bidder would have the honor of unmasking and murdering Batman before the criminals of Gotham. Robin would have to use the detective skills Batman taught him to find where Batman is and save him. It's unknown why this was unmade, seeing as how it gave Robin a starring role, something the network had been constantly asking for.
    • Mind Games, an episode where Hugo Strange, in disguise, would have lured Bruce, Dick, and Alfred to a clinic where he wipes their memories of their secret lives as crime fighters, allowing the villains to go on a crime spree. With the help of Leslie Thompkins they rediscover their identities and Batman and Robin go out to stop Strange and get their memories back. The ending would've had Hugo Strange lobotomized, somewhat similar to his fate in The Batman.
    • One unmade episode that has yet to be named was about Batman infiltrating Blackgate Prison to stop a crime boss called Mr. Big who runs a vast criminal network from within the prison, only it turns out to be a trap and he is nearly executed in the electric chair, only to be saved by the Riddler, saying that "as long as he can help it, a few lowly jailbirds won't defeat the Dark Knight."
    • Another one included Robin being forced to become more responsible and save Batman's life as Poison Ivy's toxin slowly kills him.
    • Another episode involved Bruce Wayne and a bunch of rich people being hypnotized by a magician called The Mad Maestro, though it is possible this episode was retooled into Prophecy of Doom.
    • Another would have had The Mad Hatter using baseball caps during a 'ball cap day' at a baseball game to brainwash everyone there, putting Batman into an insane 'Alice in Wonderland' scenario.
    • Another unmade episode concerned a friend of Bruce Wayne's turning out to be a sadistic hunter who captures big cats and lets them loose in his private reserve to hunt and kill them. Catwoman finds out, only to find herself become one of the targets for his latest hunt.
    • An adaptation of the classic story Night of the Stalker (where Batman mercilessly stalks a gang of robbers through the woods for killing a couple in front of their son) was planned but never filmed. Show artist Darwyn Cooke later used the idea for a short story called "Deja Vu" in his issue of the Solo anthology. Cooke has noted the line "Heh. That Starks. What the character." after Starks throws both him and Batman off a cliff seemingly to their deaths was actually written by Bruce Timm during the brainstorming sessions for the idea.
    • Another episode was to be called The Life Of A Gun which had been written by Tom Ruegger was to be about Batman finding a gun that had been used in a robbery and tracing it's history, we were to have been given a life cycle of the gun from it's creation to the day it was sold and used in the robbery, and in the end it was to have been melted down and made into a tombstone, it was ready to be made but in the end Fox decided to cancel it.
    • David Wise wrote an episode which got killed for being "too dark" where Batman gets ambushed by a paramilitary group and gets hit with a gas that turns him psychotic, resulting in Robin needing to help him by going to the Joker(and having to break into Arkham to get to him, upon which entering the Joker does a Mind Screw which causes Robin to throw up), the climax would feature Batman facing all the villains in an abandoned sports stadium and revealing a bomb strapped to his chest and taunting the villains to come and get him.
    • Martin Pasko wrote an episode called The Count and the Countess that very nearly got made, and is even listed in some early episode guides published in the tie-in comics, but it was apparently delayed by an incompetent animation studio and was replaced by See No Evil. Many theorize this would have been the episode featuring the comic villainess Nocturna, a vampire, but the Fox censors shot the story down as it involved Batman becoming a vampire and craving human blood.
    • Paul Dini was a huge fan of The Sandman and even talked to Neil Gaiman about Sandman and Death appearing in an episode, the concept involved a huge action packed opening in which most of the villains beat the hell out of Batman and nearly kill him. Batman would encounter Death, but Sandman talks his sister into letting Batman live and then shows Batman the impact he has on people, especially in their dreams and the nightmares of criminals. Neil Gaiman approved of it and gave it his blessing, but it went unmade for a variety of reasons including: the Vertigo/DC split, no action outside of the first act, being too cerebral for a "kid's show", producer Alan Burnett didn't want to do too many stories about the supernatural, and the fact that Sandman was a comic for adults and they could easily be accused of promoting adult material to children. Link
    • There was also going to be an episode about Catwoman teaming up with Black Canary, but the network killed the concept because Robin was absent in the episode and Batman himself wouldn't be prominent enough.
    • Batman: Mask of the Phantasm was originally going to be the end of the series, which explains why Joker seemingly dies at the end. In addition, Mask of the Phantasm was originally going to be a two-parter called "Masks," featuring Batman Year Two's villain Reaper, with Batman's origin being a standalone episode called "Vigil", which would have been told mostly from Alfred's point of view.
    • An episode with the Riddler taking over a newly constructed skyscraper, planning to steal the riches from it's vaults. He challenges Batman to come get him, forcing Batman to brave the security system, now reprogrammed to be lethal by the Riddler.
    • An episode in which a criminal mastermind called The Architect (who would have predated the proper Batman villain known as Architect by about 15 years) being locked in the 'Hard Timers' wing of Blackgate Prison, only to escape when the walls are blown up by his henchmen. Architect escapes into the icy waters of Gotham Harbor and never resurfaces. Batman would go underwater to discover the Architect has a secret submarine base near Gotham.
    • A story where Two-Face would begin a crime spree in which he steals a trio of items and destroys one of them, keeping the other two. He would capture Batgirl and use her as bait to lure Batman and Robin to his hideout, where he planned to kill one of them.
    • An Episode in which Bruce Wayne would personally oversee a deposit of Wayne Industries' files in an underground storage facility, only to be attacked by Clayface and a group of armed thugs. Bruce, unable to change into Batman, uses the darkness an a connecting cave filled with bats to convince the lowlifes that Batman is among them so he can escape and return as Batman before they get away.
    • An episode in which a modern-day pirate gang led by 'Blackbeard' would attack and rob various ships. When an entire ocean liner is taken, Batman follows them to the 'Graveyard of Ships' in the Sargasso Sea, where he discovers the pirates plan to use the liner as a base.
    • An episode in which the Scarecrow poisons Gotham's water supply and meddles with the TV and Radio transmissions to make the entire city afraid of Batman, Batman must try to restore order while avoiding rabid mobs of civilians and police. It's likley that this episode was retooled into Dreams in Darkness.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Kevin Conroy originally auditioned to play Detective Harvey Bullock. He believed that playing Batman would be boring and read for Batman only at the behest of the crew.
    • Tim Curry was originally cast as the Joker, but Paul Dini stated he was let go due to the physical strain his Joker voice put on his throat. You can actually hear his Joker laugh (somewhat modulated) in the episode "Be a Clown", coming from an animatronic clown.
    • Al Pacino was offered the role of Two-Face.
    • Anthony Hopkins and Leonard Nimoy were offered Mr. Freeze.
    • The Creeper was originally planned to appear in the earlier seasons before he finally showed up in The New Batman Adventures season.
    • Roland Daggett was initially planned to be Max Schreck.
    • In part with the Executive Meddling for the Penguin above, they had initially planned for him to be sort of a Norman Bates-type character, committing crimes to dote on an unseen, but apparently overbearing mother.
    • Many villains were planned to appear, but never did, including Black Mask, Anarky, Calendar Man, Gentlemen Ghost, Bronze Tiger, Dr. Tzin-Tzin, and Tweedledee and Tweedledum. A Gender Flipped version of Calendar Man would later appear and Gentleman Ghost had a small cameo in Justice League.
    • In the episode Zatanna Gentlemen Ghost was meant to be the antagonist, but producer Alan Burnett shot the idea down, due to being too supernatural, and as a result was replaced by the somewhat forgettable Montague Kane.
    • In Be A Clown Joker originally kidnapped Jordan Hill on purpose.
    • Man-Bat originally killed people instead of merely stealing from the drug companies in On Leather Wings.
    • In Read My Lips, the Ventriloquist was going to make most of his money by fixing gambling and sporting events and would have a base on a barge.
    • The 'The Demon's Quest'' two parter originally had Ra's Al Ghul openly admit he kidnapped Robin, and force Batman to help him steal a jewled statue of Kali, leading to Ra's' assassins to begin a crime spree, forcing Batman to try and outwit Ra's to stop them and save Robin, with the help of Talia, who had other plans for him.
    • In Two-Face, Harvey Dent would be disfigured when Batman chases a thug into the middle of the stakeout. Acid meant for Batman would hit Harvey, turning him into Two-Face. Two-Face, after going on a crime spree, plans to lure Batman into a trap to make him pay for his failure.
    • Christmas with the Joker originally opened with killer toys made by the Joker appearing in stores days before Christmas. The hostages also would have had bombs strapped to their stockings.
    • Killer Croc's origin was different, being an animal trader who is bitten by a lizard, giving him a disease that mutates him into Killer Croc, who then plans to create an army of reptiles in the sewers to terrorize Gotham. Obviously scrapped as it was too far-fetched.
    • In Nothing to Fear, Scarecrow would have been using his fear toxin to extort money from Gotham's elite, instead of trying to get revenge on the university.
    • In P.O.V., Montoya, Bullock, and Wilkes, told each other's accounts of what happened in a coffee shop instead of police headquarters and their careers weren't on the line. The episode proper also would have delved into Bullock and Montoya's backstories, revealing that Bullock was once a high school sports star with an abusive father who drilled respect for the rules into him, explaining his intense dislike of Batman, while Montoya would have been revealed to grow up in Crime Alley and is a reformed teenage punk, who cleaned up her act and dedicated her life to helping people. Their backstories were axed by the censors, and was one of the main reasons why writer/story editor Sean Catherine Derek left the show in frustration.
    • Mr. Freeze's origin was going to be completely different, and more faithful to the original comics. He would have been created in a freak accident in the cryogenics lab and would then use the lab as a front for his thefts of 'ice' aka jewels and diamonds, eventually creating an 'arctic smuggling operation'. It's safe to say that scrapping this idea and going for something new, a tragic origin for what many saw as a forgettable, gimmicky villain, ended up saving the character.
    • Bruce Wayne was originally going to behave incredibly snobbish, self-centered, elitist, and uncaring as possible in public to make sure no one would ever associate him with Batman, seeing this as a small price to pay to keep the truth secret. He also would have only made his charitable donations and actions in secret, via dummy companies. Another trait that wasn't featured in the series was that he wouldn't have been haunted by his parents' deaths, having exorcised the trauma by becoming Batman.
    • Robin was going to be more of a solo hero, due to being in college, only helping Batman from time to time, though this may be the proper explanation for his absence in most of the first season.
    • Alfred would mostly help with enforcing the boorish Bruce Wayne personality, even going as far as to organize Wayne's social calendar and would play dry-witted jokes on Bruce by selecting utterly tasteless ties and suits for him to wear, being the one source of humor Bruce finds amusing. He would also somehow execute fake Batman sightings when Bruce is out of the country.
    • Commissioner Gordon had a more in-depth backstory, being a good cop who worked his way through the ranks until being kicked upstairs by the crooked ex-mayor and his administrators, but made it clear he wouldn't kowtow to them by showing up for his first day as police commissioner in his patrolman's uniform to let them know he wasn't one of them. He was to be more of a blue-collar cop in a white-collared world. Gordon was also to have a clear dislike for fools, especially rich ones, and was to have a strong dislike for Bruce's early character, who in turn would have to pretend to find Gordon a boring underclassman who got lucky and hide his respect for Gordon, as opposed to the series where Gordon shows a decent amount of respect for Wayne. Gordon's wife from the comics, Sarah Essen, was also going to be in the series, but was cut.
    • Batgirl would have lived in Gotham and would have had a crush on Batman and would only have become Batgirl to try and impress him. Changed for... obvious reasons.
    • Renee Montoya would have been a major character, as opposed to the minor recurring character she is in the final show. She would have lost her husband to Gotham's criminals, shot and killed in the line of duty. She grew up in crime alley, so knew first hand what criminal lifestyles did to good people. While she would have had mixed emotions about Batman, she was to find herself working with him often and he would become fond of her due to their similar pasts. The irony being that she hated Bruce Wayne and all he stood for, thinking he was everything wrong with the wealthy and that he was deaf to the problems the poor faced. She also would have been a volunteer at a Catholic church and had ambitions to have children of her own, as she loved kids. She was to secretly dread the day she might have to arrest Batman.
    • Harvey Bullock was to be more of a rogue cop who got results with methods not too dissimilar from Batman and would have arrogantly viewed his badge as a licence to break the law.
    • Mayor Hill would have hated Batman for being out of his control, but wouldn't make a firm stand on him due to fear of losing pro-Batman voters. In the episode Be a Clown when Jordan was returned to him, Hill would have made a cold comment that if Batman had never existed, Joker wouldn't have kidnapped the boy at all. He and Bullock would have had a mutual friendship over their dislike of Batman.
    • Due to their roles in the Tim Burton films, Joker, Penguin, and Catwoman wouldn't have gotten proper introductions, as the audience would already know them, so all the other villains introductions would have been the first Batman, and the audience, would have met them as well. This is true for Joker and Penguin, not so much for Catwoman, whose first appearance is the first time Batman meets her. Her design was also a bit different, with long, flowing black hair coming out of her mask.
    • Riddler had a more elaborate backstory, changing his name from Eddie Nashton to Edward Nigma, and becoming a criminal after multiple riddle, quiz, and puzzle competitions across the world began to bore him.
    • Poison Ivy's backstory was more in-depth as well, detailing that as a child, plants in the greenhouse were her only friends and she was a somewhat homely wallflower, who matured into the beauty she is now known as, but the attention and attempted wooing of would-be boyfriends caused her to become even shyer. In retaliation, a gang of hoodlums would have surprised and attacked her in her greenhouse, accidentally setting it on fire, causing her to swear revenge on all men.
    • Clayface would have been a small time criminal, not a well known actor.
    • Hugo Strange would have been able to use his mind altering devices to brainwash people into simple-minded brutes.
    • In the case of the episode "Joker's Favor", it's more like a case of "what might not have been." The whole reason Harley Quinn was designed for this episode (designed at all, for that matter) was because, at first, the writers thought having the Joker jump out of the cake himself would be silly (even though that's how it actually went in the final draft) so they designed a perky female henchman with the intention of her doing that job. She may never have done the role she was designed for, but several episodes of Character Development later, Harley had become a vital part of the Batman mythos.
    • Instead of reusing the title card for "Two-Face: Part 1", storyboarder Jim Smith originally planned a completely different title card for the second part, the sketches of which can be seen about halfway down this page.
    • "Beware the Gray Ghost" would have been scrapped entirely had Adam West not agreed to voice the titular character.
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