Trivia / The Batman

  • Actor Existence Limbo: Due to having numerous Celebrity Voice Actors, some villains were reduced to cameo roles after their debut episodes.
  • Actor Allusion:
  • Casting Gag:
    • The Flash is voiced by Charlie Schlatter, who voiced the Flash on Superman: The Animated Series, though the S: TAS Flash was Wally West.
    • Dorian Harewood has played a Martian hero before.
    • Ian Abercrombie appeared in "The Icy Depths" as Ewan Fripp, an old friend of Alfred's. On the short-lived Birds of Prey, Abercrombie played Alfred.
    • Kevin Conroy, who previously voiced Batman, voiced John Grayson in "A Matter of Family."
  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer: Several online descriptions for DVD sales of season one would describe the series as taking place after Batman Begins. Here's one of them.
  • Executive Meddling: Some of the intellectual property from Batman was being used in multiple adaptations (all owned by the Warner Brothers, however). Not wanting to create conflict between different adaptations' interpretations of characters, some things were off-limits for the writing staff. Here are specific examples:
    • Robin was forbidden from appearing until Teen Titans was canceled, meaning Batgirl actually becomes a sidekick first, which makes for an interesting mythology shake-up and promotes her from the usual third-fiddle.
    • Some of the villains used in the The Dark Knight Saga, most notably Scarecrow and Two-Face, were also forbidden from appearing. Clayface was used in place of Two-Face for the "best friend turned into a criminal" schtick. The episode "Strange New World" was written to introduce Scarecrow, but once the writing staff found out that he was still off-limits, they opted to go with Professor Hugo Strange instead.
    • All of the above is very ironic, considering the "Bat-Embargo" this series imposed onto Justice League Unlimited (another reason for the dislike The Batman gets).
  • Exiled from Continuity: Scarecrow and Two-Face weren't allowed to show up due to their appearances in The Dark Knight Saga, which resulted in a rewrite for "Strange New World" and Clayface filling Two-Face's role.
  • Fan Nickname: This version of the Joker is commonly referred to as "Dreadlock Joker".
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Chief Rojas was voiced by Edward James Olmos in his first appearance, then by Jesse Corti in all of his other ones.
    • Richard Green replaced Frank Gorshin as Strange after the latter's death.
    • Bane was voiced by Joaquim De Almeida for his debut in "Traction," then by Ron Perlman for his cameo in "Team Penguin," then his grunts by Clancy Brown in "The Batman/Superman Story."
  • Playing Against Type:
  • Recursive Adaptation: Lucius Fox is based a good deal of The Dark Knight Saga's version of Lucius Fox—an old friend of Thomas Wayne, knows Bruce is Batman, and is an armorer for the Dark Knight. Goes into Comic Book Fantasy Casting territory in that this incarnation looks a good deal like Morgan Freeman.
  • Screwed by the Network: While it wasn't suffering any ratings or timeslot issues, it was basically canceled by order of 4Kids Entertainment as the fifth season was in the middle of production. Why? Take a good guess. Luckily it managed to remain on Kids' WB replacement for a few more months, just for the sake of reruns, before quietly disappearing.
  • What Could Have Been - As mentioned in Executive Meddling, the original idea of what became Strange New World, the villain was the Scarecrow, but as he was still off-limits, he was replaced with Hugo Strange. However, given the episode's plot, it was probably for the best as he'd have given the twist away. Likewise, a proposed but rejected idea of a follow-up DTV to The Batman VS. Dracula would be an adaptation of Hush. Likewise, the villain on Rumors was originally supposed to have been Hush, too.
    • It's been rumored that Marilyn Manson was originally cast to voice The Riddler (which would explain the character design).
    • Some of the concept art features Penguin looking far more cartoonish, the Riddler looking more like this show's incarnation of Cluemaster, and the aforementioned Scarecrow, whose design implemented chains and a sickle.

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