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Western Animation: The New Adventures of Batman

1977 series created by Filmation, the Spiritual Successor to the company's earlier 1968-69 series, retaining most of the character designs.

As might be expected, the eponymous hero fights crime in Gotham City, assisted by Robin and Batgirl, encountering the classic rogues gallery (including The Joker, the Penguin, Mr. Freeze, and Catwoman) as well as some original villains. Complicating matters is The Scrappy and The Millstone, Bat-Mite (voiced by none other than Filmation producer Lou Scheimer), a well-meaning imp from another dimension called Ergo, who considers himself Batman's biggest fan. As a result, he wears a variant of Batman's costume and attempts to help him, only to often create more problems. Missing is Alfred, the faithful butler of Batman's alter-ego Bruce Wayne.

The series' inspiration is clearly the campy 1966-68 live-action series; Moral Guardians prevented the appearance of any significant fisticuffs, though, and Bat-Mite will probably make you want to strangle something note . In the plus column, the rotoscoping-based animation is a bit more fluid than direct competitor Super Friends (if clearly and often recycled), the presence of Adam West and Burt Ward adds an air of cool to the proceedings, and the music's groovy. It's also notable for being the first animated appearance of Clayface.

The bottom line is that it's a minor but fun little series, and a stepping-stone to what would come. (Seriously, though, you'll be begging for Bat-Mite to suffer the brunt of one of the Dark Knight's angrier incarnations.)

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alternative title(s): The New Adventures Of Batman
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