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* CastTheRunnerUp:
** Creator/TimCurry had originally been cast as the Joker, but he had to drop out because doing the Joker's laugh was too hard on his vocal cords, so he was replaced by Creator/MarkHamill. Curry eventually guest starred in the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' episode "Final Cut" as Mutro Botha.
** Creator/KevinConroy initially auditioned for the role of Detective Harvey Bullock. Conroy believed that voicing the titular character would be boring and read for the part only at the behest of the crew.


** Creator/MarkHammi's favorite is [[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE2ChristmasWithTheJoker Christmas with the Joker]]".

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** Creator/MarkHammi's Creator/MarkHammil's favorite is [[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE2ChristmasWithTheJoker Christmas with the Joker]]".


* CreatorsFavoriteEpisode: Creator/KevinConroy's favourite episode was "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE30PerchanceToDream Perchance to Dream]]".

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* CreatorsFavoriteEpisode: Creator/KevinConroy's favourite favorite episode was "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE30PerchanceToDream Perchance to Dream]]".Dream]]".
** Creator/MarkHammi's favorite is [[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE2ChristmasWithTheJoker Christmas with the Joker]]".

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* DeletedRole [[https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/bs-xpm-1994-02-11-1994042215-story.html This article]] mentions that comedian Kevin Meaney recorded dialouge for a character in an episode of the show, but it got scrapped.


** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanMaskOfThePhantasm'' 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 ''BatmanYearTwo'''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.

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** Black Canary was originally going to guest star, as aforementioned. While those plans didn't come to fruition, her design was still used in the show for a recurring background character and it was still used for her appearance in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited''.
** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanMaskOfThePhantasm'' 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 ''BatmanYearTwo'''s ''ComicBook/BatmanYearTwo'''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 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''.

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** 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 likely that this episode was retooled into ''Dreams "Dreams in Darkness''.Darkness".


* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** 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.
** Creator/TimCurry was originally cast as the Joker, but Creator/PaulDini 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 "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE9BeAClown Be a Clown]]", coming from an animatronic clown.
** ''Creator/AlPacino'' was offered the role of Two-Face.
** Creator/AnthonyHopkins and Creator/LeonardNimoy were offered Mr. Freeze.
** Andrea Romano had originally wanted Creator/ChristopherLee for the role of Ra's Al Ghul. However, she said it would have been too difficult to have him play a recurring role due to him living in England. They then thought of casting Michael York, who ended up playing another character called Vertigo. The role eventually went to Creator/DavidWarner, whom Romano is a fan of.
** 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 [[Film/BatmanReturns Max Schreck]].
** In part with the ExecutiveMeddling for the Penguin above, they had initially planned for him to be sort of a [[Film/{{Psycho}} Norman Bates]]-type character, committing crimes to dote on an unseen, but apparently [[MyBelovedSmother 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 Flip}}ped version of Calendar Man would later appear and Gentleman Ghost had a small cameo in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''.
** In "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE54Zatanna 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 "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE9BeAClown Be a Clown]]", Joker originally kidnapped Jordan Hill on purpose.
** Man-Bat originally killed people instead of merely stealing from the drug companies in "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE1OnLeatherWings On Leather Wings]]".
** In "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE64ReadMyLips 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 jeweled 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.
** "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE2ChristmasWithTheJoker 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 "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE3NothingToFear 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 "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE7POV 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. "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE9BeAClown 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 Creator/TimBurton 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 "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE22JokersFavor 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 CharacterDevelopment later, Harley had become a vital part of the Batman mythos.
** Instead of reusing the [[EpisodeTitleCard title card]] for "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE10TwoFacePart1 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 [[http://about-faces.livejournal.com/70734.html about halfway down this page]].
** "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE18BewareTheGrayGhost Beware the Gray Ghost]]" would have been scrapped entirely had Creator/AdamWest not agreed to voice the titular character.
** Diane Pershing [[https://lrmonline.com/news/how-an-illness-gave-diane-pershing-the-voice-of-poison-ivy-on-batman-the-animated-series/ almost]] didn't get the role of Poison Ivy. A different, unknown actress was originally cast while she would've played an incidental character, but ended up with Ivy when the original actress got sick.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** 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.
** Creator/TimCurry was originally cast as the Joker, but Creator/PaulDini 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 "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE9BeAClown Be a Clown]]", coming from an animatronic clown.
** ''Creator/AlPacino'' was offered the role of Two-Face.
** Creator/AnthonyHopkins and Creator/LeonardNimoy were offered Mr. Freeze.
** Andrea Romano had originally wanted Creator/ChristopherLee for the role of Ra's Al Ghul. However, she said it would have been too difficult to have him play a recurring role due to him living in England. They then thought of casting Michael York, who ended up playing another character called Vertigo. The role eventually went to Creator/DavidWarner, whom Romano is a fan of.
** 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 [[Film/BatmanReturns Max Schreck]].
** In part with the ExecutiveMeddling for the Penguin above, they had initially planned for him to be sort of a [[Film/{{Psycho}} Norman Bates]]-type character, committing crimes to dote on an unseen, but apparently [[MyBelovedSmother 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 Flip}}ped version of Calendar Man would later appear and Gentleman Ghost had a small cameo in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''.
** In "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE54Zatanna 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 "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE9BeAClown Be a Clown]]", Joker originally kidnapped Jordan Hill on purpose.
** Man-Bat originally killed people instead of merely stealing from the drug companies in "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE1OnLeatherWings On Leather Wings]]".
** In "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE64ReadMyLips 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 jeweled 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.
** "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE2ChristmasWithTheJoker 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 "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE3NothingToFear 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 "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE7POV 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. "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE9BeAClown 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 Creator/TimBurton 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 "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE22JokersFavor 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 CharacterDevelopment later, Harley had become a vital part of the Batman mythos.
** Instead of reusing the [[EpisodeTitleCard title card]] for "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE10TwoFacePart1 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 [[http://about-faces.livejournal.com/70734.html about halfway down this page]].
** "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE18BewareTheGrayGhost Beware the Gray Ghost]]" would have been scrapped entirely had Creator/AdamWest not agreed to voice the titular character.
** Diane Pershing [[https://lrmonline.com/news/how-an-illness-gave-diane-pershing-the-voice-of-poison-ivy-on-batman-the-animated-series/ almost]] didn't get the role of Poison Ivy. A different, unknown actress was originally cast while she would've played an incidental character, but ended up with Ivy when the original actress got sick.
WhatCouldHaveBeen: [[WhatCouldHaveBeen.BatmanTheAnimatedSeries Has its' own page.]]

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** Diane Pershing [[https://lrmonline.com/news/how-an-illness-gave-diane-pershing-the-voice-of-poison-ivy-on-batman-the-animated-series/ almost]] didn't get the role of Poison Ivy. A different, unknown actress was originally cast while she would've played an incidental character, but ended up with Ivy when the original actress got sick.


* PromotedFanboy: Creator/MarkHamill was cast as his favorite character. By ''sheer enthusiasm''. Bonus points for becoming one of the most famous portrayals of said character.

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* PromotedFanboy: Creator/MarkHamill was cast as his favorite character. By ''sheer enthusiasm''. Bonus points for becoming one of the most famous portrayals of said character.character, if not ''the'' standard by which all other portrayals are measured by.


* StockShoutOut: The [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar notorious]] "rev up your Harley" scene in "Mad Love" has been alluded to over and over again in practically every ''Batman'' canon that has Harley and Joker together, using either the dialogue, or the red nightie, or both.

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* StockShoutOut: The [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar notorious]] "rev up your Harley" scene in "Mad Love" has been alluded to over and over again in practically every ''Batman'' canon that has Harley and Joker together, using either the dialogue, or the red nightie, or both.


* MetaCasting: Surprisingly subverted in the episode "Baby Doll" which features an Expy of CousinOliver from ''Series/TheBradyBunch'' introduced in the final season of the ShowWithinTheShow, 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.



** Clayface's friend[[Franchise/HarryPotter Teddy Lupin.]]

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** Clayface's friend[[Franchise/HarryPotter friend [[Franchise/HarryPotter Teddy Lupin.]]



* TheOtherDarrin: 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 ''WesternAnimation/BatmanMysteryOfTheBatwoman'' film. Excluding ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', ComicBook/{{Batgirl}} went through three actors during the course of the series -- Melissa Gilbert in the original episodes, Creator/MaryKayBergman for ''Sub-Zero'', and Creator/TaraStrong (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''.

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* TheOtherDarrin: Alfred was voiced by Clive Revill for a handful of episodes, then by Efrem Zimbalist Jr. Creator/EfremZimbalistJr when Revill left to fulfill a theater commitment. A number of villains also were recast for the ''The New Batman Adventures Adventures'' series including Scarecrow, Baby Doll, and Killer Croc. Penguin and Bane were recast in the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanMysteryOfTheBatwoman'' film. Excluding ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', ComicBook/{{Batgirl}} went through three actors during the course of the series -- Melissa Gilbert in the original episodes, Creator/MaryKayBergman for ''Sub-Zero'', and Creator/TaraStrong (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''.



* RoleReprisal: In the French dub, Alfred and the Penguin were voiced by Jacques Ciron and Philippe Peythieu respectively, reprising their roles from ''Film/{{Batman|1989}}'' [[Film/BatmanReturns and]] [[Film/BatmanForever its]] [[Film/BatmanAndRobin sequels]]. Also, in the French dub of ''The New Batman Adventures'', Claire Guyot portrayed Batgirl, reprising her role from ''Film/BatmanAndRobin''.



* TalkingToHimself: 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.

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* TalkingToHimself: Kevin Conroy Creator/KevinConroy 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.



** 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.

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** In the episode ''Zatanna'' "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE54Zatanna 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'' "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE9BeAClown 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 "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE1OnLeatherWings On Leather Wings''.
Wings]]".
** In ''Read "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE64ReadMyLips Read My Lips'', 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 jeweled 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.



** ''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.

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** ''Christmas "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE2ChristmasWithTheJoker Christmas with the Joker'' 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.



** 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.

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** In ''Nothing "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE3NothingToFear Nothing to Fear'', 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."[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE7POV 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.



** 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.

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** 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 "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE9BeAClown Be a Clown'' 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 Creator/TimBurton 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.


* GeniusBonus: Carl Rossum, the robotics expert who appeared in the "Heart of Steel" two-parter and its sequel, "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE62HisSiliconSoul 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.


** The very successful Creator/TimBurton 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 ''Film/BatmanReturns'', which cast Creator/DannyDeVito 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]]Of course, in spite of his physical appearance, the Penguin ''is'' written as a civilised criminal in a tail coat and top hat. He just happens to also look a little freakish (though nowhere near as much as the film version does). It's ambiguous where his name comes from; probably a combination of his obesity and deformity and his clothes (which is sort-of the same as in the comics). The important thing is how he acts, and if anything this one is even ''more'' civilised than the comic book one.[[/note]] Catwoman was likewise turned into a blonde woman to match Creator/MichellePfeiffer'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 "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE28DreamsInDarkness Dreams in Darkness]]" and in a file in "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE41JokersWild Joker's Wild]]", the Joker is identified as "Jack Napier" (the Joker's name in ''Film/{{Batman}}''), though as with the changes with Penguin and Catwoman, this was retconned into an alias.

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** The very successful Creator/TimBurton 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 ''Film/BatmanReturns'', which cast Creator/DannyDeVito 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]]Of course, in spite of his physical appearance, the Penguin ''is'' written as a civilised criminal in a tail coat and top hat. He just happens to also look a little freakish (though nowhere near as much as the film version does). It's ambiguous where his name comes from; probably a combination of his obesity and deformity and his clothes (which is sort-of the same as in the comics). The important thing is how he acts, and if anything this one is even ''more'' civilised than the comic book one.[[/note]] Catwoman was likewise turned into a blonde woman to match Creator/MichellePfeiffer'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 "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE28DreamsInDarkness Dreams in Darkness]]" and in a file in "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE41JokersWild Joker's Wild]]", the Joker is identified as "Jack Napier" (the Joker's name in ''Film/{{Batman}}''), ''Film/{{Batman|1989}}''), though as with the changes with Penguin and Catwoman, this was retconned into an alias.



* RoleReprisal: In the French dub, Alfred and the Penguin were voiced by Jacques Ciron and Philippe Peythieu respectively, reprising their roles from ''Film/{{Batman}}'' [[Film/BatmanReturns and]] [[Film/BatmanForever its]] [[Film/BatmanAndRobin sequels]]. Also, in the French dub of ''The New Batman Adventures'', Claire Guyot portrayed Batgirl, reprising her role from ''Film/BatmanAndRobin''.

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* RoleReprisal: In the French dub, Alfred and the Penguin were voiced by Jacques Ciron and Philippe Peythieu respectively, reprising their roles from ''Film/{{Batman}}'' ''Film/{{Batman|1989}}'' [[Film/BatmanReturns and]] [[Film/BatmanForever its]] [[Film/BatmanAndRobin sequels]]. Also, in the French dub of ''The New Batman Adventures'', Claire Guyot portrayed Batgirl, reprising her role from ''Film/BatmanAndRobin''.


* ActorAllusion:
** In ''The New Batman Adventures'' episode "[[Recap/TheNewBatmanAdventuresE21MadLove Mad Love]]", The Joker, voiced by Creator/MarkHamill, quips "[[Franchise/StarWars 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 Music/PaulWilliams, who also notably played a cruel, cunning, narcissistic gentleman and criminal mastermind obsessed with birds in the film ''Film/PhantomOfTheParadise'' by Creator/BrianDePalma.
** 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 [[Franchise/RoboCop we've seen this before]].
** In his introduction in "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE14HeartOfIce Heart of Ice]]", Mr. Freeze says "Revenge is a dish best served cold.", popularly called [[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan a Klingon proverb]]. Creator/MichaelAnsara, who plays Freeze, played the Klingon Captain Kang in ''Franchise/StarTrek''.



* CastingGag
** Creator/WilliamSanderson's character is a guy who [[Film/BladeRunner is heavily involved in robotics, having built some of the most advanced models and also created a bunch of small toy-like robots to keep him company at home]].
** Diana Muldaur also played a snarky doctor a couple years earlier on ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''.
** Simon Trent's character the Gray Ghost is based on Creator/AdamWest's role as the [[Series/{{Batman}} campy Batman from the '60s TV series]].
** Also with regards to the [[Series/{{Batman}} '60s TV series]], in the final episode, Malachi Thorne, who'd previously appeared in the earlier show as the villain [[MasterOfDisguise False Face]] is CastAsAMask as Two-Face's new "Judge" split-personality, hence Thorne is once again playing a "false face."
** The Clock King is played by Alan Rachins, then best known for playing the punctilious managing partner Douglas Brachman on ''Series/LALaw'' -- a clock watcher's clock watcher.
** Sela Ward personally experienced the sort of callousness that serves as Page Monroe's backstory--for example, being passed over for a role as a BondGirl and being told that ''"What we really want is Sela, but Sela'' ten years ago''"''.
** Alfred is a former MI6 agent. Efrem Zimbalist played FBIAgent Lewis Erskine in ''The F.B.I.''.
** An obscure one: Arlene Sorkin played {{Cloudcuckoolander}} Calliope Jones in the soap opera ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'' during the '80s. In one episode Calliope had a dream sequence where she was a court jester, and wore a harlequin costume. Paul Dini has confirmed that her performance on ''Days'', especially the dream sequence, [[http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2014/09/26/comic-book-legends-revealed-490/ was a key inspiration for the character of Harley Quinn.]]
** Creator/JeffreyCombs ,who [[TheOtherDarrin replaced]] Henry Polic II as the voice of the Scarecrow in ''The New Batman Adventures'', is best-known role for playing [[Film/ReAnimator another villainous scientist with Lovecraftian connections]]. Sadly this only lasted for a full episode and [[VideoGame/BatmanRiseOfSinTzu an obscure tie-in game]].
* CoveredUp: Harley Quinn's performance of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vp6wLXj4-5A "Say That We're Sweethearts Again"]] in the ''Batman: TAS'' episode "Harlequinade" was so hilariously (and chillingly) apt for her that many assume it was written for the show. In fact it was from [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLNql9aAjf0 an obscure 1944 musical called "Meet the People"]]. Paul Dini, Harley's creator, and Arleen Sorkin, Harley's inspiration and voice, were driving together through Los Angeles right after the riots and were feeling a bit nervous, so Sorkin sang the song to him to cheer him up. Dini was determined that Harley should sing it and eventually bought the rights.

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** Andrea Romano had originally wanted Creator/ChristopherLee for the role of Ra's Al Ghul. However, she said it would have been too difficult to have him play a recurring role due to him living in England. They then thought of casting Michael York, who ended up playing another character called Vertigo. The role eventually went to Creator/DavidWarner, whom Romano is a fan of.

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