On Leather Wings

Batman: The Animated Series

Kevin Altieri & Mitch Brian (1992)

This animated series conveys the dark mood of the original Batman comic books, as well as Tim Burton’s 1989 movie Batman and the 1992 movie Batman Returns. Unlike the light action Batman show of the 1960s, Gotham City’s Caped Crusader, Bruce Wayne, is sometimes moody. And Robin’s alter ego, Dick Grayson, has a more-mature personality than in the original series.

In the first episode of the series, Batman must clear his name of the evil Man-Bat who is mistaken for Batman and terrorizing the city.

Batman: The Animated Series is an American superhero animated television series based on the DC Comics superhero Batman. Developed by Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski and produced by Warner Bros. Animation, it originally aired on Fox Kids from September 5, 1992, to September 15, 1995, with a total of 85 episodes. For the final fifteen episodes, the series was given the on-screen title The Adventures of Batman & Robin, which was also used for reruns of earlier episodes. The series became the first in the continuity of the shared DC animated universe; spawning further animated TV series, feature films, comic books and video games with most of the same creative talent.

The series was praised for its thematic complexity,¬†film noir¬†aesthetics, darker tone, artistic presentation, and modernization of its title character’s crime-fighting origins. IGN.com listed¬†Batman: The Animated Series¬†as the best adaptation of Batman anywhere outside of comics, the best comic book television show of all time and the second-best animated series of all time. Wizard¬†magazine¬†also ranked it #2 of the greatest animated television shows of all time.¬†TV Guide¬†ranked it the seventh-greatest cartoon of all time. The widespread acclaim led the series to win four¬†Emmy Awards, including¬†Outstanding Animated Program.

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