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Batman: The Animated Series

Batman Animated Series

Network

Cartoon Network (Toonami)

Broadcast Run

July 3, 2000 - Feb. 16, 2001[1]

Episodes

109 (List of Episodes)

Batman: The Animated Series was an American animated television series based on the DC Comics superhero Batman. The series was produced by Warner Bros. Animation and originally aired on the Fox Kids programming block from September 5, 1992 to September 15, 1995, and later aired new episodes (featuring altered character designs and a different animation style) on the Kids WB programming block from September 13, 1997 to January 16, 1999; lasting 109 episodes altogether. The series was the first in the continuity of the shared DC Animated Universe, and spawned the theatrical film Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993).

The series was heavily influenced by Tim Burton's 1989 Batman film and its 1992 sequel Batman Returns, in addition to the Superman theatrical cartoons of the 1940s. The visual style of the series, dubbed "Dark Deco," was based on the artwork of producer and artist Bruce Timm. The orchestrated soundtrack of the series, composed by Shirley Walker, emulated the same style as Danny Elfman's music from the Burton movies. The series was widely praised for its thematic complexity, dark tone, artistic quality and faithfulness to the title character's crime-fighting origins. The series also won four Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Animated Program.[2][3]

The series was more adult-oriented than previous superhero cartoons. It was the first such cartoon in years to depict outright physical violence, bloodshed, drug use (though both the bloodshed and drug use were minimal due to network censors) and the use of firearms (though Commissioner Gordon was the only character on the show to be depicted as having suffered a gun wound, in the episode "I Am the Night," which he received off-screen). First-time producers Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski reportedly encountered resistance from studio executives, but the success of Tim Burton's first Batman film allowed the embryonic series to survive long enough to produce a pilot episode ("On Leather Wings"), which, according to Timm, "got a lot of people off our backs."

Cartoon Network began airing re-runs of Batman: The Animated Series on March 2, 1998. The series was later added to Cartoon Network's Toonami line-up, beginning on July 3, 2000.

PlotEdit

The series features the adventures of the Dark Knight of Gotham City as he battles the evil that inhabits the city with the occasional help of Robin and Batgirl in stories that are faithful to the comics in both spirit and tone.

CharactersEdit

New villains such as Red Claw, Baby-Doll, Kyodai Ken, Tygrus, and the Sewer King were invented for the series, but to little acclaim. On the other hand, the Joker's accomplice Harley Quinn, Gotham City police detective Renee Montoya and the vigilante Lock-up achieved such popularity that they became characters in the comics. Older villains that were lesser known from the comics, such as Count Vertigo, the Mirror Man and the Clock King, were modified for the series in both appearance and personality. The series was also the first to suggest that Harvey Dent had a pre-existing dual personality before becoming Two-Face. This idea came from Alan Burnett, one of the series' producers and head writers.

Aside from creating characters that crossed over into the main line of DC Comics, several of the series' reinterpretations were carried over as well. Mr. Freeze was revised in the comics to emulate the series' tragic story, the success of which actually compelled DC to bring the character back after "killing" him off some years earlier; Clayface was revised to be much more similar in appearance to his animated counterpart; and Two-Face's double-sided, black-and-white suit has become a common appearance for the character.

One of the most noteworthy changes made in Batman: The Animated Series was the treatment of Batman's alter ego Bruce Wayne. In nearly all other media, including the comics, television shows and films, Bruce deliberately plays up his image as a self-absorbed and not-too-bright billionaire playboy. In the animated series, his character is instead treated more seriously; he is assertive and intelligent, and actively involved in the management of Wayne Enterprises, without jeopardizing his secret identity. For example: in the episode "Eternal Youth", Bruce is shown angrily ordering one of his directors to cancel a secret deal with a timber company in the Amazon rainforest. In addition, during the episode "Night of the Ninja", he revealed to reporter Summer Gleeson that he has some martial arts training, as the reporter previously researched that he once lived in Japan, though he later throws a fight with the ninja Kyodai Ken in front of Gleeson to disguise his prowess. The psychological issues stemming from his parents' deaths are usually shown in the form of self-hatred when Bruce is alone. Voice actor Kevin Conroy is notable for being the first person in animation to use two distinct voices to portray Bruce Wayne and Batman, which was his own idea.

Voice CastEdit

CharacterVoice Actor
Bruce Wayne / Batman Kevin Conroy
Dick Grayson / Robin / Nightwing Loren Lester
Barbara Gordon / Batgirl Melissa Gilbert
Tara Strong (The New Batman Adventures)
Tim Drake / Robin Matthew Valencia
Alfred Pennyworth Clive Revill (first three episodes)
Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. (rest of series)
Commissioner James Gordon Bob Hastings
Detective Harvey Bullock Robert Costanzo
Officer Renee Montoya Ingrid Oliu
Liane Schirmer (The New Batman Adventures)
Lucius Fox Brock Peters
Mel Winkler (The New Batman Adventures)
Summer Gleeson Mari Devon
Dr. Leslie Tompkins Diana Muldaur
Mayor Hamilton Hill Lloyd Bochner
Veronica Vreeland Marilu Henner
Karl Rossum William Sanderson
Jonah Hex Bill McKinney
Zatanna Julie Brown
Simon Trent / The Gray Ghost Adam West
Jack Ryder / The Creeper Jeff Bennett
Joan Leland Suzanne Stone
Jason Blood / Etrigan the Demon Billy Zane
Kara Kent / Supergirl Nicholle Tom
The Joker Mark Hamill
Dr. Harleen Quinzel / Harley Quinn Arleen Sorkin
Oswald Cobblepot / The Penguin Paul Williams
Selina Kyle / Catwoman Adrienne Barbeau
Harvey Dent / Two-Face Richard Moll
Edward Nygma / The Riddler John Glover
Dr. Victor Fries / Mr. Freeze Michael Ansara
Dr. Pamela Isley / Poison Ivy Diane Pershing
Bane Henry Silva
Ra's al Ghul David Warner
Talia al Ghul Helen Slater
Dr. Jonathan Crane / The Scarecrow Henry Polic II
Jeffrey Combs (The New Batman Adventures)
Waylon Jones / Killer Croc Aron Kincaid
Brooks Gardner (The New Batman Adventures)
Matt Hagan / Clayface Ron Perlman
Jervis Tetch / The Mad Hatter Roddy McDowall
Dr. Kirk Langstrom / Man-Bat Marc Singer
Arnold Wesker / The Ventriloquist George Dzundza
Roland Daggett Ed Asner
HARDAC Jeff Bennett
Hugo Strange Ray Buktenica
Lloyd Ventrix Michael Gross
Kyodai Ken / The Ninja Robert Ito
Mary Dahl / Baby Doll Alison LaPlaca
Laraine Newman (The New Batman Adventures)
Dr. Emile Dorian Joseph Maher
Red Claw Kate Mulgrew
Boss Biggis George Murdock
Sewer King Michael Pataki
Temple Fugate / The Clock King Alan Rachins
Maximillian "Maxie" Zeus Steve Susskind
Rupert Thorne John Vernon
Lyle Bolton / Lock-Up Bruce Weitz
Professor Milo Treat Williams
Count Vertigo Michael York
Farmer Brown Peter Breck
Thomas Blake / Catman Scott Cleverdon
Roxanne Sutton / Roxy Rocket Charity James
Leslie Willis / Livewire Lori Petty
Garfield Lynns / Firefly Mark Rolston
Klarion the Witch Boy Stephen Wolfe Smith
Page Monroe / Calendar Girl Sela Ward

GalleryEdit

EpisodesEdit

Color Season Episodes Season Premiere Season Finale
1 65 September 5, 1992 September 17, 1993
2 20 May 2, 1994 September 15, 1995
3 24 September 13, 1997 January 16, 1999
Movies 03

The series consists of three seasons that each have different titles. Season 1 is titled Batman: The Animated Series, Season 2 is titled The Adventures of Batman & Robin, and Season 3 is titled The New Batman Adventures. Each episode is approximately 22 minutes long, excluding commercials. The New Batman Adventures, although featuring different character designs and animation style, is still a continuation of the series' first two seasons. There are a total of 109 episodes from both series combined, along with multiple crossover episodes from Superman: The Animated Series and Static Shock. The entire series has been released to DVD by Warner Home Video in four volume box sets, as well as a compilation box set titled "Batman: The Complete Animated Series".

Broadcast HistoryEdit

The series originally aired on Fox from 1992 to 1997. It was later shown in re-runs on The WB, Cartoon Network, Toonami, Toon Disney, Disney XD, and most recently on The Hub.

  • United States (Fox) — September 5, 1992 - 1997
  • United States (WB) — September 13, 1997 - 1999
  • United States (Cartoon Network) — March 2, 1998 - 2003[4]
  • United States (Disney XD) — September 30, 2007 - 2009
  • United States (The Hub) — September 6, 2011 - 2013
  • Japan (Cartoon Network) — 2001[5] - June 2003[6]

Toonami Broadcast HistoryEdit

Batman: The Animated Series aired on Toonami's afternoon block from July 3, 2000 to February 16, 2001, after briefly appearing on Toonami's Rising Sun block from May 20, 2000 to July 1, 2000.

  • Toonami: Rising Sun — May 20, 2000 - July 1, 2000; February 24, 2002 - December 29, 2002
  • Toonami (United States) — July 3, 2000 - November 3, 2000; December 11, 2000 - February 16, 2001; January 21-26, 2002; April 1, 2002
  • Toonami (Japan) — July 22, 2002[7][8] - June 2003[6]

External LinksEdit

See AlsoEdit

All series and movies are also part of the DC Animated Universe:

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Outlaw Star re-runs added to Cartoon Network ". animenewsnetwork.com. January 26, 2001. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2001-01-26/outlaw-star-re-runs-added-to-cartoon-network. Retrieved on April 5, 2015. 
  2. "Batman" (1992) - Awards. IMDB. Retrieved May 31, 2011.
  3. "Batman / Superman Awards on Toon Zone ". toonzone.net. http://www.toonzone.net/shows/awards/batman-superman.html. Retrieved on July 19, 2010. 
  4. "Batman: The Animated Series Schedule ". cartoonnetwork.co.jp. August 3, 2003. http://web.archive.org/web/20030803195756/http://schedule.cartoonnetwork.com/servlet/ScheduleServlet?action=viewAll&showID=306587&show=Batman:+The+Animated+Series. Retrieved on August 11, 2016. 
  5. "CN Schedule ". cartoonnetwork.co.jp. September 23, 2001. http://web.archive.org/web/20010923061155/http://www.cartoonnetwork.co.jp/tv/sch_det.asp. Retrieved on August 11, 2016. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Toonami Lineup ". cartoonnetwork.co.jp. June 18, 2003. http://web.archive.org/web/20030618073500/http://www.cartoonnetwork.co.jp/toonami/lineup.asp. Retrieved on August 11, 2016. 
  7. "Toonami has landed in Japan ". Toonzone.net. June 15, 2002. http://www.toonzone.net/forums/toonami-archived-forum/37428-toonami-has-landed-japan.html#.VA-nJ0v5jB0. Retrieved on September 9, 2014. 
  8. "Toonami Lineup ". cartoonnetwork.co.jp. July 3, 2002. http://web.archive.org/web/20020703212739/http://www.cartoonnetwork.co.jp/toonami/lineup.asp. Retrieved on August 1, 2016. 
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