Why Batman The Animated Series was SO Great!

Why  Batman The Animated Series  was SO Great!

You, Me, the world and Weekday Afternoons with Batman and all his villains!

Editorial Opinion
By JoshuaWilding - Sep 22, 2011 04:09 PM EST
Filed Under: Animated Features
Source: Tony the Great!

Running for Four seasons was the one true cartoon I always looked forward to watching right after school.The series won four Emmy Awards and was nominated for six others. Batman: The Animated Series, which is noted for its thematic complexity, darkness, and high artistic quality, has been praised by critics and fans alike as one of the most faithful adaptations of the character. Many have called the series the best adaptation of Batman anywhere outside of comics, the best comic book cartoon of all time, and the second best animated series of all time So in this short editorial I will point out the four awesome elements on why this piece of Batman will always be embedded in my heart and mind!

Showcase of Villains:


Not only did the Joker make numerous appearances but they had pretty much every villain showcased in its LONG four season run. Clayface, Two Face, Penguin, Killer Croc, Scarecrow, Mr. Freeze, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, Bane, The Mad Hatter, and even some lesser villains that were then created for the comics; The Clock King and Lock-Up.

All of these Characters were portrayed not with a detailed origin but mainly showed up to create chaos within Gotham. There was even an episode where The Dark Knight Faced up to five villains in a three part mini series.

The Story:
Of course Bruce Wayne had his origins, his father and mother were murdered yada yada yada we know it, but later in the series when Ra's Al Ghul made his appearance it was briefly shown that Wayne had done some training with Ghul himself and the League of Assassins as it was called. Each Villain had his mini origin explained or shown in their first appropriate appearance. Most of them even stayed true to the comics. What made the series even better was that every time an antagonist/ villain had his episode it was a different gimmick on taking down the bat and Gotham. Whether it was Joker's Laughing Gas trick, or Ivy's extended Botanical Garden or even Riddlers Dark night of riddles to save Commissioner Gordon or Detective Bullock.

The Good Guys:
Consisting of Batman, Commissioner Gordon, detective Bullock, Dick Grayson/Robin, Barbara Gordon/Batgirl, Lucious Fox, and even good ol Jonah Hex made certain appearances. Halfway through the third season Robin had converged into Nightwing. Nolan's Batman series has Rachel Dawes and this series has Summer Gleeson. She in later episodes reveals that she is deeply in love with Batman and creates conflict when Catwoman makes her appearance in later seasons. All characters play their roles swiftly and in a neat manner.


I wrote this up mainly because last night i ran into the DVD set and decided to purchase it but also because this series was just so great and it got me thinking. Whoever helms the reboot or continuation of the next Batman should definitely seek this animated series for some inspiration or characters. Plenty of villains, characters, somewhat storylines, and amusing character lines. (Riddler and Joker). So sound off in the usual which would be right below!

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Fogs - 9/22/2011, 4:45 PM
Agreed with your point that it was the best adaptation of Batman anywhere outside of comics.

I also agree that when WB gets back on making batman movies they need to try and stay true to the essence of the character.

The whole über-realistic take on Nolan's bats was cool and important on stabilishing a point of seriousness on CBMs (I don't think the beginning of iron man with the terrorists and the militarized story would be thought of without bats' movies) but I also think much of the character was lost in this transition.

I still wish to see a detectivesque batman, always with a plan, always solving problems and finding the most creative and thoughtful solution in dire situations.

To me Nolan's batman is a nice hero, but that could be anyone. Bruce and Batman doesn't have the soul they needed to have. If he had, if it was the case, I'd be the first to call Nolan's "the ultimate Batman representation". It was the only thing I've missed.

Imho :)
Redhood2k10 - 9/22/2011, 4:53 PM
totally agree, i would love to see croc, red hood, black mask, riddler and mad hatter in live action films. great read dude
Fogs - 9/22/2011, 5:17 PM
Croc would be sick!
MrReese - 9/22/2011, 5:46 PM
BEST CARTOON N INTRO EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CorndogBurglar - 9/22/2011, 6:02 PM
This was the best animated series based on a comic in history.

followed very closely by the 90's X-Men.
alucard365 - 9/23/2011, 12:29 AM
Batman, and Gargoyles are my all time favorite animated series ever. there both very complex and dark, geared towards adults, that's why they stand out so much.
alucard365 - 9/23/2011, 12:31 AM
Second best cartoon intro of all time.
superbatspiderman - 9/23/2011, 7:57 PM
I think that this is one of the greatest cartoons of all time. It is just so well written and gritty. This is what I think of when I think of Batman.
batman92 - 9/24/2011, 2:34 AM
CorndogBurglar the 1990s x men is just awful .

the bruce timm batman animated series was great for 5 reasons

1 fathful

2 dark and gritty

3 best voice acting ever
4 great theme song
5 great animation .
superwolverine - 9/29/2011, 12:23 PM
sorry the x-men theme is the best. gargoyles is not even inthe top 10. i like batman:TAS the animation itself however was not that good, they all like fat men, no muscle definition just like most of the cartoons in the 90's . they had this big upper body and skinny legs.
secretasianboy - 9/29/2011, 8:03 PM
You're forgetting something very important, visually it was great as well
RobGrizzly - 9/30/2011, 6:27 PM
Well, its not secret Batman TAS is my FAVORITE SHOW EVER live-action or otherwise, so I can't complain with this. In fact, I could list off another 20 things this series did great.

The best thing was it didn't play down to children. It was awfully dark for an afternoon cartoon (there are eps where Gordon, Barbara, and Batman himself almost die or quit)

Its easy to overlook, but the show works so well because of the period setting. Tommy guns and B&W TVs, and blimps hovering over Gotham add to the tone. The gangsters make since in this world, and batman fits right in.

The Voice Actors.
Mark Hamill wins. Kevin Conroy. Arleen Sorkin. Just listen to Two-Face speak. The talent assembled was brilliant. Goes a long way to bringing these characters to life.

Going back to villains, The Clock King was originally in the comics. He was an obscure, gimmick villain, that the show decided to do something more with. The same goes for Mr Freeze, who's origin retcon was so good it is now considered canon (and its the Emmy-winning episode).

I could go on and on!
Thanks for the Batman love! :)
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