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Batman: The Animated Series, FOX / The WB
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Bruce Wayne: orphan, billionaire, businessman, playboy, philanthropist, superhero. He is the Batman. He is the coolest superhero ever. Period. He has no super-powers. He is not a metahuman, he is just a man. He is exceptionally clever, a brilliant detective, he has trained for many years to hone his fighting skills (both Eastern and Western) to near-perfection. He has tons of extremely cool gadgets, from batarangs to the Batmobile, Batwing, of course the indispensible utility belt, and countless other things. He has a few friends, of course. Dick Grayson, the first Robin, eventually became Nightwing. Tim Drake, the second Robin (in this series). Alfred Pennyworth, Batgirl (Barbara Gordon), Commissioner James Gordon. He also has some of the coolest enemies, including the Joker, Harley Quinn, Catwoman, the Riddler, the Penguin, Poison Ivy, the Scarecrow, the Clock King, Two-Face, Ra's al Ghul, and the list goes on and on. Oh, it's all very dark and stylized and clever and dramatic and often funny. Always cool.

What else can I say? I thought the characters looked better before the show got ultra-stylized or whatever. Or was it less stylied, or just a different kind of stylized? Whatever. Still very cool. ...Actually, though I wasn't aware of this at the time, apparently that change in the animation style reflected a new spin-off series, albeit in the same continuity, called The New Batman Adventures (DCAU Wiki; IMDb; TV.com; Wikipedia; World's Finest), aka Batman: Gotham Knights. It was also run as part of The New Batman/Superman Adventures. Whatever, I think of it all as pretty much the same thing. Anyway, I'd like to say a great deal more about The Animated Series, I just don't know what. Except that it's probably my favorite incarnation of Batman (and related characters) ever, in comics, TV, film, or any media. Oh, and of course the theme song, based on the one Danny Elfman composed for the 1989 live-action Batman movie, was very cool.

Some direct-to-video movies include: Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (IMDb; Wikipedia), Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero (IMDb; Wikipedia), and Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman.


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TV: Batman: TAS * Superman * Batman Beyond * Static Shock * The Zeta Project * Justice League
Movies: Mask of the Phantasm * SubZero * Return of the Joker * Mystery of the Batwoman
Other: Chase Me (short film) * Gotham Girls (web) * Lobo (web)