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The Batman 

This animated adventure series of Bruce Wayne, billionaire by day, crime fighter by night, starts as Wayne balances life as a free-wheeling bachelor, with his role as the Caped Crusader. ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Rino Romano ...  Bruce Wayne / ... 65 episodes, 2004-2008
Alastair Duncan ...  Alfred Pennyworth 48 episodes, 2004-2008
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This animated adventure series of Bruce Wayne, billionaire by day, crime fighter by night, starts as Wayne balances life as a free-wheeling bachelor, with his role as the Caped Crusader. He's joined on occasion by Robin and Batgirl. Black Mask, Killer Moth, the Everywhere Man, and a brand-new Clayface join The Joker, Penguin, and The Riddler in ceaselessly tormenting Gotham City. Can Batman stop them once and for all? Written by Jwelch5742

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Country:

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English

Release Date:

11 September 2004 (USA) See more »

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Batman See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Batman's cowl featured shorter ears, because it was more boxer-like, according to Jeff Matsuda, and the nose is flatter than previous versions. This show's Batman design took inspiration from Jim Lee's artwork from the "Batman: Hush" storyline from the comics. Though the series is based on the early comics by Bob Kane and Bill Finger, the Jim Lee look was used, since it was a fresher, more modern look, and the original long ears and black bat chest emblem look, was already being used by Batman in the unrelated Justice League Unlimited (2004) animated series. In season four, Batman's chin was redesigned to be more square, and less pointy. See more »

Quotes

Batman: [about Killer Croc's plan] Tens of thousands will be killed.
Killer Croc: And I'll shed a crocodile tear for each and every one of 'em.
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Version of Batman & Robin (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

The Batman Series Theme II
Written by Andy Sturmer
Performed by Andy Sturmer
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Started OK, got better, got worse, and then got pretty good...
21 December 2006 | by CaptainAstroSee all my reviews

It's been an interesting run for this series.

In the 1st season, there were maybe 3 or 4 really good episodes, a few that were OK, and a few that were just terrible. The second season did a little better about not being bad. Then, in the 3rd season, they introduced Batgirl. Incidentally, the show started to get really bad. Save for the "Criminal Mastermind" episode, the season was filled with disappointment.

Then, at the beginning of the 4th season, they introduced Robin. My initial reaction was "considering how bad the show got when they brought in Batgirl, the introduction of Robin couldn't be good. But it was. The show started to pick up, and has become much more promising and watchable.

What I said about the show when it started, and I maintain I was right, was that the show needed a while to really settle into it's stride. If you watch the beginning episodes for "Batman: The Animated Series," Batman and Joker start out with a slightly more playful relationship, and Batman isn't nearly as dark. This show did take a while, but it seems to have gotten to a point where they can entertain people who are old enough to remember the first show.

The show is really intentionally different from any other incarnations of the characters, as obviously evidenced by the Joker redesign. I thought that making the Joker the version they did was such a bold statement, and the character still works.

The show is so different, that a lot of die-hard fans will be disappointed. But the show has gotten better, and is less of a guilty pleasure for me to watch now.

7 out of 10. Shaky start, but on more solid ground.

P.S. For all my tolerance of the extreme character redesigns, I will never be okay with the Mr. Freeze they settled on. Clancy Brown can't save it, it's just a stupid, poorly-written character with a pretty lame design.


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