Batman: the Animated Series is a cartoon series based off the Batman comic books. It first aired on Fox Kids from 1992 to 1995, before switching networks to The WB in 1997 as The New Batman Adventures. The series focuses on Batman and his sidekicks as they protect Gotham from mob bosses like Rupert Thorne to the various super-criminals like the Joker, Batman's arch-nemesis.
Why It Rocks
- Epic opening sequence.
- Very well-written.
- Kevin Conroy as Batman.
- Mark Hamill as the Joker.
- Mark Hamill's role as the Joker led him to become one of the best-known villain voice actors. He went on to voice the Joker in the Batman Arkham series.
- Many stories were dark and mature, showing that the people behind the show knew that kids could handle it.
- Many great villains, some of whom can be sympathized with, such as Mr. Freeze, who was re-written as a tragic villain who only wanted revenge for himself and his terminally-ill wife.
- Well-done action sequences.
- Superb animation.
- Started the DC Animated Universe.
- Had its own original characters, like Baby Doll and Red Claw.
- Introduced us to Harley Quinn, the Joker's girlfriend.
- The series has some bad episodes (most notably I've Got Batman in My Basement and Critters)
Because of its more mature setting (still a kids' show) and well-written stories, Batman: the Animated Series is regarded as one of the greatest animated shows ever made.