Batman: The Animated Series

Batman – The Last Laugh

by Alan Rapp on July 25, 2014

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  • Title: Batman: The Animated Series – The Last Laugh
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Batman - The Last Laugh

In honor of Batman‘s 75th Anniversary we turn out attention back to the Dark Knight’s more memorable moments on the big and small screen with another episode from Batman: The Animated Series. Drawing on both the mix of a classic comic story and the set-up of the climax of Tim Burton’s Batman, “The Last Laugh” brings the Joker (Mark Hamill) back to Gotham on April Fools’ Day to gas the entire populace using an innocuous-looking garbage scow which allows the villain a free run at mischief, mayhem, and robbery.

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Batman – Pretty Poison

by Alan Rapp on July 20, 2014

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  • Title: Batman: The Animated Series – Pretty Poison
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Batman - Pretty Poison

In honor of Batman‘s 75th Anniversary we turn out attention back to the Dark Knight’s more memorable moments on the big and small screen with another episode from Batman: The Animated Series. “Pretty Poison” introduces us not only to Poison Ivy (Diane Pershing) for the first time but also Gotham’s new District Attorney Harvey Dent (Richard Moll) who is dating Pamela Isley at the beginning of the episode unaware of the woman’s true motives. When Harvey is poisoned at dinner by an unusual toxin derived from an extinct rose, Batman (Kevin Conroy) begins taking a closer look at his friend’s main squeeze.

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Batman – Beware the Gray Ghost

by Alan Rapp on July 12, 2014

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  • Title: Batman: The Animated Series – Beware the Gray Ghost
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Batman - Beware the Gray Ghost

In honor of Batman‘s 75th Anniversary we turn out attention back to the Dark Knight’s more memorable moments on the big and small screen with one of the best episodes from Batman: The Animated Series. Written specifically for Adam West, Beware the Gray Ghost stands out for far more reasons than just its perfectly-cast guest-star. The episode offers insight into young Bruce Wayne‘s (Kevin Conroy) childhood heroes and is one of the only episodes in any Batman animated series to showcase happy flashbacks to a time before the murder of Bruce’s parents.

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Batman – The Cat and the Claw

by Alan Rapp on July 6, 2014

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  • Title: Batman: The Animated Series – The Cat and the Claw
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Batman - The Cat and the Claw

In honor of Batman‘s 75th Anniversary we turn out attention back to the Dark Knight’s more memorable moments on the big and small screen with another episode from Batman: The Animated Series. The first episode of the series to air (banking on the success of Batman Returns), “The Cat and the Claw Part 1″ introduced both fans and Batman (Kevin Conroy) to the first appearance of Catwoman (Adrienne Barbeau) while playing on the cat burglar’s attraction for the Caped Crusader and Bruce Wayne’s romantic interest in her alter-ego Selina Kyle.

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Batman – P.O.V.

by Alan Rapp on June 22, 2014

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  • Title: Batman: The Animated Series – P.O.V.
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Batman - P.O.V.

In honor of Batman‘s 75th Anniversary we turn out attention back to the Dark Knight’s more memorable moments on the big and small screen with another episode from Batman: The Animated Series. When a bust goes bad three of GCPD’s finest offer their conflicting accounts to Internal Affairs. While Harvey Bullock‘s (Robert Costanzo) account places the blame on Batman (Kevin Conroy) and his support which he believes was late to arrive (although the visuals during his narration don’t quite jibe to that series of events), Renee Montoya (Ingrid Oliu) and rookie officer Wilkes (Robby Benson) offer different versions of events.

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Batman – Nothing to Fear

by Alan Rapp on May 28, 2014

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  • Title: Batman: The Animated Series – Nothing to Fear
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“I am vengeance! I am the night! I am Batman!”

Batman: The Animated Series - Nothing to Fear

In honor of Batman‘s 75th Anniversary we turn out attention back to the Dark Knight’s more memorable moments on the big and small screen with another episode from Batman: The Animated Series. “Nothing to Fear” is a stand-out episode for several reasons. It’s the first episode to feature the Scarecrow (Henry Polic II), even offering a brief origin to Dr. Jonathan Crane’s journey from university professor to super-villain, posits a theory as to what might frighten the Dark Knight Detective, and it also gives us the most famous quote of the series as Batman (Kevin Conroy), while under the grip of the Scarecrow’s fear gas, exclaims “I am vengeance! I am the night! I am Batman!”

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  • Title: Batman: The Animated Series – Christmas with the Joker
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Batman - Christmas with the Joker

In honor of Batman‘s 75th Anniversary we turn out attention back to the Dark Knight’s more memorable moments on the big and small screen with another episode from Batman: The Animated Series. Although the episode was held to air during a more holiday-appropirate air date, “Christmas with the Joker” was the second episode of Batman: The Animated Series to be produced. Featuring the first appearance of both the Joker (Mark Hamill) and the Dick Grayson Robin (Loren Lester), the episode further built on the groundwork laid by “On Leather Wings” by introducing Arkham Asylum and reporter Summer Gleason (Mari Devon) for the first time.

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Batman: The Animated Series Figures

After already getting a look at Batman and Catwoman, DC Collectibles gave MTV a first peak at the designs for five more of the new Batman: The Animated Series line of figures hitting stores this November (Wave 1 – Batman, Catwoman, Two-Face, and Mr. Freeze) and December (Wave 2 – Joker, Poison Ivy, Robin, Man-Bat). You’ll find pics of the separate figures inside. Personally, I prefer the original version of Freeze and Ivy, and the later version of the Tim Drake Robin, but as I’m going to gleefully pick all these up, and know DC has plans for many more characters (including the original design of Batman – Yes Please!), I’m sure not going to complain too loudly.

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Batman – On Leather Wings

by Alan Rapp on April 27, 2014

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  • Title: Batman: The Animated Series – On Leather Wings
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Batman: The Animated Series - On Leather Wings

After spending time take a look back at some of Superman‘s television adventures, and in honor of Batman‘s 75th Anniversary, we turn out attention to those of The Dark Knight. Four years before Superman got his own 90s series of animated adventures, DC premiered what still stands as the benchmark for every animated series which came afterwards. Inspired by Tim Burton‘s successful Batman films and the classic Fleischer Superman cartoons, producers Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski would craft an ambitious series and the first piece of DC Comics’ Timmverse which would continue to produce the best animated super-hero cartoons ever made over the next decade.

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DC Nation – Batman Beyond

by Alan Rapp on April 24, 2014

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  • Title: Batman Beyond
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DC Nation - Batman Beyond

As part of the ongoing celebration of Batman turning 75, DC Comics commissioned Darwyn Cooke to write a DC Nation short in the Batman Beyond Universe. Returning both Will Friedle and Kevin Conroy to voice two generations of Batman, the short features the Batcave infiltrated by a robotic Batman (H.A.R.D.A.C.?) in The New Adventures design taking on both Terry McGinnis (Friedle) and Bruce Wayne (Conroy).

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