In my opinion, Batman: The Animated Series is the definitive version of Batman ever to be shown on television. It was a show that aired on a kids’ programming block, but it was one that didn’t treat the audience like children. The overall atmosphere was dark, the writing showcased real conflict, and the actors portrayed real emotion. Sure, there was never really a question whether the good guy would beat the bad guy in the end, but Batman: The Animated Series addressed issues like death and psychological damage – which, frankly, is even rare today for an animated cartoon.
Every part of the series is iconic: the Bruce Timm aesthetic, the Shirley Walker score, the Andrea Romano direction, and the voices of Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill (to name a few.)
I don’t have a great memory for individual episodes of most television shows, but I can still remember the clock tower fight in “Perchance to Dream” and the sullen look as Victor Freis as he gently touches his wife’s cryogenic chamber in “Heart of Ice.” Unlike most cartoons from the 90s, every episode still holds up today.
And so it’s not surprising that 25 years later, we still have reason to celebrate this show from our younger days. At New York Comic-Con, Warner Bros. held a panel featuring Kevin Conroy (Batman), Tara Strong (Batgirl), and producers Bruce Timm and Alan Burnett.
We had a chance to interview the panelists and find out why they think this show still holds up after all of this time.
The complete Batman: The Animated Series is slated for release on Blu-Ray later in 2018.