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Batman: The Animated Series, on FOX
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Bruce Wayne: orphan, billionaire, businessman, playboy, philanthropist, superhero. He is the Batman (Kevin Conroy). 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 indispensable 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 aka Barbara Gordon (Melissa Gilbert), Commissioner James Gordon. He also has some of the coolest enemies, including the Joker (Mark Hamill), Harley Quinn (Arleen Sorkin), Catwoman (Adrienne Barbeau), the Riddler (John Glover), the Penguin, Poison Ivy, the Scarecrow, the Clock King, Two-Face, Ra's al Ghul (David Warner), and the list goes on and on. Oh, it's all very dark and stylized and clever and dramatic and often funny. Always cool. Oh, and of course the theme song, based on the one Danny Elfman composed for the 1989 live-action Batman movie, was very cool.


The New Batman Adventures, on The WB
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This is alternately considered either a spinoff of "Batman: The Animated Series" or the fourth season of that show. (But there was a somewhat different style to the animation in this show.) It was also run as part of The New Batman/Superman Adventures. Whatever, I think of it all as pretty much the same thing. I'd like to say a great deal more about both The Animated Series, and TNBA, I just don't know what. Except, Batgirl was now voiced by Tara Strong, and there may have been some other changes in voice actors, but mostly the cast remained the same as in the previous series/seasons.


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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)