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The Batman has taken the world by storm since its release earlier this month, with many praising the film as one of the greatest Batman films of all time. While time (and a few more viewings) will tell if The Batman will continue to be loved, one thing is certain: Batman is not going anywhere. In fact, the Caped Crusader is just as popular today as it ever was, with countless monthly comic book titles, animated feature films, TV adaptations and even radio series taking over. storm the world. Batman is a cultural phenomenon. Corn Matt Reeves“The Latest Blockbuster Isn’t the First Batman Adaptation to Take the Name”The Batman.” No, this title belongs to the 2004 Kids’ WB animated series developed by Michel Goguen and Duane Capizzi which spanned five exciting seasons. While many consider Batman: The Animated Series the greatest of batman animation, The Batman is a true marvel of superhero animation.


If you’re a big fan of this year’s latest Bat-flick, you absolutely have to give The Batman (the 2004 animated series) a try!

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Focus on a young Batman


Like the last feature film, The Batman follows a young Bruce Wayne (voiced by Rino Romano), only three years into his career cleaning the streets as Batman (as shown in the pilot episode “The Bat in the Belfry”). This means that, at least initially, there’s no Robin, no Commissioner Gordon, and no Bat signal to call our hero out of the shadows. Instead, Batman, with Alfred (Alastair Duncan) faithfully by his side, uses modern Wayne technology to keep tabs on Gotham’s underbelly and take down the most dastardly criminals.

What’s great about the show following a young, but somewhat established Batman is that many in Gotham believe him to be a folk tale or some sort of urban legend rather than a true vigilante. While it may differ from this year’s Reeves movie, it lends itself well to Batman’s work and (most importantly) keeps the police off his back. Of course, as the series progresses, Batman becomes a bit more public (especially once sidekicks are added to the equation) and his enemies a bit more theatrical rather than bank robbers and criminals in standard white collar, but watching it progress and develop naturally is what makes the series fun.

Romano’s interpretation of Batman is also quite underrated. His slight inflections between playing Bruce and Batman are easy to grasp, and his voice is a little less brooding than classic renditions of Kevin Conroy Where Bruce Greenwood (both of which are excellent). This younger, less experienced Batman feels a bit younger, and while less edgy than this year’s live-action version, he still has the same chip on his shoulder that propels him forward in his quest for revenge. … Uh, well, justice.

Reimagining Iconic Villains

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Speaking of Batman Rogues, just like Matt Reeves and Paul Dano reinvented the Riddler as a serial killer, and just as Christopher Nolan and his team reworked Ra’s al Ghul, the Joker and Bane, just like The Batman challenge everything we thought we knew about our favorite Batman villains. Okay, maybe not all, they’re all still crazy, belong to Arkham Asylum, and have relatively the same personalities, but many of their character designs and stories are completely different.

This happens to be especially true with the Joker, who is far more acrobatic and attention-seeking than other incarnations, plus he wears a purple-colored straight jacket and has piercing red eyes. But the Joker isn’t the only villain getting a makeover, other big changes include Bane, who’s now a huge red monster when he’s not moonlighting as the sleek assassin, Clayface, who now has the tragic backstory of being the best of Bruce. childhood friend, and Mister Freeze, whose tragic backstory is completely scrapped, replaced by a rather cool new design (pardon the pun).

While not all villain redesigns are great (Catwoman being strictly a villain isn’t totally honest to her character), it helps to make The Batman one of the unique anime adaptations out there. Unfortunately, not all of Batman’s enemies make their debut in this series (notably, Scarecrow, Ra’s al Ghul, and Two-Face are missing, likely due to Nolan’s plans to The Dark Knight Trilogy), but ones that have a profound impact on Batman and the public.

Developing Gotham from scratch

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One of the best parts of Matt Reeves’ vision for Gotham is the heavily stylized Gothic architecture that surrounds Bruce, Alfred, and the rest of Gotham’s citizens. This and the world that Reeves and company are creating – filled with places like the Iceberg Lounge, Gotham Police Stations and Arkham Hospital – really make the world of The Batman, this new interpretation of Gotham City, comes to life. Likewise, the 2004 The Batman series gives us a unique take on Gotham that couldn’t otherwise exist outside of animation.

But aside from the feel of the city itself, which helps us immerse ourselves in the world of The Batman, the animated Triumph also uses new and old characters to help create an atmosphere around Gotham that forces Bruce to be more grounded. Characters like Bruce’s best friend Ethan Bennett, a Gotham PD officer tasked with bringing in “the Batman”, help Bruce exist beyond the Batcave and offer insight into who Bruce might be outside of the cape. and the hood. Ethan’s partner, Detective Ellen Yin, becomes a recurring character and eventual ally for Batman, one that would pave the way for the eventual introduction of Commissioner Jim Gordon in the show’s third season.

In fact, each season chooses to focus on a new secondary character in relation to Batman and his own development as a hero. It eventually shifts from Ethan and Ellen to Batgirl and Robin, with the fifth and final season focusing more on the Justice League. But don’t worry, if this all sounds like a lot (and less appealing than a traditional Batman series), rest assured that The Batman takes its time establishing the world premiere of Batman and is still most currently focused on its mission to save Gotham City.

Slow Sidekicks Intro

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Let me stress again that The Batman doesn’t jump right into the introduction of Batgirl and Robin, but grows naturally. Even after Barbara Gordon and Dick Grayson have become permanent fixtures on the show, there are still entire episodes devoted strictly to Batman himself. Yet unlike most incarnations of the Dark Knight Detective, The Batman doesn’t rush to introduce Robin first, and instead joins Batman for the first time with Batgirl in season three, which also introduces her father Jim Gordon.

Once Robin shows up though, her arc is done justice, and it’s clear the show honors both characters well, giving them each plenty of time with their mentor. Batgirl and Robin help make Batman better, reminding him that his work as Gotham’s masked avenger actually inspires others (just like that young lad in this year’s live-action feature). Although it’s unclear if Matt Reeves will ever give Robert Pattinson‘s Batman any sidekicks, this animated incarnation of Batman reluctantly takes on his own. Yet, like all versions of Batman, he trains them well and does everything he can to protect them.

Another cool thing about using sidekicks in The Batman is that we get to see their future. Unlike many other anime series where we may not know where our favorite characters will end up, The Batman shows us in the episode “Artifacts”. This fourth season episode is a flash-forward into Gotham’s future, where a group of New Gotham citizens learn about Batman’s history. Here we see Dick as Nightwing and Barbara as Oracle, helping a Return of the Dark Knight– Inspired Batman takes on an upgraded Mr. Freeze. It’s an awesome episode.

Waiting to expand the universe

Catwoman from Batman (2004)

As stated earlier, The Batman is waiting to develop a larger DC Universe, choosing instead to focus on Batman and his world before branching out. The two-part fourth season finale, “The Joining”, introduces the Martian Manhunter, which then leads to the formation of the Justice League itself. The fifth-season premiere episode, “The Batman/Superman Story,” features the first encounter of the world’s best superheroes as they battle a collection of their various thieves.

With Matt Reeves seemingly keeping his distance from Superman and a larger shared DC Universe as Zack SnyderThe vision of ​​​it seems his Batman movies plan to be more self-contained and grounded like Christopher Nolan’s. The 2004 animated series spends most of its time in a more “grounded” world that’s more focused on Batman and his own characters, Rogues, and world, which is a good thing. The only time that seems to change before the introduction of the Justice League is in the animated feature (which took place during the show’s third season) batman vs dracula, which pits Batman against the world’s most famous vampire. It’s actually a very good movie.

As Batman: The Animated Series before that, The Batman takes its time to establish Batman, his enemies, and his allies before embarking on an “expanded” DC Universe, and that’s part of what makes the series so strong. It seems to be the same approach Matt Reeves is taking with his new tale and one that many other Batman writers and creators have taken for decades. If you enjoyed Batman’s last theatrical outing, or are just looking for another quick series to binge on, then The Batman is the animated series for you!

The Batman (not the 2022 feature) is currently available on HBO Max.


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