Batman: The Animated Series debuted 30 years ago today, and fans are celebrating. Batman: The Animated Series remains a milestone for Batman and the animation industry. Building on the success of Tim Burton’s Batman films, Warner Bros. commissioned Bruce Timm, Paul Dini and Mitch Brian to develop a new Batman cartoon to appeal to children. Since Burton’s films had a darker tone, the creative team was free to develop an equally mature version of DC’s Dark Knight. The result is a series with a mature tone that takes Batman seriously without pushing beyond grimdark parody territory.
Batman: The Animated Series also changed the face of the animation. Until its debut, action cartoons for children emphasized detailed character models (which could easily be turned into toys) at the expense of smooth animation, a style that culminated in X-Men: The Animated Serieswhich debuted two months after the Batman series. Batman: The Animated Series instead used Timm’s character designs, which used only the most essential lines, allowing for more graceful animation, a strategy adopted by many shows that followed, including DC Animated Universe shows (Superman: The Animated Seriesstatic shock, Justice League, Justice League Unlimited) that would follow.
In addition to all this, Batman: The Animated Series‘s vision of Gotham as a mix of noir and art deco forever changed how Batman fans imagine the iconic fictional city. Keep reading to see how fans on Twitter are celebrating the 30th anniversary of Batman: The Animated Series.
Happy 30th anniversary to Batman: The Animated Series. The game changer for all anime, the birth of the DCAU, the very first appearance of Harley Quinn. All this created a shock wave still felt for years to come and many more. pic.twitter.com/G8Hh7Lkx2Z
— SJWJamesBond wants Nazis banned ︽✵︽ GIRL Agent (@mvbrat91) September 5, 2022
On September 5, 1992, the first episode of #Batman The anime series aired in North America.
Happy 30th anniversary to this mythical series. Thank you to everyone who helped bring these characters to life.
BTAS is my favorite version of Bruce Wayne. pic.twitter.com/p7ktyUbInQ
– Matches Malone 🦇 (@cell_0801) September 5, 2022
Eternally grateful to have been able to post on Saturday morning and watch one of the greatest shows of all time. Completely changed my life. Thank you and happy 30th anniversary to “Batman: The Animated Series”! 🦇🦇🦇 https://t.co/IZ3ItUFIYE
-Jordan Funk (@jordanfunky) September 5, 2022