Show Notes – Batman The Animated Series

Batman: The Animated Series- Episodes 32 and 33

  • An American animated television series based on the DC Comics superhero Batman.
  • Developed by Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation,
  • Originally aired on Fox Kids from September 5, 1992, to September 15, 1995, with a total of 85 episodes.
    • During its second season, the series was given the on-screen title The Adventures of Batman & Robin, which eventually spawned a spinoff show The New Batman Adventures.
  • First in the continuity of the shared DC animated universe, spawning further animated TV series, comic books and video games with most of the same creative talent. Its ratings success and critical acclaim led the series to spawn two feature films: Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (released to theaters in 1993) and Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero (a direct-to-video release in 1998).
  • Batman was created by

Show created by

  • Bruce Timm
    • started by working on layouts for He-man & She-ra,
    • worked on GI Joe, Tiny Toons, & The Real Ghostbusters
    • co-created and produced Batman: The Animated Series
    • went on to co-create and produce Superman: The Animated Series (premiered in September 1996),
    • The New Batman Adventures (premiered in September 1997)
    • Batman Beyond (premiered in January 1999) and
    • Static Shock which premiered at 2000.
    • Served as producer on the feature-length Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker before taking the helm as creator and producer of the animated version of Justice League, which debuted in November 2001; the series continued in the form of Justice League Unlimited.
  • Although he shared character designer duties on Superman: The Animated Series and Justice League with James Tucker, Timm did virtually all the original character designs for Batman: The Animated Series himself (with the exceptions of Mr. Freeze and the Riddler, who were designed by Mike Mignola and the characters Man Bat and the Mad Hatter, who were designed by Kevin Nowlan).
  • Timm’s minimalist, angular style is heavily based in his love of 1950s and 1960s-era comics and art deco architecture style. He is also completely self-taught, having never received any formal art schooling. He lists his artistic influences as Jack Kirby, Harvey Kurtzman, Jim Steranko, John Buscema, Wally Wood, Frank Frazetta, Dan DeCarlo, and Alex Toth.
  • Bruce Timm co-created Harley Quinn (with Paul Dini), working from Dini’s original design
  • Eric Radomski
    • also was a producer for Freakazoid!

Theme Music!


Supporting Cast for episodes covered in Podcast #2

  • Richard “Dick” John Grayson / Robin:
  • Jonah Hex: no superpowers- old west bounty hunter & has his own comic series
  • Simon Trent / The Gray Ghost: fictional Batmanesque TV super hero idealized by a young bruce wayne
  • Dr. Victor Fries / Mr. Freeze: Scientist and Batman villian
    • Michael Ansara:
      • Commander Kang in multiple Star Trek series
      • In this episode “Heart of Ice” Ansara once uttered the words during this performance, “Revenge is a dish best served cold.” This line has been called an “Old Klingon proverb” in Star Trek (1966), where Ansara once portrayed Klingon Commander Kang. He even threatened the Enterprise crew with the line, “You will die in the icy cold of space.”
        • perhaps the usage of this line is an homage to his prior work with Star Trek??? /shrug
  • Ra’s al Ghul:  leader of the League of Assassins & name in Arabic translates to “The Demon’s Head”
  • Maternal grandfather of Damian Wayne (Batman’s son) & (depending on the publication) is anywhere between 450 & 700 years old
  • Arkady Duvall
    • Malcolm McDowell
      • Alex DeLarge in Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange (1971), the title character in Tinto Brass’s Caligula (1979),
      • henchman Reeses II on the animated series Captain Simian & the Space Monkeys, a show laced with references to many movies including his own breakthrough role in A Clockwork Orange.
      • Metallo in Superman: The Animated Series
      • maternal uncle of actor Alexander Siddig–
        • Dr. Julian Bashir in DS9 # swoon
        • Prince Doran Martell in Game of Thrones
        • In 1996, Siddig and his co-star Nana Visitor started dating and the couple were married June 1997; their son, Django El Tahir El Siddig, was born on 16 September 1996. They divorced in 2001
  • The series initially took a variation of music written by Danny Elfman for the Burton films as its theme; later episodes of the series used a new theme with a similar style by Shirley Walker (Walker was occasionally Elfman’s conductor for films on which they collaborated). The score of the series was influenced by Elfman and Walker’s work on the Burton films, as well as music of 1940s film noir.

Miscellaneous facts

  • DC-set works associated with Bruce Timm (and his collaborators’) art styles are often referred to by fans as “The Timmverse” of DC comics.
  • Bruce Timm played the Toy shop owner in the episode “Beware the Gray Ghost”
  • The series took influence from Tim Burton‘s live-action films, Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992), and the acclaimed Superman theatrical cartoons produced by Fleischer Studios in the early 1940s
  • In designing the series, creators Timm and Radomski emulated the Burton films’ “otherworldly timelessness,” using period features like black-and-white title cards, police airships (even though no such thing existed, Timm stated that he found it to fit the show’s style) and a “vintage” color scheme with film noir flourishes
  • The visual style of the series was based on the artwork of Radomski, but Timm is usually given credit because the characters were based on his designs even though it wasn’t him.
    • But the gothic backgrounds and look and feel of Gotham City were based on the initial designs laid out by Radomski.
      • In addition, Radomski issued a standing order to the animation department that all backgrounds be painted using light colors on black paper (as opposed to the industry standard of dark colors on white paper). The distinctive visual combination of “noir” imagery and Art Deco design was dubbed “Dark Deco” by the producers
  • The role of the Joker was originally given to Tim Curry, but at the final, Curry’s performance was too scary. The recording sessions, under the supervision of voice director Andrea Romano, were recorded with the actors together in one studio instead of taking separate recordings, as is typical. This method would later be employed for all subsequent series in the DC animated universe. Al Pacino was considered to voice Two-Face in the series, but he declined the offer.
  • New villains such as Red Claw, Mary Louise Dahl (“Baby-Doll”), Kyodai Ken, Tygrus and the Sewer King were invented for the series, but to little acclaim. On the other hand, the Joker’s accomplice Harley Quinn, Gotham City police detective Renee Montoya and the vigilante Lock-Up achieved such popularity that they became characters in the comics. Older villains that were lesser known from the comics, such as Count Vertigo, the Mirror Man and the Clock King, were modified for the series in both appearance and personality.
    • The series is also the first to suggest that Harvey Dent had a pre-existing dual personality before becoming Two-Face. This idea came from Alan Burnett, one of the series’ producers and head writers.
      • the writers intentionally showed Harvey Dent in multiple episodes for better effect when he underwent his change.
  • Aside from creating characters that crossed over into the main line of DC Comics, several of the series’ reinterpretations were carried over as well. Mr. Freeze was revised in the comics to emulate the series’ tragic story, the success of which actually compelled DC to bring the character back after “killing” him off some years earlier. Clayface was revised to be much more similar in appearance to his animated counterpart; and Two-Face’s double-sided, black-and-white suit has become a common appearance for the character.
  • Episode Heart of Ice won an emmy
  • One of the most noteworthy changes made in The Animated Series is the treatment of Batman’s alter ego, Bruce Wayne. In nearly all other media, including the comics, television shows and films, Bruce deliberately plays up his image as a vacuous, self-absorbed and not-too-bright billionaire playboy. In The Animated Series, his character is assertive, extremely intelligent, and actively involved in the management of Wayne Enterprises, without jeopardizing his secret identity. For example: in the episode “Eternal Youth,” Bruce is shown angrily ordering one of his directors to cancel a deal with a timber company in the Amazon rainforest that had been made behind his back, threatening with termination upon failure to comply.
  • Kevin Conroy used different voices to distinguish between his portrayal of Bruce Wayne and Batman, a tactic used previously by Michael Keaton in Tim Burton‘s live-action films.
  • Episode #3 “Nothing to Fear”: Introduced the popular line; “I am vengeance. I am the night. I am Batman!”
  • Robin/Dick Grayson had to be older, because of censorship rules against showing endangerment of children.
  • The title of the show is never seen. The producers decided that since Batman was an instantly recognizable character that anyone in any language would be able to tell what the show was about.
  • In most episodes, there is a character reading a Tiny Toons Adventures Magazine.
  • The episodes Batman: The Animated Series: Heart of Steel: Part I (1992) and Batman: The Animated Series: His Silicon Soul (1992) feature a character named Dr. Carl Rossum, a robotics engineer who creates a series of human-like robots. The character’s name is taken from the 1920s science fiction play “R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots)” by Karel Capek, which introduced the word “robot” into the English language. In both episodes, Dr. Carl Rossum is voiced by William Sanderson, who played the Replicant creator J.F. Sebastian in Blade Runner (1982). As a reference to this, Randa Dwayne’s car has “RUR” on its license plate.




List of Batman: The Animated Series episodes

Intended episode list:


Episodes to watch for our coverage

Podcast #1

  • 1. The Cat and the Claw Part I
    2. The Cat and the Claw Part II
    3. On Leather Wings

Podcast #2

  • 1. Heart of Ice—Sean’s Pick
  • 2. Beware The Gray Ghost—Chris’s Pick
  • 3. Showdown—Chris James’ Pick

Check out our episodes on Batman: TAS here and here.


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