Batman in Batman: The Animated Series


Batman: The Animated Series - Things Only Adults Notice
It Explores Controversial Issues
Few shows address controversial issues like "Batman: The Animated Series." The show focuses on Batman's dislike of firearms, highlighting crime and gun violence issues.
A few episodes almost entirely focus on themes like social injustice, environmental activism, police and government corruption, sexism, civil rights, and wealth inequality.
The All-Star Cast
Casting director Andrea Romano went above and beyond to find top voice actors for the show. Kevin Conroy, the legendary voice of Batman, had never done animated voice work before.
Hollywood cast members include Mark Hamill (Joker), David Warner (Ra's Al Ghul), Paul Williams (Penguin), Efrem Zimbalist Jr. (Alfred), and Bob Hastings (Commissioner Gordon).
Exploring the Hero's Psyche
The show puts attention on the internal psychological battles fought by Batman. In the episode "I Am The Night," Batman faces an existential dilemma.
When his friend, Commissioner Gordan, is near death, Batman spirals into an emotional crisis as he wonders what the point of being Batman is if he can't protect those he cares for.
Episodes Based on Comics
Batman has been adventuring in comics since 1939 when he debuted in "Detective Comics" #27. When the series aired in 1992, Batman had amassed over 50 years of comic book stories.
The series' writers adapted stories from "Detective Comics" directly for the screen. The kids might not have recognized them, but long-time Batman fans were in for a treat.
Homage to a Previous Batman
The show pays homage to another Batman show in a subtle way. In the episode "Beware the Gray Ghost," Batman seeks out Simon Trent to help take down the Mad Bomber.
Simon Trent, the washed-up actor who had played the hero on TV and was struggling for work in his older years, is voiced by Adam West — the star of the 1966 "Batman" TV series.