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For many fans, Batman: The Animated Series was their introduction to Batman. Their Batman was and always will be Kevin Conroy, and their Joker was and always will be Mark Hamill. The reason fans love Batman: TAS it’s not just because they grew up with it, but the quality of Batman: TAS speaks for itself.

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Showrunners Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski wanted to make mini-movies every week and it shows. Many episodes throughout Batman: TAS immersed in the psyche of Bruce Wayne and his enemies. Not to mention the great episodes of The new adventuresnumerous Batman: TAS the episodes prove that the showrunners have achieved their goal of creating cinematic-quality stories.

ten Where it all began on leather wings

On leather wings was the first episode of Batman: TAS. The showrunners and production teams pulled out all the stops On leather wings to start TAS law. The animation, especially in the chase sequence when Man-Bat pulls Batman between Gotham’s skyscrapers, was amazing.

On leather wings features several misdirections involving the true identity of the Man-Bat. Batman is everything he should be: detective, vigilante, hero. He uses his wit and intelligence to solve a mystery that would easily deserve a big screen adaptation.

9 POV tells a story from multiple angles

After an undercover operation goes awry, Detective Bullock, Officer Montoya and rookie Wilkes are interrogated. They each tell their story of what happened that night. However, their accounts contradict each other. One thing all of their stories have in common is that Batman was present at the sting.

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Point of view proves that a great Batman story doesn’t necessarily need a lot of Batman. Point of view is really about the police who are either trying to save their own skins or find out the truth. Batman is rarely seen, but his very presence can be felt throughout the story.

8 The deep psychology of the double face


The writers of Batman: The Animated Series added depth to so many characters that were previously two-dimensional. Two-Face was a villain fascinated by number two. Some comics have even featured him with a split personality.

One of the producers, Alan Burnett, delved into Two-Face’s psyche even further. Instead of a split personality manifesting after Harvey’s accident, Harvey’s mind split years earlier. The accident that scarred half of his face only brought Harvey’s darker alter-ego to the surface. This in two parts two sides the episode elevates Two-Face from a good villain to a great one.

7 Heart Of Ice Redefines Mr. Freeze

Mr. Freeze Batman the Animated Series

Before Batman: The Animated Series, Mr. Freeze was not a serious villain and his character was not very deep. He had to live in sub-zero temperatures and had a gun that fired ice beams. It was not until Paul Dini wrote the Batman: TAS episode Heart of ice Has Mr. Freeze grown into a really deep and complex character.

If fans only knew the origin of Mr. Freeze by watching the batman and robin movie, they are doing themselves a disservice. batman and robin misfits the story originally seen in Heart of ice. Dini made Victor Fries a tragic character who wanted to save his wife and take revenge on those who turned him into a monster.

6 Dreams In Darkness is fear toxin at its finest

Scarecrow’s fear toxins create hallucinations and cause victims to experience their worst fears. The Scarecrow has appeared in many episodes throughout Batman: TAS, using his fear toxin to rob banks and even rig sporting events. In the episode Dreams in the DarknessBatman is exposed to Fear Toxin and brought to Arkham Asylum after doctors believe he is going insane.

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Batman lives a veritable cinematic series of hallucinations. In his visions, he wanders into a cave and faces some of his worst villains. It is only through his willpower that he manages to defeat the toxins and defeat Scarecrow.

5 The Duality of Batman In Perchance To Dream


The best episodes of TAS are those who delve into the psychology of Bruce Wayne and Batman. Why he dons the cape and cowl, why he gives up a normal life to pursue a life of vigilantism, and what it would take for Bruce to stop being Batman are questions that are explored in Follow your dreams.

Bruce wakes up in a world where Batman is an entity in his own right. Bruce is given the opportunity to live a normal life with his parents and Selina Kyle, but he gives it up to escape this dream world and become Batman again. Follow your dreams is an incredible episode that proves that Batman is more than a mask.

4 Robin’s Reckoning chronicles Robin’s origins

When the TAS started, Dick Grayson was already in college. He was presumably Robin for several years before the events of the first episode. In the two-part episode of the second season Robin’s Judgmentthe origins of Bruce and Dick as the Dynamic Duo have been explored.

The Robin of TAS had an advantage. He looked up to Batman but he was more than willing to go his own way if he felt his way was better. Their friction heated up when Robin was lucky enough to catch her parents’ killer. Batman: TAS didn’t just focus on Batman, entire episodes focused on fleshing out the lives of its supporting cast.

3 Bad guys remember how they almost got it

Batman: TAS wasn’t all austere and deep. Some episodes were quite whimsical. I almost understood is a fan favorite, not because it explored Batman’s tragic backstory or added depth to its psyche. In place, I almost understood is a fun episode. The Batman villains play poker and backtrack on how they each “almost got Batman”.

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Batman villains rarely teamed up, so it was so fun to see them hanging around a poker table. The bad guys are so on brand. Every sentence seems specifically designed for that character. I almost understood is groundbreaking how ordinary it appears to be. It’s just a normal Saturday night for these bad guys.

2 The Man Who Killed Batman

The Man Who Killed Batman features the death of Batman, supposedly. If fans are skeptical, so were Gotham’s villains. When petty criminal Sidney “The Squid” recounts how he accidentally murdered Batman, the Joker and Rupert Thorne don’t believe him. But over time, it looks like Batman is really gone.

The Man Who Killed Batman is quite comical. The villains react to Batman’s supposed death in interesting ways. The Joker, surprisingly, is quite sad about it. During Batman’s eulogy, he utters the famous line: “Without Batman, crime has no punchline.”

1 Batman’s greatest enemies are putting him on trial

by Grant Morrison arkham asylum graphic novel was released in 1989, five years before the release of Batman: TAS episode Test. One can’t help but wonder if this graphic novel served as an inspiration for Test. The villains of Arkham take over the asylum and put Batman on trial for all the crimes he has committed.

Test features nearly all of Batman’s greatest foes. Few episodes throughout TAS had that kind of reach. So many villains and guest stars were together at once in Test, yet, most Batman movies feature a villain or a handful. Test is one of the most cinematic episodes of Batman: TAS.

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