Thread: How great was Batman: The Animated Series?

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    • 13 years 3 months ago
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    Quote by COOLHAND
    what about the spiderman, xmen, the incredible hulk, iron man, and fantastic four cartoons of the nineties...personally i cant pick


    Frankly, all of the above lack the artistry and tight screenwriting of Superman, Justice League, Batman, Gargoyles, and Beast Wars. The aforementioned series all have a great visual style and were very intelligently written. I'll also be willing to add Exo-Squad to that list; though I didn't get to see too many episodes, what I saw was very good. It was not like your standard American action cartoon- rather it was something more like the original Mobile Suit Gundam.

    I mean, I liked X-Men and Spider-Man back then, but in retrospect they really don't come close. Turn off the nostalgia, and to me, its no question which shows were the cream of the action crop.
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    • 13 years 3 months ago
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    Quote by chaoszerg
    I was not that impressed with the batman animated series. It just did not have those things that made batman special for me when I was a kid like whack...pow...crash...kapow...boink.


    Then you'd be very upset with the version of Batman that's been in the comics since 1970 or so. Some of the graphic novels of the 80s might border on an R rating if they were made into movies.
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    Lol I am okay with the comics. But I do have fond memories of chuckling at the kapow and bang ,crash, boink that used to be used in the fighting of the show.
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    Quote by Honeygirl911
    Yeah I watched it even though I'm a guri. I still remember the episode where he was in some mental hospital, I only remember seeing him in a room in a strait jacket, and the ending where his butler gives him a shot. It didn't really look like he gave him a shot though. I also remember the episode where the Commisoner Gordon was injured and had to go the hospital. I remember Batamn blaming himself and wanting to give up being Batman.


    That episode, "I am the Night," is the single best dramatic animated TV episode I've seen outside of anime. (Though Beast Wars' "Code of Hero" rates a strong second).

    Another thing I want to add: I just saw the episode "On Leather Wings" on DVD again, and that scene near the end where we first see Dr. Angstrom change into the Man-Bat, is still EXTREMELY creepy.
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    I hold "Batman: TAS" in extremely high regard, it's my all-time favorite adaption of a comic. An adaption that actually influenced the comic it was based on (stuff like Mr Freeze's tragic background or characters like Harley Quinn originated in the cartoon and was incorporated in the original comics).

    Overall, one of the best cartoons of the 90's (perhaps the best).
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    You know last night I was flipping around and I cam across Batman:TAS on Jetix and I just stopped what I was doing and sat down and watched it. I was amazed at how beautiful the series still looks and sounds after all these years, and the characterization of the characters. The episode in particular was Feat of Clay and you could really feel the pain of Matt Haykin(sp) as he slips into the maddness of being Clayface, and Kevin Conroy's performance as Batman the noblity that he gave the character it was amazing. To me all cartoons are either before Batman:The Animated Series and after it. It saddens me to think that we might never again see a show that was elegant as Batman ever again.
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    • 13 years 3 months ago
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    Dude, it's been on since September 28. You obviously didn't get the memo. I've got the first two volumes and am waiting for the third on Christmas. It's just so beautiful, it'll stand the test of time!

    P.S. Actually, Matt was already a nut before becoming Clayface.
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    Quote by 80skidAK
    That episode, "I am the Night," is the single best dramatic animated TV episode I've seen outside of anime. (Though Beast Wars' "Code of Hero" rates a strong second).


    Hmm, I'd say "Heart of Ice" and "Over the Edge" were better, but indeed, it's a classic. Plus my beloved AD's "Homecoming" tops all of these, as evident here([url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbuIugA-gro[/url]) and here([url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2DAOkFBUMc&mode=related&search=)[/url]. Can't find the full ep, and these work better if you've seen the show, but here's why I love this modern toon show much([url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvR251vkdEA&mode=related&search=)[/url].

    Oh yes, while I'm at it, "Almost Got 'Im" is another classic.
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    I used to watch it. I was a huge fan.
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    Batman: TAS is by far my favorited animated show of all time. Even the worst episodes are still far better than a lot of other cartoons. It was written for children without being dumbed down, so the show is still enjoyable when you're older. That's a rarity these days. I doubt many of today's kids are going to be able to rewatch Pokemon without getting annoyed.

    As far as my favorite episode, I'll have to go with the Two-Face two parter or I Am The Night.
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    I still remember the first time I saw BTAS... The intro alone told me that I was in for a treat.

    I actually prefered The New Batman Adventures... The animation & character models were tightened up and the writing got even sharper. "Over The Edge" is, for me, still the most shocking and moving "kid's" cartoon I've ever seen. And of course, Batman Beyond and Justice League/JLU just carried it on.

    I grew up a Marvel zombie, and whilst I enjoyed the Marvel 'toons of the 90s, the DCAU blew 'em all away. It was BTAS that got me into DC Comics - in fact, when I read a Batman comic and I imagine his voice, it's always Kevin Conroy's. He is THE definitive Batman for me.
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    Quote by chaoszerg
    Lol I am okay with the comics. But I do have fond memories of chuckling at the kapow and bang ,crash, boink that used to be used in the fighting of the show.


    That was the 1966 Batman. I remember watching that show.
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    • 13 years 2 months ago
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    the 66 batman was awesome...they had a movie too
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