If you're a fan of Batman, then, you're probably already aware of his many incarnations in both film and TV. None has been as influential as the 1992 Batman: The Animated Series though. It has been called by many as the definitive way to experience the Dark Knight story by basically everyone and we tend to agree with those sentiments. The show received critical acclaim for its darker, noir-like presentation and approach to the Batman mythos. It was also thematically more complex and violent than its predecessors. In an attempt to expand its Batman: The Animated Series toy line(yeah, it's a thing), DC just announced a comic book miniseries tie-in to go along with the release of new merch and it will be aptly called Batman: The Adventures Continue. Here's to hoping that it gets an animated series adaptation as well in the future. While we wait, why not give the series another go? It's a perfect time to do so given all that's going on around the world right now. Once you're done watching, check back with us as we discuss some of the best Batman: The Animated Series episodes below.
Batman has one of the most interesting and varied rosters of enemies of any superhero that you can find anywhere. The episode called Almost Got 'Im is a great example of this that showcases some of the Dark Knight's most recognizable supervillain enemies. We see the likes of the Joker, Penguin, and Two-Face among others in a gathering discussing their woes and failed attempts at defeating Batman. It's definitely a must-watch among Batman: The Animated Series episodes.
This 2-episode story tells one of the most tragic stories among Batman's supervillain enemies, Two-Face aka Harvey Dent. The episodes chronicle the fall of Harvey Dent from the once successful and righteous District Attorney of Gotham City to his tragic turn as the criminal known as Two-Face. What makes it one of the best episodes of the Batman: The Animated Series is it's seen through the eyes of Bruce Wayne that has to bear seeing his once close friend succumb to his personal demons and darkness.
When it comes to supervillains on the show, no one has "benefitted" more than Dr. Victor Fries, also known as Mr. Freeze. Before Batman: The Animated Series, he was nothing more than your typical bad guy that did not get much attention or notoriety. With the episode Heart of Ice though, he finally got his own well-established backstory, complete with a visual redesign. This version of Mr. Freeze has become so influential that many other incarnations of this character were based on it, whether it be in movies or other TV shows.
Beware the Gray Ghost is an episode that fully embraces the darker and more serious tone of the Batman: The Animated Series while also paying tribute the lighter, more comical show that came before it, the 1960s Batman TV show. The show gets lost in its own gloom and doom sometimes that it forgets that there can be a light at the end of the tunnel. A washed-up TV superhero actor (voiced by Adam West himself) gets another shot at life when he works with Batman to solve a series of crimes related to his old TV show.
What would happen if Batman's greatest and most loathsome criminals suddenly became his judge, jury, and executioner? What would happen if the tables are turned around and Batman is the one that ends up being judged? That is exactly what happens in a sort of parody episode in Batman: The Animated Series. When Joker and fellow inmates take over Arkham Asylum, Batman must now stand trial and be defended by a district attorney that despises him after they are taken as hostages.
Ever wondered what it would be like if Bruce Wayne wasn't the Batman? Well, that is exactly what the episode Perchance To Dream of the Batman: The Animated Series, tried to allude to. Batman is no stranger to physical pain, but what about a mental one? After being knocked out, we see Bruce Wayne waking up to find things are not what they used to be. His parents are alive, he is married to Selena Kyle, and someone else has taken up the mantle of Batman. He knows none of it is real and fights his way back to reality and a thrilling twist at the end.
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