Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Batman

"I'm Batman."
Batman, to Dracula
"They all said I was sick in the head... They said, I needed help. Well, maybe I am a bit batty. Blame it on the bats in my belfry." (Evil Laugh)
The other Animated Adaptation of Batman. First aired in 2004, The Batman is the story of a young Bruce Wayne solving crimes and beating up villains. (If you couldn't tell, this series is much more action oriented than plot oriented) It lasted for five seasons. It was the first Batman series to show certain obscure comic villains such as Cluemaster. Initially, it was derided for not being Batman The Animated Series. While it's generally not considered as good or ground-breaking as its predecessor, some people felt it was still decent. The main point to consider in such debates is that B:TAS was meant to represent the comics as a whole while The Batman is supposed to be about trying something new. B:TAS took its main
inspiration from the Burton Batman films and Frank Millers The Dark Knight Returns. The Batman tried a mix of modern and Silver Age material, resulting in some episodes being remarkably mature and intelligent while others seeming to be Merchandise Driven with Batman using much, much more of his toys. The series also did a mix up of traditional DC Comics lore, primarily that Batgirl shows up as Batman's partner before Robin. Later on it showed Batman as being the primary organizer of the Justice League and convincing Superman it was a good idea. (Normally Superman and Martian Manhunter are credited with the League's concept and formation) The show was produced by Duane Capizzi and characters were designed by Jeff Matsuda, most famous for their work on Jackie Chan Adventures and there is plenty of resemblance between the two shows, mostly the art style and the frantic action scenes. In the fourth season Alan Burnett of B:TAS was brought in as showrunner, resulting in a dramatic shift into exploring the greater DCU universe outside of specifically Batman and his Rogues Gallery. Also notable in regards to its movie, The Batman Vs Dracula. Not to be confused with the Columbia Pictures 1943 serial The Batman.

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