Screen Junkies drops an Honest Trailer for the 90s animated classic, Batman: The Animated Series. The original show ran from 1992-1995. and continued as The New Batman Adventures from 1997 to 1999. It's widely considered the greatest on-screen version of the story by fans, largely due to its complex psychological explorations, striking, hand-crafted animation, and Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill's legendary voice work as Batman and The Joker, respectively. DC even had to increase production of the series on Blu-ray to meet fan demands, although the series is also available for streaming exclusively on the DC Universe streaming service.
While the 90s are considered a golden age for superhero cartoons, producing such memorable gems as Superman: The Animated Series, Spider-Man, and X-Men: The Animated Series, Batman delivered some of the best quick wit and emotional impact for kids of the era to savor as adults. The series premiered close to Tim Burton's Batman and Batman Returns films, which were released in 1989 and 1992 respectively. In addition to Danny Elfman's chilling theme song, the show carried over many references from the movies, such as using Jack Napier as the real name of The Joker. Both Conroy and Hamill continued to voice the characters they proliferated in numerous movies, video games, and TV series, including the animated Justice League series (2001-2004).
The Honest Trailer highlights everything masterful and laughable about Batman: The Animated Series, including under-appreciated heroes and villains, seldom pointed-out continuity errors, and stark (often preferential) contrasts to the other Caped Crusader on-screen adaptations. Check out the trailer below:
The references to dial up Internet and the show's often Cold War looking design reveals how its portrayal was much closer to the classic comic books than any Gotham City on TV or film today. The trailer contextualizes the series by showing that while Joel Schumacher's Batman Forever (1995) and Batman and Robin (1997) were cartoon-like and stylistically retro, DC seems to have settled on focusing on grimmer incarnations of the vigilante. The jab at how emphatically darker Dick Grayson has become in Titans, juxtaposed with Adam West's famous Batusi dance demonstrates how much the creative direction of the franchise has changed.
While the debates on the best Batman, from the delightful camp of Adam West to Ben Affleck's Martha-fueled blood lust continue to rage, Batman: The Animated Series consistently makes the favorites list because it manages to meet somewhere in the middle. So many episodes are timeless for their dry humor, through Alfred's sass, Bruce Wayne's sitcom-Dad one-liners, not to mention Joker lamenting that he'll go up against Batman, but not the IRS when he becomes a millionaire. However the episodes that explore Bruce's deep-seated trauma behind his good-natured CEO persona amount to some of the most realistic and heart-wrenching analyses of the character that have ever been seen. Even the reoccurring romantic tension between Batman and Catwoman is unapologetically murky and reluctant, rather than tragic or one-dimensional. With a whole new slate of Gotham-based films in development, a lot of fans will be hoping that they'll be taking notes on what this series had to offer.
Source: Screen Junkies