For many fans, Kevin Conroy has been the definitive voice of Batman for over two decades, and it’s not hard to see why. From the first episode of Batman: The Animated Series to the recent success of the Arkham games, Conroy has shown us all sides of the Dark Knight, diving deep within the soul of Bruce Wayne and revealing an unprecedented level of depth and emotion within the character.
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All this week on DCComics.com we've been celebrating one of the greatest shows in the history of television. No, not Breaking Bad, but we totally get that. Not The Wire either, although, again, good guess. No, we're talking about the Emmy Award-winning, insanely awesome, genre-defining Batman: The Animated Series, a.k.a. the series that set a benchmark for animated programming and that also introduced an entire generation of fans to the Dark Knight, serving as the defining interpretation of the character.
One of the many great things about Batman: The Animated Series is the influence it’s had on an entire generation of comic book creators, some of whom would later go on to work on Batman themselves. Knowing that so many of our current Batman writers and artists were fans of the show, we thought it would be fun to reach out to a few of them to see if they could recommend a favorite episode. Here are three must-see eps, as recommended by some fine folks who know a few things about the Dark Knight!
DC Collectibles has returned from Toy Fair, where their new line of action figures based on Batman: The Animated Series was a smashing success! While the figures won't be in stores until November, the Collectibles crew provided us with an in-depth look at the figures and what you can expect from them. (In short, plenty of articulation and accessories!)
Ask a Batman fan of a certain age what their favorite Batman movie is and there’s a good chance their answer is Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. However, move down the age spectrum a bit and ask a younger Batman fan about the film and you may find that they haven’t even heard of it. While it’s not unusual for iterations of a long-beloved character like Batman to resonate most strongly with the generation they first appeared, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm seems to be a particularly unique case.
Gotham, the upcoming new Fox drama set early in the life of James Gordon and the young Bruce Wayne, has cast Matrix Reloaded and Madagascar star Jada Pinkett Smith in a surprising role.
That of gangster Fish Mooney.
Who’s that stopping by the DC office? Why, it’s none other than Paul Dini, and he’s just in time for Batman: An Animated Celebration! He’s here to discuss the new Batman: The Animated Series action figures, and he’s far from our only guest. Hart of Dixie’s Scott Porter shows off his awesome mobile mancave, Ivan Reis and Joe Prado discuss this week’s can’t-miss issue of Justice League, and we look at what happens when a Kryptonian gets her hands on a red power ring (let’s just say it ain’t good). Plus, Tiffany visits some of the DC landmarks on the Warner Bros.
In honor of Batman: An Animated Celebration, our week-long tribute to Batman: The Animated Series, TIffany Smith writes about her childhood spent watching the show after school, and the impact it had on her. Particularly her love for a certain lovestruck former psychiatrist.
If you missed the news last week, Batman: The Animated Series is the inspiration for the newest line of action figures from DC Collectibles. We thought this was worth celebrating, so to give the action figures a proper launch, we’re devoting much of this week to Batman: The Animated Series here on DCComics.com with a five-day event called “Batman: An Animated Celebration.”