Remember that insane ‘90s cartoon crossover they put together to steer kids off drugs? My memory’s a little hazy from all the drugs, but we might have the next best thing. The voices behind Batman: The Animated Series and The X-Men are joining forces for a new animated series, with a little Ninja Turtle and casting legend Andrea Romano thrown in for good measure.
The twenty-fifth anniversary of Batman: The Animated Series is now more than just a celebration for fans. Warner Bros. reveals an official Blu-ray remastering of The Dark Knight’s animated adventures will hit shelves in 2018.
One of the great things about Batman’s rogues’ gallery is how prominent the women of Gotham City’s underworld are among the other villains taking up the Dark Knight’s time. This was especially true of the animated adventures, with both Batman: The Animated Series and The New Batman Adventures focusing on the femme fatales with regularity. Heck, BTAS even gave us one of the most popular characters in DC Comics’ history, with the emergence of Harley Quinn. It’s with that in mind that DC Collectibles paid tribute Gotham’s most wanted women in a special pack commemorating the all-female ensemble episode of New Batman Adventures, “Girl's Night Out.”
Since launching the Batman: The Animated Series and New Adventures of Batman action figure lines in 2014, DC Collectibles has been slowly filling out the complete rosters for both shows. For every wave that includes a Batman or Joker, there's another that features Scarface or Man-Bat, and there's no signs of either series stopping any time soon. In all those figures however, it's been hard to justify additional standard Batman figures. DC Collectibles has found a great way around that by pitting the Dark Knight Detective against his greatest enemy: emotions.
Has any one person meant as much to the DC Universe over the past 25 years than Bruce Timm? When the animator and TV producer co-created Batman: The Animated Series with Eric Radomski back in 1992, he and his team at Warner Bros. offered a fresh take on an iconic character, finding a balance between the breezy fun of the ’60s Batman and the darker Dark Knight of the ’70s and ’80s. Timm then went on to co-create one of the more entertaining versions of Superman in another animated series, debuting in 1996; and in 2001 he carried the lessons from those two shows into Justice League and Justice League Unlimited, which together comprise some of the best superhero television ever made.