The Batman (TV series)
|Created by||Michael Goguen
|Based on||Batman by Bob Kane|
|Voices of||Rino Romano
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||5|
|No. of episodes||65 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Warner Bros. Animation|
|Original network||The WB (2004–06)
The CW (2006–08)
|Original release||September 11, 2004– March 22, 2008|
|Preceded by||Batman Beyond|
|Followed by||Batman: The Brave and the Bold|
The Batman is an animated television series produced by Warner Bros. Animation based on the DC Comics superhero Batman. It ran from September 11, 2004 to March 22, 2008, on the Saturday morning television block Kids' WB.
Although the series borrows many elements from previous Batman storylines, it does not follow the continuity set by the comic books, the film series, nor that of Batman: The Animated Series and its spin-offs. The character designs were provided by Jackie Chan Adventures artist Jeff Matsuda; he also directed the ending. The series won six Daytime Emmy Awards.
In the first season of The Batman, Bruce Wayne (voiced by Rino Romano) is 26 years old, and has been the Batman, protector of Gotham City, for three years (before his existence was publicly confirmed in the first episode). Along with a secret Batcave, high-tech Batmobile and supercomputer, called the Bat-Wave, he has his trusty butler Alfred Pennyworth (voiced by Alastair Duncan), who guides him when needed. Other characters include Ethan Bennett (voiced by Steven Harris), a cop who believes the Batman is needed in Gotham, and at odds with Chief Angel Rojas (voiced by Edward James Olmos in his initial appearance, Jesse Corti in all his subsequent appearances), who has no room for vigilantes, and Ellen Yin (voiced by Ming-Na), Bennett's partner who is torn between her belief in law and order and her personal feelings toward the Batman. Both Bennett and Yin are charged with capturing the Batman throughout Season 1. Adam West, who played Batman in the 1960s Batman TV series, provides the voice for Gotham’s Mayor, Marion Grange, for the first four seasons.
While crime in Gotham is at an all-time low, new foes emerge and the Batman confronts his rogues gallery for the first time. The first season featured new interpretations of the Batman's villains such as Rupert Thorne (voiced by Victor Brandt), The Joker (voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson), The Penguin (voiced by Tom Kenny), Catwoman (voiced by Gina Gershon), Mr. Freeze (voiced by Clancy Brown), Firefly (voiced by Jason Marsden), Ventriloquist and Scarface (voiced by Dan Castellaneta), Man-Bat (voiced by Peter MacNicol), Cluemaster (voiced by Glenn Shadix), and Bane (voiced by Joaquim de Almeida in the first appearance, Ron Perlman in the second, and Clancy Brown in the third).
At the end of Season 1, Ethan Bennett turned into Clayface after being tortured and mutated by the Joker. At that time, Yin changes her view on the Batman and, from that point on, the two become allies.
Season 2 introduced more villains: Riddler (voiced by Robert Englund), Hugo Strange (voiced by Frank Gorshin, the original Riddler from the 1960s Batman TV series, replaced by Richard Green after Gorshin's death), Rag Doll (voiced by Jeff Bennett), Spellbinder (voiced by Michael Massee), Killer Croc (voiced by Ron Perlman), and Solomon Grundy (voiced by Kevin Grevioux). At the end of this season, Yin is found out to have been working with The Batman. At the same time, another main character to the Batman mythos, Commissioner James Gordon (voiced by Mitch Pileggi) is introduced, along with the Bat-Signal. Yin and Chief Angel Rojas make their final appearances in the season finale.
Season 3 introduced a young Barbara Gordon, who becomes Batgirl (voiced by Danielle Judovits) and plays a major role along with her father. Barbara tries to be The Batman's sidekick, but he refuses to accept the need for a partner until the end of the season. This differed from the comics, in which Robin was The Batman's first sidekick; this was due to the Teen Titans animated series using the character, limiting his ability to appear in other shows, making it the only time Batgirl is Batman's first sidekick instead of Robin.
Several villains are introduced this season: Poison Ivy (voiced by Piera Coppola), a different version of Gearhead (voiced by Will Friedle), Maxie Zeus (voiced by Phil LaMarr), Toymaker (voiced by Patton Oswalt), Prank (voiced by Michael Reisz), Temblor (voiced by Jim Cummings) and D.A.V.E. (voiced Jeff Bennett).
Season 3 is ended with Strange becoming one of The Batman's enemies. In "A Fistful of Felt", The Batman discovers that Strange had turned the Ventriloquist, who had been cured of his multiple personality disorder, back into a criminal. In "Gotham's Ultimate Criminal Mastermind", the season finale to Season 3, Strange is brought to justice and becomes a patient in Arkham Asylum. In Season 4's "Strange New World", it is revealed that Strange went to Arkham only so he could come up with new schemes.
This season changed the series' theme music, swapping the original theme, performed by The Edge, for a lighter, 1960s-esque theme.
Season 4 featured a redesign to Bruce Wayne, with a more square facial and chin structure, making him reminiscent of the DC animated universe Batman design.
Dick Grayson as Robin (voiced by Evan Sabara) was introduced into the show, as the Teen Titans animated series had been cancelled early in the year before this season started. Batgirl is now part of the team and found out the secret identities of both The Batman and Robin, and Lucius Fox (voiced by Louis Gossett Jr.) is introduced in the season finale. Also, Robin and Batgirl begin a sibling-like rivalry.
More villains appeared, such as Tony Zucco (voiced by Mark Hamill, who voiced the Joker in the DC animated universe), Killer Moth (voiced by Jeff Bennett), Black Mask (voiced by James Remar), Rumor (voiced by Ron Perlman), Everywhere Man (voiced by Brandon Routh), Harley Quinn (voiced by Hynden Walch), Francis Grey (voiced by Dave Foley), and the Basil Karlo version of Clayface (voiced by Wallace Langham in the first appearance, Lex Lang in the second appearance). In his final appearance, Ethan Bennett, the first Clayface, is redeemed and cured of his condition.
One of the highlights of Season 4 was "Artifacts", an episode describing a possible future, that had elements from Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns. Set in 2027, with the main storyline in 3027, it features a wheelchair-using Barbara Gordon as Oracle (voiced by Kellie Martin), Dick Grayson as Nightwing (voiced by Jerry O'Connell), with both The Batman and the Batmobile resembling the versions in Miller's series.
The season finale featured an alien invasion by entities called "The Joining", and another superhero from the DC Universe; Martian Manhunter/J'onn J'onzz (voiced by Dorian Harewood). In this episode, J'onn brings The Batman to a Hall of Justice Watchtower orbiting the Earth where he introduces him to Hawkman, Green Arrow, Flash, and Green Lantern as part of the Justice League of America.
This season also marks the departure of Jeff Matsuda and Michael Jelenic from the show.
The fifth and final season was said by producer Alan Burnett to be the show's "The Brave and the Bold season." This season primarily focused on the Dynamic Duo (The Batman and Robin) teaming up with members of the Justice League. Batgirl and Commissioner Gordon were dropped from the show as main characters, and only rarely appeared as guests or cameos. In Batgirl's case, this is because she has graduated from high school and is attending college ("Attack of the Terrible Trio").
In the season's first episode, The Batman teams up with Superman (voiced by George Newbern). Besides Martian Manhunter, other team-ups for the season included Green Arrow (voiced by Chris Hardwick), Flash (voiced by Charlie Schlatter), Green Lantern (voiced by Dermot Mulroney), and Hawkman (voiced by Robert Patrick). The series finale features the entire Justice League.
Villains for this particular season were a combination of rogues from the superheroes appearing on the show with some Batman villains. Villains include Lex Luthor (voiced by Clancy Brown), Mercy Graves (voiced by Gwendoline Yeo), Metallo (voiced by Lex Lang), Count Vertigo (voiced by Greg Ellis), The Wrath (voiced by Christopher Gorham), Toyman (voiced by Richard Green), Shadow Thief (voiced by Diedrich Bader), Sinestro (voiced by Miguel Ferrer), Mirror Master (voiced by John Larroquette), and the Terrible Trio (voiced by David Faustino, Grey DeLisle, and Googy Gress). Also, Firefly becomes Phosphorus. The Joining returns in the finale in alliance with Hugo Strange. The final episode was a 40-minute movie, featuring all the members of the Justice League who have made an appearance in the show.
List of Episodes
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||13||September 11, 2004||May 7, 2005|
|2||May 14, 2005||September 10, 2005|
|3||September 17, 2005||May 13, 2006|
|4||September 23, 2006||May 5, 2007|
|5||September 22, 2007||March 22, 2008|
All the DVD releases are in 4:3 aspect ratio. However, the entire series is available in 16:9 on Amazon Video and the Xbox Video Store. The first two seasons and The Batman vs. Dracula movie are available on iTunes in 16:9.
- The Complete First Season (2 discs, episodes 1-13)
- The Complete Second Season (2 discs, episodes 14-26)
- The Complete Third Season (2 discs, episodes 27-39)
- The Complete Fourth Season (2 discs, episodes 40-52)
- The Complete Fifth Season (2 discs, episodes 53-65)
- The Batman vs. Dracula (1 disc, feature-length animated movie)
- Rino Romano - Bruce Wayne/Batman
- Danielle Judovits - Barbara Gordon/Batgirl
- Evan Sabara - Dick Grayson/Robin
- Alastair Duncan - Alfred Pennyworth
- Ming-Na Wen - Detective Ellen Yin
- Steve Harris - Detective Ethan Bennett
- Kevin Michael Richardson - The Joker
- Jesse Corti - Chief Angel Rojas (2nd voice)
- Mitch Pileggi - Commissioner James Gordon
- Adam West - Mayor Marion Grange
- Joaquim de Almeida - Bane (1st voice)
- Amanda Anka - Smoke
- Diedrich Bader - Shadow Thief, Number One (1st voice)
- Jeff Bennett - Rag Doll, D.A.V.E., Killer Moth
- Victor Brandt - Rupert Thorne
- Clancy Brown - Mr. Freeze, Lex Luthor, Bane (3rd voice)
- Dan Castellaneta - Ventriloquist and Scarface
- Kevin Conroy - John Grayson
- Piera Coppola - Poison Ivy
- Jim Cummings - Temblor
- Dana Delany - Lois Lane
- Grey DeLisle - Vulture, Mary Grayson
- Jack DeSena - Jimmy Olsen
- John DiMaggio - Rhino, Mugsy
- Greg Ellis - Count Vertigo
- Robert Englund - Riddler
- David Faustino - Fox
- Miguel Ferrer - Sinestro
- Dave Foley - Francis Grey
- Will Friedle - Gearhead
- Gina Gershon - Catwoman
- Christopher Gorham - Wrath
- Frank Gorshin - Hugo Strange (2005)
- Louis Gossett, Jr. - Lucius Fox
- Richard Green - Hugo Strange (2006-2008), Toyman
- Googy Gress - Shark
- Kevin Grevioux - Solomon Grundy
- Mark Hamill - Tony Zucco
- Chris Hardwick - Green Arrow
- Dorian Harewood - Martian Manhunter
- Tom Kenny - The Penguin
- Phil LaMarr - Maxie Zeus
- Lex Lang - Basil Karlo/Clayface (2nd voice), Metallo
- Wallace Langham - Basil Karlo/Clayface (1st voice)
- John Larroquette - Mirror Master
- Rachael MacFarlane - Blaze
- Peter MacNicol - Man-Bat
- John Mariano - Number One (2nd voice)
- Jason Marsden - Firefly
- Kellie Martin - Oracle
- Michael Massee - Spellbinder
- Dermot Mulroney - Green Lantern
- George Newbern - Superman
- Jerry O'Connell - Nightwing
- Edward James Olmos - Chief Angel Rojas (1st voice)
- Patton Oswalt - Toymaker, Marty
- Robert Patrick - Hawkman
- Ron Perlman - Killer Croc, Bane (2nd voice), Rumor
- Michael Reisz - Prank
- James Remar - Black Mask
- Brandon Routh - Everywhere Man
- Daryl Sabara - Scorn
- Charlie Schlatter - Flash
- Glenn Shadix - Cluemaster
- Hynden Walch - Harley Quinn
- Patrick Warburton - Detective Cash Tankinson
- Gwendoline Yeo - Mercy Graves
- Keone Young - Hideto Katsu
The Batman Strikes!
The Batman Strikes! is a DC comic book series featuring Batman and is a spin-off comic book series of The Batman. Part of the DC's younger reader line, the series survived for 50 issues in total, with the last issue shipping in October 2008.
|Volume 1: Crime Time||#1-5||SC: 978-1401205096|
|Volume 2: In Darkest Night||#6-10||SC: 978-1401205102|
|Volume 3: Duty Calls||#11-14, 16-18||SC: 978-1401215484|
- Michael Goguen - Supervising producer
- Duane Capizzi - Supervising producer
- Glen Murakami - Producer
- Jeff Matsuda - Producer
- Linda M. Steiner - Producer
- Sander Schwartz - Executive Producer
- Alan Burnett - Executive Producer
- Kimberly A. Smith - Associate Producer
- Sam Liu - Director
- Brandon Vietti - Director
- Seung Eun Kim - Director
- Ginny McSwain - Voice Director (2004–2006)
- Andrea Romano - Voice Director (2006–2008)
- The Edge - Theme Music Creator
The Batman was nominated for twelve Daytime Emmy Awards during its five-year run, winning six times. In 2005 it was nominated for Outstanding Special Class Animated Program, Outstanding performer in an Animated Program (Kevin Michael Richardson as the Joker), Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition, and Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Live Action and Animation (for which it won). In 2006 it was nominated and won Outstanding Special Class Animated Program and Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Live Action and Animation. In 2007 it was nominated for Outstanding Special Class Animated Program and won Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Live Action and Animation. In 2008 it was nominated for Outstanding Special Class Animated Program and Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program (Kevin Michael Richardson as the Joker), and won Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Live Action and Animation, and Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing - Live Action and Animation.
The Batman was also nominated for Motion Picture Sound Editors "Golden Reel Awards" for Sound Effects Editing in 2005, 2008, and 2009, winning in 2008.
The Batman also received its share of criticism with critics and fans. IGN commented in the article "A History Of Batman" that The Batman's "characters have a much more kiddie and cartoonish feel than those seen in the Animated Series and its kin," and that the "various Batsuits and gadgets and many action scenes" were intended to "inspire toys for kids to buy."
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