#19 Batman The Animated Series Is The Best Form Of Batman.

I’m a fan of all different forms of Batman BUT my reasons for saying Animated Series takes the cake are as follows:
-It beats Adam West’s portrayal back in 1000 B.C.
-It tops George Clooney’s hard nipple bat suit
-It damn sure beats Christian Bale’s “on the toilet after eating Chipotle” Batman voice.

It’s debatable and I’d love to hear any opinions or arguments on this topic. (As long as you aren’t fighting in Clooney’s corner.)

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48 responses to “#19 Batman The Animated Series Is The Best Form Of Batman.

  1. Its true. Whenever I hear “batman” I think this version.

  2. No way. I was a child of the 90’s but you must be younger than me. The Adam West Batman re-runs they played after school were classic and are the quintessential Batman of the 90’s…regardless of the fact that they were filmed and originally aired in the early 60’s.

    • you are a fucking fool to say Adam West’s version was the “quintessential Batman of the 90’s”. Adam West nearly destroyed the image of what batman truly is- a badass. 90’s batman cartoon FTW but the recent batman’s are great… much like the first batman movies were….

  3. Definitely agreed but I must admit the last two batmans have been pretty good. They bring back those memories of saturday morning cartoons

  4. Absolutely right. The Nostalgia Critic summed it up perfectly when he described the way it was suitable for kids, without treating them like kids.

  5. I will agree because as a kid i watched this show mainly because it was a cartoon. Seeing it now i see how it was dark themed and it beat the spiderman and xmen cartoons. DC cartoons were better than marvel in the 90s

  6. What about Batman Beyond? THAT was the shit!

  7. While I enjoyed the show well enough I was more into X-men cartoon as a kid. My brother however still watches the Batman cartoon series to this day.

  8. Looking back at Batman: TAS, X-Men, and Spider-Man, I realized that the Batman cartoons had much better animation as well as storylines. The entire male and female cast in the X-Men and Spider-Man cartoons were drawn with exaggerated muscularity, and the animation in both was extremely lazy; for instance, recycling the same scenes over and over for different episodes, and the animation itself was patchy at best.

    Meanwhile, the animation in the Batman cartoons was absolutely flawless. I have nothing but the utmost respect and admiration for the creative team behind Batman: TAS because they dedicated themselves to NOT serving up crap every week.

    • and it made Mr freeze a Greek tragedy anti hero instead of a silly themed super villain and it showed scarecrow as very effective and i still consider him on par with the joker because he usually succeeds better

    • No that’s wrong, the artwork in the X-Men, Spider-Man and Iron Man cartoons from the 90’s were more complex than the Batman art. Look at Batman’s jawline.

  9. I dunnno….I liked the Adam West version best. It was a mix of cartoon and real life. Sooo good

  10. I genuinely used to squint my eyes back at him during the opening credits.

  11. Lets not forget the fact that Mark Hamill was the Joker. That was a game changer when I found that out.

    • Christina Villalobos

      Not was….IS the joker he still does the voice acting for joker still. He was the voice of joker for the video game batman arkham asylum and for its upcoming sequel arkham city. And he did the voice for most if not all of the animated movies that came out after the series.

      • recently he stated that his voice work in Batman: Arkham City will be his last time as The Joker! I thought he was the best portrayed of Joker ever (aside of Jack Nicholson) with his creepy voice!

  12. I’m just gonna point out that the Clooney Batman would have been much, MUCH better if Adam West’s version had been the immediate precursor – think about it.

  13. And the voices from Batman: TAS are in Batman: Arkham Asylum, which is why that game was easily the best videogame of 2009.

  14. +9000 for “It damn sure beats Christian Bale’s “on the toilet after eating Chipotle” Batman voice.” I could barely pat attention to the film because I gound his Batman voice SO RIDICULOUSLY FORCED AND BAD. Your description is spot-on.

  15. I completely agree with #19. My main reasoning is that anyone my generation feels that Mark Hamill’s voice for the Joker is the absolute best portrayal of the villain ever. Not Heath Ledger, Not Jack Nicholson, Not Cesar Romero. The Joker is not complete without Hamill’s voice to it.

    • This was the best version of The Joker ever.
      Heath ledger was a great joker, but he looked more of a drunken clown then the true badass that was Mark Hamill’s Joker.

  16. Two words: Harley Quinn, nuff said!

    • frealz! and the producers/writers/directors (Bruce Timm + Paul Dini — easily geniuses on par with Einstein) INVENTED her through that show. the DC comic folks liked her so much they added her to the print comic universe.

      and this isn’t in the ’90’s anymore, but the two of them went on to create the Superman Animated Series that ran on Cartoon Network. not quite as noir but the dialogue is still pretty good.

  17. Not that either should be a contender for best Batman incarnation, but you can’t leave out Michael Keaton and Val Kilmer.

    I think Batman Forever is best forgotten, except for The Riddler and TLJ’s Two-Face.

  18. This was, and still is, quintessential Batman for me. It is the Batman against which, all other Batman’s are rated. My Dad was also friends with someone who wrote a couple of the episodes, so that pretty much sealed the deal. And I agree, Christian Bale (as much as I like him as Bruce) has the WORST Batman voice ever.

  19. i love all the batman movies and shows (except for those new ones, seriously can’t kids today get a good show? just show repeats of ours or something), and i have to agree this is the best by far. even after the refresh that updated the animation and stuff it was still awesome.

    also, Mask of the Phantasm had a more intricate and involved plot and developed characters than most oscar nominees in the past decade.

  20. This was by far the best of the batman shows/movies. One week I had a little tune stuck in my head, and couldn’t figure out what it was. When my brother told me it was the theme to the show, we both sat down and watched the entire series. I’m in college and it’s still just as good as it was when I was young

  21. Omg. I love you guys.

    Bruce Timm’s art. Paul Dini’s story telling. Andrea Romano’s voice directing. Mark Hamill & Kevin FLIPPPIN Conroy (<3) ; Enough said. To me, this is the best show ever.

    They should totally re-run this series.

    • i agree bring it back in reruns hub should be more than happy taking it in hell they have the old GI Joe and happy days why not the bat?

  22. No offense, man, but Batman Beyond was the shit!!!

  23. Not trying to toot my own horn here, but I’m pretty sure I was the best Batman

  24. Totally, totally, totally agreed. The AS had the peeeeeeerfect mixture of modern bat-tech and 20-40s Noir goodness. The AS Batman (as a character) is the only one, I think, that hits every possible note he needs to completely spot-on, and the AS Robin is the only one I don’t consistently dislike. Plus…Harley-Quinn. C’mon. I loved the series as a kid, but I like it BETTER now because I can appreciate the genuinely pitch-perfect storytelling going on there.

    Also, I never realized until rewatching it fairly recent how very adult and twisted the Joker/Harley relationship is. It’s messed up. It is not for children, no way, no how. Poor little gal.

  25. Hahaha the nipples! I loved both the clooney batman movies and rockos modern life, but the nipples in both freaked me out. I don’t know why I had such an aversion to nipples as a child.

  26. I still have the towels that my parents bought my brother from this series! I loved it and once we got TIVO, the mere mention of this version playing sent me running to the record button. I especially loved the ones with Robin and the episode with him and Scarecrow and the fear gas remains one of my all time favorites….followed closely by the Christmas episode.

  27. This will always be “my” Batman!

  28. Definitely the best Batman ever. Also the best Joker ever, the best Harley ever, the best Ivy ever, the best Mr. Freeze ever (omg, his episodes were always so sad, though!), the best Penguin ever, the best Riddler ever, the best Killer Croc ever, the best Bane ever, the best R’as Al Guhl ever (well, I dunno, Liam Neeson’s pretty badass…), the best Alfred ever, the best storylines ever, the best EVERYTHING EVER! It even had the best “next generation” show ever with Batman Beyond, with Kevin Conroy returning as an elderly Bruce Wayne to teach Terry McGinnis the ropes of being Batman. Also loved the coinciding Justice League Series, and Justice League Unlimited after that. Btw, can’t wait for the Green Lantern: TAS that’s coming out either later this year or early next year. It’s by the same crew who did Batman: TAS, and it will be AWESOME!

  29. The best bad guy ever written is the Joker. Mark Hamill pulls that off so well… can’t beat it. The rest is just a bonus.

    I have to agree with Homerjdoh: Harley Quinn!!

  30. Bale’s voice wasn’t as ridiculous in Batman Begins.

    Oh, and the animated film Batman: Under the Red Hood was kind of the tits.

    But Batman the Animated Series was the best. It introduced characters that the comic books would later incorporate. And most importantly, it set the standard (sorry Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger) for the Joker. Mark Hamill is the Joker. End of story.

    The video game Arkham Asylum is a pretty tight representation of Batman also.

  31. The movies have rarely been better than the animated series of the 90’s. Batman, Spiderman, and the X-Men are the best examples of this.

  32. Christopher Nolan wanted to approach the Batman story from a different perspective. The difference in the Christian Bale reboot to just about every other Batman representation is the focus on how realistic it is. Of course it’s not completely realistic but the way the villains are created and portrayed are much closer to what could happen in real life than any of the others…but don’t get me wrong…Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy bring the nostalgia flowing back and are still the best representation of batman ever.

  33. All I have to say is it’s the best because it had HQ, Jokers love bug ❤

  34. Yeah this was the best Batman cartoon ever, I’d say it’s the best Batman related thing ever (comics, movies, cartoons, games. etc) Mark Hamill was the greatest Joker ever funny yet scary at the same time. While Kevin Conroy was the greatest Bruce Wayne/Batman ever, brooding and badass yet witty and funny at times so he wasn’t too dark or campy like other versions.

  35. I had a very nice, but pretty strict babysitter. By “strict”, I mean that she was very orderly and had a schedule for me. At such and such time I would eat, at such and such time it was time to get some exercise, stuff like that. So when the time came for me to watch TV, Batman the Animated Series was what ALWAYS was on. Even though I was a 5 year old, I can’t say that I was disappointed. If anything, I’m rather grateful since this is (not WAS) the best Batman series hands down. Though I must admit that I’m amazed that my babysitter allowed me to watch it.

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