US syndicated tv series (1992-1995; originally titled Batman: The Animated Series). Warner Bros. Produced by Alan Burnett, Eric Radomski and Bruce W Timm. Executive producers: Jean MacCurdy and Tom Ruegger. Directed by Kevin Altieri and many others. Based on the Comic-book characters created by Bob Kane. Writers include Paul Dini, Diane Duane, Joe R Lansdale, Peter Morwood, Steve Perry, Michael Reaves, Garfield Reeves-Stevens, Judith Reeves-Stevens, Randy Rogel, Brynne Stephens, Len Wein and Marv Wolfman. Voice actors include Michael Ansara (Mr Freeze), Ed Asner (Roland Daggett), Adrienne Barbeau (Selina Kyle/Catwoman), Jeff Bennett (HARDAC), Kevin Conroy (Batman/Bruce Wayne), John Glover (The Riddler), Mark Hamill (The Joker), Bob Hastings (Commissioner Gordon), Aron Kincaid (Killer Croc), Loren Lester (Dick Grayson/Robin), Roddy McDowall (The Mad Hatter), Richard Moll (Harvey Dent/Two-Face), Ron Perlman (Matthew Hagen/Clayface), Diane Pershing (Poison Ivy), Henry Polic (The Scarecrow), Helen Slater (Talia), Arleen Sorkin (Harley Quinn), John Vernon (Rupert Thorne), David Warner (Ra's al Ghul), Paul Williams (The Penguin), Efrem Zimbalist Jr (Alfred Pennyworth). 65 30-minute episodes. Colour.
This animated series was created in response to Tim Burton's successful series of Batman Films. Though using many of the characters first seen in the Comic books, the series had a notably different style and look: more angular in nature than the comics, it also made effective use of shadows and perspective, setting it apart from both the comics and other, competing animated shows. Batman and Robin battle the criminal element of Gotham City, though in a different continuity from the original comic books. The continued high ratings led to the animated film Batman: Mark of the Phantasm (1993) (see Batman Films).
The Adventures of Batman and Robin generated a successful spinoff series of comic books, The Batman Adventures, beginning in October 1992 and continuing through various relaunches and retitlings to 2004. [BC/DRL]
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