For my generation, Batman: The Animated Series was the definitive Batman. Forget the Adam West Batman — hell, forget Michael Keaton. If there is one particular portrayal of the character that many of us look to as a high mark of quality, it’s that animated show, and for this writer, it taught me that it’s really easy to pick up a 250-pound dude and throw him across the room.
The show itself was a solid and consistent one that shaped many a childhood and further influenced what fans expected from the Caped Crusader in terms of style and tone. Plus, it gave us Mark Hamill’s Joker, who has gone on to be iconic in his own way. The show lasted a few years and ultimately ran for 85 episodes. But for a series that has gone on to be so beloved, you’d think it could have gone on for longer, right?
Kevin Conroy — the voice of Batman in the show — recently revealed to ComicBook.com why the show ended:
“They didn’t stop making the shows because the audience wasn’t there or the actors weren’t there, they stopped, really, because the creators ran out of ideas for stories. And they didn’t want to compromise on the quality of what they had and start creating kind of silly stories…But all the actors would love to have done more of them. You could get all those actors back today, in a booth, to do more animated series shows because everyone loved it that much.”
Of course, from there, they went off in a different direction, going for the futuristic Batman Beyond, which has gone on to be beloved in its own right (though I’ll admit that it never struck a chord with me). When all said and done, the limited run of Batman: The Animated Series has ultimately worked in its favor, allowing fans to understandably cling to it, because each episode is so good.
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