Cartoons had an immense impact on me growing up. From Ren & Stimpy to Rocky and Bullwinkle. The Real Ghostbusters to X-Men. The Simpsons get their own mention. Another standout is the incredible Batman: The Animated Series. Created by Eric Radomski and Bruce Timm, BTAS (as the cool children call it) was my proper introduction to Batman as a child. Its darker take on the hero allowed for fantastic, nuanced, and intense storytelling and action galore!
Timm would eventually offer his takes on Superman, the Justice League, and the rest of the DC Universe, creating his own “Timmverse.” Now, as we get closer to the 30th anniversary of BTAS (shudder) he is returning to the Dark Knight with Batman: Caped Crusader. He’s not alone either. Joining him for this new romp through Gotham will be J.J. Abrams and Matt Reeves! The three released the following statement:
“We are beyond excited to be working together to bring this character back, to tell engrossing new stories in Gotham City,” … “The series will be thrilling, cinematic and evocative of Batman’s noir roots, while diving deeper into the psychology of these iconic characters. We cannot wait to share this new world.”
Get me a ticket for the hype train. Heck, I’ll ride in someone’s luggage. I could not be more excited to see this team tackle Batman in a cartoon. The Caped Crusader and his rogue’s gallery are rife with possibilities. I can understand that some may experience “Bat Fatigue” due to the Dark Knight’s frequent media iterations, but the fact is that Batman is incredibly popular and endlessly adaptable.
A whole new generation is about to get a Batman cartoon to call their own and frankly, they’re in excellent hands.
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