The animated series of Batman is based on the very popular DC comic superhero-- Batman.
The series tells the tales of his brushes with crime in Gotham city and how he fights it with occasional help from his sidekick, Robin, and Batgirl.
It was broadcasted originally on Fox Kids from September 1992 to September 1995 with the sum total of 85 episodes.
But the final 15 episode was, however, aired with a different title known as "The Adventures of Batman and Robin".
The TV series was the first of the modern DC animated universe (DCAU) and is considered to be the best habituation of Batman anywhere, aside of course from the comics.
However, just like X-men, Batman is not exactly kid-friendly, as it shows outright violence against villains, realistic firearms instead of the usual laser guns and the existence of blood.
It is believed to have paved the way for other action cartoons as the producers pushed the boundaries of action in the series.
Who are the character of Batman: The animated series?
Also known as "The Dark Knight," is Bruce Wayne acting as Batman.
Unlike other comics and films where Bruce deliberately plays the role of the over privileged, narcissistic, dumb billionaire playboy, here he is more assertive and intelligent.
He even involves himself in the management of Wayne Enterprises without jeopardizing his secret identity.
The character is played by Kevin Conroy.
Dick Grayson is Batman's sidekick, known as Robin's alter ego.
The series, however, reinvented Dick Grayson's character. His costume is modernized and his personality made more serious.
He attends the same college with Barbara Gordon (Batgirl) who is the daughter of the commissioner.
And without any knowledge of their individual identity, they develop romantic feelings toward each.
The character is played by Loren Lester.
Joker is known as the clown of terrors and is Batman's arch nemesis.
He has a sinister and slightly silly look. He is very concerned with appearance and even on one occasion burns down a casino which is in his likeness.
The Joker is in a very toxic and abusive relationship with Harley Quinn.
Harley Quinn's character is one of the most famous contributions this series made to the Batman franchise. She was introduced in the episode "Joker’s Favor".
Barbara Gordon is the daughter of Gotham's city commissioner of police, James Gordon. She later went on to become Batgirl, a vigilante who is Batman's ally and protégé.
However, apart from the mentioned characters, there are other villains that appeared throughout the course of the series and they include Poison Ivy, The Mad Hatter, Bane, The Ventriloquist, Red Claw, Tony Zucco, Catwoman, The Riddler, Scarecrow, Ra’s al ghul, Talia al ghul, Two-face and many others.
Notable episodes on Batman: The animated Series
The Demon's Quest
This episode is so memorable because it introduced us to Ra's al ghul, a famed villain in the comics but has not received enough recognition in other Batman adaptations. “The Demon’s Quest is a 2 part episode that first aired in May 1993.
Batman is brought face to face with Ra’s when Robin is Kidnaped. Ra's who knows that Batman is really Bruce Wayne needs his help to locate his daughter Talia.
It was during the course of Talia’s search that they uncover dark secrets.
Counted among the reasons that make this episode noteworthy is seeing for the first time the iconic villain Joker along with his partner Harley Quinn.
In this episode a regular guy named Charlie Collins is cursed out a car in traffic by the Joker himself, he begs for his life and the Joker makes him promise to do him a favor.
Years later, after Charlie has changed his name and leaves Gotham city, Joker tracks him down.
This episode is the seventh episode of the series.