Batman: The Animated Series was the show that started the entire DC Animated Universe. It redefined the genre and ushered in mature storytelling and continuing plotlines in children's animation. But you know all that already. The show was just one of those once in a lifetime, all the stars aligned, right place/right time deals that you count yourself lucky to have witnessed. I was recently able to get my hands on a document titled Batman: Series Writer's Bible thanks to some colleagues over at Comicbooked and I thought I'd share it here with you guys. Enjoy!
Note: The entire document is 153 pgs long so I'll be posting bits and pieces, here and there.
Note: I'll be posting more in the coming weeks but I hope this wet your appetite and you're looking forward to more.
Batman: The Animated Series is an American animated series based on the DC Comics character Batman. The series featured an ensemble cast of many voice-actors including Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Arleen Sorkin, and Loren Lester. The series won four Emmy Awards and was nominated for six others. Batman: The Animated Series, which is noted for its thematic complexity, darkness, and high artistic quality, has been praised by critics and fans alike as one of the most faithful adaptations of the character. IGN has called the series the best adaptation of Batman anywhere outside of comics, the best comic book cartoon of all time, and the second best animated series of all time.
It was produced by Warner Bros. Animation. The visual style of the series, dubbed "Dark Deco," is based on the artwork of producer and artist Bruce Timm. The series originally aired on the Fox Network from September 5, 1992 to September 15, 1995. When the first season of the series aired on weekday afternoons, it lacked an on-screen title, but when its timeslot was moved to weekends during its second season, it was given the on-screen title The Adventures of Batman & Robin. The series was the first in the continuity of the shared DC Animated Universe, and spawned the theatrical film Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993). Reruns of Batman: The Animated Series currently air on the Hub.