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The Batman

The Batman


"Bring on The Batman!"


The Batman was created to be a companion cartoon to Batman Begins, similar to how Batman: The Animated Series was created to be a companion to Batman Returns. Though no continuity is shared between Batman Begins and The Batman both have a similar idea... telling the story of the Dark Knight in his younger years. So far, the series has done that, introducing The Batman Rouges Gallery...

Season one was the season that started it all, starting with the first confrontation with the Joker and Batman, and ending with the creation of a new villain... Clayface. The season also marked the entrance of The Penguin, Mr. Freeze, Catwoman, Cluemaster, The Ventriloquist, Scarface, Man-bat, Rupert Thorne and Bane. The first season also introduced new characters into Batman's world including Detective Ethan Bennett, Detective Ellen Yin, and Chief Rojas.

Then season two came along, which began with the first team up between Catwoman and the Penguin. The season also introduced the Riddler, Ragdoll, Spellbinder, Killer Croc, and Solomon Grundy into the rouges gallery. The season also marked the first appearances of Hugo Strange and Commissioner Gordon. Beginning with the season finale, Batman and the police begin working side-by-side, beginning with the first lighting of the bat-signal.

Season three marked the debut of Batgirl in the two part season opener, Batgirl Begins. Not only did the Barbara Gordon Batgirl debut, but her rival, Poison Ivy debuted in the same episode. Besides Poison Ivy, Toymaker, D.A.V.E., Maxie Zuess, Temblor, and Prank made their entrance into the series.

Season four is being called "the most fan devoted season ever" featuring the appearance of Martian Manhunter in the two part season finale. This season also introduces Robin into the Batman's world as criminal Tony Zucco orphans a young Dick Grayson. This season also marks the first time Mark Hamil and Kevin Conroy do voice over work in the Batman. Besides the heroes appearing in this season, the Penguin returns bringing his own version of the Injustice gang, which exists of Killer Croc, Firefly, and Ragdoll. Harley Quinn debuts in an episode that is penned by none other than her creator, Paul Dini! In a time traveling episode, fans get an image of a future Batman, (who looks like his character for Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns) Nightwing, and Oracle fighting off the future Mr. Freeze. That episode will be penned by none other than Gargoyles creator, Greg Weisman. Black Mask also makes his debut this season, as well as The Everywhereman whom is played by none other than Brandon Routh. Killer Moth also debuts this season, as well as the Matt Hagen Clayface. There is also one more character rumored to appear... it's a JLA member... FLASH!


Batman and Martian Manhunter stand as aliens invade.


In season 5, Batman expands his range of operations as he joins the Justice League and becomes involved in the affairs of other heroes such as Superman and the Flash... and their arch-villains as well.

The series had one Direct-to-video movie, called "The Batman vs. Dracula." The first season of this series is on DVD, with Season two coming out on September 12, 2006.

The show has gotten it's shair of mixed reviews, being hated and liked at the same time. The mixed reviews come from the fact that The Batman had created a Bat-embraro when it was released, keeping the Joker, Batgirl, Alfred, etc from being used in the current DCAU series -- Justice League Unlimited. While the creators couldn't use the characters, they still welcomed the series with open arms, and gave the new creators pointers on how to get the series done right. The series continues to be plauged with hate by die-hard fans of the DCAU, but others have acknowledged the fact that the DCAU is dead, and a new generation of cartoons is fast approaching. The Batman has a fan-base of children to adults, and has proven itself to be a great edition to the media that Batman finds himself in.

Many people whom hated the series had basicly hated it due to the lack of quality in writing from the first season of the series, though by season two, the fans quickly changed their minds. Though, there where still some series haters at the time of the third season debut. Fans quickly changed their minds again, and began to feel as though the third season was one of the best the creators had to dish out. One of the only complaints was that Batgirl was used too much in the third season.


Promotional Image for The Batman's first season


The animation style that this television program uses is one similar to the Jackie Chan Adventures, which used anime styled animation. That show was also designed by one of the producers -- Jeff Matusta. Another show that this series mimicks in animation would be the hit cartoon series, Teen Titans, which uses anime... though that show uses it to a higher degree. Most fans have specualated that this television show and Teen Titans are both in continuity with each other, because the younger Robin has a costume identitcal to the one that the Teen Titans Robin used. Fans believe that The Batman takes place three or four years before Teen Titans, hence the Robin design.

Opening Theme -- Season One/Season Two
Opening Theme -- Season Three +

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Episode Info

Final: 5x13 -- Lost Heroes (2) (Mar/08/2008)


The Justice League must battle androids with all of their powers, as well as a new Joining invasion.
Cast
Rino RomanoRino Romano
voiced Bruce Wayne/Batman
Evan SabaraEvan Sabara
voiced Robin/Dick Grayson (S04 +)
Danielle JudovitsDanielle Judovits
voiced Barbara Gordon / Batgirl (S03+)
Alastair DuncanAlastair Duncan
voiced Alfred Pennyworth
Steve Harris (1)Steve Harris (1)
voiced Detective Ethan Bennett (S01; guest otherwise)
Ming-NaMing-Na
voiced Detective Ellen Yin (Seasons 1, 2)
Mitch PileggiMitch Pileggi
voiced Commissioner Gordon (Episode 35+ ; Reccuring Guest)

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Recaps
5x13: Lost Heroes (2) recap: As the other Justice League members look on, Green Arrow knocks the Flash android down with an arrow. They realize that the androids are still learning to use their powers and head for a flight module that Strange used to abduct the heroes. Batman flies them out but the Superman and Green Lantern androids attack the ship. Batman hits the accelerator and they fly out through the closing doors, brushing off the androids. Batman disables the on-board tracking device and then has everyone close his eyes while he flies to the hidden Batcave beneath Wayne Industries. He has his cowl lined with an anti-jamming device so the Martian Manhunter android can't telepathically locate him, and the others don't know where he's going. Once inside the base, an electronic grid protects all of them from telepathic detection. Batgirl is waiting for them, having been put on standby earlier by Batman... read more.

5x12: Lost Heroes (1) recap: Superman and Batman team up to take on Superman's nemesis, the Toyman. They easily defeat his robot toys and the villain himself. However, a set of toy bombs fall from the ceiling, surprising both the Toyman and the heroes. They detonate and knock out the Toyman. When the dust clears, Batman discovers the villain unconscious and Superman gone... read more.

5x11: What Goes Up... recap: Black Mask is imprisoned at Arkham Asylum and the doctors are trying to remove his mask to see what lies beneath. Black Mask boasts that he will escape and a shadowy figure appears out of the darkness and knocks out the guards and doctors. Black Mask slips out through the window and into the river, where he swims to where his men are waiting for him. His rescuer, the Shadow Thief, is also waiting for him... read more.

5x10: The End of the Batman recap: The Penguin is escaping with the loot from his most recent heist, using a helicopter umbrella. Batman and Robin catch up to him but as they move in for the kill, someone cuts their Batlines. They fall to a rooftop where they see two figures across the street: Wrath and Scorn. The two villains fire razorangs at them and then escape, while the Penguin gets clear during the diversion... read more.

5x9: Attack of the Terrible Trio recap: College students are having a beach party when a girl swims out into an ocean... and a shark fin heads towards her. It stops just short of her and she thinks it's a joke, until a humanoid Shark attached to it rises out of the water. The girl, Shelly, thinks it's a costume but can't get it off. Then the Shark attacks her, throwing her out of the water. The other students panic and head for their cars, but run into a flying Vulture and a Fox who chase them away... read more.
Crew

Creator: Michael Goguen, Duane Capizzi
Executive Producer: Alan Burnett, Sander Schwartz
Supervising Producer: Michael Goguen, Duane Capizzi
Producer: Linda M. Steiner, Glen Murakami, Jeff Matsuda
Associate Producer: Kimberly Smith
Staff Writer: J.D. Murray

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Recurring Guests

Kevin Michael Richardson as The Joker (21 eps)
Tom Kenny as The Penguin (14 eps)
Mitch Pileggi as Commissioner Gordon (12 eps)
Alastair Duncan as Alfred Pennyworth (9 eps)
Danielle Judovits as Barbara Gordon / Batgirl (9 eps)
Adam West as Mayor Grange (7 eps)
Jesse Corti as Chief Angel Rojas (6 eps)
Richard Green (1) as Various (6 eps)
Clancy Brown as Mr. Freeze (6 eps)
Gina Gershon as Catwoman (5 eps)

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Classification: Animation
Genre: Animation General | Action | Adventure | Children
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: CW ( USA)
Airs: Saturdays at 10:30 am
Runtime: 30 Minutes
Premiere: September 11, 2004
Ended: March 08, 2008
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