An Oral History of ‘Batman: The Animated Series’

Oddly enough, it took a kids’ cartoon to show TV-watchers the emotional and visual weight of the Caped Crusader. Debuting on Fox Kids as an after-school show in 1992, the Warner Bros.-produced Batman: The Animated Series changed the titular character’s mainstream profile forever.

Batman: The Animated Series is still one of my favorite stories from my childhood. It's getting a Blu-Ray remaster release in October, and when I heard the news yesterday I thought it would be a good time to share this again.

Lots of great stories in here about how the show challenged the notoriously strict rules and traditions in animation at the time; working with Mark Hamill (who played The Joker); and how Harley Quinn premiered in The Animated Series and went on to be a wildly popular DC character.

The prevalence of the "oral history" format among popular online magazines has been interesting to see this year, too.