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There Were Three Rules Batman: The Animated Series Tried To Never Break
Batman has undergone many changes over the years, with the ‘50s and ‘60s shedding his lone “creature of the night” persona and embracing a more light-hearted, campy version. The following decades saw the Caped Crusader regaining much of his original darkness, but it wasn’t until 1992’s “Batman: The Animated Series” that he truly returned to his roots.
“Batman: The Animated Series” followed some rules inspired by its “show bible” to stay within its gritty, noir-inspired framework. Writer and producer Alan Burnett shared, “We had these three rules: No aliens. No ghosts. And no Humanitas Awards — you know, no pro-social stories. We were just out to have a good time and to give the audience some fun thrills.”
The “show bible” laid the foundation for the series’ look and narrative that saw the return of a darker Batman while undoing the silver age takes on the character. Although the three rules aren’t explicitly in the “show bible,” they still serve as a sort of manual to protect Batman’s original roots against the choices that almost annihilated the character completely.