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The Series: Batman: The Animated Series
Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max
The Pitch: So there’s this guy, see. Name’s Bruce Wayne. After his parents were murdered in front of him (you might have heard of his mother – her name was Martha), he swears to protect the streets of Gotham City and decides the best way to do that is to dress up like a bat to strike fear into the hearts of criminals.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: To me, Batman: The Animated Series is the coolest adaptation of Batman ever committed to any screen – big or small. The Dark Knight? Nope. Batman v Superman? Get outta here. Nothing can hold a candle to Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski‘s immersive, stylized, noir-infused animation masterwork, which still holds up as well today as it did when it debuted in the early 1990s. People can debate about whether this is the best Batman adaptation or not, but I think this is the rare instance where just about everyone can agree that this show is an absolute banger and an all-time classic work of television. Read More »
New York Comic-Con may be over, but Bottleneck Gallery is still celebrating some of your favorite Marvel and DC Comics characters with yet another wave of outstanding new prints that will empty your bank account. This time, it’s the mutants of X-Men: The Animated Series teaming up to take down a Sentinel in a new print by Juan Ramos. There’s also a collection of Batman prints featuring a variety of incarnations of The Dark Knight from the classic 1966 TV series, Batman: The Animated Series, and Batman Begins. Check them all out below. Read More »
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, watch a VFX breakdown of the final battle from the second season of The Umbrella Academy, but beware of spoilers. Take a look behind the scenes of The Goonies thanks to a throwback featurette, and get up close and personal with Kevin Conroy, the voice of The Dark Knight on Batman: The Animated Series. Read More »
Batman: The Animated Series: The Phantom City Creative Collection is a new book from Mondo and Insight editions highlighting artwork celebrating the now-iconic animated series hailed as many as the best Batman adaptation of all time. Mondo and award-winning artist at Phantom City Creative, Inc. Justin Erickson, have come together to release a book full of Erickson’s graphic design as well as rendered illustrations. Ahead of the book’s release in September, we’re debuting two exclusive spreads, which you can check out below.
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There’s no getting around it: Comic-Con is going to be weird this year. Not being able to wander the show floor in San Diego will be a loss for fans who look forward to that experience every year, but in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the only safe move was to shift the convention to the virtual space instead. Still, one thing remains the same: Mondo will have a bunch of cool shit available to buy if you’ve got some spare cash.
Check out a bunch of that Mondo Comic-Con 2020 merchandise below, including some jigsaw puzzles, and art prints inspired by Batman: The Animated Series, Godzilla, The Dark Knight, Ghostbusters, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, How to Train Your Dragon, and more. Read More »
Bottleneck Gallery has a new collaboration with Eyeland Prints showcasing artist Ben Harman’s latest additions to his ongoing classic Disney castle series. But that’s not all, because if you prefer the darkness of Gotham City, artist Mark Chilcott also has you covered with a batch of new Batman prints, each one featuring a different version of The Caped Crusader in the stunning cityscape he protects every night. Check out the new Ben Harman Disney castle prints and Mark Chilcott Batman prints below. Read More »
Batman: The Animated Series has served as an inspiration for artists like Mondo regular Phantom City Creative for years, and it’s easy to see why: the show is widely, and correctly, acknowledged as one of the best animated series of all time, and it’s full of incredible characters and imagery which are just asking to be filtered through the lens of talented artists and displayed on walls of fans across the world.
Now Phantom City Creative is back again with two brand new Batman the Animated Series Mondo posters and a 1/6 scale Catwoman figure that comes with a version of Selina Kyle’s cat, Isis. Read More »
This article contains spoilers for Akira and the Batman-centric DCAU films and TV shows.
A giant explosion of light and sound. Biker gangs and crime-ridden streets. A city run by crooked politicians and a militarized police force. A flawed hero who operates outside the law and is pitted against a villain who thrives on chaos. All these make Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, the spinoff film of Batman: The Animated Series, one of the most iconic representations of the DC Comics hero ever put to a screen, but they’re also major parts of what make the legendary anime film Akira tick, too.
Both films celebrated big anniversaries last year — Phantasm turned 25 on December 25, and Akira crested its 30th birthday on July 16 — and they’re both still widely respected as classics of their respective art forms. It’s not an exaggeration to say Katsuhiro Otomo, creator of the Akira manga and director of the film, influenced a generation of artists around the world, and you can say the same for the film’s version of Batman created by Bruce Timm, Eric Radomski, and Alan Burnett.
What’s harder to pin down is what the two iconic movies have in common. While they couldn’t be more different plotwise, both films share a lot of DNA that showed up not just Phantasm‘s source TV series Batman: The Animated Series, but the rest of the DC Animated Universe properties for years to come. There’s clear homage to Akira, yes, but over the years the B:TAS spinoff properties have also borrowed its animators and — most importantly — ideas that enrich how we understand the character today.
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Cool Posts From Around the Web:
Last week, the quickly bestselling Batman: The Animated Series finally arrived in its entirety on Blu-ray in a limited edition box set (though some fans weren’t happy with how it arrived). That means it’s time to take a look back at what many DC Comics fans consider to be the definitive adaptation of Batman.
The Batman: The Animated Series Honest Trailer takes a look at the cartoon that presents kids with complicated themes, but also gives them scenes with Batman kicking werewolves and Penguin getting captured by a couple of kids. It’s the Batman adaptation so dark that they had to draw it on black paper. Read More »
There are no crying Batmans over at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The Batman: The Animated Series Blu-ray box set is flying off the virtual shelves, pushing the home video division to expand their sales of the beloved ’90s superhero series’ box set release.
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