CCRO: WHAT MADE BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES SO ICONIC?

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Everyone’s favorite Caped Crusaders thundered into the Ontario Convention Center last Saturday as the Batman: The Animated Series Reunion Panel began.

The panel featured the legendary casting and voice director Andrea Romano, voice actress Diane Pershing (Poison Ivy), and of course, the dynamic duo themselves, Kevin Conroy (Bruce Wayne/Batman) and Loren Lester (Dick Grayson/Robin/Nightwing)

The panel consisted of each guest sharing some of their favorite episodes and moments from the series. Conroy notes that his favorite project was “Mask of the Phantasm”, the theatrical film based on the series. “It’s the best Batman movie ever made.” said Conroy, explaining that it was the first time in the series continuity that we got a clear look into the past and inner turmoil of Bruce Wayne. Diane Pershing notes that her favorite moment was from an episode titled “Harley and Ivy” in which Poison Ivy takes Harley Quinn after the manically abusive Joker casts her aside.

Pershing noted that she’s had so many women come up to her at conventions telling their own tragic stories of overcoming abuse by a man in their past and that seeing Ivy tell Harley to stand up to Joker was an empowering moment for each of them. 

The guests also shared their own advice and insight into the voice acting industry. Conroy noted that the life of an actor is not to be taken lightly, especially in animation since you’re never guaranteed a second day of work; Each day is a new contract. Romano encourages that aspiring voiceover artists take acting classes and remember first and foremost that voice acting is acting. 

Batman: The Animated Series is available for streaming in its entirety on Amazon Prime Video.