Warner Bros. dropped the complete series of The Batman, a cartoon which aired from 2004-2008 and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Now that Robert Pattison’s The Batman (no relation) has also hit theaters Bat-Mania is back in full swing and this is the perfect way to harness that energy.
Stylistically the show takes bits and pieces from all of Batman’s source material. A lot of it feels like an extension of the Paul Dini animated series from the 90s although it explicitly states that this is early Batman/Bruce Wayne we’re seeing, three years into his time as the Caped Crusader. The fact that this also aligns with the new Batman movie means fans of the film can dive deeper into the world of early Batman with the series even though the two aren’t really connected.
The show is also considerably more episodic which is a nice change given how most storytellers approach Batman. That ongoing arc attaches the audience to the characters more and lets us grow with them. Without a doubt though the best part of the series is the slightly reimagined approach to the characters. All the main heroes and villains are absolutely true to the comics but tweaked just enough to be wildly original. The Joker and Bane are fantastic examples of this as neither one comes off as expected right out of the gate. The spirit is there but the design is fresh and new.
With five seasons to explore the universe has time to expand and its own pace and the results are totally worth it. The complete The Batman cartoon would be a welcome addition to any fan’s collection.