There are numerous artists that deserve to have their names immortalized when it comes to their contributions to Batman. Of course, Bob Kane and Bill Finger deserve their acknowledgements for creating the character in the first place, but Bruce Timm deserves all the praise in the world thanks to his work in bringing Batman: The Animated Series to life.
This series is widely regarded as one of the greatest cartoons of all-time. Because of that, it has also been commonly referred to as one of, if not the most definitive adaptation of Batman. Timm’s influence on the character has inspired so many within comics, television and cinema in bringing the Caped Crusader to life.
Timm recently appeared at San Diego Comic-Con to promote the upcoming new animated film, Batman and Harley Quinn. Timm was asked about the film’s influence from Batman: The Animated Series:
“Technically, the basic idea of it is very similar to an episode that we actually did in the classic B:TAS series called “Harley Quinnade,” which was kind of ’48 Hours’ with Harley Quinn. So this is structurally kind of similar to that, but with Poison Ivy instead of The Joker and other different story elements to it. But the basic setup is the same; like I said, it’s like ’48 Hours’ but with supervillains, so that was the initial idea, and let’s hope it does really really well!”
When asked about whether or we may return to the world of Batman: The Animated Series in future films, Timm was hopeful – depending on the success of Batman and Harley Quinn, of course:
“I’m sure that if it does really really well, the home video people will say, ‘Yeah! let’s do some more in that classic style!”
Here is the synopsis for Batman and Harley Quinn:
“In Batman and Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy and Jason Woodrue (a.k.a. The Floronic Man) embark on an ecological quest to save the planet – and, unfortunately, eliminate most of humankind along the way. To save humanity, Batman and Nightwing are forced to enlist Harley Quinn to catch Poison Ivy, Harley’s BFF and frequent partner-in-crime. But Batman’s patience is put to the test by the unpredictable and untrustworthy Harley during the twists and turns the reluctant companions face during their bumpy road trip. The result is a thrill ride of action, adventure and comedy no Batman fan has seen before.”
Batman and Harley Quinn, starring Kevin Conroy as Bruce Wayne a.k.a. Batman, Melissa Rauch as Harley Quinn, Loren Lester as Dick Grayson a.k.a. Nightwing, Paget Brewster as Poison Ivy and Kevin Michael Richardson as Jason Woodrue a.k.a. The Floronic Man, is set to come out on Digital HD on August 15, while it will be available on Blu-Ray and DVD on August 29.
Source: Comic Book