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
The Top 10 Episodes Of ‘Justice League’
The early reactions to Wonder Woman are in, and everyone loves it! Twitter erupted with praise for the first-ever female led super hero film. This early praise bodes well for the future of the once murky DCEU. But if Wonder Woman is successful, it means that the next film in DC’s slate has even more work cut out for it. Justice League will be the ultimate test of whether the DCEU can truly handle an ensemble super hero cast.
It’s always difficult to juggle a couple of heroes on screen, let alone six or seven. Hopefully director Zack Snyder did his research in determining how to get the formula right. Assuming he did, he almost certainly watched Cartoon Network’s Justice League. As the final series in Bruce Timm’s DC Animated Universe, Justice League brought together Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern and Hawkgirl for the first time on screen. The series was bold, dramatic and inventive. It placed character first, often only focusing on only 3 or 4 heroes per episode in order to give them maximum character weight.
The formula worked amazingly, giving us some of the greatest storytelling ever seen in television animation. It also led to acclaimed spin-off Justice League Unlimited, which added dozens of heroes to the roster. The spin-off series was much more serialized, improving the storytelling but losing some of the great character focus. That’s why it’s the original Justice League series that provides the best example of how to tell a story with seven DC characters. It’s the example we hope Zack Snyder looked to for inspiration.
Before we look to the future of the Justice League, let’s have a look back at the past. These are the top 10 episodes of Justice League. Click next to get started!