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The Batman is an animated series produced by Warner Bros. based on the DC Comics superhero Batman.

Overview

Although the series borrows many elements from previous Batman storylines, it does not follow the continuity set by the comic books, nor that of the previous Batman: The Animated Series or its spin-offs.

The series made its world premiere on Kids WB on September 11, 2004. First-run episodes are broadcast during Kids WB's Saturday morning lineup. Repeats of the show have aired on Toonami (since April 2, 2005 in the United States, July 10 2005 in the India and July 11 2005 in the United Kingdom).

It has been strictly criticized by fans of the previous series, who say it is only made to sell toys. The style of animation resembles that of Jackie Chan Adventures, which is also a point of criticism from the show's detractors.

Though its fleshing out of Batman and the villains does not measure up to its animated predecessor, it still does a moderately decent job in the characterization of Batman.

Synopsis

In The Batman, Bruce Wayne (voiced by Rino Romano) is in his late twenties and in his third year as the Batman, protector of Gotham City. Gotham, a metropolis where shadows run long and deep, beneath elevated train tracks, is where this younger Batman will confront each of his familiar foes for the first time, with the aid of the ever faithful and unflappable Alfred Pennyworth (Alastair Duncan) - who guides both Bruce Wayne and Batman when needed.

This time around, Batman has his own communicator he has dubbed "the Batwave" - to power his headquarters, gadgets and vehicles.

In this series, Batman meets most of his major adversaries for the first time, many in versions that differ markedly from their comic-book counterparts. Season One features new interpretations of The Joker (Kevin Michael Richardson), Catwoman (Gina Gershon), The Penguin (Tom Kenny), Mr. Freeze (Clancy Brown), Clayface, Firefly (Jason Marsden), Scarface(Dan Castellaneta), The Man-Bat (Peter MacNicol), Cluemaster, and the Ventriloquist. The first season also introduces two new characters, Detectives Ethan Bennett (Steve Harris) and Ellen Yin (Ming-Na), charged with capturing the vigilante Batman.

Season 2 introduces other favorites with brand new origins, including a sinister version of The Riddler (Robert Englund), Prof. Hugo Strange (Frank Gorshin), Ragdoll (Jeff Bennett), Spellbinder, and Killer Croc (Ron Perlman).

Season 3 introduces some more new villains to the series, such as Poison Ivy (Piera Coppola), Gearhead, Maxie Zeus (Phil LaMarr), The Toyman, and Temblor (Jim Cummings). The season also features Barbara Gordon, who is really Batman's aid Batgirl, as well as her father Comissioner Gordon (Mitch Pileggi) even though he was introduced in Season Two's "Night and the City". Although this is unconfirmed, it is rumored that Two-Face is set to have an appearance at some point in the season. A rumour of Harley Quinn appearing is unlikely however confirmed is an alternative 'The Batman' style Joker lady has been thought of and will be appearing in Season 3 or possible a Season 4.

There is a spin-off comic book series, The Batman Strikes!, set in the world of The Batman.

Show Description Credit: Wikipedia
 
> Airing History & Information 
Premiere 2004
Episodes
Network WB
Format/Time Color / 30 Minutes
Country United States
Upcoming Airs Not currently airing
 
> Cast 
Alastair Duncan....   Alfred Pennyworth (voice)
Dan Castellaneta....   Arnold Wesker/The Ventriloquist & Scarface (voice)
Joaquim de Almeida....   Bane (voice)
Danielle Judovits....   Batgirl (2005)
Rino Romano....   Bruce Wayne/The Batman (voice)
Gina Gershon....   Catwoman/Selina Kyle / Catwoman (3 episodes)
Jesse Corti....   Chief Angel Rojas (5 episodes)
Edward James Olmos....   Chief Angel Rojas (voice) (2004)
Mitch Pileggi....   Commissioner James Gordon (3 episodes)
Ming-Na....   Detective Ellen Yin (voice)
Steve Harris....   Detective Ethan Bennett (voice) (2004-2005)
Jason Marsden....   Firefly / Boy #1 and #2 (3 episodes)
Frank Gorshin....   Hugo Strange (voice)
Ron Perlman....   Killer Croc (voice)
Kath Soucie....   Mel Bramwell / Yelena Klimanov/Young Artie (2 episodes)
Clancy Brown....   Mr. Freeze (voice)
Piera Coppola....   Poison Ivy (voice) (2005 -)
Kevin Michael Richardson....   The Joker (voice)
Tom Kenny....   The Penguin (voice)
Robert Englund....   The Riddler (voice)

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