The Batman : Season 1

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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 11, 2004
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  • Summary: A young Bruce Wayne is in his third year of trying to establish himself as Batman, protector of Gotham City. He is in his mid-twenties, just finding his way as protector, defender and Caped Crusader, while balancing his public persona as billionaire bachelor Bruce Wayne. Living in Gotham, aA young Bruce Wayne is in his third year of trying to establish himself as Batman, protector of Gotham City. He is in his mid-twenties, just finding his way as protector, defender and Caped Crusader, while balancing his public persona as billionaire bachelor Bruce Wayne. Living in Gotham, a metropolis where shadows run long and deep, beneath elevated train tracks, this younger Batman will confront updated takes of familiar foes - meeting each member of his classic Rogue's Gallery for the first time. From the likes of Joker, Penguin, Catwoman, Mr. Freeze, Riddler and Man-Bat, among others, the war on crime jumps to the next level with a new arsenal at the Dark Knight's disposal, all operated and linked by an advanced remote-controlled invention he dubs the "Bat-Wave."

    This is the first animated Batman series since Batman: The Animated Series not to feature Kevin Conroy as the voice of the title character.

    The Edge from multi-Grammy Award-winning sensation U2 performs the theme song.

    The series features a continuity unrelated to Batman: The Animated Series.

    Kids' WB! Broadcast History
    September 11, 2004 - Current .... Saturdays, 10:30am
    September 2005 - Current .... Saturdays, 11:30am

    Encores
    September 17, 2004 - October 15, 2004 .... Fridays, 4:30pm

    Repeats
    April 11, 2005 - Current .... Monday - Friday, 4:30pm

    Cartoon Network Broadcast History
    April 2, 2005 - Current .... Saturdays, 8:30pm

    Awards & Nominations
    2004 Annie - Best Animated Television Production
    2005 Golden Reel - Best Sound Editing in Television Animation for "The Big Chill"
    2005 Daytime Emmy - Outstanding Special Class Animated Program 2005 Daytime Emmy - Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition 2005 Daytime Emmy - Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing
    2005 Daytime Emmy - Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program (Kevin Michael Richardson as the Joker)

    So when the folks at Warner Bros. Animation decided to put together an all-new Batman series to tie in with the impending release of "Batman Begins," they made the daring but ultimately wise choice of completely revamping the world of Bruce Wayne, at least in terms of style and presentation. "The Batman," which debuted in September 2004 on the Kids WB!, played out as something of a "Young Batman Adventures," with the episodes focusing on the Dark Knight's earliest years as a superhero. The deep, raspy voice of Kevin Conroy (who took the lead role in the 1990s series, and who still voices Batman on Cartoon Network's "Justice League") was replaced with Rino Romano, a thirtysomething voiceover veteran who sounds like he's in his early twenties. Commissioner Gordon is nowhere to be seen; instead, we get two young detectives who are always on Batman's trail - and in a nifty twist, one of them is Bruce Wayne's best friend. Robin is also absent, Bruce has yet to get a handle on how to be Batman and run Wayne Industries, and the Rogues Gallery of villains are only beginning to emerge.
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  1. Nov 7, 2010
    8
    Funny characters and small connections to the movies makes this cartoon series fun for children and adults alike. You just have to get overFunny characters and small connections to the movies makes this cartoon series fun for children and adults alike. You just have to get over the fact that they changed the look of a few characters. Expand
  2. Jun 3, 2015
    8
    First, let me say that this show, is in no way Batman The Animated Series.
    So don't even try to connect the two together because they're
    First, let me say that this show, is in no way Batman The Animated Series.
    So don't even try to connect the two together because they're practically 2 different shows with different styles, storytelling, etc (though they kept the red skies).

    Now... With that said, I have nothing but good things to say about this show. The atmosphere is dark, gritty, and at times, light hearted. Though some changes such as the appearance of the Joker and Bane compared to their normal appearance was rather odd (and dare I say, even stupid), you'll hate it at first, but eventually you'll soon learn to overlook it and just enjoy the characters as well as the show.

    The writing for what it's worth is great, though a tad bit childish at times, though it's never extreme or cringey. Remember: we live in different times, so I doubt we'll ever get episodes like Mad Love or Heart of Ice or Baby Doll anytime soon. But let me tell you, this show can turn pretty dark at a moments notice. My favorite example is how in a standalone movie involving Dracula and vampires, the Joker and Bats pretty much fight it out... inside a blood bank... Just reading that makes you think to yourself "Wait... This is a kids show?" The scene was super creepy as a kid, but ultimately, pretty impressive and effective when looking back at it now.

    Basically, if you haven't checked out the show, and were interested, you can't go wrong!

    My only real issue is that I think Tom Kenny's voice is annoying, by personally, that's just me.... Oddly enough, it fits the Penguins character pretty well...
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  3. 007
    Feb 4, 2013
    7
    Honestly, this was my BTAS. This is the series that I grew up with, so I loved it! It gives me the felling of nostalgia looking back at it;Honestly, this was my BTAS. This is the series that I grew up with, so I loved it! It gives me the felling of nostalgia looking back at it; just as those who cherish BTAS respectively. Expand
  4. Jul 14, 2012
    6
    This has a pretty cool look to it and it is genuinely different, which is why I am giving it a positive review. I like how they went in aThis has a pretty cool look to it and it is genuinely different, which is why I am giving it a positive review. I like how they went in a different direction with this show just like they did in Batman Beyond, but it still doesn't reach the heights of Batman: The Animated Series. Expand
  5. Feb 5, 2012
    5
    An insult to Batman. The show recreates the characters (especially the villains), in a bizarre fashion. There is no excitement like theAn insult to Batman. The show recreates the characters (especially the villains), in a bizarre fashion. There is no excitement like the original BTAS. This the period when cartoon TV just starts targeting Kids. Expand