Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Adventures of Batman and Robin, The

(ot Batman: The Animated Series) US syndicated tv series (1992-1994). Warner Bros. Pr Alan Burnett, Eric Radomski, Bruce W Timm. Exec pr Jean MacCurdy, Tom Ruegger. Dir Kevin Altieri and many others. Based on the Comic-book characters created by Bob Kane. Voice actors Michael Ansara (Mr Freeze), Ed Asner (Roland Daggett), Adrienne Barbeau (Selina Kyle/Catwoman), Jeff Bennett (HARDAC), Kevin Conroy (Batman/Bruce Wayne), John Glover (The Riddler), Mark Hamill (The Joker), Bob Hastings (Commissioner Gordon), Aron Kincaid (Killer Croc), Loren Lester (Dick Grayson/Robin), Roddy McDowall (The Mad Hatter), Richard Moll (Harvey Dent/Two-Face), Ron Perlman (Matthew Hagen/Clayface), Diane Pershing (Poison Ivy), Henry Polic (The Scarecrow), Helen Slater (Talia), Arleen Sorkin (Harley Quinn), John Vernon (Rupert Thorne), David Warner (Ra's Al Ghul), Paul Williams (The Penguin), Efrem Zimbalist Jr (Alfred Pennyworth). 65 30min episodes. Colour.

This came in response to Tim Burton's successful series of Batman Movies. Though using many of the characters first seen in the Comic books, the series had a notably different style and look: more angular in nature than the comics, it also made effective use of shadows and perspective, setting it apart from both the comics and other, competitor animated shows. Batman and Robin battle the criminal element of Gotham City, though in a different continuity from the original comic books. The continued high ratings led to the Animated Movie Batman: Mark of the Phantasm (1993) (> Batman Movies). The series generated a successful spinoff series of comic books (October 1992-current).

There had been several prior animated versions, all for a more juvenile audience; e.g., Super Powers (1985) (pr Norm Prescott, Lou Scheimer; dir Hal Sutherland [1929-2014]). Warner Bros. is reported to be repackaging these for future release. [BC]

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