Posts Tagged ‘Bruce Timm’

Batman TAS Retrospective #1 : On Leather Wings

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

As Warner Brothers and DC Entertainment prepare to unleash the final Christopher Nolan chapter in his Batman trilogy with Dark Knight Rises this summer, let’s not forget another milestone this year in the Batman universe. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the debut of Batman : The Animated Series, the series that not only brought mature and sophisticated storytelling to an animated show, but set the stage for countless other DC properties to make animated debuts.

To celebrate this occasion, I’m putting aside the 10,000 other things I have on my Netflix queue to share with you my reviews of every single episode of the acclaimed show. Enjoy!

One would think setting up your first episode with Man-Bat as the villain is a risky venture to try and get your show off and running. Bruce Timm though, a name you’d get to know very well over the next 20 years, said this best in an interview:

“Man-Bat was chosen specifically [for the first episode] because he wasn’t familiar to very many people outside of comic book fans. Nobody had any preconceived notions about him. It wasn’t like the Joker, where you had to deal with people expecting him to be Jack Nicholson or Cesar Romero.”

And right you are, Mr. Timm. Looking back at it now, this was the best way to set the tone for what’s to come. Sure, the iconic villains would eventually come into play, but this episode was about letting you know what Batman really personified – a lone detective finding any means necessary to get the case solved without resorting to killing. And I think using that premise to find out who the Man-Bat was played out very well. Not to mention it probably scared the bejesus out of little kids who were expecting lighter fare that you’d come to expect out of a weekday afternoon cartoon at the time.

And while it didn’t resort to killing, this was the first time you’d see a cartoon willfully used guns. Remember before this period that any action-oriented cartoons you had on resorted to lasers as the weapons of choice. And even when your plane was shot down or your tank blew up, you’d find a way to parachute or leap out of the way before the explosions went off.

Yes, parachuting and leaping was still somewhat common in Batman, only the actions sequences were much more intense and in your face. You had a visual masterpiece with Batman clinging onto Man-Bat as they soared through Gotham’s dark skyline. Batman ends up smacking his face on a Gotham blimp. He even bleeds once he finally takes down the fallen antagonist on a rooftop.

And we also got to see Batman’s key supporting characters set up as well. Commissioner Gordon wanted things done right and by the book, Harvey Bullock was the rebel, and Harvey Dent plays it fair for the short time he has left before his fall from grace.

This set the stage for what was to come. I didn’t give this an episode much thought at the time when you compare it to its 84 other siblings, but looking at it now, it did a great job on selling the audience on a comic book property that can be taken seriously, especially in animated form. Kudos to the team for getting this off the ground right.

CBF : Batman Under The Red Hood Review

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

(Looong music intro, enjoy)
DC’s latest animated DVD, Batman:  Under the Red Hood,  came out this past Tuesday and Comic Book Fury has got your back in reviewing it. Definitely one of the best animated DVD offerings Bruce Timm and team have brought out since they started doing these a couple of years ago (I’m still debating as to if this is better than Wonder Woman). Plotting, pacing, voice acting, animation, action sequences – this one has all of that. Plus you get the Jonah Hex we should have had in the live action movie and a nice peek at the next DVD.

Enjoy the show and give us your feedback on the flick too!

Music : Breaking Benjamins – Blow Me Away

DC Animated DVDs Getting A Trimming

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

The animated world takes a moment of silence…

It’s interesting after being on the chat last night discussing the past and future animated offerings from Marvel and DC that we get this article. Looks like Bruce Timm needs to trim down his choices for the next few DC animated DVDs for the foreseeable future what with sales looking bleak lately for the last few offerings. A darn shame if you think about it – what they had in mind would have really been interesting had it been given the “Timm-iverse” effect.

Hit the Play button and leave your comments and thoughts. Anything you think we can do about this? Should we go grab our pitchforks and go poke the mainstream audience with them?

Superman/Batman: Public Enemies

Monday, June 29th, 2009


Bruce Timm is a legend amongst DC animated lore.  As a producer, he’s already brought us animated hits in Batman, Superman, Batman Beyond, Justice League, Justice League Unlimited, Superman: Doomsday, Wonder Woman, and the soon-to-be-released Green Lantern flick.

Now he brings Superman/Batman: Public Enemies to the fray. It’s based off a popular Jeph Loeb arc from the Batman/Superman series where Lex Luthor runs the country and Superman and Batman are wanted criminals.

Somebody pinch me…

Thanks to Newsarama for the post.