(Batman: The Animated Series, Season 1, Episode 25), “Joker’s Wild” is an episode made for kids about insurance fraud. Go back to what Batman himself, Kevin Conroy, the legend says about Batman: (paraphrasing) “Bruce Wayne is the mask he puts on, Batman is who he really is.”   After he said that, you hear that being used all over the Batman-Universe. AKOM was eventually fired d… 1 Batman The Animated Series Episodes 1.1 Season One 1.2 Season Two 2 Movies 2.1 Season One 2.2 Season Two 2.3 Season Three 2.4 Season Four 3 The New Batman Adventures Episodes 3.1 Season One 3.2 Season One 3.3 Season Two It’s one of the more bizarre and straight up jump out of your seat Batman stories in the whole series. (Batman: The Animated Series, Season 1, Episode 36), Following “Heart of Ice” is no easy task, but the team gets close with “Deep Freeze,” which delivered some great emotion for Mr. Three kids recount their version of Batman including Batman in a Bill Finger/Dick Sprang/’50s style, a Dark Knight Returns style, and from one kid named “Joel” who thinks Batman should wear tight rubber and have a Batmobile that can drive up walls. Although the show adopted a more angular, pop-art-inspired look, the stories and the adventures were still the meat of the show. Here are the most important episodes to watch. Catwoman and Scarface make a great rivalry, and Paul Dini drives some hard wedges between Batman and Catwoman to send her down a much darker path. It’s well animated and has nice nods to the history of Batman including using Batman ‘66’s Adam West as Simon Trent/The Gray Ghost. The fiancé works because she gives us a human connection to root for his recovery and adds heartbreak when he ultimately doesn’t. The episode and the comic are almost identical, with the animated version adding a sick guitar riff that feels markedly different from 99% of BTAS’s soundtrack. (Batman: The Animated Series, Season 1, Episode 10 & 11), “Legends of the Dark Knight” manages to capture fandom in 20+ minutes by exploring the notion of how we all view Batman differently. (Batman: The Animated Series, Season 1, Episode 1), “A Bullet for Bullock” is such a fantastic episode with its unexpected “villain” and music that sounds like an old, seedy crime noir film from the golden age of cinema. The noir stories told by writers Paul Dini and Alan Burnett didn’t talk down to young fans munching on sugary cereals. You will receive a verification email shortly. With Batman and Superman occupied when Livewire strikes, it's up to Supergirl and Batgirl to take the supervillain down - but unluckily for the dynamic duo, Livewire finds her own team with the likes of Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn. This mark the start of their crimefighting partnership – but also sets the stage for the rocky relationship that later leads to Dick leaving his partnership with Batman and becoming Nightwing. Poor Harley is an abused spouse always justifying Joker’s action, and Joker is the uncaring, cruel husband. Her theme song runs through my head every time I think of Batgirl. Batman knows everything and is always ready with a plan, but what does he do when he comes up against a villain who has everything timed better than him? But it did do something new for the time. (The New Batman Adventures, Season 3, Episode 20), “Off Balance” is the meet-cute episode for Batman and Talia Al Ghul, and it’s a blast. (Batman: The Animated Series, Season 1, Episode 46). We see a roller coaster of growth, particularly for Dick Grayson. The interactions between Batman and Ubu are some of my favorite in the series. While we get some interesting parallels between these men and Bruce, the stakes don’t feel particularly high and it lacks the character depth we find in other episodes. are registered trademarks / copyright their respective rights holders. Brought to life by the Re-Animator himself, Jeffrey Combs, Scarecrow works in reverse in this episode, taking away fear instead of spreading it. It makes Freeze’s final line that much more heartbreaking, “I failed you. The episode poses some very interesting and relevant questions about the issues with our prison system, but falls shy of ever offering answers to the questions it asks. The relationship between Joker and Harley is brought to the light where we see just how sick and twisted it is. Future US, Inc. 11 West 42nd Street, 15th Floor, The episode has a lot of fun action sequences within the Gotham Mall and Zoo, but the highlights are the character beats where Supergirl and Batgirl get to learn more about each other and genuinely become friends – reflecting their mentors' relationship through a new lens. This version of the Clown Prince of Crime would go on to be a hallmark of the series and even inspire other versions. Let’s get started. In the end, we learn that a little fear is a good thing. The biggest Bat villains - including Poison Ivy, Two Face, Penguin, and the Joker - share a poker table together, and tell their best stories about Batman and their close calls with taking him down once and for all (hence the title). With Two-Face as the prosecutor, Joker as the Judge, and a hung jury loaded with the series best villains, it's a regular who's who of Batman. Adapted faithfully from Dini's own Eisner-winning The Batman Adventures: Mad Love one-shot comic book, the story delves deeper into the life of Harleen Quinzel and the characterization and history that has made her one of DC's biggest fan favorite characters more than two decades later. When he runs afoul of criminal kingpin Rupert Thorne, it all leads to a life altering experience. (Batman: The Animated Series, Season 1, Episode 60 & 61), There is much to love about both parts of “Feat of Clay.” The first part takes time to build the characters and the mood and the second part shows us Clayface in full form, including what is arguably the best-animated sequence in the entire show as Clayface horrifically transforms from role-to-role. His embarrassed Bruce is both sweet and charming, and helps you see why Bruce would be such a catch for the ladies. Though the pair of them are often the source of the show's signature dark humor, behind closed doors they have a much more tragic dynamic. (Batman: The Animated Series, Season 2, Episode 8), As the lowest Joker-centric episode on our list, “The Last Laugh” isn’t bad per se, it just never hits the heights of the coming episodes. Honestly, this episode is even more relevant now in the #MeToo era than when it premiered, and Mad Hatter’s distaste of free will makes him one of the creepier villains of BTAS. 1) Kevin Altieri Pt. If you are a fan of Golden Age Batman, who often went up against the supernatural, this might be the episode for you. She is almost always paired up with someone else (Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Claw, etc.) (Batman: The Animated Series, Season 1, Episode 54), “Make ‘Em Laugh” is an episode that reveals a different side of the joker. 2), Written by Mitch Brian, Sean Catherine Derek, & Laren Bright, Written by Laren Bright, Michael Reaves & Joe R. Lansdale, Written by Dennis O’Flaherty & Tom Ruegger, Animation by Spectrum Animation (part I) Dong Yang (Part II). What could top this? (Batman: The Animated Series, Season 1, Episode 62), Based off of Detective Comics #180 from 1952, “Joker’s Millions” is a standout episode if for no other reason than it helps you better understand how inheritance tax works! It features a poker game with several of the Rogues Gallery all regaling each other with how they almost caught Batman; Poison Ivy, Penguin, Two-Face, Killer Croc and Joker are all involved. Welcome to the Inverse Superhero Issue! He blames Batman for the death of his daughter, disappointed that he kept her superhero life a secret from him. (The New Batman Adventures, Season 3, Episode 6), Originally, “Trial” was supposed to be the first full-length animated Batman film. But, the more I’ve watched it, the more and more I’ve come to appreciate it. She then asks him, "What do these do?" Harley Quinn proves to be much more than Joker's sidekick as she teams up with the Caped Crusader himself. Despite not featuring much Catwoman, this episode does have larger ramifications, finally exposing Daggett for his many crimes. Thank you for signing up to Newsarama. Share the love, Brucie. While one can sympathize with Ventris, we don’t know the reason for the restraining orders, which could easily be something terribly like abuse. Get the best comic news, insights, opinions, analysis and more! Mad Love – The New Batman Adventures Season 4, Episode 21. – what led Dick Grayson to say these two words to Batman and ultimately become his own hero as Nightwing? Aside from being one of the most iconic, funny, surprising, and beautiful Batman stories ever told, this one has it all as a group of villains gather in a bar to share stories of the times they almost beat Batman.