It ended the same way it begin, with Kevin Conroy playing the part of a blimp pilot seeing something rush by his window and saying in astonishment, “I saw something…it looked like, bat wings!”.
September 5, 1992 was a big day for me and a lot of other people as it ushered in the birth of what would come to be known as, the Timmverse. Through the tireless work of Bruce Timm, Eric Radomski and a whole crew of some of the most talented creators in the animation world, Batman was born.
And while Bruce Timm is credited with the overall look of Batman, in this case its parts are more valuable than its whole. Remove one item from the equation and it could have spelled disaster! Had not Radomski chosen to paint his backgrounds on black paper instead of the standard white, Batman would have lost what has come to be its icon noir look. Had Shirley Walker, Lolita Ritmanis and the rest of the composers who created the theme and subsequent soundtrack for Batman not been hired, well just imagine STAR WARS without a John Williams soundtrack. Had Kevin Conroy or Mark Hamill not showed up for the auditions for voice parts in the show or gotten stuck in traffic and never made it to their auditions, Batman and the Joker as we know and love them, simply might not even exist.
Batman The Animated Series was a watershed moment for many people, and without the work of the many creative individuals on the show coming together and crafting something with such care and such love, it simply would not have made the cut and lasted as long as it did or had the impact that it did on so many lives.
Musically, visually, thematically, Batman The Animated Series walked a path that few animated shows have ever dared to attempt or succeed at. It created an entire universe of shows (Batman Beyond, Superman The Animated Series, Justice League, Justice League Unlimited, Static Shock, The Zeta Project) that set a standard for what great storytelling in animation could be.
So today I pay tribute to the people that created this universe and all they’ve given me over the last two decades. Today I say thank you to everyone who was a part of those shows because they are among the most important things in my life and I can’t imagine a world without their brilliance.
Happy Anniversary Batman The Animated Series!
September 5, 1992 to September 15, 1995