Going Through The DCAU

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Two men with too much time on their collective hands have taken up a mission of questionable importance…to watch and discuss every episode of the various DCAU collective series, the so-called Timmverse.  That’s right, Jimmy Impossible and Tom Kelly have taken it upon themselves to review every episode of Batman the Animated SeriesSuperman the Animated SeriesBatman Beyond, and Justice League.  OK, we’re skipping The Zeta Project and Static Shock.  We’re not sure how much that last one counts anyway.

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Batman The Animated Series

Beginning at the beginning, we have the original Batman cartoon, where Kevin Conroy gave thousands of impressionable kids the idea on what Batman sounds like.  Heavily-influenced by the two Tim Burton/Michael Keaton Batman films, Batman swoops into action in a surprisingly nuanced and mature manner for a kids’ show.  Facing off against classic, obscure, and new villains, this series is where the DCAU started.

  • Part One – “On Leather Wings”, “Christmas with the Joker”,  “Nothing to Fear”
  • Part Two – “The Last Laugh”,  “Pretty Poison”,  “The Underdwellers”
  • Part Three – “P.O.V.”, “The Forgotten”, “Be a Clown”
  • Part Four – “Two-Face Part 1”, “Two-Face Part 2”, “It’s Never Too Late”, “I’ve Got Batman In My Basement”
  • Part Five – “Heart of Ice”, “The Cat and the Claw Part 1”,  “The Cat and the Claw Part 2”, “See No Evil”
  • Part Six – “Beware the Gray Ghost”, “Prophecy of Doom”, “Feat of Clay Part 1”, “Feat of Clay Part 2”
  • Part Seven – “Joker’s Favor”, “Vendetta”, “Fear of Victory”
  • Part Eight – “The Clock King”, “Appointment in Crime Alley”,  “Mad as a Hatter”
  • Part Nine – “Dreams In Darkness”, “Eternal Youth”, “Perchance to Dream”
  • Part Ten – “The Cape and Cowl Conspiracy”, “Robin’s Reckoning”, “The Laughing Fish”
  • Part Eleven – “Night of the Ninja”, “Cat Scratch Fever”, “The Strange Secret of Bruce Wayne”
  • Part Twelve – “Heart of Steel Part 1”, “Heart of Steel Part 2”, “If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Rich?”, “Joker’s Wild”.
  • Part Thirteen – “Tyger, Tyger”, “Moon of the Wolf”, “Day of the Samurai”
  • Part Fourteen – “Terror in the Sky”, “Almost Got ‘Im”, “Birds of a Feather”
  • Part Fifteen – “What Is Reality?”, “I Am The Night”, “Off Balance”
  • Part Sixteen – “The Man Who Killed Batman”, “Mudslide”, “Paging the Crime Doctor”
  • Part Seventeen – “Zatanna”, “The Mechanic”, “Harley and Ivy”
  • Part Eighteen – “Shadow of the Bat Part 1”, “Shadow of the Bat Part 2”, “Blind as a Bat”, “The Demon’s Quest Part 1”, “The Demon’s Quest Part 2”
  • Part Nineteen – “His Silicon Soul”, “Fire from Olympus”, “Read My Lips”
  • Part Twenty – “The Worry Men”, “Sideshow”, “A Bullet for Bullock”
  • Part Twenty-One – “Trial”, “Avatar”, “House and Garden”
  • Part Twenty-Two -“The Terrible Trio,” “Harlinquinade,” “Time Out of Joint”
  • Part Twenty-Three -“Catwalk,” “Bane,” “Baby-Doll”
  • Part Twenty-Four -“The Lion and the Unicorn,” “Showdown,” and “Riddler’s Reform”
  • Part Twenty-Five -“Second Chance,” “Harley’s Holiday,” and “Lock-Up”
  • Part Twenty-Six -“Make ‘Em Laugh,” “Deep Freeze,” and :”Batgirl Returns”

BATMAN: MASK OF THE PHANTASM, US poster art, Batman, 1993. ©Warner Bros./courtesy

Batman Animated Movies

These days, Warner Brothers routinely releases straight-to-home-video animated moves of different levels of quality, sometimes with the original cast of the DCAU involved to one degree or another.  But the first such film actually got a theatrical release with a clear tie to the original animated series, and the second was a follow-up to one villain’s DCAU plotline.  Yes, Batman faces off against the Phantasm, the Joker, and Mr. Freeze.

  • Part Twenty-SevenBatman:  Mask of the Phantasm and Batman and Mr. Freeze:  Subzero

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Superman the Animated Series

Look!  Up in the sky!  It’s a bird!  It’s a plane!  It’s SUPERMAN!  Yes, Superman in his own animated series which would eventually cross over with Batman and create an expanded universe in ways that Batman, confined to Gotham, rarely did.  Taking on a different, lighter tone, Superman stood for the standard Truth, Justice, and the American Way.

  • Part Twenty-Eight -The three-part pilot “The Last Son of Krypton”
  • Part Twenty-Nine -“Fun and Games,” “A Little Piece of Home,” and “Feeding Time”
  • Part Thirty -“The Way of All Flesh,” “Stolen Memories,” and “The Main Man” parts one and two.
  • Part Thirty-One – “My Girl,” “Tools of the Trade,” and “Two’s a Crowd”.
  • Part Thirty-Two – “Blasts from the Past” parts one and two, “The Prometheon,” and “Speed Demons”
  • Part Thirty-Three -“Livewire,” “Identity Crisis,” and “Target”
  • Part Thirty-Four – “Mxyzpixilated,” “Action Figures,” and “Double Dose”
  • Part Thirty-Five – “Solar Power,” “Brave New Metropolis,” and “Monkey Fun”.
  • Part Thirty-Six – “Ghost in the Machine” and “Father’s Day”
  • Part Thirty-Seven – “World’s Finest”
  • Part Thirty-Eight – “Hand of Fate,” “Bizarro World,” and “Prototype”
  • Part Thirty-Nine -“The Late Mr. Kent,” “Heavy Metal,” and “Warrior Queen”
  • Part Forty – “Apokalips…Now!” parts one and two, and “Little Girl Lost” parts one and two

The New Batman Adventures

We’re taking a quick side-trip back to Gotham.  Batman returned to animated form alongside his longtime friend Superman in a, dare I say it, new series of adventures with Nightwing, Batgirl, and a new Robin.

  • Part Forty-One – “Holiday Knights,” “Sins of the Father,” and “Cold Comfort”
  • Part Forty-Two – “Double Talk,” “You Scratch My Back,” and “No Fear”
  • Part Forty-Three – “Joker’s Millions,” “Growing Pains,” and “Love is a Croc”
  • Part Forty-Four – “Torch Song,” “The Ultimate Thrill,” and “Over the Edge”
  • Part Forty-Five – “Mean Seasons,” “Critters,” and “Cult of the Cat”
  • Part Forty-Six – “Animal Act,” “Old Wounds,” and “The Demon Within”
  • Part Forty-Seven – “Legends of the Dark Knight,” “Girls’ Night Out,” and “Mad Love”

Many episodes are adaptations of existing comic books.  Jimmy also takes a look at those and compares them to their animated counterparts:

  • Required Reading Part One – “Appointment in Crime Alley”, “The Cape and Cowl Conspiracy”, “The Laughing Fish”