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Encyclopedia > The New Batman Adventures
The New Batman Adventures

The New Batman Adventures promotional image. Art by Bruce Timm.
Genre Animated series
Starring Kevin Conroy
Mathew Valencia
Tara Charendoff
Loren Lester
Country of origin Flag of United States United States
No. of episodes 24 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 22 min.
Broadcast
Original channel The WB
Original run September 13, 1997January 16, 1999
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The New Batman Adventures was the successor to the highly acclaimed American animated television series Batman: The Animated Series. There has been some debate over the official title of this show (some refer to it as "Batman: Gotham Knights"), but creator Bruce Timm has clarified on numerous occasions that The New Batman Adventures is the official title. The DVD release of this show is known as "Batman: The Animated Series Volume 4 (from The New Batman Adventures)" Image File history File links Download high resolution version (600x724, 111 KB)New batman Adventures. ... An animated series or cartoon series is a television series produced by means of animation. ... Kevin Conroy Kevin Conroy (born November 30, 1955) is an American actor of stage, screen, and voice, best known for his portrayal of DC Comics superhero Batman in numerous animated series and features. ... Mathew Valencia (born December 12, 1983) is an American actor and voice actor [1] who has been involved in film and animation. ... Tara Strong (born Tara Lyn Charendoff, February 12, 1973) is a voice actress originally from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... Loren Lester is an actor of stage, screen, and voice, best known for his portrayal of DC Comics superhero Dick Grayson/Robin/Nightwing in the numerous Batman animated series and features. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... This article consists of a list of episodes of Batman: The Animated Series. ... The Warner Bros. ... September 13 is the 256th day of the year (257th in leap years). ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... January 16 is the 16th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... This article or section is incomplete and may require expansion and/or cleanup. ... The animated Batman shoots his grappling gun from a rooftop in a scene from the episode, On Leather Wings. ...


Stories in this series tend to involve Batman's supporting cast, which include fellow crimefighters Robin, Nightwing and Batgirl, among others. The show also features guest stars such as Supergirl, Etrigan and The Creeper; characters who would later appear with Batman in Justice League and Justice League Unlimited. Timothy Tim Drake is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe. ... Dick Grayson is a fictional superhero in the DC Comics Universe. ... Barbara Gordon is a fictional character appearing in DC Comics and related media. ... For other uses, see Supergirl (disambiguation). ... This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... The Creeper is a DC Comics superhero created by Steve Ditko. ... Justice League was an American animated television series about a team of superheroes which ran from 2001 to 2004 on Cartoon Network. ... Justice League Unlimited (or JLU) is the name of an American animated television series that was produced by and aired on Cartoon Network. ...

Contents

Television series

The New Batman Adventures was produced for The WB and started almost three years after Batman: The Animated Series had stopped production. The animation style was changed significantly from Batman: The Animated Series due to budgetary issues and to have the show more compatible with the smoother Superman: The Animated Series which TNBA would eventually air in tandem with as part of The New Batman/Superman Adventures. The show had a significant change in focus from the original series with episodes focusing less on Batman and more on the many characters that inhabited Gotham City. The art was more streamlined, giving Batman a more sleek, buffed appearance and his classic plain black chest emblem, though the yellow oval would also be removed from the comics in later years; it remains so as of the present day. The appearances of villains from his rogues gallery were also changed. For example, The Joker was made pale blue with green-highlighted black hair, and black eyes with white pupils, as well as being depicted as much smaller. He no longer had the ruby lips from the earlier animated series. Additionally, the Penguin was redesigned to match his classic counterpart rather than resemble the animal-like appearance of Danny DeVito's Penguin from 1992's Batman Returns. Most characters were given a more ghoulish appearance. The tone of the show shifted between "dark & serious" to "light & charming", with some of the darkest episodes ever seen in a cartoon (Over the Edge featured the death of Batgirl, albeit as a dream), as well as wacky, lighthearted fare. (Critters, for example, is one of the least popular episodes amongst some fans for its tone, but actually one of Timm's favorites and has commentary on the DVD release of the TNBA episodes.) Many of these changes and contrasts were somewhat similar to the regular comics post-KnightSaga. The Warner Bros. ... The animated Batman shoots his grappling gun from a rooftop in a scene from the episode, On Leather Wings. ... Superman: The Animated Series is the unofficial title given to Warner Bros. ... The New Batman/Superman Adventures was the title given to an anthology series that combined Superman: The Animated Series and the reimagined Batman: The Animated Series. ... The Gotham skyline with the Bat-signal. ... Rogues gallery is a term in comics referring to a specific hero or superheros reoccuring and most notable enemies, as opposed to nameless thugs and mooks. ... The Joker is a fictional character, a DC Comics supervillain widely considered to be Batmans archenemy. ... The Penguin (Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot), is a DC Comics supervillain and an enemy of Batman. ... Daniel Michael DeVito Jr. ... This is a list of film-related events in 1992. ... Batman Returns is a 1992 motion picture based on the Batman character created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger. ... Over the Edge is the title of an episode from The New Batman Adventures. ... Cover to Batman #497: The breaking of the Bat. ...


Having much of the same cast and crew behind it, and supervised by Bruce Timm and Paul Dini (and even Dennis O'Neil, Mike Manley and others from the regular comics at times), TNBA was not quite as well received by fans and critics as the original Batman: The Animated Series. Bruce Walter Timm (born on February 8, 1961) is an American character designer, animator and producer. ... Paul Dini is an American television producer of animated cartoons. ... Dennis Denny ONeil is a comic book writer and editor, principally for Marvel Comics and DC Comics in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, and Group Editor for the Batman family of books until his retirement. ... Cover to Darkhawk #1. ...


The New Batman Adventures had its fair share of memorable episodes. Perhaps the most famous was the adaptation of the Batman Adventures comic Mad Love which featured the origins of Harley Quinn and the dynamic of her relationship with the Joker. "Legends of the Dark Knight" featured three kids telling stories about Batman, one in the vein of the 50's/60's stories involving giant instruments and another featuring a near word-for-word adaption of a scene from Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. Other episodes included "Over the Edge" (mentioned above), "Old Wounds" (filling the gap between Batman: TAS and TNBA), "Joker's Millions" (an adaptation of a classic 1950s story originally drawn by Dick Sprang and possibly written by Bill Finger) and "Growing Pains". Batman Adventures is a DC comic book series featuring Batman. ... Mad Love Mad Love was an extremely popular comic book written by Paul Dini (The writer and director of Batman The Animated Series and Batman Beyond, dubbed an icon of the 19990s) and Bruce W. Timm (executive producer on The New Batman/Superman Adventures and the co-creator of... Harley Quinn (real name Dr. Harleen Quinzel) is a fictional character in the animated series Batman: The Animated Series, as well as the DC Comics Batman series and its spin-offs, and subsequently in various Batman-related comic books. ... Legends of the Dark Knight Legends of the Dark Knight is the title of an episode from The New Batman Adventures. ... The premiere issue of the series Spoiler warning: The Dark Knight Returns (known as DKR by fans) is a superhero comic book story published by DC Comics between 1985 and 1986, starring Batman. ... Jokers Millions is the seventh episode of the first season of the American animated television series The New Batman Adventures. ... Richard Dick Sprang (b. ... Bill Finger (February 8, 1914–January 18, 1974) was an American writer best remembered (though not officially credited) as the co-creator of the character Batman with Bob Kane as well as the co-architect of the series development. ...


Controversy

A source of controversy revolving around the series is the supposed romantic relationship between Batman and Batgirl off-screen. This was confirmed in Batman Beyond. To complicate the situation, Barbara Gordon and Dick Grayson (Bruce Wayne's legal ward) were in a relationship prior to Dick's tenure as Nightwing. In Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman, there is one scene where Barbara calls Bruce perhaps from some far off college dorm and asks him if he's found someone else closer to his own age. Batman Beyond (known as Batman of the Future in Europe, Latin America, Australia, and New Zealand) was an American animated television series created by WB Network in collaboration with DC Comics as a continuation of the Batman legacy. ... Nightwing is a name used by at least six fictional characters in the DC Comics Universe. ... Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman is an animated movie based on the DC Comics character Batman and set in the same world as Batman: The Animated Series. ...


The Batman Adventures: Lost Years

Shortly after The New Batman Adventures aired on Kids' WB , a mini-series set in the continuity of the series was published. In a total of five books, Hilary Bader, Bo Hampton, Terry Beatty, Lee Loughridge, and Tim Harkins explained the gap between B:TAS and The New Batman Adventures. Kids WB! is the Saturday morning cartoon portion of The CW Television Networks programming. ...


Book One: Robin (Dick Grayson) voices his disapproval towards Batgirl’s (Barbara Gordon) fighting crime and tries to stop her from doing so. During this time, Batman finds out that Batgirl is Barbara Gordon. After some time Batman comes to the conclusion that Batgirl will continue to fight crime, but under his wing. Dick gets upset and has an argument with Bruce, but fails to change his mind. Dick Grayson is a fictional superhero in the DC Comics Universe. ...


Book Two: Bruce and Dick have a very hot argument the day of his graduation and Dick decides to leave Gotham City. Barbara and Bruce butler/confidante, Alfred Pennyworth, try to convince him to stay, but to no avail. Dick leaves to fine-tune his skills. Alfred Pennyworth is a fictional supporting character in the DC Comics Batman series. ...


Book Three: Dick comes across an ancient African tribe and learns combat from them; he finally gets ready to step out of Batman's shadow. He develops a new crimefighting persona, Nightwing. Nightwing is a name used by at least six fictional characters in the DC Comics Universe. ...


Book Four: Batman and Batgirl fight crime side by side, and Batgirl notices the difference. One night, while on the trail of Two-Face, Batman saves a young Tim Drake, son of petty criminal "Shifty" Drake. (The writers of the animated series characterized Tim as such to blend him with another character, Jason Todd -- the ill-fated Robin who would otherwise make no appearances in the animated universe). Shifty was murdered by Two-Face and Tim swore revenge. Batman trained Tim as the new Robin and gave him another shot at life. Two-Face was captured and Batman took in Tim as his second ward. Two-Face is a DC Comics supervillain, an enemy of Batman. ... Timothy Tim Drake is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Book Five: Dick travels to the Himalayas to discover a tribe's secret of flight. While there, he is trapped under an avalanche and rescued by one of the members, who agrees to trade the secret of flight in exchange for recovering a statue. Dick returns to Gotham and retrieves the stolen artifact from Ra's Al Ghul. Dick soon returns to Wayne Manor and unveils his new persona of Nightwing to Bruce, Barbara, Alfred, and tim. Batman Adventures (2004)


Cast

Main cast

Actor Role
Kevin Conroy Bruce Wayne / Batman
Mathew Valencia Tim Drake / Robin
Tara Charendoff Barbara Gordon / Batgirl
Loren Lester Dick Grayson / Nightwing
Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. Alfred Pennyworth
Bob Hastings Commissioner Gordon
Robert Costanzo Detective Harvey Bullock
Lloyd Bochner Mayor Hamilton Hill

Kevin Conroy Kevin Conroy (born November 30, 1955) is an American actor of stage, screen, and voice, best known for his portrayal of DC Comics superhero Batman in numerous animated series and features. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... Mathew Valencia (born December 12, 1983) is an American actor and voice actor [1] who has been involved in film and animation. ... Timothy Tim Drake is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe. ... Tara Strong (born Tara Lyn Charendoff, February 12, 1973) is a voice actress originally from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... Barbara Gordon is a fictional character appearing in DC Comics and related media. ... Batgirl is a DC Comics superhero. ... Loren Lester is an actor of stage, screen, and voice, best known for his portrayal of DC Comics superhero Dick Grayson/Robin/Nightwing in the numerous Batman animated series and features. ... Dick Grayson is a fictional superhero in the DC Comics Universe. ... Nightwing is a name used by at least six fictional characters in the DC Comics Universe. ... Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. ... Alfred Pennyworth is a fictional supporting character in the DC Comics Batman series. ... Robert Hastings (born April 18, 1925 in Brooklyn, New York) is a television and movie actor perhaps best known for his role as Commissioner James Gordon in Batman: The Animated Series and its subsequent film and television spinoffs. ... James Worthington Jim Gordon is a supporting character in DC Comics Batman series. ... Robert Costanzo is an American actor born in Brooklyn, New York, USA. The son of actor Carmine Costanzo, Robert has an acting career spanning 30 years. ... This article is about the DC Comics character. ... Actor Lloyd Bochner in Point Blank (1967) Lloyd Bochner (July 29, 1924 - October 29, 2005), born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) was a Jewish Canadian leading man, usually playing the role of cool, suave, rich men. ...

Supporting Cast

Jeffrey Glenn Bennett (born October 2, 1962) is a well-known voice actor in cartoons, movies and games. ... The Creeper is a DC Comics superhero created by Steve Ditko. ... Billy Zane (born William George Zane, Jr. ... This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... Nicholle Tom on The Nanny Nicholle Tom (born March 23, 1978 in Hinsdale, Illinois) is an American actress, most famous for her role as Maggie Sheffield on The Nanny. ... For other uses, see Supergirl (disambiguation). ... Superman: The Animated Series is the unofficial title given to Warner Bros. ... Mel Winkler (1952-present) has recorded the voice and foley effects for a number of next-generation video games. ... Lucius Fox is a fictional character appearing in Batman comic books by DC Comics. ... Renee Montoya is a fictional character in DC Comics. ...

Recurring villains

Ronald Francis Perlman (born April 13, 1950, in Washington Heights, New York), billed as Ron Perlman, is an American television, film and voice over actor. ... Clayface is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe, best known as an enemy of Batman. ... Arleen Sorkin (b. ... Harley Quinn (real name Dr. Harleen Quinzel) is a fictional character in the animated series Batman: The Animated Series, as well as the DC Comics Batman series and its spin-offs, and subsequently in various Batman-related comic books. ... Mark Richard Hamill (born September 25, 1951) is an American actor and voice actor. ... The Joker is a fictional character, a DC Comics supervillain widely considered to be Batmans archenemy. ... Michael Ansara (born April 15, 1922) is a stage, screen and voice actor. ... Mister Freeze (Dr. Victor Fries) (Pronounced as Victor Freese or Freeze) is a DC Comics supervillain, an enemy of Batman. ... Paul Hamilton Williams (born September 19, 1940, in Omaha, Nebraska) is an American composer, songwriter, and actor. ... The Penguin (Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot), is a DC Comics supervillain and an enemy of Batman. ... Diane Pershing Diane Pershing (born in Queens, New York) is an American voice actress, stage actress and novelist. ... Poison Ivy (Pamela Lillian Isley) is a fictional character, a DC Comics supervillain who is primarily an enemy of Batman. ... John Glover (born August 7, 1944 in Salisbury, Maryland) is an American actor, best known for a range of villainous roles in films and television, including Lionel Luthor in Smallville. ... The Riddler, (Edward E. Nigma, also spelled Nygma by some writers), is a DC Comics supervillain and an enemy of Batman. ... Jeffrey Combs Jeffrey Combs (born 9 September 1954) is a character actor best known for his horror film roles. ... The Scarecrow (Dr. Jonathan Crane) is a DC Comics supervillain, an enemy of Batman. ... Richard Moll as Bull. Richard Moll (born January 13, 1943) in Pasadena, California, USA is an actor, best known as Nostradamus Bull Shannon, the tall (standing 6 feet 7 and a half inches), shaven-headed bailiff on NBCs sitcom Night Court. ... Two-Face is a DC Comics supervillain, an enemy of Batman. ... George Dzundza (born July 19, 1945) is an actor who is best known for his role as Sgt. ... The Ventriloquist is a DC Comics villain, an enemy of Batman. ... Adrienne Jo Barbeau (born June 11, 1945) is an American television, film, and musical theater actress. ... Catwoman is a fictional character associated with DC Comics Batman franchise and created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane. ... McDowall as a child actor Roderick Andrew Anthony Jude McDowall (September 17, 1928 – October 3, 1998) was a British actor. ... The Mad Hatter is a supervillain in the Batman comics, published by DC Comics. ... Henry Silva (born September 15, 1928) is an actor of Puerto Rican descent who has played a wide variety of movie roles. ... Bane is the DC Comics supervillain, and sometimes ally, best known for having broken Batmans back. ... Killer Croc is a fictional character in DC comics. ... Mark Rolston (R) in Aliens Mark Rolston (December 7, 1956 - ) an American actor, born in Baltimore, Maryland. ... Firefly is a fictional character in DC comics. ... Laraine Newman (born March 2, 1952) is an American comedian and actress, from Los Angeles, California. ... Concept art for Roxy Rocket. ... Sela Ann Ward (born July 11, 1956 in Meridian, Mississippi) is an American actress, most widely known for her Emmy Award-winning television roles as free-spirited Teddy Reed on Sisters (1991-96) and single mother Lily Manning on Once and Again (1999-2002). ... Klarion the Witch-Boy is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe character first seen in the pages of The Demon in 1973. ... Lori Petty (born October 14, 1963 in Chattanooga, Tennessee) is an American movie actress. ... Livewire (real name Leslie Willis) is a supervillain in the DC Universe. ... Superman: The Animated Series is the unofficial title given to Warner Bros. ...

Episode list

This article consists of a list of episodes of Batman: The Animated Series. ...

Videos and DVDs

The following is a list of videos and DVDs released to the market of The New Batman Adventures and the episodes they contain.


The Batman/Superman Movie VHS/DVD Worlds Finest is a three part episode of both Superman: The Animated Series and The New Batman/Superman Adventures. ...


Episodes:

  • World's Finest, Part I (Superman, the Animated Series episode)
  • World's Finest, Part II (Superman, the Animated Series episode)
  • World's Finest, Part III (Superman, the Animated Series episode)

Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman VHS/DVD

  • Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman (direct-to-video movie)

Batman, the Animated Series: Volume Four (from The New Batman Adventures) 4-Disc DVD Set

Batman the Animated Series: Volume 4 DVD (from The New Batman Adventures).
Batman the Animated Series: Volume 4 DVD (from The New Batman Adventures).
  • 1st Disc Episodes:
    • Holiday Knights
    • Sins of the Father
    • Cold Comfort
    • Double Talk
    • You Scratch My Back
    • Never Fear
  • 2nd Disc Episodes:
    • Joker's Millions
    • Growing Pains
    • Love Is A Croc
    • Torch Song
    • The Ultimate Thrill
    • Over The Edge
  • 3rd Disc Episodes:
    • Mean Seasons
    • Critters
    • Cult of the Cat
    • Animal Act
    • Old Wounds
    • The Demon Within
  • 4th Disc Episodes:
    • Legends of the Dark Knight
    • Girls' Night Out
    • Mad Love
    • Chemistry
    • Beware the Creeper
    • Judgment Day

Image File history File links Size of this preview: 471 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (546 × 695 pixel, file size: 64 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Batman the Animated Series: Volume 4 DVD from the New Batman Adeventures This is the DVD cover of the television series Its use here is purely... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 471 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (546 × 695 pixel, file size: 64 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Batman the Animated Series: Volume 4 DVD from the New Batman Adeventures This is the DVD cover of the television series Its use here is purely...

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See also

Gotham Girls, Warner Bros' official series of Flash animations using many of the characters from the television series. Gotham Girls is an American animated Flash cartoon series created and produced jointly by Warner Brothers and Noodle Soup Productions about the females of Gotham City. ...


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