Batman: The Animated Series has opened my eyes and changed my life

Batman: The Animated Series has opened my eyes and changed my life ...

The animated adaptation of Batman: The Animated Series will be 30 years old on September 5, 2022. I feel compelled to summarize Bruce Timm and Eric Radomskis' animated version of the Dark Knight while acknowledging the significant legacy of that particular legacy has already produced a substantial amount of critical work that would otherwise render any such effort redundant.

I could have written about the origins of Batman: The Animated Series as a result of the 1990s Tiny Toon Adventures, or about the show's great and bold title sequence, but these are already well-trodden topics.

I cant remember a time when I first heard about Batman: The Animated Series. What I do remember though, is that once I was introduced to the series, I was hooked. From Looney Tunes to Tom and Jerry to The Jetsons, I had seen a lot of cartoons until that point. But Batman: The Animated Series was more than that. It was appointment television. My young imagination was swept away by the adventures of the masked brooding vigilante Batman and his fight against a

I absorbed Batman: The Animated Series with the kind of infatuation only a child is capable of. From the appealing characters and expressive title card designs, there was a time when that love transformed from obsession into something deeper and more contemplative.

Even if I didnt know what it was that inspired Batman: The Animated Series, I did know that there was no other Batman series on television that was quite like it. No other Batman story existed that I could read or comprehend in an appropriate order. I did not yet have access to home internet nor the ability to type a question into a search bar and immediately find the answers to all my burning questions in plain order.

So, without any other recourse, I did what only seemed natural at the time: I continued to pursue as much as I could about art, beyond my initial introduction to animation, exploring the world of films, visual art, music, and even architecture in search of the answers to those questions that remained close to my heart.

I discovered them in Robert Wiene's haunting back alleys in Gotham City's back alleys. I discovered them in Hugh Ferriss' architectural illustrations in downtown Chicago's Carbide and Carbon Building, which revealed the series' creators in vivid detail.

My affection for Batman: The Animated Series transcends the character or the medium. The program didn't just introduce me to the character of Batman, it expanded my interest in animation, and it opened my world to whole new possibilities of art and history that I wouldn't have known otherwise. I'm also an editor at Polygon, which means that I'm responsible for sifting through the ever-growing and changing catalog of movies, television, comics, and games, and sharing that knowledge and passion with others.

Since it first launched 30 years ago, Batman: The Animated Series has touched the hearts of countless people of all walks of life, inspiring artists of all backgrounds and abilities.

Anything that can elicit such a reaction may in no way be described as trivial. They are, in the very literal sense, amazing. Art matters. Animation matters. Stories matter. Go out and find the ones that matter most to you, and then tell your own. You are the only one who can.

On HBO Max, Batman: The Animated Series is available to watch.