The villains of Batman: The Animated Series are celebrated in awesome 3D art. Developed by the trio of Bruce Trimm, Paul Dini, and Mitch Brian, the comic book adaptation originally aired from 1992 to 1995 on Fox Kids. A hit with critics and audiences, Batman: The Animated Series led to spinoff projects such as feature films, comic books, and video games. The show was praised for regularly dealing in complexity, presented in a darker tone which embraced aspects of film noir while also modernizing the origins of the iconic title character. Widely regarded as one of the most successful DC-related projects of all time, the series nabbed the Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program in 1993.
Part of the reason for the show’s persistent appeal comes down to the alluring antagonists that Batman battled on and off. While portrayals of Gotham City baddies may be common, and even ubiquitous in the case of The Joker, the animated series still left a memorable mark over the course of 85 episodes thanks to its creative decisions. Changes were made to The Penguin, as well as Clayface and Mr. Freeze. The latter villain, in particular, was evolved from a generalized mad scientist to a doomed figure that carried depths of anger.
God of War art director Raf Grassetti posted an awesome group shot which features some of the well-remembered antagonistic characters from Batman: The Animated Series. The group shot boasts Bane, Clayface, Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, Man-Bat, The Penguin, Two-Face, and The Joker. Grassetti also revealed plans to create similar designs of Catwoman, Mr. Freeze, Poison Ivy, and The Riddler.
For those who miss the animated classic and its distinctive approach in updating DC properties, it was revealed back in February that the show’s world would be revisited in comic book form. With the title of Batman: The Adventures Continue, the six-issue miniseries was written by Dini and Alan Burnett. Ty Templeton, who worked on the previous tie-in comic, did the illustration. The miniseries is due to be released in April.
As the continuation proves, along with Grassetti’s 3D art, the legacy of the animated hit continues to thrive. The 1990s program is frequently mentioned for its invention of Harley Quinn, who has since gone on to become a franchise of her own, but it also did a lot to elevate the profile of lesser-known rogues. It may have only aired for a short blip, when compared to the long history of the Caped Crusader, but Batman: The Animated Series has proved to be a very significant adaptation.
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