It's the first week of September! This month's theme is "Themes by Rock Stars"
The Batman, by The Edge
The Batman debuted on the WB! on September 11, 2001. Unlike the previous Batman: the Animated Series from 1992, this Batman was new to the game. Bruce Wayne has only been Batman for three years. He is still learning how to be a detective and a superhero.
Classic villains like the Joker, Penguin and Catwoman are constant threats to the Dark Knight, as well as modern Batman villains like Black Mask, Ragdoll and Spellbinder. Many of the villains are voiced by some very notable people including Ron Pearlman, Dan Castellanella, Clancy Brown, Gina Gershin and Brandon Routh just to name a few!
The series has, what some people are calling, a pseudo-anime style similar to the Jackie Chan Adventures. Comicbook artist Jeff Matsuda redesigned all the characters for the show along with some new personalities. Many fans, especially fans of Batman: TAS, didn't like the show because it was not as dark and it strayed to far from the comicbooks (Batgirl appeared in Season 3 becoming Batman's partner. Robin is making his debut in this year's Season 4).
I was one of the many who didn't like this show. I am a huge fan of the original animated series and to me this was an abomination. I stayed far away from it until Season One came out on DVD. I decided to give it a shot. What I found was solid animation, good stories and plenty of action. I am a converted fan.
The theme song to The Batman was composed and performed by U2's The Edge and sets the feel for the dark, mysterious and often fast paced Gotham City. The song was replaced in Season 3 for a new song composed by Andy Sturmer who also wrote the Teen Titans theme song for Puffy Ami Yumi.
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Next week: Aerosmith's Joe Perry!