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Peruse the writer’s bible for Batman: The Animated Series

From the writer's bible for "Batman: The Animated Series"

From the writer's bible for "Batman: The Animated Series"

My favorite reading of the weekend wasn’t the bizarre back and forth between a prominent comics blogger and a comics retailer. No, it was the writer’s bible for Batman: The Animated Series, the early-’90s show against which all other superhero cartoons are compared.

Developed by Bruce Timm, Paul Dini and Mitch Brian, the guidebook lays out the approach, structure and tone of the series, including the importance of setting, the role of humor and, perhaps most interestingly, the ban on Batman origin stories: “Nothing about his parents’ murder, the film they saw at the movies before they were shot, the theatre usherette who happened to see them go into Crime Alley seconds before the gun went off, etc., etc. … if you’re thinking up stories along those lines, flush them.”

(via Chris Sims)

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Been reading this site for a while — lots of great TV scripts.

In the “Pilot Hell” folder, there’s a couple of comic-related scripts, notably BRUCE WAYNE.

http://leethomson.myzen.co.uk/Pilot_Hell/Bruce_Wayne_1x01_-_Pilot.pdf

Written by Tim McCanlies (screenwriter of THE IRON GIANT), it was a tale of a pre-Batman Bruce, that the WB rejected…but decided to rework with different writers as a tale of young Superman.

Consequently, McCanlies gets a royalty for every episode of SMALLVILLE, despite having never worked on that show.

Batman: The Animated Series was such a great show. Probably one of the best of all time, cartoon or live action.

— Nick
from City of Kik
http://nickleshi.blogspot.com

“the ban on Batman origin stories”

Which, as we all know, resulted in complete disaster, demonstrating why it’s essential that at least every other Batman movie revisit the origin, as well as the necessity for DC to regularly publish new tellings of all its major characters’ origins so that new readers won’t be turned away by confusion.

Yep, sure is a good thing that people have learned the appropriate lessons from that animated series…

Holy Swatch Book, Batman. This thing includes Pantone color guides for all of the main characters. As a designer, that is THE MOST AWESOME THING, mm, all month at least? AWESOME.

From now on, Pantone 293 shall be alternately titled “Batman Blue.”

“Which, as we all know, resulted in complete disaster, demonstrating why it’s essential that at least every other Batman movie revisit the origin”

Oh get over it… Batman Begins was a complete reboot, so it was an appropriate place to re-tell the origin. Was away the taint of the Burton and Schumacher flicks, and go forward in a new direction. The way Nolan told the story, out of sequence, was wonderfully handled and unlike the 1989 Batman flick the origin story in BB actually had some depth to it. Great stuff, totally compelling, and Nolan & Co. took it to places we hadn’t seen before. Nothing wrong with that. Now, if they were to revisit the origin story in the next Bat-flick, THEN you’d have a legitimate point. But they won’t, and you don’t.

“Batman: The Animated Series was such a great show. Probably one of the best of all time, cartoon or live action”

I wouldn’t go so far as to rank it with the best live action shows, but I would put it up there with the best animated shows. I liked those first two seasons of Justice League better, I think, in part because I felt like they’d perfected Bats by that time.

My one big complaint about Batman: TAS was how Bats all too often got clobbered by lesser foes, sometimes even common street thugs. By the time JL came around, that didn’t happen (except in one episode where Luthor somehow, inexplicably got the drop on him). Some episodes were better than others, but for the most part it was pretty good stuff. I certainly like the art design from the early seasons, that Fleischer sort of look the show had. Any episodes with Mr. Freeze, Catwoman, Ra’s Al-Ghul or mob bosses were great. Oddly enough, I didn’t care for most of the Joker, Riddler, Penguin or Two-Face episodes.

Whoops, sorry, I forgot that dissent is not permitted in these forums! Duh, what was I thinking. You get old and the memory goes. Oh well, fortunately there is always someone around to politely remind me that expressing my own thoughts is entirely unwelcome. Thanks so much and Merry Christmas.

Compare “Which, as we all know, resulted in complete disaster…” with “…expressing my own thoughts is entirely unwelcome.” *sigh*

Merry Christmas!

Oh, BTW, I loved the Batman Animated Series and am keeping my fingers crossed for the boxed set this Christmas. That writer’s bible was pure gold though. Thank you Kevin (and Mr Sims) for that!

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