Batman: The Animated Series is one of the most sacred texts in pop culture, universally recognized as the best superhero cartoon of all time. Kristian Williams is a YouTube professor of such things, and his latest work, Batman – Evolving The Legend, breaks down what exactly makes this cartoon so perennially great.
Batman – Evolving The Legend starts by putting Batman: The Animated Series into context—commissioned on the massive success of the Tim Burton Batman movies, and meant to emulate their stark darkness in contrast to previous campier versions of the character. But as the movies got campier and more cartoony, the cartoon stayed dark, mature, and serious—but still a lot of fun.
You can see Batman – Evolving The Legend below, although a word of fair warning first: You will want to start watching Batman as soon as it ends. And for more cool stuff from Kristian Williams, take a look at his YouTube channel here.
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