This Day In Pop Culture History: September 5, 1992 Batman: The Animated Series Debuted
On this day 27 years ago, Batman: The Animated Series debuted on Fox Kids. The show became a massive success and is still a hit with many people today. Much like many people in their mid twenties, Batman: The Animated Series first introduced me to the character of Batman. Tough, but caring. Dark, but always fighting for the greater good. That is Batman.
Here are some cool facts to celebrate Batman: The Animated Series’ birthday:
1. The character Harley Quinn originated from Batman: The Animated Series. She became so popular she was eventually added to the Batman comic book canon.
2. Harley Quinn’s mannerisms are based on an old character of her voice artist, Arleen Sorkin. While starring on Days of Our Lives, Sorkin was involved in a dream sequence where she dressed up as a harlequin, exhibiting many of the quirky characteristics and the trademark voice of Harley Quinn. A clip can be found on youtube.
3. Tim Curry was originally cast for the role of The Joker, voicing four full episodes as the Clown Prince of Crime, but the producers felt he wasn’t right for the role. He was eventually replaced by the man that became synonymous with the role, Mark Hammil.
4. Aside from being a talented voice artist, the voice of Batman, Kevin Conroy, is a classically trained actor, having studied at Juliard, a prestigious acting conservatory.
5. While attending Julliard, Kevin Conroy was roommates with iconic comedian and actor Robin Williams.
6. What gives Batman: The Animated Series its trademark look? To get the noir feel, the series was animated with light colors on dark backgrounds instead of the traditional dark colors on light backgrounds.
7. Leonard Nimoy and Anthony Hopkins were originally offered the role of Mister Freeze.
8. The show aired four seasons consisting of 85 episodes.
9. The complete series is available on Amazon right now as either a DVD set, a blu-ray set, or a collectors boxset.