SECOND LOOK — Batman, the Animated Series 



This week is the 20th anniversary of Batman: The Animated Series, which aired on American television from September 1992 to '95.

If you've never seen the series, do yourself a solid and check out an episode or two from Netflix.

For fans, this incarnation of Batman achieved what the movies have not: it strikes the right balance between the fanciful, kid-friendly hero of the silver age comics and the brutal vigilante of Frank Miller's dark world.

For everyone else (even those who may have already reached their superhero saturation limit), the series has other virtues. You'll appreciate the vintage radio drama storytelling style, film noir visuals ("dark deco" art direction by Bruce Timm) and Shirley Walker's excellent orchestral score.

One of those rare moments when pop culture is worth a second look.

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