Na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na, Batmaaan!… Day?
That’s right! The third Saturday of every September is Batman Day, an annual celebration of the World’s Greatest Detective, the Dark Knight, the Caped Crusader…. Originating back in 2014 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the hero’s first appearance in Detective Comics, it has become a yearly festival of all things Batman.
And there is so much Batman to celebrate. Just this year, viewers were treated to two new theatrical incarnations of the character: Robert Pattinson’s brooding hero in The Batman and Keanu Reeves’ more kid-friendly take in DC League of Super-Pets. On the TV side, Game of Thrones’ Iain Glen continues to portray an older Bruce in HBO Max’s Titans, while The CW’s Gotham Knights (premiering midseason) will follow Batman’s son as he investigates Dad’s murder.
Batman has even taken over the audio space, with the Batman: The Audio Adventures podcast starring Westworld’s Jeffrey Wright in the titular role. And of course, this does not even include the dozens of Batman comic series currently running, including new creative teams on the mainline book and Detective Comics.
That’s a lotta Batmen, with each actor offering their own unique take on the timeless hero. And yet, for many of us, as much as we love all of our new Batmen, Kevin Conroy’s iconic work in Batman: The Animated Series/The New Batman Adventures remains the definitive version of the Dark Knight. It redefined the mythology of the character and allowed the rogues gallery to take center stage. (The now-omnipresent Harley Quinn was created for the series.) B:TAS also served as the starting point for the DC Animated Universe (DCAU), an interconnected web of movies and TV shows that preceded the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) by decades.
So, with the new animated series, Batman: Caped Crusader, on the lookout for a new home, what better way to celebrate the Caped Crusader than by reliving some of his best adventures from Batman: The Animated Series, which celebrated its 30th anniversary earlier in September. Of course, with so many great episodes to choose from, it was tough to bring it down to just 15. So be sure to comment below with your favorite episodes and overall rankings!