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One of the most memorable of the many memorable aspects of the Batman Animated Universe was the way it dealt with it's villains.

Yes some were monsters in every sense of the word, but nearly all of them had, at their core, a human nature, a human frailty which had pushed them beyond the pale (often, but not always, a dark reflection of some aspect of Batman's own psyche).

Be it Mr Freeze's genuine love for his wife becoming an obsession to isolate himself from emotion, or Baby Doll being an adult woman forever trapped by genetics in the body of a child, or the Mad Hatter finding himself unable to interact with the woman he loves (or at least desires) because he's cripplingly shy.... That doesn't excuse their actions of course, but it does give them something for a viewer to relate to at some level and that was a powerful thing in the hands of skilled writers (and the comics reflected that too, to their eternal credit).

Take THIS guy for example.... )
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This is from Gotham Adventures #28,

The Riddler has staged a series of clues in an effort to lead Batman around by the nose after kidnapping a famous musician. But it's been Nightwing's knowledge of music that has been pivotal, as the musician has been hiding clues of his own in the musical cue the Riddler has been using.

Read more... )
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Seven pages under the cut )

Tags: title: Gotham Adventures, theme: DCAU, char: Batman/Bruce Wayne, char: Robin/Nightwing/Dick Grayson, char: Robin/Red Robin/Tim Drake, char: Batgirl/Oracle/Barbara Gordon, char: Alfred Pennyworth, creator: Scott Peterson, creator: Terry Beatty, creator: Tim Levins
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click for more, you know you want to )
Tags: title: Gotham Adventures, char: Robin/Red Robin/Tim Drake, char: Robin/Nightwing/Dick Grayson, char: Batgirl/Oracle/Barbara Gordon, char: Alfred Pennyworth, theme: dcau, creator: Scott Peterson, creator: Tim Levins, creator: Terry Beatty
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Read more... )
Tags: title: Gotham Adventures, creator: Ty Templeton, creator: Rick Burchett, char: Selina Kyle/Catwoman, char: Bruce Wayne/Batman, theme: DCAU
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Whew! Didn't think I'd get this one up this week! Finding internet while on a road trip is damn tricky, especially in the rural South. Lord knows if I'll even get next week's posted at all.

In last week's post about a time when Harvey became a vigilante to thwart Two-Face, I made direct comparison to the episode of BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES entitled "Judgment Day," wherein Two-Face gained a third personality who became a vigilante known as "The Judge."

I've already complained on why I hated the Judge for botching what could have been a great concept--Harvey's good side manifesting as a vigilante--but thankfully, Ty Templeton used the Judge as a jumping-off point for an excellent issue of BATMAN: GOTHAM ADVENTURES:





That makes me the good guy for now )
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I thought I'd share some Batman and Robin animation I had somehow never seen before.

How did this not make it to a full series? )

tags creator: bob smith, creator: terry beatty, creator: ty templeton, title: gotham adventures, medium: advertisement, char: batman/bruce wayne, char: robin/red robin/tim drake, char: bane, char: riddler/edward nigma, theme: dcau
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Batman: TBatB DCAU goodness. )
Recommended tags: char: batman/bruce wayne,char: superman/clark kent,theme: dcau,title: gotham adventures,title: batman the brave and the bold, in-joke: context is for the weak
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The Two-Face of B:TAS is easily one of the finest depictions of the character. It stayed true to his spirit even while the origin was notably altered* in both the physical and psychological causes for Harvey's transformation.

The psychological explanation for Harvey's dark side--dubbed "Big Bad Harv," and after all these years, I still don't know if I find that silly or not--is it's the result from years of Harvey's suppressed rage, stemming from his guilt at attacking a bully.

As far as psychological motivations go, it's rather specious. I mean, really, one moment like that doesn't create Two-Face. But it was written for kids who were likely familiar with the pain of bullies, and hey, ongoing child abuse isn't exactly the stuff of afternoon cartoons.

But then we have the comics based on B:TAS, which weren't afraid to introduce darker themes. As such, leave it to the great Ty Templeton (an underrated master; dig this awesome interview with Ty conducted by our own [personal profile] zegas) to delve past the "bully" theory, and introduce a twist on the regular DCU origin:





A Dent family reunion behind the cut )


Finally, a request: does anybody have scans of the BATMAN newspaper comic strips that ran from 1989-1991? I'm very interested to read the Two-Face story, naturally, but also the Mad Hatter one. They're damn hard to find! Apparently, they ran in COMICS REVUE, but I can't find what issues.




*I have to wonder if the network censors at FOX had a hand in this, or they were both creative choices on the part of Dini/Timm et al. Check out check out this Bruce Timm drawing of all the things the censors wouldn't allow. See how many you can find!
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With all the DCAU love going on today, I thought I'd post some scans from an issue dedicated to the most badass member of the Batfamily.
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recommended tags: char: alfred pennyworth, char: batman/bruce wayne, char: batgirl/oracle/barbara gordon, char: robin/red robin/tim drake, char: robin/nightwing/dick grayson, title: gotham adventures
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Greetings, [insanejournal.com profile] scans_daily!

It's been about eight months since I discovered s_d back on LJ, and since I'm going to be busy soon I thought I'd make my first contribution now. It also fits nicely with Positive Comics Week (which is still on, yes? Till the 20th, at least?).

This is from Batman: Gotham Adventures #22. It's seven pages from a 22-page book.


(It's bigger and clearer in context, honestly)

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I think it's been established that there are a lot of Superman fans in the DCU. A lot of people wear the t-shirts, love autographs and generally wanted to be Superman when they grow up.

I decided to post this when going through some old issues, I realised that a few of the Robins get thoroughly excited when meeting the man for the first time. These are from Legends of the DC Universe #6 [6], Action Comics #594 [4] and Gotham Adventures #36 [2]



I think 'Wow' is the keyword here. 12 scans under the cut. )

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