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Sure, it's not perfect. It's so Batman and Superman centered that others got a bit shafted. For that matter, things didn't go so well for some Batman characters (Just ask Tim Drake). Still, it's positives far outweigh it's negatives, and aspects of it would find their way into the main DCU.

Ladies and gentlemen, the DCAU.

It started simply enough. In the wake of Tim Burton's Batman films, a cartoon was developed, combining the look and style of the films with the Bronze Age Batman comics. How it would develop would mainly be the work of Bruce Timm and Paul Dini.

Before long, the popularity of the series led to a Superman spin-off, which drew inspiration for it's design from the classic Fleischer cartoons of the 1940s.

This led, naturally, to a Justice League series.

The DCAU was so popular that elements of it would be incorporated into the main DCU, including such characters as Harley Quinn.

Renee Montoya, who is now the Question.


Roxy Rocket.

Others include Mercy Graves, Lock Up, and Sewer King. Another character introduced in the DCAU was Nora Fries, wife of the man who would become Mr. Freeze. Mr. Freeze had been considered so useless in the comics that he was killed off in a random and disrespectful manner. The animated series made him so pupular that he was not only brought back, but given the tragic origin from the DCAU.

Another element from the DCAU that found it's way into the DCU was the Bruce/Diana thing.

Oh, Bruce... You're not afraid of what your enemies would do to her, but what she would do to them. The Joker wouldn't survive too many encounters with Diana.

The Toyman is an example of designs and personalities of established characters in the DCU being turned into their DCAU ones. Another example was Batgirl.

The DCAU Barbara Gordon Batgirl became the DCU one, as we see in this scene from Batgirl: Year One #7, by Scott Beatty, Chuck Dixon, and Marcos Martin.

Notice the look of that series is a cross between the DCAU and Batman: Year One.

Some accused Dixon of writing the young Babs like Stephanie Brown. What he was actually doing was writing her like Paul Dini did in the cartoon. Not that Dixon didn't notice the similarities between Steph and the young Babs, having Dinah comment on it when Babs was being irritated with Steph. Dini and Timm cemented the image of Batgirl.

So, the DCAU is, in a large way, the reason Stephanie is now Batgirl.

Date: 2010-08-27 03:39 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ficticons
Fascinating stuff. I had no idea Mr. Freeze's story was a retcon based on the Animated version!

I like how Renée looks and sounds in that clip of her; I really really like that Batgirl video; and Bruce's "I'm a rich kid with issues. Lots of issues" is lovely for the fact that it's a kind of admission you're not likely to get out of him in any other 'verse. I also like, as [personal profile] retro_nouveau has pointed out, the fact that Kara and Barbara are the sameish age here. Looks like they work well together and are friends here, both of which are really great.

I agree that it had parts I am not to keen on - particularly, out of what you've got here, the rather "grr angry warrior woman!!" portrayal of Diana - but overall it looks awesome.


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