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OPINION

How About An Adult Animated Bat-Series?
Sunday, October 8, 2006
Author:
Bill (Jett) Ramey

© William E. Ramey. All rights reserved.

So, Iím watching THE BATMAN animated series yesterday with my 5 year old son as I always do on Saturdays. Look, I like the show for the most part as I believe it to be a respectful interpretation of the character. But letís be honest here, itís aimed at kids -- young kids.

Case in point: My 5 year old adores it.

But if you are a more mature Bat-fan like myself, many of these episodes are probably not your cup of tea. Iím talking about fans in their early 20s +. Letís face it, that age group holds by far the largest number of fans of the character.

So, how about an animated series aimed at the adult Bat-fan?

Hey it worked for Spawn on HBO, right? So what not a similar approach for The Dark Knight?

Look, Iím not talking about an R-rated Batman cartoon with tons of blood, profanity, and sex, but a PG-13ish series would be cool as hell. No Robin. No Batgirl. No Batmite (just kidding -- sort of). Simply some dark and gritty crime drama featuring The Darknight Detective.

And I can guaran-damn-tee you that there is a demand for this type of Bat-series, as Iíve received tons of emails over the years suggesting (and demanding) such a show.

Just imagine an animated action/drama set in The Batmanís early years? Youíd have the vigilante which the police are after (The Batman). The fed-up-with-corruption police detective (Gordon). And an idealistic, up and coming assistant Gotham City district attorney (Dent). The three form a ďThe Long Halloween-ishĒ type team that takes on organized crime, police corruption, and these new ďfreak criminalsĒ that are starting to infiltrate Gotham.

I know, I know, that sounds a little like the route Chris Nolan and crew are taking with the upcoming THE DARK KNIGHT live action film. However, TDK is only one 2-plus hour film which will only be able to tell a single story. Think about how many more The Batman/Gordon/Dent tales there will be left to tell, and such a animated series will provide that opportunity.

I donít know, maybe itís just because Iím getting older here. And there is definitely a place for a series as the current THE BATMAN that targets a younger audience. But it seems that just because The Batman is a fictional comic book superhero, thereís still the belief that heís mostly for kids.

Bah-loney!

Go into any comic book shop and check out just who is buying these comics. Itís not your stereotypical comic book ďgeeks;Ē itís also educated professionals and the Average Joe.

I know that with THE BATMAN currently in production, such as series isnít going to happen any time soon. But I hope that the next time a new Batman series is suggested, they remember us ďoldĒ Bat-folks.

"Jett" is the founder and editor-in-chief of BATMAN ON FILM and ON-FILM.NET.

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