The New Adventures of Batman
As might be expected, the eponymous hero fights crime in Gotham City, assisted by Robin and Batgirl, encountering the classic Batman rogues gallery (including Joker, the Penguin, Mr. Freeze, and Catwoman) as well as some original villains. Complicating matters is The Scrappy and The Millstone, Bat-Mite (voiced by none other than Filmation producer Lou Scheimer), a well meaning imp from another dimension called Ergo, who considers himself Batman's biggest fan. As a result, he wears a variant of Batman's costume and attempts to help him, only to often create more problems. Missing is Alfred, the faithful butler of Batman's alter ego Bruce Wayne.
Your Mileage May Vary, as the series' inspiration is clearly the campy 60s show, Moral Guardians prevented the appearance of any significant fisticuffs, and Bat-Mite will probably make you want to strangle something. In the plus column, the rotoscoping based animation is a bit more fluid than its direct competitor Superfriends (if clearly and often recycled), Adam West's and Burt Ward's voice-acting adds an air of cool to the proceedings, and the music is groovy as heck. It also is notable for featuring the first animated appearance of Clayface.
The bottom line is, this is a minor, but fun little series, and a stepping-stone to what would come. Seriously, though... you'll be begging for Bat-Mite to suffer the brunt of one of the Dark Knight's angrier incarnations.
- Alternative Foreign Theme Song: The Japanese version has a different opening and ending.
- Bait and Switch Credits: The Riddler appears in the opening sequence (strangely wearing a red suit), but never in the show proper.
- Brainwashed: Happens to Batman and Robin twice (and another time, they were just pretending to be).
- Canon Foreigner: Some villains, like Electro, Professor Bubbles, the Chameleon, Sweet Tooth, and Zarbor, were created just for the show.
- Character Development: Over the course of the series, Bat-Mite makes a visible transition from more trouble than he's worth to a mixed blessing, and finally a genuine asset (albeit still rather annoying) by the end.
- Exiled From Continuity: Due to competition from Superfriends, the show was unable to use Scarecrow, The Riddler, or Solomon Grundy. Superfriends in turn was not allowed to use the Joker, originally planned to be a member of the Legion of Doom.
- "Everybody Laughs" Ending
- Great Gazoo: Bat-Mite
- Guilty Pleasure
- Harmless Freezing: When Batman and Robin get frozen by Mr. Freeze
- An Ice Person: Mr. Freeze, of course.
- Incredible Shrinking Man: 'Bite-Sized'
- Incredibly Lame Pun: Too many to list.
- Laughing Mad: In this adaptation, the Joker punctuates every line with maniacal laughter. EVERY line.
- Likewise, the Penguin punctuates every line with a Burgess Meredithesque laugh.
- Lighter and Softer: As Batman in the comics was getting increasingly dark, this series reveled in the camp.
- Limited Animation
- Name's the Same: Two of the villains created for the series were named Electro and the Chameleon. No relation.
- Never Say "Die"
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: A villain named 'Sweet Tooth' sounds like Paul Lynde.
- Obvious Trap
- Pungeon Master: Mr. Freeze uses tonnes of ice-themed puns (an inspiration for Joel Schumacher perhaps?)
- Reality Warper: Bat-Mite and Zarbor
- Rogues Gallery
- Soft Glass: Somewhat averted, as Robin is sure to throw a metal trash-can lid through any window he attempts to get through.
- Stock Footage: A Filmation standard, taken to an extreme when Batman and Robin launch themselves from the Batmobile in order to spend a minute on Stock Footage before returning to the Batmobile.
- Talking to Himself: Lennie Weinrib voiced the male villains and Commissioner Gordon.
- preferably something from the dimension Ergo