|Batman: The Animated Series Title; Source: Warner Bros Animation|
1. Mr Freeze
Prior to his portrayal in B:TAS, Mr. Freeze was just a gimmicky mad scientist. He'd run around with what looked like a spray bottle of ice and make cold puns. He'd fallen into disuse in the DC universe.
|Mr. Freeze, originally known as Mr. Zero;|
Source: DC Comics
|Left: Mr. Freeze (Arnold Swarzenegger) in Batman and Robin;|
Right: Mr. Freeze in Batman: The Animated Series
2. The Dark Knight's Voice
|Batman (Christian Bale); Source: Warner Bros.|
3. The Joker's Voice
|The Joker (Jack Nicholson); Source: Batman|
There was a time when Mark Hamill was known only as "that guy who played Luke Skywalker," and the idea anyone could play the Joker better than Jack Nicholson was blasphemy. B:TAS took a chance by casting Hamill, and he knocked it out of the park. With his loopy voice and haunting laugh. Hamill has become THE voice for the villain. His voice has been so identified with the character that he's returned to voice the Joker in other shows like Birds of Prey, toys, amusement park rides, and video games like Batman: Arkham Asylum.
|The Joker (Mark Hamill); Source: Batman: The Animated Series|
4. Harley Quinn
|Harley Quinn, Source: Warner Bros Animation|
5. The Animated DC Universe
it broke new ground in visual style, realistic action sequences, and more dramatic themes. Later TV shows followed the artistic style and theme of Batman with Superman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond, Justice League, and Justice League Unlimited. Batman opened the door to an entire shared DC universe on television years before the Marvel shared cinematic universe.
What impact did the animated series have for you? What other ways did the animated series impact pop culture?
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