Kind of a fascinating idea. It would've been decided different from "The New Adventures of Batman", which I love, but really "The New Adventures" was just an update of the old 60's Batman cartoons, with late 70's sensibilities added in and the violence removed. The inclusion of Clay-Face and other supernatural elements was interesting. But really, the only great thing about it was that it was being voiced by West & Ward.The Boss wrote:Good. I'm glad to hear that there is more evidence out there than just internet blogs. Not because I wanted to be right but, because now maybe we can get past the argument of whether or not they planned a stand-alone Batman series and get back to the real purpose of this thread which was to discuss what the series would have been like.eewdoc wrote:Just throwing my 2 cents in. The special features part of the Super powers Team, Galactic Guardians has interviews from the Hannah Barbera people stating that the "The Fear" episode was indeed a pilot for a new animated Batman cartoon.
The 1984 pilot, being a spin-off from "Galactic Guardians", would have seemingly kept Batman a world-wide figure and a Justice League member, not a stand-alone character trapped in the confines of Gotham City, as he was in The '66 series and all three cartoon versions of Batman -- and when I say all three cartoon versions of Batman I'm including B:TAS, which had not aired yet. In the pilot, we see Wayne Manor, Alfred, Commissioner Gordon, and party guests! Bruce is obviously maintaining his "Millionaire Playboy" persona here. In "New Adventures" Bruce & Dick lived like rich immature hermits, playing ping pong and experimenting with peanut-butter casseroles all day long! And interestingly, this was the only time the murder of Bruce's parent's had been alluded to since the first few seconds of the 1966 Batman pilot. Judging from the episode, it would have been grittier than "Galactic Guardians". And would've had a "World's Finest" feel possibly, since any Justice League character might show up. And a fantastic bonus, the pilot showed Adam West could do Batman seriously if the script called for it. Wow -- with a nice intro and continued good scripts, this series might've been one of the best animated series of all time -- along with the early 90's X-Men cartoons, and Justice League: Unlimited. The Batman series we missed out on, indeed.
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