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Pilot episode for Batman the Animated Series revealed

Pilot episode for Batman the Animated Series revealed

Pilot episode for Batman the Animated Series revealed

Roughly 20 years ago, the world of animation was about to change. Warner Bros. was riding high on the success of the brand new Batman franchise — the one with Michael Keaton, long before Christian Bale wore the cape — and the company wanted to reach a younger audience with a new cartoon. Bruce Timm and Paul Dini, creative folks behind the Animaniacs and Tiny Toons, put together a 90 second clip of their vision, showing a darker Batman can exist in an animated world. A year or so later, their pilot evolved into Batman: The Animated Series, and fans have been praising the 100+ episodes and movies ever since. But what ever happened to that original test of animation…?

Thanks to the luxurious space provided by the collector’s set of Batman the Animated Series, Warner Bros. included the short pilot screen test, offering fans an early look of what would become “their” Batman. Sadly, the audio aspects were lost to time, so some crafty folks added the score to the Michael Keaton films. Take a look!

original pilot

Notice some familiar shots? Many scenes from this early screen test were later used in episodes of the toon, as well as the show’s famous opening. And while details and animation styles changed and were somewhat evolved, you can still get the basics of the Dark Knight in every scene.

The complete intro to Batman: The Animated Series

Batman the animated series pilot Gotham City

Angry Batman Face

Batman and punk

Fist full o vengeance

Punk meet fist

Batarang toss

Batman off the ledge

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