“Prior to Batman: The Animated Series and the 1989 Batman feature film starring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson, the general public saw Batman a certain way. Namely, as portrayed by Adam West in the cult classic Batman live-action television series, which had a more… let’s say “Silver Age” tone to the character. It was fun and entertaining, but ever since “The Dark Knight Returns,” comic fans saw the character’s potential. The Batman film helped start to change non-comic readers’ views on the character, showing that he could be taken as a serious, grounded character. Batman: The Animated Series continued that trend, not only showing that Batman can be treated seriously but also that a cartoon series could tackle real problems and tell adult stories."
- DC Comics