MORE VILLAINS IN BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES (1992)
WHAT WAS THE PLAN?
Not so much a plan as such, but back during the early ‘90s when Batman: The Animated Series was in development numerous villains were considered for inclusion alongside the usual familiar faces.
OH. SO WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED?
Many villains were pitted against the Caped Crusader when Batman: The Animated Series hit the air in 1992, from well known rogues Joker, Penguin and the Riddler, to not so familiar enemies Clock King, Maxie Zeus and Vertigo, but there were numerous characters that never appeared in the series.Some were never likely to crop up (Black Mask, King Tut, Mr Zsasz) but there were a few that were under consideration.The swashbuckling Cavalier was one and Gentleman Ghost was another, but for one reason or another they just never made it. The other candidate that was in the frame was Nocturna, a character who the creative team wanted to use as part of a story involving vampirism.
BUT WHAT DID HAPPEN?
FOX, the network that aired Batman: The Animated Series said NO!!!!Vampirism wasn’t something that the FOX were all too keen on for an animated series that children were likely to watch and so with the story off the table, Nocturna’s chances of appearing on screen quickly vaporised.
WAS THIS SUCH A BAD THING?
Not really, Batman: The Animated Series was filled to the brim with great characters and although a couple more villains wouldn’t have taken the shine off the show, the truth was it just wasn’t necessary.As it was the show had a good balance of stories featuring unfamiliar characters for old fans as well as multiple appearances of ‘core’ characters to appeal to everyone else.Basically it wasn’t broken...so it didn’t need fixing.
BUT WHAT IF?
If more villains had been introduced into the show then there would have been less screen time for some of the old favourites.With fewer appearances of the likes of the Joker, Catwoman and Mr Freeze audiences would have switched off and without a decent animated series to keep their minds active shows such as Hammerman (MC Hammer’s cartoon), Double Dragon and Fish Police would have ruled the airwaves.
Try and imagine that.
Can you?Go on, try!
Oh dear lord it would have been dreadful.The minds of youngsters would have been ruined beyond repair.There would have been nothing worse.
Well, unless Batman:TAS had been replaced with an Aquaman cartoon instead.