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(2004–2008)

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Two-Face is never featured in this show, nor is his alter ego, Harvey Dent due to an agreement with Warner Brothers not to use him because of his planned use Batman Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight (2008). A new character named Ethan Bennett was created in his place and featured many elements from Harvey Dent. Bennett also had a tragic accident that caused him to become a villain.
Scarecrow, Ras Al Ghul, and Two-Face were restricted from appearing on this series because of their planned use in Christopher Nolan's live action Dark Knight movie trilogy. Scarecrow and Ras Al Ghul appeared in Batman Begins (2005) and Two Face appeared in The Dark Knight (2008) (which also prominently features the Joker, but since he is Batman's greatest enemy, he was allowed to appear on the series). Bane and Catwoman were never restricted because development for The Dark Knight Rises (2012) did not take place until this series ended.
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In terms of overall tone and style, the series is based principally on the original stories from the Golden Age and the early 1950s.
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As with previous Batman animated shows, a past Batman stars as a character in the new show...aka Adam West in Batman: The Animated Series: Beware the Gray Ghost (1992) hands off the Batman mantle to Kevin Conroy. In The Batman (2004) Kevin Conroy plays Dick Grayson's father, in a way handing the Batman torch to Rino Romano.
For Robin's costume, Jeff Matsuda said he used the Tim Drake Robin costume from the comics as a starting point and took out what he didn't like. Some of the changes were bringing back the traditional pixie shoes, making the "R" symbol a yellow circle with a black "R" (like it was in The New Adventures of Batman (1977)), and giving Robin a modern version of the Dick Sprang styled hair from the comics.
One of the villains who made his debut in the series this season was the Ragdoll. The Ragdoll is actually an old foe of the Golden Age Flash, not the Batman, as the episode claims.
The character of Ellen Yin is a direct reference to the character Ellen Yindel in Frank Miller's famous "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns" graphic novel.
The Edge (Dave Evans) from U2 performs the opening theme. Season 3 featured a new opening theme that was a cross between the Neal Hefti theme from the '60s Batman (1966) and Hawaii Five-O (1968).
Batman's cowl featured shorter ears, because it was more boxer like according to Jeff Matsuda, and the nose is flatter than previous versions. In Season 4 The Batman's was chin was redesigned to be more square and less pointy.
Besides his standard suit The Batman many other suits including a Rocket Shield suit, a Anti-Freeze suit, a Bat-A-Wing suit, and a Bat-Bot suit all of which were made into action figures.
Two actors who previously played Batman have made appearances on the show: Adam West and Kevin Conroy. Adam West played Mayor Grange and Kevin Conroy played John Grayson.
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This is the first Batman cartoon to introduce Batgirl before Robin. Batgirl was introduced before Robin simply because Robin still being used on Teen Titans (2003), which had been renewed for a 5th season, which aired on a different network. Robin in this show looks exactly like he did on Teen Titans (2003) albeit a few years younger. He also uses Bird-A-Rangs and uses a bow staff as a weapon just as he did on Teen Titans (2003).
The name of reporter "Robinson Sprang" is taken from artists Jerry Robinson and Dick Sprang, both of whom drew Batman in the Fifties.
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Despite having only 65 episodes, "The Batman" technically has more seasons than any other animated Batman show. "Batman: The Animated Series" had four seasons. "The New Batman Adventures" had two. "Batman Beyond" had three. "Batman: The Brave and the Bold" had three. And "Beware the Batman" only had one.
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