After a long hiatus -- The Caped Crusader is back and cooler then
ever, in the animated action-packed series -- The New
Adventures. Picking up years after Batman:
The Animated Series, the series highlights Batman and his crimefighting cadre of
Nightwing, Robin and Batgirl, as they join forces to battle Gotham
City's classic super-villains.
According to press details from the series' premiere, when last we saw Robin, he and Batman were fighting tirelessly for
justice in crime-ridden Gotham City. These days, however, things have
changed. Dick Grayson (Robin) is no longer a boy, in fact, he's now a
college graduate who has just returned from traveling the world, much
like Bruce Wayne did years ago. Living abroad enlightened Grayson and
enabled him to study various crime fighting techniques. When the time
came to return to Gotham City, Grayson had to consider returning to his
role as Robin. Ultimately, he decided that he had outgrown his position
as Batman's sidekick and was ready to embark on his own crimefighting
career as Nightwing. However, Nightwing (Grayson) can periodically be
found teaming up with Batman, offering a few revolutionary crime
fighting techniques of his own.
Knowing things wouldn't be the same without his trusty sidekick Robin,
Batman befriends Tim Drake, an abandoned 13 year-old boy adopted by
Bruce Wayne. Tim's real father is a small-time hood who stole money from
the evil villain Two-Face and left town. When Tim becomes caught up in
the war between Two-Face and his father (which culminates in Two-Face's
attempt to kill Tim), Batman intervenes and rescues him. Knowing how
hard it is growing up without parents, Batman takes Tim under his wing
and the "new" Robin is born. Tim is a kid through and through, and it is
his character's youthful energy which enlivens the new "Batman."
Viewers will see a lot more of Batgirl, as she's now a regular member of
the "Batman" team. Recent college graduate Barbara Gordon leads a double
life. By day she's the police commissioner's daughter who works for the
Gotham City police department; by night she's Batgirl, battling the scum
of the city. When Dick Grayson left Gotham City, Batman often called on
Batgirl to assist him with special cases, granting her complete access
to the Batcave and all of its technology. A quick study, Batgirl knows
the Batcomputer inside-out, and even surpasses Batman, Robin and
Nightwing in cyberspace expertise.
Together these heroes dedicate their lives to eliminate each and every
lying, conniving and cheating criminal from the underbelly of Gotham
City, fighting the odds and risking their lives in the pursuit of
justice. "Batman" is produced and animated by Warner Bros. Television Animation,
under the creative supervision of Alan Burnett, Paul Dini and Bruce Timm.
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