Not being a comic book guy, growing up this series has established THE definitive version of Batman for me. It still is a great watch: the strange art decor future-past Gotham, the detective Batman, relying mostly on smarts and a couple of gadgets.
Batman: The Animated Series is something I fell in love with as a kid and these days I love it more than ever. What makes this show so great is the attention to detail when it comes to the stories, characters and presentation. This cartoon happens to perfectly encapsulate what an animated adaptation of Batman should be with an ominous atmosphere, brilliant art direction and animation, an awesome voice cast and stories that worked well for children, but more so for older audiences and fans of the comics.
This is the only adaptation of Batman you'll ever need and I hope some live-action films in the future take note of it. After the 90's children's cartoons truly went to pot with a few notable exceptions, but this is one of the shining examples of not only how to a comic book cartoon right, but just making a good cartoon show for kids in general. The show is dark, mature and so much smarter than momst shows airing these days and it is a shame that standards have fallen so far. If you haven't seen this amazing show, leave this review and watch it now.