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  1. Avatar Oscar Gordon says:

    If you miss Conroy & Hamill as Batman & Joker, check out Justice League Action on Hulu. The show is a bit tongue in cheek, which is nice, and the whole series has a bit of a running gag* at Batman’s expense, except Batman is in on the gag and plays it straight, but every once in a while gets in a zinger.

    The episodes are broken into two shorts, and they got a lot of voice talent for the show. Notables are James Woods as Lex, John DeLancie as Brainiac, Patton Oswalt as Space Cabbie, and one of my favorites, Diedrich Bader as Booster Gold. About the only real miss was they didn’t get Matt Ryan for John Constantine. The IMDB cast page is quite the who’s who.

    *Because Batman is always super serious and humorless.Report

  2. Avatar LeeEsq says:

    There was a brief attempt to promote Batman: The Animated Series as a prime time show when it first aired. People like Batman and they noticed that BTAS was much better written than the typical cartoon. It had great production values. Somebody had the bright idea of trying to air it in prime time. It failed and quickly went back to its afternoon time slot.

    The early 1990s were a somewhat interesting time for kids cartoons in the United States. There were a a few of them like BTAS, the Pirates of Dark Water, Conan the Adventurer, Peter Pan and the Pirates that really tried to push the envelope of what you could get away with in kid’s entertainment. They tried to be darker, more story driven, and have greater continuity. Based on recent kid’s entertainment, there overall influence seems kind of negligible. American parents are not going to have the tolerance of Japanese parents on what can and can not go into a kid’s show.Report

    • Avatar jason says:

      And a brief period in the late nineties (mostly ’96-’97) had some gold: Two Stupid Dogs, Johnny Bravo, Cow and Chicken, Dexter’s Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls, and Courage the Cowardly Dog. At their best, they were surreal and smart and boundary pushing (Cow had Crabs, the warthog doll).Report

      • Avatar Jaybird says:

        Rocko’s Modern Life (93-96) is absolutely brilliant. Bleak, existentialist, laugh-out-loud funny.Report

      • Avatar LeeEsq says:

        Those were kind of like Warner Brothers cartoons on drugs. For all their experimentation, they weren’t trying to be anime like action cartoons with serious drama. I think the examples you gave are more in line with what Americans expect in a kid’s show than the examples from the early 1990s.Report

  3. Avatar LeeEsq says:

    I’m watching the Mechanism on Netflix. It is an eight episode web series from Brazil that is a very lightly fictionalized version of the real life corruption scandal that is still rocking Brazil called Operation Car Wash. Imagine a corruption scandal so big that nearly every politician in the country is implicated from top to bottom, in the government and in the opposition. That would be it. It provides a lot of catharsis for people who hate Trump, believe that his administration is corrupt, colluded with the Russians, and are waiting for the results of Mueller’s investigation.

    For reading, I’m reading Bosnia Chronicle by Ivo Andric. Its about the intrigues and struggles between the French and the Austrians in late Ottoman Bosnian. Its set during the Napoleonic Era. Ivo Andric was a South Slav Catholic nationalist from Bosnian. He was implicated in the plot to kill Archduke Franz Ferdinand.Report

  4. Avatar Mike Dwyer says:

    Second the praise of Batman: The Animated Series. In my opinion DC has done their best work in the animated arena. Some of the other DC animated one-offs are equally fantastic.

    I’m grinding through the first 3 seasons of Poldark because I have a serious problem saying no to historical fiction and had a gap in my schedule. It’s beautifully shot and gives enough historical fact that I keep going down Wikipedia holes while watching because I didn’t realize THAT happened during that period and maybe my grasp of British history needs some more work. Basically it’s a lot of fun but I have to keep it from my guy friends like I do with Outlander because it’s a romance novel on TV.Report

  5. Avatar Damon says:

    I saw some of those Batman episodes. I like them.

    I also liked the Samurai Jack series. God the images were fantastic.Report

  6. Superhero stuff used to be a total wasteland.

    It still is, but it used to be too.Report