What does BTAS stand for?

Batman: The Animated Series

Bat-fans know that BTAS stands for "Batman: The Animated Series." Airing from 1992 to 1995, BTAS was many 90s kids' first encounter with the Dark Knight, as well as the series that spawned the DC animated universe (DCAU).

Known for its dark, art deco style and nuanced portrayal of the Caped Crusader's adventures, BTAS succeeded beyond its creators' expectations. The show proved so influential that many of its original creations, including Mr. Freeze's updated origin, Gotham's now-infamous police blimps, and the character Harley Quinn, were adopted by subsequent Batman comics and media.

BTAS inspired a number of spin-offs and sequels starring Batman, Superman, and the Justice League that eventually cohered into the DCAU. 2004's Justice League Unlimited (JLU) was the last television show set in the universe BTAS created, but the DCAU lives on in new comics, direct-to-video releases, and streaming services.


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A scene from BTAS's iconic opening

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Updated February 18, 2021

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