Israel told me this week about the Writers Bible for Batman: The Animated Series, and said “you should blog about it, so we can talk about it”.
Luckily, Chris Sims did it for me.
Go read his article for an executive summary, or look at the document itself. There’s lots of pretty concept art and Bruce Timm character sketches, and short, well-spaced text that tersely puts forth how they were going to make Batman awesome:
The panel above is from a recent collection of old Batman stories; taken from this blog post, which actually tries to make snarky comments. No comment can top that panel.
[found via Chris Simms]
One of the entries there is for the actor Conrad Veidt, who played the title role in the 1928 film The Man Who Laughs. Based on a Victor Hugo melodrama, Roger Ebert described it as “so steeped in Expressionist gloom that it plays like a horror film”. The film was the inspiration for the Batman villain the Joker, and frankly, doesn’t this guy look scarier than Jack Nicholson with prosthetic cheeks?