Original Cast for “Batman: The Animated Series” Set to Reunite for Upcoming Audio Drama

For a grand total of eighty-five episodes, Batman: The Animated Series all but ruled the early to mid- 1990s Fox Kids superhero cartoon roost. And how could it have failed to do otherwise with the combined magic of Bob Kane and Bill Finger’s seminal DC creation thoughtfully translated by visionary writers Bruce Timm, Eric Radomski, Paul Dini and Mitch Bryan for a television audience? But what fans of that nigh legendary animated run might recall more fondly than any other single factor are the incredible voice actors who brought Gotham City to life: Kevin Conroy, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Mark Hamill, Bob Hastings, Robert Costanzo, Loren Hester, John Glover and Arleen Sorkin all plied their considerable skills in this successful endeavor, so much so that anyone who has followed in their oversized footprints is held to a very high standard, indeed.

Announced over the weekend by our The New Adventures of Batman fanboys at The Hollywood Reporter comes the news that many of the original actors behind the voices of the 1992-95 Batman: The Animated Series are gearing up for a reunion that should make even the pickiest of Bat-fans happy…

 Batman vets Kevin Conroy and John Glover put smiles on a bevy of faces this past Saturday at the Los Angeles Comic Con when they announced that they are yoked up in an upcoming Batman: The Animated Series audio drama from a gentleman who knows his way around a Batcopter, writer Alan Burnett.

 Purportedly designed in an effort to continue the story of the classic 1990s cartoon, the new Batman audio drama has drawn favorable reviews from Conroy and Glover: “It’s a great script by Alan Burnett and it brings back the original cast,” Conroy teased at a History of the Batman panel at this weekend’s L.A. comic book convention.

  Glover (who famously essayed the role of The Riddler in Batman: The Animated Series) chimed in, saying that “The Riddler’s back, and he’s evolved in many ways…He understands he’s on the spectrum.”

Details are still sparse on the reunion audio drama (in my day we called ‘em radio dramas), but Conroy did let slip one major piece of news: legendary composer Danny Elfman – who was a key component of the original animated show and who famously did the scores for Tim Burton’s live-action Batman efforts – will be returning to compose a new theme for the reunion.

Keep those Bat-dials tuned to Vents for any and all updates on the upcoming Batman: The Animated Series reunion, True Believers!

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