How Censorship Shaped Batman: The Animated Series
There are a lot of reasons Batman: The Animated Series has held up so well over the past 25 years. Any fan will tell you that film noir/art deco style is timeless, the cast is impeccable and the stories were compelling to all ages. While the show didn’t talk down to kids, it was still beholden to the network and its advertisers — so that meant that Broadcast Standards and Practices would often have the final say when it came to what could air on Saturday morning. There’s no doubt that censorship diluted the impact of certain B:TAS episodes, but there’s an argument to be made that the show flourished in ways it wouldn’t have without those creative restraints.