In 1997, a year later Superman: The Animated Series created on Kids’ WB, The New Adventures of Batman, Batman: The Animated Series‘continuation, followed on the same programming block. Because these two shows had the same animation style, it was quite easy to bring the Caped Crusader into the Man of Steel series for the trio titled âWorld’s Finestâ. Almost 25 years after those episodes aired, Tim Daly, who voiced Superman, recently recalled how much fun he had teamed up with Kevin Conroy’s Batman for the first time.
I had the pleasure of speaking with Tim Daly on behalf of Superman: The Animated Series” Warner Bros. Blu-ray release Home Entertainment, and during the interview, I asked if he and Kevin Conroy recorded their lines together for this three-part crossover, and if they did, what the experience was like. Daly responded with the following:
Although the Batman of The New Adventures of Batman was animated differently from that of Batman: The Animated Series, it was the same version of the character Kevin Conroy created in 1992 on Fox Kids. Now, however, the pieces were in place for DC Animated Universe’s Bruce Wayne to team up with Clark Kent at Metropolis on Superman: The Animated Series. Batman must have walked around the corner from Superman after learning that Joker and Harley Quinn had stolen a Kryptonite statue. From there, the Clown Prince of Crime made a deal with Lex Luthor to kill Superman for $ 1 billion.
As Tim Daly noted, when his version of Superman met Kevin Conroy’s Batman, the two initially didn’t get along, with the former giving the latter some grief over his dark personality. You can enjoy the moment the two superheroes first met below:
Eventually, Tim Daly’s Superman and Kevin Conroy’s Batman got along and properly joined forces to defeat Batman and the Joker. Batman would later be featured in the Superman: The Animated Series episodes “Knight Time” and “The Demon Reborn”. While Superman never appeared on The New Adventures of Batman, his future self, voiced by Christopher McDonald, was present for the Batman beyond “The call” in two parts. Then the current versions of Superman and Batman from the DCAU have frequently teamed up in Justice League and Unlimited Justice League, where George Newbern inherited the vocal functions of Man of Steel. Daly and Conroy later co-starred in non-DCAU films Superman / Batman: Public Enemies, Superman / Batman: Apocalypse and Justice League Doom.
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