Note: While most fans point to Batman: The Animated Series as the high point of the Dark Knight’s cartoon adventures, I’d put my money on the sequel series The New Batman Adventures which came out two years later. Connected in both continuity and in the principal creators involved, The New Batman Adventures showed Gotham’s finest growing up and expanding its scope. Original character designer and producer Bruce Timm joined forces with art director Glen Murakami to revise the characters for this sequel series, and improved on the already excellent formula . – Chris A.
Note: As seen in the above two drawings of Batman, Timm and Murakami refined what had come before in Batman: The Animated Series by making the character more streamlined and angular, but also by taking the yellow oval off the logo on the chest and changing the two-tone color of the costume to black and gray. The only colorful element of the costume was the utility belt, which itself were changed to be similar to the Batman: Year One designs.
Note: Nightwing is by far my favorite design coming out of The New Batman Adventures. No matter if you’d classify the hairstyle as as slicked-back or a mullet, the now-older Dick Grayson rebels against the colorful duds of his youthful days as Robin in a very minimalistic take on the Nightwing design from the comics.
Note: Tim Drake takes over the mantle of Robin this series, and the dynamic duo of Timm & Murakami give us a Robin that’s a throwback to his ’40s origin but with a darker tinge to it. Instead of red-and-green it’s red-and-black, and making him a diminutive 13 years old also did wonders for the visual dynamic of the character in contrast to the rest of the ensemble.