Every morning i get up and catch Batman the Animated Series before heading off to work.
And every morning one fact is impressed on me again and again.
Kevin Conroy IS the Batman.
And OK, pitch-perfect voice work is usually only part of what makes a great cartoon, but lets do the list.
Smooth, realistic animation?
Intelligent, witty scripting?
It isn't too far of a leap to make the claim that B:TAS is just about as good as cartoons get, and watching them you can almost forget the deluge of dross that Schumacher brought to the screen.
Indeed Mask of the Phantasm should be regarded as Batman three, so in keeping is it with the tone of Burton's Comic Noir vision.
And while it provides a half hour slice of action and adventure for kids (not since Transformers have they had it so good), B:TAS never loses sight of the fact that the majority of Batfans haven't watched cartoons before school for the best part of a decade at least. Like the best of Disney, it caters for all age groups.
So we wait, and we hope that B & R didn't kill the franchise, but while we wait we can console ourselves with the fact that, on the small screen at least, the Batman lives.