It should go without saying, but for all three of you who don’t know the true identity of the new Red Hood, there are minor spoilers.
When Batman: The Animated Series aired nearly two decades ago, it set a milestone in regards to how dark and realistic an animated series could depict one man’s crusade against criminals of fearsome make and terrifying methodologies. Gone were the days of single-minded, plainly-obvious evils that needed to be defeated by the pure and righteous forces of good. Villains were now brutal, but human. Evil, but sympathetically so. Insane, but not beyond redemption. Heroes were no longer shining paragons of justice, but were now flawed humans capable of catastrophic failure and extreme self-doubt. It captivated a generation of not only children but also adults with its stylized visuals, incredible animation, epic score, and most of all its unparalleled storytelling, which explored complex issues of betrayal, hatred, vengeance, loyalty, redemption, and more. Continue reading