Bruce Timm’s ‘Batman: Strange Days’ Anniversary Short Is Predictably Perfect

Bruce Timm returns to the character he helped define for a generation and I didn’t tear up. I don’t know what you’re talking about. Shut up.

After collaborating with MAN OF STEEL director Zack Snyder on Superman’s 75th Anniversary animated short, Timm celebrated the Dark Knight’s golden year with a brand new, albeit sadly short, adventure.

There is no part of this short that isn’t perfect. The extra pointy ears, the “black and white” tones, the 40s adventure serial pacing…it’s just fabulous.
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Now, I could sit here and deny that I felt something watching this. I could say that I wasn’t, perhaps, momentarily overcome by a flood of emotions seeing this 3-minute morsel that reminded me that there is some good in the world still left. That there is still space for people to create stories about characters that are true to them while being universally entertaining. And I would never admit that I clasped my hands together in girlish delight when Kevin Conroy’s voice unexpectedly came out of Batman’s mouth (I mean, of course it did). And that’s exactly what I’m doing. None of that happened because I am a cold, heartless, unfeeling machine.

Now if you’ll excuse me, it’s allergy season and I seem to have the sniffles…

Did you dig the short? Did you also experience…uh…allergies watching it? With more superhero anniversaries coming up, who would you like to create a celebratory short and for whom?

About Tamara Brooks

A few things I wondered about as a kid: Why didn't Wonder Woman punch more bad guys in the face on the tv show?; How does Superman flying around the Earth turn back time?; Could someone really catch bullets with their teeth?; Why didn't the liquid bits of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man cause 3rd degree burns on whoever it landed on? Because melted marshmallow is up there with molten hot lava.