When Warner Bros. released Batman: The Animated Series, they did more to push ahead the art of animation than they possibly knew. The show hit audiences with a new, dark, serious approach to Batman they hadn't seen before. For the first time, an animated television show was really meant for something more than young children- it was serious. Well-written stories coupled with animation that was a step above the normal Saturday morning fare, the series featured a realism which brought the dirty, gritty world of Gotham City to life. Batman was represented to millions of kids not as a comic hero, but rather as a real and serious crime-fighting detective that inspires fear in his villains.