Remembering the cast of Batman: The Animated series with God of War artist Raf Grassetti

If you’re a comic book and video game head like I am, it’s due time you followed Raf Grassetti, art director for the God of War series and the Sony Playstation Santa Monica Studio on his social media accounts. The digital artist is more than diligent, sharing his striking renditions of characters from such beloved entities as Super Smash Bros., Star Wars, X-Men, Spider-Man and the focal point of this piece, Batman: The Animated Series with impressive frequency.

Batman: The Animated Series is not only one of my most enjoyed comic book animated series — it’s one of my favorite television shows period — so when I saw these highly stylized, 3D model spins on the Bruce Timm-style Batman: TAS designs, I knew I had to put the focus on them. In the following gallery, Raf puts his unique spin on characters from Batman: TAS, from the Dark Knight himself to Harley Quinn and the Joker and other renowned criminals from the Caped Crusader’s rogues gallery.

Batman

“I am vengeance! I am the night! I am Batman!”

Poison Ivy

“They can bury me in the ground as deep as they like, but I’ll grow back…”

The botanist turned eco-terrorist, Pamela Isley AKA Poison Ivy has no interest in money, power or fame; she only wishes to see plant life on Earth flourish — even if it means burying any pesky humans who cross her path while doing so.

The Riddler

Riddle me this: I have billions of eyes, yet I live in darkness. I have millions of ears, yet only four lobes. I have no muscle, yet I rule two hemispheres. What am I?

Answer: The human brain.

One of Edward E. Nygma, a genius and former computer software designer turned super-criminal, The Rldder’s many, dangerous conundrums presented to Batman in Batman: The Animated Series.

The Ventriloquist & Scarface

“Ya hear him? A glocka wood, he called me! Me!! One of da greatest criminal grains in da city! Are you gonna let him get away wit’ dat?”

Arnold Wesker was just a mild-mannered ventriloquist with Dissociative Identity Disorder; unfortunately for him, his other personality, which soon became the dominant one, just so happened to be a criminal mastermind named Scarface, which he channeled through a carved woman dummy armed with a machine gun.

Mr. Freeze

“I am beyond emotions. They’ve been frozen dead in me.”

Victor Fries, was a brilliant scientist working at GothCorp who began experimenting with cryogenics to work on a cure for his terminally ill wife, Nora. Because these experiments were being performed with the company’s funds the CEO of GothCorp, Ferris Boyle, shut them down in a rage in the middle of one of the revival attempts, nearly killing Fries and his wife.

Fries survived, psychologically and physically altered, forced to wear a cryogenic suit which kept his body at an extremely low temperature. He was now forever known as Mr. Freeze.

Catwoman

The cat burglar, frienemy, sometimes ally, sometimes love interest of Batman looks agile, beautiful and deadly thanks to Ras’ rendition.

Phantasm

“Your angel of death awaits…”

One of Batman’s most deadly foes is the titular antagonist from the first feature-length Batman: The Animated Series film, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm.

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Man-Bat

Dr. Kirk Langstrom looks more monstrous and menacing than we’ve ever seen him as a result of his human/bat DNA hybrid serum thanks to Raf’s frightening, realism-tinged portrayal.

Clayface

“You’ve upstaged me for the last time, Batman. Time to bring down the curtain.”

Another character from Batman’s rogues gallery with uncanny, terrifying abilities is the shape-shifting, mud-like Clayface.

The Joker

The Clown Prince of Crime and Batman’s perpetual arch-nemesis, The Joker, looking like his iconic 90s cartoon form brought to life. We can almost hear Mark Hamill’s demented laughter and trademark voice escaping from his rictus grin.

Harley Quinn

Of course, if you’re going to include Batman: The Animated Series‘ Joker, you’d be remiss to not think of his sadistic sweetheart, Harley Quinn.

Harley Quinn was first introduced in Batman: The Animated Series episode “Joker’s Favor,” and has since gone on to become one of the DC Universe’s most popular characters, starring in her own comic book series as well as the Suicide Squad and Birds of Prey DC Extended Universe films.

The Penguin

Another well-known Batman villain is Oswald Cobblepot, AKA The Penguin. The monocle-sporting, aquiline-nosed, overweight, weaponized umbrella-toting criminal mastermind has been a talon in Batman’s side since his first appearance in Detective Comics #58, published in 1941.

Scarecrow

“I became obsessed with fear’s crippling power.”

Ras brings Jonathan Crane, professor of psychology turned maniacal, fear-gas infusing Scarecrow to life in the following rendition. Check out the amazing detail in Scarecrow’s burlap-sack looking mask and spindly straw hair.

Killer Croc

Born with a genetic mutation that gave him reptilian-looking skin, Killer Croc looks was a pro wrestler turned one of Batman’s most physically imposing foes in Batman: The Animated Series.

Bane

“You cannot do this to me! I am invincible! I AM BANE!”

A former inmate of Pena Duro prison in Cuba, Bane was hand chosen to be injected with a super-steroid called Venom to become Batman’s most formidable foe. Bane not only has superhuman strength, speed, endurance and durability — he also possesses a genius level intellect, making him a match for Batman in both body and mind.

Two-Face

Another mainstay in Batman’s rogues gallery is Harvey Dent, AKA Two-Face, a former District Attorney turned vicious criminal after his career was ruined by a freak explosion. The explosion not only left him horribly scarred but also exacerbated his schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and dissociative identity disorder. All major decisions Two-Face makes are done with the aid of his lucky coin, which was also damaged in the accident.


Which Batman: The Animated Series Raf Grassetti rendition is your favorite? Which character from Batman: The Animated Series was most memorable for you? Let us know in the comments.

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