"AGATHA PRENDERGHAST OF HIS MAJESTY’S PROVINCE OF MASSACHUSETTS, ON THIS DAY, YOU HAVE BEEN ARRAIGNED FOR CRIMES OF WITCHCRAFT. WITNESSED BY THOSE WHOSE TESTIMONIES HAVE BEEN HEARD. YOU HAVE, BY THIS COURT, BEEN FOUND GUILTY. AND IT HAS PASSED UNTO YOU, ACCORDING TO YOUR GRIEVOUS SINS, THE SENTENCE OF EXECUTION!"
'Batman: The Animated Series' Premiered 22 Years Ago, Explore the Pilot Episode in Honor of Batman's 75th Anniversary
Directed by Kevin Altieri from a script by Mitch Brian, “On Leather Wings” introduces elegantly everything that viewers needed to know about this new vision of Batman as devised by producers Alan Burnett, Eric Radomski and Bruce Timm. The first thing we see is a Gotham City skyline and police airship right out of Dean Motter and Paul Rivoche’s 1980s retro-future masterpiece Mister X, amplified with intensely stylized music by Shirley Walker that invokes film noir and the unforgettable Batman film score by Danny Elfman. Similarly, computer and television screens are in black and white, vehicles (designed by Shayne Poindexter) are sleek and rounded, rather than angular or box-like; every piece of decor from the windows to the carpets features a lovely Art Deco design; gentlemen wear ties and blazers, ladies wear pencil skirts and their hair in bouffants; police are kitted out in old timey riot gear. Everything we see and hear establishes the nature of Batman as a timeless and sophisticated adventure serial beyond anything we’ve seen on television in years; maybe ever.
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"You should kiss the ground you walk on if you were born in this country— take it from an old man who once had to wear the Star of David on his shirt. There’s a safety to living in such a diverse place. It’s much more difficult to brainwash a population that is composed of so many different nationalities and so many different viewpoints."