Why was Batman The Animated Series able to get away with so much in regards to content?

Why was Batman The Animated Series able to get away with so much in regards to content? At the time, broadcast standards were still pretty strict, Spider Man couldn't punch people and Carnage was reduced to "stealing life force" and Dragon Ball was mega censored and had to write around death constantly. Every gun in 90s cartoons was some sort of laser rifle.
But Batman had him running around socking criminals in the face, bad guys using guns, overt references to death and even a few really fricked up episodes like Poison Ivy's plant babies.
How did BTAS do it? Was it due to it's reputation as a "prestige show"?

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  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The loophole they used for guns was the usage of historical weapons as part of the 1940s aesthetic. Little Jimmy the Trailer Park Goblin ain't finding an M1928 Thompson any time soon.

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I guess it was clout from the Burton movies

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      This is the real answer. Not that batman wasn't big before them, but the burton movies made batman the true household icon he is today. People really liked those batman movies at the time

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    because frick you, I'm the batman.

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    They said in interviews that most of the toning down or "kid-safe" stuff in Spider-Man was entirely their own choice. I don't get the hullabaloo about it myself; I never noticed he only used kicks until someone pointed it out, as swing and jump kicks make perfect sense as his moveset.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Man I can't imagine VOLUNTARILY saying "Hrmm maybe the Punisher should just shoot nets at criminals"

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Why doesn't Batman carry a beanbag launcher and a pistol loaded with rubber bullets? It would mitigate the need to chase after villains when you could just nail them with a nonlethal projectile. He already cripples goons by breaking bones and dislocating limbs, and throws edged weapons like batarangs that can cut and make a man bleed. He makes good use of multiple knockout gasses too, so why not fill that dockside warehouse with knockout gas so no one gets hurt?

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        They did that more or less in s2 though of the TV show, where he turns into Punch Man. I mean for frick's sake, he lets a child pornographer live when the real Punisher would have tortured him to death for the names of associates and clients so he could kill them, too.

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    10:20am every Saturday morning in the UK
    Loved it.

  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Every gun in 90s cartoons was some sort of laser rifle.
    This makes far more sense for Marvel and sci fi stuff, but not DC, which is African and griddy, I mean dark and gritty.
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  7. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Marvel are a bunch of PUSSIES

  8. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Batman was made with adults in mind, Spider-Man was made for children.

  9. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Power Rangers exploded in popularity and got a lot of parents groups looking at Fox Kids and putting pressure on them to tone down the violence.
    BTAS was largely over by the time Spider-man started.
    It’s also why the Rangers never use the blade blasters or individual weapons after the JP footage runs out.

  10. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Dragon Ball was mega censored and had to write around death constantly.
    Dragon Ball was indeed heavily censored but it never wrote around character deaths, everyone that was a kid in the 90s remembers Vegeta's and Krillin's deaths.
    >Every gun in 90s cartoons was some sort of laser rifle.
    Well that's just not true, Powerpuff Girls had several instances of characters carrying guns.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      The syndicated "Ocean dub" absolutely did write around death with the "Next dimension" stuff.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Sure but the Ocean Dub was cancelled after 2 seasons and replaced by the Funimation dub that didn't dance around death at all. Again, literally everyone remembers Vegeta and Krillin's deaths.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      PPG got away with more than any children's show I remember from my childhood, between the cheesecake, sex jokes, and genuinely brutal violence.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      To sell toys.

      BTAS also had a huge list of things they could not show; realistic guns (it's why everyone used prohibition-era weaponry), alcohol, drugs, defenestration, strangling, etc. Bruce Timm made a caricature about it one.

      Dragon Ball was heavily censored because it had people beating the snot out of each other, Goku was fighting after he had his arm and leg broken or had a bloody hole in his chest, and kids pretended they could fly like Goku and jump off buildings.

      >Powerpuff Girls had several instances of characters carrying guns.
      PPG had heavily stylized characters, not realistically proportioned ones like in BTAS or Spiderman.

  11. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    They were just smart about it. For example, they could show guns but they couldn't show the firing and yet they still had an episode that revolved around Jim Gordon getting shot. The writing was simply head and shoulders above and that's why it still holds up.

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