Batman: The Animated Series debuted in 1992 and was immediately recognized for its clever writing, complex characters, and solid plots. It was something of an anomaly for a children’s show because it was neither simplistic nor pandering. Instead, it showed real problems and real consequences, which helped it gain a following among adults as well. And the writers didn’t ignore their older audience; there are a few adult jokes in Batman: The Animated Series that you might have missed as a child.
There’s sexual innuendo, IRS problems, references to movies from 1946 – you know, all things five-to-eight-year-olds in 1992 would definitely understand. Some of these age-unsuitable jokes from Batman: The Animated Series are subtle – others are… not. Take a look at this list and vote up the jokes and references you totally missed as a kid.