Batman goes retro in Bruce Timm short Strange Days

Bruce Timm has produced an animated Batman short film for the character's 75th anniversary celebrations in a retro 1930s style.

Bruce Timm has produced an animated Batman short film for the character's 75th anniversary celebrations in a retro 1930s style.

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Bruce Timm and his Batman animated creations are no stranger to retro stylings. Take Batman: The Animated Series, which ran for three years in the early 90s, styled in 1940s-era Art Deco, or Batman Beyond from the late 90s, with its modernist retrofuturism. So when Timm takes some time out to create a short to celebrate Batman's 75th anniversary, you know it's going to be stylish as heck.

In Strange Days, Timm turns back the clock to the black-and-white talkies era for a showdown with mad scientist Professor Hugo Strange in homage to Strange's very first appearance in 1940, in Detective Comics #36. There's not a lot to the story -- and it's not very long -- so we'll let you watch it for yourself to see what happens.

Timm stepped down as DC animating producer for Warner Bros last year, so it's nice to see him returning to Gotham's dark knight -- with Kevin Conroy as the voice of Batman to boot. You can see Strange Days -- and Timm talking about the short film on DC All Access -- in the videos below.

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