Batman: The Animated Series Rewatch (Season 1)

Batman: The Animated Series Rewatch (Season 1)
Sunday, October 8th '17 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Batman Animated Series Rewatch


Topic: Interior Motives: How Trauma, Tragedy, and Fear Create and Shape Batman Heroes and Villains

Lecturer: Ann Cornell

Episodes: Two Face (Parts 1 & 2) + Joker’s Favor

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Ann Cornell is an award-nominated geek (really!) who is thrilled to be partaking in this third annual TV rewatch/lecture series. Ann and her Crazy Cat Lady Starter Kit live in the Philly suburbs. She drives a yellow car, plays a blue ukulele and drinks far too much black coffee. Ann spends her workweek as the executive editor/content manager of a series daily and weekly newspapers. She shares her desk with Baby Dancing Groot -- the only plant she's managed to keep for more than four months. You can find her inconsistent Twitter posts @ThePaleDork.

This event is FREE and open to the public and will take place in The Levy Gallery for the Arts in Philadelphia. 


The Rewatch is a cultural phenomenon unique to television viewers of today. Prevalent primarily due to the accessibility of our netflix accounts and streaming internet. This lecture series is now in it’s third iteration which takes the rewatch, slows it down, highlighting specific episodes with a lecture and roundtable discussion.  The Rewatch is meant to further critique and appreciate television for its ability to tell a story figuratively in a way which creates a portrait of American culture, time and place. Previously we have covered Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Battlestar Galactica. For the third installment we are excited to dive into Batman: The Animated Series. The lecturers range in backgrounds of expertise from art, history, writing, television and pop culture. We are happy to welcome back April Aguillard, Ann Cornell, Derek Jones and Jonathan McCabe.

Batman: The Animated Series aired weekdays on Fox Kids from 1992 to 1995. It is arguably one of the best animated television series to come out of American 90’s television. The series follows Bruce Wayne as Batman on episodic adventures chasing villains whom encompass complex psychological origin stories often paralleling Batman’s own PTSD originating with the murder of his parents at the age of twelve. The film noir aesthetics of the series reflect the psychologically dark narratives.

Each lecturer for the Rewatch are asked to select one to three episodes which support their lecture along with supplementary reading material for those who want to further engage with the topics of the lecture. Following the lecture we screen the select episodes and conclude the event with a 45 minute roundtable discussion. The roundtable discussions are split between topics where each lecturer including the moderator disclose in depth knowledge pertaining to the screened episode(s). At present, the focus of our discussions are as listed; animation, duality, mental illness and Gotham City landscape. We reserve the right to get really excited during the Rewatch and potentially add one or two more roundtable topics.

Cosplay is not only welcome, but encouraged. We will be screening the series in order of Seasons 1-4 as laid out through Amazon Prime.

Beth Heinly will be moderator of each event. Heinly is a multi-disciplinary artist honing the mediums of performance art, cosplay and comics. You can read her weekly journal comic on every Monday at 3pm entitled “The 3:00 Book”. Heinly’s artwork has been exhibited extensively throughout Philadelphia, once in Portland, OR, London and Paris, France. More of her artwork, comics and cosplays can be viewed on her website/blogs; (an internet art website), and You can also follow her on instagram @bertheiny where she will be sharing select screenshots from her BTAS rewatching.

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