Children of the 80's and 90's remember this series with a fondness bordering on the familial. The animated series was there for you every day after school, with new episodes on Saturdays. Watching the episodes again, I realize now it has become a not quite completed work, which is how superhero entertainment functions. Batman's adventures are never-ending. The last episode, "Judgment Day" wasn't a pay-off to a series long arc but just another adventure. I think this is part of what makes Batman, and characters like him, an avatar of the collective pop culture unconscious. For as long as stories are told, Batman will be with us.
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Except this version of Bruce Wayne's story was essentially completed in Batman Beyond and particularly the Return of the Joker movie. There's room for more adventures but Bruce Timm's work as a whole paints a surprisingly complete picture of his vision of Batman.