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EXCLUSIVE: The UNMADE 80s Batman Cartoon- The Secret Files of The Batman

Before working on the legendary Batman: The Animated Series, Alan Burnett could have started a Batman animated series in the 1980s! Join us, along with Instagram’s @bobby_80s (, in an exclusive dive into the show we never got- The Secret Files of The Batman! Learn what made it into Batman: The Animated Series and how the pilot ended up becoming the Super Powers Team episode “The Fear,” as part of our 30th anniversary special for B:TAS!


0:13 Episode Intro- Introducing Rob/Bobby80s

We were introduced to Rob through our fan Derek O., who had contributed to our episodes by sending us scripts for some of our past episodes, like the 1996 Batman & Robin draft.

You can follow Rob at Bobby80s:

This episode was recorded on September 4, 2022, one day before September 5, which was the 30th anniversary of Batman: The Animated Series.

1:33 Rob's Batman Fandom & Acquiring The Secret Files of the Batman (plus Restoring the Ghostbusters Pilot)

13:59 The Secret Files of the Batman & It's Version of Bruce/Batman

29:15 The Robin of The Secret Files of the Batman

33:51 Villains of The Secret Files of the Batman

34:43 Side Characters of The Secret Files of the Batman

38:44 Sample Episodes of The Secret Files of the Batman

46:34 Break Check out our link for Barkbox here.

49:50 Rob's Batman Collection

1:06:58 Comparing The Fear Pilot Outline to the Galactic Guardians: The Super Powers Team Episode

You can check out "The Fear" on HBO Max under Season 10, Episode 6 of Super Friends.

1:26:31 Why Didn't The Secret Files of the Batman Happen?

Alan Burnett's comments come from this article:

1:42:59 Fan Comments

1:46:26 Closing: Fan Shoutouts and Social Media Promotion

Big thanks to our research assistant Dan Yamat for providing the visuals for this YouTube experience, as well as the usual QC and chapter time codes.

Thumbnail by Dan as well

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