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The Revamp of the DC Animated Universe — sometimes referred to as the "New Look" — was the streamlining of the style of animation present within the cartoons belonging to said universe.

History

When production of the first two seasons of Superman: The Animated Series ended and production of The New Batman Adventures began, the animators at Warner Bros. Animation determined to unify the style of the two shows, redoing the art style of the previous Batman: The Animated Series to match the cleaner, crisper style of Superman: The Animated Series. The result was The New Batman Adventures, and the revamp was a success. This would later enable crossovers such as "World's Finest", "Knight Time", "The Demon Reborn" and "Girl's Night Out".

After the revamp, every resulting show retained this crisp style, and it became the trademark for the DCAU.

Character Redesigns

As a result of the revamp, some Batman characters (most notably Scarecrow, Penguin, and Mad Hatter) looked drastically different from their Batman: The Animated Series appearances. However, characters such as Two-Face and Harley Quinn were relatively unchanged.

Bat-Family

The Bat-Family went through several changes as a result of the revamp, and due to the events of the new series:

  • Batgirl's costume went through a major change, the grey and blue coloring of the Batman: The Animated Series costume being replaced with black and yellow to match her classic comic book design along with scallops on her gloves and inside of her cape became yellow.
  • As Dick Grayson became Nightwing, the mantle of Robin went to Tim Drake. The costume for Robin was relatively unchanged, except for the fact that it was smaller to fit Drake and all the green sections on the sleeves and gloves were changed to black, the leggings were changed from green to red and the trunks were changed from red to black.

As for Batman himself, his costume went through a number of changes throughout the remainder of the DCAU:

Rogues

  • The Joker's appearance was simplified, changing his color scheme to only purples and greens. Additionally, his signature red lips were removed, and his eyes became much darker and more sinister. He was again redesigned for Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, keeping the same outfit from The New Batman Adventures, but reinventing his face from the animated series with sharper features, darker lips, and occasionally red pupils. This design was used in Justice League and Static Shock.
  • Catwoman's costume became all black, which is similar to that of the much more animal-like Michelle Pfeiffer incarnation of the character from Batman Returns, but with large white eyes. Her skin is much paler, and her hair changed from long and blonde to short and black, which differs from Michelle Pfeiffer's blonde-haired look from said movie.
  • The Penguin went through a dramatic change, altering his appearance to be more human resembling his classic comic book appearance and less like the Danny DeVito Penguin from Batman Returns. He was also given normal human hands, rather than flippers.
  • The Scarecrow went through a large change, completely altering his costume. His costume was reminiscent of a Southern Preacher with a rimmed hat and long black trenchcoat. The scarecrow mask became more dead-like, with a noose around the neck, and he was given long black hair. Additionally, The Scarecrow now used a large wooden staff as his weapon of choice, in addition to his fear toxin.
  • Mr. Freeze became more robotic, with a simplified, yet intimidating, suit. His glasses were also removed, giving him red and black sinister eyes. One major change was that Mr. Freeze's head was now attached to a spider-like robot, which resided in the chest of the suit.
  • The Riddler altered his costume significantly. He now wears a bright green one-piece suit with a giant question mark, rather than a darker green blazer suit and tie. He no longer wears a mask, and has dark circles under his eyes and his head is now bald.
  • Poison Ivy became more plant-like, with a slight greenish hue to her skin. Her hair is a darker shade of red, and costume was a darker shade of green. She no longer wears green tights.
  • Killer Croc changed from having gray skin to green. He also has broader shoulders, with a leaner physique and waist and his pants were changed from blue to dark grey.
  • The Mad Hatter was redesigned to look more like Sir John Tenniel's illustrations of the original Mad Hatter from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. To this end, the Mad Hatter was made drastically shorter and smaller, and given a more pronounced overbite. The dominant colors of his outfit changed from purples and blues to greens and yellows, though the general scheme of a top hat paired with an overcoat remained.
  • Two-Face, Harley Quinn, Ra's al Ghul, Talia and Clayface were left relatively unchanged, mostly updating their character models to match the new style.

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