What they also did was create probably the definitive Batman.
I mean this. I love the Tim Burton films. I love the Christopher Nolan films. Even the Joel Schumacher films and the Adam West TV show are guilty pleasures to me. But when I think of any character from the Batman mythos, the first thing I think of is Batman: The Animated Series.
It distilled a then 52-year-old mythology into the purest essence of the characters, and it created wonderful, fun, and sometimes gritty stories.
I can't even describe just the pure gold of that series. All I can say is go out and get the first three volumes on DVD right now
Well, okay. I say just the first three because after the third season, they redesigned it to fit the new Superman show. This had the effect of changing all the wonderful character designs into everyone looking cheap and ugly. There's still some writing gems in that era, though not as much as the first seasons.
In fact, since I need to do one more of these before today is through, I'll let someone else suggest some of the better episodes for you:
Almost Got 'im....