I didn't say it was all bad, just that season 1 was horrible. The animation was great and the character designs were well done (though I don't like how they chose to redesign certain characters), but the writing was terrible in season 1. There were some good ideas but they were squandered and badly executed. As I said they were trying too hard not to be BTAS instead of being there own thing. They even said the way they did Mr Freeze was to make him a one-dimensional stock character because they didn't want to try and top of excellent version from BTAS. Regardless season 2 onwards kept getting better and better and it did turn into a great show. The writing got a lot stronger and the plots a lot tighter. Characters were more fleshed out and given more depth, and actually developed. I also liked that each season had its own theme to it, so even though it was an episodic show each season was different. I'd probably rank it above TNBA but below all the other Batman cartoons (from the 90s onwards since I haven't seen the earlier shows). The show is great but overall I think the others are better. The Mask of the Phantasm movie had the cops going after him and the TNBA episode "Over the Edge" showed what'd happen if Gordon went after Batman. Not the same as The Batman but they did play with the idea a bit.