Just geeked out and watched Year One, Under the Red Hood, Gotham Knight, and The Dark Knight Returns Part I.
Honestly I haven't watched any animated Batman shows since I was around 12 years old. I also haven't read any of the graphic novels. After watching these movies I was floored, I couldn't believe I called myself a Batman fan without seeing these gems.
Gotham Knight wasn't so great, but very artistic, which I can respect. Year One was an amazing way to start this marathon of sorts, followed by Under the Red Hood which was absolutely epic!!! I just now finished Returns Part 1 and I haven't been more hyped for something in a long time, cannot wait for Part 2 which I believe comes out in January.
Now I might go back and watch the animated series, any other recommendations from fans out there?
Oh, and on topic, going to pick up my second copy of Arkham City, seeing as how my first copy was stolen nearly a year ago. At least I can pick up the GOTY edition now =)
Nah, you know what? Unleash the fury! Grab his shoe, beat his testicles! -IASIP GT: StocktonSlap
Just so you know, there is a comics and graphic novels board on GFAQs. Here's the link: http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/206-comics-and-graphic-novels
Go out and get the comics those movies are based on! Year One and The Dark Knight Returns are both great. Pick up TDKR if you don't want to wait for Part 2 to come out on DVD.
There are some Justice League and Superman team-up movies that aren't so bad. I have them all saved on my computer for whenever I want to re-watch one.
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm Batman and Mr. Freeze (these two are in the same animation style as the animated series, with the same voice actors. Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths Justice League: Doom (based on the comic Justice League: Babel. Batman is the central character) Superman/Batman: Public Enemies Superman/Batman: Apocalypse (has more focus on Superman and Supergirl but Batman has his great moments)