Bruce Timm

Bruce Walter Timm (born February 5, 1961)[1] is an American artist, character designer, animator, writer, producer, and actor. He is best known for his contributions building the modern DC Comics animated franchise, the DC animated universe.[2]

Bruce Timm
Bruce Timm Wondercon 2007
Timm in 2007
BornBruce Walter Timm
February 5, 1961 (age 58)
Oklahoma, United States
Area(s)Artist, animator, writer, producer, director, actor
Notable works
Batman: The Animated Series (1992–1995)
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)
Superman: The Animated Series (1996–2000)
Batman Beyond (1999–2001)
Justice League (2001–2004)
Justice League Unlimited (2004–2006)
Green Lantern: The Animated Series (2012–2013)
Freakazoid! (1995–1997)
Justice League: Gods and Monsters (2015)
Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles (2015)
All Star Superman (2011)

Early life

Timm was born on February 5, 1961, in Oklahoma, the third of four children. His father was an engineer and his mother worked for the phone company. Timm's family first moved to Ohio when Timm was two years old, and then to California when Timm was five or six.



Timm's early career in animation was varied; he started at Filmation, working on the layout of Blackstar, Flash Gordon, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, its spin-off She-Ra: Princess of Power, and The Lone Ranger (Timm also did background work on G.I. Joe). He also worked for numerous other employers, including Ralph Bakshi, Don Bluth Productions, and attempted to find work at Marvel Comics and DC Comics, but without luck. In 1988 he worked at DiC on The Real Ghostbusters for one season, then joined Warner Bros. in 1989. At Warner, Timm worked on Tiny Toon Adventures.

However, Timm is best known for his subsequent work on the animated series based on various DC Comics superheroes, popularly referred to as the "DCAU" (DC animated universe). Along with his Tiny Toons partner Eric Radomski, Timm co-created and produced the Emmy Award-winning Batman: The Animated Series, which premiered on September 5, 1992, and went on to co-create and produce Superman: The Animated Series (premiered in September 1996), The New Batman Adventures (premiered in September 1997), Batman Beyond (premiered in January 1999), and Static Shock (premiered in September 2000). He also served as producer on the feature-length Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker before taking the helm as creator and producer of the animated version of Justice League, which debuted in November 2001; the series continued in the form of Justice League Unlimited. Timm was also the producer and creator of Green Lantern: The Animated Series. Because of a mistake in the first season end credits of Teen Titans animated series, Timm is often mistaken for an executive producer, despite having very little to do with the production.

Although he shared character designer duties on Superman: The Animated Series and Justice League with James Tucker, Timm did virtually all the original character designs for Batman: The Animated Series himself (with the exceptions of Mr. Freeze and the Riddler, who were designed by Mike Mignola and the characters Man Bat and the Mad Hatter, who were designed by Kevin Nowlan).

DC universe animated series, including Justice League, Justice League Unlimited, Batman Beyond, and other DC-set works associated with Timm (and his collaborators') art styles, are often referred to by fans as "The Timmverse" of DC comics, relating to those series' distillation of popular storylines from the comic book versions or the outright introduction of new characters or relationships (such as Harley Quinn, alterations to The Question's personality and background, or Batman and Wonder Woman's romantic fling).

His 2008 project Batman: Gotham Knight is a departure from the "Timmverse" style, with Timm in a producer role collaborating with Japanese animators on a direct-to-DVD anthology that takes place between Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. In 2013, following the release of The Dark Knight Returns animated feature, Timm stepped down as DC animation supervising producer; James Tucker was named as his replacement. Though Timm still works at Warner Brothers, he will no longer be producing DC Universe Original Animated Movies.[3] Although in 2014, it was announced that Timm will be an executive producer on Justice League: Gods and Monsters, Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles,[4] and Batman: The Killing Joke.

In 2013, he worked with Man of Steel director Zack Snyder, in creating a 75th anniversary short of Superman.

In 2014, he released Batman: Strange Days, an animated short celebrating the 75th anniversary of Batman and an homage to one of Hugo Strange's first appearances in the comic books.


Though Timm does not usually work as an actor, he has played several characters in the animated series he has been involved in. His cameos include the episode of Batman: The Animated Series, "Beware the Gray Ghost", playing the toy shop owner, as himself in the episode of The New Batman Adventures, "Holiday Knights", and as the leader of the Jokerz gang in Batman Beyond, which he joked he did under duress and was "Emmy Award-winning material". More recently, he appeared in an animated form in Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "Legends of the Dark Mite" in a comic book convention parody scene, where he was wearing Joker's costume, along with Paul Dini wearing Harley Quinn's costume. Prior to that he was animated in The Batman, appearing as a mental patient in Arkham. He also played a guard in the direct-to-video animated film Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker.

Timm made a cameo appearance in the 2009 film Green Lantern: First Flight as Bug Boy, played The Riddler in the 2010 film Batman: Under the Red Hood, and Galius Zed in the 2011 film Green Lantern: Emerald Knights.


Harley Quinn (concept by Paul Dini) illustrated by Timm.

While Timm is known primarily for his work in animation, his first ambition was to become a comic-book artist and has thus produced several one-shots and miniseries, mostly for DC Comics. In the 1980s, he made some mini-comics for Masters of the Universe.

In 1994, Timm and writer Paul Dini won the Eisner Award for Best Single Story for Batman Adventures: Mad Love. Timm won the same prize the next year as well, for Batman Adventures Holiday Special, (a one-shot with several Christmas-themed stories) with Dini, Ronnie del Carmen, and others. Later, Timm was involved with Batman Adventures and has also worked on Avengers and Vampirella. He is also a popular cover and pin-up artist.

In 2000, he did the art for an issue of DC's Vertigo imprint horror title, Flinch.

Bruce Timm co-created Harley Quinn (with Paul Dini), working from Dini's original design. Harley's popularity on television led to her inclusion in the mainstream DC Universe. In 2004, Timm and Dini (assisted by Shane Glines as inker) released a three-issue Harley and Ivy miniseries, which was in the works for years.

Timm also drew the 1999 Avengers 1½ special for Marvel Comics, written by Roger Stern.

In 2005, Timm contributed artwork for two comics. One was a short story in Conan #18, titled "Conan's Favorite Joke". The other was a Black Canary short story in Birds of Prey #86.

In 2008, he provided the art work for a short two-page Harley Quinn origin story for Paul Dini's countdown.

Timm was featured in "Conan Gets Animated", a skit in the December 9, 2010 episode of the TBS late night talk show Conan, in which host Conan O'Brien enlisted his help in designing a new superhero, based on O'Brien's specifications. The superhero, who was designed to resemble O'Brien, included a typically muscular superhero body and costume with chest insignia, as well as idiosyncrasies such as an oven mitt, a jai alai glove, golf shoes, sock garters, and fishnet stockings.[5] One month later, O'Brien aired a clip on his show in which the character, named "The Flaming C", appears in Young Justice.[6]

In the summer of 2013, Timm provided the cover artwork for Adventures of Superman #4.[7]

Drawing style and influences

Timm's minimalist, angular style is heavily based in his love of 1950s- and 1960s-era comics and Art Deco architecture style. He is also completely self-taught, having never received any formal art schooling. He lists his artistic influences as Jack Kirby, Harvey Kurtzman, Jim Steranko, John Buscema, Wally Wood, Frank Frazetta, Dan DeCarlo, and Alex Toth.[8]

Personal life

Timm is married and has one daughter.[8]


Voice performances in Movies
Year Title Role Notes
2000 Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker Guard [9] Direct-to-video
2009 Wonder Woman Attacker[9] Direct-to-video
2009 Green Lantern: First Flight Bug Boy[9] Direct-to-video
2009 Superman/Batman: Public Enemies Mongul[9] Direct-to-video
2010 Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths Uncle Super (credited) / Captain Super Jr. (uncredited)[9] Direct-to-video
2010 Batman: Under the Red Hood The Riddler[9] Direct-to-video
2011 Green Lantern: Emerald Knights Galius Zed[9] Direct-to-video
2012 Justice League: Doom Ace[9] Direct-to-video
2012 Superman vs. The Elite MI-5 Agent[9] Direct-to-video
2012 The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 Thomas Wayne[9] Direct-to-video
2016 Batman: The Killing Joke Patrolman[9]
2017 Batman and Harley Quinn Booster Gold / Michael J. Carter[9] Direct-to-video
2018 Batman: Gotham by Gaslight Arkham Radio Man[9] Direct-to-video
Voice performances in Television Series
Year Title Role Notes
1992-1993 Batman: The Animated Series Red / The Mad Bomber / Ted Dymer[9] 2 Episodes
1999-2001 Batman Beyond J-Man / Jokerz Leader / Top Hat Joker[9] 5 Episodes
2003 Justice League Soldier Episode: "The Terror Beyond"
2004 Justice League Unlimited Solomon Grundy / Stu / Husband (Uncredited)[9] 2 Episodes


Dark Horse Comics

DC Comics

Art of Fiction

  • All Crime Comics #1-2 (2013)

Eternity Comics

Image Comics

Pied Paper

  • The New Humans #1, 5 (1987-1988)

Dynamite Entertainment

Marvel Comics

  • Fantastic Four: The World's Greatest Comics Magazine #1-12

TwoMorrows Publishing

First Comics

  • Whisper #13-16, 22-23, 25 (1988-1989)
  • Twilight Man #1-4 (1989)

H. H. Windsor

  • Masters of the Universe minicomic #25, 30, 32-35, 39, 42-44, 48-49 (1984-1986)


  1. ^ "Bruce Timm"Norman Rockwell Museum
  2. ^
  3. ^ Melrose, Kevin. "Bruce Timm Steps Down as DC DVD Producer". Newsarama. Retrieved May 27, 2013.
  4. ^ "Machinima Lands Exclusive Animated 'Justice League' Series". Variety. September 17, 2014. Retrieved September 17, 2014.
  5. ^ "Conan Gets Animated", Conan, TBS, December 9, 2010
  6. ^ ""The Flaming C" Returns!". Conan. Team Coco/TBS. January 10, 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-11.
  7. ^ "Adventures of Superman #4".
  8. ^ a b "Comic Book Artist Magazine Special Edition - (Bruce) Timm of the New Gods - TwoMorrows Publishing".
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Behind The Voice Actors – Bruce Timm". Behind The Voice Actors. – green check mark indicates roles that have been verified by BTVA through closing credits


  • Nolen-Weathington, Eric & Timm, Bruce (2004). Modern Masters Volume 3: Bruce Timm. TwoMorrows Publishing. ISBN 1-893905-30-6.

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Andrea Beaumont

Andrea Beaumont, also known as the Phantasm, is a fictional supervillain and antiheroine in the DC animated universe created by Alan Burnett and Paul Dini. Beaumont first appeared as the main antagonist in the 1993 animated film Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, where she was established as the ex-fiancée of Bruce Wayne/Batman. Dana Delany provided the voice work for Andrea and Stacy Keach provided the electronically modified voice of her "Phantasm" alter ego. Andrea Beaumont has made occasional cameo appearances in various Batman titles in her Phantasm guise, often as a freelance spy, thief, and assassin.

Batman Beyond

Batman Beyond (known as Batman of the Future in Europe, Latin America, Australia, and Asia) is an American animated television series developed by Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, and Alan Burnett and produced by Warner Bros. Animation in collaboration with DC Comics as a continuation of the Batman legacy. Depicting a teenaged Batman in a futuristic Gotham City under the tutelage of an elderly Bruce Wayne, the series began airing on January 10, 1999, and ended its run on December 18, 2001. After 52 episodes spanning three seasons and one direct-to-video film, the series was put on hold for the Justice League animated series, despite the network having announced plans for a fourth season.Batman Beyond is set in the chronological future of the DC animated universe (despite being released before Static Shock, Justice League and Justice League Unlimited), and serves as a continuance of both Batman: The Animated Series and The New Batman Adventures.

Batman Beyond is said to explore the darker side of many Batman projects, playing on key elements such as emotions, personal relations, fear of the unknown, to cyberpunk- and sci-fi-themed elements such as issues and dilemmas of innovation and technological and scientific progress affecting society, and to the disturbing psychological elements of the character of Bruce Wayne. As such, it was considerably darker than most other children's programs at the time, although producer Bruce Timm recalls it was conceived as a kid-friendly Batman cartoon. It is also the first Batman series to portray the hero as a teenager.

IGN named the show 40th on their list of "Top 100 Animated TV Series." The premise of Batman Beyond has been used in various comic book stories published by DC Comics, including an ongoing series beginning in 2011.

Batman and Harley Quinn

Batman and Harley Quinn is a 2017 American animated superhero film produced by Warner Bros. Animation and distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. It is the twenty-ninth film in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies series, and is directed by Sam Liu and written by Jim Krieg and Bruce Timm, who has also worked on Batman: The Animated Series. It has been stated by Timm that he considers the film a spiritual successor to Batman: The Animated Series, although it was never explicitly confirmed whether it is or not. It premiered on July 21, 2017 at San Diego Comic-Con International and was released into participating theaters for one night only on August 14, 2017.

DC animated universe

The DC Animated Universe (DCAU; also referred to as the Timmverse or Diniverse by fans) is the shared universe centered on a group of animated television series based on DC Comics, produced by Warner Bros. Animation from the early 1990s to mid-2000s; beginning with Batman: The Animated Series in 1992, and ending with Justice League Unlimited in 2006. Some parts of the associated media franchise including direct-to-video feature films and shorts, comic books, video games and other multimedia adaptations are also included in the continuity.

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Roland Daggett

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Roxy Rocket

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Wonder Woman (2009 film)

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The film is directed by Lauren Montgomery, who directed the second act of Superman: Doomsday and did storyboard work for Justice League: The New Frontier, written by Gail Simone and Michael Jelenic. As with all previous releases in this line of films, it is produced by acclaimed DC Comics animation veteran Bruce Timm.On August 11, 2015, Warner Home Video re-released the film on a combo pack, which includes a DVD and Blu-ray copy, a digital copy, and with the graphic novel it was based on.

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