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I'm watching old episodes of Batman: The Animated Series on Amazon.com, and I notice several of them have, instead of the iconic B:TAS opening, an opening featuring Superman. Is there any difference in these episodes? Are they remastered or anything? Or is it just random choice on Amazon's part?

For example, on Amazon streaming, the pilot episode "On Leather Wings" had the opening featuring Superman, while the next episode, "Christmas with the Joker", had the one I expected. There were a few others with the opening featuring Superman as well, it seemed somewhat random.

ETA: This opening:

Vs this one:

ETA 2: "Fear of Victory" had yet another opening, featuring Robin. I give up. Amazon Prime is bizarre.

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Sometimes when I've watched a "Law & Order" marathon on television, it has included "crossover" episodes from other series that continued the story arc. Maybe the same thing's going on? –  Will Feldman Jun 17 at 0:43
@WillFeldman No, these are B:TAS episodes, no Superman in them. I think they were rebranded later as a combo with S:TAS, but I have no idea if the content or quality changed. –  Yamikuronue Jun 17 at 0:50
Can you please name the episode season number where you see this title sequence you talk about? –  Dredd Jun 17 at 2:23
@Dredd Edited. It seemed quite random –  Yamikuronue Jun 17 at 10:34

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Episodes for "Batman: The Animated Series" (BTAS) have been broadcast and distributed under both the BTAS and the "The New Batman/Superman Adventures" (TNBSA) titles. TNBSA also broadcast episodes from both "Superman: The Animated Series" and "The New Batman Adventures", which are the final 24 episodes of BTAS using the more "cartoony" animation style of the Superman show.

There is no observable difference between the BTAS episodes from BTAS or TNBSA beyond the title sequence.

The opening used for your video stream depends on the source from where the episode was pulled. Amazon and other streaming companies (Netflix, Hulu) have licenses for different video releases. If Amazon sourced a particular BTAS episode from a TNBSA release, then you will see the TNBSA opening.

As streaming providers tend to provide only a single access-point to any given video stream, I do not believe there is a way for you to control whether your episode of BTAS was sourced from BTAS or TNBSA, assuming your provider has access to both video releases.

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I think you are talking about The New Batman/Superman Adventures.

From Wikipedia

The New Batman/Superman Adventures is a name given to a package series that combined Superman: The Animated Series with The New Batman Adventures produced by Warner Bros. Animation. It aired from 1997–2000 on Kids' WB. Each half-hour episode in the hour and one half block, featured either a single repeat from the original Superman run, the original Batman: The Animated Series, or a brand new story featuring Batman made specifically for this series, drawn in an animation style to match Superman: The Animated Series. These new stories focus more on Batman's supporting cast and introduce new characters such as Tim Drake. The two animated universes were united in the Superman episode "World's Finest", which tells the story of Batman and Superman's first meeting.

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That's not what I was intending to watch, but that's definitely the opening sequence I saw. Curious! –  Yamikuronue Jun 17 at 10:35
Ankit's answer is absolutely right. I remember watching this hour long programming block as a kid. The used a different into for the block. –  MattD Jun 17 at 13:30
@MattD But why is it on the DVD like that? Or is it on the DVD like that? Maybe it's just Amazon? –  Yamikuronue Jun 17 at 13:48
I believe it's just Amazon. I own both series in their entirety on DVD, and they each use their own opening sequence as far as I can remember. It's been a while since I've watched them all, maybe 5 years, but to the best of my knowledge they use their respective openings. I know for a fact that the first season never had the opening with Superman ahead of any of the episodes, given you specifically reference "On Leather Wings". Further, new sets of the show have been released since I bought mine, and those could have the "alternate" opening on them. –  MattD Jun 17 at 13:52
I mean I can type up a more detailed answer later if that's what you want, they're two of my favorite cartoons and I cold wax epic on them all day, but in the end I feel I won't be adding much (in terms of relevancy) to what Ankit has already provided. Basically I'm not sure why some episodes on Amazon have the intro for The New Batman/Superman Adventures instead of the correct intro. That's more of a technical error, but Ankit provides an answer for why that alternate intro even exists. –  MattD Jun 17 at 19:35

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