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Did you know Ace the dog was an idea from Batman the Animated Series that was never used?
The idea of Ace had been pitched by one of Timm’s first story editors, Sean Derek. When Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski had pitched the idea of a Batman show that was a film noir, adventure, moody mystery, Sean had listened before saying “Hmm, yeah. I can see that. Oh, can we give Batman a dog?”. Having been thrown off, Bruce had uneasily said they would try though probably giving Bruce a Rottweiler or Great Dane. The idea was never fully utilized in the show, but would return much later by Batman Beyond.
Timm explains that “I don’t remember how it came up in Batman Beyond, but it was probably us thinking how Bruce Wayne doesn’t have Alfred anymore; he’s living in that big, old house by himself. Is he absolutely alone? Well, no, he would probably have a guard dog. So remembering that conversation with Sean years ago–I think initially Alan and Paul intended Ace to be a German Shepard. German Shepard are cool and everything, but they’re not quite “Batman” enough. So we made him a Rottweiler/Great Dane mix, and he’s the big, hulking, Hound of Baskervilles type dog.”