Hopefully this is not out of scope for what James wanted with the readings, but I think it will be of interest to any of you with even a passing interest in storytelling, visual storytelling, animation, or... um... Batman. (Hey, the animation thing relates to the Time theme for Project 2! I just thought of that.)
Batman: the Animated Series was developed by Bruce Timm & Eric Radomski and ran from 1992 to 1995. It set Batman in a Gotham City was that was sort of outside of time -- Art Deco architecture, Prohibition-era style gangsters, and a near-complete avoidance of any mention of pop culture that would ground it in a specific time period (although the technology seen in the series indicates it's all modern). For me, at least, this series remains the "definitive" Batman.
This IS a 153 page document, but there's really not a ton of text in it, I swear!