Not a lot of buzz was generated from the quietly accounted new Batman TV show, Beware The Batman, back in October 2011 largely due to it’s 2013 targeted premier and lack of anything beyond one or two screencaps; however Superherohype.com is now reporting that we’ll see the CGI animated show on Cartoon Network’s DC Nation later this year. Even got a new poster.
And the better/worse news, DC is pushing the envelope; Sam Register from Warner Bros Animation (in the original announcement) said, “We didn’t want to do another Joker story…we just needed to do something new.” The show will feature a deeper dive into the rogues gallery (Anarky, Professor Pyg, Mister Toad and Magpie all specifically mentioned), Alfred’s an “ex-secret agent,” and Katana is our new Robin (kinda).
Because you know, shows like Batman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond, and Batman: Brave and the Bold were so unsuccessful.
From the press release:
A cool, new take on the classic Dark Knight franchise, Beware the Batman incorporates Batman’s core characters with a rogues gallery of new villains not previously seen in animated form. Along with backup from ex-secret agent Alfred and lethal swordstress Katana, the Dark Knight faces the twisted machinations of Gotham City’s criminal underworld led by the likes of Anarky, Professor Pyg, Mister Toad and Magpie. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, this action-packed detective thriller deftly redefines what we have come to know as a “Batman show.” Featuring cutting-edge CGI visuals to match the intricate twists and turns of the narrative, Batman steps out of the shadows and into the spotlight for an entirely new generation of fans. With WBA’s Sam Register executive producing, and Batman Beyond’s Glen Murakami and Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated’s Mitch Watson producing, Beware the Batman, based on characters from DC Comics, is coming soon to Cartoon Network!
[cool but why on Earth you’d have a Batman show with a female ninja sidekick and it not be Cassandra Cain is beyond me.
I can’t help but be excited at any new Batman TV show and despite the jabs I’m actually intrigued by both the animation style and twists to the characters but I’m still ready for more non-Batman shows from DC for awhile. Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series are kicking butt right now and were still only scratching the surface of possibilities; the Flash and it’s family of characters and villains could be a great kids show, Superman and his family are prime for a “new take,” the whole
Captain Marvel Shazam! crew or what about a Batgirl show?
That being said I’ll be last persom to complain about DC’s TV commitments right now as I’m loving my Saturday mornings.
Plus, they said Anarky. So cool.
Skip to 35:34 for the original 2011 announcement:
And if think you’ve seen that Batman-reaching-out-to-you image before, it’s because you have…
A couple of times…
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