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New info and sizzle trailer for Cartoon Network's Beware The Batman have arrived!

06.19.2013

Cartoon Network has issues a press release and a sizzle trailer for their new Batman animated series, Beware The Batman, highlighting the CGI visuals as well as the character breakdowns, including new heroes and villains with some old ones with a different take than we've seen before. The sizzle trailer is pretty fun and flashy, hitting all the marks you've come to expect from a Batman show (lots of jumping, car chases, explosions, etc.). Many fans will have a hard time accepting anything that's not the original Batman: The Animated Series (myself included), but I'm definitely going to give this a shot. I wasn't impressed with the CGI in the Green Lantern animated series, but this looks a little more fluent than that.

Beware!:

Here's the press release, which included character breakdowns:

"The Caped Crusader will return to television screens this summer when Beware the Batman premieres on Cartoon Network Saturday, July 13 at 10 a.m. (ET/PT) as part of DC Nation. 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.

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 swordswoman 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 (WBA), this action-packed detective thriller deftly redefines what we have come to know as a ‘Batman show.’ WBA’s Sam Register serves as executive producer, with Glen Murakami (Batman Beyond) and Mitch Watson (Scooby-Doo! Mystery Inc.) producing.

Starring Anthony Ruivivar (Banshee) as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Beware The Batman boasts a stellar voice cast with JB Blanc (The Count of Monte Cristo) as Alfred and Sumalee Montano (ER) as Katana. Lending voices to the villains are Wallace Langham (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) as Anarky, Grey DeLisle (Green Lantern: The Animated Series) as Magpie, Udo Kier (Scooby-Doo! Mystery Inc.) as Mr. Toad, Lance Reddick (Fringe) as Ra’s al Ghul and Brian George (The Big Bang Theory) as Professor Pyg.”

BRUCE WAYNE:

A Richard Branson type billionaire adventurer with a twist: he’s fixated on crime. So much so that he sees it everywhere, giving him the ability to predict criminal behavior and piece together clues like a modern day Sherlock Holmes. But this ability came with it’s own price. It isolated Bruce, and since he is famous, dealing with crime as Bruce Wayne was out of the question. So he created The Batman.

THE BATMAN:

A vigilante hero born of darkness that can carry out what Bruce Wayne can’t. Batman is Bruce Wayne’s release valve. Batman keeps Bruce in balance. They even refer to each other as separate people. But make no mistake: Bruce and Batman are two sides of one man, and they need each other to survive.

ALFRED PENNYWORTH:

A former British MI-6 operative now retired. Wise, good with his fists, and not to be trifled with. A father figure and mentor to Bruce. But Alfred is getting older. Won’t be there forever so he’s bringing in someone he can trust who can look after Bruce.

TATSU “KATANA” YAMASHIRO:

Former CIA, she is also Alfred’s goddaughter, and the child of his late MI-6 partner. Although she is cold and meticulous with a sword, Katana is not good at controlling her emotions. Despite being hired as Bruce Wayne’s bodyguard, it soon becomes clear that her real value is as Batman’s protégé.

Beware the Batman premieres on Cartoon Network Saturday, July 13 at 10 a.m. (ET/PT) as part of DC Nation

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Extra Tidbit: What type of Batman animated series would you like to see, if not this one?
Source: The WB

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5:27PM on 06/20/2013

I find it

I find it really annoying when people judge other artist interpretation of other characters way before they actually view it, or even after they view it. I think this show looks great. If this is how the artist/creators want to share THEIR story and interpretation of Batman, then so be it. I am a huge Batman fan and I can spot my differences in Nolan's Bat universe, and I can respect that it's HIS Batman, not Frank Millers, not Bob Kane's, nor Paul Dini's. Same goes for this new show. Remember
I find it really annoying when people judge other artist interpretation of other characters way before they actually view it, or even after they view it. I think this show looks great. If this is how the artist/creators want to share THEIR story and interpretation of Batman, then so be it. I am a huge Batman fan and I can spot my differences in Nolan's Bat universe, and I can respect that it's HIS Batman, not Frank Millers, not Bob Kane's, nor Paul Dini's. Same goes for this new show. Remember that time everyone complained movie's are never like the source material , then Watchmen came along and everyone complained it is too much like the source material? Nothing can ever be right for people. Learn to just respect that other artist have their own way of showing/telling stories.
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11:00PM on 06/19/2013

Katana

For those Batman "fans" that don't know who Katana is supposed to be, she's a character that was introduced to The Brave and the Bold #200 waaaaaay back in 1983. She later became Batman's on-again, off-again protege in Batman and the Outsiders.

As for the new villains, I find it kind of refreshing to have an influx of new blood instead of the same tired stories over and over again. Pyg is one of the more grisly characters to come out of the Batman comics for some time, and I'm looking
For those Batman "fans" that don't know who Katana is supposed to be, she's a character that was introduced to The Brave and the Bold #200 waaaaaay back in 1983. She later became Batman's on-again, off-again protege in Batman and the Outsiders.

As for the new villains, I find it kind of refreshing to have an influx of new blood instead of the same tired stories over and over again. Pyg is one of the more grisly characters to come out of the Batman comics for some time, and I'm looking forward to seeing how they handle the stories with him in it. So put down the torches and pitchforks until you actually see an episode...then you can pick them back up again and join the mob mentality.
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9:29PM on 06/19/2013

Resembles a computer animation student's final art project.

"Gotham City’s criminal underworld led by the likes of Anarky, Professor Pyg, Mister Toad and Magpie."

You know, all the popular characters.
"Gotham City’s criminal underworld led by the likes of Anarky, Professor Pyg, Mister Toad and Magpie."

You know, all the popular characters.
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8:15PM on 06/19/2013

What the fuck?

Why in the name of god would you do away with the Rogues Gallery and insert some third tier villains to battle Batman, Alfred (?), and someone named katana that could be made up for all I know. I won't be tuning in for this.
Why in the name of god would you do away with the Rogues Gallery and insert some third tier villains to battle Batman, Alfred (?), and someone named katana that could be made up for all I know. I won't be tuning in for this.
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10:51PM on 06/19/2013
Katana was in Brave and the Bold #200 way back in 1983. She later became Batman's protege in Batman and the Outsiders.

Like I said in my previous post, pitchforks and torches are what the uninformed fanbois will be carrying until this thing airs, and then they'll shut up and watch it.
Katana was in Brave and the Bold #200 way back in 1983. She later became Batman's protege in Batman and the Outsiders.

Like I said in my previous post, pitchforks and torches are what the uninformed fanbois will be carrying until this thing airs, and then they'll shut up and watch it.
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7:35PM on 06/19/2013

barf

not even close to TAS...
not even close to TAS...
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7:00PM on 06/19/2013
To me, there are only two Batman cartoon - the original Animated Series from 1993 (or 1994) and Batman Beyond.
To me, there are only two Batman cartoon - the original Animated Series from 1993 (or 1994) and Batman Beyond.
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6:26PM on 06/19/2013

No Sir...

... I don't like it.
... I don't like it.
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6:02PM on 06/19/2013

WTF did I just watch ?

I'm an English teacher in France and, as the year comes to an end, I'm showing episodes of Batman TAS to my pupils. They weren't even born when quality was around, so this is my way of giving them a glimpse of real animation they probably won't ever see anymore.
I'm an English teacher in France and, as the year comes to an end, I'm showing episodes of Batman TAS to my pupils. They weren't even born when quality was around, so this is my way of giving them a glimpse of real animation they probably won't ever see anymore.
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5:24PM on 06/19/2013
Why?
Why?
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5:19PM on 06/19/2013
Where are the classic villains? Brave and the Bold and Beyond were both missing the rogues gallery, and now this new show. The villains are one of, if not the main reason Batman is the best superhero out there.
Where are the classic villains? Brave and the Bold and Beyond were both missing the rogues gallery, and now this new show. The villains are one of, if not the main reason Batman is the best superhero out there.
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5:16PM on 06/19/2013

Dear god

The animation looks absolutely horrible. The show will have to be amazing plot-wise for it to make me care.
The animation looks absolutely horrible. The show will have to be amazing plot-wise for it to make me care.
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3:44PM on 06/19/2013
Not sure why can't they make an animated series in the style of Jim Lee's work. This and most of the animated variations of Batman have turned me off because of the anime influence and toothpick ankles. Even Batman: TAS
contracted anime-itis during season 3 or 4 (can't recall). I have no problem with new villains or rewriting of the mythos if done properly if it didn't just look so terrible visually. Maybe one day they'll get it sorted out. Some of the straight to dvd cartoons look amazing,
Not sure why can't they make an animated series in the style of Jim Lee's work. This and most of the animated variations of Batman have turned me off because of the anime influence and toothpick ankles. Even Batman: TAS
contracted anime-itis during season 3 or 4 (can't recall). I have no problem with new villains or rewriting of the mythos if done properly if it didn't just look so terrible visually. Maybe one day they'll get it sorted out. Some of the straight to dvd cartoons look amazing, just turn that into a tv show. Shit, toys alone would probably pay for it and then some. Rant concluded.
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3:30PM on 06/19/2013

Tidbit

Tired of animated would love to see a live action again. Still watch the Adam West's Batman all the time
Tired of animated would love to see a live action again. Still watch the Adam West's Batman all the time
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3:24PM on 06/19/2013
Batman's a character open to interpretation. There's a Batman for every taste, every demographic. From Adam West to Frank Miller. Superfriends to Chris Nolan.

Kids deserve to have at least one Batman TV show to go-to. In my day it was The Animated Series, for others it was the underrated 'The Batman.' So I welcome new takes on it. And I like the idea of putting Alfred front and center as an action hero (after so many years of his spy exploits, military background being hinted at.) But
Batman's a character open to interpretation. There's a Batman for every taste, every demographic. From Adam West to Frank Miller. Superfriends to Chris Nolan.

Kids deserve to have at least one Batman TV show to go-to. In my day it was The Animated Series, for others it was the underrated 'The Batman.' So I welcome new takes on it. And I like the idea of putting Alfred front and center as an action hero (after so many years of his spy exploits, military background being hinted at.) But I'd say they gotta punch up that animation.
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3:05PM on 06/19/2013
Every time WB changes Batman in their cartoons, the fanbois get riled up and grab the torches and pitchforks. The last time was during The Brave and the Bold (which was a fine animated show, which even had a scene in an episode mocking said fanbois at a convention). Honestly, it looks pretty good, and I'm glad they delayed it long enough (it was supposed to come out last year withthe animated Green Lantern) to work out the style a bit better and focus a bit more on smoothing out the animation.
Every time WB changes Batman in their cartoons, the fanbois get riled up and grab the torches and pitchforks. The last time was during The Brave and the Bold (which was a fine animated show, which even had a scene in an episode mocking said fanbois at a convention). Honestly, it looks pretty good, and I'm glad they delayed it long enough (it was supposed to come out last year withthe animated Green Lantern) to work out the style a bit better and focus a bit more on smoothing out the animation. This is the last Batman series that was guided under Bruce Timm's watch, so it will be good. Fanbois will bitch about it, but then again, that's what fanbois do.
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2:41PM on 06/19/2013

Can't wait

Everything DC Animation's put out has been solid, especially with Glen Murakami involved. TAS will always be the best, but Brave and the Bold was fun and I grew to like The Batman over time. I prefer hand drawn animation over CG, but it was probably a studio decision and this looks alright. I'm most looking forward to having Ra's Al Ghul making regular appearances - he was sorely missing from The Batman and only showed up on BatB a handful of times (but was done well).
Everything DC Animation's put out has been solid, especially with Glen Murakami involved. TAS will always be the best, but Brave and the Bold was fun and I grew to like The Batman over time. I prefer hand drawn animation over CG, but it was probably a studio decision and this looks alright. I'm most looking forward to having Ra's Al Ghul making regular appearances - he was sorely missing from The Batman and only showed up on BatB a handful of times (but was done well).
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2:38PM on 06/19/2013
this animation is fucking terrible.
this animation is fucking terrible.
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2:19PM on 06/19/2013
Batman has a pretty standard character design, I can't see how these animated series keep getting it so wrong.
Batman has a pretty standard character design, I can't see how these animated series keep getting it so wrong.
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1:49PM on 06/19/2013
not keen on the style of the characters, but I could get past that if the stories were good enough. Not sure Professor Pyg is particularly suitable for a young audience either, but it's the cheap look of the animation that mostly puts me off. Loved Batman The Brave and The Bold - very amusing series.
not keen on the style of the characters, but I could get past that if the stories were good enough. Not sure Professor Pyg is particularly suitable for a young audience either, but it's the cheap look of the animation that mostly puts me off. Loved Batman The Brave and The Bold - very amusing series.
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1:37PM on 06/19/2013
It's nice to have a better look, but I'm still not sold, and I think a large chunk of Batman fans aren't either. The character designs are odd, and Batman looks outright ugly. It also looks like the creative team is trying so hard to make this different from B:TAS that they might be consciously omitting elements that made that show work. Lance Reddick as Ra's Al Ghul sounds interesting though, I hope Talia finds her way into the show too. Re extra tidbit: [link] These fan-made character sheets
It's nice to have a better look, but I'm still not sold, and I think a large chunk of Batman fans aren't either. The character designs are odd, and Batman looks outright ugly. It also looks like the creative team is trying so hard to make this different from B:TAS that they might be consciously omitting elements that made that show work. Lance Reddick as Ra's Al Ghul sounds interesting though, I hope Talia finds her way into the show too. Re extra tidbit: [link] These fan-made character sheets look just about perfect.
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5:14PM on 06/19/2013
That link looks pretty good. Batman's history summed up. The only change I would make is make the first season Batman only. I would introduce Dick and Barbara in the second season or even third.
That link looks pretty good. Batman's history summed up. The only change I would make is make the first season Batman only. I would introduce Dick and Barbara in the second season or even third.
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