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Warner Bros. to "tone down" Cartoon Network's Beware The Batman in wake of shootings

Jul. 27, 2012by:

Well, this is sure to ruffle some feathers.  After the horrific events in Aurora, Colorado this month, it seems that Warner Bros. is not only making changes to their live action features, but their animation as well.  Word is that WB are altering the tone and violence of Cartoon Network's Beware the Batman animated series, which is set to debut next year.

According to Variety, "an unspecified number of alterations were made to some designs and situations on the series to minimize the amount of weapon imagery deemed too realistic."  

These alterations include changing gun barrels from round shapes to square shapes, seemingly to make them more sci-fi looking than realistic.  WB Animation executive VP Sam Register is cited as the one who initiated the changes, which he did on his own and not at the request of WB.

The animated series "was intended to offer Batman fans an animated version of the franchise in keeping with the more serious tone of 'Dark Knight," but it seems all that is about to change with these modifications.  The long-running Batman: The Animated Series featured depictions of real guns, explosives, and violence, which fit perfectly within Batman lore without being "too realistic." Whatever that means.

For me, the kneejerk reaction to this whole thing as it pertains to entertainment is a damned shame.  Changing guns to not look like guns does not minimize or erase their real-world counterparts.  It's such an asinine move.  You can change and alter things onscreen all you want, but that doesn't mean they stop existing in the real world.  Certainly there's a grace period where you want to be respectful, etc., but in the end, it's not Warner Bros. or Batman's fault that some crazy asshole went nuts.

I've always viewed film, comics, etc., to be a medium in which our world, both good and bad, can be expressed to show who we are, for better or for worse. 

What's next?  Will Batman no longer use fists?  Will he go the MONSTERS INC. route and tell jokes to fight crime? 

What are your thoughts on this, Schmoes?

 

Extra Tidbit: The realistic action and dark tones, coupled with the fantasy and humor, are what made Batman: The Animated Series such a great success. I can't imagine what that show would've been like "toned down." Oh, wait, yes I can. It would've sucked.
Source: Variety

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2:40PM on 07/29/2012
What I see here is WB covering their asses in case one of those "moms against guns/violence/etc." groups come charging at them with a lawsuit about how kids see guns, therefore, will mimics the violence on screen scapegoat excuses. This is the world we live in now. Apparently Holmes was really in to video games too! Oh wait, it was Rock Band and not Grand Theft Auto like most skeptics had hoped. In the end, 99% of us just want to live our lives and enjoy the fruits of our labor, but that 1%
What I see here is WB covering their asses in case one of those "moms against guns/violence/etc." groups come charging at them with a lawsuit about how kids see guns, therefore, will mimics the violence on screen scapegoat excuses. This is the world we live in now. Apparently Holmes was really in to video games too! Oh wait, it was Rock Band and not Grand Theft Auto like most skeptics had hoped. In the end, 99% of us just want to live our lives and enjoy the fruits of our labor, but that 1% ruins it for the rest of us by pulling a asshole move like what Holmes did that tragic night.
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12:29PM on 07/29/2012

How dumb do they think kids are?

If it fires a projectile, its still associated to a weapon regardless of the shape.
I'm sure during the time Boyz in the hood or Menace 2 Society came out that there were people being gunned down outside of fast food restaurants and did that stop those movies from depicting similar scenes?
If it fires a projectile, its still associated to a weapon regardless of the shape.
I'm sure during the time Boyz in the hood or Menace 2 Society came out that there were people being gunned down outside of fast food restaurants and did that stop those movies from depicting similar scenes?
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12:07PM on 07/29/2012
What I see here is WB covering their asses in case one of those "moms against guns/violence/etc." groups come charging at them with a lawsuit about how kids see guns, therefore, will mimics the violence on screen scapegoat excuses. This is the world we live in now. Apparently Holmes was really in to video games too! Oh wait, it was Rock Band and not Grand Theft Auto like most skeptics had hoped. In the end, 99% of us just want to live our lives and enjoy the fruits of our labor, but that 1%
What I see here is WB covering their asses in case one of those "moms against guns/violence/etc." groups come charging at them with a lawsuit about how kids see guns, therefore, will mimics the violence on screen scapegoat excuses. This is the world we live in now. Apparently Holmes was really in to video games too! Oh wait, it was Rock Band and not Grand Theft Auto like most skeptics had hoped. In the end, 99% of us just want to live our lives and enjoy the fruits of our labor, but that 1% ruins it for the rest of us by pulling a asshole move like what Holmes did that tragic night.
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7:54PM on 07/28/2012
Good, square-shaped guns are far less offensive. I was really worried about that.
But really, from what I've heard about this show, it's destined to be a pile of shit. They're trying to be too "hipster" by not using any major Batman villains. Interesting (but still bad) concept except for the fact that this is a kid's show. Kids won't have the patience to sit through CSI Batman. They'll want to see the Joker, Penguin, Two-Face, etc.
Good, square-shaped guns are far less offensive. I was really worried about that.
But really, from what I've heard about this show, it's destined to be a pile of shit. They're trying to be too "hipster" by not using any major Batman villains. Interesting (but still bad) concept except for the fact that this is a kid's show. Kids won't have the patience to sit through CSI Batman. They'll want to see the Joker, Penguin, Two-Face, etc.
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5:29PM on 07/28/2012
When the trailer for this cartoon came out like 95% of people on this site hated it. I thought it looked like shit as well. So why is it now that people are like "fuck you WB" when people before this we're already saying "fuck you WB" when they saw the trailer.
When the trailer for this cartoon came out like 95% of people on this site hated it. I thought it looked like shit as well. So why is it now that people are like "fuck you WB" when people before this we're already saying "fuck you WB" when they saw the trailer.
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6:04PM on 07/28/2012
I didnt much care for it either, but it has to do with the principle here, not the cartoon itself. What if the toon looked amazing, then you'd be pissed too.
I didnt much care for it either, but it has to do with the principle here, not the cartoon itself. What if the toon looked amazing, then you'd be pissed too.
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3:21PM on 07/28/2012
Basically that means that fucker won. He has impacted the lives of innocent movie-goers, a high ranking studio, and Batman fans. I know this is only a cartoon, but come on, this means you are letting him win!
Basically that means that fucker won. He has impacted the lives of innocent movie-goers, a high ranking studio, and Batman fans. I know this is only a cartoon, but come on, this means you are letting him win!
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11:46AM on 07/28/2012
Meh. the cartoon didn't look that good anyway.
Meh. the cartoon didn't look that good anyway.
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6:45AM on 07/28/2012
You always have that one dumbass in your class that screws it up for everyone.

Lame analogy, I know, but fitting non the less.
You always have that one dumbass in your class that screws it up for everyone.

Lame analogy, I know, but fitting non the less.
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3:50AM on 07/28/2012

Dear Holmes...

I pray you get fucked in the ass everyday.

Sincerely, everyone
I pray you get fucked in the ass everyday.

Sincerely, everyone
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7:06AM on 07/28/2012
Hear hear!
Hear hear!
1:19PM on 07/28/2012
His punishment must be more severe
His punishment must be more severe
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3:23AM on 07/28/2012

Why are the Fans being Punished

All this is doing is punishing the fans who follow batman, and in turn they're going to punish themselves finically. An injustice was done that is undeniable, but the ramifications of an act of a madman should not cause such a large ripple in society.
You removed the trailer, you pushed back the film, this is more then enough. No need to alter the film, and no need to "tone down" a cartoon.
Its ludicrous
All this is doing is punishing the fans who follow batman, and in turn they're going to punish themselves finically. An injustice was done that is undeniable, but the ramifications of an act of a madman should not cause such a large ripple in society.
You removed the trailer, you pushed back the film, this is more then enough. No need to alter the film, and no need to "tone down" a cartoon.
Its ludicrous
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1:52AM on 07/28/2012
Okay, I understand the need to tone down Gangster Squad but this? This is absurd!
Okay, I understand the need to tone down Gangster Squad but this? This is absurd!
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12:59AM on 07/28/2012

Dipshits

What all this type of reactionary thing is actually doing is allowing that whack job jerkoff shooter to influence the changing of our future culture. Don't back down or change your plans, Gangster Squad or Beware the Batman or anyone else considering this. The rest of us don't want our entertainment toned down.
What all this type of reactionary thing is actually doing is allowing that whack job jerkoff shooter to influence the changing of our future culture. Don't back down or change your plans, Gangster Squad or Beware the Batman or anyone else considering this. The rest of us don't want our entertainment toned down.
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11:36PM on 07/27/2012
They did the same thing to 'The Batman'. It was my understanding that cartoons haven't been allowed to depict real guns for some time.
They did the same thing to 'The Batman'. It was my understanding that cartoons haven't been allowed to depict real guns for some time.
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10:50PM on 07/27/2012
Fuck you, Warner Bros......
Fuck you, Warner Bros......
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9:45PM on 07/27/2012
Kind of funny they want to try to tone it down if they're using Pyg as a villain, he is the vilest creature ever seen in Gotham as far as I know. In my opinion Morrison went too far with that character, he would fit in better in some sadomasochistic slasher film than in Batman's town. And certainly not in an all-ages toon.
Kind of funny they want to try to tone it down if they're using Pyg as a villain, he is the vilest creature ever seen in Gotham as far as I know. In my opinion Morrison went too far with that character, he would fit in better in some sadomasochistic slasher film than in Batman's town. And certainly not in an all-ages toon.
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9:31PM on 07/27/2012
Psssttt..... Warner Bros.... you're doing it too much!

Psssttt..... Warner Bros.... you're doing it too much!

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9:31PM on 07/27/2012
I think WB should try to break free of the tragedy...I guess this is like how Batman Beyond Return of the Joker got heavily edited in the wake of the Columbine shootings. At any rate, I really don't like how this series looks, just from the art design alone, and I have to wonder who the hell thought it would be a good idea for Alfred to run around the streets of Gotham packing heat. Guarding the Batcave with a shotgun maybe, but this? No.
I think WB should try to break free of the tragedy...I guess this is like how Batman Beyond Return of the Joker got heavily edited in the wake of the Columbine shootings. At any rate, I really don't like how this series looks, just from the art design alone, and I have to wonder who the hell thought it would be a good idea for Alfred to run around the streets of Gotham packing heat. Guarding the Batcave with a shotgun maybe, but this? No.
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8:12PM on 07/27/2012
Next they will bring back the Bat-nipples. krikey.
Next they will bring back the Bat-nipples. krikey.
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8:01PM on 07/27/2012
OMG, this Batman is so damn ugly!
OMG, this Batman is so damn ugly!
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7:26PM on 07/27/2012

Jesus, this is getting dumb

Are we really going to let this asshole have this much of an impact on us?
Are we really going to let this asshole have this much of an impact on us?
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7:14PM on 07/27/2012
The shooting had nothing to do with the Batman films!. And it seems like they're making an honest and constant effort to correlate the two around every corner, and it pisses me off.
The shooting had nothing to do with the Batman films!. And it seems like they're making an honest and constant effort to correlate the two around every corner, and it pisses me off.
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6:57PM on 07/27/2012

So spaceguns are okay now?

Okay, now they're just being stupid. Look, nobody told Warner to tone anything down. Reschedule Ganster Squad? Fine. Change the tone of TDKR TV spots to not emphasize on the violence? Fine, whatever. Changing an animated series that isn't even associated with Aurora? What the f**k?! Now you're just connecting Batman, the franchise, with this shooting and taking blame as if it were yours or the character's fault. The public seems to have moved away from the wrongful "Dark Knight Shootings" term
Okay, now they're just being stupid. Look, nobody told Warner to tone anything down. Reschedule Ganster Squad? Fine. Change the tone of TDKR TV spots to not emphasize on the violence? Fine, whatever. Changing an animated series that isn't even associated with Aurora? What the f**k?! Now you're just connecting Batman, the franchise, with this shooting and taking blame as if it were yours or the character's fault. The public seems to have moved away from the wrongful "Dark Knight Shootings" term yet Warner keeps making guilty-moves as if it's their fault. For Christ's sake, stop giving the dickwad that did this the satisfaction of such an impact. Changing guns from round to square is not only embarrassingly pointless, but it also gives this tragedy a wider "blast-radius". Honor the fallen by ignoring the shitsack who shot them. Deny him the attention he craves, and you've won.
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6:42PM on 07/27/2012

i call...

bullshit on this, that motherfucker would have done that eventually, just happened to be this one, motherfuckers who intend to shoot people will, sooner or later.
bullshit on this, that motherfucker would have done that eventually, just happened to be this one, motherfuckers who intend to shoot people will, sooner or later.
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