Beware the Batman has been inundated with criticism from Batman fans unimpressed by computer-generated animation or frustrated by the conspicuous absence of familiar characters (the boy wonder, a certain green-haired villain, etc.). Of course, it didn’t help that the sizzle reel looked plastic, weightless, and generally unfinished.

Now Cartoon Network has released a far more finished look at footage from the new show in the form of the very stylish opening credits sequence.

Unfortunately, there isn’t an embeddable version of the video on the Internet as of yet, but you can see the whole thing over at Entertainment Weekly:

GO HERE TO SEE THE ‘BEWARE THE BATMAN’ OPENING SEQUENCE!

The opening credits sequence looks far, far more interesting and well-crafted than the sizzle reel before it, which, again, looked plastic and unfinished (presumably,  that’s because it was unfinished).

The visuals are heavily stylized like something out of a Japanese samurai movie, using mostly black and red as a color palette with a few splashes of white. The general aesthetic seems to harken back simultaneously to Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams’ dark and gothic Batman comics of the late 1960s-’70s (particularly the logo) and Batman: The Animated Series (particularly the Art Deco architecture). Even the theme song by the Dum Dum Girls has an excellent ’60s spy vibe going on.

In terms of characters, the sequence focuses on Batman, his new sidekick Katana (who, in the comics, was a member of The Outsiders, a team founded by Batman), and Alfred the ex-secret agent showing off their various skillz. And before there’s an uproar about Alfred having a history of being a secret agent – in Batman: The Animated Series and some versions of Batman comic book continuity, Alfred was indeed a member of the British secret service.

Check out a gallery of screen capture grabs from the opening sequence below:

I don’t know about you, but I’m genuinely pretty satisfied with what I’m seeing here – that is, satisfied enough to watch the series premiere this month. What say you, Screen Ranters? Are you starting to come around to this new animated iteration of Batman, or are you still turned off by the CGI? Drop us a line in the comments.

For those on the fence, here’s the series synopsis:

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.”

Beware the Batman premieres July 13th, 2013 @10am on the Cartoon Network.

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Source: Entertainment Weekly