Kurtwood Smith on ‘Beware the Batman’ Animated Series & Playing Gordon

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Kurtwood Smith Talks Beware the Batman Plot Kurtwood Smith on Beware the Batman Animated Series & Playing Gordon

When Beware the Batman premieres on Cartoon Network next year, it’ll be the ninth animated iteration of the Caped Crusader on television, and the first to be animated using a computer.

Yesterday, Kurtwood Smith — better known as Red Forman on That 70s Show or the psycho killer from Robocop – talked about his role in Beware the Batman as Lieutenant Gordon, and what we can expect from the show in general.

Straight from Smith’s mouth, courtesy of Movie Web:

“We just started. We’ve only recorded two [episodes], before Christmas. I like the general thrust of the show. It’s early in the Batman story. Commissioner Gordon isn’t even Commissioner yet, he’s just Lieutenant Gordon. He doesn’t trust Batman, even though they kind of end up helping each other out on an early case. Batman, in a lot of ways, is learning his way, and the relationship between he and Alfred is developing. It’s fun and it’s kind of straight in that regard, as opposed to being campy. I think it’s going to be good, but it won’t be out for at least a year or so.”

It’s interesting that, despite the fact that The Dark Knight Rises will feature a more mature Batman, Beware the Batman is going with a younger, greener Batman – a la the recently released animated movie Batman: Year One and the upcoming Batman: Earth One graphic novel written by Geoff Johns. (Hopefully, that doesn’t mean he’ll be some punk, brooding kid, because we’ve seen that version one too many times.)

In addition to Batman’s experience (or lack thereof), the show seems to share a more badass Alfred with Earth One. Apparently, in Geoff Johns’ take on the Dark Knight’s inception, Bruce Wayne was trained by tough guy Alfred instead of ninja masters halfway across the world. In Beware, Alfred will take a page out of John Woo’s playbook and brandish double pistols. Can slow-motion doves be far behind? Let us cross our fingers in hopes that they are.

Beware the Batman Full Poster Image Kurtwood Smith on Beware the Batman Animated Series & Playing Gordon

The one image we’ve seen of Beware the Batman (above) looked intriguing enough, but it was a still image – there’s no telling how unfortunate this computer-animated Batman could end up being. While the more recent Green Lantern: The Animated Series can get away with textureless, plastic-looking models (to a certain extent) an animated Batman will need to be more gritty. And not just in terms of story, but also visually-speaking. Hopefully, they can pull it off.

Beware the Batman is expected to premiere in 2013 as part of Cartoon Network’s DC Nation animation block.

Source: Movie Web

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  1. “Beware the Batman” looks horrible, the characters are hideous and the story is ruined. Why not just do a anime style off of “The dark knight”

    • you weeaboo children need to stop animu-ing every freaking thing. Batman is best as Western and SHOULD ALWAYS BE WESTERN.

      You animu batman and you’ll ruin like how ANIME IRON MAN, OR ANIME WOLVERINE,OR ANIME SUPERNATURAL WAS A PIECE OF SH*T.


      go f*ck your nuts into a blender you unwashed manchild.

  2. Sure – but if that is the example of the animation – forget it – it seems to be loosing quality and content compared to other animation

  3. No batman animated series will ever be better than the one in the 90’s.

    • Batman Beyond was just as entertaining too.

      • Batman Beyond was essentially a continuation of the same series.

        • I never found the old Bruce Wayne broken down. That Bruce Wayne would kick your ass for saying that! I found him to be a tough cookie for an old man. He was in his 70’s and he still had an attitude. I think that’s awesome. Batman always had an attitude but it never projected as much cause he was big and muscular and looked scary. Now that Bruce Wayne was older, you see the attitude and the fire never went anywhere. I loved the Batman Beyond series even though it borrowed so much from the old Lee and Ditko Spiderman comics. Maybe that’s why I loved it so much. lol

  4. why not just make a batman animated show using the designs of Batman: Under the Red Hood? So much better

    • It is being used in Young Justice

  5. I have to be honest here and say that still image looks bad, there have been other cg shows that have looked a lot cleaner and sharper but this just doesn’t fly for a character like Batman. I don’t mind the story being completely different but there are certain elements that in my opinion should stay true and one of them has to be the look of the characters and Gotham City itself, hopefully this new series will prove me wrong. I’m a huge fan of the underrated “The Batman” so let’s see how they go with this new one.

    • Word to “The Batman.” I loved that series.

  6. Well I want to see it especially since they are introducing some of Batman’s newer villians from the comics.

    Just kidding. We are seeing one screen shot and the first comment made is (“Beware the Batman” looks horrible, the characters are hideous and the story is ruined. Why not just do a anime style off of “The dark knight”). You can’t judge a whole series by the first screen shot. Personally, I don’t care as much about the animation as I do about story and voice talent. Take Brave and the Bold. It was the campiest thing since the Batman tv show. It did have its redeeming qualities at times. Some of the stories were really good. If you didn’t see the last episode then you missed one of the funniest cartoons I have seen in forever. That episode reminded me of this site in general. It consisted of Batmite (Paul Rubens) trying to get the Brave and the Bold canceled because he wanted the Dark Knight back instead of the campyness. He went on to mess with the voice talent and even put Batman into “outfits only found in toystores.” I was in stitches.
    It is going to be a real stretch to top Batman TAS. Mark Hammills Joker is Iconic. Since then, they have put out lots of really good Batman movies and I am really partial to “The Batman.” That series was full of great writing and voice talent. Point and case… Robert Englund as the Riddler. Second only to Marks Joker in my book. The Animation for TAS was alright but was nothing that I would say was incredible or amazing. It was good. The story and voice talent were what made that show.
    As far as the Animation goes for Beware the Batman, ehh. I am getting more used to that style. Green Lantern will be done that way and I really enjoyed the pilot of that. Star Wars the Clone Wars has been done similarly and it has been a pretty good show. With the Clone Wars, it is not the Animation that I hate, it is the fact that it is the setting of the show. I want to see the later adventures of the Skywalker/Solo clan. At this point, they could do it in crayon as long as it is the later stories.
    So, watch, don’t watch, it is your choice. It is not like you are paying to see it. It is on TV. At least watch the first episode before you destroy it with comments about it being horrible. So far, I am liking were they are going with the voice talent. I think Kurtwood Smith will make a really great Gordon. I am also interested to see Alfred being a badass. That alone should be interesting.

  8. I’m sorry, but I have to be honest; but if a “Batman” animated show does not include the names Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill in the voice credits, it’s probably not worth your time. Those two basically ARE Batman and the Joker. To me, anyone else doing it just feels…illegitimate.

  9. As like all of you… I’m not a fan of the style or character design. Awful. Awful. Awful.

  10. I could live with the design. I could live with the lame Circus Of Strange characters. I could live with new voice actors. But I will not live with Alfred packing dual pistols. Bruce would never allow that! That is why this series is a fail before it ever starts.

    • Completely agree with the assessment on Alfred, but the Circus of Strange lame? I liked them, thought they added some spicey villiany to the Batman franchise.

      • I say lame because they never did anything. Prof Pig is a joke. To me he’s on par with the Condiment King. The idea of the dolltrons was great, but he was just a nobody. I couldn’t see Bruce wasting a punch on the guy. Toad died 2 issues and never did anything. I liked a lot of Morrison’s run, but them an his reject club of villains(minus Hurt and Jezebel Jet) were lowpoints for me. Buy to each his own. He created Damian who is my fav Robin of all time so you win some you lose some I guess.

        • I like your assessment of Damian. He’s not my favorite Robin, but I really do enjoy having him in the Bat family. It’s refreshing to see a Robin who is more of a risk taker or whatever you may call it.

          Prof. Pig I liked. I was hoping he would become a more involved villian in the series, seemed to have potential to become something more.

          • That’s how I feel about the Prof. Maybe I’m being greedy, but I want more of his character.

  11. NOT a fan of the animation they’re using.
    Still, can’t judge until I’ve seen it – I hope it turns out well though…

  12. has everyone forgotten “The Batman?” That show wasn’t gritty at all, it always had bright, vibrant colors (sometimes even a green or red sky). I’m more concerned with story quality. The character design of Batman is a little goofy, but as long as it has great stories, I could care less how gritty or bright the show is.

    • I to am looking forward to some great stories.

  13. Really?……AGAIN? How many different animated takes are we going to get on the Caped Crusader? I have to admit that re-treading all of the old villains once more holds little appeal for me at this point. The one thing Batman Beyond had going for it was most of the villains were new or at the very least very different than all the other incarnations.

    Would much rather they go back to JLU. At least they could keep the stories fresh and interesting with a rotating cast.

  14. batman running around with a gun toting Alfred?
    Know your freaking source material.
    Granted, when bats first hit the scene he brandished firearms himself, but he has evolved into a totally different being at this point. Batman’s total dislike for firearms is a huge part of who he is known as now. To disregard that for the sake of a “gritty remake” is a darn shame.
    ok ok…I’ll get off my high horse now ranters 😀

    • No, you’re right!!!

    • Alfred has often been known to pack some sort of firearm. Take the Inferno story. He took a pop shot at the Joker in it. Batman would never use a gun because he doesn’t have to. I do think this incarnation may be taking it a little far. This goes past using them for personal protection to something of a Alfred playing Boondock saints. I will hold my opinions for when the show comes out.

        • Yeah that was pretty awesome. Typical Alfred reply too lol

    • I agree with you on Alfred and it does bother me…still hope there will be good stories.

  15. Why does Batman look like A F@#$% alien???? He looks like an Alien ANT.

  16. And Alfred looks like a reject from “Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy”!

    • Uh, I don’t think there are a lot of soldiers who just carry guns around in public. Furthermore, what’s he going to do with those guns? He’s definitely not going to be killing anybody — not only is this a kid’s show, but Batman doesn’t allow for that kind of thing. So is he just going to scare people into submission with them? Shoot guns and other weapons out of the bad guys’ hands?

      The guns are stupid. I’m not saying they’re going to ruin the show, but they’re undeniably stupid.

      • Have you seen another picture of this show? I ask because in the above pic, Alfred is clearly involved in whatever action is taking place, so he’s not just carrying guns casually in public. Actually, he CAn use them as a visible threat…or to injure. Killing still does not become a necessity.

        So no, it is NOT undeniably stupid for Alfred to have guns.

        I suppose we shall simply continue to disagree on this matter, which is fine.

      • Remember Batman shot Darkseid.

  17. That animation style looks horrible.

  18. Why can’t they make a show starring only Nightwing (As a solo character)?

  19. disgusting. sick of these anime style batman cartoons. they havent nailed it since the original batman the animated series. disgusting, disgusting, disgusting. if any old school fan actually finds that interesting – then i’d question your eyesight! :-)

    • My eyesight is 20/20, and I do find this style interesting…I appreciate the use of the different and varying styles of the various shows and animated movies.


      • I agree with Archaeon.

  20. Why don’t they just use the animations from arkham city because since the joker is dead in the game docent mean he will be dead in a tv show or they should do a justice league movie or show with the jim lee art in dcuo cause the first trailer for that was pretty epic and if they make shows that r that legit other than “beware the batman” then people would watch.
    and whats with getting rid of robin,joker, act. i mean seriously nobody wants a stupid pig and frog villain from the dick grayson and damian series. these little mistakes ruin batman. batman is supposed to be the bad ass super hero that has no powers or anything. he shouldn’t be singing songs like in brave and the bold or acting queer like in the 1960s(still a great show though) but still the animated series and even the batman showed that batman was dark and alone (until like season 2 for both shows) but that was the real batman. beware the batman is gonna be awful and everyone knows it. they should use the batman arkham city animations or come up with something better than alfred going apeshit on animal themed villains with dual wield pistols. seriously alfred.

  21. I like the animation, I think it would look cool in motion. I like the storey, it seems though they are trying to make batman all hip and I think its gonna be like batman beyond. I would enjoy the series more if they mad batman a teen, it would be fun and adventerous.