Batman has a long and illustrious cartoon history with The Super Friends, Batman: The Animated Series, and Batman Beyond serving as a gateway drug to Gotham and the Dark Knight for generations. Since the turn of the century, though, we’ve seen less and less of the Caped Crusader on TV, with Warner Bros. and DC turning more toward direct-to-DVD animated films like Batman: Year One and the fantastic anthology film, Batman: Gotham Knight.
Now, DC Nation and Cartoon Network are picking up the baton last held by the light and fun Batman: The Brave and the Bold and handing it to Beware the Batman, and now we have a new trailer for the long awaited series.
In the above trailer (which is the first look at the show in more than a year), we see some not-so-familiar faces (Professor Pyg, Anarky, Magpie, and Mr. Toad) and a style of animation that might put some off who are used to the more classic look of past Batman cartoons, because Beware the Batman will be done in CGI, mirroring the look of former DC Nation show, Green Lantern: The Animated Series, which departed Cartoon Network alongside Young Justice, much to the chagrin of fans.
So, can Beware the Batman live up to both the history of Batman cartoons and the expectations of those Green Lantern and Young Justice fans? The popularity of the animated films could signify that there is an appetite for animated Batman stories still, but they have been more adult in nature and rooted in the comic lore of the character, something that Cartoon Network can’t fully embrace.
Still, Beware the Batman does seem to be a bit more mature than The Brave and the Bold, and by the look of fight scenes, the Rogue’s Gallery (which also includes the more well known Ra’s al Ghul), and even a logo that incorporates the familiar red from Batman: The Animated Series‘ logo and elements from the original Batman comic logo, it seems like DC Nation and Cartoon Network are aiming to appeal to more than just the footie-pajama set.
Though goodness knows there is no indignity in a grown-up rocking some footie-pajamas while eating a bowl of fruit loops and watching cartoons.
Anyway, here’s the synopsis for Beware the Batman.
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.
Beware the Batman is the latest series based on characters from DC Comics to be added to DC Nation, Cartoon Network’s programming block on Saturday mornings. It will be followed by Teen Titans Go! at 10:30 a.m. and joined by all-new animated shorts.
Beware the Batman premieres Saturday, July 13th @10am on Cartoon Network
Source: Cartoon Network