‘Beware the Batman’ Trailer & Images: CGI Animated Dark Knight Action

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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.

beware the batman title Beware the Batman Trailer & Images: CGI Animated Dark Knight Action

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

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  1. To be honest I don’t really like the way Batman looks. But I suppose it will be easy to get used to. The CGI is very impressive though!

    • cartoons are suppose to be 2D!!
      i hate these new cartoons not a fan of the new graphics

      • It’s not a “cartoon”, it’s an animated show.

        • +1. Most of the time people use “cartoon” for “animation”. While cartoon is a subgenre of animation, it’s really not the same thing!

  2. The animation looks great, but the character designs look like complete crap!

    I’ll give the show a chance, but as a big Batman fan, they somehow managed to make a show that looks unappealing to me. With Katana being his sidekick and the worst Batman villains being used (with the exception of Ra’s and Anarchy) this just doesn’t look very interesting, which is a shame since it IS Batman and the action looks so good.

    I never said we should have a million Joker stories again, but why can’t we see villains that fans WANT to see in more animation? Red Hood, Deadshot, Deathstroke, Black Mask and The Riddler, to name a few.

  3. Didn’t really like the trailer itself but still looks pretty cool. Will totally be watching this, and glad they’re taking the CGI route too. Batman does look a bit weird lol.

  4. I know that Batman fanboys are not gonna be happy with my comment but do we really need another Batman show? Is it really hard for DC to give other characters the cartoon treatment. This is proof that DC is only concerned with Batman.

    • As much as I love Batman, I do agree with this. For me personally, I have no problem but if this show is preventing them from directing their focus on another superhero, they can definitely skip Batman for this one time. They haven’t even done Superman since the animated series either. Plus Green Lantern and Young Justice being cancelled may have sort of stabbed their confidence in their other characters though, so it’s somewhat understandable.

      • I would have preferred a new live action TV show for Batman. It’s just something we haven’t had with Batman since, well, the 60′s! For animation, I would have preferred either a new Superman cartoon or something new (like Wonder Woman or Flash).

          • Well, The Arrow show kind of sucks, but I thought they did a FANTASTIC job transitioning characters like Superman and Green Arrow to live action in “Smallville”. If it had a decent budget (and did a more grounded Batman) I would love to see a modern day TV show for the character (maybe a period piece set in the 1930′s). Wow, I’m geeking out over something that doesn’t exist as opposed to a show that’s actually happening…

            • I actually enjoyed Arrow at first but found it got a bit too ‘Hollywood’ for me, I guess you can put it. Can understand why a lot of others would like it though, it’s just not for me. Have they ever done a series (both comics or film) about Bruce Wayne long before he became Batman? Obviously there’s origin stories but something that, I guess is more fleshed out. Even as a mini series would be pretty cool. Aha geek away, the 1930′s idea sound really interesting.

              • There was actually an idea for a TV series called “Gotham” about Bruce Wayne’s training, but the idea was dropped for Superman (that’s how Smallville started). In other words, because the idea was dropped, we probably never will see a series about just Bruce Wayne’s origins (which would be cool).

                As for a 1930′s or 40′s setting, I’d love to see a show about Batman in that time period fighting gangsters and mob boss’s (that’s what it was about when he was first created in 1939).

                • The idea for a young batman show was nixed by chris nolan, he didn’t want there to be a second live action batman to compete with his films. its also why the justice league movie was axed (nolan threatened to not direct a third batman film)

                  • Sources? Googled it but nothing.

                • I enjoyed Smallville so no complaints here, there’s a good chance I would’ve enjoyed the Batman TV show more though.

                  That would be very cool, perfect premise to indluce Falcony, Black Mask and several others. Also a great new fresh take of Batman. I wish they’d be little more artistic with the license and start brainstorming ideas like these in the studios.

    • I think ColdSc point of Green Lantern and Young Justice
      being cancelled is the reason for cold feet on other characters.
      If those two were not sustainable then what other characters would be.

      • Sucks really, but it was all because of the merchandise not selling I think.

        • Had to be a factor. No doubt.

    • Yes we need another Batman show. Would you really like to see one of say, Plastic man? Or Apache Chief, Red Tornado maybe? I think the reason they keep going back to Batman is because, his cartoons or animated shows in this case are generally successful. And I have a feeling we will see others in the rouges gallery. They’re just giving others some of the lesser known ones some fresh air.

  5. The character design doesn’t look too good. I’ll give it a watch, but I doubt it will make up for the cancellation of Young Justice.

  6. Another contender… IMO, Kevin conroy was THE animated Batman.

  7. why is there a frog?

  8. Glad to see that other commenters felt the same way. The design is really bad. Is is so hard really? Look at the Arkham Asylum/City design of Batman. They absolutely nailed it. This however… it looks cheap and the frame rate at which the characters move reveal that there probably isn’t the money behind this one to create fluid motion. Seems like a throwaway show to me and I say that as a big fan of 3D animation and Batman.

    • I’m going to give it a chance, I remember watching the new CGI TMNT show and thought the characters looked really weird. Warmed up to it and was glad I did, awesome show. Could be the same case for this show.

      • True, the new TMNT designs looked weird at first. But they were still good enough from the start for me to give it a chance. Batman here, however, just looks bad. I liked how he has looked in previous animation (I know I’m in the minority, but I did like The Batman)and I agree with StevenLaw. It would have been cool to see the Arkham designs in animation (which were pretty close to perfect).

        • I found The Batman cartoon fantastic, one of my favourite to be honest, you’re not alone. Arkham stlye cartoons would be pretty awesome, it would definitely distinguish itself from the other cartoons. Plus I can see it taking several cues from the original animated series.

          I agree Batman looks really weird in this but the other characters I find actually aren’t that bad.

  9. The design seems a little off-putting at first
    but there is a chance that will grow on me.
    I will give the show a watch. Why not?

  10. Like I said, I’m not saying we need to see the same Batman villains over and over again, but there are Batman villains that haven’t been used very much that are MUCH better than the ones they’re using here. I want to see Batman fighting someone like Deadshot, not Mrs. Piggy and Kermit.

    • Would love to see a couple of crime bosses, mainly Black Mask. Even if he was already in The Batman and one animated movie. I can definitely see them using Deadshot later in the show.

      • Deadshot and Black Mask have been used in animation before, but minimally. Deadshot was in an episode of Justice League and The Brave and the Bold, while Black Mask was in two episodes of The Batman and an animated film. In other words, they haven’t been used a million times and don’t see why they wouldn’t work.

  11. This sucks. They cancelled Young Justice for this? I will never understand what goes through the minds of DC/Warner executives when they can good shows and replace them with crap. The same can be said about Disney/Marvel for cancelling EMH and giving us this new Avengers show.

    • I cant believe they canceled EMH it was awesome

  12. I miss young justice

    • +1

      YJ was awesome!

  13. What about HUSH?!? I just thought of him!

    He hasn’t been in animation yet (and is a GREAT Batman villain) so why not him? The more and more I think of this show and the concept for it, the angrier I get. Again, if you’re going to put a villain in animation that hasn’t been done before, at LEAST use someone COOL! But no, we get Magpie, Professor Pig, Mr. Toad and Humpty Dumpty… I’m not even joking, those are villains they are ACTUALLY using for this show.

    • +1

      One of many reasons why I’m looking forward to Arkham 3 video game. Hush’s storyline wasn’t tied at the end of Arkham City so I’m really hoping they flesh out the character in Arkham 3. If he isn’t going to be in any movie, might as well enjoy him in a video game.

      Great points on the villains, I like how they’re trying to bring unknown villains out in the open, but at least do the ones that are most appealing first aha.

      • Arkham Origins will be a prequel, not a sequel. So no Hush (unless they show his origins). But, if Origins is a success, I’m sure they will do a game that takes place after City (with villains like Hush and Scarecrow’s return, obviously).

        • I think there was news a little while back that Conroy as well as several others recorded lines for an Arkham game that wasn’t Origins. I’m betting it’s Arkham 3 but you never know.

          I`m just hoping the story for both Origins and the probably sequel will be a bit more personal for Bruce Wayne.

          • probable*

          • Agreed

  14. I am really looking forward to this and seeing the mew Bat villains!!

  15. Is there such a thing as too much Batman. He’s had countless direct to dvd movies like The Dark Knight Returns 1-2 Year One, Red Hood etc etc. He’s had Batman TAS, Beyond, The Batman, Brave and Bold etc etc. Two major video games with Asylum and City and one on the way. Three big budget movies. The only thing missing is a live action tv show (oh wait he’s had that two albeit decades ago but still). How about we let batman rest for a while and give some other character a chance. How about the Flash, or dare I say Aquaman (they had green lantern but canceled sadly). Someone other than Batman.

    • Seconded. Especially The Flash, since Warner/DC seems convinced not to make him into a live action movie. If they’re are not going to make them into movies, the least they can do is animated series. I want Flash, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Green Lantern (anyone of them), Green Arrow, and even more minor characters, like Static Shock, Red Arrow/Arsenal, Mr. Terrific, and especially Black Canary.

  16. The design has that faux anime look that gets overused these days. They could do a show with the Arkham Asylum/ City engine if they wanted to go CGI.

  17. No thanks. Young Justice (pre time-jump) was fine. Avengers:EMH was fine. Spider-Man was fine. I may just stick to the animated films from now on.

  18. I hope this is worth it to CN because they took the best animated superhero series off the air – Young Justice…

    I’ll give this a shot but already don’t like the designs and look too geared to young kids…

  19. I have to agree with many others, cancelling YJ for this is a travesty. Almost reminds me of Marvel cancelling A:EMH for the new PoS MSU version.

    I also dislike the animation style with it’s distinct lack of texturing. Guess this is where the people working on Green Lantern are now because the two look the same.

    • more like canceling spectacular spiderman for crappy ultimate spiderman.

      • I’m glad I’m not the only one who loved Spectacular Spiderman. By far one of the best Spiderman cartoon shows we’ve ever had and it only got two thirteen episode seasons? Wtf?

        • I didn’t like the design of TSSM except for Spider-Man. The writing was good, but a lot of the villains or just characters in general looked atrocious IMO

      • +1 Spectacular was astounding, may have been able to catch up the Batman the animated series if it ran a little longer.

  20. Bottomline it looks like sh*$# any REAL FAN would agree its pure poop I’m not watchn this crap

    • I’m a real fan, and I’ve been looking forward to this show since I first heard about it and watched the teaser. In short, Ron, you don’t speak for everyone.

      I happen to think this particular stylized look for the character models and animation is intriguing and worth a watch. I am also interested in seeing what the show does with a more physically active Alfred and assistance from Katana…AND with definitely different criminals from Batman’s rogue’s gallery.

      I happily await the show’s July premiere…

      • Katana is a big problem for me. Out of all the members of the Bat family that have not been explored in animation, who the hell thought it would be a good idea to make his sidekick someone who ISN’T part of the Bat family? If they had all the Outsiders (group Katana is a member of) and called the show “Batman and the Outsiders” like the comics, I would be fine. But just using a random Outsiders member as his only sidekick just doesn’t work for me.

        • Katana is not a random Outsider; she currently stars in her own 52 monthly title. She actually is a very interesting character who, I think, can add a thought-provoking perspective to this series and make it a unique viewing experience in the show history of Batman.

          • Very true, she is not random. She lived in Gotham for a period of time and was re-recruited for the Outsiders by Batman. Who knows, maybe we will get the Outsiders introduced from this series due to Katana’s presence.

            Also, Prof. Pyg is an intense and crazy villian imo so I’m wondering how that will translate, if at all, on T.V. He’s pretty intersting as well with ties to Simon Hurt and Talia al Gul.

            • I just feel like instead of making a traditional Batman show or doing a “Batman and the Outsiders” show, they went half way. I would have preferred to just have all of them or just focus on the Bat family (with characters like Katana in guest spots). And there are so many characters in the Bat family that haven’t really been shown on TV yet (Damian Wayne, Stephanie Brown, Cassandra Cain) to name a few.

              And I could care less for Toad and Magpie, but Professor Pyg is an intense and crazy villain in the comics. But, there is no way they are going to translate that on an animated kids show. The reasons why he’s a decent villain they can’t put in a kids show, which makes me think he might suck in this show.

              • Here’s to hoping they eventually introduce more of the Bat family.

  21. Boo want young justice back!
    Third season!

  22. Not really a fan of the CGI style thats being used , but an Arkham style cartoon would have been pretty awsome in my opinion.

  23. I’m most certainly giving this a chance, the writing will be what determines if I get onboard. It looks like Batman and it feels like Batman. The design has grown on me. But like I said: no dialogue in this makes me nervous

  24. The trailer was actually… Bad. And their faces look terrible. BUT! I’m going to see where they take this.

  25. I’m okay with the GL style animations, but not crazy about the villains. I like the idea to go with lesser known bad guys, but I would have gone with people like KGBeast, Great White Shark, Prometheus, The Wrath, and/or Black Spider. If this series last more than 2 seasons, I bet the Joker and other big name villains begin showing up.

  26. Does anyone else think that the logo plus the inclusion of Prof Pyg seem to be nodding towards Morrison’s Batman and Robin? I mean it wont be Dick under the cowl (although that would be awesome) but if they are pulling ideas from his run, including his Batman stuff that came before, I would be very excited despite the unappealing character designs. The show would have to look pretty damn bad for me not to watch a Dr. Hurt arc play out on TV. Zur en arrh

  27. I think someone dies in the car chase.

  28. bring back young justice!!!!!!