While DC Entertainment's most recent foray into live-action – Green Lantern – was a bit of a failure, their animated work, especially on television (Young Justice, Green Lantern: The Animated Series, and the DC Nation shorts) has been, for the most part, consistently entertaining and well-received.
Now comes the announcement – along with a brand-new, high quality poster and a series summary -- that Beware the Batman will be joining the DC offerings on Cartoon Network.
First, check out the poster below (click to enlarge):
Computer generated imagery aside – which, we'll agree, is probably being used to save time and money – the design of this poster looks top-notch. The simple, art deco, aesthetic they're going for (even the font used for "Beware") has a distinct Batman: The Animated Series vibe, only, uh, skinnier.
And whereas the CGI in Green Lantern: The Animated Series' looks weightless and shadowless, to its detriment, it seems that Beware the Batman is going to be all about the shadows. That is, if this poster is to be believed.
Now, read the series summary below:
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 swordstress 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, this action-packed detective thriller deftly redefines what we have come to know as a “Batman show.” Featuring cutting-edge CGI visuals to match the intricate twists and turns of the narrative, Batman steps out of the shadows and into the spotlight for an entirely new generation of fans.
With WBA’s Sam Register executive producing, and Batman Beyond’s Glen Murakami and Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated’s Mitch Watson producing, Beware the Batman, based on characters from DC Comics, is coming soon to Cartoon Network!
I'm all over this if it's going to be genuine detective thriller. While many a fan has complained about the intended use of CGI, it's a paltry complaint if the rest of the show is on-point. And since neither "detective" nor "thriller" (nor any combination thereof) are the sort of artificial buzzwords typically used to lure young, sugar-addled, minds into watching, color this Screen Rant writer optimistic.
For those questioning the reference to Alfred Pennyworth as an ex-secret agent, the idea was taken straight from the comic books – or at least, the pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths comic books. Even Batman: The Animated Series revealed that Alfred was a former MI-6 agent at one point.
Of course, that doesn't explain why he's double-fisting handguns, John Woo-style, on the previous teaser poster, but I suppose the producers have to get those sugar-addled kids onboard somehow!
Are you guys looking forward to this show, Screen Ranters? Or has computer-generated animation turned you off to the whole thing? Drop us a line in the comments.
Beware the Batman will likely premiere sometime in 2013 on the Cartoon Network.
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