Beware the Batman will be the fifth animated Batman series since, well, Batman: The Animated Series in 1992, but it's the first to employ the much-maligned CG animation recently utilized in Green Lantern: The Animated Series.
The thing that immediately stands out about the trailer is its blatant resemblance to the aforementioned Batman: The Animated Series. Computer-generated imagery aside, the dark, moody aesthetic (vaguely akin to "dark deco") and the tall, thin, and elegant font are both quite clearly an attempt at harkening back to that beloved series of yore.
Yes, the trailer is essentially just a clip of the Batmobile driving down a tunnel, but more than that, it gives us a pretty excellent idea of what we can expect from the show both visually and tonally.
It's telling you -- in no uncertain terms -- to forget the purposefully goofy Batman from Batman: The Brave and the Bold. Forget the anime-inspired Batman from The Batman. This Batman lives in the darkness and says things like, "Beware my wrath," which is only a slightly less cool than, "I am vengeance! I am the night! I – am Batman!"
In fact, the entire teaser trailer almost seems like a beat-for-beat visual callback to the opening sequence of Batman: The Animated Series, particularly the part where the Batmobile is driving down a tunnel. Check it out below (starting at 0:20):
Sure, the show is computer-generated, and that's sort of annoying because traditional 2D animation is becoming a thing of the past, despite how beautiful and interesting it can be. If it were up to me, the majority of animated projects would be traditionally animated.
However, being computer-generated doesn't automatically make a TV show bad. 3D animation isn't even inherently worse than 2D animation - it's just easier to be lazy with.
Furthermore, the animation and the models in Beware the Batman, unlike Green Lantern, actually appear to be detailed and drenched in shadow, reflection, etc. The point I'm trying to make is: lets not condemn this show a year away from its premiere, solely for the reason that computers were used in its design.
What do you guys think of the teaser trailer? Let us know in the comments.
Beware the Batman will likely premiere in 2013.
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