You can’t keep a good man down…or Batman for that matter.
Because of the unwritten rule that states that there must always be an animated Batman television series on the air, Cartoon Network has announced Beware the Batman, the latest animated incarnation of the Dark Knight. Following up on Cartoon Network’s latest DC-related project, Beware will be a computer animated series, just like Green Lantern: The Animated Series, currently airing on CN (Saturdays @ 10am). Check out the new, digital Batman below the offical show description.
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!
To be honest, the prospect of a digitally animated Batman series doesn’t exactly get me excited. As a Green Lantern fan, I was anticipating the premiere of the new GL series, but have been sorely disappointed by the blatantly kid-friendly turn it has taken. Apparently the amazing writing and animation styles pioneered by the original Batman, Superman, and Justice League animated series have all but disappeared. Young Justice appears to the sole bearer of that torch right now. It is possible, however, to make the argument that with the announcement of such Batman villains as Professor Pyg and Mister Toad, truly disturbing characters originally brought to life by the incomparable Grant Morrison, there might be the possibility of a darker element in this new show. However, after seeing the apparent dumbing down of the Red Lantern Corps in GL:TAS, I might be grasping at straws here.