A new updated CG animated Batman cartoon is on the way. Using a similar style seen in the Green Lantern cartoon, this modern take will be a very different vision of the caped crusader. For those fearing that it will stray too far from the classic Batman style, be assured that comic book legend Len Wein (of Swamp Thing, Uncanny X-Men and Batman) will be working on this series and has promised that it will be a knock out.
Personally, I’m still feeling the loss of Young Justice and this series looks a bit too hip and edgy for my taste, but that was the reaction many had to The Batman which I enjoyed. I’ll hold on judgement until I can see the finished product.
“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.”
A Richard Branson type billionaire adventurer with a twist: he’s fixated on crime. So much so that he sees it everywhere, giving him the ability to predict criminal behavior and piece together clues like a modern day Sherlock Holmes. But this ability came with it’s own price. It isolated Bruce, and since he is famous, dealing with crime as Bruce Wayne was out of the question. So he created The Batman.
A vigilante hero born of darkness that can carry out what Bruce Wayne can’t. Batman is Bruce Wayne’s release valve. Batman keeps Bruce in balance. They even refer to each other as separate people. But make no mistake: Bruce and Batman are two sides of one man, and they need each other to survive.
A former British MI-6 operative now retired. Wise, good with his fists, and not to be trifled with. A father figure and mentor to Bruce. But Alfred is getting older. Won’t be there forever so he’s bringing in someone he can trust who can look after Bruce.
TATSU “KATANA” YAMASHIRO:
Former CIA, she is also Alfred’s goddaughter, and the child of his late MI-6 partner. Although she is cold and meticulous with a sword, Katana is not good at controlling her emotions. Despite being hired as Bruce Wayne’s bodyguard, it soon becomes clear that her real value is as Batman’s protégé.