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CG-Animated Beware The Batman To Hit Cartoon Network In 2013

A CG-animated series called Beware the Batman will debut on Cartoon Network in 2013, joining a DC Nation programming block that includes Young Justice, Green Lantern: The Animated Series and newly announced shorts featuring Plastic Man, Doom Patrol, Batgirl, Supergirl and Wonder Girl.

The news emerged over the weekend in Cannes, France, at the MIP Junior conference — two days of presentations, pitches and workshops focusing on kids’ entertainment — where Sam Register, executive vice president for creative affairs at Warner Bros. Animation, gave the keynote address.

Register revealed that Beware the Batman, executive produced by Glen Murakami (Batman Beyond, Teen Titans), will feature the Dark Knight teamed with a gun-toting Alfred Pennyworth and Katana, the sword-wielding samurai from DC Comics.

“Katana is gonna be his new Robin, but not necessarily,” Register told the crowd.

He said the series will delve deeper into the Caped Crusader’s “villain library,” a claim underscored by the the promotional image, which includes Professor Pyg and the Circus of the Strange, introduced during Grant Morrison’s run on Batman.

“We went in deeper into the villain library and pulled out some other villains,” Register said. “We didn’t want to do another Joker story — there’s too many of them. We just needed to do something new, so we’re starting off with new villains.”

He also announced that the one-hour DC Nation block, which premieres in spring 2012, will include a mixture of animated shorts and live-action interstitials, the latter of which will showcase the fans, collectors and creators who make up the DC Universe (DC Comics Co-Publisher Jim Lee appears in the sizzle reel). As for the former: Look for Aardman Animation-produced Batman claymation shorts, shorts featuring Plastic Man and the Doom Patrol, and from the creator of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Batgirl, Supergirl and Wonder Girl starring in Super Best Friends Forever.

(via The World’s Finest, The Fandom Post)

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    Are those shorts an extension of the DC Showcase shorts?

    I really don’t give a fuck about the other show, though. The CG style looks ugly.

  • The mizzz

    Batgirl, supergirl, and wonder girl in best best friend forever sounds so lame. Did they have to get the writer of my little pony to write this. Ugh!!M

  • KylHu

    Good one, guys! Had me going for a second, there.

  • Justice

    I thought Christopher Nolan was supposed to be in charge of this stuff after the success of The Dark Knight? This looks horrible. ALFRED USING GUNS?! WTF?

  • Ian

    Alfred using guns? Batman would beat the crap out of him. (And yes, I know that historically Alfred has had a rifle in his bedroom). Weak sauce.

  • Oldfart93

    It’s for little girls you idiot.

  • Anonymous

    Wow. This sounds…ugh.

    And Brave and the Bold has been so good too.

  • Anonymous

    The CG makes this DOA.

    Also, they’re clearly dumbing this down so that it’s for retarded 7 year-olds. DC figures that they won’t mind the horrible CG animation. Welcome to “market forces” everyone. Is it a universal good? HELL NO.

  • Oldfart93

    Oh yeah, they put Christopher Nolan in charge of eveything Batman.  Get a clue.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    Considering the mass appeal MLP has with both men and women, I see no problem with this.

  • Duskknight45

    I’ve been waiting for this since forever!

  • http://twitter.com/Shoryland Lein Shory

    I miss Batman: The Brave and the Bold already.

    The show may have exhausted itself, but at it’s best it was brilliant and a joy to watch. I and my kids loved it.

    I’m sure I’ll give this Beware the Batman a look, but the description doesn’t excite me.

  • http://twitter.com/Andrewmated Andrew Mathieu

    Cannot wait for Super BFFs with Supergirl, Batgirl, and Wonder Girl.  My Little Pony has come out of nowhere to become one of my favorite cartoons of the last few years; this all-girl Trinity is in good hands.

  • http://twitter.com/modern_night Gregg N

    “gun-toting Alfred Pennyworth”

    sold. will watch every episode.

    “from the creator of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Batgirl, Supergirl and Wonder Girl starring in Super Best Friends Forever.”

    sold. will watch every episode.

  • Mars

    ‘ and from the creator of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Batgirl, Supergirl and Wonder Girl starring in Super Best Friends Forever.’

    LOL, I want every episode on DVD and it better be Donna Troy

  • Mars

    A new Powerpuff Girls?

  • Oldfart93

    Doubt it will be Donna Troy.  Probably whomever the new blond Wonder Girl is.

  • Anonymous

    On the one hand, Glen Murakami is behind this and I trust him, but on the other hand, Alfred has a gun. That’s some serious misunderstanding of Batman right there. I’m cautiously optimistic for now.

    I tried to watch My Little Pony, but I couldn’t get into. Still, Super Best Friends Forever sounds amazing.

  • http://twitter.com/CrankyViking99 Stephen Bergstrom

    Oh, you lost me at “gun-toting Alfred.”

  • SB

    I think dc needs an adult batman cartoon, something really edgy like Gotham knight but better looking.

  • Andrew

    Wow, what a load of crap. Whatever happened to the success of Batman: The Animated Series? This whole CG-animated stuff might work for Star Wars but I would much rather watch a Green Lantern series or another Batman series with animation similar to the original Bruce Timm DCAU.

  • Mr_Wayne

    Not gonna lie, “Beware the Batman” sounds like a terrible idea. “Batman Incorporated” sounds like a much better idea. Batman travels the globe fighting an evil organization while recruiting various operatives to become “Batmen” while being funded by Bruce Wayne. This sounds like it should have been a cartoon long before Morrison did it.

  • Mr_Wayne

    Bet it is Donna. Two blonds and a red head? They wouldn’t let that slide. To be “diverse” they’ll have Babs (red), Kara (blond), Donna (brunette).

  • nailsin

    The best Batman cartoon has already been done.

  • Jmcreer

    Alfred has a long history of using guns, especially rifles, to protect the batcave and himself.  Alfred using guns?  Not WTF but Yes, yes he has.

  • Jmcreer

    Batman doesn’t have a problem with Alfred using guns.  As evidenced in the comic over several decades Alfred has used one quite often to defend himself and others.  While Batman would rarely ever use a gun, he wouldn’t begrudge a 60-something man using one to defend himself and/or others. 

  • Jmcreer

    Sure, but if they stopped making Batman after Superfriends and the Filmation Studios version we wouldn’t have got Bruce Timm’s version. : )

  • Cjorg2

    That’s you.  You are old and have reached your expiration date. 

    You aren’t the one who’s going to be running around dressing in the costume, playing with the toys, and sleeping in the Batman bedsheets after you’ve worn yourself out riding your Batman bicycle.  They want to capture the youth market, which at the end of the day is the intended audience for these cartoons.  Children like and expect 3D CGI (just ask Disney). 

    Batman The Animated series was almost 20 years ago dude.  Just let it go and move on…

  • Cjorg2

    It’s amazing how little you guys know about Alfred and his history.  One of my favourite Gotham Knights covers by Brian Bolland is the one in which Alfred is holding a gun to Bane’s head.  Alfred is a badass.

  • Duder

    Cool – looking forward to something new/different with Batman.

    Some of you hardcore old are hilarious – “The best Batman show has already been done!  Just do THAT again!”  “How dare they change Alfred!”  “CG sucks!”

    Guys, you’re not 15 anymore.  These are toons aimed at today’s kids.  Not longtime fans.

  • Mestasdan

    you are wrog

  • http://twitter.com/TBrooksSr Tom Brooks

    Just based on the picture on the screen, this looks absolutely horrendous. 

  • http://all-loserssquad.blogspot.com/ The Ronin

    To be fair, there is a difference between “One time Alfred used a firearm against a super villain” and “Alfred is batman’s punisher styled gun toting side kick” 

  • nik

    I like the Super BFF idea.  It’s like an All-Star Power Puff Girls.

  • picodegallo

    Ugh. Looks like another “The Batman”. 

  • Batgirl Inc.

    Ha! Nice one!

  • Joseph DiLeonardo

    I’ve de-blued the picture if anyone’s interested http://secretundergroundheadquarters.blogspot.com/2011/10/heres-de-blued-version-of-that-new.html

  • Batgirl Inc.

    I’m getting a Green Hornet vibe from the characters and costumes. Combine Alfred and Katana and you get Kato, the Green Hornet’s asian masked black-suited chauffeur sidekick. It also helps that Kato in the current comics is a woman, the original’s daughter.

  • Anonymous

    I’m always up for somethig new.

     I especially love the idea of a gun toting Alfred and Katana as a sidekick, could end up being a classic if played with enough humor…

  • Evil_s2003

    CG? pass.

  • Lunatics On Pogosticks

    Man I miss traditionaly animated Batman already.Sigh.

  • Lunatics On Pogosticks

    But i still trust in it being a solid cartoon.Oh yeah i did just reply to my own post.

  • Sekelejr

    Actually, this got me interested 
    Especially seeing how Professor Pyg is a major villain in this one 

  • Cjorg2

    You missed the point – it’s been a lot more than once.  There’s a long history of Alfred defending himself with firearms.
     
    We should also note that the whole “gun toting” sidekick angle has come from Kevin Melrose and not the producers of this cartoon.  Sure, we can see it on the poster, but it doesn’t mean Alfred’s going to be running around shooting the shit out of everything.

  • Andrew

    B:TAS is an old series now but i think it adapted the comics much better than any other series, followed by The Batman. They managed to market that series amazingly well (and the voice cast are legends). All I would ask for is a modern version of that 90’s show that can be a childrens TV show but also have that serious tone that appeals to a broder audience. I think they’re deviating away from the main characters (Robin, Joker etc.) and that may have an impact on the series. Plus Alfred running around with pistols? This show will have a hard time reaching old-school bat-fans.

  • Andrew

    I thought the same thing!

  • Guest

    stupidest lookin batman ever! what were they thinkin???

  • Omnipotent

    This shit looks so fucking cartoony!