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Cartoon Network Unveils Teaser For Beware the Batman

Cartoon Network has released a teaser image for Beware the Batman, the CG-animated series that will join the DC Nation programming block later this year.

Announced in October, the series will feature the Dark Knight teamed with a gun-toting Alfred Pennyworth and Katana, the sword-wielding samurai from DC Comics, going up against such Gotham criminals as Professor Pyg and the Circus of the Strange.

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!


  • Savonti

    Anyone else feel like Glen Murakami is playing a very elaborate prank on us all? 

  • Michael Sacal

    Magpie, seriously?

  • xaos

    Isn’t this like the 3rd animated incarnation of Batman in the past few years?

    Why so reboot-prone?

  • Paul

    Looks too scary for young viewers, under 9 seems to be too young.

  • Coryjameson

    This is going to blow

  • Jacob

    They do this to keep the property fresh. They let a show run it’s course, then make a new one. Batman Beyond from 1999-2001. The Batman from 2004-2008. The Brave and the Bold from 2008-2011. And now Beware the Batman from 2013-onwards. Probably around 2016.

  • Devon Bishop

    If 9 YOs 20 years ago could make it through stuff like On Leather Wings, I don’t see this being too scary for today’s kids. 

    Nice poster but they still don’t have my interest. I’m sure they don’t really want it but whatevs…

  • sephy

    Is it Batman: The Animated Series?

    No? Then probably wont care.

    (Brave & The Bold is decent though)

  • Alex Holt

    It’s not that reboot prone really – since the 90s we’ve had Batman: TAS/ New Batman Adventures at about 100 episodes, followed by Batman Beyond at 50 Episodes, The Batman at 65 and Brave and the Bold at 65, none of which is a bad run for a cartoon. 

    Superhero cartoons never seem to get beyond 4-6 series of episodes anyhow, possibly because if you are basing it heavily on the comics, there are only so many villains you can reuse so many times before either you run out of room to escalate the threat (see: Justice League ending with Darkseid) or, over repetition of the same villains again and again, or, start trying to use third rate villains who lack the impact of the more well known ones.

    With Batman, theres only really so many stories you can have with him fightign the same opponents before either Batman looks ineffectual because they get out so soon, or, you just get bored with him fighting the same characters over and over again.  Also, long running cartoon series have the disadvantage that their target audience grows out of them, and people jumping on board will be doing so in the middle of ongoing plots, and so the longer it runs, the more continuity laden and difficult to watch a cartoon becomes.  Just like comics themselves really…

  • mdk

    Uh… “Professor Pyg”?  No thanks, pass!

  • Anonymous

    They let the TOY LINE run it’s course, then cancel a great show so they can make new TOYS.

  • Demoncat4

    sounds interesting and fresh using   new rogues like Pyge instead of the old normal ones over and over like joker.

  • Anonymous

    this looks dope

  • Anonymous

    What was great about The Brave & The Bold was while it had the conceit to Batman the whole setup was used to introduce more of the classic DC Universe to animation.  (Take note — I LOVE the classic DC Universe.  I HATE this post-Flashpoint mess and am NOT buying the 52 books.  It’s regurgitated, vomited mess of what used to be classic mythos… not my cup of tea!)  It’s like the later L. Frank Baum Oz books.  Yes, they were still set in Oz but he used the backdrop to introduce a lot more ideas and concepts to sell more books but also keep the series fresh and interesting for both his readers and himself!
    This was also the case with the Justice League animated series.  I frankly liked JLU better than the first two seasons because of all the different characters that got to be showcased.   We had the chance to see The Question, more of the New Gods, and even spotlights on the villains!  Arguably JLU in its last season was the tour-de-force for Luthor….  He became one of the best-written characters on the show!
    This could also happen for this new Batman series (which I admit to groaning about when I heard it).  I still don’t like the concepts for both Alfred and Katanna but on the other hand we could be seeing a lot more of the other DC characters, too.  It’s all about execution.  That’s what made The Brave and The Bold a great series.  It was also a lot of fun!

  • 0bsessions

    I really just can’t bring myself to care about Batman cartoons now that Mark Hammil’s retired from the Joker. Tried watching the Red Hood movie and couldn’t make it through the opening scene because I’m just too dead set on Hammil as Joker.

  • Otaku-sempai

    At least folks here seem to remember that Alfred’s ex-secret agent past isn’t anything new. Pre-COIE, Alfred had fought in World War II and had even fathered a daughter (Julia Remarque) with Mlle. Marie of the French Resistance. Later continuity retconned Alfred into a former agent of M.I. 6.

  • Smart Internet Man

    God forbid they make these things for children and not grown men.

  • Jeff

    It isn’t April 1st yet… The choice of characters here seems VERY odd.

  • Blackphoenix

    Batman: The Animated Series (a.k.a. The Adventures of Batman & Robin) was the best Batman cartoon EVER, with Batman: The Brave and The Bold a close second(although the final season was WAY too cheesy). Anything else is just an also ran.

  • Hollowpoint Ninja

    What has that got to do with anything? The whole idea that cartoons are just for kids is an American fallacy that needs to go away. Grown ups the world over watch cartoons, but here in America, it’s seen as kid’s stuff. Ridiculous.

  • Atala87

    Anarky? I hope the consult Alan Grant for that one so they get the character right. Glad to see the new Morrison villains will show-up in the series as well!!

  • Eric

    Is it 2006, and did they just announce Batman Brave and The Bold? I have a dizzying feeling of deja vu.

  • Anonymous

    CGI animation sucks unless it’s a blockbuster movie or Star Wars animation. 

  • Anonymous

    DiMaggio was pretty good actually. Give him the reigns and I bet he could rise to a top 3 Joker spot easily.

  • Jacob

    He did a good job, but he sounded like he was doing his best impersonation of Hamill.

  • Mr_Wayne

    They should just do something completely new and make a Batman Inc. show.

  • Anonymous

    They’re not making these toons for kids either, but just want to kids to buy and re-buy different versions of Batman figures over and over again.

  • Anonymous

    They’ll never do better than Batman:The Animated Series.

  • AirDave

    Making sure that there is never a moment that Batman DOESN’T have an animated series!

  • Lester Romero

    You’re denying yourself from enjoying a very good Batman movie with that POV. 

  • Jacob

    Why should there be?

  • Jacob

    Batman, Inc. wasn’t in existence when the last serious adaptation was made. With Pyg being in this one, I’d say it’s no unreasonable to expect some of Morrison’s other big ideas get adapted into it.

  • rpi

    BEWARE THE BATMAN!!!!…or Alfred will shoot you in the head and Katana will cut your junk off! 

  • Anonymous

    You said it, buddy. I wish that more (North) Americans would watch anime than the number that do so now…they’d learn about how adult animation can get-and I don’t mean in the American Dad/King of The Hill/Clone High USA/South Park/Futurama way (or style(s) of animation)-but in the way seen in most of the Japanese anime like Cowboy Bebop or Neon Genesis Evangelion. Then, maybe we can get stuff other than what we’ve usually been getting from Fox, Cartoon Network Adult Swim, etc.

  • Anonymous

    Just like what happened with Batman Beyond.

  • Anonymous

    Bullcrap. The Batman was also a great series with a great set of semi-original characters (Ethan Bennett, who then became Clayface, Ellen Yin [based on Ellen Yindel, but with the race changed to that of an Asian American) and original villains as well (Toymaker, 
     Prank, Temblor, D.A.V.E., Everywhere Man, Francis Grey [an alterated version of Clock King], The Joining, Kabuki Twins, Hideto Katsu, Number One, Rumor, and Scorn, [sides kick to Wrath]). The show won six Emmys, and had great episodes-I’d say that’s not the status of an also-ran series, wouldn’t you?

  • Anonymous

    More bullcrap-it’s just as good as standard cel animation. This is the next step that Batman should be taking, anyway.

  • Anonymous

    I say they will, and why are you cursing this project before it starts, anyway?

  • Anonymous

     Because it is unlikely they’ll out-do perfection.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t like the face.

  • Flying Tiger

     Ssshh, you’ll wake the men-children.