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DC Nation’s Beware the Batman, Teen Titans Go! Debut Images

Ahead of Toy Fair 2013, Warner Bros. Consumer Products has released new images for Teen Titans Go! and Beware the Batman, which will replace Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series on Cartoon Network’s DC Nation programming block.

Many fans were shocked to learn Monday that neither Green Lantern nor Young Justice appeared on the cable network’s list of returning series for the 2013-2014 season; producer Giancarlo Volpe later confirmed the cancellation of Green Lantern. The news quickly sparked an online petition, which has garnered nearly 18,000 signatures, and a barrage of comments on the DC Comics and DC Nation Facebook pages, leading Thursday to the following response:

“Thank you to all our fans for expressing just how much they love DC Nation on Cartoon Network. There’s still more new Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series to enjoy in the coming weeks. And DC Nation isn’t going anywhere; there will be plenty of new adventures coming your way later this year.”

Announced in October 2011, the CG-animated Beware the Batman teams the Dark Knight with Alfred and Katana against some Gotham City’s lesser-known rogues, like Anarky, Professor Pyg and Mister Toad. Glen Murakami (Batman Beyond, Teen Titans) is executive producing. It debuts sometime this summer.

Teen Titans Go! features the all-new comedic adventures of Robin, Starfire, Raven, Beast Boy and Cyborg, who now appear in chibi form in a series of DC Nation shorts. Original Teen Titans voice cast members original cast members Scott Menville, Hynden Walch, Khary Payton, Greg Cipes and Tara Strong all reprise their roles. The show arrives in April.

DC Nation airs Saturdays at 10 a.m. ET/PT on Cartoon Network.

Beware the Batman: A cool, new take on the classic Dark Knight franchise, Beware the Batman incorporates Batman’s core characters with a rogue 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, Beware the Batman, based on characters from DC Comics, is coming to Cartoon Network’s DC Nation block in Summer 2013.

Teen Titans Go!: Featuring the return of Robin, Starfire, Raven, Beast Boy and Cyborg in all-new, comedic adventures, Teen Titans Go! will premiere in April 2013. Character-driven comedy is the order of the day as this new take on the superhero series focuses on the funny business that happens between saving the world and living together as teenagers without adult supervision. The series stars the principal voice cast from the original Teen Titans, and is produced by Warner Bros. Animation.


  • Shokdiesel

     When quality takes a back seat to ratings…

  • Pablo

    Teen Titans go?! they canceled Young Justice and green lantern for this??? again DC doesnt know how to handle their characters, and little do they care about wat fans want….

  • Augusto Soares

    So we lost Young Justice for a comedy show. Of all DC Nation shorts, they greenlighted the one that should had stayed as a series of funny shorts instead of a full show.

  • simon austin

    The problem is that this stuff probably wasn’t even down to DC. I’ve read a number of times from former employees at DC and WB that pretty much every division of WB acts completely separate from one another, none of them have a close working relationship with each other or give a damn about what the other is doing, which is why we have had so many DC movies which have either changed so much or been completely unrecognisable.

    I even remember reading an interview with a former high up at DC (can’t remember who) that he was extremely concerned when WB appointed Diane Nelson as the President of DC, because his past experiences with WB execs seemed to show disdain and general lack of respect for DC as it is.

  • @ben300185

    Its a shame, Young justice and green lantern really steered through all the poor quality manga style shows in favour of classic cartoons that were successful and still are (BTAS, XMen, Thundercats)
    Considering in interviews at the start of season 2 they had penned storylines for at least a third series.
    Maybe its just on hiatus whilst they realise we don’t need any more drivel.

  • Sinister626

    Well I won’t be watching the new DC Block that’s for sure.  I wanted to watch Young Justice and Green Lantern not Alfred with a Gun and Chibi Titans.  With Clone Wars moving on I have no reason to watch Cartoon Network anymore.  Thank God for the HUB.

  • D.A.V.E.

    Except for the fact that YJ and GL had good ratings. It was the toys that didn’t sell.

  • Don The Idea Guy

    That picture of Raven makes it look like she has a cat’s face.

  • Mongoose

    I’m also convinced this was the reason. The problem is that CN needs to move merchandise for their cartoons, and the audience demographic for YJ and GL was too old. Basically, they marketed the toys for kids, but kids weren’t watching, grownups were. The chibi versions of Teen Titans is very much aimed at younger viewers. (That being said, the cartoon version is still my favorite version of TT, so I don’t mind them being back on TV.)

  • ChadL

    What toys? Only Young Justice merchandise I ever saw was a miniature skateboard with Superboy’s picture on it from McDonald’s.

  • ChadL

    Those DC Nations shorts were fun. But I can’t see making a full-length cartoon out of them. Why not restart the original Teen Titans cartoon and stick those segments in there?

  • MrFreezeRhino

    “the audience demographic for YJ and GL was too old”
    If this was the case they should have just moved it to Adult Swim rather than cancelling it.

  • Skylar Harris

    I thought they said Iit wasnt going anywhere

  • D.A.V.E.

    Actually, the ratings recorded for YJ and GL ARE of the target demographic (Boys 9-12). Cartoon Network even did a press release a week ago to highlight their high ratings, and those shows were among the mentioned for the Saturday Morning Block.

  • D.A.V.E.

    There was a YJ toyline, but the toys were of shoddy quality and Mattel overpriced them and didn’t promote them. Rather than punish Mattel, they killed the show instead.

    GL didn’t even have a chance at a toyline.

  • Starleafgirl

    Young Justice and that Green Lantern show look like they were far above the quality level of these two new cartoons. I think the most telling screenshot was when I saw Chibi Robin acting all cutesy like and immediately bemoaned the fate of the character that’s grown so much on Young Justice. I didn’t even watch Green Lantern that often, but when I did, it was definitely as high quality a CGI show as I’ve seen in the past decade. What the hell has happened to the state of cartoons when they’ll cancel two quality toons — one of which was genuinely exciting and high-quality — for drivel like this…? I’d rather watch Thundercats, new version or old version…

  • Cyberwulf

    spread the word save green lantern let evil escape our sight

  • Alskdj

    Can’t wait for a kid who discovers Starfire on Teen Ttitans goes into a comic shop and finds Red Hood and the Outlaws.

  • Pablo

    Then I think is safe to say that WB is DC Comic`s worst enemy

  • gbeenie

    I disagree. The WORST thing that could happen would be for the frat-boy assclowns who currently run DC Comics to be given any say in WB animation. The DC animated films are of the quality they are (have you noticed that NONE of the movies use the ugly, arrested-puberty-inspired New 52 designs?) is that they are made OUTSIDE of DC Comics’ influence.

  • gbeenie

    DC Comics is comic fans’ worst enemy.

  • Swsarisroro

    looks like the same artwork that ruined TMNT 2k3 after season 5

  • JoeyGrimm

    you know wat i dont get, how come instead of playing TTG and Beware the Batman in place of young justice and green lantern they dont just alternate the slots, so when 1 season of one show ends the other begins, IE ttg last episode next week young justice new episode. then u play all the shows without showing reruns every week.

  • JoeyGrimm

    id rather see animal man as a show

  • OldManAss

    wow, they replaced Young Justice and gl for this shit? im 11 years old, its like making a college student watch teli tubbies. dc comics just made the worst mistake in their entire shitty life. i have nothing to look forward to every week anymore.
    what i really dont get is why they changed robins persona to nice strong leadership guy to a chibi cocky immature brat.
    let them burn in peace. AND FUKING BRING BACK YOUNG JUSTICE!!!!!!

  • Mike Rotch

    well if u look at it, green lantern had a prtty nice ending, i wouldnt mind if they took it and replaced it with chibi brat titans, but SRYSLY, I CANT BELIEVE THEY TOOK AWAY YOUNG JUSTICE TOO. that ending with those dudes attacking martian manhunters planet was a perfect beginning of season 3. i mean WTF, tv doesnt mean anything to me any more.

  • Mr.Testicles

    haaaliluyah, screw dc nation, screw warner brows, screw marvel, screw YOU. w8 did they take away ultimate spider man too? that would be prtty messed up if they did. this is unfair, and its probably why i hate toddlers. HEIL POOP !