Beware The Batman

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Our first glimpse at a clip of Beware the Batman beyond the opening sequence gives us a really good idea of the look and feel of the series, but leaves much to be desired story-wise.

There’s a really edgy, bold look to the artwork for this and it looks awesome. I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt and hope this scene is better when viewed within the episode as a whole when it premieres tomorrow.

Hit the jump to see for yourself.
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Thus far I haven’t been too impressed with anything I’ve seen of Cartoon Network‘s newest addition to DC Nation, Beware the Batman. And that’s not to say I’m not excited about the concept. I’m stoked for Katana taking on a starring role in place of the boy wonder, and Alfred being a little more hands on is fun, too. But while I grew to love Warner Bros. Animation new CGI style for Green Lantern: The Animated Series, I hated how things looked in the Beware the Batman sizzle reel released a few weeks ago.

That footage turned out to be unfinished, and maybe that’s why it looked so awful, but it didn’t inspire me with any confidence about the series as whole. These opening credits on the other hand, wow! Is this a slick opening for a cartoon or what!? I love it! You’ll have to visit Entertainment Weekly to see what I’m talking about as the video is, sadly, not embeddable.

Screen Rant snagged a few screenshots, so even if you don’t get a chance to watch the credits you’ll get an idea of what I’m talking about,

The stylized, red and black look is awesome, no denying that. The theme song comes from the all female indie pop group Dum Dum Girls, and it’s subtle but edgy. I like how it ends on, “Beware the bat,” just as the logo comes up.

So they’ve won me over with their opening credits, but I’m holding my judgement until the series airs Saturday morning, July 13th at 10am on DC Nation. What do you think of these credits? Will you be tuning in on Saturday mornings?

Source: EW via Screen Rant

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SDCC 2013 is fast approaching and those of you lucky Bantha Herders that have snagged tickets should be carefully planning your excursion to make the most of the event. The list below should help you in that planning.Which TV shows are you most interested in? Check out the list and let us know what you’re going to line up for.

This years panels and television screenings for SDCC 2013 are currently as follows:

SPECIAL SNEAK PEEK PILOT SCREENINGS

WEDNESDAY, JULY 17 • BALLROOM 20

For the sixth straight year, WBTVG gets Comic-Con off to a dramatic start by hosting a special sneak peek, world-premiere screening event on Preview Night, debuting some of the most hotly anticipated new series of the year. For 2013, WBTV will screen the complete pilot episodes of Almost Human, The Tomorrow People and The 100 for the first time ever in public. Additionally, WBTV will unveil a special presentation of The Originals on the big screen, featuring never-before-seen footage that did not air as part of “The Originals” episode of The Vampire Diaries episode in April.

Almost Human: In the near future, technology and crime will increase so quickly that law enforcement will not be able to keep up. To maintain order and keep the public safe, all police officers must partner with highly evolved human-like-androids known as synthetics. From J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Production and Fringe executive producer J.H. Wyman, Almost Human is the story of Detective John Kennex (Karl Urban – Star Trek), and his life-like android partner Dorian (Michael Ealy – Underworld Awakening).

The Originals: From executive producer Julie Plec comes The Originals, a spinoff of The CW’s #1 series among Adults 18–34 and Comic-Con fan-favorite The Vampire Diaries. The sexy new drama centers on the Original Family, as Klaus (Joseph Morgan) returns to the supernatural melting pot that is the French Quarter of New Orleans.

The Tomorrow People: From executive producers Greg Berlanti (Arrow), Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries), Phil Klemmer (Chuck) and Danny Cannon (Nikita), The Tomorrow People is a story of several young people from around the world who represent the next stage in human evolution, possessing special powers, including the ability to teleport and communicate with each other telepathically.

The 100: 97 years ago, Earth was devastated by a nuclear apocalypse, and mankind was nearly destroyed. The only survivors were the inhabitants of 12 international space stations that were in orbit at the time. The stations came together to form the Ark, but with resources dwindling and population growth soaring, the decision is made to send The 100, a group of juvenile delinquents, to the surface to test whether Earth is once again habitable.

TV SERIES SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, JULY 18

Murder Police (Fox): Panelists include creators David Goodman and Jason Ruiz, as well as voice talent Will Sasso, Chi McBride, Peter Atencio and Justina Machado.

MAD (Mondays 8:30/7:30c Cartoon Network): Get a glimpse behind the MADness with MAD television producers Kevin Shinick and Mark Marek.

FRIDAY, JULY 19

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD (ABC): Panel to include Joss Whedon, Marvel’s head of TV Jeph Loeb and additional special guests.

Banshee (Cinemax): Panelists TBD.

Sleepy Hollow (Fox): EPs Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Fringe) and Len Wiseman will unveil the new project with an exclusive, world premiere screening of the pilot followed by a Q&A with fans featuring series lead Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie.

Bones (Fox): Creator/EP Hart Hanson, EP Stephen Nathan and star David Boreanaz all return with unseen footage and a Q&A session.

Bob’s Burgers (Fox): The entire cast, featuring H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, John Roberts, Kristen Schaal and Larry Murphy, will be on hand for the screening and panel.

Brickleberry (Comedy Central): A full new episode of season two will debut with an intro from creators and EPs Waco O’Guin and Roger Black.

Almost Human (Late Fall, Mondays 8/7c FOX): Step into the future with series stars Karl Urban, Michael Ealy and executive producer J.H. Wyman.

The Big Bang Theory (Thursdays 8/7c CBS): In a panel sure to be filled with debate and discussion — and more than a few surprises — executive producers Steven Molaro and Bill Prady and the writers of The Big Bang Theory take fans behind the scenes of TV’s #1 comedy.

Childrens Hospital (Returning This Summer, Adult Swim): Creator/star Rob Corddry and executive producers David Wain and Jonathan Stern join cast members Lake Bell, Erinn Hayes, Ken Marino and Rob Huebel for a sneak peek of the show’s upcoming fifth season.

The Following (Midseason, Mondays 9/8c FOX): Become a follower with stars Kevin Bacon, Shawn Ashmore and Valorie Curry joining executive producers Kevin Williamson and Marcos Siega.

Nikita (Midseason The CW): Nikita makes its Comic-Con farewell with stars Maggie Q, Shane West, Lyndsy Fonseca, Aaron Stanford, Melinda Clarke, Devon Sawa and Noah Bean joining executive producer Craig Silverstein.

The 100 (Midseason The CW): Series stars Eliza Taylor, Thomas McDonell, Marie Avgeropoulos, and Henry Ian Cusick join executive producers Matthew Miller and Jason Rothenberg.

The Paranormal and Extraterrestrial Squad (Coming Soon, CWTV.com) Join producers Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes) & Russ Cundiff and creators/stars John Dale & Michael Hobert as they introduce a new digital series about the misadventures of a ragtag group of ex-community college students searching for paranormal and extraterrestrial (PET) activity.

SATURDAY, JULY 20

Once Upon a Time (ABC): Panel to feature cast and producers.

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (ABC): Panel to feature cast and producers.

How I Met Your Mother (CBS): Cast members Josh Radnor, Cobie Smulders, Jason Segel, Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan join the EPs for their first ever panel.

Futurama (Comedy Central): Most of the voice cast from the series will be on hand to discuss the resurrected (and re-canceled) cartoon and introduce scenes from the upcoming “Last Episode Ever.”

The Simpsons (Fox): The 25-year-old cartoon promises never-before-seen footage from guest director Guillermo del Toro, among other things.

Family Guy (Fox): A season 12 preview is on the schedule, along with Seth Green, Alex Borstein and surprise guests.

American Dad (Fox): Will include world premiere of a song from the never-before-seen Christmas episode.

Arrow (Wednesdays 8/7c The CW): Chills turn to thrills in this session with stars Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards and Colton Haynes joining executive producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg.

The Originals (Tuesdays 8/7c The CW): Series stars Joseph Morgan, Claire Holt, Phoebe Tonkin and Charles Michael Davis join executive producer Julie Plec.

Person of Interest (Tuesdays 10/9c CBS): Executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman join members of the cast for their third visit to Comic-Con. (You’re being watched.)

Revolution (Wednesdays 8/7c NBC): Series stars and creator/executive producer Eric Kripke power up this panel.

The Tomorrow People (Wednesdays 9/8c The CW): Practice your teleportation skills and get to this session featuring series stars Robbie Amell, Mark Pellegrino and Peyton List with executive producers Greg Berlanti, Phil Klemmer and Danny Cannon.

The Vampire Diaries (Thursdays 8/7c The CW): Comic-Con veterans Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Kat Graham and Candice Accola join executive producers Julie Plec and Caroline Dries.

SUNDAY, JULY 21

Sons of Anarchy (FX): Creator Kurt Sutter and stars Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Ron Perlman, Maggie Siff, Kim Coates, Mark Boone Junior, Tommy Flanagan, Theo Rossi, Dayton Callie and Jimmy Smits are all on board for the closing day panel.

Supernatural (Tuesdays 9/8c The CW): Returning to Hall H are cast members Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins and Mark A. Sheppard with executive producers Jeremy Carver and Robert Singer.

Beware the Batman (Saturdays 10 a.m. ET/PT Cartoon Network, premiering July 13): The Dark Knight makes his return to television in this new action-packed CG animated series. Producers Glen Murakami and Mitch Watson will give fans a peek behind the cape.

Teen Titans Go! (Tuesdays 7:30/6:30c Cartoon Network): Producer Aaron Horvath joins members of the voice cast, including Greg Cipes and Scott Menville, for this screening and Q&A. Go!

Via: THR

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Since the – completely uncalled for! – cancellation of Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Cartoon Network‘s Saturday morning slot, DC Nation, has been treading water; airing re-runs of the aforementioned programs and premiering only one, sorta-new series, Teen Titans GO!. Not to say Teen Titans GO! isn’t fantastic, it is, but with it based on the popular early 2000s ‘toon, Teen Titans, the fan base was already there.

What DC Nation’s been lacking is an action’ toon to counterbalance the comedic Teen Titans GO!, and it’s up to Batman to deliver. Last seen on Cartoon Network in the riotously funny and absurd Batman: The Brave and The Bold, Batman will be returning in the far more serious and sinister, Beware The Batman. We’ve been hearing about the series for years now, and today World’s Finest has some footage to share.

Due to auto-play I can’t seem to disable, hit the jump to watch.

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With the success of the Veronica Mars Kickstarter campaign, it seems that everyone and their brother wants to save their pet project. SMGO.tv had that thought anyway, when they wanted to save the recently cancelled animated series Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series. Warner Bros, DC Comics and Cartoon Network pulled the plug on these shows, but the producers at SMGO.tv wouldn’t go quietly into that good night, and decided to raise the money themselves through Kickstarter. Bold move, but sadly it was not meant to be.

Here’s the official statement from SMGO on the matter.

“Hey all, I’ve been trying (all day) to come up with a slightly better way to say this, but I’m just going to give it to you straight. Warner said no – they don’t think we can reach our goals – do you believe that?”

I do believe that, actually. I admire their noble ambition, but it’s no easy feat to fund an animated series indie-style, let alone two. “A” for effort, but it was never going to be practical I’m afraid.

In the meantime, you can enjoy Cartoon Network’s new DC-based series Beware the Batman and Teen Titans Go! So there’s that.

Source: Blastr

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When Disney bought Lucasfilm it was expected The Clone Wars would pack up and leave Cartoon Network for a Disney-owned network, leaving a hole to be filled in CN’s Saturday morning lineup. What was unexpected was the sudden cancellation of their other two anchor cartoons, Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series, completely wiping out the morning cartoon block as it stands now.

If we’re to believe CN’s recent lineup announcement for late 2013 none of those three shows appear at all. In their place are Beware the Batman, the first CG animated Batman series, and Teen Titans GO!, a lighter, more comedic continuation of the early 2000’s cartoon, Teen Titans.

And now, I’ve learned, to stop becoming emotionally invested in things, because they’ll only end up cancelled. Seriously, these show’s only just returned from that bizarre and unnecessary hiatus and now they’re cancelled!? WTF?!! Plus, both series are in the middle of some major arcs, will they be allowed a proper conclusion? What about the Reach invasion? Will we ever see the Young Justice team reunited? What about the Manhunters? And the Anti-Monitor!? And after last week’s holy depressing GL:TAS episode, what will happen to Razer and Aya!?!!?

So many questions, not nearly enough episode to wrap things up. I don’t think Cartoon Network did either of these shows any favors moving them from Friday night to Saturday morning. And suspending their return last fall until January didn’t help either. We’ve sent a request for comment from Cartoon Network, but as of yet we’ve heard nothing. We’ll update this article is that changes. GL:TAS producer, Giancarlo Volpe has already acknowleged the cancellation via Twitter, making this seem pretty damn conclusive.

Ugh. I’m depressed. Neither Beware the Batman or Teen Titans GO! sound nearly exciting enough to get me out of this funk. How about you? If you’re truly upset over Young Justice and GL: TAS’ cancellation there’s a petition to bring ’em back. Who knows what good it’ll do, but I’ve already signed.

Update: A source at Cartoon Network would not comment on Giancarlo Volpe’s tweet about the future of the shows, but they did say that “Young Justice and Green Lantern are still in premieres on Saturday mornings.”

They also told our Jason Tabrys that: “We are fully committed to the DC Nation block and to bringing our fans excellent action-adventure content. And of course, we’re very excited about the premiere of Beware The Batman as part of DC Nation later this year.”

Source: Screen Rant

There is a small rule to follow when it comes to DC Comics characters in an animated form. The further they are from the Timmverse (named for producer Bruce Timm) of the DCAU, the closer they are to suck. Ok, maybe that’s just me and my cynical/jaded old ass but I’m still not really sure about the forthcoming Beware The Batman on DC Nation’s animation block.

DC Entertainment and Cartoon Network have released the first trailer for the CGI ‘toon today with a few details. Bats assisted by Katana (not Robin) and Alfred (who’s apparently now a spy) and face  “new villains not previously seen in animated form” such as Anarky, Professor Pyg, Mister Toad and Magpie. No Joker? Two-Face? Not even Bane to tie into the TDKR?

I stand by my earlier judgement.

You can check out the teaser after the jump, meanwhile I’ll go back to listing off words I wish Kevin Conroy would have said in Batman: The Animated Series. I stalled out after ‘pomegranate’…

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With Batman: The Brave and The Bold off the airwaves it was only a matter of moments until a new Batman cartoon would come to take its place. TV without a current Batman cartoon is a high crime punishable by forced exposure to the worst of superhero cartoons, like any Fantastic Four cartoon ever. Cartoon Network has announced their next Bat-toon will be Beware the Batman, a CGI series featuring new villains never before seen in animation and Katana rather than Robin as sidekick. This is also the series that will have a gun-toting Alfred and that image alone has me kinda pumped. Here’s the official press release,

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!

The promise of, “cutting-edge CGI visuals to match the intricate twists and turns of the narrative,” doesn’t wow me, but I have faith in the premise anyway. I like that they’re shaking things up by having a young Katana instead of yet another Robin and getting to experience new villains, like Professor Pyg, in a cartoon sounds awesome. And while the CG animation will be a first for Batman I can’t help but notice this first image seems to have more in common with Batman: The Animated Series than The Brave and The Bold or The Batman.

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