Batman in many forms has graced the small screen with his presence for years, but has recently been off the air for a few months (since Young Justice was cancelled), which is far too long to be without a Batman cartoon. Thankfully, Cartoon Network is bringing a brand new series set to debut on July 13th called Beware the Batman that takes a new look at the Dark Knight.
Here’s the official synopsis:
[box_light]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.”[/box_light]
Not too long ago they released a sizzle reel that didn’t really impress, despite giving us our first glimpses at some of the villains of the series. The animation looks to draw heavily from the CG style used on Green Lantern: The Animated Series, with its own unique feel that is needed for any good Batman cartoon. Let’s take a look at the sizzle reel:
Not bad, not great. The use of some of the lesser known villains is interesting, although Anarky looks pretty terrible. It didn’t really touch upon any other members of the cast, such as Alfred or Katana, which is a shame. This sizzle reel was certainly not enough on its own to pump up much excitement for this series, but the reveal of the opening credits has certainly helped. Let’s take a look at that right now:
That certainly offers a great look at the series, and the minimalist intro has been pretty well received. We get to see some of the other members of the Bat crew as well as a brief look at Bruce Wayne, which we haven’t seen much of in the promos for the show. We do get to see a great image of the
Wachowski’s Mach 5 Batmobile:
We also get to see both Alfred and Katana, who will play a large role in the show as well. Obviously Alfred has been a part of the Batman legend forever, but this series seems to rely on his history as an ex-secret agent a bit more than other series have. Also, the inclusion of Katana is an interesting move for the show. Katana has been connected with Batman for a long time, having served as a long-standing member of Batman’s team, The Outsiders.
For an opening intro, it’s pretty sweet. Nobody can argue with that, but whether the show itself can lie up to any of the previous series while creating its own style remains to be seen. be sure to tune in Saturday morning on July 13th for the premiere on Cartoon Network.
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