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Beware the Batman Gets a Premiere Date
June 19, 2013

Beware the Batman, announced this past spring and planned for a year before that, has gotten a premiere date and time on the Cartoon Network: Saturday, July 13, at 10 AM. The network states:

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.

They’re teaming the show up with Teen Titans Go! at 10:30 AM for a DC Nation block with “all-new animated shorts”. The voice cast is mostly unknown to me:

  • Anthony Ruivivar (Banshee) as Batman/Bruce Wayne
  • JB Blanc (The Count of Monte Cristo) as Alfred
  • Sumalee Montano (ER) as Katana
  • Wallace Langham (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) as Anarky
  • Grey DeLisle (Green Lantern: The Animated Series) as Magpie
  • Udo Kier (Scooby-Doo! Mystery Inc.) as Mr. Toad
  • Lance Reddick (Fringe) as Ra’s al Ghul
  • Brian George (The Big Bang Theory) as Professor Pyg

Judging from the stills shown below, the show will be too dark and stylized for my taste, but I’m not the target audience and I felt the same way about the movies. You can see Batman fight Magpie, drive his car, and blow up a building in this sizzle reel trailer:

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6 Responses  
James Schee writes:  

Anthony Ruivivar played Tommy on Chuck. The Fulcrum agent who saved Bryce Larkin, and took over the Buy More on the Black Friday sale day.

Is he the first non-white to play Batman? (even if just vocally)

 
hapax writes:  

Uggh. All the stills are almost to dark to decipher.

I miss the days of four-color superheroics.

(I am old, I am old, I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled…)

 
Johanna writes:  

I think there might have been a problem with the color coding or something — there was another set of stills provided as promo that looked better, but it wasn’t clear to me whether that set was ok to post.

James, thanks for the background. That’s a neat connection.

 
Jim Perreault writes:  

I think the promo looks pretty decent. The art-deco style works well with the CGI. There wasn’t enough of a story to really get a sense of the show, bu I will give it a try.

Jim

 
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