1st look at Cartoon Network's new, CG-shiny Batman show

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Marc Bernardin
Dec 16, 2012

Though we can all mourn the late, lamented Batman: Brave and the Bold—which gave us, perhaps, the best portrayal of Aquaman ever—it was only a matter of time before another Dark Knight toon rolled off the animation assembly line. And here it is: Beware the Batman.

Beware the Batman, premiering sometime later this year, will follow in Green Lantern's footsteps and be an all-CG affair. Here's the official synopsis:

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!

I'm always game to give a new Batman show a shot, and Warner Bros. Animation has yet to let me down. But this whole "featuring cutting-edge CGI visuals to match the intricate twists and turns of the narrative" bit feels like so much hot air. Justice League Unlimited and Batman: The Animated Series before it had enough "twists and turns" to make you dizzy, and they were executed perfectly with traditional animation.

Still, I'll not hold the producers to the claims of an over-enthusiastic public-relations writer.

(Via Spinoff Online)

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