We all know Bob Kane as the creator (well, the credited creator) of the legendary Batman, but long after kicking off the Dark Knight's adventures at DC Comics, Kane created another superhero as a parody of the Caped Crusader. Now that hero, a cartoon cat from a '60s animated series, is getting his own movie.
Courageous Cat, the children's TV character who enjoyed a series of 5-minute animated adventures from 1960 to 1962, is heading to the big screen for his own CGI animated flick courtesy of Evergreen Media Group, whose other credits include the upcoming genre flick The Conjuring from Saw director James Wan. Evergreen announced the deal with Courageous Cat's owners Telefeatures Friday.
"For years we resisted overtures for the property," Telefeatures director Debbie Litt said. "However, because of (Evergreen co-founder Tony DeRosa-Grund) and Evergreen's longstanding track record of finding great new takes to reboot classic properties we had a significant comfort level in entrusting them with Courageous Cat."
Courageous Cat is one of only two properties created by Kane not owned by DC Comics (the other is Cool McCool). The animated series follows the adventures of a heroic cat and his sidekick, Minute Mouse, as they thwart evil in Empire City. He doesn't have a secret identity, but like Batman he travels around in vehicles named after him (the Cat Mobile, the Cat Boat, the Cat Plane and ... you get the idea). Kane created the character as a children's parody of Batman, and the show's campy tone actually predates the popular 1960s Batman TV series.
No release date for Courageous Cat's big-screen debut has been set yet, but in the meantime, you can check out the opening theme from the TV series below, and watch a full five-minute adventure here.