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Beware the Batman

Promotional image for the series.

Beware the Batman is an upcoming American computer-animated television series based on the DC Comics superhero, Batman. The series is set to air in the United States on Cartoon Network starting in 2013, as part of their upcoming DC Nation block. It is their replacement for Batman: The Brave and the Bold.

Premise

Crime-fighting vigilante Batman teams up with sword-mistress Katana and his gun-toting ex-secret agent butler Alfred Pennyworth to face the criminal underworld led by Black Mask, Anarky, Ra's Al Ghul, Professor Pyg, Magpie, Mister Toad, King Kraken, Humpty Dumpty, Hush, and Axel Alex. Hush and Black Mask, particularly, will be the main antagonists in the series.

Development

Background

After Batman: The Brave and the Bold ended its run in November 2011, a new series went under production, so that Batman could return to a more "serious tone." When the series was first unveiled it was announced that lesser known villains would be introduced. For example, two of the shows villains, Professor Pyg and Mr. Toad are from Grant Morrison's Batman and Robin comics. Sam Register explained "We went in deeper into the villain library and pulled out some other villains" and the studio did not want the series to do another "Joker story". With Batman receiving a new sidekick, Outsiders member Katana, Register even commented that "Katana is gonna be his new Robin, but not necessarily." The series will be computer-generated in a CGI format, similar to Green Lantern: The Animated Series's animation style, the CGI has been described as "cutting edge."

Characterizations

Mitch Watson, co-producer of Beware the Batman, explained how the crew behind the series approached Batman for the show the way they did, stating "In the way we approached Batman for this show, he’s at the beginning of his career, he’s probably been doing it for about five to six years, he’s in his early 30s. And character-wise, we broke him into three parts. There’s the public Bruce Wayne, who we modeled slightly after Richard Branson. We wanted to make Bruce Wayne more of an altruistic guy and the company’s [Wayne Enterprise] trying to do good. So, that’s the public Bruce. The private Bruce is more introspective guy who really only deals with Alfred, and Alfred at the beginning of the series is really the only person who sees that side of Bruce Wayne. He’s quiet; he’s a little bit obsessive about particular things." Barbara Gordon (known as Batgirl in the comics) will also be seen on the upcoming show. It has been stated that she is a teenager who is tech savvy, and admires both Batman and his sidekick, Katana, for their bravery.

Several of the villains to be newly featured were also revamped for the series. Producers announced that Hush was chosen to function as the primary antagonist. Acknowledging the violent nature of Professor Pyg and Mr. Toad, the creators toned down their depiction to make them less violent then their comic book counterparts.

Voice Cast

  • Anthony Ruivivar - Batman/Bruce Wayne, Hush/Thomas Elliot
  • J. B. Blanc - Alfred Pennyworth
  • Kurtwood Smith - Lt. James Gordon
  • Sumalee Montano - Katana/Tatsu Yamashiro
  • Udo Kier - Mister Toad
  • Lance Reddick - Ra's al Ghul
  • Cree Summer - Bethany Ravenclaw
  • Stania Katic - Talia al Ghul
  • Grey DeLisle  - Magpie/Margaret Pye, Selina Kyle
  • Cam Clarke - Metamorpho/Rex Mason
  • LeVar Burton - Black Lightning/Jefferson Pierce
  • Daran Norris - Joe Chill, King Kraken
  • Steven Blum - Batzarro/Wayne Bruce, Humpty Dumpty, Simon Hurt
  • Nolan North - Black Mask/Roman Sionis, Professor Pyg, Anarky/Lonnie Machin
  • Mark Hamill - Axel Alex
  • Crispin Freeman - Deadshot/Floyd Lawton
  • John DiMaggio - Ubu, Killer Croc/Waylon Jones, Amygdala/Aaron Helzinger
  • Richard Epcar - The Red Hood
  • Rick D. Wasserman - Clayface/Basil Karlo, Blockbuster
  • David Kaye - Deathstroke/Slade Wilson
  • Danny Jacobs - Victor Zsasz
  • Corey Burton - Hugo Strange, Solomon Grundy/Cyrus Gold, Cluemaster/Arthur Brown, Killer Moth/Cameron Van Cleer, Mayor Hamilton Hill
  • Rene Auberjonois - Dr. Mark Desmond
  • George Takei - Sensei
  • Phil LaMarr - Maximilian "Maxie" Zeus
  • Ron Perlman - Bane
  • Jennifer Hale - Zatanna
  • Tara Strong - Barbara Gordon
  • Mark Rolston - Firefly/Garfield Lynns 
  • Maurice LaMarche - Calendar Man/Julian Day
  • Fred Tatasciore - KGBeast/Anatoli Knyazev
  • Bruce Greenwood - Prometheus
  • Josh Keaton - Black Spider/Eric Needham

Episodes

Season 1

No # Title Plot Original Air Date
1 1 Batman Begins (Part 1) When he was eight years old, Bruce Wayne first develops a fear of bats, and later witnesses the death of his parents Thomas and Martha at the hands of Joe Chill. He is raised by the family butler, Alfred Pennyworth. As a young man, he goes through the criminal underworld until being offered training by Ra's al Ghul. April 7, 2013
2 2 Batman Begins (Part 2) Bruce is trained by Ra's al Ghul and the League of Assassins. After his training is completed, he lears their true intentions to destroy Gotham and leaves after lighting Ra's temple on fire and leaving him to die. Bruce returns to Gotham, and designs a costume to become the "Batman" It is eventually revealed that Ra's al Ghul is alive. Ra's attacks Bruce at Wayne Mansion and burns it down. April 14, 2013
3 3 Batman Begins (Part 3) Ra's works with another villain called the Scarecrow, planning to contaminate the water supply in Gotham with Scarecrow's fear gas. Batman sets out and stops them. April 21, 2013
4 4 Batman & Katana (Part 1) One year after the events of Batman Begins, Batman and his new sidekick Katana face the villain Anarky who is determined to turn Gotham City into ashes. April 28, 2013
5 5 Batman & Katana (Part 2) Anarky sets a series of puzzles around the city and with Batman captured, Katana is the only one who can solve them and save the caped crusader. May 5, 2013
6 6 The King's Lair Batman and Katana come across King Kraken who plans on taking revenge on the people who ruined his life. May 12, 2013
7 7 Humpty Dumpty New villain Humpty Dumpty arrives in Gotham and not even Batman and Katana might be a match for him. May 19, 2013
8 8 Toad's Wrath TBA May 26, 2013
9 9 Jokes on you Katana has been captured by the Joker as Batman must rescue her.  June 2, 2013
10 10 June 9, 2013
11 11 September 29, 2013
12 12 October 6, 2013
13 13 October 13, 2013
14 14 October 20, 2013
15 15 October 27, 2013
16 16 November 3, 2013
17 17 November 10, 2013
18 18 November 17, 2013
19 19 November 24, 2013
20 20 Breaking the Bat TBA December 1, 2013
21 21 December 8, 2013
22 22 December 15, 2013
23 23 January 5, 2013
24 24 Beware the Black Mask (Part 1) TBA January 12, 2013
25 25 Beware Hush (Part 2) TBA January 19, 2013
26 26 Rise (Part 3) TBA January 26, 2013

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