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2013 CGI Batman Cartoon Series Titled "Beware The Batman," "DC Nation" Updates

October 04, 2011 by James Harvey

New details on upcoming DC Comics-related animation programming, including details on the next animated Batman series Beware the Batman, have been revealed.

Sam Register confirmed the title of the next animated Batman series, due in 2013. Register, executive vice president for creative affairs at Warner Bros. Animation, closed the MIP Junior conference in Cannes, France on Sunday, October 2nd, 2011, with a keynote address on upcoming Warner Bros. Animation plans. MIP Junior is an intensive two-day conference agenda of debates, interactive workshops, pitching and matchmaking sessions that update executives and consumers on the latest developments in kids’ entertainment. With a new Batman theatrical feature slated for next year, Register says it was synergy to bring about a new Batman animated series.

The next Batman animated series, debuting in 2013, is titled Beware the Batman. According to Register, the CGI animated series will spotlight a classic-looking Batman teaming up with a gun-toting Alfred Pennyworth and a female ninja sidekick. Beware the Batman is executive-produced by Glen Murakami, and will explore the mythology’s more obscure villains, such as Professor Pyg, but also won't shy away from featuring some of the more well-known Batman foes. In the series, Batman will team up with a younger female sidekick named Katana. During the keynote, Register added that Katana will fill the sidekick role, but won't be a replacement for Robin.

Register also revealed new details about the forthcoming DC Nation block during his keynote address. Highlights include Aardman Animation creating new claymation Batman shorts, Plastic Man animated shorts, and the creator behind My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic working on a series of animated shorts teaming Wonder Girl, Batgirl, Supergirl called Super Best Friends Forever. Additionally, there is also a series of Doom Patrol animated shorts in production. The block will also host a series of behind-the-scenes videos, special interviews, and much more. DC Nation, slated to run for at least three years on Cartoon Network, will debut in Spring 2012 with Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series.

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Batman meets Samurai Jack, looks like. Also, those shorts sound awesome.

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Like I was with Batman: The Brave and the Bold, I have reservations with this new program. However, also like Brave and the Bold, I'm willing to have my initial opinion changed.

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How is Pyg obscure? He debuted two years ago, and has been featured prominently in the beginning and end of Grant Morrison's Batman and Robin run. Along with the Damian story in Batman #666.

Obscure to me, means what the Brave and the Bold did. Feature a character who's not been shown in any medium for over ten years, like Crazy Quilt, not just using recent villains and calling them obscure.

I'll watch this, it looks interesting.

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I'm with ya on that one, Mike.

How is Pyg obscure? He debuted two years ago, and has been featured prominently in the beginning and end of Grant Morrison's Batman and Robin run. Along with the Damian story in Batman #666.

He's obscure in that only the people who read that run would know about him, and in the grand scheme of things, that's a really small group of people. Most people, comics fans or not, can recognize the Joker, Mr. Freeze, Two-Face, the Riddler, Catwoman, Penguin, and Scarecrow. But Pyg? Not so much.

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I'm with ya on that one, Mike.

How is Pyg obscure? He debuted two years ago, and has been featured prominently in the beginning and end of Grant Morrison's Batman and Robin run. Along with the Damian story in Batman #666.

He's obscure in that only the people who read that run would know about him, and in the grand scheme of things, that's a really small group of people. Most people, comics fans or not, can recognize the Joker, Mr. Freeze, Two-Face, the Riddler, Catwoman, Penguin, and Scarecrow. But Pyg? Not so much.

That's actually pretty true. My mistake.

It's nice that Young Justice is going to run until 2013, as I really like that show.

Also, yay for the Plastic Man shorts, hopefully they get Tom Kenny to voice him.

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Like I was with Batman: The Brave and the Bold, I have reservations with this new program. However, also like Brave and the Bold, I'm willing to have my initial opinion changed.

Same here, although I do have more reservations.

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During the GL Animated Series preview tonight, they showed a DC Nation preview. During the "shorts" section of it, I caught glimpses of Teen Titans (looked exactly like the the old TV series; not sure if it was old or new footage), Deadman, and a live-action Jaime Reyes Blue Beetle.

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During the GL Animated Series preview tonight, they showed a DC Nation preview. During the "shorts" section of it, I caught glimpses of Teen Titans (looked exactly like the the old TV series; not sure if it was old or new footage), Deadman, and a live-action Jaime Reyes Blue Beetle.

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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!

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I certainly don't mind them trying to inject these newer villains into the public conciousness but you know that some the end of the first season it's going to be Joker and Two Face with Robin as sidekick again.

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I was just coming here to post that. The (assumed) revival of Toonami gives me hope Teen Titans can be brought back as a full TV series.

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