On Wednesday, Cartoon Network officially announced the arrival of Beware The Batman, a CG-animated show to air later this year.
Alongside the sad passing away of Batman: The Brave and The Bold, rumblings began to arise of a CG-animated Batman show coming to fill the animated Batman void that was left as a result of Brave and The Bold‘s cancellation. Rumors arose during the Brave and The Bold panel from San Diego Comic Con a couple of years ago; the news was out that the all ages Batman cartoon would be coming to an end and while some of the crew would be moving on to other projects, it was subtly announced that others would be working on a brand new, darker Batman series. In fact, in Brave and The Bold‘s finale episode, this talk was teased and mocked during Bat-Mite’s desire to see a darker take on the character. Rumors were confirmed when a short teaser trailer was released around the announcement of Cartoon Network and DC Entertainment’s DC Nation cartoon block on the network.
Following the trend of Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Beware The Batman will be completely animated in a CG style, in what I can say is a serious disappointment. However, what’s not a disappointment is the announcement of some villains that will be appearing in the show like Professor Pyg, Mr. Toad, Magpie, and Anarky, which are some of the more bizarre members of Batman’s rogues gallery. Also released for the new show was a promo image to give a feel for the show an its animation style, which you can view here below.
Beware The Batman is described by DC as an “action-packed detective thriller” that supposedly redesigns what fans have come to recognize as an animated Batman show. Now, whether that means that it redefines what we’ve recently come to recognize as a Batman show with Batman: The Brave and The Bold is a completely different statement than saying it redefines the portrayal of Batman that we’ve seen in any Batman show, the best and most well known version being Batman: The Animated Series. If it’s the former, all this means is that we’ll see a darker take on Batman, which is consistent with the announced villains as Professor Pyg makes no sense to me in anything resembling an all ages show (even though he was in a small scene in an episode of Batman: The Brave and The Bold), but if it’s the latter statement, the woah boy, I’m not sure I want to see a darker take on Batman if it’s not in the vein of Batman: The Animated Series. Either way, I’m glad that Batman will have a place in the DC Nation block of programming, even if it is CG.
Beware The Batman will air on Cartoon Network later this year.