Beware the Batman
|Beware the Batman|
|Developed by||Glen Murakami
|Voices of||Anthony Ruivivar
|Opening theme||"Beware the Batman" by Dum Dum Girls|
|Ending theme||"Beware the Batman"|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||26 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Sam Register|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production company(s)||DC Entertainment
Warner Bros. Animation
|Original channel||Cartoon Network (2013)
Adult Swim (Toonami) (2014-present)
|Original run||July 13, 2013– present|
|Preceded by||Batman: The Brave and the Bold|
Beware the Batman is an American computer-animated television series based on the DC Comics superhero Batman. The series premiered in the United States on Cartoon Network on July 13, 2013, as part of their DC Nation block. It is the replacement for Batman: The Brave and the Bold. Beware the Batman is produced by Warner Bros. Animation. The series made its Canadian premiere on October 11, 2013 on Teletoon.
Beware the Batman was pulled from the Cartoon Network schedule and put on hiatus on October 23, 2013 without explanation. The series returned to Cartoon Network via Adult Swim's Toonami block on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 3:00am. Toonami plans to air all 26 episodes starting from the beginning.
- 1 Synopsis
- 2 Characters
- 3 Character development
- 4 Cast
- 5 Crew
- 6 Production
- 7 Reception
- 8 Home Video
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
The series is set during Bruce Wayne's early years as the Batman, following his initial period of battling organized crime. Over the course of the season, he hones his skills with the assistance of his butler, Alfred Pennyworth. Bruce is introduced to Alfred's goddaughter Tatsu Yamashiro. Tatsu is a martial arts swordsmaster hired to act as Bruce's bodyguard, but also recruited to act as a superhero partner to Batman.
- Anthony Ruivivar - Batman/Bruce Wayne
- JB Blanc - Alfred Pennyworth
- Sumalee Montano - Katana/Tatsu Yamashiro
- Kurtwood Smith - James Gordon
When the series was first unveiled, it was announced that lesser known villains would be introduced. 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". The following villains are listed in order of appearance:
- Professor Pyg - Originally depicted as a psychologically deranged and violent member of a criminal organization called the Circus of Strange from Grant Morrison's Batman and Robin comics, Professor Pyg's character is drastically changed and is depicted as an eco-terrorist, thematically inspired by The Wind in the Willows. Acknowledging the violent nature of Professor Pyg and his partner Mister Toad, the creators toned down their depiction to make them less violent than their comic book counterparts. Some of Professor Pyg's eco-terrorism ranges from targeting businesspeople who did shady deals involving land developing on a swamp to capturing models and fashion designers that use parts of different animals (like bird feathers and animal pelts).
- Mister Toad - Professor Pyg's henchman, whose depiction was also toned down. Here, Toad fights with a wooden cane that conceals a flamethrower and he has a sonic croak.
- Magpie/Margaret Sorrow - Magpie, a character created in the 1980s, underwent a massive redesign to give her a more contemporary appearance. She can grow poisonous claws for nails and is unable to feel pain after an experiment to that would purge Margaret Sorrow's kleptomaniac tendencies in return for a reduced sentence at Blackgate Penitentiary. However, her memories altered with the new identity of "Cassie", Margaret's darker aspects manifested as a second personality called Magpie. Magpie also harbors a romantic obsession with Batman; which the hero does not reciprocate.
- Anarky - A mysterious figure who self-identifies as a madman and champion of chaos in opposition to Batman, who he sees as the champion of law and order. Whereas the original character is an anti-villain thematically based on socio-political philosophy, producers announced that Anarky was chosen to function as the main villain, and was re-characterized as a criminal mastermind who would challenge Batman through complex schemes and machinations. In the closing credits of "Tests", the creation credits for Anarky and Katana were swapped, thus erroneously crediting Mike W. Barr and Jim Aparo for creating him.
- Junkyard Dog and Daedalus - Two minor criminals from the Arkham Asylum: Living Hell storyline, Junkyard Dog was obsessed with trash while Daedalus Boch (who was known in the comics as Doodlebug) used blood in his paintings. In this show, Junkyard Dog and Daedalus are depicted as street vandals who are constantly stopped by Batman and until Anarky uses them as pawns in his first plot.
- League of Assassins - A secret international criminal organization consisting of highly trained warriors. Katana once infiltrated their ranks in order to steal the Soultaker Sword from them. The plots of the League of Assassins have included reclaiming the Soultaker Sword from Katana and plotted to take control of the Ion Cortex.
- Ra's al Ghul - Leader and founder of the League of Assassins. His body was first revealed to be in suspended animation. He was revived from suspended animation by Lady Shiva.
- Lady Shiva - An elite member of the League of Assassins.
- Silver Monkey - An elite agent of the League of Assassins that wears a silver monkey mask. He tried to take the Soultaker Sword for himself until Lady Shiva caught on to his plan.
- Cypher - A half-human half-computer agent of the League of Assassins.
- Tobias Whale - Tobias Whale is an African American albino crime boss.
- Phosphorus Rex - Milo Match is Tobias Whale's lawyer. As Phosphorus Rex, he is Tobias Whale's chief enforcer who can perform fire attacks. The original comic book counterpart to this character is a member of the Circus of Strange (the same criminal organization that Professor Pyg and Mister Toad are members of) and his real name was unrevealed.
- Humpty Dumpty/Humphrey Dumpler - Humphrey Dumpler is a former mob accountant who developed a childlike personality and became obsessed with the nursery rhyme where he committed crimes using toys.
- Key - A criminal who can mold his fingers into any key to fit the locks and is able to download digital security keys from computers into his brain.
- Killer Croc - Waylon Jones is a crocodile-like criminal that is known as the "King of Blackgate Prison".
- Deathstroke - Slade Wilson is an elite mercenary that is hired by Harvey Dent and Anarky to hunt down Batman. He first appeared using the alias of Dane Lisslow who was part of Harvey Dent's Special Crime Unit.
- The Council - An organization that captured Paul Kirk.
- Dr. Anotyl Mykros - The leader of The Council.
- Barbara Gordon /Oracle - The daughter of James Gordon who has a continuing interest in Batman. Overtime, she eventually gained Batman's trust and is being trained to fight by Katanna.
- Simon Stagg - A businessman who is the CEO of Stagg Enterprise. He is also responsible for turning Rex Mason into Metamorpho.
- Sapphire Stagg - Simon Stagg's daughter and co-owner of his business. During the Episode "Monsters" She hires a series of thugs to destroy old Gotham.
- Bethanie Ravencroft - A psychologist who formerly experimented on rehabilitating criminals including Magpie. Bethanie has repeatedly tried to get Bruce Wayne to join the Argus Club. She was later revealed to be in league with Silver Monkey and ends up having her soul drained by Lady Shiva using the Soultaker Sword even though she claimed that she wasn't working against her.
- Lunkhead - The massive yet childlike thug with a distinctive lump on the top of his forehead and possess superhuman strength. He was interrogated by Lt. Gordon on the case of Magpie where it was revealed that Lunkhead was also part of the same experiment in Blackgate Prison involving mind control along with Magpie but was unsuccessful.
- Dr. Jason Burr - A scientist who worked on the Ion Cortex which was targeted by the League of Assassins.
- Officer O'Brien - A police officer who works at Gotham City Police Department under Lt. James Gordon.
- Metamorpho - Rex Mason was a security guard in Stagg Enterprise who was caught having a relationship with Simon Stagg's daughter, Sapphire. Infuriated, Stagg lured him into a chamber of experimental Metamorpho project, which resulted in Mason acquiring shapeshifting powers.
- Mayor Marion Grange - The Mayor of Gotham City who first appears in "Nexus." Following the incident with Humpty Dumpty, Marion Grange resigns from office and David Hull is sworn in as the new Mayor of Gotham City.
- David Hull - He first appeared as the deputy mayor for Mayor Marion Grange. After Mayor Marion Grange steps down following the incident with Humpty Dumpty, David Hull is sworn in as the new Mayor of Gotham City.
- Man-Bat - Dr. Kirk Langstrom is a scientist who was working on bat DNA to find a cure for an unknown disease until Professor Pyg and Mister Toad had him use the bat DNA on himself which transformed him into Man-Bat.
- Two-Face / Harvey Dent - A district attorney who is obsessed with bringing Batman down. He eventually gains his own assault squad and is shown to be very deceptive. Following an accident, Harvey Dent's bad side starts to surface where he becomes Two-Face.
- Manhunter - Paul Kirk, a secret agent and a former hostage of The Council, a criminal organization which used him to create a small army of non-organic Manhunter clones.
- Ava Kirk - A renowned doctor and daughter of Paul Kirk. Love interest for Bruce Wayne.
Role in Beware the Batman
Crime-fighting vigilante Batman teams up with swordmistress Katana and his ex-secret agent butler Alfred Pennyworth to face the criminal underworld led by Anarky, Magpie, Ra's al Ghul, Tobias Whale, Professor Pyg, Mister Toad, Lady Shiva, Key and Humpty Dumpty. Anarky, in particular, will be the main villain in the series.
Creation and concept
While the developers allowed themselves license to stylize the character's appearances, the villains were particularly designed to be "over the top".
- Anthony Ruivivar – Batman/Bruce Wayne, Thomas Wayne
- J.B. Blanc – Alfred Pennyworth, Batcomputer, Lunkhead, Key
- Sumalee Montano – Katana/Tatsu Yamashiro, Azzura, Detective Samuels, Madison Randall
- Kurtwood Smith – Lt./Commissioner James Gordon
- Carlos Alazraqui – Junkyard Dog
- Dee Bradley Baker – Mutant Ninja #1, Mutant Ninja #2
- Adam Baldwin – Metamorpho/Rex Mason
- Tisha Terrasini Banker – Ava Kirk, Gloria Pearce
- Jeff Bennett – Simon Stagg
- Abraham Benrubi – Street Thug
- Xander Berkeley – Manhunter/Paul Kirk
- Emmanuelle Chriqui – Sapphire Stagg
- Ian James Corlett – Joe Braxton
- Grey DeLisle-Griffin – Magpie/Margaret Sorrow
- Robin Atkin Downes – Deathstroke/Slade Wilson, Man-Bat, Heavy Hitter Thug, Bad Batman
- Greg Ellis – Phosphorus Rex/Milo Match
- Carlos Ferro – Police Commissioner, Officer Rodriguez
- Brian George – Professor Pyg, Liam Taylor
- Finola Hughes – Lady Shiva
- Matt L. Jones – Humpty Dumpty
- Udo Kier – Mister Toad
- Arif S. Kinchen – Daedalus
- Wallace Langham – Anarky
- Matthew Lillard – Dr. Jason Burr
- Yuri Lowenthal – Creed Courtman, Detective Thomas
- Jason Marsden – Young Bruce Wayne
- Christopher McDonald – Harvey Dent
- Michael Patrick McGill – Officer O'Brien
- Matthew Mercer – Joseph "Ice Pick Joe" Crimple
- Paul Nakauchi – Edogawa Yamashiro
- Laraine Newman – Diner Owner
- C.C.H. Pounder – Mayor Marion Grange
- Lance Reddick – Ra's al Ghul
- James Remar – Silver Monkey
- Tara Strong – Oracle/Barbara Gordon, Detective Marcie Brown
- James Patrick Stuart - Mayor David Hull
- Gary Sturgis – Blackgate Prison Guard
- Cree Summer – Bethanie Ravencroft
- Beth Tapper – Jocelyn Kilroy
- James Arnold Taylor – William Benjamin
- Bruce Thomas – Dr. Anatol Mykros
- Gary Anthony Williams – Michael Holt
- Wade Williams – Killer Croc, Ernie Croskey
- Michael-Leon Wooley – Tobias Whale, Matatoa
- Mark Banker - Writer
- Curt Geda - Director
- Sam Liu - Director
- Butch Lukic - Supervising Director
- Rick Morales - Director
- Glen Murakami - Producer, Developer
- Sam Register - Executive Producer
- Andrea Romano - Casting and Voice Director
- Mitch Watson - Producer, Writer
- Greg Weisman - Writer
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". 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 is computer-animated in a CGI format, similar to Green Lantern: The Animated Series's animation style; the CGI has been described as "cutting edge".
In the wake of the 2012 Aurora shooting, which occurred during a screening of the Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises, it was announced that the series content would be altered in order to make the firearms in the show look less realistic.
In promoting the series, Warner Bros. debuted a trailer a month prior to the series premier, featuring action sequences from the first three episodes, highlighting Batman, Professor Pyg and Toad, Magpie, and Anarky. On July 2, the opening title sequence was released to Entertainment Weekly, a week prior to the series premier. It depicts Batman, Alfred, Katana, and the Batmobile, in a stylized red background with stark red lighting effects, contrasted by dark shadows and silhouettes. The show's opening theme is composed by the indie rock band the Dum Dum Girls.
The requirements of CGI at times necessitated that inanimate objects such as ships and city streets were built, rather than simply drawn, creating a need for the completion of entire set designs. This would increase production times, but later allow the developers to bring cinematic qualities of lighting and camera play to the series. Batman's utility belt was fully recreated from cardboard and worn by producer Glen Murakami's design team, to test how the belt would function while in motion. "If you really built it, it would work", said Watson. Batarangs were designed to flip-open and function when retrieved from the belt. The Batmobile was also subjected to scrutiny, as a "certain amount of weight" was added to it as it moved on city streets, out of concern that it would be unbelievable otherwise.
Initial announcements for the series were accompanied with promotional art that was not intended for public release, depicting Alfred as a gun-toting butler. This upset fans of the Batman mythos, who argued against Alfred's participation in Batman's exploits, and his use of deadly firearms as against the Batman's principles. In response to fan criticism, producer Glen Murakami acknowledged that this poster image was an inaccurate representation of what the character's actual role would be. He elaborated that the poster was intended to be an action-themed shot that displayed the cast of characters, but that Alfred's portrayal had been misleadingly made more exciting. "You can't have an action pose of a guy standing with a tray", joked Murakami. Mitch Watson also noted the problem presented if Alfred were fighting alongside Batman, as he would be recognized as Bruce Wayne's butler, and thus reveal the identity of Batman. Regardless, both producers insisted that Alfred would remain true to his intended characterization as a mentor to Batman, who could potentially help Batman if a story plot called for it.
Scott Thill, technology and pop culture commentator for Wired magazine, praised the initial choice to debut Anarky on television, claiming the character was relevant following the rise of the occupy movement and the hacktivist activities of Anonymous.
On February 18, 2014, the first 13 episodes of the series' first 26 episode season were released on Blu-ray and DVD in a collection titled Beware The Batman: Season 1 Part 1-Shadows of Gotham. The twelfth and thirteenth episodes (titled Attraction and Fall) had yet to air, despite being released on this collection.
A second collection, titled Beware The Batman: Season 1 Part 2-Dark Justice, has been announced for a September 30, 2014 release date. The collection will be released on both Blu-ray and DVD, and will contain the remaining 13 episodes of the show's first season that weren't collected in Beware The Batman: Season 1 Part 1-Shadows of Gotham. This would leave several episodes to air on TV after being released on the Part 2 collection.
- Program lists
- List of animated television series of 2013
- List of programs broadcast by Cartoon Network
- List of television series based on DC Comics
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