Cartoon Network’s DC Nation block hasn’t been the slam dunk they hoped for. Despite connecting with comic book faithful, neither Green Lantern: The Animated Series or Young Justice drew enough casual viewers to stay on the air.
It’s time to call in Batman – again. The Caped Crusader’s eternal appeal with viewers means he is never off the Saturday morning airwaves for long. But with the changes to his mythos in Beware The Batman, it’s hard to accuse Cartoon Network of playing it safe. Cartoon Network’s latest series starts tomorrow at 10 a.m Eastern, and this is a different take on the popular crimefighter.
Batman is one of few constants in this computer generated effort. One of the reasons for the character’s success is comics’ best rogues gallery. It’s said in DC’s books that when villains really want to scare each other, they tell Joker stories. This toon won’t be scaring those villains. It is throwing out established enemies such as Joker, Riddler and Penguin for the likes of Professor Pyg, Anarky and Mr. Toad.
There will be a different sidekick patrolling stately Wayne Manor as well. A young girl who goes by Katana will replace Robin. Holy gender equity, Batman! Alfred Pennyworth is present, but he’ll be doing a lot more than fetching tea. This version of the character is a former British secret agent who is in his 60s, but can still dispense invaluable advice and get his hands dirty when necessary. It is his idea to hire Katana, as he considers himself past his prime.
Do Batman and The Joker truly need each other to survive, as every incarnation from the comic to Heath Ledger’s portrayal implies? We’re about to find out.