Admittedly I am not a huge fan of comic books, but I am a fan of Batman. So when I heard another Batman “cartoon” had been given the green light I was kind of interested until I saw it was going the way of CG instead of traditional animation. I have always found any computer animation outside of video game cut scenes or tech demos from square to be rather clunky and ugly, and from the looks of the characters in this newest iteration of Batman, I may have hit the mark once again.
The Beware team has announced they are putting a brand new spin on Batman (hurray another reboot) which will feature the afore mentioned computer animation, but will also lack all familiar villains such as the Joker, Penguin and the Riddler. They want to use more unknown or unpopular villains from the Batman mythos as well as focus on putting more emphasis on Batman solving crimes and mysteries with his brains over his fists. Yeah that sounds like a winner….have a cartoon…for kids…which focuses on the Sherlock Holmes aspect of Batman. That should run even shorter than Batman: The Brave and the Bold which was the Batman version of Spiderman and friends from the 60′s.
Toss in that Bat’s new sidekick/partner/whatever will be Katana,a sword wielding, martial arts menace and Alfred Pennyworth, and I think they are really nailing the whole “We have no idea what Batman is about” demographic. Don’t get me wrong, I get that putting a new spin on things can make it fresh and new, but how much more fresh and new do we need it? Batman fan’s generally want it to play pretty close to the norm. I mean I get that Mark Hammil doesn’t want to play Joker anymore but couldn’t they at least get Kevin Conroy to hop on the train? So far from the fanbase rabble rousing that I have seen, Beware the Batman is going to crash and burn faster than an Apollo space mission. But you can expect to see it in 2013 on the DC animation block on Cartoon Network.
- I’ll be over here…you know being wary of Batman’s wrath….