‘Beware The Batman’ Returns May 10, Same Bat Channel… Way Different Bat Time
The good news is that Beware The Batman Is Returning to television on May 10. The bad news is that Beware the Batman is returning to television... at 3:00 a.m.
As confirmed by Cartoon Network, the remaining episodes of Batman's ill-fated CG animated series will be slid into the Toonami lineup that airs after the late-night Adult Swim block, starting the show over with the first episode on May 10, and getting to the last half of the first (and I'm going to go ahead and assume only) season starting July 27.
The series launched last summer with a wave of promotion focused on touting it as a more "serious" take on Batman's early years that would focus on villains that hadn't been used in cartoons before and highlighting the CGI-based Gotham City and visuals that were a stark departure from both the previous series, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and 1992's Batman: The Animated Series, the show that still casts a shadow over pretty much every other cartoon Warner Bros. has made. After that initial launch, however, Beware the Batman was pulled from the DC Nation block last October after only 11 episodes of the 26-episode season, with no explanation given by Cartoon Network as to why it was pulled or if the rest of the show would air at all.
If you're me, and you're always up all night thinking and/or writing about Batman anyway, a 3 a.m. time slot is perfectly appropriate. If, however, you're in the actual target audience of kids and people who actually sleep at night, Beware's new time slot might represent a bit of an inconvenience, to say the least.
If nothing else, it doesn't make anyone optimistic about the chances of a second season.
[Via Toon Zone]