If you're a fan of Warner Bros. Animation's DC Comics work, then you're already a fan of Shane Glines. Since 1996, he's been working as a character designer on shows like Superman: The Animated Series, The New Batman Adventures, Batman Beyond and Justice League Unlimited, and now, he's hard at work on the new Beware the Batman.
Beware the Batman
Fans hoping to catch a glimpse of what's in store for the Caped Crusader in Cartoon Network's new Beware the Batman series by playing the new Web game available on CartoonNetwork.com, Gotham Streets, are probably going to be a little disappointed. Aside from some brief footage of the Batmobile and a few pictures of Professor Pyg, Mister Toad and Anarky, there ain't much. But at least it's a pretty fun way to waste a few minutes.
So, this is cute. You know those enormous over-the-shoulder bags that Warner Bros. gives out every year at Comic-Con International in San Diego? The ones that you see and go, "Why would anyone need such an enormous bag!?" until you do your last minute shopping on Sunday and go, "Ohhhhhh thank goodness I have this enormous bag!!" The ones industrious fangirls have customized into wearable dresses? Well, this year WB anticipated the bags-as-fashion trend and have prepared a new bag ready-made to be worn. Besides being fashioned as a backpack, this year's swag bags -- featuring images from Teen Titans Go! and Beware the Batman -- come with a built-in cape.
If you've cocked an eyebrow at the preview material that's been floating around the Internet in advance of Beware the Batman's premiere this Saturday at 10 a.m. ET on Cartoon Network, thinking it doesn't match your conception of what a Batman cartoon typically looks like, then Warner Bros. Animation producers Glen Murakami and Mitch Watson have got you right where they want you. The look, the music, the fact that very few villains who have appeared on Batman TV shows before now, it's all intentional.
With that in mind, ComicsAlliance spent some time talking with the two producers over the phone about how they conceived the show, their influences, and what the benefits are to taking some big risks.
As made plain in the stunning and stylish title sequence that we first glimpsed earlier this week, one of the most exciting things about Warner Bros. Animation's forthcoming Beware The Batman series is its art direction and design. Really, that's always one of the most exciting dimensions of all the DC Comics superhero cartoons that come out of the venerable Burbank, CA studio, but I'm particularly eager to see Beware The Batman in action because of the contributions of Shane Glines.
I'll admit that I've had a few reservations about the upcoming Beware the Batman animated series -- mostly because Batman: the Brave and the Bold is probably my platonic ideal of entertainment -- but the more I see of it, the more excited I get. And now, Entertainment Weekly has debuted the show's opening sequence, and any lingering doubts I had have pretty much vanished. This thing looks awesome.
It's been a long wait since DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation officially announced the new animated series Beware the Batman back in March 2012, but the show is finally debuting July 13 at 10 a.m., and Cartoon Network has released a slew of promotional material to coincide with the premiere.
Cartoon Network's DC Nation block may not be making new episodes of Green Lantern: The Animated Series or Young Justice after this season, but in the "at-least-it-is-not-all-bad" side of the news, fans can now get a closer look at the shows' replacements.Apparently timed to coincide with Toy Fair (as toy and merchandise sales, among other things, affect the long term success of an animated superhero series), Warner Bros. Consumer Prod