Beware the Batman debuted last weekend, and with it we got our first look at an entirely new version of Batman's rogues gallery. Rather than sticking with tried-and-true big name villains like the Joker, the Riddler or even the KGBeast, the producers of Beware have decided to go for deeper cuts, using villains that have never been used on a cartoon before...
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.
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.