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Monday, February 9, 2004

THE BATMAN: A NEW ANIMATED SERIES

Warner Bros. Animation on Monday announced that The Batman, an all-new animated television series based on the DC Comics character, is being produced by Warner Bros. Animation for Kids' WB! and Cartoon Network.

The studio also released the first two promotional images.

Here's how Warner Bros. describes the series:

"The Batman will feature the most complex and intriguing character in comic book history in action-packed super-heroic adventures, melding the renowned character's extraordinary physical prowess and super-sleuthing skills with a new range of experimental Bat-gadgets and amped-up Batmobiles. This series picks up Batman's story in year three: in his mid-twenties, just finding his way as protector, defender and Caped Crusader, while balancing his public persona as billionaire bachelor Bruce Wayne.

"Living in Gotham, a metropolis where shadows run long and deep, beneath elevated train tracks and within a 150-year-old drainage system, this younger Batman will confront updated takes of familiar foes -- meeting each member of his classic Rogue's Gallery for the first time. From the likes of Joker, Penguin, Catwoman, Mr. Freeze, Riddler and Man-Bat, among others, the war on crime jumps to the next level with a new arsenal at the Dark Knight's disposal, all operated and linked by an advanced remote-controlled invention he dubs the 'Bat-Wave.'"

The Edge, guitarist for U2, is performing the series' theme song.

"Batman is one of animation's most recognizable and most popular characters," said Sander Schwartz, president of Warner Bros. Animation. "For decades, legions of fans throughout the world have enjoyed Batman comics, feature films, television series and made-for-video releases. The new series will continue this timeless tradition, while adding an exciting new interpretation that will appeal to current fans, as well as attract a whole new generation to the celebrated Batman franchise."

"The Batman is an important new addition to the Batman mythology, produced by our award-winning colleagues at Warner Bros. Animation," said Paul Levitz, president and publisher of DC Comics. "We look forward to working with them to make it the new creative benchmark for adventure animation, just as The Adventures of Batman set the tone for the field a decade ago."

"Batman has thrilled audiences for decades and we look forward to bringing a contemporary vision of this classic hero to a new generation," said John Hardman, senior vice president, programming, for Kids' WB!. "Kids' WB! is eager to work with the studio and help expand the scope of this timeless franchise."

"To me, this is a dream project. Batman is the ultimate action-adventure property, and I've been a fan all of my life," said Sam Register, senior vice president of original animation for Cartoon Network. "The characters will remain true to their heritage, but we're going to deliver an action-adventure show that will feel so fresh and stylish that today's kids will love it as much as we all did growing up. I think this new Batman animated series will be a show that kids and their parents will watch together.

According to Variety, Gina Gershon will provide the voice of Catwoman. Gershon recently did the voice of Shikata in MTV's Spider-Man series.



IMAGE COMICS FIRST LOOKS

For covers and four-page previews of Image Comics titles arriving in stores on Wednesday, Feb. 18, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Savage Dragon #113, Mythstalkers #7 and Hellhounds #4.

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NEW MUTANT X EPISODE

"Art of Attraction," a new episode of Mutant X, will air in syndication this week. The episode is written by Alfonse Ruggiero and directed by Andrew Potter.

For a thorough plot synposis, with spoilers and 12 images, CLICK HERE.



CROSSGEN FIRST LOOKS

For covers and four-page previews of CrossGen Entertainment titles arriving in stores on Wednesday, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Brath #20 and The Path #22.

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BRIEFLY

  • Dark Horse Comics will be release a Van Helsing comic, based on the upcoming Universal Pictures movie starring Hugh Jackman, in May. The book is written by Joshua Dysart, with art by J. Alexander. Above is an image from the movie.

  • Veteran comics creator and publisher Dave Elliott is launching a web comic version of his book Sharky on Komikwerks.com. Image Comics originally published Sharky as a four-issue mini-series in 1998, written by Elliott with art by Alex Horley.

    In addition to the original four-issue series, Komikwerks will also be publishing a four-page introductory story that was originally used only for solicitation, and an eight-page, fully painted story that was first published in Heavy Metal magazine. Another added bonus will be character sketches and designs by Horley and other artists such as Jerry Paris, Dave Johnson and Simon Bisley.

    Sharky will be updated with a new episode every Tuesday on Komikwerks.com

  • Coming Tuesday: Smallville news -- and much more!!!

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