Beware the Batman leads new Cartoon Network lineup


Well, leads in terms of Beat readers interested, anyway. Beware the Batman is one of 7 new series announced as yesterday’s upfronts, and will feature Batman and a new-to-animation rogues gallery in what is billed as “cutting edge” CGI animation. Sam Register and Glenn Murakami are among the vets working on the show.

Official DARK KNIGHT RISES trailer


Apple has posted the official one, so if the above embed doesn’t work, go here.

Nice Art: Lee Bermejo's BATMAN: NOEL


Over at his blog Bermejo posted this two page spread from his best-selling GN BATMAN: NOEL. YOWZAH. Click for larger version or go to the link for full size.

NEW: First photo of Anne Hathaway as Catwoman


Well now. A new day, a new action-oriented reveal for a WB movie character, in this case, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle in next year’s THE DARK KNIGHT RISES.

Textured catsuit? Check.

Goggles? Check.

Red lipstick? Check.

Big-ass motorcycle? Check check check.

Morrison's Batman returns next year with Burnham and Batman: Leviathan


As all of DC’s Batnews has been rolling out today, the biggest question has been “Whither Grant Morrison?”

The Alcott Analysis: Batman: Mask of the Phantasm


Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is in interesting entry in the world of long-form cinematic Batman stories for a few different reasons. First, it manages to do what the Tim Burton movies were unable to — make Bruce Wayne/Batman the protagonist of his own story. Second, it’s primarily a detective story as opposed to an action story. Third, at least half of the story is told in flashback, a parallel-action setup ambitious for an animated movie thought of as primarily for kids. Lastly, the story it tells is rather emotional and internal — Bruce/Batman broods a lot in this movie, even by his own standards. The action sequences feel perfunctory and tacked-on. The two that come to mind — a truck chase and the explosive finale — are poorly motivated and don’t advance the plot in any meaningful way.