Beware the Batman: CANCELED?
Beware the Batman
Beware the Batman; the latest (and worst) installment in the Batman franchise, is canceled. Who, what, why? Batman, canceled, because it sucked.
Beware the Batman which usually airs on Saturday mornings on Cartoon Networks DC Universe Block didn't air like it was supposed to. Instead they just played another episode of Teen Titans Go! which is an also equally bad show. Either way, Beware the Batman didn't air as it was supposed to, there was no explanation no commercial, no bumper, nothing. It wasn't even acknowledged for days until IGN wrote an article about its mysterious absence from the block that Cartoon Network released an official statement in reply to IGN's article saying that the show was not canceled but would continue in a few months.
Seems a bit shady doesn't it? Remember what happened to Young Justice? One week it just didn't air. No one knew why, it just didn't air. A few days went by, an article was wrote online, and then Cartoon Network released a statement saying that Young Justice would be back in a few months and would continue as planned. Then what happened? A few months passed and Young Justice was back on the air, it finished out the rest of it's season, then it was canceled The thing about that was, Young Justice was actually a good show, and Beware the Batman is not. It seems to be a growing trend of Cartoon Network just giving less and less shit about it's DC rights. Warner Bros. owns Cartoon Network which in turn owns the rights to the animated DC content. So anything animated with DC has to go through Cartoon Network, and they seem to just be shitting on everything that comes their way. They give the Green Lantern a terrible show, they cancel the greatness that is Young Justice, make a horrible remake of the Teen Titans. While the Animated Marval Universe seems to be blooming, DC is being destroyed.
Basic bio of the show:
The series is set during Bruce Wayne's early years as the Batman, following his initial period of battling organized crime. Over the course of the season, he hones his skills with the assistance of his butler, Alfred Pennyworth. Bruce is introduced to Alfred's goddaughter, Tatsu Yamashiro. Tatsu is a martial arts swords-master hired to act as Bruce's bodyguard, but also recruited to act as a superhero partner to Batman.
^^^that's direct from the wiki.
Now let me just say this, I am a DC fan, and above all else a Batman fan, and I cannot stand this series. Everything about it is a disgrace to the Batman mythos.
For starters; and my biggest problem with the show, Alfred is made to be some type of Secret Agent. Alfred is not a badass, he just isn't. Don't get me wrong, Pennyworth can hold his own in a pinch if he needs to, but he's not Agent 007. There are a few different variations of Alfred Pennyworth, Detective, Actor, former British Military, MI6, etc. But even as such in the variations where he was former military or special forces he is still an old man, humbled. But in this variation he is some sort of Secret Agent duel pistol baddass wannabe, and that is just not Alfred.
Next, the sidekick. It's not any of the Robins, or Batgirls, or even Nightwing, it's some random girl named Katana. Really DC, really? She is supposedly Bruce Wayne's bodyguard during the day and Batman's sidekick by night. Like I really don't see the reason for it. In the DC Universe there is already a girl named Katana, and she is a villain, not a hero. Anyway, Batman has a plethora of sidekicks that they could have chose from, but no, they had to pull this crap.
The villains. There so far hasn't been single A or even B list villain in the entire show. No Joker, Penguin, Mr. Freeze, Killer Kroc, no one. All of the villains in the show so far have been people that I can honestly say that I (as a massive Batman fan) have no recollection of them ever appearing the comics.
And the final reason, and most likely the biggest reason that the show failed is the animation format. They used that same CGI format the Green Lantern show used a little while back; that show failed too, and it's a terrible format for any show, let alone a Batman show.
My personal review:
Now for my own personal review of the show:
As a Batman fan boy I have to see every Batman show that airs, no matter how it is. I must see it. Anyway, I watched every episode up to the "cancellation," and it was terrible. You have already read what I think of the cast. It's horrible. A new screwed up sidekick, unknown and over the top villains that have no place in a Batman show.
The visuals were pretty crappy. They used that really bad CGI format that seems to be taking trend in animated shows and movies lately. It's pretty bad. To me the best format for a cartoon is the drawn style, the same way it had been done for years. Batman: The Animated Series had the greatest art style of any other in its genre, an almost any cartoon ever, but Beware the Batman shows that sometimes the apple truly does fall far from the tree.
The over all story of the series is pretty mundane. Random C list villain pops up to do the usually boring stuff like rob banks, destroy the city, etc etc, Batman pops up, kicks butt, gives cheesy one liner that pertains in some way shape or form to the nature of the crime or the villain, and disappears off into the night. There is a bigger plot going on behind the main scenes, but it's still pretty boring.
Overall I give Beware the Batman 2/5. I'm glad it's being canceled.