Batman: The Animated Newsletter
Weeks of December 3 – December 9, 2001
Volume 4, 5
Rated: PG (as with all other things Batman-related)
THIS ISSUE’S SUBLIMINAL MESSAGE: “Two-sided coin: $2. Chattering teeth: $5. Mind control devices: $100. Writing a tell-all book about Arkham inmates and getting on the New York Times bestseller list: Priceless.”
WANTED: A reviewer of new JUSTICE LEAGUE episodes! Write us at email@example.com if interested!
BY THE WAY, this year’s fourth annual GOLDEN OVAL AWARDS ballot is at the bottom of this issue, and all following issues through November and December. Get those votes in and make your voices heard over what you think are the best and worst of Batman in 2001!
New episodes are on the horizon! Here’s what we can expect in the near future…
-The Cartoon Network will finally show this episode on December 18th! About time!
NEWS AND RUMORS
(see back issues for older info)
-The following artists are selling artwork on eBay. The following are their names and Seller ID’s:
Terry Beatty: firstname.lastname@example.org
Craig Rousseau: cerousseau
Tim Levins: tlevins
Min S. Ku: min3000gt
ANIMATED SERIES (BTAS, STAS, BEYOND, JLA)
-From January 21st to the 25th, Cartoon Network will be holding a week-long event pitting the Dark Knight against the Man of Steel. Each day that week, one hour of Toonami (6:00-7:00pm) will feature episodes of Batman: The Animated Series and Superman. During this hour, viewers will be able to call or go online to vote for their favorite hero: Batman or Superman. Then, on January 26th from 1:00-7:00pm, Cartoon Network will air a six-hour marathon of Batman and Superman episodes, with the final two hours devoted to the winner of the viewer vote.
-Even with BTAS coming to DVD, we’re not yet 100% satisfied! If you want to make your voice heard on how these 109 episodes should be released (ie, in a season-by-season box set), go to THIS link and sign the petition!
-JUSTICE LEAGUE #2
The Justice League must find a way to defeat a strange magical cult that is targeting the treasures of museums around the world. To succeed, the League needs the Martian Manhunter, but is he too torn by his feelings of alienation from his new teammates to help? In stores December 12th.
-JUSTICE LEAGUE #4
In “World War of the Sexes,” the Justice League must find out why Wonder Woman’s Amazon sisters have turned against the world, starting with all the men! Can the League stop the female warriors before they conquer the planet?
-BATMAN: GOTHAM ADVNETURES #45
Arkham Asylum’s in full lockdown, and one of its doctors is missing. It’s up to Batman to find out which of the inmates is in charge, in “Running the Asylum”. Due out on December 26th.
-BATMAN: GOTHAM ADVENTURES #46
When Scarface and Ventriloquist disagree on how to pull off a job, they become each other’s worst enemies – but they’re also twice as deadly. Batman follows the puppet-master’s trail of trouble in “Saving Face.”
-BATMAN: GOTHAM ADVENTURES #47
When the criminal doesn’t match up with the crime, Batman makes the rounds in Gotham’s underworld and learns there may be a crook in the long arm of the law. (And is it just me, or does that look sorta like Lock-Up to you?) In stores Feb 27.
-For more animated comic updates, go here:
-Ed Brubaker has confirmed that GOTHAM CENTRAL, a comic series focusing entirely on the GCPD and co-written by Greg Rucka, is going to be happening! Go to this link for the interview:
-ToonZone now has monthly solicitations information for all DC Comics, including all the animated and mainstream titles, that can be viewed here:
-THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN is coming out with two different covers! Check out these links to see the differences:
-In January, the BRUCE WAYNE: MURDERER (followed by BRUCE WAYNE: FUGITIVE) crossover will begin! After the 10 CENT ADVENTURE, released on January 2, the story will proceed in this order of issues:
RELEASED JANUARY 2
Cover of 10 CENT ADVENTURE:
RELEASED JANUARY 9
Chapter 1: DETECTIVE COMICS #766
Chapter 2: BATGIRL #24
Chapter 3: NIGHTWING #65
RELEASED JANUARY 16
Chapter 4: BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS #25
Chapter 5: BIRDS OF PREY #39
RELEASED JANUARY 23
Chapter 6: ROBIN #98
RELEASED JANUARY 30
Chapter 7: BATMAN #599 – Bruce Wayne behind bars with no way out! I don’t think
this series is ending with this issue, folks.
RELEASED FEBRUARY 13
Chapter 8: DETECTIVE COMICS #767
Chapter 9: NIGHTWING #66
RELEASED FEBRUARY 20
Chapter 10: GOTHAM KNIGHTS #26
Chapter 11: ROBIN #99
Chapter 12: BIRDS OF PREY #40
RELEASED FEBRUARY 27
-BATMAN #600, the comic that kicks off the BRUCE WAYNE: FUGITIVE storyline, will be due out in 2002. Here’s the cover:
-A new BATMAN movie trailer is on the net…sort of. Look under SCOOBY DOO in the trailer section of DARK HORIZONS:
-ONSTAR is holding a contest where a winner gets to have a walk-on role in whatever the next Batman movie will be.
*BATMAN: YEAR ONE (BATMAN 5) NEWS:
-Work is starting immediately to get YEAR ONE ready for an early 2003 release, though Aronofsky wants the final cut done by Winter 2002. Among the new designs already said to be sketched, there are:
*A very gothic Gotham City
*Several designs for Batman
*Designs for Catwoman
*A few designs for the Joker
*New Batmobile designs
(Now, is it just me, or did the Joker not even APPEAR in YEAR ONE? He was only mentioned in text on the last page! Regardless, thanks to the WORLDS FINEST NEWSPAGE and SCREENWRITERS UTOPIA for the scoop.)
*BATMAN BEYOND: LIVE ACTION NEWS:
-No new news here.
*THE FOURTH ANIMATED BATMAN MOVIE
-No new news here
-No new news on this movie for a while…but yeah, it’s still technically in production.
-No new news here. Don’t expect this movie to happen for quite a while. Development Hell, folks.
LIVE ACTION TELEVISION
-On November 30, the Canadian TV channel GLOBAL will be airing a two-hour marathon of SMALLVILLE, featuring the episode “X-Ray” at 8pm and “Cool” at 9pm. After this, it should be caught up with the WB’s airing of the show. The episode “The Hourglass” is expected to air on December 7th.
EXCLUSIVE INTERNET ENDEAVOURS:
-Alan J. Porter, editor of the GOTHAM WEEKLY NEWS (another newsletter) has once again published the “entry form” for the 2001 Alfred Awards (his awards for the best of Bat-stuff over the past year). Go to this link to vote:
TOYS, BOOKS, AND OTHER MERCHANDISE
-BATMAN: MISSION MASTERS 4!
This action figure line is on sale now! Each of the following figures have special glow-in-the-dark capabilities:
*Lunar Attack Batman
*Midnight Hunter Batman
*Night Fury Robin
-BATMAN: VENGEANCE for PS2 is already out, and the Nintendo Gamecube version will be out shortly (by Christmas).
-The release date of BATMAN: DARK TOMORROW for the Nintendo Gamecube has been pushed back to March 2002.
-A new animated statue is coming June 12! Check out this cool piece of Catwoman memorabilia:
-A new Superman game is already in the works! No other information is available.
For more BATMAN, SUPERMAN, JUSTICE LEAGUE, BATMAN BEYOND, and related stories and news, check out the WORLD’S FINEST NEWSPAGE at:
CARTOON NETWORK SCHEDULE
CARTOON NETWORK currently has the rights to air all episodes of Batman, Superman, and select episodes of Batman Beyond. As of October 1st, CARTOON NETWORK has been bringing back these shows to the network, by adding BATMAN BEYOND to their Toonami block, at the 6:30pm (ET) timeslot. BATMAN and SUPERMAN are expected to join the network soon.
Mon 12-10-01 BEYOND #42 King’s Ransom
Tue 12-11-01 BEYOND #43 Betrayal
Wed 12-12-01 BEYOND #44 Out of the Past
Thu 12-13-01 BEYOND #45 Speak No Evil
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Mon 12-17-01 BEYOND #46 Inqueling
Tue 12-18-01 BEYOND #47 Unmasked <---NEW TO Cartoon Network! Wed 12-19-01 BEYOND #48 Curse of the Kobra (Pt. 1) Thu 12-20-01 BEYOND #49 Curse of the Kobra (Pt. 2) * * * * * * Tue 12-25-01 BEYOND #51 The Call (Pt. 2) Wed 12-26-01 BEYOND #52 Countdown Thu 12-27-01 BEYOND #01 Rebirth (Pt. 1) JUSTICE LEAGUE Dec. 7 7:30 p.m. The Enemy Below Pt. 1 (episode 6) Dec. 9 8:30 p.m. The Enemy Below Pt. 1 (episode 6) Dec. 10 9:30 p.m. The Enemy Below Pt. 2 (episode 7) Dec. 14 7:30 p.m. The Enemy Below Pt. 2 (episode 7) Dec. 16 8:30 p.m. The Enemy Below Pt. 2 (episode 7) Dec. 17 9:30 p.m. Secret Origins Pt. 1 (episode 1) Dec. 21 7:30 p.m. Secret Origins Pt. 1 (episode 1) Dec. 23 8:30 p.m. Secret Origins Pt. 1 (episode 1) Dec. 30 8:30 p.m. Secret Origins Pt. 2 (episode 2) Dec. 31 9:30 p.m. Secret Origins Pt. 3 (episode 3) Jan. 4 7:30 p.m. Secret Origins Pt. 3 (episode 3) Jan. 6 8:30 p.m. Secret Origins Pt. 3 (episode 3) Jan. 7 9:30 p.m. In Blackest Night Pt. 1 Jan. 11 7:30 p.m. In Blackest Night Pt. 1 Jan. 13 8:30 p.m. In Blackest Night Pt. 1 Jan. 14 9:30 p.m. In Blackest Night Pt. 2 Jan. 18 7:30 p.m. In Blackest Night Pt. 2 Jan. 20 8:30 p.m. In Blackest Night Pt. 2 Jan. 21 9:30 p.m. The Enemy Below Pt. 1 Jan. 25 7:30 p.m. The Enemy Below Pt. 1 Jan. 27 8:30 p.m. The Enemy Below Pt. 1 Jan. 28 9:30 p.m. The Enemy Below Pt. 2 Feb. 1 7:30 p.m. The Enemy Below Pt. 2 Feb. 3 8:30 p.m. The Enemy Below Pt. 2 Should this schedule be inaccurate, go to this link: http://www.toonzone.net/shows/cnschedules/ _____________________________________________________________________ CANADIAN EPISODE SCHEDULE (BATMAN on YTV - courtesy of our friends at YTV) YTV has renewed the rights to air more episodes of BATMAN BEYOND every Saturday morning at 10:00am. YTV will air 'new' episodes every weekend, most of them airing for the first time. For an accurate YTV schedule go to: http://www.toonzone.net/worldsfinest/worldsfinestpage/epsched.htm http://www.ytv.com/ytvguide news.toonzone.net Though YTV currently has the rights to air all 109 episodes of BTAS, it has been removed from the schedule for the time being. Be sure to check back here for updates! THIS WEEK: Sat 12-08-01: BEYOND #45 Speak No Evil NEXT WEEK (this schedule may be slightly inaccurate) Sat 12-15-01: BEYOND #46 Inqueling YET ANOTHER WEEK LATER: Sat 12-22-01: BEYOND #47 Unmasked _____________________________________________________________________ SPECIAL IN THIS ISSUE Right from the onset of this newsletter, 105 issues ago, we've been blessed with great luck - great fans, great contributors, great publicity, and great people to interview. Today we bring you an interview with one of the most sought-after people in the Bat-universe...believe us, we've been trying for a while! So, without further adieu, here is the one and only BRUCE TIMM! (Wow, with a name like that, he must've been a Bat-fan from birth. BRUCE (Wayne). TIM (Drake). OK, it's a stretch, but it's a cool observation.) Anyway, this interview, a joint-effort between the WORLD'S FINEST NEWSPAGE, TOONZONE, and BATMAN: THE ANIMATED NEWSLETTER popped up at the prior of the two a day or two ago. For those that haven't checked it out yet...here it is! Enjoy! -Tim * * * * * THE ACTUAL INTERVIEW (by "Dick Grayson") A lifelong Batman and Superman fan, Bruce Timm practically grew up with a "pen and sketch pad in hand." Completely self-taught, he began his animation career in 1981, when he landed a job at Filmation as a layout artist working on Blackstar and The Lone Ranger. In 1982, he joined Don Bluth Productions as an assistant animator on The Secret of N.I.M.H. Timm then returned to Filmation to work on He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and She-Ra Princess of Power. In 1984, Timm joined Marvel Productions as a character designer on G.I Joe. He then took a short leave from animation to join Mattel Toys as a freelance illustrator. Upon returning to animation, he served as a character designer on the series The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse for Ralph Bakshi Productions in 1987 and The Beany and Cecil Show for DIC in 1988. In 1989, Timm joined Warner Bros. Television Animation to be a storyboard artist and character designer for Steven Spielberg Presents Tiny Toon Adventures. Later, he was promoted to serve as a producer for Batman: The Animated Series, which premiered in 1992. He went on to work on Superman, which premiered in September 1996, and the next installment of the Batman series, Batman, which premiered in September 1997. Timm continues his work as a producer for Warner Bros. having helped to create the futuristic animated incarnation of Batman, Batman Beyond, now airing on Cartoon Network. Timm also served as producer on the feature-length direct-to-video Batman Beyond: Return of The Joker, released in December 2000. Bruce Timm is now heading up the Warner Bros. Animation crew putting together the current ratings smash Justice League, which premiered in November on Cartoon Network. It marked the first time in more than 15 years - since ABC's Super Friends - that the modern Justice League has been presented in animation. The show has yet to disappoint as fans were treated to an amazing spectacle of action, drama, and character interaction. The show has since become the network's #1 show. Justice League premiered with the three part "Secret Origins" episode on November 17th. World's Finest, Toon Zone, and BTAN were able to catch up with Bruce Timm for a question and answer session about Justice League, Batman Beyond, DVDs, and his plans for the future. DICK: Is the "Justice League" just the natural progression for the animated series, after Batman, Superman, and Batman Beyond? BRUCE: Well, the fans sure seemed to think so! For the last five years or so, that's all I'd hear, "When are you guys gonna do the JLA?" So, we eventually we succumbed to peer pressure, and here we are... DICK: What heroes besides the Justice League will be appearing on "Justice League?" BRUCE: Aquaman, The Demon, Metamorpho, Sgt. Rock, the Blackhawks, and, of course the JGA (no, that's not a typo)...am I forgetting anyone? If we get picked up for another season, we're thinking about another Aquaman story, and maybe one or two other "guest stars", but for the most part we're trying to keep the number of hero cameos down to a minimum....we've got SEVEN major players to deal with already, after all, lots of unexplored territory to work with... DICK: Will members ever leave the League? BRUCE: Uh...no. DICK: Any storyline you'd like to do for Justice League? BRUCE: We're DOING 'em...! DICK: How do you compare the score of BTAS/STAS to the score of Justice League? Did you make subtle changes in the score? BRUCE: We always try to make each series unique unto itself, musically...Bernard Hermann-esque mysterioso for Batman, John Williams-y optimism for Superman, techno-metal for B-Beyond, etc. We knew we wanted to go back to a more traditional orchestral sound for JL, but we wanted to avoid any of the retro or old-fashioned musical elements that we often associate with the Batman and Superman shows. On the other hand, we didn't want the music to sound too "modern", either, so we're keeping the drum-machines and electric guitars to a minimum. Fortunately, our composers, Kris Carter, Lolita Ritmanis and Mike McCuistion--all long-time Bat-team veterans--are all supremely gifted musicians, and amazingly versatile. We're still fine-tuning the exact "JL sound", but we're getting there... Basically, we treat each story-arc as a mini-movie, and adjust the sound to each story's specific requirements. For example, Kris' score for the GL spotlight episode featured classic R&B sounds reflecting John Stewart's inner-city roots, angry martial music for the Manhunters, and a mix of orchestral and electronic textures befitting the space-opera aspects of the story. "The Enemy Below" sounds COMPLETELY different...while discussing the show with Mike McCuistion, I described Aquaman as a noble barbarian-king, and mentioned Basil Poledouris' "Conan" scores as a good example of what his thematic elements might sound like. What Mike came up with sounds more like Alex North's "Spartacus" score, with soaring strings, titanic war-drums and a HUGE horn section....muscular, grandly heroic, just-plain MANLY! In other words, perfect! "Injustice For All", while ostensibly about Luthor and the Injustice Gang, is also a Batman spotlight show, so Lolita's score is almost a throwback to the old BTAS sound. You get the idea. DICK: Will the events of "Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker" and "Superman:TAS - "Legacy" ever be dealt with in "JL?" BRUCE: Only obliquely...we can't pre-suppose that everyone who watches JL has seen every episode of our previous series; more likely, most of them HAVEN'T. Originally, in part one of "Secret Origins", General Wells' line, "We can't entrust the world's security to one man" ended with "...especially HIM!" We felt that anyone who hadn't seen "Legacy" would be confused, wondering, "Well, why NOT him? Why does this guy hate Superman so much?" As it is now, it works both ways: either Wells is just being a practical military tactician, or he doesn't trust the guy who almost conquered the world for Darkseid. Similarly, Superman's line, "I've worked long and hard to earn your trust" has different meanings to long-time fans and "newbie" audiences. We're planning on bringing Darkseid back for season two, so we'll more than likely deal with some of those "Legacy" issues at that time. "Return of the Joker" is a trickier thing...for one thing, we still maintain that B-Beyond is only a POSSIBLE future, mostly to placate the hardcore BTAS fans who choose to believe the B-Beyond world will never happen...which is fine by me! Continuity's a fluid thing. I mean, [James Bond's] "You Only Live Twice" COMPLETELY invalidates/contradicts [James Bond's] "On Her Majesty's Secret Service", but I like'em both, so they both happened! There, see how easy that was? I guess sub-consciously I WAS thinking about a link from BTAS to JL to B-Beyond when I gave Batman his new big-ass ears and heeled boots, but I wouldn't swear to it... Ultimately, though, since we want to use Joker in JL, obviously Robin can't have killed him yet...or maybe he never WILL...ow, my head hurts... One more note about continuity, while we're on the subject: we're not specifically saying the Kyle Rayner episode of "Superman" never happened, we just haven't figured out yet how it COULD have. See, Kyle's not the problem...ABIN SUR'S the problem! Consider: if Abin was GL of our sector during "In Brightest Day", how could John Stewart have been our GL for the past10-15 years? Maybe the Kyle episode happens AFTER John becomes Parallax and murders half the galaxy...oh wait, I'm getting my continuities screwed-up...where's my tylenol? Any theories from the fan zone will be duly considered... DICK: When plotting out JL did you and your crew look solely to the comics, or to other sources, like movies, TV shows, books, etc.? BRUCE: We draw inspiration from EVERYTHING, movies, comics, pulps, illustration, you name it. DICK: What prompted you do to a CGI opening for JL, as opposed to a regular animated sequence? BRUCE: Various things...first, I saw a preview of Ubi Soft's BATMAN VENGEANCE game about a year ago and was pleasantly surprised at how cool it looked--more like stop-motion than straight CGI--kinda like "Mad Monster Party" only with Batman and the gang! Second, when I storyboarded the titles, I realized that the opening slow-mo silouhette shot of the magnificent 7 would be really hard to pull off with traditional animation...also, I wanted to trick-out the lighting/rendering fx so that the titles would look more stylized than the actual show itself (something we've always done with our titles, going back to BTAS)..one thing led to another, and we just went "O.K., CGI, let's give it a shot." My brother happened to know some the guys at Cantina Pictures; we met with 'em, were impressed by their demo reel, their enthusiasm and especially a test they'd done "on spec" to prove they could deliver what we wanted. It was touch and go there for awhile, mainly because of my own inexperience/ignorance of the whole CGI process, but overall I'm very pleased with the result. If we'd had more time and money, there are a few things I'd do differently, but for our first attempt at CGI, I think it's pretty dang cool. Would I do a whole show in CGI? Uh...no. Not yet. But maybe someday... DICK: Will you be involved in the production of Batman animated DVDs coming in 2002 (ie: commentaries, produciton notes, documentaries, etc)? BRUCE: I did a series of talking head intros for some of the DVD'S, and there may be a few other nifty extras involved as well. No commentaries, alas. By the way, the BTAS DVD contains the first five episodes, NOT a "thematic" or single character grouping. DICK: What are your thoughts on the unedited version of BATMAN BEYOND: RETURN OF THE JOKER coming to DVD? Was it an uphill battle for it to be released in its original format? Will there be new material on the DVD and will you be involved? BRUCE: I'm THRILLED that the uncut ROTJ is coming out on DVD, are you kidding?! I wouldn't exactly call it an uphill battle...I'd always HOPED that Home Video would release it uncut, but I'd pretty much given up hope...their announcement of its impending release came out of nowhere, quite took me by surprise. About the only extra feature that I know of will be the original commentary track that Paul, Glen, Curt and I recorded before the caca hit the fan. DICK: Is there anything you think you left unfinished on "Batman Beyond"? Any storyline, characters, etc...? BRUCE: I could easily go back and do some more B-Beyonds, sure. There was this one DTV story idea that Glen Murakami and I were toying with involving Catwoman, but it was pretty dark....I mean PITCH BLACK. So, after what happened with ROTJ, I don't think THAT one's gonna happen any time soon. DICK: Speaking of DVDs, will Justice League be hitting DVD in 2002, and if so - what format? Any word on extras? BRUCE: I believe "Secret Origins" will come out at the same time as all those Batman DVD's (April 2002). Don't know what extras will be included yet. DICK: What can we expect in upcoming episodes of Justice League? BRUCE: Thrills, spills, chills...humor, horror, heroism and heart. For season2, we're thinking about using Amazo, Despero, possibly the Crime Syndicate, possibly an earlier, more souped-up version of the Royal Flush Gang (more continuity!), DEFINITELY another Injustice Gang/Legion of Doom/what-have-you story. Amazo will almost certainly get a complete makeover, and will probably not even be called Amazo by the time we're done with him. For a split-second we considered pitting the JL against the All-O Squad--Amazo, Despero, Starro, Chemo and Bizarro--but decided that was too hokey even for US... DICK: What do you see in your future? Is there a show you'd like to tackle? Will you stick with animation or perhaps branch out? BRUCE: I'm not thinking much beyond the (keep your fingers crossed) second season of JL at this point. We've still got a lot to do to finish up season one, so our plate's pretty full. Believe me, I got no complaints about working in animation (at least for the time being). The show's a blast to work on, I get to collaborate with some of the most talented artists, writers, actors, musicians, etc. in the business -- what's not to love? (I have to mention my co-producers/collaborators Rich Fogel, James Tucker and Glen Murakami at this point...I've been doing a lot of the publicity for the show because I'm the most well-known, but if you're enjoying JUSTICE LEAGUE, these guys deserve your applause as much, if not MORE than I do. Read those names again...REMEMBER them...'cause they're working their tails off to give you guys the best possible JL show that they can.) So, until something even better comes along, animation's where it's at. But who knows...? * * * * * Bruce Timm also supplied a skeletal episode guide to JUSTICE LEAGUE this season. WORLD'S FINEST has it up on their page, at this link: http://wf.toonzone.net/worldsfinestpage/jlguide.htm Thanks for taking the time for our interview, Bruce! -Everyone at WORLD'S FINEST, TOONZONE, and this newsletter, particularly Dick Grayson for making this happen! _____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ EPISODE REVIEW: (SPOILER ALERT!) (by ???) All of Tim "TWO-FACE" Leighton's reviews of the new-style BTAS episodes and BATMAN BEYOND can be found via these links, which link to "Two-Face's Tower of Tranquility and Terror": SPECIAL NOTE: This issue we didn't have anyone available to review the most recent JLA episode, so to fill in the void, one of our long-time subscibers has supplied us with her rankings of the seven core JLA members. Enjoy! JUSTICE LEAGUE RANKINGS (by "Belle Book") I saw the review on the pilot of "Justice League" last issue, and have the following things to say so far about the characters in that episode (and in "In Blackest Night", which I also just saw). The rankings are based on how much I like the characters. 7. THE FLASH - I admit, wise-asses aren't the type of guys I like. On the plus side, he's definitely entertaining, and in IN BLACKEST NIGHT, we see that, despite his immaturity, he does have a basic courage. 6. GREEN LANTERN - I'm more familiar with Hal Jordan than Jon Stewart, but I like the new Green Lantern, too. He's definitely courageous as we see in IBN, and unafraid of accepting responsibility for his actions (even if it turns out he was innocent); however, his military style tends to work against him. Maybe he'll lighten up just a bit - but not too much. And maybe we should give Phil LaMarr a chance - he might do better in later episodes. 5. MARTIAN MANHUNTER - Very tragic character, especially in SECRET ORIGINS. He's also enigmatic and mysterious. I like it! And how about the way he tricks the others into thinking Batman's dead! Cool! Of course, I knew Batman wasn't dead, so I was not surprised when he turned out to be alive. 4. SUPERMAN - Interestingly enough, Superman never inspired in me a strong desire to watch episodes about him, like Batman and Wonder Woman have done. And I think he'll always be ranked in the middle for me. But I like this version of him. He's the first one to suspect that things aren't the way they seem in IBN, and that's to his credit -- of course, Batman's not in this episode, and if he was, he'd be the first one to suspect the truth. 3. HAWKGIRL - Strong woman, fighter extraordinare - I like her! Kudos to the producers for enlisting her for the show! 2. BATMAN - Dark, mysterious, skilled in detective work, fearsome - that's the Batman I know and love from the cartoon! And glad to see Kevin Conroy's back doing the voice! He's the perfect Batman, if you ask me. And last but definitely not least... 1. WONDER WOMAN - Welcome back! This was my childhood heroine! Now I can dream of the days when I rushed to the TV to see Lynda Carter play Diana, and rush around crying "Wonder Woman!" while pretending to lasso my dad! And no doubt Susan Eisenberg will do a fine job with her voice with more practice. ____________________________________________________________________ COMIC REVIEWS (BATMAN: GOTHAM ADVENTURES and JUSTICE LEAGUE ADVENTURES by Tim "TWO-FACE" Leighton) (SUPERMAN ADVENTURES by Dick Grayson) BATMAN: GOTHAM ADVENTURES #44 ISSUE: "Choices" (#44) WRITTEN BY: Scott Peterson PENCILS: Tim Levins INKS: Terry Beatty COLOURIST: Lee Loughridge LETTERER: Albert T. DeGuzman COVER ART: Bob Smith, Terry Beatty, and Nathan Eyring ISSUED: November 28, 2001 (Cover date Jan 2002) RATING: ***1/2 Dear Batman, Our last ADVENTURE through GOTHAM was quite exhilirating, wasn't it? Didja notice that, for the extra-special occasion of electrocuting one of your crew, we wore my new violet-and-black suit? We bet you did, you're observant to a fault. So sorry about doing that to Nightwing too, by the way. We'd be lying if we said it wasn't personal; it obviously is. Kudos to that other boy wonder of yours, though - he's quite skilled. Reminds us a lot of "Shifty" Drake's boy...haven't seen him for a while. Maybe we should drop in and say "hi" one of these days. Yeah, so you caught us. Did you even notice that we really didn't seem to care this time? Nope, not at all. Seeing you abandon your second-in-command in that alley, leaving him to die, was justice enough for us; it was even better knowing that we had a part in it. We guess it took someone like us to point out just howtwo-faced you are, Batman. Honestly, we can be a fair man half the time (coin permitting), and we think you oughta treat your farm-team with a little more respect. We always treat our thugs with respect if they pull their weight, you should to. But hey, if you don't, fine by us. It makes it all the easier to take you down. We look forward to our next meeting, next month. Mwuhahahaha. ;-Y ______________________________________________________________ COMIC SCHEDULES & COVERING THE BASICS This section gives a little bit more in-depth look into each monthly issue of BATMAN: GOTHAM ADVENTURES and BATMAN BEYOND. Below each comic listing is a link to the cover of that comic. TALK ABOUT SERVICE! The price for any of these issues, unless otherwise posted, is $1.99 in the US and...grrrrr...a whopping $3.25 (or higher) in Canada. (Both our editors and many subscribers are Canadian, hence the well-deserved "grrr".) If we are unsure of the exact date of when an issue is being released, just check out "DIRECT CURRENTS" for details: http://www.dccomics.com/directcurrents/ -BATMAN: GOTHAM ADVENTURES #45 December 26th Arkham Asylum's in full lockdown, and one of its doctors is missing. It's up to Batman to find out which of the inmates is in charge, in "Running the Asylum". Cover: http://www.toonzone.net/comics/covers/bga/bga45.jpg FOLLOWING MONTH: -When Scarface and Ventriloquist disagree on how to pull off a job, they become each other's worst enemies - but they're also twice as deadly. Batman follows the puppet-master's trail of trouble in "Saving Face." Cover: http://www.comicscontinuum.com:8080/stories/0110/23/BatGA46.jpg -JUSTICE LEAGUE ADVENTURES #2 December 12th The Justice League must find a way to defeat a strange magical cult that is targeting the treasures of museums around the world. To succeed, the League needs the Martian Manhunter, but is he too torn by his feelings of alienation from his new teammates to help? Cover: http://www.toonzone.net/comics/covers/jla/jla02.jpg FOLLOWING MONTH: Issue #3 January 9th The Justice League must find a way to defeat a strange magical cult that is targeting the treasures of museums around the world. To succeed, the League needs the Martian Manhunter, but is he too torn by his feelings of alienation from his new teammates to help? Cover: http://www.toonzone.net/comics/covers/jla/jla02.jpg ___________________________________________________________________ LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Due to demand by some of our subscribers, we've decided to give a "Letters to the Editor" section a shot. Feel free to submit something you'd like to say to us, and each issue we'll choose one to post and then reply to. (NOTE: It can be completely uncensored, positive OR negative, though any coarse language will be bleeped out. We want this to be a no-holds-barred column!) * * * * * * Sigh. * * * * * * TWO-FACE'S SIDE OF THE COIN I won't bite. Honest! ;-Y ___________________________________________________________________ BATMAN: THE ANIMATED TRIVIA (by Tim "TWO-FACE" Leighton) This is one of my favourite sections, where I get to boggle the minds of all our readers! (Mwuhahaha!) This trivia is all animated-related in some form, and can deal with ANY aspect of the show or comics based on the show. Remember, answer the questions WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF THE ANIMATED CONTINUITY. Now have fun - let's see how well you do! Answers are provided below. POTPURRI 661. In her final fight with the Bat-team, how many times does Harley fire a bazooka at them? 662. Originally, how many issues was BATMAN ADVENTURES set to last? 663. Aside from Bob Kane and Bruce Timm, what other creators' "visions" of Batman are either parodied or praised in the episode, LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT? 664. What is Alfred's role on BATMAN BEYOND? 665. What video game company currently has the rights to produce Batman-related video games? 666. To date, which Bat-villains have appeared in ONSTAR commercials? 667. Which OTHER villains have appeared in other ONSTAR-related paraphernalia? 668. Who is the only villain in ALMOST GOT 'IM that didn't contribute his or her own "Almost Got Batman" tale? 669. In which BATMAN BEYOND episode does Zatanna appear? 670. In which episode of BTAS does Lois Lane appear? _____________________________________________________________________ AND THESE ARE OUR FINAL ANSWERS (to the trivia) Answer to #661: FIVE (the bazooka goes off six times, but the sixth time it does it on its own). Answer to #662: Six Answer to #663: Dick Sprang, Joel Schumacher, Frank Miller Answer to #664: He doesn't have a role...though on the original website he was dead but still present in the form of "cyber-Alfred". Answer to #665: Ubi-Soft Answer to #666: The Joker, the Penguin Answer to #667: Catwoman, Two-Face, the Riddler, Mr. Freeze Answer to #668: Harley Quinn (and arguably, Killer Croc) Answer to #669: OUT OF THE PAST Answer to #670: She doesn't. WORLD'S FINEST is technically a SUPERMAN episode. _____________________________________________________________________ LITTLE FACTS AND BLOOPERS (by Tim "TWO-FACE" Leighton) Here is a section that just points out various little facts and bloopers that we have noticed while watching BTAS, STAS and BEYOND countless times. If you have anything to contribute, feel free to do so! Enjoy! CONTRIBUTED BY STAFF: Forgive us. Mid-terms melt our brains. CONTRIBUTED BY OTHERS: And we forgive you all, too. ____________________________________________________________________ FIGURE THIS OUT! (by Marc Rosenzweig) ??? ____________________________________________________________________ FEATURED BATMAN INTERNET ENDEAVOURS FOR THIS ISSUE (feel free to submit something for our consideration) This space for rent. ____________________________________________________________________ TWO-FACE'S TRADING POST For the next few issues, we here at BATMAN: THE ANIMATED NEWSLETTER will be providing this space for all you subscribers for trading, buying, selling, and whatnot, just in time for Christmas (and beyond). So, without further adieu, here is what we have in store: WANTED: 1) LOOKING FOR BTAS EPISODES: Over the Edge, Love is a Croc, The Ultimate Thrill, Cult of the Cat, Old Wounds, Knight Time, Girls Night Out, Judgement Day, Beware the Creeper, Mad Love Contact email@example.com if you can or would like to help. 2) LOOKING FOR BTAS EPISODES: I live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I am looking for anyone who can help me out with obtaining episodes of any Batman/Superman cartoon - live action shows. By obtaining I mean dubs. If you think you can help me out please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org 3) LOOKING FOR EPISODES: JLA episodes, particularly the upcoming INJUSTICE FOR ALL two-parter. E-mail this address if you can or would like to help: email@example.com FOR SALE: Nothing as of yet. NOTE: Batman: The Animated Newsletter has takes no responsibility in business transactions. We're working on the honour system here, people, so PLAY NICE! ;-Y ____________________________________________________________________ ANIMATED BATMAN/SUPERMAN SITES: Wow, our links section has grown so big that we've had to eliminate it from the newsletter! Fear not, you can still find all these links at the WORLD'S FINEST NEWSPAGE, if you follow this link...that's hypocracy for ya! http://www.toonzone.net/worldsfinest/worldsfinestpage/linkpage.htm NEWSGROUPS ----- news:alt.comics.batman news:alt.animation.batman news:alt.comics.superman news:rec.arts.sf.superman news:alt.tv.cartoon-network news:rec.arts.animation news:alt.animation.warner-bros ____________________________________________________________________ QUESTIONS, SUBMISSIONS, AND FAN-MAIL If you have any questions, problems, links do not work, or anything else, then please e-mail this address with your problems and we'll try to fix them as soon as possible. Also if you'd like to send any fan-mail then please send it to this address: firstname.lastname@example.org As for submissions, feel free to submit an article or opinion on anything pertaining to BTAS. Keep in mind that as the editors, we have the right to edit your submissions if we deem it necessary. Such instances would include problems with length, grammar, and language. If we do feel we must edit something, however, we will do our utmost to ensure that the opinion and the basic message of the submission does not change, as that is the most important part of any article, and everyone is entitled to it. And if you do submit something, please don't just submit a basic review of an episode or a comic or something (because we have people writing for those purposes already) - write about an issue you'd like to discuss. ____________________________________________________________________ BATMAN: THE ANIMATED ARCHIVES The very kind people at TOONZONE were nice enough to give us our own little section of their huge and diverse website. The archive contains past newsletters and is semi-regularly updated with the latest one. To check it out go here: TOONZONE's BATMAN: THE ANIMATED NEWSLETTER ARCHIVES http://www.toonzone.net/news/btan ____________________________________________________________________ LIKE WHAT YA SEE? WANNA SUBSCRIBE? HERE'S HOW!!! For those of you who are seeing this at the WBC HOMEPAGE BTAN ARCHIVES section and want to subscribe, just follow these simple instructions: To subscribe email email@example.com, put SUBSCRIBE in the subject line, and put the e-mail address you'd like the newsletter to be sent to in the body of the message. We have also set up another back-up e-mail subscription address, here: firstname.lastname@example.org For more information about the newsletter just email either of the previous e-mail addresses - preferably the prior. Thank you for your time, and thanks for reading! Tell your friends! -Tim TWO-FACE Leighton and Dick Grayson, editors ____________________________________________________________________ TO ALL GOOD THINGS... ...there must be an end. We would like to thank the endless amount of contributors for contributing their editorials, columns, news, reviews and other articles. We hope you've all enjoyed it as much as we've enjoyed making it! Thank you for reading! See ya next time! CREDITS FOR BATMAN: THE ANIMATED NEWSLETTER EDITOR AT COLLEGE, & WORKING, TOO!: Tim "TWO-FACE" Leighton CO-EDITOR AT COLLEGE, ALSO WORKIN': "Dick Grayson" AIR DATE SCHEDULES: Toonzone, Cartoon Network, and YTV EPISODE REVIEWS: Dick Grayson EDITORIAL: Help Wanted!!! COMIC REVIEWS: Tim "TWO-FACE" Leighton, Dick Grayson 'RETURN OF THE JOKER' GIVEAWAY: Tim "TWO-FACE" Leighton FIGURE THIS OUT: Marc Rosenzweig "BTAN ARCHIVES" MODERATOR: Eileen Delgadillo TRIVIA: Tim "TWO-FACE" Leighton PROMOTIONS, JUST GETTIN' THE WORD OUT: Dick Grayson, Eileen Delgadillo, Brian Cruz, Brian Davis THOSE WHO FILL IN FOR OTHERS WHEN THEY FOUL UP:-Y Tim "TWO-FACE" Leighton DELIVERY: Tim "TWO-FACE" Leighton E-MAIL RECEPTION HANDLING: Tim "TWO-FACE" Leighton THE CREATION OF THIS NEWSLETTER INSPIRED BY: Alan J. Porter BATMAN CREATED BY: Bob Kane & Bill Finger (who else?) Batman and all related indicia are trademarks of DC Comics, Copyright c 2001. ___________________________________________________________________ 2001 "GOLDEN OVAL AWARDS" POLL FORM After last year's rather...dismal turn-out we've decided to do away with many of our categories and just stick to the basics. Below are 32 questions dealing with the animated universe and the mainstream comic universe. We've also included a section focusing on this newsletter so, if you wish, you can write to us and tell us what you like or don't like so we can adjust the newsletter to better serve you. Sound fun? Alright! Fill this out and e-mail it right back to email@example.com if you'd like to be included in our poll for the best and worst of 2001! We must receive entries by December 29, 2001, as results will be posted in our issue delivered on January 5, 2001. ANNNNND you can only vote once! NOTE: No episodes of BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES are eligible, and only BATMAN BEYOND episodes that came out in 2001 (was that ONLY "UNMASKED"?). JUSTICE LEAGUE episodes are eligible too, of course. As for the comic series', all issues of BATMAN: GOTHAM ADVENTURES from #34-45 are eligible, and all issues of BATMAN BEYOND from #16-24 are eligible. JUSTICE LEAGUE ADVENTURES #1 and #2 are eligible. For the BTAN section, Issues #83-110 (or whatever we have by the end of the year) are eligible. (Long live the archives!) THE REALMS OF THE ANIMATED UNIVERSE #1. BEST EPISODE #2. WORST EPISODE #3. BEST DESIGN #4. WORST DESIGN #5. BEST VOICE #6. WORST VOICE #7. BEST 'GOOD GUY' #8. BEST VILLAIN #9. BEST WRITER #10. BEST DIRECTER #11. BEST "ANIMATED" COMIC #12. WORST "ANIMATED" COMIC #13. BEST "ANIMATED" COMIC COVER #14. BEST PIECE OF MERCHANDISE THE MAINSTREAM COMIC BOOKS #15. BEST HERO #16. BEST VILLAIN #17. BEST SUPPORTING CHARACTER ("Good" or "Bad" or neither) #18. BEST STORY-ARC #19. BEST SINGLE-ISSUE STORY #20. BEST MINI-SERIES #21. BEST WRITER #22. BEST ARTIST #23. FAVOURITE MOMENT OF 2001 BATMAN: THE ANIMATED NEWSLETTER #24. BEST ONGOING ARTICLE/SECTION #25. WORST ONGOING ARTICLE/SECTION #26. WHAT YOU LOOK FORWARD TO THE MOST IN EACH ISSUE #27. WHAT YOU LOATHE THE MOST IN EACH ISSUE #28. WHAT DO YOU FIND MOST HELPFUL? #29. WHAT STILL NEEDS SOME TWEAKING? #30. ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR FUTURE ISSUES? #31. SHOULD WE HAVE MORE CONTESTS? #32. BEST "BTAN" ISSUE ___________________________________________________________________ THANKS AGAIN TO BRUCE TIMM FOR PARTICIPATING IN OUR INTERVIEW!