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