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Batman The Animated Newsletter #106

Batman: The Animated Newsletter
Weeks of December 10 – December 16, 2001
Volume 4, 6
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.”

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! (Please vote! Voter turn-out has been pretty pitiful this year. *SNIFFLE*)
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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING…
New episodes are on the horizon! Here’s what we can expect in the near future…


UNMASKED
-The Cartoon Network will finally show this episode on December 18th! About time!
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NEWS AND RUMORS
(see back issues for older info)

ALL-ENCOMPASSING/OTHER
-The following artists are selling artwork on eBay. The following are their names and Seller ID’s:
Terry Beatty: beatty@machlink.com
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!
//www.petitiononline.com/BmanBox/petition.html

ANIMATED COMICS
-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.
Cover: //www.toonzone.net/comics/covers/jla/jla02.jpg
-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?
Cover: //www.cinescape.com/multimedia/Batman/Comic_Book_Covers/BatmanComic_Book_Covers277252.jpg
-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.
Cover: //www.toonzone.net/comics/covers/bga/bga45.jpg
-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.”
Cover: //www.comicscontinuum.com:8080/stories/0110/23/BatGA46.jpg
-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.
Cover: //www.cinescape.com/multimedia/Batman/Comic_Book_Covers/BatmanComic_Book_Covers277246.jpg

-For more animated comic updates, go here:
//www.toonzone.net/worldsfinest/bbeyond/previews.html

OTHER COMICS
-Within three days of its debut on December 5, the first issue of THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN is already the best-selling comic of 2001 and for the past 5 years, for that matter! It’s already out of stock in the UK, believe it or not! Congrats to Frank Miller and Lynn Varley for achieving this feat!
-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:
//www.sequentialtart.com/brubaker3.shtml
-ToonZone now has monthly solicitations information for all DC Comics, including all the animated and mainstream titles, that can be viewed here:
//www.toonzone.net/comics
BRUCE WAYNE: FUGITIVE/MURDERER SERIES:
RELEASED FEBRUARY 13
Chapter 8: DETECTIVE COMICS #767
//www.cinescape.com/multimedia/Batman/Comic_Book_Covers/BatmanComic_Book_Covers277237.jpg
Chapter 9: NIGHTWING #66
//www.cinescape.com/multimedia/Batman/Comic_Book_Covers/BatmanComic_Book_Covers277238.jpg
RELEASED FEBRUARY 20
Chapter 10: GOTHAM KNIGHTS #26
//www.cinescape.com/multimedia/Batman/Comic_Book_Covers/BatmanComic_Book_Covers277239.jpg
Chapter 11: ROBIN #99
//www.cinescape.com/multimedia/Batman/Comic_Book_Covers/BatmanComic_Book_Covers277240.jpg
Chapter 12: BIRDS OF PREY #40
//www.cinescape.com/multimedia/Batman/Comic_Book_Covers/BatmanComic_Book_Covers277241.jpg
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:
//www.comicscontinuum.com:8080/stories/0111/13/bmc600.jpg

MOVIES
-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

*CATWOMAN
-No new news on this movie for a while…but yeah, it’s still technically in production.

*WORLD’S FINEST
-No new news here. Don’t expect this movie to happen for quite a while. Development Hell, folks.

LIVE ACTION TELEVISION
-No new news here.

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:
//www.geocities.com/gothamajp/alfreds.htm

TOYS, BOOKS, AND OTHER MERCHANDISE
-Hasbro has not yet made any official announcements on a JLA toy line, but expect to hear something by the time Toy Fair rolls around in February.
-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
*Nightshadow Batman
-A new animated statue is coming June 12! Check out this cool piece of Catwoman memorabilia:
//www.cinescape.com/multimedia/Batman/Comic_Book_Covers/BatmanComic_Book_Covers277257.jpg

SPECIAL NOTE:
For more BATMAN, SUPERMAN, JUSTICE LEAGUE, BATMAN BEYOND, and related stories and news, check out the WORLD’S FINEST NEWSPAGE at:

//news.toonzone.net
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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: //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: //www.toonzone.net/worldsfinest/worldsfinestpage/epsched.htm //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 _____________________________________________________________________ EPISODE REVIEW: (SPOILER ALERT!) (by "Belle Book")
IN BLACKEST NIGHT (Pt. 1, 2)
Written by: Stan Berkowitz
Directed by: Butch Lukic
Aired: November 19th and 26th, 2001.
Rating: **** (out of 5 stars)

The episode opens in an intergalactic council. This council sends out some robots to arrest someone and bring him to trial to face charges. We don’t know what the charges are, but we do know who the accused is – Jon Stewart, the Green Lantern.

When the robots are seen approaching Earth, the Flash, J’onn J’onzz, and Hawkgirl all go to investigate and follow the robots to Green Lantern’s old neighborhood – where Stewart happens to be at the moment. Superman is originally out dealing with an earthquake (which turns out to be minor), but shows up in time to help the others. However, Wonder Woman’s on another case, and Batman’s too busy elsewhere to help. When the Green Lantern arrives on the scene, he surrenders without a fight.

Stunned by this, the other four follow the robots and Green Lantern to the council — where they discover what’s going on. It seems that Green Lantern forced a criminal to crash-land, only to face the criminal’s back-up. His ring’s laser beam is deflected — causing a catastrophic volcanic eruption that destroys the planet and a lot of lives! Green Lantern believes he’s guilty, but Superman’s not so certain. With the help of the other Justice Leaguers, he attempts to discover the truth.

This was a very good episode, though maybe not quite as good as the pilot, “Secret Origins”. The plot is an interesting one. It raises the possibility that a superhero might inadvertently cause destruction in the process of doing his job. It is to Green Lantern’s credit that he takes full responsibility for his actions, even if it turns out he was framed. The Guardians’ story about how the Manhunters (the robots sent to capture Green Lantern, and the ones behind the whole mess) were created and later put in their roles of being the “muscle” for intergalactic peace indicates the problems of putting robots in charge of keeping peace — robots are far less capable of seeing all sides of a situation than humans are, something confirmed by the attempted revenge that the robots take at the end. As a final note, there’s the question of the justice that is provided by the council itself. Is it really justice? If not, what is justice? Perhaps the answer here is that justice can never be justice until all efforts to prove guilt or innocence are taken.

The characters are very interesting as well. The Manhunters are the villains of the piece, but they aren’t entirely black-and-white. In their minds, they have genuine reason to take revenge – they were at one time the peacekeepers of the galaxy, and the Guardians took that power away from them. From their point of view, who can blame them for becoming angry and wanting to avenge themselves? Unfortunately, they prove that the Guardians were right to deprive them of their power in the first place – the Manhunters are just too inflexible.

The other Green Lanterns are pretty interesting. At first, they don’t want to associate with a member who appears to be tainted, but Hawkgirl correctly calls them cowards for that. The one who does come to Green Lantern’s aid is both courageous and amusing – courageous inasmuch as he shows his loyalty to Green Lantern, amusing inasmuch as the prosecutor is able to confuse the poor guy! (Note: kudos to Stan Berkowitz for his look at prosecution strategy.) As for the Guardians, they also reveal their courage when they come to bat for Green Lantern. However, they also reveal that they’re not perfect. After all, they made a mistake in creating the Manhunters in the first place. Still, for the most part, they’re very wise, since they chose John Stewart to be a Green Lantern, and their story does help to explain the motives of the Manhunters.

Now, on to the Justice League members we see in this episode. I liked Hawkgirl in “Secret Origins”, and I still like her here. Her best moments were the time she took on the Green Lanterns, and the time she defeated the guy hired to help frame Stewart. She’s definitely a fighter, and I’d love to see more of her! As for the Martian Manhunter, he wasn’t as visible as he was in SO, but this is Stewart’s episode. J’onn J’onzz still is enjoyable in this episode, however. He gets to alter his density, and seeing the way he does that is cool. Plus, his voice is still cool.

Superman was never my favorite character, but I liked seeing him in this episode. He took on some of Batman’s characteristics when he began to suspect that there was more to the situation than met the eye, and he was an effective leader, giving out assignments to the Martian Manhunter, Flash, and Hawkgirl. And speaking of the Flash, he was quite amusing here. He had some great lines, such as his asking if there was a Hawkboy; his reaction when he learned that he had to stall for time (he is the world’s fastest man, after all), and his hilarious effort to stall for time. He does show a basic courage when he agrees to be Green Lantern’s lawyer; however, he’s still immature, as he can’t quite believe he has to share Green Lantern’s fate when the verdict becomes a death verdict.

And finally, there’s Green Lantern. We get to see more of John Stewart, and I like what I see. He has a high sense of responsibility, which explains why he surrenders to the Manhunters without resisting, and explains his willingness to face possible death. It’s also great to see him with the Flash, as they work well off of each other. And how about that scene where he defeats the Leading Manhunter! Isn’t that cool? Finally, in the end, he realizes that his true friends reside in the Justice League, and it’s great to see him leave with them, since one of the messages of the episode is that true friends stick with you when the odds seem to be against you.

My only major complaint is that Wonder Woman wasn’t in the episode. It would have been hard for Batman to put him in the episode (he’s not a sci-fi character), so I’m not too upset he didn’t appear in this episode, but I would’ve still liked to have seen Wonder Woman appear. Oh, well, you can’t have everything, and it’s still a fine product.
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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 exhilarating, 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 how two-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
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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:
//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: //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: //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: //www.toonzone.net/comics/covers/jla/jla02.jpg

FOLLOWING MONTH: Issue #3
January 9th
The Justice League saves four space travelers from an unknown planet named Daxam! Are these weary refugees exiled freedom fighters or escaped convicts? And what happens when they discover the gift of…a yellow sun? Has the League found brand new friends, or brand new foes?
Written by Fabian Nicieza
Cover: Unavailable
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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!)

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Dear Two-Face

I was wondering if you had any plans to introduce another section like “No Man’s Island” again in the future. Thanks.

Regards
Tim Conlan

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TWO-FACE’S SIDE OF THE COIN

I’ll say this right now: I’d love to. I had a lot of fun writing my own “No Man’s Island” story for 19 issues last year and earlier this year, had hope to do something creative with this newsletter again sometime. 

The problem is that I don’t know if many of our subscribers wanted it there…it WAS long and questionable in parts, not to mention the fact that it did take a lot of my time to write. Perhaps if more people voted each issue I would be more inclined to do a second one. The creative side of me wants to, but the amateur marketing side of me thinks that I need something a little more concise.

That’s the other obstacle – what would I do? Another “No Man’s Island” might have the same results…I mean, I always had a gut feeling my original would come down to another Batman/Joker duel, and it DID…do we really need another one of those? No…even though it’d be fun to write, I’d rather do something new.

Does anyone out there have any ideas of what they’d like to see in a contest OR short fanfic section of the newsletter? Or should we drop these ideas altogether? What do you subscribers think?

Thanks for writing in, Tim!

I like the name, by the way.

;-Y
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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.

AWARDS AND REWARDS

671. For which BTAS episode did Paul Dini win a well-deserved Emmy award for
writing?

672. Which two newer-style BTAS episodes were nominated for various Emmy awards?

673. The episode A BULLET FOR BULLOCK won an Emmy award in what category?

674. What is the size of the bounty Rupert Thorne puts on Two-Face’s head?

675. Who, due to criminal activity, is unable to receive a humanitarian award?

676. How many Oscars have Matt Hagen, Mary Dahl, and Paige Monroe won, combined?

677. What episode won the Emmy Award judges over and granted BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES the award of OUTSTANDING ANIMATED PROGRAM in 1993?

678. When the Joker escapes from Arkham and kills the son of a millionaire, which villains try to bring the Joker in to get the reward? (This is in BGA#1.)

679. Which regularly appearing voice actor on BTAS has won an Academy Award?

680. What member of the BATMAN BEYOND crew won an Annie Award for his or her involvement with the episode, THE CALL (Pt. 1)?
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AND THESE ARE OUR FINAL ANSWERS (to the trivia)

Answer to #671: HEART OF ICE
Answer to #672: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT, JUDGEMENT DAY
Answer to #673: Best score (1995)
Answer to #674: 2 Million Dollars, of course.
Answer to #675: Ferris Boyle
Answer to #676: None, to our knowledge. (Puh-leaze! Mary Dahl?)
Answer to #677: ROBIN’S RECKONING (Pt. 1)
Answer to #678: Clayface, the Riddler
Answer to #679: Paul Williams (voice of the Penguin)
Answer to #690: Butch Lukic
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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. We’ve been out shopping.

CONTRIBUTED BY OTHERS:
(by “Terry Herrin”)
1) Did you ever notice that during the Sunday night showings of JUSTICE LEAGUE episodes, they’re shown in letterbox format? It’s odd, because the network is doing nothing to advertise it. If a buddy of mine hadn’t told me I still wouldn’t know. I did some A/B comparisons, and the letterboxed version is cropped on the top and bottom, but it looks like there is also a little bit more on each side. 

(by “Dark Lantern”)
2) A nitpick on semantics: while the Justice League are evacuating the Defiant in “The Enemy Below”, Superman declares, “That’s the last one.” while he’s carrying TWO crewmen.

3) While Green Lantern is sneaking his way to the downed Defiant, he clutches the side of a large Atlantean ship. As the ship passes over the guards in the next scene, we see GL clinging to the *bottom* of the ship. When we cut to the next scene where GL is about to move to the Defiant, he’s back at the side of the ship.

4) As Deadshot is trying to out-trace Superman in his van, we see his left foot is on the brake pedal, applying the same pressure as the accelerator before his right foot hits the gas.
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FIGURE THIS OUT!
(by Marc Rosenzweig)

Happy Holidays and welcome back to Gotham City’s very own toy info centre and another addition of FIGURE THIS OUT!

After taking the opportunity to get some holiday shopping done, I had to whip out my laptop and get this down on “paper”! Toys R Us has just received their HASBRO shipment & OOH my GAWWD!

Another version of the standard Batcave has been released but with a twist! The good people at Hasbro felt thought, “What good is a Wayne Manor/Batcave without a butler to help take care of it?” This latest version of the Batcave (titled a SHADOWCAST BATCAVE) comes with the elusive Alfred figure. Until now, this has only been available as a Toys R us EXCLUSIVE earlier last year in a 4 pack set just like the Commissioner Gordon figure!

The cave is made from the same standard molds used by Hasbro since 1992 when it was first released. The colors have been changed as to separate this year’s model from those manufactured previously and the Bat-computer screen stickers have been redone in the new animated style. If you do not already own one of the six different versions of this cave already, now is the time to go out and buy one just so you can get your hands on the ALFRED figure! At a retail price of just $49.99 it’s a steal!

They have been offered on eBay for the last few weeks and were selling as high as $80! Save your money and save your time…these will be available through the holiday shopping season. So add this to your want list so Santa or Hanukkah Harry can put this little ditty under your tree or in front of your menorah!

//www.geocities.com/twofacetower5/NewBatCave.jpg

Staying in line with the limited edition figures, Hasbro has also released an ANIMATED SUPERMAN 4 pack that I have only seen at Toys R Us. I haven’t had time to visit my local TARGET yet so I don’t know who else might have these. You may want to check K-Marts and Wal-Marts as well. The special edition figure in this package is that nosey report…LOIS LANE!

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Sculpted in the animated style, Lois sports a Red skirt with a matching blazer. She comes with her own pad and pen so she can take notes while on assignment.

Also included in this box set is a re-painted Superman figure, Lex Luthor and Brainiac.

Nothing special about the three accompanying figures, but I wouldn’t pass this one up!

I don’t know how long these will be in stores as the Alfred figure was so hard to get originally, don’t expect Hasbro to ever release a Daily Planet Play set, so don’t take a chance and don’t miss out. At a retail price of $19.99 you can’t afford not to buy this one yourself, don’t bother waiting for it to be a present under your tree!

Until next we meet!

GOD BLESS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ONE AND ALL!

Marc Rosenzweig
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FEATURED BATMAN INTERNET ENDEAVOURS FOR THIS ISSUE
(feel free to submit something for our consideration)

This space for rent.
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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 cagq64@hotmail.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
imasuperfan@hotmail.com

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: cointoss@hotmail.com

4) LOOKING FOR EPISODES:
All TNBA episodes and all Justice League episodes (Non-wide screen format only)
Contact dennisc@dcsi.net.au if you can or would like to help.

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
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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!

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NEWSGROUPS
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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
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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:

juno@dccnet.com

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.
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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
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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 juno@dccnet.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:
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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
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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.
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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 juno@dccnet.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
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