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Batman The Animated Newsletter #20

Batman: The Animated Newsletter
Week of March 15 – 20/21, 1999
Volume 2,
Rated: PG for some “low-key coarse language”

THIS WEEK’S SUBLIMINAL MESSAGE: “PUT ANIMATED MOVIE #3 IN THEATRES!”
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INTRODUCTION
Welcome to another action-packed issue of “Batman: The Animated Newsletter”!
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NEW IN THIS ISSUE
A new poll feature has been added to the newsletter, where you get to click on a link and participate in a poll that we have started. Topics will be different with every different newsletter.
ALSO we have a special report of the many Daytime Emmy Nominations that the Batman and Superman shows have been nominated for. Go see! Go see!
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DC’S ANIMATED LEGACY
In early 1990, in the aftermath of the blockbuster “Batman” film, ideas began to form about an animated Batman series. This task had been attempted in the past, from the 60’s to the 80’s, but the series were, moreover, a disappointment. However, in September of 1992, when “Batman: The Animated Series” debuted, it became a financial and critical success – seen as the best non-comics interpretation of Batman in history.
After 65 episodes, season two began in 1994 with a new name for the series – “The Adventures of Batman & Robin”. Like all other aspects of the Bat-mythos in that year, things lightened up a bit – mostly due to Robin playing a heavier role in the series. In 1995, the series passed away silently with 85 episodes, a feature-film, and 4 Emmy awards under its Bat-belt.
In 1996, the BTAS team moved on to work on a series for DC’s other major hero, Superman. After 13 episodes, the season got off to a shaky start, but when it was paired up with Batman in the fall of 1997, it got the exposure it needed and began to thrive. In this year, Batman was renewed and 24 more episodes (including a number of crossovers with Superman) were given the go-ahead.
Just as the 1998/99 season of Batman/Superman was drawing to a close, the WB team surprised us once again with a new animated series – a futuristic version of Batman entitled “BATMAN BEYOND”. The season has just begun and it’s already a hit! This is the episode the WB team will be working on until the end of the 1999/2000 season. What will follow? Rumor right now is…MORE BATMAN (the regular one)! Woohoo!
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DAYTIME EMMY AWARD NOMINATIONS

Here’s a look at all the categories either Batman or Superman have been nominated for at the 1999 Daytime Emmy Awards, and who they’re competition is. Thanks to Brian Cruz for the info!

***SPECIAL CLASS – ANIMATED PROGRAM***
-HOW THINGS WERK * ABC
-ROLIE POLIE OLIE * DIS
-LIFE WITH LOUIE * FOX
-STEVEN SPIELBERG PRESENTS: PINKY AND THE BRAIN * WB
-THE NEW BATMAN/SUPERMAN ADVENTURES * WB
-THE SYLVESTER & TWEETY MYSTERIES * WB

***SOUND MIXING – SPECIAL CLASS***
-ARTHUR * PBS
-THE NEW BATMAN/SUPERMAN ADVENTURES * WB
-SESAME STREET * PBS
-STEVEN SPIELBERG PRESENTS: PINKY, ELMYRA & THE BRAIN * WB

***MUSIC DIRECTION & COMPOSITION***
-CASPER * FOX
-LIONHEARTS * SYN
-THE NEW BATMAN/SUPERMAN ADVENTURES * WB
“LEGEND OF THE DARK NIGHT”
SHIRLEY WALKER, COMPOSER
-THE NEW BATMAN/SUPERMAN ADVENTURES * WB
“LITTLE GIRL LOST,PART 1”
LOLITA RITMANIS, COMPOSER
-THE NEW BATMAN/SUPERMAN ADVENTURES * WB
“JUDGEMENT DAY”
MICHAEL MCCUISTION, COMPOSER
-SESAME STREET * PBS
-STEVEN SPIELBERG PRESENTS: ANIMANIACS * WB
-STEVEN SPIELBERG PRESENTS: PINKY AND THE BRAIN * WB
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NEW EPISODE(S)
This section will just basically give an insight into what the new episodes are about and hopefully a synopsis of the episode. This section will feature both new Superman and new Batman episodes.

THE LOSS OF THE WB ON WGN: Beginning this fall, the WB will no longer be carried on WGN-TV’s national feed to avoid conflicts with other WB affiliates. WGN-TV will continue carrying the prime time WB in the Chicago area. If you’re outside the Chicago area and know of no other way to pick up the WB, you may call them at (818)977-5000 for more information. This is taken from the info section of the WGN website, //www.wgn.com . Thank you for Peter Destructo for pointing this out.

The WB WILL be shown on a new channel called “WeB” – I know little about this – but if you can get that channel, I’m pretty sure the WB shows would be on.

‘DEAD MAN’S HAND’
Batman Beyond #06
Air date: March 20, 1999
The Future Knight takes on the Royal Flush Gang – and one of them develops a crush on Terry. Rumor of a Catwoman appearance of sorts.

‘DEMON REBORN’
Superman #??
Air date: ??
BATMAN’S FINAL CURRENT-DAY ANIMATED APPEARANCE! This episode, originally entitled “Rise of the Demon”, features Batman and Superman teaming up to take down Ra’s Al Ghul. One parter, probably – WOOHOO! THE BAT IS BACK! This’ll probably air in May.

‘LEGACY (Pt. 1 & 2)’
Superman #??
Air date: ??
This two-parter, featuring the final showdown between Superman and Darksied, will be the season finale, airing this May.
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WB ANIMATION SCHEDULES:
(courtesy of Brian Cruz and/or the official BTAS/STAS site)

This section of the newsletter highlights the schedule and times that WB airs The New Batman/Superman Adventures. For most affiliates it airs Monday – Friday at 4pm (ET) and Saturdays beginning at 8am (ET). WGN airs Batman/Superman Monday – Friday at 10am (ET) and Sundays beginning at 8am (ET). There’s a chance that your local WB channel airs it at a different time. To find out when, we recommend you follow this URL (provided by Toonzone): //www.toonzone.net/brian/stations/index.htmlPS – Remember that “Batman Beyond” airs 30 minutes AFTER “Batman/Superman” is over, because “Men In Black” has been squeezed in between.

Mon 3-15-99: Batman #068 Trial
Superman #32 The Late Mr. Kent

Tue 3-16-99: Superman #07 Feeding Time
Batman #093 Growing Pains

Wed 3-17-99: Batman #033 The Laughing Fish
Superman #19 Target

Thu 3-18-99: Superman #15 Ghost in the Machine
Batman #097 Over the Edge

Fri 3-19-99: Batman #091 Never Fear
Superman #24 Solar Power

Sat 3-20-99: Batman #104 Legends of the Dark Knight
Superman #50 In Brightest Day
B-BEYOND #06 Dead Man’s Hand ——–NEW!!!

Note: All episodes #86 and onward of BATMAN are considered THE NEW BATMAN ADVENTURES while the original 85 are considered BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES (BTAS) episodes.
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CARTOON NETWORK WB ANIMATION SCHEDULE:
“Yabba Dabba Doom”
(courtesy of Brian Cruz)

THE CARTOON NETWORK was able to get the exclusive rights to 52 episodes of the classic Batman: The Animated Series, as well as MASK OF THE PHANTASM and SUB-ZERO. If our schedule listings is not complete or up to date then please go to TOONZONE for the complete episode schedule:
//www.toonzone.net/brian/schedules/batman-cn.html

Mon 3-15-99: #38 Heart of Steel Part One
Tue 3-16-99: #44 Heart of Steel Part Two
Wed 3-17-99: #39 If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Rich?
Thu 3-18-99: #40 Joker’s Wild
Fri 3-19-99: #41 Tyger Tyger

NOTE #1: These schedules MAY be inaccurate. These are just educated guesses.
NOTE #2: BATMAN & MR. FREEZE: SUB-ZERO will be airing again on CARTOON NETWORK on May 22nd at 8pm (ET) as apart of their CARTOON THEATRE
NOTE #3: CARTOON NETWORK will be having a BATMAN ‘SUPER-CHUNK’ on May 29th. The 3 hour BATMAN Super-Chunk will be from 4pm-7pm (ET). The ‘SUPER-CHUCK’ means that we’ll have three hours worth of BATMAN episodes.
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EPISODE REVIEW: (SPOILERS!)
(by Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton)

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”:

MAIN PAGE: //www.angelfire.com/tx/TimTwoFace/index.html
BTAS PAGE: //www.angelfire.com/tx/TimTwoFaceText/bats.html


CULT OF THE CAT
Story by Paul Dini, Stan Berkowitz
Written by Stan Berkowitz
Directed by Butch Lukic
Animation by Dong Yang
Original air date (USA): September 18, 1998
My rating: ***

This episode is a landmark – it’s episode #100 for “Batman: The Animated Series”! It’s also unique in one other way…BATMAN IS WORKING ALONE AGAIN!

As for the plot, it’s somewhat…weird. Catwoman, master-theif, has accidentally crossed paths with “The Cult of the Cat”, a gang of super-thugs who, not suprisingly, don’t dress all that different from her. She was stealing yet more jewels, got caught, and now they thirst for her blood – I don’t think any of Catwoman’s “victims” have chased her down personally before…I liked that idea.

Meanwhile, Batman is wrapping up some thugs he just caught; Catwoman broke into the Batmobile (it must be a “Schumacher-mobile” – no shields or anything) and waits for Batman to return, so she can strike a deal with him to protect her. He agrees, but only if she returns everything she’s ever stolen in her life – she reluctantly agrees.

The Cult attacks them again, and after a lengthly battle, snag Catwoman and take her off to their headquarters, where the leader, Thomas Blake (although it’s never mentioned in the episode, he is better known as “Cat-Man”) intends to convert her over to the Cult’s religion – a religion dating back to Ancient Egypt, where the followers dress as cats and commit thefts and such; Catwoman’s cup of tea, eh?

Catwoman is left waiting in a bedroom (some nice subtle sexual innuendo here…kinda cool…much better than in “The Ultimate Thrill”), and as soon as she’s alone, she starts stealing from them again. Batman comes to rescue her, and notices this; Catwoman knocks him out with a clock on the noggin’ and Thomas enters, hearing the noise; Catwoman explains that Batman was trying to rescue her (against her wishes), and Thomas takes him to an arena in another part of the house.

Batman is then placed in a pit/arena where a giant mutant cat (about the size of a triceratops) is siced on him, and what ensues is a very brutal fight, reminiscent of the Christians-VS-the lions “games” in Ancient Rome. This is one of the few scenes in which Batman actually bleeds – and his costume is ripped to shreds – it’s amazing that the censors let this pass – it’s very…graphic!

The episode, on the whole, is well done. Not spectacular, but certainly a good solid show. Catwoman’s role is well written, and the Cult is rather gothic and sets the tone of the episode quite well. I was very pleased to see that Catsy did not have a “damsel in distress” role in this episode, like she did in “Tyger, Tyger” and “Cat Scratch Fever”. Her double-cross after double-cross keeps the story moving along swiftly; the fact that she saves the day BUT gets away scott-free with all the stolen goods is a nice touch at the end.

My favourite scene, however, has got to be the terrificly animated scene where Batman and Catwoman are escaping from the Cult by climbing up an industrial chimney – right before the Cult sets its aflame – very cool.

If you like Catwoman, you’d like this episode. If you prefer the “older style” of episode story telling, you’d like this episode. Woo hoo!
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BATMAN:THE ANIMATED NEWSLETTER POLL

This poll is basically on what you like, and where you can show your opinions. This poll will
cover everything from your favorite animated show (like Batman or Superman) to your favorite episode or issue and favorite sections of this newsletter. This poll will have no specified time length so vote as soon as you can! The poll could be up as short as one week or as
long as two months!

**Watch the ‘Introduction’ section for when the newest poll is posted!**

Batman:The Animated Newsletter Poll #1
//apps3.vantagenet.com/zpolls/poll.asp?id=938193849
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THE ORIGINAL 85
(by E. Nygma)

E. Nygma was unable to submit his reviews for the printing of this letter, but fear not, he will return shortly!
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EDITORAL
(by Laura Hysert, aka “Phoenix”)

Laura will be back ASAP. Be patient, my children.
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TO INFINITY AND BEYOND
– a column dedicated to “Batman Beyond”
(by Ed Wiser)
ewiser@iglou.com

Mr. Wiser was unable to submit an article for this column at the printing of this newsletter. But fear not, he WILL return shortly!
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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! *EVIL LAUGH* This trivia is all animated-related in some form, and can deal with ANY aspect of the show or comics. Some are easy, some are not. Now have fun – let’s see how well you do! Answers are provided in the following section.

While I was typing this up my family was watching English Premiere Football (soccer *S*) in the background, which really distracted me. Then it hit me like a bolt of lightning – do a quiz on SPORTS! And so, I did.

86. What is the name of Gotham City’s football team?

A: “GOTHAM RAIDERS”
B: “GOTHAM CITY PACKERS”
C: “GOTHAM VIGILANTES”
D: “GOTHAM KNIGHTS”
E: “GOTHAM CITY 69ers”

87. One episode of BTAS begins with a robbery at a boxing match. Which villain is behind that particular robbery?

A: CATWOMAN
B: BANE
C: KILLER CROC
D: TWO-FACE
E: THE VENTRILOQUIST

88. Which of the following characters was a wrestler at one point in his/her life?

A: KILLER CROC
B: HARVEY BULLOCK
C: BANE
D: MAYOR HAMILTON HILL
E: ALFRED PENNYWORTH

89. In which episode does “the hockey team from hell” appear?

A: “HEART OF ICE”
B: “DEEP FREEZE”
C: “COLD COMFORT”
D: “MELTDOWN” (Batman Beyond)
E: No episodes have stooped that low, yet, thank God.

90. In which episode did Batman actually use a baseball bat in a fight sequence?

A: “SHADOW OF THE BAT (Pt. 1)”
B: “CHRISTMAS WITH THE JOKER”
C: “MAD LOVE”
D: “HARLEY’S HOLIDAY”
E: “TERROR IN THE SKY”
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ANSWERS TO THE TRIVIA

Answer to #86: ‘D’
Answer to #87: ‘E’
Answer to #88: ‘A’
Answer to #89: ‘E’
Answer to #90: ‘B’
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LITTLE FACTS
(by Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton)

Here is a section that just points out various little facts that we have noticed while watching BTAS and STAS countless times. If you have anything to contribute, feel free to do so! Enjoy!

CONBTRIBUTED BY STAFF:
1) Didja know that Superman makes an appearance in “Love is a Croc”? He’s on the front page of the Daily Planet that Killer Croc shows to Baby-Doll when he says that “even the out o’ town rags (?) are talkin’ about us.”

2) Was Councilman Arthur Reaves (from “Mask of the Phantasm”) named in honour of BTAS writer Michael Reaves? Anyone know?

3) The voice of Grace Lamont, Murphy Cross, had a guest appearance on “Night Court” where she had some type of connection to the voice of Two-Face, Richard Moll, who was a regular on the series. So in the Two-Face two-parter, they were re-united. Ain’t ‘dat sweet?

CONTRIBUTED BY OTHERS:
(“Oziemandus”)
4) In the Batman Beyond episode “Shriek”, when Terry is in Shrieks lair and is listening to the music from the little radio, you can hear that it is the theme for the Jokerz gang. Check it out.
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BATMAN: THE ANIMATED FIGURES
(by Kevin Smith)
ktsmit2@ilstu.edu
Oh_Ho77@hotmail.com

– Kevin Smith was unable to provide a toy review for this week. Fortunately, someone else submitted something toy related (sorry, I honestly don’t remember who sent this to us – I apologize, but thanks anyways…*S*). Wanna voice your opinion on BATMAN BEYOND toys? Or just contact the fellas at Hasbro? E-mail the following address below…again, I apologize to whomever sent this to us!

“WE WANT BETTER BATMAN BEYOND ACTION FIGURES!!!!!”

That’s the cry from angry toy collectors who have seen these so-called toys. I wouldn’t even use these toys for paper weights! If you want your voice to be heard, then email this address below and let Hasbro here your opinions, and please…do it FAST!!!!
consumer_support@hasbro.com
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COMIC REVIEWS
(by Aaron Maurer)

BATMAN: GOTHAM ADVENTURES
ISSUE: “Never an Option” (#12)
WRITTEN BY: Ty Templeton
PENCILED BY: Rick Burchett
INKED BY: Terry Beatty
ISSUED: March 3, 1999 (Cover date is May)
RATING: **.5 (out of 5)

“Of course you get to live. You’re one of the good guys.” -Two-Face to Batman

SUMMARY: After being caught in customs, some smugglers take a hostage, but Two-Face surprisingly drops in and stops them. Later, at police headquarters, Harvey Dent’s psychiatrist discusses several cases of Two-Face acting as good guy with Batman and Commisioner Gordon. She reveals that Harvey is using a weighted coin that always lands good side up; this coupled with his identity of the Judge has caused him to make decent decisions. She is worried, though, that Harvey has some sort of death wish since the Judge sentenced him to death for all his crimes. Batman finds out from an accomplice of Two-Face what he is planning
next, but he is inabled by a statue, so Harvey gets away. However, through deductive reasoning, Batman figures out what Harvey is up to. Meanwhile, Two-Face is planning to get out of Gotham with help from members of the Janus Corporation (see “The Lost Years” for background). However, he double-crosses them, and sends them out with parachutes. Batman has been clinging to the outside of the plane this whole time and he swoops in for a skirmish with Dent. Only one parachute is left and the controls to the plane are ruined, so Two-Face says that if the good side comes up, Batman gets the parachute and Harvey dies. Batman tells him that the coin is rigged, but he says it doesn’t matter, and when good side comes up, he leaps out of the plane. Batman takes the parachute and jumps after him, grabbing him and opening the chute just as the plane crashes.

COMMENTS: This issue had some good things going for it. First, it incorporated characters from the show (Harvey’s shrink, the twin henchguys (Min and Max)) nicely. It’s always interesting to see supporting characters again, and this book does a great job. Next, the reference to Two-Face’s drug smuggling a few years ago was made. This was a nice, relevant reference to the Lost Years. Also, the art in this issue was, as always, superb. (Check out the final page, for example.) I also like the little gags and nuances a lot. Don’t the two drug smugglers from the very beginning of the issue bear a suspicious resemblance to Kevin Smith’s Jay and Silent Bob?…

CRITICISMS: All in all, I didn’t feel that this story had too much depth. It was just another “switch the coin on Two-Face” escapade with a few rather pointless fights. However, I did like the ending; the last few pages were very dramatic and hopeful. Still, it was too little, too
late.

BOTTOM LINE: If you’re a fan of Two-Face, you might enjoy this; otherwise, you may be disappointed.
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COMIC SCHEDULES & COVERING THE BASICS

This section gives a little bit more indepth look into each monthly issue of BATMAN: GOTHAM ADVENTURES and SUPERMAN ADVENTURES. Below each comic listing is a link to the cover of that comic. TALK ABOUT SERVICE!
The price is $1.99 in the US and..grrrrr…a whopping $3.25 in Canada. (Both our editors and many subscribers are Canadian, hence the “grrr”.)

BATMAN: GOTHAM ADVENTURES #13
April 7th
It’s the return of Mastermind, the Perfessor and Mister Nice (from the pages of the original BATMAN ADVENTURES series)! This criminal trio has faced its share of challenges in the past, but now a visit from a strange child could lead to the dissolution of their partnership, if not their very lives! Can Batman save some of his greatest enemies?
Cover: //www.dccomics.com/directcurrents/comics/covers/download/dbmga13.jpg

NEXT MONTH: – The final issue of “Gotham Adventures” written by Ty Templeton (we’ll miss you)! This issue follows-up on the storyline in , where Harley resists being seduced by the dark side and returning to the Joker. Her romance novel is panned by critics so she goes on a rampage involving…mind control?
Cover: //www.toonzone.net/comics/covers/bga/bga14.jpg

BATMAN BEYOND #3
March 17th
One of the all-new villains from the Batman Beyond animated series menaces the Batman of the future. As the radioactive foe known as Blight tries to procure a substance that will help him render inert all the sources of power in Gotham City, Batman might have to choose between stopping the villain and saving a group of homeless kids who get in the
Cover: //www.toonzone.net/comics/covers/bb/bb3.jpg

NEXT MONTH: Issue #4 – Etrigan, the Demon, makes an appearance.
Cover: //www.dccomics.com/directcurrents/comics/covers/download/dbmb4.jpg

SUPERMAN ADVENTURES #32
April 7th
Meet Daily Planet janitor Ben Sullivan’s girlfriend…Lois Lane? Ben, a mild-mannered staffer with a huge crush on Lois, accidentally becomes the object of the reporter’s affections when she’s hit by a supervillain’s hypnotic device. Now Ben’s in seventh heaven while Superman not only must foil a foe who can plant hypnotic suggestions in anyone’s mind, but also find a way to break Lois’s trance before it becomes irreversible!
Cover: //www.toonzone.net/comics/covers/sa/sa32.jpg

NEXT MONTH:
Superman’s greatest enemies have never figured out that Clark Kent and the Man of Steel are one and the same person — until now. Who’s learned the world’s greatest secret, and how can Clark prove him wrong before he reveals it to the entire world?
Cover: //www.toonzone.net/comics/covers/sa/sa33.jpg
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ANIMATED NEWS AND RUMORS

OTHER
-Wanna hear more of Ra’s Al Ghul’s vocals? David Warner, the actor who provides his voice, has a role in the new “Wing Commander” movie. Check it out – if you wanna pay!
-Kids’WB! Has announced their 1999-2000 schedule. There will be two new shows this fall “On The Ropes”, and “Detention”. For the full fall line-up go here:
//detnews.com/metro/hobbies/comix/stories/9903/10/index.htm#2
-Also next fall, here is the schedule for THE NEW BATMAN/SUPERMAN ADVENTURES and BATMAN BEYOND:

WEEKDAYS:
4pm-5pm(ET): THE NEW BATMAN/SUPERMAN ADVENTURES
Repeats of The New Batman/Superman Adventures will rotae with repeats of the first season of Batman Beyond. No new episodes of Batman Beyond will premiere during weekdays.
WEEKENDS:
8am-8:30am(ET): THE NEW BATMAN/SUPERMAN ADVENTURES
Repeats of The New Batman/Superman Adventures. The weekend installment is expected to regain its hour long status later in the season.
9am(ET): BATMAN BEYOND
All-New episodes of BATMAN BEYOND will premiere on weekends as well as repeats of the previous season. For the full line-up, follow the COMIC BOOK CONTINUUM link above.

MOVIES
-The problems surrounding the eternally-postponed SPIDERMAN movie have now been solved! Yes, I know that Spiderman has nothing to do with DC – or DOES he? Y’see, this is the first major threat to the Bat-franchise so this will make WB’s work on the next Bat-film much more interesting to watch!
-As for “Superman Lives” – it isn’t shelved, but is in what is pleasantly referred to as “development hell” right now. As far as the WB is concerned, even “Batman 5” is closer to being made than Supie.
-BCTV/CTV (in Canada) will be showing “BATMAN RETURNS” at from 1:30 am to 4am on March 15.
-NBC will be showing “BATMAN FOREVER” from 8:30pm to 11pm on April 4th

“CURRENT” ANIMATED SERIES’
-An interview with Michael Reaves, one of co-creators on BTAS, Gargoyles, and Invasion America can be found just by following the link:
//www.animationartist.com/interviews/Michael_Reaves/michael_reaves.html

BATMAN BEYOND
-Ra’s Al Ghul is currently NOT planned to be on BEYOND. However, Talia IS. (Where’s Ubu?)
-Batman Beyond has reportedly been signed to a 52 episode commitment! We’ll be seeing a lot of new episodes next fall on its weekend show. Repeats of Batman Beyond will rotate with repeats of Batman/Superman this fall on THE NEW BATMAN/SUPERMAN ADVENTURES weekday installments. New episodes will premiere only in the weekend BATMAN BEYOND time slot.

ANIMATED COMICS
-Bane is the villain in of GOTHAM ADVENTURES.
-Inque returns in BATMAN BEYOND #6.
-We previously reported that GOTHAM ADVENTURES, SUPERMAN ADVENTURES, BATMAN BEYOND, and the other WB and Cartoon Network books were getting a new editor. This turned out to be a misunderstanding – an inside source has told us that Darren Vincenzo remains as the editor of all the afformentioned “animated” comics. A new editor IS going to appear for the other DC titles though, apparently. Thanks, inside source! 🙂
-Terry Beatty returns to working on “Gotham Adventures” with .
-Rick Burchett is taking a break from “Gotham Adventures” for the time being.

OTHER COMICS
-See the “Road Through No Man’s Land” section below.

TOYS & MERCHANDISE
-The “Mission Masters” series continues in Wave 4 of the new-style animated figures. Riddler is the featured villain and there will undoubtedly be a multitude of hero variants – including a new Batman, and, finally, another Robin (Tim Drake)!
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THE ROAD THROUGH NO MAN’S LAND
(by Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton)

Yes, I know this isn’t really an animated topic, but I thought, hey, it’s Batman’s 60th anniversary, and this is the big event that celebrates it, so I should have a section dedicated to this year-long crossover. Besides, so far it’s been excellent in every issue. We have this section split up into two parts – the first saying what has already happened, the second previewing what’s to come. Enjoy!

UP UNTIL NOW…
After 100 days of absence, Batman has returned, and took down the Ventriloquist and Scarface; Rhino no runs that sector of town under Batman’s control. The GCPD have eliminated the “lesser” gangs in Gotham by starting up a bloody turf war. Batgirl has appeared here and there, and has also encountered Batman himself. Pretty much all the villains have made an appearance as a cameo by now.
The Scarecrow took up refuge in the “Faith Sector” of town, and tries to get them to get into a major gang-war with the Penguin and Black Mask. The Huntress is the only hope once Father Chris agrees to store Penguin’s weapons at the church in exchange for food. Batman and Huntress eventually take the Scarecrow down – but he’s still on the loose.
Then we see a flashback of Rene Montoya in Downtown Gotham, where she runs into good-Samaritan Two-Face, who is helping the people there, due to the luck of the coin. Batgirl saves a couple from the Joker’s old hideout, and Harold (Batman’s mechanic) runs into Gotham to “help fix things”.
The most recent story arc pits Batman against the Penguin at the Iceberg Lounge – and he wins a small victory, and the Penguin loses some of his power in Gotham. Batgirl also appears. And Gordon makes a deal with the devil – figuratively speaking – but no one knows who this devil is…

That’s 11 issues of NML so far. For a complete list, e-mail us.

AS FOR THE OTHER HEROES:
Superman just paid a visit to Bludhaven, to help Nightwing with dealing with the influx of homeless Gothamites. Robin and the Flash are still in hot pursuit of the Riddler and Cpt. Boomerang. They will return to Gotham, but when?
Superman himself arrives in Gotham this April in Batman #566.
Catwoman’s not really a hero, but I’ll include her here anyhow. She’s still searching the world for more pretty things. Paris didn’t satisfy her – but will New York? She will eventually return to Gotham.

WHAT’S TO COME…
-For the rest of March, we will see Batman and Batgirl confronting underworld kingpin Black Mask.
-May, we see the GCPD confront the Penguin, and Batman confronts Two-Face.
-Francine Langstrom comes to the Penguin for help, which results in Man-Bat returning to Gotham.
-Batgirl’s identity will be revealed in June, in “Legends of the Dark Knight” #120!
-Also in June, Robin returns to aid Batman in the three-part “Fruit of the Earth” story-arc, featuring Poison Ivy and Clayface.
-See more below.

AND AS FOR THE REMAINING VILLAINS…
-Mr. Freeze seizes control of the power plant to stay alive – and to have something valuable to trade with the rest of society. His story involves – a plumber?
-Bane tries to gain control of the city – again – but has to break in from the outside – across the river filled with land mines.
-Poison Ivy has sought refuge in the Robinson Park and turned it into a Garden-of-Eden paradise. But then Clayface appears and turns this Eden into a Hell for Ivy.
-Man-Bat appears, thanks to the Penguin
-Penguin seems to have the only access to points of the world OUTSIDE of Gotham, and basically rules the city, living in luxury. The GCPD will move in on him during the first major turf war in NO MAN’S LAND.
-Two-Face has seized control of the political and financial districts in Downtown Gotham, and has a unique tie to Rene Montoya of the GCPD. While the GCPD confronts the Penguin, Batman tries to take Two-Face down but fails in his first attempt. Two-Face then releases the Russian assassin “Echo” from Blackgate Prison, who goes on a killing spree, with a bounty on Batgirl’s head.
-The Joker doesn’t appear as a major player until close to the end, along with the new, improved Harley Quinn – whom will appear in civilian form mid-way through the crossover.
-The Mad Hatter, Killer Croc, Mr. Zsasz, and various other “lesser” villains have their own chunks of Gotham to rule as well.
-Ra’s Al Ghul, meanwhile, is in Washington D.C. battling Anarky in his new ongoing series.
-Other villain heavyweights like Firefly will most likely have roles as well, but no details have been given for them yet.
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TWO-FACE’S TRADING POST
(by Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton)

I know that there are many people out there that collect Batman OR Superman items – like
myself. I only started a year ago and, believe me, finding some of these items (like action figures) that were released a couple years ago is pretty tough! So, I decided to start up a
little section in the newsletter to help out our fellow Bat-fans. I can only personally guarantee that my entries are 100% true, for I saw these items with my own eyes. So we’re working on the honour system here. Sound fair?

ALSO if you are LOOKING for something, e-mail me and I can put your request in the “WANT TO BUY” section. There is the possibility that a fellow subscriber is willing to sell what you’re looking for!

Well, if this section proves to not be a help for anyone, I’ll just abandon it. But I thought I should give it a try. If anyone has any items they’d like to post in this section, feel free to do so – just give a brief description, name, e-mail address. Thank you!

IMPORTANT QUERY: Many fans have been unable to see any of the new-style BTAS episodes, and any of the STAS or BATMAN BEYOND episodes. Can someone who is in the know point out a website that tells the copyright laws regarding taping episodes off the TV and selling them to people who want ’em? I’m not saying we’re doing this – but I know it would help many out. So if anyone has any official info on this (or, better yet, if someone from the WB network contact us), that’d be great. In the meantime, we won’t be selling or trading any home-recorded BTAS episodes here.

Well, here we go! I hope this helps out someone out there!

1. THE MAD HATTER. Yup! Editor Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton has one spare BTAS “Mad Hatter” figure in his possession that he is willing to get rid of. This is the only Mad Hatter figure in existance (to our collective knowledge), and is a wonderful figure besides! Sure, that was a shameless plug, but it IS a cool figure. If interested, e-mail him at: juno@direct.ca

2. THE CREEPER. Anyone want this figure? Mail editor Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton and he’ll be able to find one for you. E-mail: juno@direct.ca

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WANTS TO BUY

1. CLAYFACE. Anyone know where to get a “Legends of the Dark Knight” Clayface figure? I know it’s not animated, but it still counts for this column…can anyone help? E-mail: juno@direct.ca _______________________________
FEATURED BAT-SITES FOR THIS ISSUE

**BTAS VOICE ACTORS AT THE “TOWER OF TRANQUILITY AND TERROR”**

I know that it may seem selfish to promote my own site in my own newsletter, but I thought this would help everyone out. At TWO-FACE’S TOWER OF TRANQUILITY AND TERROR I have added a new section that focuses on the actors for BTAS, providing pics, short bios, sound bytes, and more! If you wanna check it out, go here:

//www.angelfire.com/tx/TimTwoFaceText/voices.html

To check out the rest of the site, go to THIS address:
//www.angelfire.com/tx/TimTwoFace/index.html

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**BATMAN NEWSLETTER IN THE UK**

Starting soon, a brand new Batman newsletter from the United Kingdom. Brian Davis, well known UK Batfan will be bringing you all the gossip regarding Batman from the UK. There will be exclusive news, reviews and interviews. You will get the news as it happens !!! Hear what the UK think of the latest Batman projects. This monthly newsletter will be very entertaining for fans in all parts of the world. To subscribe simply e-mail here:

batmanUK-subscribe@listbot.com

If you would like to write a letter or ask some questions for the letter section then please e-mail Brian at: BDavis2613@aol.com
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ANIMATED BATMAN/SUPERMAN SITES:

* – indicates a shameless plug for a site a certain double-faced editor created with his bare hands – in other words, a cheap advertising technique.

OFFICIAL SITES
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THE NEW BATMAN/SUPERMAN ADVENTURES
//www.batman-superman.com
BATMAN:THE ANIMATED SERIES
//www.batmantas.com
BATMAN BEYOND
//www.batmanbeyond.com
SUB-ZERO: THE DEFINTIE GUIDE
//www.batman-subzero.com
DC COMICS
//www.dccomics.com
TOON ZONE
//www.toonzone.net
RAVING TOY MANIAC
//www.toymania.com
VOICE CHASERS
//www.voicecharsers.org

UNOFFICIAL SITES
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*TWO-FACE’S TOWER OF TRANQUILITY AND TERROR
//www.angelfire.com/tx/TimTwoFace/index.html
BRIAN CRUZ’ WB CARTOON PAGE
//www.toonzone.net/brian/index.html
BRIAN’S BATMAN PAGE
//members.aol.com/bdavis2613/main.html
GOTHAM GAZETTE
//members.aol.com/gothamajp
BATMAN: THE ANIMATED HOMEPAGE
//www3.sympatico.ca/quartet/home.htm
RA’S AL GHUL’S THE LAZARUS PIT
//www.aitnet.et/lazaruspit
ANIMANIA
//hjem.get2net.dk/twt/home.htm
HARLEY’S HAVEN OF HEDONISM
//www.angelfire.com/hi/harlequinhideaway
THE ANIMATED BAT
//www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Academy/7382/index.html
BATMAN/SUPERMAN SNAP JUDGMENTS
//www.snapjudgments.com/batsup.html
BATMAN BEYOND MULTIMEDIA
//www.prophecysite.com/batman.htm
THE BATCOMPUTER
//members.spree.com/batcomputer
BATMAN: FOREVER KNIGHT
//batman.techv.net
WORLD’S FINEST
//members.spree.com/sip/worldsfinest
CHARACTERS ON THE ADVENTURES OF BATMAN & ROBIN
//www.xse.com/leres/batman.html
ARKHAM ASYLUM
//animation.acmecity.com/saturday/352
JLA: THE ANIMATED SERIES
//animation.acmecity.com/character/375
THE NEW BATMAN ADVENTURES: THE UNOFFICIAL SITE
//www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Makeup/5158

MESSAGE BOARDS
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HEAVY DUTY DUBBAS DISCUSSION CENTER
//members.spree.com/sip/hddboards
SUPERMAN: THE ANIMATED MESSAGE BOARD
//www.insidetheweb.com/mbs.cgi/mb158314

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:

btaninfo@yahoo.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 artcile, and everyone is entitled to it.
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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 archives contain past newsletters and is semi-regularly updated with the latest one. To check it out go here:

TOONZONE’s BATMAN: THE ANIMATED NEWSLETTER ARCHIVES
//www.toonzone.net/wbc/btan

If you’re interested in information about the newsletter or are just plain curious about some of our news, schedules, websites, etc… then please e-mail here:

btaninfo@yahoo.com
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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@direct.ca and put SUBSCRIBE in the subject line.

For more information the newsletter just email btaninfo@yahoo.com
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, jokes, reviews and other articles. We hope you’ve all enjoyed it as much as we’ve enjoyed making it! See ya next time!

CREDITS FOR BATMAN: THE ANIMATED NEWSLETTER

EDITORS: Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton and “Dick Grayson”
AIR DATE SCHEDULES: Brian Cruz
BTAS REVIEWS: Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton
EDITORIAL: Laura Hysert
BATMAN BEYOND COLUMN: Ed Wiser
COMIC REVIEWS: Aaron Maurer
TOY REVIEW: Kevin Smith
ORIGINAL BTAS REVIEWS: “E. Nygma”
“BTAN ARCHIVES” MODERATOR: Eileen Delgadillo
TRIVIA: Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton
ROAD THROUGH NO MAN’S LAND: Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton
TWO-FACE’S TRADING POST: Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton
PROMOTIONS AND JUST GETTIN’ THE WORD AROUND: Dick Grayson, Eileen Delgadillo, Brian Cruz, Brian Davis
THOSE WHO FILL IN FOR OTHERS WHEN THEY FOUL UP:-P Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton
DELIVERY: Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton
E-MAIL RECEPTION HANDLING: Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton
BATMAN CREATED BY: Bob Kane (who else?)

All elements in this newsletter have been copyrighted (copywritten?) by DC Comics, 1999.
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