Batman: The Animated Newsletter
Week of April 12 – April 24/25, 1999
Rated: PG for some “low-key coarse language and, recently, A LOT OF griping”
THIS WEEK’S SUBLIMINAL MESSAGE: “THE BTAS/BEYOND CONTROVERSY CONTINUES. KEEP FIGHTING, MY CHILDREN.”
Welcome to another edition of “Batman: The Animated Newsletter”. Enjoy!
The title explains it all. “Batman: The Animated Newsletter” was actually mentioned at the Cinescape Online site! Here’s the URL. WOOOHOOO!
Or look under Monday, April 5, at 4 PM.
We have also just passed our 800 subscriber mark! Thank you to all our subscribers for your support and interest!
SPECIAL IN THIS ISSUE
Director Boyd Kirkland has returned for another insightful look at the animated world of Batman in this issue. Scroll down past the “Episode Review” section to read what he has to say!
This issue also marks the debut of our second editorialist, Michael Mandeville. YAY!
NOTE: This issue will cover the next two weeks – there will be no newsletter delivery on April 18, due to complications in the lives of the editors – damn those university exams. We will return on April 25, with a very special . See you in two weeks!
(by Bat-fans anonymous)
Not since “Batman & Robin” has there been an uproar on this scale about the potential destruction of our favourite hero.
First they took about BTAS/STAS in favor of a new animated series. Then the same thing seemed to happen with the toy lines. Now, the final straw. Legions of fans are outraged about the fact that the proposed Batman: The Animated Movie #3 was shelved just a week before the recordings were to begin! In favor of what? A Batman BEYOND movie.
Why? No one knows for certain. Our best bet is that because Batman Beyond IS getting good ratings – and because the producers of BTAS/STAS are just bored with doing something they’ve been working on for years. This is the reason why I have decided that a year-long hiatus from BTAS and STAS, and a focus on BEYOND wasn’t a bad idea. But now they take away the chance of an animated movie that’s been in the planning stages for months? I imagine that Boyd Kirkland and Randy Rogel are really hurt by this…I certainly would be. Sacrificing a quality show for a show that, while good, is still just living off hype, is terrible – just a way to make a quick buck. By the time this BATMAN BEYOND movie would come out, the novelty of the show would have worn off. A good compromise would be to have BATMAN: THE ANIMATED MOVIE #3, and a BATMAN BEYOND movie on the side, if they must.
How could they neglect all us long-time Bat-fans just for the sake of making a quick buck? I don’t know who exactly is responsible here, but we should do whatever it takes to change things back to how they were.
Now its time to let your voice be heard! I want all of you people reading this to help out here. Below are the URLs and addresses of ways we can start to make a difference. You want Batman? Here’s your chance to help make it happen!
The WE WANT BATMAN/SUPERMAN BACK poll:
Voice your opinions at the BATMAN/SUPERMAN chat room:
Share your opinions with others at the BATMAN: THE ANIMATED MESSAGE BOARD:
THE SAVE BATMAN website:
Or at the Official BTAS/STAS site message board, where there is already a lot of posts that condemn this decision:
OR you can write to the following addresses:
Warner Bros. Home Video
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank CA 91522
Warner Bros. TV Animation
15303 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
OR even give ’em a phone call!
(Note, I haven’t phoned this myself, so if it goes nowhere, don’t blame me! AND it’s not toll-free, either.)
OR e-mail here:
Wanna help out in the SAVE BATMAN petition? Well send an email to the previous address with your name, email address, reason why Batman should be saved and why you enjoy the show! Every little thing helps!
Every little bit helps here! I know some of you are BATMAN BEYOND fans, but we are being denied the true Batman because of BB. Please mail your letters and vote as soon and much as you can. BE SURE TO INCLUDE YOUR AGE JUST TO SHOW THE WB THE WIDE AGE RANGE OF ALL VIEWERS! The results of the votes and petitions will be sent to WB (via email) once enough votes are up!
Let’s keep our Batman on patrol!
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, http://www.wgn.com . Thank you for Peter Destructo for pointing this out.
KidsWB will soon 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.
‘THE DEMON REBORN’
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)’
Air date: ??
This two-parter, featuring the final showdown between Superman and Darksied in which he strips Superman of his memory and adopts him as a son in an effort to take over Earth. This will be the season finale, airing this May.
‘A FISH STORY’
Air date: ??
When marine life in Metropolis threaten the citizens, Lois Lane discovers it is because Lex Luthor has taken Aquaman as a prisoner.
Air date: ??
Supergirl teams up with Superman to save the Kents and the rest of Smallville from an alien threat.
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 differant time. To find out when, we recommend you follow this URL (provided by Toonzone): http://www.toonzone.net/brian/stations/index.html
PS – Remember that “Batman Beyond” airs 30 minutes AFTER “Batman/Superman” is over, because “Men In Black” has been squeezed in between.
Mon 4-12-99: Batman #46 Almost Got ‘Im
Batman #01 On Leather Wings
Tue 4-13-99: Batman #74 Catwalk
Superman #27 The Prometheon
Wed 4-14-99: Superman #08 The Main Man (Pt. 1)
Superman #11 The Main Man (Pt. 2)
Thu 4-15-99: Batman #87 Sins of the Father
Superman #04 Fun and Games
Fri 4-16-99: Superman #20 Identity Crisis
Batman #90 You Scratch My Back
Sat 4-17-99: Batman #95 Torch Song
Superman #45 Knight Time
B-BEYOND #07 Meltdown
Mon 4-19-99: Batman #66 Sideshow
Superman #36 Warrior Queen
Tue 4-20-99: Superman #12 Tools of the Trade
Batman #64 Read My Lips
Wed 4-21-99: Batman #91 Never Fear
Superman #10 My Girl
Thu 4-22-99: Superman #06 The Way of All Flesh
Batman #84 Deep Freeze
Fri 4-23-99: Batman #32 Robin’s Reckoning (Pt. 1)
Batman #37 Robin’s Reckoning (Pt. 2)
Sat 4-24-99: Superman #51 Superman’s Pal
Batman #102 Old Wounds
B-BEYOND #08 Heroes
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.
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 BTAS, as well as both animated movies. BTAS airs Monday-Friday at 6pm (ET) and then repeated again at midnight. If our schedule listings is not complete or up to date then please go to TOONZONE for the complete episode schedule at:
NOTE #1: 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 #2: 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.
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: http://www.angelfire.com/tx/TimTwoFace/index.html
BTAS PAGE: http://www.angelfire.com/tx/TimTwoFaceText/bats.html
THE WINNING EDGE
Written by: Rich Fogel
Directed by: ???
Animation by: Dong Yang
Original air date: April 10, 1999
My rating: ****
Put bluntly, this episode is about drug abuse and the addiction it causes. I applaud the “Beyond” crew for tackling this issue – and it didn’t turn out to be a cheesy after school special in the end, either.
Sports games at Hamilton Hill High School have become a lot more violent in recent weeks. Why? The coach is encouraging his team to use drugs known as “Slappers” – a type of super-steroids – so their performance is maximized, giving them “The Winning Edge”. Soon after, while Terry (as Batman) is on patrol, he sees a trio of theives break into an electronics store; he defeats them, and learns the identity of one of them – a kid named Mason, from his school.
Terry watches Mason and discovers that he is doing business with someone providing these Slappers. He manages to acquire one from his locker at the gym; his mother finds out, and thinks that Terry is doing these drugs, soonafter grounding him. Meanwhile, Bruce has run a scan on one of the patches and discovers that they contain a chemical known as “Venom”.
So, this is where Bane makes his entrance. Apparently, he’s been out of prison for 20 years, and Bruce has been keeping tabs on him ever since. Terry arrives, and sees that Bane is no longer the man we once knew; he’s virtually a vegetable (no Ivy pun here), hooked up to a respirator and, due to his addiction to Venom over the years, he requires it just to survive. Bane was the only one that knew the Venom formula – so he’s obviously passed it on to someone else. But who?
The next time Mason acquires the drugs, Terry follows the person that gave them to him, only to find himself at the old Gotham Herald building (I thought the newspaper was called something else…) There, he meets the man behind it all and has a huge fight with ‘im.
Why did I like this episode? Good animation, good plot, good realistic theme that applies to society today. It seems that I can appreciate the episodes that focus on high school life much more easily here – first “Golem”, and now this – I guess it’s because these themes and situations transcend time, and, being out of high school for quite some time, I’ve experienced these situations either first or second hand. It was also nice to see that we had a more normal villain here; if Bane somehow revived just so Terry would fight someone “formidable”, I’d be really disappointed.
Overall, good episode. 4 stars.
SPECIAL IN THIS ISSUE
(by Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton)
“INTERVIEW” WITH BOYD KIRKLAND
Yep! Boyd Kirkland has returned to participate with “Batman: The Animated Newsletter” for a second time! This isn’t an actual “interview”, per se, but rather his thoughts on the recent cancellation of the third animated Bat-movie. So, without further adieu, here’s Boyd!
Background: Boyd Kirkland is best known to Bat-fans as the director of a large number of the original BTAS episodes, as well as the director of “Batman & Mr. Freeze: Sub-Zero”.
“IT’S A BOYD, IT’S A PLANE…”
BOYD: It’s nice to know that there are fans out there who care about what is happening. It’s great for the WB and for our studio that “Batman Beyond” is such a huge ratings success, but it’s unfortunate that that success has also spelled the end of the regular Batman shows.
Two other projects I developed here this past year that were not picked up were Legionnaires and Lobo. Everyone here was certain that Lobo was a go right up until the week when the network finally announced its schedule to the press. That was another major disappointment to us. Unfortunately, the network never showed much interest in Legionnaires. I really liked what we were doing with it, and know it would have been a great show. Other DC properties I have
developed here in previous years that the network has passed over are Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and The Metal Men.
I probably won’t be involved with the “Batman Beyond” movie, as I am not part of that crew. I believe Paul Dini will write it and Bruce Timm will produce it. I’m not certain yet what my future plans are. There is another movie/video project here that I helped develop which is currently under consideration (I can’t say much about it yet, but it’s not a DC or superhero property). I’ll know whether the studio wants to move ahead with it in a couple of weeks.
The basic storyline of our recently canned animated Batman movie involved the Joker and Bane, both prisoners in Arkham, who team up to escape and seek revenge on Batman. Bruce Wayne is involved in a heavy romance before this happens, and is seriously considering retiring the cape and cowl to get married when he’s attacked. Robin is seriously injured, but plays in important role in helping Batman before the story is over. The story was full of non-stop action and eye-popping visuals, as well as had a lot of heart and romance. I had one of the best studios in Japan lined up to animate it, with a bigger budget than I had for “Sub-Zero”. It would have been great (sigh!). Needless to say, I’m extremely disappointed that it won’t be made. Oh, well – time to move on.
Thanks for the info, Boyd! Everyone here at BTAN, subscribers, and other Bat-fans alike are disappointed about this, too. But maybe, just MAYBE, we can get it back on track…here’s hoping!
Thanks again, Boyd! It was wonderful to hear from you again!
(by Laura Hysert, aka “Phoenix”)
The lovely Laura Hysert will return shortly with a new editorial. Be patient, my children.
(by Michael Mandeville)
**NOTICE: We have a new editorialist this issue! Now, along with the lovely Laura Hysert, we have a second editorialist who will be contributing regluarly to the newsletter. Let’s give Michael Mandeville a warm round of applause everyone!
Hi Ho Couch Potatoes!
This editorial is brought to you by the Batboy of Beyond.
Ok, I won’t write a lot on the “Batman Beyond Toys Suck” line – just these few descriptions of the figures:
-(Future Knight Batman) The only cartoon-like with hook wing Batman
-(Manta Racer Batman) Albino cactus that was thrown into an acid vat Batman
-(Covert Batman) Zebra that’s half albino and packaged upside-down Batman
-(Lightning Storm Batman) Dried-up cheese dip residue wing Batman
-(The Jokerz Leader) With hover cycle from hell
AND MY PERSONAL FAVORITE:
-(Laser Batman) Green Bay Packers Fan Batman
-(Batman with Ace, the Bathound) Desperate for a partner so he picked a freakin’ dog Batman
Enough on Batman Beyond, here are my thoughts on the TNAB figures:
The only figure that looks like the one from the show is MR. FREEZE! Now, all we need is a Mr. Freeze Batman Beyond figure, and an old Bruce Wayne figure, an Ace the Bathound figure that looks like the one from the show, but did this ever sink into KENNER’s brilliant heads? NO! Okay, okay, I took my medication. Let us proceed…
The Nightwing cycle is out in a MISSION MASTERS figure two-pack! A Batman and Nightwing dressed in orange neon from head to foot (What brilliant mind comes up with this stuff?) with two cycles. The larger one is the realistic Nightwing cycle. The smaller one is, well, bluntly, a piece of crap.
And now to bring us away from the obscured figure line talk, the Batman Beyond episode descriptions:
“Dead Man’s Hand”
That girl was HOT!!!
And that’s all for this issue of the Batman Beyond episode descriptions.
Ok, this being my great debut, I decided to jump around and show the absurdness of my column. I’m not the only editorialist in this newsletter so why don’t you go ahead on to Laura’s page. Go. Go. Go. I’m waiting.
*TWO-FACE’S DIVINE INTERVENTION* Laura’s column was ABOVE yours…nyah nyah. 🙂 *INTERVENTION TRANSMISSION CEASED*
Okay, so obviously you’ve decided to stay with me if your reading this. And I suppose that you have noticed that I use the words, OK and Okay a lot, Okay? OKay, so on to the business at hand: the New Batman animated movie and the new Batman Beyond animated movie, vote on which one should be made at Brian Cruz’s WB Cartoons Page (In the links part, page, selection, WHATEVER!).
With the BTAS movie now cancelled, we won’t be able to see things heat up between Barbara and Dick, we won’t get to see a last performance of Batman. What we will get to see is more of the awesome rating winning TV series, Batman BEyond. So, right now everybody is kind of really torked at the WB and KENNER companies. Now, Batman Beyond IS a cool show and I would like to see a animated movie on it, but I would also like a new regular Batman movie, especially if we see a heat-up between Barbara and Dick. And that brings to mind an interesting question, “Where IS Dick in Batman Beyond?”
My E-Mail address (Incase you want to write to me and tell me what a horrible job I did on my debut article):
Until next time (When hopefully I’ll have better material prepared)! See ya!
BEHOLD! THE NIGHT MARE
(by a loyal fan. Nothing more.)
For all of you Smashing Pumpkins fans know, that is one of the songs of their latest CD called ‘ADORE’. I’m not here to talk about that Smashing Pumpkins CD though. If you read this newsletter or if you’ve been around some news websites here and there then no doubt you know the news that has been upsetting alot of loyal BTAS fans. For all the new subscribers, or whoever else, the news is simply a nightmare (hence the editorial title). WB has decided to replace the upcoming direct-to-video third animated Batman with an all-new Batman Beyond direct-to-video movie. Give yourself a minute to calm down there and then feel free to read on.
This editorial is just my take on the whole current situation so there’s no spoilers or flame comments in this editorial.
The news was released sometime last week. WB made an official announcement that aside from the video compilation of REBIRTH (coming May 18th) we’ll be seeing an all-new Batman Beyond feature lenght movie and already rumors about the plot of the movie are flying uncontrolably. The most recent and interesting rumor is the fact that the movie might center on Bruce’s past. That would be cool but it’s just a rumour. Nothing in stone yet, folks. All we know so far is that Paul Dini is writing the movie and Bruce Timm is directing. This is good because we can expect quality and not crap. But whether this works out remains to be seen.
I bet you’re all wondering what the plot of the now canned third animated Bat-movie was going to be about. Well the following is snippet from an email one of the co-editors received from none other then SUB-ZERO’s director, Boyd Kirkland. Trust me, you guys might not like the situation once you read this small quote. No without furthur adore…I mean ADIEU here’s a small quote from the ever amazing Boyd Kirkland:
“The basic storyline of our recently canned Batman Animated movie involved the Joker and Bane, both prisoners in Arkham, who team up to escape and seek revenge on Batman. Bruce Wayne is involved in a heavy romance before this happens, and is seriously considering retiring the cape and cowl to get married when he’s attacked. Robin is seriously injured, but plays in important role in helping Batman before the story is over. The story was full of non-stop action and eye-popping visuals, as well as had a lot of heart and romance. I had one of the best studios in Japan lined up to animate it, with a bigger budget than I had for ‘Sub-Zero’. It would have been great (sigh!). Needless to say, I’m extremely disappointed that it won’t be made. Oh, well – time to move on.”
Whoa! Doesn’t that feel like a kick in the pants? Maybe dirt in the eyes? It’s unlikely that there’s anyway we can bring this back but miracles do happen., ya know! We can try and try and try but it might not work. I can remember a similiar situation with fans wanting to bring back Kids’WB’s ANIMANIACS. They did a terrific job yet it just wasn’t enough. I’m beginning to wonder if that will repeat here.
But I’m not saying this is all and bad.
BATMAN BEYOND has been doing wonders for Kids’WB!’s ratings as well as ratings for THE NEW BATMAN/SUPERMAN ADVENTURES. BATMAN BEYOND keeps scoring higher and higher in the ratings and its even bringing other shows like BTAS/STAS and M.I.B. up with it. A few weeks ago WB released news on the ratings and it showed the improvement of B/S’s ratings. This show is doing good. It’s helping introduce new fans to classic adventures of Batman and Superman. This news also must come as a kick in the face for SUPERMAN’s fans. Superman has been getting the raw end of the deal. Out of the 65 episode commitment we’re only gonna get to see 54-55 of those episodes
and we’ll be seeing no animated movie or direct-to-video movie becuase of this new Batman. Sucks don’t it? I’m a big Superman fan and this angers me a lot. Once the final five episodes air at the end of this season hopefully then that’s it. Possibly no more.
Regular poster’s at “SUPERMAN: THE ANIMATED MESSAGE BOARD” are peeved over this. I wouldn’t blame them one bit. Not at all.
Other regular posters at the ever growing “BATMAN: THE ANIMATED MESSAGE BOARD” are in frantic trying to come up with ways to save Batman. One very faithful regular poster has even got a brand new website up and running called “SAVE BATMAN”, which has attracted a lot of attention in a very short period of time. It seems that fans aren’t going to give up until they either succeed or know that they’ve done all the possibly could to keep Bruce Wayne under the cowl, and show more of his amazing adventures. There’s even a petition up as well for this cause and there have been plenty of hits on that site as well.
I haven’t seen much reaction yet from “BATMAN BEYOND: THE ANIMATED MESSAGE BOARD” but I suspect that this will pour over to that board. Posters at various message board, including newsgroups and the official message board have been venting their frustration and anger. I honestly can’t see where this is going. There are always two sides to every story but this is only my side. I enjoy BATMAN BEYOND. There have been many great episodes like REBIRTH, MELTDOWN, and SHRIEK. Of course, there has been clunkers like HEROES. Old BTAS fans have to get used to seeing a Peter Parker-esque teen in the Batsuit and a very futuristic (and cool I may add) Gotham City. We have to get used to seeing Barbara Gordon in a differant uniform, a police uniform. Some fans may never get used to these changes.
These changes are unique. I must add that Batgirl is very old and voiced well by Stockard Channing. As well as Batman, still voiced by the amazing Kevin Conroy, no longer in the suit and using a cane. This series does the leave the floor wide open for his history. What happens
to Tim Drake and (my fave) Dick Grayson? This is rumoured to be explored next season and they are gonna have plenty to tell, with 52 new episodes slated to be on route to Kids’WB! for the upcoming season(s). Will these episodes be too much of a good thing? We’re just going to have to wait and see, but we’re gonna have to watch Kids’WB! more. Batman Beyond will also be littered through the weekday slot, sharing the afternoons with his classic counterparts Batman and Superman. Bigger ratings? Yeah! Over Kill? Maybe. Maybe not.
All reactions seemed to be mixed. This loayl BTAS fan is finding some good stories in Batman Beyond. It may be taking over Kids’WB! from the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel but its not taking over me.
Kids’WB! knew they had a hit on their hands from the beginning and they were prepared. We have a 6 issue mini-series almost done with an all-new ongoing set for fall as well as more…ah…toys(?) on the way. The future is coming to take us in but will it be a bright future? Or will it be as dark as our present? As they say, “Who knows what the future may
*NOTE #1* This editorial is the opinion of myself and only myself, and not that of the newsletter staff. Thank You.
*NOTE #2* Links to any of the aforementioned sites can be found in the links section or the “Save Batman” sections of the newsletter.
TO INFINITY AND BATMAN BEYOND
– a column dedicated to “Batman Beyond”
(by Ed Wiser)
Ed Wiser will return shortly with a new article – thank you for your patience!
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 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.
Sitting in church this morning, I was thinking of ideas of what to do with this quiz. Then it hit me – NAME-CALLING! This quiz is entirely based on names people have called each other on the show. Good luck!
106. In which episode (or movie) does the Joker refer to Batman as “Guano-Man”?
A: MAD LOVE
B: THE LAUGHING FISH
C: JOKER’S FAVOR
D: MASK OF THE PHANTASM
E: THE LAST LAUGH
107. Which of the following voice actors refered to Two-Face as “Puke-Face”?
A: Matthew Valencia
B: Loren Lester
C: Mark Hamill
D: John Glover
E: Melissa Gilbert
108. In which episode is Poison Ivy refered to as “The Plantlady” at one point?
A: PRETTY POISON
B: ETERNAL YOUTH
C: HARLEY & IVY
D: HOUSE AND GARDEN
109. Where was Killer Croc when he was refered to as an alligator bag?
A: In Arkham
B: In Blackgate
C: In an armoured car
D: In the sewer
E: In “Batman & Robin, Part 2: One-liners never cease”
110. “Zorro here is witholding evidence.” Who says that?
A: Rene Montoya
B: Mayor Hill
C: Clark Kent
D: Harvey Dent
E: Harvey Bullock
ANSWERS TO THE TRIVIA
Answer to #106: ‘D’
Answer to #107: ‘A’
Answer to #108: ‘D’
Answer to #109: ‘C’
Answer to #110: ‘E’
(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 it cost only $0.5 Million to make one of the original 85 BTAS episodes (1992-1995)?
2) Didja know that it costs only $0.7 Million to make one of the new-style BTAS (or, for that matter, Superman) episodes?
3) Didja know that it cost a mere $3 Million to make “Batman & Mr. Freeze: Sub-Zero”?
4) And “Mask of the Phantasm” cost only $7 Million. Cool huh? Betcha you didn’t know that!
CONTRIBUTED BY OTHERS:
BATMAN: THE ANIMATED FIGURES
(by Kevin Smith)
Once again, the readership amazes me. (You guys rock!) I’ve really enjoyed reading what people have to say about the Batman figures, and it’s nice to know that a lot of people agree with me. Reader, Doug, wrote this in:
1. Harley Quinn (has to be, because I waited so damn long for them to make one. Even sold my whole collection when it looked like the line was going to die and had to buy them all back again because I’m a completist – DAMN the Penguin!)
2. Mad Hatter (dead on likeness)
3. Phantasm (’nuff said)
4. Joker (Wild Card) just love that smile
5. The Creeper (this guy’s just about as obsessed with Harley as I am. Gotta respect that.)
Now I am in complete agreement with you as far as which new figure I most want to see: Catwoman! DO IT DO IT DO IT (and don’t screw it up) Scarecrow would be nice too (Toy Review: I’ll get a “Hell Yeah!” goin’ on for that one!)
(by Aaron Maurer)
Mr. Maurer was unable to submit a review in time, so editor Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton is filling in for him. Aaron will return in the next issue.
BATMAN: GOTHAM ADVENTURES #13
TITLE: “The End”
WRITTEN BY: Kelly Puckett
PENCILED BY: Rick Burchett
INKED BY: Terry Beatty
ISSUED: April 7, 1999 (Cover date is June)
RATING: **.5 (out of 5)
I must say that I was disappointed with this issue. Who’s to blame? It’s that question that has been bugging me since I read it.
The art in this issue is terrific, as always. Burchett and Beatty never fail to please me. The cover is really cool too – even though it has very little relevance to the story (reminds me of the “BATMAN #563” incident a couple months back).
Kelly Puckett, as usual, is terrific. I enjoy all of his work – his stories are always very interesting and always open up more possibilities for the characters he writes about.
So what’s wrong?
I’ve come to the conclusion that the main reason I didn’t enjoy this comic is that Mastermind, Mr. Nice, and the Perfesser are about the most uninteresting characters in the animated Bat-continuity. Hats off to Puckett for trying to come up with a story for these three, but I feel that a good story cannot be developed with these three as the main feature. I enjoyed the dialogue between the trio, but the actual plot of this story was weak.
I’m sorry to say that I didn’t enjoy this issue. It’s not terrible, but I can’t find anything terribly interesting between its covers, either.
PS – Is it just me, or does Mr. Nice have a vague resemblance to Ned Flanders, just as Mastermind reminds me of Paul Dini?
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!
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BATMAN: GOTHAM ADVENTURES #13
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?
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?
BATMAN BEYOND #4
Etrigan, the Demon, assists Batman in fighting crime in the futuristic Gotham City.
NEXT MONTH: Issue #5 – On a field trip to the Gotham Museum of Natural History, Terry and his class are menaced by what appears to be a re-animated Egyptian mummy! Other strange events follow as several students contract a mysterious emaciating disease. Is there a connection between these strange occurrences and the new foreign student in school who seems obsessed with Terry’s girlfriend Dana?
Cover: Not available.
SUPERMAN ADVENTURES #32
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!
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?
NEWS AND RUMORS
-Another “World’s Finest” tape may be coming to video stores! A tape collecting the 3 episodes, “Knight Time”, “Girls Night Out”, and “Demon Reborn”, apparently titled “World’s Finest: Further Adventures of Batman and Superman” may be compiled and sold in stores. This would be a good move by the WB!
“CURRENT” ANIMATED SERIES’
-The current animated series has only about 5 more Superman episodes (one of which being a Batman crossover), all of which will air by May. After that, BTAS/STAS will not return until Sept. of 2000 at the earliest.
-The OFFICIAL episode synopsis for the final five episodes are up at the official Batman/Superman site episode guide section as well as the Superman: The Animated Message Board:
-You wanna see some real awesome pics of Terry McGinnis in the Bat-Suit as well as some of his enemies? Well go no furthur then DC COMICS for Kids! Their coloring page features some pretty cool pics of our favorite futuristic hero!
-Not much has been known about who is joining Hilary J. Bader as the writer of the new ongoing BATMAN BEYOND but from whats been going around there’s going to be no set artist, but a rotating sets of artists from the Batman stable. More news will be provided as it becomes available.
-Lock-Up will be appearing in “Gotham Adventures” sometime after .
-Greg Rucka discusses his plans for the future of DC’s huge hit: Batman’s No Man’s Land as well as some other goodies. Just follow the link below: http://www.mania.com/comics/interviews/gregrucka.html
-The NO MAN’S LAND novelization won’t be here for a while but you want a sneek peek on what you can expect from Greg Rucka? Well then take THIS link! http://www.mania.com/comics/features/nmlnovel.html
-For more, see the “Road Through No Man’s Land” section below.
-More rumours of Schumacher wanting to make a “Year One” film, with the earliest release date being 2001. Nothing significantly new.
-The much-oppposed “Batman Beyond” movie will be written by Paul Dini and produced by Bruce Timm.
TOYS & MERCHANDISE
-The video game based on the animated incarnation of Superman will be released this spring. The N64 version will be on May 11, and the Playstation version will be sometime in June.
-Check out “Two-Face’s Trading Post” if you’re interested in purchasing figures…lists provided below.
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.
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. It is then revealed that Batman is not working out of the Batcave anymore, but Arkham Asylum.
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.
In earlier March, Batman confronts the Penguin in the Iceberg Lounge – and he wins a small victory, and the Penguin loses some of his power in Gotham; the word of Batman’s re-appearance spreads like wildfire. Gordon makes a deal with the devil – but who is he? Many think it is Two-Face (there are some hints), but no one knows for sure at this point.
Later in March, mob boss/cult-leader Black Mask, attacks the GCPD sector, putting Oracle in grave danger; she is just about to kill him, but Batgirl gets in the way. Batgirl captures Black Mask; Oracle is infuriated and has a type of emotional breakdown, seeing another person in HER costume. And the answer for where Batman deposits the criminals he captures has been solved; Lock-Up and KGBeast are in charge of a prison which now holds Black Mask, Tally Man, and various others. It is hinted that Black Mask is killed.
The most recent issue shows Alfred telling a story to a bunch of homeless people, which parrallels what has happened to him since NO MAN’S LAND began. We see Alfred living solo for 100 days, and then how Batman returns to save his life. At the end of the comic, we see Batman preparing to take on Two-Face, which happens next month.
That’s 14 issues of NML so far. For a complete list, e-mail us.
WHAT’S TO COME…
-Rest of April: Four self-contained stories. One focusing on Alfred, one on Superman’s arrival in Gotham, and one on a nameless civilian just trying to survive.
-May: “Claim-Jumping” (2 parts). The GCPD confront the Penguin, and Batman confronts Two-Face. The Penguin and Two-Face stories are said to be two of the most important segments in the battle in No Man’s Land.
-June: Batgirl’s identity is revealed. Then, Batman and Robin battle Clayface for the life of Poison Ivy in “Fruit of the Earth” (3 parts).
-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! But rumor is that there will be ANOTHER Batgirl after that.
-See more below.
AS FOR THE OTHER HEROES:
-Robin and Nightwing return to Gotham in June!
-Robin’s first duty is to aid Batman in saving Poison Ivy from Clayface.
-Nightwing tries to bring order back to Blackgate prison.
-The Spoiler gives birth in Robin #65.
-Superman arrives in Gotham this April in Batman #566 (the explanation as to why the JLA hasn’t helped Batman out in his darkest hour), and will later return in October.
-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.
-Azrael will confront the Joker in April.
-And it seems that new GCPD officer Petit, who has a thirst for blood, gains control of most of the GCPD, leaving Gordon in the cold. I bet Bullock still sticks with ‘im, though.
-Speaking of which, a one-shot focussing on how Bullock is handling No Man’s Land is also due out.
AND AS FOR THE REMAINING VILLAINS…
-Lock-Up and KGBeast now run the prison in which all criminals are kept.
-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. In the first major turf war of NO MAN’S LAND, 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.
-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.
-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. This is in Detective Comics #736, in July.
-Man-Bat appears, thanks to the Penguin
-The Joker doesn’t appear as a major player until close to the end, along with the new, improved Harley Quinn – whom will appear with the Joker AND Poison Ivy in August.
-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.
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!
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. JOKERZ LEADER. Mail editor Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton if you are interested in the Jokerz Leader figure from the new “Batman Beyond” line, in a near-mint package. Pic available. E-mail: email@example.com
2. KILLER CROC. Editor Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton has a spare Killer Croc figure lying around, in a mint package. Pic available. E-mail juno@direct if interested.
3. THE MAD HATTER. Yup! Editor Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton has one spare BTAS “Mad Hatter” figure (in a mint-condition package) 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. Pic available. If interested, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Wow! Look at all this! If you want any of the following, or are even interested, e-mail Craig at NextNexus@aol.com -Scans are available for all the figures, too. All figures are MOC (mint, on card), and from the various BTAS lines.
Quick-change Bruce Wayne (red outfit)
Quick-change Bruce Wayne in yellow outfit = $35 RARE!
Sky Dive Batman
Decoy Batman (orange “Mask of the Phantasm” card)
Total Armor Batman (“MotP” card)
Robin (w/Turbo Glider)
Joker, green face (w/”Laughing Gas” spray gun – original BTAS Joker fig.)
Jet Pack Joker, rare green face (“MotP” card)
Mr. Freeze (original deco)
Bane (original BTAS card)
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: email@example.com
2. COMBAT BELT BATMAN, and BTAS BATMOBILE. If you know where to find these figures – or a BTAS Batwing (I’m pretty sure one was made) e-mail this address: firstname.lastname@example.org
FEATURED BAT-SITES FOR THIS ISSUE
Yep! This is a bit different from our usual site-of-the-week selection, isn’t it? A friend of mine is tinkering with the idea of introducing a futuristic Batgirl to “Batman Beyond”, and since she’s studying to be an animation student, I thought this might be a nice way to show off her talent.
Note: Even though our recent newsletters appear to be completely against “Batman Beyond”, they are not…they’re just against the total Batman-Beyond-takeover of BTAS. That should clear up any ironies such an article might create. 🙂
Here’s your chance to see a design of a futuristic Batgirl, by an animation student, that someday hopes to work for WB or Disney.
Her name is Callista, and she would be a partner not a sidekick. I love the Batman Beyond series and have tons of ideas for it. I have even written a story on how she (Callista) becomes Batgirl.
Anyone that is interested please email me, understand that I have many characters and all are copyrighted; however, nothing would make me more happy than to show you my character designs. All the people that have seen them love her and I have had some say she was at a professional level, AND I’m just a student!!! WOW! I am currently on break from school but will be relocating to Los Angeles to go back to art school there. I was studying at The Art Institute of Dallas an affiliate of The Art Institute of Los Angeles. I am currently at home in IL with my parents until the next quarter starts.
I wish I could include a thumbnail or picture of some sort with this newsletter but as far as I know I can’t. So if you are interested, even if you just want to see what she looks like or how I came up with her name, please email me. I also do commisions, if anyone wants a character drawn again just email me!
Thanks everyone for reading this and a special thanks to Tim “Two-Face” L. and Dick Grayson for letting me advertise her in this newsletter, as an animation student trying to get into this business and some feed back on her characters, it means worlds to me! Thanks again!
If anyone would like to see her just email me at email@example.com
Melissa Barton… better known as Lissa. _____________________________
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THE NEW BATMAN/SUPERMAN ADVENTURES
BATMAN:THE ANIMATED SERIES
SUB-ZERO: THE DEFINTIE GUIDE
RAVING TOY MANIAC
*TWO-FACE’S TOWER OF TRANQUILITY AND TERROR
BRIAN CRUZ’ WB CARTOON PAGE
BRIAN’S BATMAN PAGE
BATMAN: THE ANIMATED HOMEPAGE
RA’S AL GHUL’S THE LAZARUS PIT
HARLEY’S HAVEN OF HEDONISM
THE ANIMATED BAT
BATMAN/SUPERMAN SNAP JUDGMENTS
BATMAN BEYOND MULTIMEDIA
BATMAN: FOREVER KNIGHT
CHARACTERS ON THE ADVENTURES OF BATMAN & ROBIN
JLA: THE ANIMATED SERIES
THE NEW BATMAN ADVENTURES: THE UNOFFICIAL SITE
HEAVY DUTY DUBBAS DISCUSSION CENTER
SUPERMAN: THE ANIMATED MESSAGE BOARD
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-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, 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 #1: Laura Hysert
EDITORIAL #2: Michael Mandeville
BATMAN BEYOND COLUMN: Ed Wiser
COMIC REVIEWS: Aaron Maurer
TOY REVIEW: Kevin Smith
“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.
A SPECIAL THANKS TO BOYD KIRKLAND FOR PARTICIPATING IN THIS ISSUE! THANKS BOYD!!!