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Batman The Animated Newsletter #54

Batman: The Animated Newsletter
Weeks of January 24 – February 5/6, 2000
Volume 3,
Rated: PG for some “low-key coarse language and occasional griping”

THIS ISSUE’S SUBLIMINAL MESSAGE: “CHANGE THE NAME OF THE BATMAN BEYOND MOVIE! IT’S FAR TOO WORDY AND CHEESY! NEVER USE THE WORD ‘Return’ OR ‘Revenge’ IN A TITLE!”
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SPECIAL ANNOUCEMENT

There will be a two-week break between this issue of BATMAN: THE ANIMATED NEWSLETTER and . See you all on February 7!
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BREAKING NEWS!

BATMAN BEYOND: RETURN OF THE JOKER trailer now available to download! Yep, that’s right! Just check out this link:

//www.batman-superman.com/batman/dld/bb.mov
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EVEN SPECIAL-ER ANNOUNCEMENT!

MAKE US LOOK LIKE FOOLS AND SEE YOUR NAME IN PRINT!

Yeah, that’s right. Over the past 53 issues, my hasty editing procedures have always left not just a few, but sometimes a whole horde of simple errors, grammatical problems, untrue facts, and whatnot. Just no typos – you’ve gotta be more creative than that! Here’s where YOU come in. If you can find any mistakes in this issue (we’re not purposely making mistakes – any mistakes you find will be ones we were too blind to see), we’ll print your name in the following issue in a special column. Sound fun?

Come on. Make us look like idiots. We dare ya. Grrrr.

-Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton the tremendously warped editor
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THOSE WHO MADE US LOOK LIKE QUITE THE COLLECTIVE FOOL:

January 16, 2000:
ROB GORDON
-He found that in our description of EYEWITNESS, we accidentally refer to Commissioner Gordon as a “he” – but on BATMAN BEYOND, Gordon is a woman. This is probably also a mistake found in of our newsletter.

January 17, 2000:
CATALINA STORM
-She found the same problem that Rob Gordon did in our EYEWITNESS preview.

BRIAN DAVIS
-Even our newsletter affiliate Brian Davis had to rub in how forgetful we can be. He spotted the same mistake that Rob and Catalina did.

CONSTANCE “EILONWY” COCHRAN
-She discovered that Reliable Source was lacking a review in this issue. She then noticed that the outrageous news was printed under the “News and Rumours” column of the newsletter. Hmmm.
ACTUALLY, editor Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton put that in there – but the news was pretty, well, WRONG, so I guess that would count here.

SCOTT HAAN
-Ahhh, this guy found a lot. First there were some little grammatical errors which we SHOULD have found, but didn’t; second, he found that we once make a reference to “BATMAN BETOND” (ugh); the remainder of the problems were small comma errors, typos, and other improper uses of grammar. (There were a whopping 42 in total.)

KEVIN KING
-He just made it known that in the news section, when we give our Terry Beatty’s username at EBAY, we’ve been using an old handle. The new one is…well, just check it out below. We’ve corrected it.

PETER ASHWORTH, DREW TIERNEY
-The word “horde” was mispelled as “hord” in one of the opening paragraphs.

JARED SIMMONS
-“BATMAN BETOND”? What show is THAT?

DON HUFF, SCOTT McKEON
-Like many others, he was quick to point out that in the synopsis of EYEWITNESS, Commissioner Gordon is referred to as a “he”. Oddly enough, we didn’t make this error – the site we copied the BEYOND synopses from did.

JIM DEMES
-“Horde”, “Darksied”, “Batman Betond”, etc, etc…there were 25 others. Ack! ;-Y

January 18, 2000
L. VIRDEN
-The same “Commissioner Gordon” problem; numerous other typos and “I before E” problems.

CHRISTINA SARRON, MARC ROSENZWEIG
-Yet another “Commissioner Gordon” problem. This seems to be a favourite amongst our fan- editors, here!

MARK HAZZARD
-Another “hord” problem. It should be “horde”, non?

January 19, 2000
KIM, THE BAT BRAT
-Commissioner Gordon’s sexual confusion, again. Geez, this one’s popular!

January 23, 2000
JIM DOYLE
-It seems that everyone has jumped on the bandwagon to notify us of our Commissioner Gordon mistake…
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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING…
New episodes are on the horizon! Here’s what we can expect in the near future…

‘LEGACY (Pt. 1 & 2)’
Superman #44, 48
Air date: February sweeps, 2000?
This two-parter features the final showdown between Superman and Darkseid in which he strips Superman of his memory and adopts him as a son in an effort to take over Earth. This is being touted as the FINAL Superman episode EVER. However, I must say that I’ve read a synopsis of the episode, and it’s a doozie.

For synopses of all other upcoming second season BATMAN BEYOND episodes, check out of BTAN at this address:

//www.toonzone.net/wbc/newsletters/btan
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WB ANIMATION SCHEDULES:
(courtesy of Brian Cruz and/or the official BTAS/STAS site)

THE NEW BATMAN/SUPERMAN ADVENTURES air Mondays thru Saturday; BATMAN BEYOND also airs on these days. Check local listings each day for what show is on at what time.

//www.batman-superman.com/batman/cmp/episodes.html
//www.toonzone.net/brian/schedules/
//www.ktla.com/backstage/programming/kids_framed.frm

THIS WEEK:
Mon 01-24-00: Superman #?? Tools of the Trade
B-BEYOND #07 Meltdown

Tue 01-25-00: Batman #85 Batgirl Returns
Suerpamn #?? The Hand of Fate

Wed 01-26-00: Suerpamn #34 Heavy Metal
Batman #98 Mean Seasons

Thu 01-27-00: Batman #75 Catwalk
Batman #109 Judgement Day

Fri 01-28-00: Superman #25 Brave New Metropolis
B-BEYOND #16 Splicers

Sat 01-29-00: Superman #43 New Kids in Town
B-BEYOND #05 The Winning Edge

NEXT WEEK:
At the time of delivery for this issue, the air date schedules for next week were unavailable.
Check out the sites listed above for any updates in the future.

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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CANADIAN EPISODE SCHEDULE
(BTAS/BEYOND on YTV)
(courtesy of our friends at YTV)

-To find the episode guide and airing schedule of BATMAN and BATMAN BEYOND on YTV then please go to //www.ytv.com and click on the YTV GUIDE icon at the bottom of the screen. To check out the schedule then click on BATMAN or BATMAN BEYOND in the time grid and it will have the schedule for the current week.

BTAS will air at 7:30am on weekday mornings (in all time zones), and BATMAN BEYOND will air at 2:30pm on Saturday and Sunday. YTV has the rights to show all 109 BTAS episodes. They also have the rights to air the first 26 episodes of BATMAN BEYOND (all of season 1 and the first half of season 2).

THIS WEEK:
Mon 01-24-00: BTAS #95 Torch Song

Tue 01-25-00: BTAS #104 Legends of the Dark Knight

Wed 01-26-00: BTAS #96 The Ultimate Thrill

Thu 01-27-00: BTAS #97 Over the Edge

Fri 01-28-00: BTAS #98 Mean Seasons

Sat 01-29-00: BEYOND #23 Mind Games

Sun 01-30-00: BEYOND #24 Revenant

The air date schedule for the following week was unavailable at the delivery of this newsletter; therefore, this schedule is an EDUCATED GUESS of what I think will be on next week.
To be absolutely sure, check out the YTV website later this week for updates. NEXT WEEK:
Mon 01-31-00: BTAS #99 Critters

Tue 02-01-00: BTAS #100 Cult of the Cat

Wed 02-02-00: BTAS #101 Animal Act

Thu 02-03-00: BTAS #102 Old Wounds

Fri 02-04-00: BTAS #103 The Demon Reborn

Sat 02-05-00: BEYOND #25 Babel

Sun 02-06-00: BEYOND #26 Terry’s Friend Dates a Robot
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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 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 either of these sites for the schedule:

//www.toonzone.net/brian/schedules/batman-cn.html
//homes.acmecity.com/animation/saturday/352/schedule.html

To see the 52 episodes that the CARTOON NETWORK does show, go to this link:

//www.toonzone.net/brian/eplists/batman-cn.html

NOTE: The schedules at Brian Cruz’ site are currently unavailable; if anyone knows of any other place where people can get listings for BTAS on the Cartoon Network, please e-mail us!

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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

NOTE: ALRIGHT! I’ve been messing up WHO is writing WHAT for this column for too long now. If you wanna see who’s writing each review, just go to the bottom – they all sign it there. Sorry Zanna and Justin! I feel so foolish…agh…*HALF OF MY FACE BLUSHES*

NOTE: To make up for last week’s lack of a review for a new episode, I decided to put one review from each of our reviewers, Zanna and Justin, in this issue. It’s a two-for-one deal, everyone! Stop complaining already!

EYEWITNESS
Story by Rich Fogel
Teleplay by Hilary J. Bader
Directed by Butch Lukic
Animation by Koko, Dong Yang
Original airdate: January 22, 2000
My rating: ****1/2 (Out of five stars)

Terry, as Batman, witnesses an arms deal and jumps into the fray destroying what turns out to be a police sting operation that took a year to set up. Police commissioner Barbara Gordon is less than pleased and she visits Bruce at Wayne Manor to let him know that this incident was the “boy’s” last mistake.

Soon after, Barbara is giving a speech for her husband, Sam Young, at a re-election dinner, when Mad Stan shows up. True to his name, Mad Stan starts threatening the attendees and blowing up things. Batman materializes to stop the crazed bomber. The guests escape while Mad Stan leads Batman on a chase through the hotel using more explosives than a special effects team in a LETHAL WEAPON movie. Finally, Batman corners the madman. Mad Stan sneers at his imminent capture saying that he’ll be out soon. Batman agrees. Instead of capturing him, Batman bludgeons Mad Stan to death with one of Stan’s own bombs and then leaves the scene.
Barbara Gordon witnesses this vicious attack, blames herself for allowing Batman to operate for so long, and vows to finally stop Batman.

Terry protests his innocence and it’s up to Bruce and Batman to solve this dilemma.

GOOD POINTS:

I’m tempted to say that this was a dynamite episode, feeling fairly safe from the groans and flying rotten tomatoes in the relative anonymity of the net. The pacing of the action, the artwork, the dialogue, and the characterizations were wonderfully combined in this episode.

The various chase scenes in this episode were exciting and well illustrated with no two scenes or settings alike.

The level of artwork throughout the episode was exceptional. In the opening scene, the rain was effectively depicted, even to the raindrops dripping off Batman’s face as he hid on the outside of the building. The many explosions and the resulting fire and smoke were vividly drawn and detailed. The accompanying sound effects further added to the action. The various facial expressions were simply but deftly executed. Bruce’s wordless glare at Terry in the study at Wayne Manor spoke volumes.

The dialogue of all the characters, especially between Barbara and Batman (Terry) and Barbara and Bruce, was short, effective, and cleverly written.

Elements of the movie, MASK OF THE PHANTASM, and the BTAS episode, OVER THE EDGE, were echoed in this “authorities against Batman” storyline. Like Bullock, and to some extent, commissioner Jim Gordon before her, Barbara stayed true to her established characteristic of distrusting this Batman and clamping down hard on him when she felt he’d crossed the line. While the ending very quickly resolved the issue, her character remained true to her temperament as written for this series. Her apology at the end was both short and fitting.

Terry was portrayed as the impulsive, cocky and rapidly improving Batman that fans have come to know. In a few episodes, the fate of the villain was left somewhat ambiguous and viewers have been left to wonder and argue about this Batman’s personal code and use of terminal force. The writers made an effort to show that he would never take a life. Terry declares that he wouldn’t [kill]. That tenet is at the core of any Batman story and this fan was gratified to have that question answered.

Bruce was not just an observer in this episode. He solved the mystery of the killing and he, obviously, is still the one that makes the rules. He may no longer wear the cowl, but his Batman demeanor envelopes him as fully as his cape and cowl once did.

BAD POINTS:

Mad Stan, the anarchist, is a character that has been used in several episodes. This was his longest on air appearance, but still very little background information is known or revealed

about his character.

The mastermind behind this frame-up, Spellbinder, had very few lines in this episode. There just wasn’t time for much more character information.

What did Terry do that resulted in a three-month stay at Juvenile Hall? Apparently, fans won’t find out until the BB movie is released this fall.

Reviewed by Zanna
(Zanna_Z@NOSPAMyahoo.com remove NOSPAM to email)
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EDITORIAL
(by Kelly Tindall)

THE TRICK WITH SEASON TWO

In my last editorial, I talked about the running story beneath the story that I think powered the first season of Batman Beyond, namely the downfall of Derek Powers. Now, I haven’t seen a lot of the most recent season (in fact, almost none of it. Sue me), but I have been struck by two notices;

1)There is no villain now, just the ‘villain of the week’ syndrome that was and is serviceable, but a step down from last year. The only new running thread that is immediately noticeable is Max Gibson. Is she an acceptable substitute, character-wise, for Derek Powers? You tell me.

2)There is no running theme.

I may be wrong about this. The episodes I have seen have been very good, particularly LOST SOUL. It seems to me that this year’s theme has been Terry; his past, his future, and his claim to the title of Batman. Now, I think the Mantle of the Bat is a ridiculous idea, and I much prefer that the right man stumbled onto Bruce’s secret. It’s more plausible to me.

I like that they’ve shown that Terry is coming into his own, and the idea of the hero’s battles with himself are greater than any with a supervillain, but is that the case here? How tortured can a high-school student be? Particularly one with a smart, attractive girlfriend, a good home, looks & smarts, a little brother, and a billionaire superhero as a mentor? What’s his problem?

I guess that’s what they’re trying to tell me.

I hope that I can glean a bit of clarity when I review the season later this year. Until then, well…I miss Powers!

I’m outta here. This is bat country!
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AND THAT’S THE FACTS
(by “Reliable Source”)

(Yes, I understand that the title is grammatically incorrect. So sue us. Actually, nix that.
Don’t sue us.)

(DISCLAIMER: For those of you who are not yet familiar, Reliable Source is an anonymous character who first surfaced on Batman: The Animated Message Boards, spewing forth ridiculous predictions about the future of Batman Beyond under the guise of spoiler warnings. His controversial posts created quite a buzz, and have landed him a temporary column with this newsletter. The thoughts and ideas expressed by this shady character are in no way officially connected to Kids WB, Batman Beyond, this newsletter, or anything that is decent or holy. That said, on with the show.)

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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 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.

I have no real theme for this edition of the quiz. Just go and knock yourself out, K?

256. Which of the following characters changed skin colours when during the change from the “old style” to “new style” look?

A: Harvey Dent
B: Selina Kyle
C: Waylon Jones
D: Oswald Cobblepot
E: Mary Dahl

257. Which issue of BATMAN: GOTHAM ADVENTURES featured Batman telling Batgirl why he feels guns
are evil?

A: (vs. the Joker)
B: (vs. Two-Face)
C: (set in Paris)
D: (set in the Himalays (I think))
E: (featuring Commissioner Gordon)

258. Who was kidnapped in the animated issue entitled “Oy to the World”?

A: Poison Ivy
B: Batman
C: Commissioner Gordon
D: The mayor’s son, Joshua Hill
E: Harley Quinn

259. While polishing license plates in prison, the Penguin comes across one that drives him mad. What does that license plate read?

Answer: _________

260. Which present-day villains have an item in the “trophy room” of the Batcave, but NOT their costume?

Answer: _________
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ANSWERS TO THE TRIVIA

Answer to #256: B, C
Answer to #257: D
Answer to #258: A
Answer to #259: ‘1BAT4U’
Answer to #260: The Joker (the giant playing card), Two-Face (the giant penny), Calendar Girl (the dinosaur).

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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 and STAS countless times. If you have anything to contribute, feel free to do so! Enjoy!

CONTRIBUTED BY STAFF:
We’s got nuffin.

CONTRIBUTED BY OTHERS:
(By “Danny Leary”)
1) In the end of the teaser in “Rebirth (Pt. 1)” Bruce hangs up his “new suit” in a glass case before claiming “never agian”. Now we see five cases there, one of each holding the classic Batman costume, Batgirl costume, Robin costume, Nightwing costume and new batman costume. Yet in all episodes I can remember after ‘Rebirth’ we only see four cases holding the classic costumes. Shouldn’t there be one empty case on the left where Terry first found the suit. Or did Bruce have it removed thinking he wouldn’t need it anymore.

2) In “Hidden Adgenda” Max is sending her “I know who you are” e-mail to Terry. But what Max is dictating to herself out loud is not what is typed on the screen, that we see for one quick shot before she sends it. Both the dictation and typing are about knowing who Terry is and to meet her at the fountain. But I’m not talking a little difference here and there, the reading and typing are VERY different. I don’t think the animator and writer and/or voice actor collaberated on just what the line was.

3) Also in “Hidden Agenda”, I wouldn’t believe for a second that an On/Off switch to that fountain would just be sitting there in plan sight. If that were the true case kids would run up and trun it off just to see that ball fall off it. Now if Batman had been smashed into some panel, opening it and revealing a switch I would be willing to accept that.

(by “Constantinos Colovos”)
4) Did anyone notice that in the Batman Beyond episode “Terry’s Friend Dates A Robot”, in the last scene when Howard’s parents get back from vacation. If you look closely, you will notice that the parents are the same characters as the two hotel guests in the openning scene of The New Adventures episode “Love Is A Croc”. Can we say Cryogenics????

(by “LadyWayne”)
5) She saw the exact same thing that Constantinos did. See above!

(by “Peter Destructo”)
6) In “Mask of the Phantasm,” when Alfred is reading the paper after Bruce Wayne’s first masked escapade, an article further down from the one about Bruce is headlined by “Radomski to Press: ‘I’m Innocent!'”
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MERCHANDISING: WHERE THE REAL BAT-CASH IS MADE
(by anyone that wants to contribute)

I’m afraid that we have no toy review for this issue of the newsletter. Be sure to check back here in the future!
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COMIC REVIEWS
(GOTHAM ADVENTURES by Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton)
(BATMAN BEYOND by Tim Wan)

(Due to the lack of new issues to review for this week, editor Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton has decided to give a review of BATMAN BEYOND #4. To read Tim Wan’s review, check out of BATMAN: THE ANIMATED NEWSLETTER.)

BATMAN BEYOND (ongoing)
ISSUE: “Two Of A Kind” (#4)
WRITTEN BY: Hilary J. Bader
PENCILLED BY: Craig Rousseau
INKED BY: Rob Leigh
ISSUED: December 22, 1999 (cover date, Feb 2000)
RATING (out of 5): ***

The ongoing BATMAN BEYOND series continues to surpass the quality of the original, but the series comes ever more closer to regressing back to BEYOND’s not so wonderful comic-book past.
Issue #4 of BEYOND started off well – just another outing with the Royal Flush Gang. It was also nice to see some background on this group – there’s still a lot to learn, though. The Ace is a synthetic construct? What does that mean, exactly? He’s cloned? A robot? What?
What really disappointed me was how implausible it was to give EVERY member of the Royal Flush Gang a double. The WHOLE gang? I would’ve prefered to see a twin of Melanie than the whole set of five. (Collet them all at your local fast food outlet.)
The art, as always, is terrific. I was worried that I had been spoiled by Rick Burchett
after his years of work on GOTHAM ADVENTURES – no other man could compare to him in the animated realm. While he’s still my favourite, many others are excellent, too – Rousseau and Leigh are a terrific team, and are well-suited to the BEYOND series.
Overall, a good effort, but a mediocre result. I look forward to future issues – I’d really like to see how Bader handles Shriek, Stalker, and other not-so-developed villains in these pages.

;-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, BATMAN BEYOND, 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”.)
If we are unsure of the exact date of when an issue is being released, just check out “DIRECT CURRENTS” at //www.dccomics.com for details.

BATMAN: GOTHAM ADVENTURES #23
February 2nd?
Synopsis: Northern Canada is the backdrop, the kidnapping of oil is the crime, and Ra’s Al Ghul is the villain.
Cover: //www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/9911/16/bmga23th.jpg

NEXT MONTH:
Synopsis: Batman and Batgirl must track down the missing Nightwing and Robin, who are being held by a villain who has outwitted them both. Batman can track the heroes down, but will he follow their footsteps right into a trap? This issue also features Killer Croc.
Cover: Unavailable

BATMAN BEYOND #5 (ongoing)
January 26th
Synopsis: Leaping from the TV screen: that dastardly sound-manipulating villain, Shriek! Deafened and imprisoned after his defeat by Batman, Dr. Shreeve has escaped! Now he’s developed a device that uses sound waves to disrupt and disintegrate Batman’s equipment… and he’s a decibel away from destroying the Bat-suit and the man underneath.
Cover: //www.dccomics.com/directcurrents/comics/covers/bmb5.jpg

FOLLOWING MONTH: Issue #6.
Synopsis: The Stalker returns.
Cover: Unavailable

SUPERMAN ADVENTURES #43
February 9th
Synopsis: Unavailable
Cover: Unavailable

NEXT MONTH:
Synopsis: Unavailable
Cover: Unavailable
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NEWS AND RUMORS

ALL-ENCOMPASSING/OTHER
-KIDS’WB! is expected to make their mid-season announcement soon, as well as their fall 2000- 2001 season announcement within the next six weeks. It’s still unsure if (or how many times) BATMAN/SUPERMAN will return, due to the fact that KIDS’WB! has about 4 to 5 new series on the way.
-Terry Beatty has been and will be selling Gotham Adventures and Batman Beyond original art on ebay. His Seller ID is: beatty@machlink.com Do yourself a favor and check out some great art!
-In our breaking news column information on The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s new film music website. See an interview with “Baman: TAS” composer Shirley Walker in our ARCHIVES Section.
//www.soundtrackmag.com/
-On January 22, there was a poll at the Internet Movie Database (//www.imdb.com) asking who played the best Batman: West, Keaton, Kilmer, or Clooney. Guess who won? Last I checked, he was getting 67% of the votes. Let’s just say that his name SORT OF rhymes with…”Bicycle Eatin’.” Guess who lost? With just under 5% of the votes, a guy whose name SORT OF rhymes with “Engorged Bootie”.

ANIMATED SERIES (BTAS, STAS, BEYOND)
-It looks like KIDS’WB! won’t be airing LEGACY in January as originally predicted, but could air during February sweeps. We’ll keep ya posted!
-CORRECTION: The writer for TERRY’S FRIEND DATES A ROBOT was John P. McCann of ANIMANIACS!/FREAKAZOID! fame, not Paul Dini.
-News on the third and final season of BATMAN BEYOND has been released. One of the tidbits is that SUPERMAN WILL appear in season three, but his appearance will have a sufficient effect on the series. To read the article, then click ont he URL Link below:
//www.anotheruniverse.com/columns/animated/animated012100.html

ANIMATED COMICS
-The Terrific Trio story slated for BATMAN BEYOND #3 might still be published, and could be
published before the first 12 issues are complete.
-Terry Beatty will be penciling an upcoming issue of GOTHAM ADVENTURES.
-The Flash will be appearing in the double sized BATMAN: GOTHAM ADVENTURES #25
-The Martian Manhunter will be appearing in SUPERMAN ADVENTURES in the coming months. No specific issue was given. Lobo is expected to return soon as well, possibly for .

OTHER COMICS
-Talia will be appearing in DETECTIVE COMICS somewhere around 0. This issue is also proposed to be a double-sized issue.
-The new villain Whisper D’Aire (created by Greg Rucka) also shares a connection to Ra’s Al Ghul.
-Greg Rucka will be writing a Batman/Wonder Woman crossover later this year.
-BATMAN #577, Larry Hama’s third outing as the writer of the series, features Bruce and Alfred combatting rats in Wayne Manor. Huh?

MOVIES
-BATMAN BEYOND: RETURN OF THE JOKER (I really hope they give it a better title than that) now
has a trailer available for downloading. Check it out here:
//www.batman-superman.com/batman/dld/bb.mov

TOYS, BOOKS, AND OTHER MERCHANDISE
-A 9″ BATMAN BEYOND figure with a cloth costume will be released later this year.
-Starting January 3, Burger King & Batman Beyond teamed up for four weeks of action figures and kids meals. Once BK is done with Pokemon toys, they will start a four week promotional Batman Beyond Kids’ Meal pack. These will include all-new action figures made specifically for the fast food franchise. Go to //www.burgerking.com for details.
-We have just learned that all WB Stores in Europe will be closing down, except for locations in England.
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FEATURED BAT-SITE FOR THIS ISSUE

BATMAN ANIMATED : The Unofficial Fan Club and Magazine

//www.batmanuk.freeserve.co.uk/club/

This home page for this fan club has been updated and now you can see the covers of Issue 1 and 2 of Batman Animated. There is also a brief sneak peek at Issue 3 which is published in March 2000.

Batman Animated is a non-profit making fan club run by known UK Bat-fan Brian Davis
(www.batmanuk.freeserve.co.uk). It consists of a quarterly 30 page (mostly black and white) fanzine or ‘fan-made magazine’. Each issue has articles on BTAS, TNBA and Batman Beyond.

Each issue of the magazine has various sections including :

News – the latest in the animated bat world
The Classics ( Michael Mandeville looks back at the very first Batman episodes), Episode Review (by James ‘Dick Grayson’ Harvey)
Episode Guide (a episode guide to the shows in part form with pics)
Upcoming Comics – listing of future animated comics with cover pics
WB Store : A section devoted to what’s available in the WB Store this season
Trading Card Corner : Monthly guide looking back at various BTAS related sets
Fan Art : Great fan art is printed through-out
Media Reviews : Reviews of new videos, books etc that have been released as they saying goes ‘all this and lots more ….’

Brian would like to point out ‘this fanzine is 100% unofficial and is not associated with DC Comics and WB in any way, It is a non-profit making organisation and is made by fans for fans’.

The club is based in the UK but fans from all around the world are encouraged to join. You wont regret it !! As you only pay for postage and printing costs, prices are minimal. Brian is quite obviously doing this as a ‘fan-base’ and not to benefit his own pocket.

If you would like to find out more info on the club and how to join visit the site or e-mail Brian Davis at brian@batmanuk.freeserve.co.uk

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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
BATMAN BEYOND VIDEO SITE
//www.batmanbeyondvideo.com
YTV’S BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES PAGE
//www.ytv.com/shows/batman_animated/
YTV’s BATMAN BEYOND Page
//www.ytv.com/shows/batman_beyond/
SUB-ZERO: THE DEFINTIVE GUIDE
//www.batman-subzero.com
KID’S WB
//www.kidswb.com
DC COMICS
//www.dccomics.com
TOON ZONE
//www.toonzone.net
PSYCOMICS
//www.psycomics.com
RAVING TOY MANIAC
//www.toymania.com
VOICE CHASERS
//www.voicechasers.org

UNOFFICIAL SITES
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*TWO-FACE’S TOWER OF TRANQUILITY AND TERROR
//www.angelfire.com/tx/TimTwoFace/index.html
BATMAN, SUPERMAN, & BEYOND: THE WORLD’S FINEST DISCUSSION CENTER
//welcome.to/worldsfinest
THE DISCUSSION CENTER (same as above)
//www.geocities.com/TelevisionCity/Taping/2928/boards.htm
BRIAN CRUZ’ WB CARTOON PAGE
//www.toonzone.net/brian/index.html
BATMAN UK (BRIAN’S BATMAN PAGE)
//www.batmanuk.freeserve.co.uk
RA’S AL GHUL’S THE LAZARUS PIT
//zap.to/lazaruspit
THE DARK KNIGHT
//www.darkknight.ca
BATMAN BEYOND: WELCOME TO THE FUTURE
//www.batmanbeyond.net
TIM WAN’S BATMAN BEYOND
//come.to/batmanbeyond
DCU ANIMATED
//www.DCUAnimated.zzn.com
HARLEY’S HAVEN OF HEDONISM
//www.angelfire.com/hi2/harlequinhideaway
GOTHAM CITY LIMITS
//www.batman.gexner.net
BATMAN: DEFENDER OF GOTHAM
//www.fandom.com/batman
THE RIDDLER – EDWARD NYGMA’S PUZZLE WEBSITE
//perso.wanadoo.fr/prospero.milan/nygma
THE BATMAN ACTION FIGURE PAGE
//www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Boulevard/7659/
CHARACTERS ON THE ADVENTURES OF BATMAN & ROBIN
//www.xse.com/leres/batman.html
ARKHAM ASYLUM
//animation.acmecity.com/saturday/352
JOKERZ TERRITORY
//members.xoom.com/Jokerz84/index.htm
THE BATZONE
//www.batzone.cjb.net/
JLA: THE ANIMATED SERIES
//animation.acmecity.com/character/375
ANIMATED TALES
//www.geocities.com/Area51/Dunes/2294/at
A TRIBUTE TO BATMAN
//www.angelfire.com/ny2/russkafin/batman.html
BATMAN CEL SITE
//animation.acmecity.com/carbon/111
DARK JUSTICE
//www.mania.com.au/~grahark/darkjustice/
THE VAULT
//dmoz.org/Arts/Animation/Voice_Actors

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@direct.ca

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. 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
//www.toonzone.net/wbc/newsletters/btan
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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, 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.

For more information about the newsletter just email juno@direct.ca
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

EDITOR AT COLLEGE, NOT IN A DORM: Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton
EDITOR AT COLLEGE, BUT IN A DORM: “Dick Grayson”
AIR DATE SCHEDULES: Brian Cruz, RiddlerWB (at the official BTAS/STAS site), and YTV.com
EPISODE REVIEWS: Zanna/Justin Chen, and occasionally Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton
EDITORIAL: Kelly Tindall
COMIC REVIEWS: Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton, Tim Wan
MERCHANDISE REVIEW: Various
“BTAN ARCHIVES” MODERATOR: Eileen Delgadillo
TRIVIA: 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:-Y Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton
DELIVERY: Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton
E-MAIL RECEPTION HANDLING: Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton
BATMAN CREATED BY: Bob Kane & Bill Finger (who else?)

Batman and all related indiciated are trademarks of DC Comics, Copyright c 2000.
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