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Batman The Animated Newsletter #72

Batman: The Animated Newsletter
Weeks of August 7 – August 26/27, 2000
Volume 3,
Rated: PG for some “low-key coarse language and occasional griping”

THIS ISSUE’S SUBLIMINAL MESSAGE: “Courage – now. Truth…always. Batman – FOREVER – until Bane broke him, that is.”
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IMPORTANT NOTICE

There will be a three-week hiatus between this issue of BATMAN: THE ANIMATED NEWSLETTER and . We just need the break – and the news is slow right now, so we figured we oughta take advantage of it. See you all on August 28!

Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton
-who needs his coffee…cooooffffeeeee….
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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING…
New episodes are on the horizon! Here’s what we can expect in the near future…

BATMAN BEYOND
Episode #41
‘ACE IN THE HOLE’
Air date: August 19, 2000
Synopsis: Unavailable (but I presume this has to do with Ace the Bathound in a key role, somehow – either that, or the Royal Flush Gang).
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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

NOTE:
If our schedule is not updated, then go to the following URL. It will ALWAYS contain the most up-to-date schedule possible.
//www.geocities.com/TelevisionCity/Taping/2928/airdate.htm

THIS WEEK:
Mon 08-07-00: Batman #87 Sins of the Father
Batman #91 Never Fear

Tue 08-08-00: Superman #51 Superman’s Pal
Batman #74 Catwalk

Wed 08-09-00: Batman #90 You Scratch My Back
Superman #39 World’s Finest (Pt. 1)

Thu 08-10-00: Superman #40 World’s Finest (Pt. 2)
Superman #41 World’s Finest (Pt. 3)

Fri 08-11-00: NONE

Sat 08-12-00: B-BEYOND #17 Lost Soul
B-BEYOND #01 Rebirth (Pt. 1)

NEXT WEEK:
Mon 08-14-00: Superman #08 The Main Man (Pt. 1)
Superman #11 The Main Man (Pt. 2)

Tue 08-15-00: Batman #95 Torch Song
Superman #43 The New Kids in Town

Wed 08-16-00: Batman #93 Growing Pains
Superman #49 The Demon Reborn

Thu 08-17-00: Superman #53 Unity
Batman #109 Judgement Day

Fri 08-18-00: B-BEYOND #14 Joyride

Sat 08-19-00: B-BEYOND #40 Where’s Terry
B-BEYOND #41 Ace in the Hole <———- NEW!!!!

THE WEEK AFTER THAT:
Mon 08-21-00: Superman #33 Apokolips…Now! (Pt. 1)
Superman #35 Apokolips…Now! (Pt. 2)

Tue 08-22-00: Batman #100 Cult of the Cat
Superman #45 Knight Time

Wed 08-23-00: Superman #42 Where There’s Smoke
Batman #103 The Demon Within

Thu 08-24-00: Batman #107 Chemistry
Batman #99 Critters

Fri 08-25-00: B-BEYOND #22 Rats

Sat 08-26-00: B-BEYOND #36 Payback
B-BEYOND #26 Terry’s Friend Dates a Robot

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
(BATMAN, SUPERMAN, and 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 Noon on weekdays (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).

*YTV has just got the rights to air episodes #27 – 52 of BATMAN BEYOND. It’s unknwon when these episode to air, but expect fall 2000. YTV may air all the episodes through in ONE run, unlike the first 26 episodes.

NOTE: If this schedule is NOT updated, go to the following address – there, an updated schedule is ALWAYS present.
//www.geocities.com/TelevisionCity/Taping/2928/airdate.htm

THIS WEEK:
Mon 08-07-00: BTAS #27 Mad as a Hatter

Tue 08-08-00: BTAS #31 The Cape and Cowl Conspiracy

Wed 08-09-00: BTAS #30 Perchance to Dream

Thu 08-10-00: BTAS #06 The Underdwellers

Fri 08-11-00: BTAS #34 Night of the Ninja

Sat 08-12-00: BEYOND #01 Rebirth (Pt. 1)

Sun 08-13-00: BEYOND #02 Rebirth (Pt. 2)

NEXT WEEK:
Mon 08-14-00: BTAS #36 The Strange Secret of Bruce Wayne

Tue 08-15-00: BTAS #41 Tyger, Tyger

Wed 08-16-00: BTAS #28 Dreams in Darkness

Thu 08-17-00: BTAS #18 Beware the Grey Ghost

Fri 08-18-00: BTAS #35 Cat Scratch Fever

Sat 08-19-00: BEYOND #03 Black Out

Sun 08-20-00: BEYOND #04 Golem

THE WEEK AFTER THAT:
Mon 08-21-00: BTAS #45 Terror in the Sky

Tue 08-22-00: BTAS #49 I Am the Night

Wed 08-23-00: BTAS #46 Almost Got ‘Im

Thu 08-24-00: BTAS #42 Moon of the Wolf

Fri 08-25-00: BTAS #02 Christmas with the Joker

Sat 08-26-00: BEYOND #07 Meltdown

Sun 08-27-00: BEYOND #08 Heroes
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THE CARTOON NETWORK

BATMAN IS BACK ON THE CARTOON NETWORK!!!!

Thanx to CNX: Toonami Revolution – Batman: The Animated Series is getting more airtime on Cartoon Network; more accuratly, on Toonami. Toonami has a weekend block called Rising Sun which airs shows in morning hours. airing from 9 AM to Noon EST/PST. Rising Sun will be changed this weekend. Not only will Ronin Warriors be dropped from the lineup, but also, the second airing of Gundam Wing is dropped as well.

So technically, Rising Sun is missing an hour. Surely they’re not going to give that mutt an extra hour, so they’ve but in a American flavor to the block, one a familiar Midnight Run standby while the other is making its debut to Toonami (finally). Batman: The Animated Series airs on Rising Sun at 11 AM EST/PST while Powerpuff Girls ends Toonami at 11:30 AM EST/PST. This is the new Rising Sun. Check it out! Now you’l have something to watch besides Pokemon! The lineup, as of May 13, is:

9am-Thundercats (One Hour)
10am-Dragon Ball Z (The Garlic Jr. Saga)
10:30am-Mobile Suit Gundam Wing
11am-Batman: The Animated Series
11:30am-Powerpuff Girls
(all times in Eastern Time

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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

The creative “team” for this column alternates between Zanna and Justin Chen, two loyal subscribers and great friends of ours here. Any other reviews printed here are written by editor Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton. Enjoy!

(I decided to reprint a review of JUDGEMENT DAY in this issue, as this is the newsletter’s second anniversary, and this is the most recent episode with a character who loves the number two in it. Enjoy!)

“JUDGMENT DAY”
Written by: Rich Fogel & Alan Burnett
Directed by: Curt Geda
Animation by: Dong Yang
Original air date: October 31, 1998
My rating: ****1/2

A new vigilante is in Gotham, and has sent the Riddler back to Arkham, the Penguin to the hospital in critical condition, and, if it weren’t for Batman interfering, would have killed Killer Croc by tossing him off the Gotham Gate Bridge. Now, he’s after Two-Face.

Cool premise huh? Much like in “Lock-Up”, this episode introduces a new character who takes the law into his own hands, but goes too far. The new vigilante is known only as the Judge, a very Phantasm-esque character with a low booming voice, and dark, shadowy clothing; the only difference is that this person wears a judge’s white curled wig and carries a large wooden hammer instead of a scythe.

We learn that a shifty politician at City Hall is using the Judge, much like how Commissioner Gordon uses Batman to rid the city of crime. Two-Face learns of this person’s involvement with the judge, who had already booby-trapped his hideout and turned it into a lethal gas chamber, and demands information, before setting off to kill him.

Only in the final scenes do we see who the Judge really is.

This episode was nothing short of incredible. No one knew this was coming, and it is easily head and shoulders above the other best episodes of the season, “Old Wounds” and “Legends of the Dark Knight”. In fact, the only new-style episode which tops it is last year’s controversial “Over the Edge”.

There are many good things in this episode. We get to see Batman work solo again, seeing someone finally come down hard on the Penguin was nice, and seeing how Penguin treats his “customers” was rather interesting – he respects Two-Face’s intelligence and considers Killer Croc to be rather…well…a dim bulb. The sleazy politician which uses the judge to give
himself a better public image was nice, and the Judge’s brutality was welcomed with open arms. Dong Yang’s animation was suprisingly excellent here, and they even added some CGI work in the final battle. Seeing Alan Burnett return to writing was a wonderful suprise, too. The best thing, in my opinion, was that we finally get to see Two-Face as the centre of attention. Not since “Second Chance” has there been an episode that delves into his psyche like this. The scenes of where Batman and Two-Face actually work together to save themselves in the gas chamber were great – even though, once safe, Two-Face beat the crap outa Batman and took off. Even just visually speaking, Two-Face looks a lot better here than he did in “Sins of the Father”.

In the final scene, we learn that Two-Face is the Judge. In fact, his good side has split into two personalities, and the extreme-good side, completely separate from the other two, has taken a vow to clean up crime in Gotham by whatever means necessary. (Remember, prior to his transformation, Harvey Dent was part of the judicial system, as District Attorney – so it was his crime-fightin’ blood in the works here.) It’s shocking to see what this suggests…if Two-Face can kill Killer Croc with his bare hands, does he qualify as the third-toughest man in
Gotham (behind only Batman and Bane, of course)?

The only bad point was the Riddler’s tiny one-line cameo. Sure, he was only a back-up character, but all these cameos are taunting me – because I really wanted to get an entire Riddler episode.

I’m suprised this episode wrapped up so well in just 19.5 minutes! But it did!

This is all just a tip of the ice burg. The episode is great, and you’ll love it, guaranteed. It’s a mix of action, drama, and mystery, and wraps up perfectly with a really cool shot of Two-Face going crazy in his cell at Arkham.

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EDITORIAL
(by Mark Cappis, aka “The Scarecrow”)

THE MEANING OF THE WORD “TRAGIC”

Today, I learned the meaning of the word “tragic.”

I was one of the many who could no longer watch “Superman” when WGN ceased to show it. Luckily, I had a friend with a satellite dish who was still able to get it. He promised to tape the new episodes of “Batman Beyond” for me, as well as the forthcoming final episodes of “Superman.” Time passed. Both “Demon Reborn” and “Legacy” were shown, and my friend diligently taped them for me. Then, came the wait. My friend, sadly, is quite the forgetful fellow, and whenever we got together, he would always forget to bring the tapes. But, when I went down to his place recently, I cornered him and said “GIMME THE TAPES, ALREADY!!” He could only find the one with “Legacy” on it, but it would do for now.

With eager anticipation, I popped the tape of the final episode of “Superman” into the TV/VCR. I watched it with eager eyes. I was dazzled by the iconic imagery: Superman, siloheted
against the portal to Apokolyps; Superman, cloaked in darkness, only the red glow from his eyes defining his face; Darkseid’s final line as his tortured followers rush to his aid: “I am many things Superman, but here I am god.” Lex Luthor, his neck broken by Superman, muttering “no one should have that much power.” Superman asking “how do I earn back the trust of a planet?” And Lois Lane’s reponse: a kiss, followed by “one person at a time.” One of the best episodes ever!

I hit fast-forward to see if there were any more episodes of “Batman Beyond” or “Superman” on the tape. Suddenly, my TV/VCR combo started making a horrible grinding sound. I recognized that sound. My machine shut down automaitcally. I knew what had happened. I turned it back on, and hit eject. More grinding sounds as the tape popped out. I gentelly pulled, and my fears were confirmed. My machine had eaten the tape. The tape itself was hopelessly entangled in the heads.

If I had a conventional VCR, the solution would be simple. Open up the VCR, and gently untangle the tape. But with a TV/VCR combo unit, that would prove difficult. I opened the tape door, and peered inside. Tugging on each side of the tape, I tried to work it loose; dislodge it. Nothing was giving. There was only one option left. And I had to do it to save my TV/VCR.

I pulled out my pocket knife, and cut up the tape. With a gentle tug on one end, it came out effortlessly. But I could never watch “Legacy” again.

Are the fates trying to tell me something? First, the channel that I get that shows “Superman” quits showing “Superman.” My friend dilligently records it for me, only to have the tape sit on his shelf for several months as I waited patiently for the chance to see it. And, after I catch a brief glimpse of paradise, I am forced to destroy the tape. Is it all a cosmic tease? Am I never meant to see how “Superman” ends?

I should look on the bright side, though. Surely, some cable channel out there will show “Superman” in reruns until the end of time. And somewhere, buried deep in my friend’s house, is a tape with “The Demon Reborn” on it. Someday, I will see them all.

(If you liked this, be sure to check out my website, Chaos In A Box. I have rants like this about, well, everything. //listen.to/chaosinabox)

Mark Cappis/Scarecrow
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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.

“NAME THAT EPISODE!”
(I leave a clue, you figure out what episode it’s from. Simple enough? Great! Enjoy!)

361. Penguin waits forever for a bus to arrive.

Answer: _____________

362. The episode in which Baby-Doll says “I Didn’t Mean To” fewer times.

Answer: _____________

363. A woman is apparently robbed by a leprechaun.

Answer: _____________

364. This quote: “Chemicals are expensive.”

Answer: _____________

365. Harley Quinn pukes.

Answer: _____________

366. Terry McGinnis pukes.

Answer: _____________

367. The last BTAS episode (in order of episode debut date) in which Tim Drake appears.

Answer: _____________

368. Man-Bat apparently has undergone a sex change.

Answer: _____________

369. A voice of a man who appeared in EVERY EPISODE of the 60’s BATMAN series can be heard in this particular animated episode.

Answer: _____________

370. “Look at the numbers about my face – you won’t find thirteen anyplace.”

Answer: _____________
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AND THESE ARE OUR FINAL ANSWERS (to the trivia)

Answer to #361: BIRDS OF A FEATHER
Answer to #362: LOVE IS A CROC
Answer to #363: THE UNDERDWELLERS
Answer to #364: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT
Answer to #365: HARLEY’S HOLIDAY
Answer to #366: BLACK OUT (Batman Beyond)
Answer to #367: BEWARE THE CREEPER
Answer to #368: TERROR IN THE SKY
Answer to #369: BEWARE THE GREY GHOST
Answer to #370: THE CLOCK KING (so what if it’s a quote from “Batman Forever”? It works!)
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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:
Nuthin’.

CONTRIBUTED BY OTHERS:
I said NUTHIN’!
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MERCHANDISING: WHERE THE REAL BAT-CASH IS MADE
(by anyone who wishes to contribute)

Come on…contribute…come ONNNN….
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COMIC REVIEWS
(BATMAN: GOTHAM ADVENTURES by Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton)
(BATMAN BEYOND by Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton)
(SUPERMAN ADVENTURES by Dick Grayson)

BATMAN BEYOND
ISSUES: “Toy Wonder” (#10)
WRITTEN BY: Hilary J. Bader
PENCILLED BY: Craig Rousseau
INKED BY: Rob Leigh
ISSUED: June 28, 2000 (Cover date, Aug 2000)
RATING (out of 5): ***1/2

BATMAN BEYOND #10 was a breath of fresh air. Even though I have thoroughly enjoyed the series, it’s rare in the BATMAN BEYOND-universe to see any “emotional stories” come to the forefront as in this issue.

It was interesting to see a Golem story that didn’t feature Willie Watt as the villain, as well; I wasn’t very thrilled with his second appearance on the series, but this issue rebuilt my enthusiasm towards the character. I’d like to see a “reform” episode for him.

The inclusion of the “family struggle” with Sam and Morgan in this issue was a good choice, too – that is what gave the story all its heart. It was all about a man that cared undividedly for his child, and the child’s affection right back – even if it was hard to notice because of his autism. I see a future with these two characters – perhaps they’ll show up in peril in a later story, who knows?

It was also interesting to see the Batman action figures that Matt had. Does this mean that in the future, people are cashing in on the Bat-mythos, too? That could also be interesting subject matter in the future; I remember they touched upon this in I AM THE NIGHT in the original animated series, so it’d be interesting to see a futuristic take on it.
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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 for any of these issues, unless otherwise posted, 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 #30
September 6th
Synopsis: Batman Vs. Clayface.
Cover: //www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0006/20/BatGothAdv30.JPG

FOLLOWING MONTH:
Synopsis: Ty Templeton’s leftover Joker story! Don’t miss it!
Cover: Unavailable

BATMAN BEYOND #12
August 23rd
Synopsis: The villain formerly known as Terminal has been cured of his evil persona, but his former gang of Jokerz will stop at nothing to turn him back to his criminal self. Can Batman keep him on the straight and narrow?
Cover: Unavailable

FOLLOWING MONTH:
Synopsis: Fears brought on by the Scarecrow’s fear gas (from OVER THE EDGE) are now manifesting themselves in the future-day Commissioner Barbara Gordon.
Cover: Unavailable

SUPERMAN ADVENTURES #48
???
Synopsis: Unavailable
Cover: Unavailable

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

ALL-ENCOMPASSING/OTHER
-The following artists are selling artwork on eBay. The following are their names and Seller ID’s:
Terry Beatty: beatty@machlink.com
Craig Rousseau: cerousseau
Tim Levins: tlevins
Min S. Ku: min3000gt

ANIMATED SERIES (BTAS, STAS, BEYOND)
-YTV has just got the rights to air episodes #27 – 52 of BATMAN BEYOND. It’s unknwon when these episode to air, but expect fall 2000. YTV may air all the episodes through in ONE run, unlike the first 26 episodes.

ANIMATED COMICS
-The Demon guest stars in BATMAN BEYOND #14. Here’s the cover:
//www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0007/20/BB14.jpg
-Craig Rousseau will be penciling and Rob Leigh will be inking the comic adaption of RETURN OF THE JOKER, most likely due out Oct. 18 or 25.
-Check out the following link for a cover of the RETURN OF THE JOKER comic book adaption:
//www.craigrousseau.com/gallery/bb/rotjcover.html
-For a sneak-peek of some panels from this comic, go to this link:
//www.geocities.com/wfnewspage/rotjcomic.jpg

OTHER COMICS
-Poison Ivy is the focus of DETECTIVE COMICS #751. Also, Bruce Wayne acquires a bodyguard.
-The Penguin may be evicted from his WAYNE ENTERPRISES-owned headquarters in BATMAN #584.
-DARK VICTORY #12: “REVENGE”. That’s all we know about it, aside from the fact that Two-Face is on the cover of this one.
-DARK VICTORY #13: Has Batman finally found the identity of the Hang Man killer (if, in fact, there’s only one)? What connection does the Hang Man have to Harvey Dent, and can the murders be stopped before the most horrifying killing of them all takes place? This time Batman is no longer alone in his quest for justice as a young, inexperienced Robin joins him. But will the addition of an untested partner prove to be more deadly than it’s worth? Witness the last stand of the crumbling criminal empire, as the Falcone Family faces off against Two-Face and a mob of freakish allies that includes the Joker, Mr. Freeze, Poison Ivy and Solomon Grundy. Will all of Gotham City be left in ruins before the last gang war is over? Which, if any, of the Falcones, the Marionis and the Vitis will survive? And how will the change the lives of James Gordon, Harvey Dent and Janice Porter?
The cover can be found here: //www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0007/20/BDarkVict13.jpg
-The first issue of HARLEY QUINN, due out on Oct 11, is described as the following: Harley Quinn is not the story of an honorable woman and her quest for justice. Instead, it’s a love story gone horribly, horribly wrong, especially in the first issue, as the Joker’s girlfriend must do with out Mister J’s “calming” influence. Harley is driven to astounding lengths to free her loony lover. And that’s just in the first seven pages. What follows is too strange for words, though it does involve a cameo by Batman.
-The cover can be found here: //www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0007/20/HarleyQuinn1.jpg
-A preview of the first six pages can be found here: //www.searth.net/wfnews/
-Volume 3 of the collected NO MAN’S LAND editions will be out on September 27. It features
“ASSEMBLY”, “FRUIT OF THE EARTH”, plus some stories by Larry Hama, and the various one-issue tales from April 1999.

MOVIES
-Val Kilmer ACTUALLY STATED that he’d want to return to the Batman film franchise if the next movie had more humour. Yeah. Right.
-A new webisode can be found at //www.gothamgirls.com
-Harley Quinn will play a sizable role in RETURN OF THE JOKER.
-Robin is electrocuted at some point in the movie
-At least one character dies.
-Here’s an in-depth look at the new ROTJ trailer:
1. The trailer begins with a long shot of “Beyond Batman” gliding over Gotham City. Fade to a very solemn “Old Man Wayne” partly shadowed in the future Batcave.
2. Flashback scene: Batgirl running, barely dogding rapid fire (machine gun? — see #3).
3. Flashback scene: Harley touting a really really big gun (not a machine gun — nastier), as well as aiming and firing it.
4. Close up of an irked Beyond Batman driving the Batmobile, with a small projected vignette of the Joker’s head in the foreground gleefully talking — most likely about…
5. An overhead satellite powering up and projecting a nasty laser beam at Gotham City. There are a few shots of the beam wiping out a few buildings in a mass-destruction animation just short of Akira. And a later shot shows the beam cutting through more of Gotham as it pursues the speeding Batmobile.
6. The final scene is a tight close-up shot of a grim Beyond Batman saying, “Let’s dance, Bozo.”
Also, Timm mentioned in the panel that ROTJ features a completely different kind of Joker. “He’s scarier this time.” He also mentioned that the initial design theory was based on Hannibal Lecter. Hamill added that he had to look at the role as a completely “different animal.”

LIVE ACTION TELEVISION
-For more info about the ONSTAR commercials, go to:
//www.geocities.com/bbeyond/news.html
Or the ONSTAR site:
//www.onstar.com
-Two online, interactive comic books can also be found at the OnStar site.
-Check out //www.fandom.com/batman for downloadable versions of the ONSTAR commercials if the official ONSTAR site is not being cooperative with your PC. Two of the commercials can also be found at //www.adcritic.com – just search for “Batman”.

TOYS, BOOKS, AND OTHER MERCHANDISE
-PLAY BY PLAY has released a second series of Batman plush dolls. They originally came out with 14″ and 22″ Batman, Robin, Joker, and Riddler dolls (old style); now available are Two-Face, the Penguin, Catwoman, and Mr. Freeze (new style) in 13″ and 18″. Just search eBay for these; there are a lot in auctions there at the moment.
-On September 1, it will be possible to order a copy of Paul Dini’s RETURN OF THE JOKER script through Amazon.com.
-For a preview on BATMAN VEHICLE ADVENTURE (a forthcoming Playstation game), check out this address:
//www.gameinformer.com/previews/preview_detail.cfm?ITEM_ID=4831
-You can also find a preview of the N64 version here:
//ign64.ign.com/previews/14845.html
-The BATMAN VEHICLE ADVENTURE game for PSX and PC has now been renamed “BATMAN OVERDRIVE”. The villains that will definately be in the game are the Joker, Two-Face, Penguin, Riddler, Scarecrow, Bane, and Harley Quinn – though it’s a good bet that many many more will be there as well. Due out October 2000.
-THE NEW BATMAN ADVENTURES will be available for Game Boy by Christmas 2000.
-The fourth and fifth BATMAN BEYOND videos, SPELLBOUND and CRUSH, are now available.

SPECIAL NOTE
For more BATMAN, SUPERMAN, AND BEYOND news throughout the week, check out the WORLD’S FINEST NEWS PAGE at:
//www.geocities.com/bbeyond/news.html
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FEATURED BAT-SITE FOR THIS ISSUE
(feel free to submit your own for our consideration)

THE BATMAN BEYOND RESOURCE
www.geocities.com/wbarchive/joker.html

This site has a collection of news items concerning RETURN OF THE JOKER, and seasons 3 and 4 of Batman Beyond. It also has a sneak peak at projects stuck in deveolpment, being bantered about, and those that never went through.

This site is a branch of
THE BATMAN ANIMATED ARCHIVE
www.geocities.com/wbarchive/batman.html
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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/
GOTHAM GIRLS
//www.gothamgirls.com
SUB-ZERO: THE DEFINTIVE GUIDE
//www.batman-subzero.com
KID’S WB
//www.kidswb.com
DC COMICS
//www.dccomics.com
KTLA KIDS WB SCHEDULES
//www.ktla.com/backstage/programming/KIDSWB.htm
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
BRUCE TIMM ARCHIVE SITE
//members.xoom.com/brucetimm
BATMAN ANIMATED: THE UNOFFICIAL FAN CLUB & FANZINE
//www.batmanuk.freeserve.co.uk/club/
HARLEY’S HAVEN OF HEDONISM
//www.harley-quinn.com
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
ANIMATED STYLE ARTWORK ARCHIVE
//hjem.get2net.dk/twt/asaa/home.html
BATMAN CEL SITE
//animation.acmecity.com/carbon/111
DARK JUSTICE
//www.mania.com.au/~grahark/darkjustice/
ROGUE AVENUE, GOTHAM
//www.ultros.com/rogue_avenue
THE BATMAN BEYOND INFO PAGE
//www.rogue-spear.com/BB
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:

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As for submissions, feel free to submit an article or opinion on anything pertaining to BTAS. Keep in mind that as the editors, we have the right to edit your submissions if we deem it necessary. Such instances would include problems with length, grammar, and language. If we do feel we must edit something, however, we will do our utmost to ensure that the opinion and the basic message of the submission does not change, as that is the most important part of any article, and everyone is entitled to it. And if you do submit something, please don’t just submit a basic review of an episode or a comic or something (because we have people writing for those purposes already) – write about an issue you’d like to discuss.
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BATMAN: THE ANIMATED ARCHIVES

The very kind people at TOONZONE were nice enough to give us our own little section of their huge and diverse website. The archive contains past newsletters and is semi-regularly updated with the latest one. To check it out go here:

TOONZONE’s BATMAN: THE ANIMATED NEWSLETTER ARCHIVES
//www.toonzone.net/wbc/newsletters/btan
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LIKE WHAT YA SEE? WANNA SUBSCRIBE? HERE’S HOW!!!

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For more information about the newsletter just email juno@dccnet.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! Thank you for reading! 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: Help Wanted
COMIC REVIEWS: Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton, Dick Grayson
UNDER THE KNIFE: Brian Davis
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
THE CREATION OF THIS NEWSLETTER INSPIRED BY: Alan J. Porter
BATMAN CREATED BY: Bob Kane & Bill Finger (who else?)

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