To all the people who are hating on this show should take a second to think about how their not acting like real Batman fans as much as they think they are. These new villains are not all animals some are awesome like Anarky, Magpie and Lady Shiva. The soundtrack for the show is unbelieving perfect including the story line that gets better every episode. So no more hating, watch more episodes and you will love it just like the rest of us Batman fans do.
Definitely at first sight it might seem as a... weird CGI generated batman, anyways I think you can get pass the animation and look into the story. I've enjoyed how they manage to show us Bruce and Alfred into a sort of different light, perhaps more human or at least more believable in a sense that we now know more about Alfred and Katana and her back story helped infuse the series with a familiar yet unexplored plot.
Yes, I must confess that I do love classic batman enemies but seeing the ones on this new adaptation helps me remember the original Animated Series which also IMO is amazing (at least before it's animation was completely revamped) However the only constant in life is change and at least this story is centered in a young Bruce Wayne and hopefully well get to see more of his universe and enemies in the future.
Replacing Joker and other "AA" villians with other less popular enemies is very beneficial for this series, because it gives opportunity to finally exploit another enemies and make the story more interesting.
But Batman: The Animated Series is far superior. Beware the Batman has several flaws that keep it from being truly great:
Lack of classic enemies: Instead of using classic enemies like the Joker or the Riddler, this series focuses on more obscure enemies, such as Anarky or Professor Pyg. While I respect that these enemies are gaining attention, I would still like the classic enemies in the series, especially the Joker, since the Joker is Batman's greatest enemy and should always be the main villain of a Batman show. Instead Anarky is the primary villain.
Animation: I have no problem with CGI as I love the 2012 TMNT series, but the CGI animation in this show is pretty weak. Rarely do I see any real emotion in the characters. It almost feels like there are only two emotions a person can show in this series.
Katana and Alfred as the sidekicks: I don't like the way Alfred is portrayed in this show. In previous incarnations, he is sophisticated and had dignity, but did have some fighting skills. In this version, he is a gruff old man who assists Batman and even used a rocket launcher and lacks the sophistication and has much more combat skills than previous incarnations. Katana is Batman other ally, but Katana was a superheroine in her own right and didn't need to be reduced to a sidekick.
The show's story is not bad though. I do enjoy it, though Batman: the Animated Series is much better. Overall, if you're a Batman fan, you should give this a shot.
I've seen Batman the animated series. Also no one wanted a new Batman being said this show isn't terrible. I can't name one person who doesn't know Batman's origins or his entire rogues gallery. This is one of the best characters written in comics. That being said this show makes him into a detective and doesn't fall into the trappings of needing to tell a origin story again. The dialogue is good but the script isn't very tight. The animation is terrible at first sight. For many and myself we got used to it and some of us like it. For others it will take much longer to get used to. The villains are new villains that haven't been over used. Some of them are one dimensional while other are complex characters. I like there take on Katana and what there doing with Alfred is both familiar and new. Ultimately it's not the worst Batman show let me remind you of 2003 show made to sell toys. This does a surprising good job but there is no competition between this and the Original animated series. Driving home this point for the last time its a new batman show that is done write and is not a retread of everything we have seen like Brave and the Bold it does something new. It also doubles as a origin story because it is a new Batman. With this being said I suggest fans who have written the show off go back with this in mind.
I cannot express just how disappointed I am at the newest iteration of the Dark Knight. I honestly feel bad for the kids who have to grow up watching this crap, when we had the genius of Paul Dini and Bruce Timm. I understand they are trying to freshen things up, but at the cost of quality? Instead of joker, Freeze, and Two-Face, we get Mr. Toad and Humpty Dumpty? There is a reason Bruce Timm and his people ran as long as they did, from Batman all the way though Justice League Unlimited. The used characters people cared about. I bought a season pass for this show on Amazon and I'm already wondering about their refund policy. I don't have a problem with the voice overs. I have a problem with the writing and the content. But then, how do you write for this kind of crap. You think kids don't like dark and gritty, but they do!!! Every kid want's to be Batman. They don't want to be Robin. They want to be a badass. It is us that force feeds them this non sense until they watch it because that all there is for their demographic. Go back, watch Batman: TAS, and start again!
"Beware the Batman" is the newest take on the classic DC hero, striving to bring the character and tone back to the darker, more serious incarnation similar to "The Animated Going into this new adaptation, I was wary. The art style at first glance wasn't something I was too fond of, but I felt the same way about many of my favourite animated shows ("Brave and the Bold" and "Spectacular Spider-man"). Also, hearing about the new take on Alfred along with starting the series off with Prof. Pig gave me my doubts. This replacing "Young Justice" didn't help my disposition.
However, I've got to say I enjoyed at least the first episode much more than anticipated. The art style takes some getting used to, but in the end fits the tone and setting nicely. I especially liked the return of the black and yellow theme for Batman's . Pig, along with Mr. Toad, also make for interesting and new characters. Though a bit out of place at first, the anthropomorphic Toad at least opens up that this more serious version of Gotham still hosts super-powered individuals, so fears this will be too realistic fall to the wayside. Prof. Pig is actually quite formidable as well, and the duo have great chemistry.
Alfred, however, I'm not quite too fond of. They made him into basically old Jason Statham, which as a new character would be pretty cool except it basically makes Alfred into something he never was. Gone away is Alfred's sophistication and demeanor, in return he is gruff, tactical, and always looks angry. To make matters worse, the writers basically make Alfred more powerful than Batman, who is constantly asking for his help and assistance. Not that Batman doesn't occassionally do this, but in BTB it seems like Alfred taught Bruce all he knows and still can get the upperhand on him. Furthermore, the Bruce/Alfred relationship seems way too forced. Bruce keeps complaining about trying to protect Alfred by keeping him out of the field when it's really Bruce who isn't doing very well... And with how gruff Alfred is, I just don't get the sense that Alfred is a caretaker for Bruce like the gentler, sophisticated Alfred did.
The story for episode one was okay. Rather cliche', but worked. However, little things bother me, such as Alfred calling Batman "Bruce" while in the field, or physically calling Batman via video phone. What if somebody saw Alfred video chatting with Batman? (which almost happened) Also, the Batcomputer actually talks, becoming a lame version of JARVIS from Iron Man.
Still, it has promise. It's not the Batman show I deserve, nor is it the one I need, but it's the one I've got so I'll see where it goes. It's definitely caught my attention...
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