(UPDATED) Cartoon Network Has Reportedly Pulled BEWARE THE BATMAN
This morning I woke up to some disheartening news concerning Batman's latest animated exploits. Read on for details.
Cartoon Network has abruptly pulled Beware The Batman until further notice. TV news bloggers Nick and More have Tweeted the following:
This is highly reminiscent of when they pulled Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Young Justice from their programming schedule a year ago at this time. Those shows eventually came back in January, which I suspect may happen with Beware The Batman. However, Young Justice and Green Lantern were both cancelled because YOU didn't buy enough toys. Granted only Happy Meal toys and a Target exclusive standalone figure of BTB have been released, but the show debuted to sub-par ratings. They have somewhat improved, but probably not enough to Cartoon Network's liking.
Teen Titans Go! is still is the clear and will continue to air as scheduled. I checked tvguide.com/listings and Beware The Batman is still listed at this time, but expect that to change. Cable listings still listed Green Lantern and Young Justice for weeks even after they were pulled.
This begs the question: what is the future of DC animation? Is there a place for dramatic storytelling at Cartoon Network? I think CN favors Teen Titans Go! among other recent DC shows due to its goofy art style, comedic tone, and appeal to younger audiences. Those three criteria are in line with most of their current running programs. I've heard rumblings of a new Justice League series in development for the past year, possibly with Bruce Timm's involvement, but have yet to see anything concrete to back it up.
I, for one, am tired of getting the shaft from Cartoon Network. DC has a proud history at WB Animation. I personally enjoy Beware The Batman and hope the show has some longevity. Sound off in the comments and tell me what you think.
UPDATE: Anthony Ruivivar, the voice of Batman, has confirmed the show's return in January via Twitter.
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