(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.

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By EricJoseph - 10/21/2013
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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sinestrosmight - 10/21/2013, 10:25 AM
What the heck? I was really surprised with how good this show is.
Koala0226 - 10/21/2013, 10:25 AM
What a shame. My brother and I really liked this show.
JatevinM - 10/21/2013, 10:28 AM
Yeah Cartoon Network doesn't know how to handle shows.
dougieisrollingthejays - 10/21/2013, 10:29 AM
Cartoon Network sucks now. They got rid of all the good stuff like Justice league, loony toons, scooby doo, ect. And replaced them with... the amazing world of gumball....
HavocPrime - 10/21/2013, 10:38 AM
It was an ok show and all, but it didn't really do anything new with the Batman.

I would like to see Wonder Women, Aquaman, or the Flash get their own animated show tbh, as it is getting tiring seeing Batman all the time.
TheAntiGrif - 10/21/2013, 10:39 AM
Damn it CN. I'm so tired of this shit. What warner brothers needs to do is rebrand their channel WB again. After that let their new shows for Saturday morning return to KidsWB. That program was always good. The Batman lasted perfectly for I believe 5 seasons on that network. BtB should be able to do the same or even better or at least last more than 2 seasons with cliff hangers. WB I hope your listening if you want your layered shows that aren't dumbed down to be a success go back to the old days. Bring back KidsWB. Trust me it will definitely work. Sometimes the old ways are what's needed for the present and future
TheBlackNerd - 10/21/2013, 10:41 AM
Get the f*** outta here????!!!!

That makes two of my favorite animated shows getting pulled off the air...

Beware the Batman
Tron: Uprising

Sh**'s ridiculous!
Mechagino - 10/21/2013, 11:16 AM
I heard the reason no one really bought the toys from Young Justice is because THEY WERE IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND!!! Or so I'm told and it really sucks that because of that, the show got cancelled.

I wasn't even aware there was a Toyline for Green Lantern The Animated Series.

But who knows, maybe this will lead to a new Superman series instead! :D
ralfinader - 10/21/2013, 11:21 AM
Good riddance Beware. Bring on something better, or at least the same level as YJ or GL. BtB sucked.
EricJoseph - 10/21/2013, 11:22 AM
Mechagino: There weren't any toys for GL: TAS. The toys for the GL movie sold so poorly that many retailers refused to stock toys for the cartoon. So, in a way, it was doomed from the start.
Manogeek - 10/21/2013, 11:31 AM
Isn't it about time that DC just invested their money into their own Cable Channel? Just have a channel dedicated to showing their old live action shows, cartoons and movies and then add new shows to the lineup.

Hell they could even explore doing some live action shorts, show fan films, a DC News Block or some comic book artist reality show. I'm sure they have enough content in their archives along with developmental ideas to do their own thing and it would be way better than half the crap on Cable anyway.
GoILL - 10/21/2013, 11:41 AM
I liked Beware the Batman so this news kinda sucks.
EricJoseph - 10/21/2013, 11:45 AM
Manogeek: DC has no say in the matter. WB, the parent company, calls all the shots and writes all the checks.
sappro - 10/21/2013, 11:48 AM
Let's be serious, the show sucked. That said, even if Bruce Timm worked on a new show it'd still be cancelled after a season or so. Kids just aren't watching Saturday morning cartoons anymore. And kids don't play with toys.

What I don't get is why they gave Teen Titans Go a 7:30pm slot in addition to DC Nation Saturday mornings, when Young Justice only got 7:30pm for the premiere...
comicbookjerk - 10/21/2013, 12:01 PM
Yeah I knew it wouldn't last long it was just a messed up show Alfred was stupid and messed up and the stories were kind of stupid.... Just Bring back YOUNG JUSTICE and we will all be fine with that..
BANE5000 - 10/21/2013, 12:31 PM
Couldve still had YJ but nooo they took it off to make room for this crap that got canceled anyhow
krylonshadow - 10/21/2013, 12:33 PM
Regarding Young Justice, whichever corporate morons made the call to cancel it are a bunch of ignorant pricks. Young Justice was a real television show, not a piece of shit excuse to sell toys to little kids like the rest of their crap is. If they released an actual solid full season box-set they would have realized that the show was clearly worth keeping. They had ~2 million loyal viewers, if took a second to realize how much the creators and viewers of the show cared about it, they would've realized that a proper Season One Blu-ray release would have easily made millions of dollars.
TheRealDorkKnight - 10/21/2013, 12:34 PM
HA! cop that idiots.
TheRealDorkKnight - 10/21/2013, 12:38 PM
@theblacknerd
"Get the f*** outta here????!!!!

That makes two of my favorite animated shows getting pulled off the air...

Beware the Batman
Tron: Uprising

Sh**'s ridiculous!"
....................................REALLY?
sameoldthing - 10/21/2013, 12:39 PM
It's far better than the Marvel cartoons.
Titans sucks also...they had kiddie crap toons when I was real young & I avoided that crap too.
Stop dumbing down programming,kids will enjoy quality stuff if it's given to them.
DukeAcureds - 10/21/2013, 12:39 PM
Haven't seen it yet. But I heard that Tara Strong was reprising her role as Barbara Gordon from the DCAU, right? That's kinda intriguing.
It's sad to hear that it's getting cancelled, but even if it is, then I'm sure it won't be too long before we see another Batman cartoon. And they're all good in their own ways, so whatever takes the place of Beware the Batman can't be that bad, right? I mean it's not like any Batman show could ever rival Batman: The Animated Series.
kevberg - 10/21/2013, 12:42 PM
F@CK CARTOON NETWORK.

They're loser hacks who are a bunch of douchebags . You will not get a fair shake at CN

I hope that network goes down soon. It is useless.
TheRealDorkKnight - 10/21/2013, 12:43 PM
i miss Young Justice
Manogeek - 10/21/2013, 12:56 PM
@EricJoseph Then the WB under DC Entertainment creates a channel. It doesn't matter. The whole point is that they should have their own DC based Channel that shows old and new DC Content.
PsychoManiacJacky - 10/21/2013, 1:03 PM
Beware The Batman was by far the worst animated adaptation of Batman I have ever seen. The CGI animation was beyond terrible and the whole design felt lazy. Mr.Toad a talking toad are you kidding me people. I just don't understand how this ever became popular in the first place sorry. Cartoon Network has done the right thing.
batman1216 - 10/21/2013, 1:07 PM
I am really upset by this news. I really enjoyed this show and it far exceeded my expectations. This and Young Justice back to back would have been awesome. Didn't really care for Green Lantern though. The only thing that could make this better is if they announce a new Timm/Dini Batman or Justice League cartoon.
edge13 - 10/21/2013, 1:13 PM
@dougieisrollingthejays
Hey,Amazing World of Gumball was...Amazing.
i like it,as does Adventure Time & Regular Show.
dont blame other shows for this.
TheBlackNerd - 10/21/2013, 3:01 PM
@hushh

Hell yeah "REALLY" you must not have read any interviews of the crew behind the show. They said themselves that they were working towards having familiar characters we're all familiar with debut as the show continued. If you were even watching it now you would indeed see that one of Batman's most iconic villains was about to make his debut. Just the thought if knowing that more characters were going to be introduced in the show disappoints me while all those other crappy shows will stay on for the beloved pre-schoolers. You can bring up how awful the art was and all of that other stuff but the story was great.

And Tron: Uprising in Disney XD was PHENOMENAL! Anyone here who's seen it will tell you the same!
TheBlackNerd - 10/21/2013, 3:04 PM
@batman1216

It's been confirmed that a new Justice League a animated series is indeed on the way! :)
unknownfacts - 10/21/2013, 3:09 PM
If it wasn't for Dragons:Defenders of Berk there would be nothing on Cartoon Network for me to watch.Oh well they have more then enough viewers so they wont be missing the few viewers who did tune into Beware the Batman.
superotherside - 10/21/2013, 3:28 PM
Well that's stupid. Way to go CN cancel all the good shows.

Oh well. Maybe it'll get DC to do feature length animated movies. Like Pixar or something...
marvel72 - 10/21/2013, 5:16 PM
i just can't get into this show,batman the animated series best animated show ever!
TerminalVoyd - 10/21/2013, 5:52 PM
It's kind of sad when I have to get my DC animated fix from the CW's (edited for content and time) reruns of Justice League Unlimited.

I'm not the biggest fan of Beware The Batman, and it doesn't really hold a candle to either YJ or GL:TAS, but it wasn't remotely the flaming turd I was expecting. CN's seeming abandonment if any remotely "dramatic" DC animation is not a welcome development (if this is really becoming the case here).
TheSoulEater - 10/21/2013, 6:54 PM
YES!

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That disgraceful piece of sh** is outa here!!!
TDKRnry88 - 10/21/2013, 9:15 PM
@TerminalVoyd

Not just CN with DC animation shows, but Disney XD with Marvel. They had The Spectacular Spider-Man, whose animation was "kiddie" but the stories were deep & character-driven. They replaced that with Ultimate Spider-Man, which more often goes for humor. Same with The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes and its very loose follow-up Avengers Assemble, which is reaching for the movie and the similar tone of USM. Let's not mention Hulk and the Agents of SMASH, which is just wrong.

USM = Mildly amusing
AA = Bland
HULK = Terrible
BlackIceJoe - 10/21/2013, 9:34 PM
Maybe they are rethinking canceling Young Justice. I would be okay with that. I really enjoyed that show and want the third season. I also want season two of Green Lantern.

I want to know what happens with the DC Nation short that Bruce Timm was making of Batman Beyond. I wonder if this means that there might be new DC tv shows to replace Beware the Batman. Geoff Johns did say there was going to be some cool things coming out for Aquaman. Maybe it's an Aquaman tv show.

I was not the biggest fan of BTB but I did enjoy they were showing lesser known characters. So I don't want it canceled. I don't get why WB does not extend DC Nation for at least another hour. They have so many characters that need their own show. So I hope they give them their own shows soon.
TerminalVoyd - 10/21/2013, 10:03 PM
@TDKRnry88

Losing Spectacular Spider-Man was inevitable. First, Marvel shared that one with Sony, as it was produced before Marvel acquired sole TV rights to the character. Second, the show suffered badly after the CW canceled the Kids WB block and SSM moved to Disney XD. The scheduling of new episodes was inconsistent, it had already aired abroad (meaning that it was pirated online before it even premiered in the states) and all of that led to poor ratings. Hell, I got so bored of waiting I watched Season 2 on Youtube (though I did rewatch when XD finally got around to airing them).

Once Raimi walked from Spider-Man, effectively killing that incarnation of the franchise and Marvel got the full TV rights, it was understandable they'd create a totally Marvel owned animated series with no ties to what came before and nothing owed to anyone else. It's just a shame it couldn't live up to what came before.

As for Avengers: EMH and Assemble... well.. like SSM vs. USM, it's also kind of crap when comparing the content of the two. And Hulk and the Agents of SMASH is pretty bad, but I find it more amusing that USM on multiple levels. Regardless of our opinions of those, it helps that the network that airs those owns Marvel with a direct line between the two, so there's a lot of support for Marvel animation on TV through that.

DC animation on the other hand is... well... a bit confusing. Cartoon Network (created in 1992) is owned by Turner Broadcasting which itself is an owned subsidiary of Time Warner (since 1996). I'm not sure exactly how much autonomy is given to the Turner subsidiary and CN and who makes the final call on what CN chooses to air. Obviously, both Disney/Marvel and WB/Cartoon Network are ratings conscious.

Avengers: EMH was dropped in favor of a more merch friendly product visually designed around a version of Marvel characters that received the most exposure, ie The Avengers movie (as opposed to the more fan friendly EMH with it's classic Marvel look and more comic oriented approach). Assemble's ratings have justified that decision. If BtB wasn't pulling in enough ratings, and had no real revenue to justify it from the merch standpoint, I can see DC being amenable to dropping a new animated TV series into the DC Nation slot that might fare better. Now while both are guilty of trading story quality for more $$$, CN and WB are seemingly more cavalier about yanking a show if it shows even the slightest under-performance with no ancillary revenue to back it up.
SnapperCarr - 10/21/2013, 11:14 PM
Damn, DC needs to move to a new channel.
Prime - 10/22/2013, 3:58 AM
How about a Superman cartoon?
MarkJulian - 10/22/2013, 4:51 AM
Just because new episodes aren't airing doesn't mean it's cancelled. This has more to do with Cartoon Network's weird programming schedule than viewership.
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