Batman The Animated Newsletter #100

Batman: The Animated Newsletter
Weeks of September 10 – September 23, 2001
Volume 4, 0
Rated: PG (as with all other things Batman-related)

THIS ISSUE’S SUBLIMINAL MESSAGE: “We’ll keep all of you in our prayers.”

Sorry about this issue not getting into inboxes in time. Not only has school gotten in the way (but yet again), the whole thing with the terrorist attacks in the USA has sort of taken precedent. I’m not an American myself, but my heart (and those of others working here) goes out to ANYONE even remotely affected by everything that’s happened – the airplane crashes, destroyed Pentagon, levelled buildings, and the Twin Towers (to say the least), and all the emergency crews assisting both the dead and the survivors.

Hell, a good chunk of our Toonzone affiliates live in the New York area – our prayers are with them, too. With every one of us using the internet nowadays, chances are we all know at least one person in or around the boroughs of New York, Washington, Pennsylvania, and any other affected area. Our prayers go out to them all.

I just wanted to say something. Even though this is centred on the United States, everyone up here in Canada is feeling the brunt of all the chaos with the airlines, too. The same goes for the rest of the I do have an idea of what is going on and my sympathy (and empathy) goes out to everyone involved in any possible way.

With all that said, we’ll postpone our celebratory 100th issue until we meet again. I’m not really in the mood to party right now, anyway.

Take care, fellow readers.

Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton
-proud Canadian supporting the efforts of our American cousins in the wake of this terrorism.
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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING…
New episodes are on the horizon! Here’s what we can expect in the near future…

-Finally! UNMASKED will air on the KidsWB on Friday, September 14, at 4:30 pm.
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NEWS AND RUMORS
(see back issues for older info)

ALL-ENCOMPASSING/OTHER
-Congratulations to the staff at WB studios for the rankings of their superhero shows in a recent WIZARD magazine “Top #100 Cartoons of all time” list. SUPERMAN came in at #21, BATMAN BEYOND at #6, and BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES at #2. (The only show to beat it was, you guessed it, THE SIMPSONS, and that’s pretty impressive.)
-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, JLA)
-Some stills from the series have popped up on the net!
Hawkgirl: //www.comicscontinuum.com:8080/stories/0108/24/hawkgirl.jpg
Batman: //www.comicscontinuum.com:8080/stories/0108/24/batmanleft.jpg
-Though BATMAN BEYOND will soon be leaving KidsWB, it will be returning to air on the CARTOON NETWORK on October 1st, at 6:30pm as part of the Toonami line-up. UNMASKED is the only episode that the CARTOON NETWORK will NOT be able to air once BATMAN BEYOND jumps networks.
-BTAS has been temporarily removed from the YTV schedule, but starting September 15th, BATMAN BEYOND will begin airing “new” episodes at 10am (starting with PLAGUE). Go to our YTV schedule section for details. Thanks to news.toonzone.net for the scoop!

ANIMATED COMICS
-Tim Levins is currently co-plotting of BATMAN: GOTHAM ADVENTURES with Scott Peterson. It looks like it will be a Catwoman story; no word on whether it’ll be an extra-sized issue like #1, though. This issue will be out in May 2002.
-Levins also confirmed that he hasn’t heard any word on GOTHAM ADVENTURES being cancelled in the near future just as SUPERMAN ADVENTURES and BATMAN BEYOND have. That’s good news to me!
-Oh yeah, ever wonder what he looks like? COMICSCONTINUUM has posted a picture of him on their site. Check it out: //www.comicscontinuum.com:8080/stories/0109/04/timlevins.jpg
-JUSTICE LEAGUE ADVENTURES, the new animated-style comic book based on the upcoming animated series, releases its first issue on November 14, 2001. It is written by Ty Templeton, has interior art by Min S. Ku and Dan Davis, and sports a cover by both Bruce Timm and Alex Ross.
-Other writers for the series already include Chuck Dixon, Paul Storrie, Mike W. Barr, Dan Slott, Len Kaminski, Fabian Nicieza, and Christopher Sequeira.
-Issues in this series will cost $1.99 US, or $3.25 Canadian, just as with GOTHAM ADVENTURES and SUPERMAN ADVENTURES.
Issue #1 description: “The JLA faces a deadly alien threat! When a meteor lands in an American suburb, the League is called on to investigate. Soon they are drawn into an intergalactic conflict, but it seems as if the real threat may be one of their own – Green Lantern! Our heroes’ adventures may be over as soon as they’ve begun!”
Cover to Issue #1: //www.toonzone.net/comics/covers/jla/jla01.gif
-BATMAN: GOTHAM ADVENTURES #44
All I know about this one is that Two-Face finally returns; looks like Nightwing and Robin are in it, too. Here’s the cover:
//www.toonzone.net/comics/covers/bga/bga44.jpg
-BATMAN: GOTHAM ADVENTURES #46
All we know is that this is going to feature the Ventriloquist (and Scarface too, of course.)
-MAD LOVE will be re-released on November 21st to coincide with the release of the Harley Quinn snowglobe by DC Direct.

-For more animated comic updates, go here:
//www.toonzone.net/worldsfinest/bbeyond/previews.html

OTHER COMICS
-Frank Miller’s long-awaited THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN will finally hit stores on December 5, 2001. Issues #2 and #3 will come out in successive months. Each issue will cost $7.95 US.
Cover: //www.cinescape.com/multimedia/Batman/Images/BatmanArticle274848.jpg
-As of March 1st, 2002, Chuck Dixon will be leaving DC Comics and moving to CrossGen comics. Dixon currently helms three titles – NIGHTWING, ROBIN, and BIRDS OF PREY – and has written countless mini-series’ and issues for other titles over his many years at DC thus far.
Check out the full story at CINESCAPE:
//www.cinescape.com/7/editorial.asp?aff_id=7&this_cat=News&action=page&obj_id=29322&type_id=1130&cat_id=7565&sub_id=0
-Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale report that they have another upcoming project with DC Comics…but that’s all. It might be another Batman miniseries, a Superman mini, or something different altogether. More as we hear it.
-A new Bat-family comic book is coming to comic stores near you! No release date has been set, but NEWSRAMA reports that Greg Rucka and Ed Brubaker are joining forces to write for a title tentatively known as “GOTHAM CENTRAL” – focusing on the corrupt Gotham City Police Department.
-BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS #23
Featuring the Scarecrow out of Arkham, giving speeches on the ramifications of fear.
-BATMAN #597
The final showdown between Batman and Zeiss.
Cover: //www.toonzone.net/comics/covers/2001-11/batman597.gif
-DETECTIVE COMICS #765 (in December) cover:
//www.cinescape.com/multimedia/Batman/Comic_Book_Covers/BatmanArticle272867.jpg
-HARLEY & IVY: LOVE ON THE LAM – a one-shot story chronolizing the duo’s relationship post-NML but pre-HARLEY QUINN ongoing series. It’s due out in September. Written by Judd Winick.
Cover: //www.assignmentx.com/multimedia/Batman/Images/BatmanImages271321.jpg
-A hardcover version of DARK VICTORY, collecting all 13 issues, will be released on October 24. Don’t expect a softcover version any earlier than March 2002.

MOVIES
-Wanna check out the new SPECIAL EDITION BATMAN MOVIE? (It’s the one from 1966, by the way.) Go to this link:
//www.batmandvd.com
-Paul Dini has come out and said that it is very likely that the WB will release an unedited ROTJ movie – but with different cover art to differentiate it from the family-friendly version. It might even be sold only through DC Direct. Expect this as early as late this year or early 2002.

*BATMAN: YEAR ONE (BATMAN 5) NEWS:
-David Boreaenz is once again at the top of the pile of rumours of actors that might play Batman. Here’s what he might look like:
//www.comics2film.com/DCG/DispArt.php3?f_id=229
-WARNER BROS. is currently aiming for a 2003 summer release date for YEAR ONE. Frank Miller has wrapped up all of his comics projects (such as THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN) so he’s focussing his attention on movie production, now.

*BATMAN BEYOND: LIVE ACTION NEWS:
-While at WizardCon in Chicago, Paul Dini implied that the live action BATMAN BEYOND movie appears to be dead in the water.

*BATMAN BEYOND: THE FOURTH ANIMATED MOVIE
-At the WIZARD WORLD convention, Paul Dini has confirmed that there will be more animated Bat-movies on the way. Aside from a second BATMAN BEYOND “Nightwing” film (which is always possible), there could possibly be movies featuring team-ups between Batman and Superman, Wonder Woman, Plastic Man, and Green Arrow. These ideas HAVE been greenlighted by the WB.

*CATWOMAN
-No new news on this movie for a while…but yeah, it’s still in production.

*WORLD’S FINEST
-No new news here. Don’t expect this movie to happen for quite a while.

LIVE ACTION TELEVISION
-For a promo poster for SMALLVILLE, go here:
//www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0107/09/smallville.jpg
-For a current airing schedule for the 1966 Adam West series, click here:
//www.scifi.com/bin/schedulebot.cgi?wd=w&s=batman&ds=1&db=US%3AEastern&mon=4.01

EXCLUSIVE INTERNET ENDEAVOURS:
-Gotham Girls need your help. Another Batman newsletter, GOTHAM WEEKLY NEWS, reports that traffic has dropped on the Girls’ site to such an extent that the WB powers that be are hinting that no new productions will get the greenlight. So if you enjoy girly hi-jinks of Gotham’s most notable women or just want to check out some cool web based animation click on over to //www.gothamgirls.com
-However, these new episodes are still coming out, on the following dates:
Sept. 11: #08 – “Gotham Noir”
Sept. 25: #09 – “Scout’s Dis-honor”
Oct. 9: #10 – “I’m Badgirl”

TOYS, BOOKS, AND OTHER MERCHANDISE
-BTAS is coming to DVD in early 2002! Stay tuned for further developments!
-DC Direct is going to be releasing a set of PVC figures based on THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN, to coincide with whenever it comes out next year.
-It looks like Hasbro is releasing a Batman/Joker two-pack based on the new designs of animated series. No accessories appear to be supplied, though. Here’s a link:
//cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1631345845
-They also appear to have a Batman/Robin two-pack in the same style, but it looks like the Robin figure is Dick Grayson in the Tim Drake suit. Yeah. Check it out:
//cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1631345205
-Batman and Superman, too! See?
//cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1631344582
-All the 85 WB stores across the United States will be closed by October, 2001. However, there is word that the other 30 locations, such as in Canada and across the pond in European countries, will remain open because they operate under separate franchise agreements.

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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KIDS WB ANIMATION SCHEDULES:
(courtesy of Toonzone & Kids’WB!)

Kids’WB! currently airs BATMAN BEYOND on weekdays and weekends. Remember, Kids’WB! is notorious for switching schedules around at the very last minutes. Batman Beyond currently airs at 11:30am (ET) on Saturdays and during a 3-4pm block on Monday-Thursday. Check out these links if we are unable to update our schedule:

AS BATMAN BEYOND IS SHIFTING NETWORKS AFTER THIS COMING WEEKEND, BATMAN: THE ANIMATED NEWSLETTER WILL NO LONGER FEATURE KIDSWB SCHEDULES! (That is, of course, unless BTAS or BEYOND return to the WB.)

//www.kidswb.com/cgi-local/sched.cgi?976584931
//www.toonzone.net/worldsfinest/worldsfinestpage/epsched.htm
//www.toonzone.net/shows/schedules

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.toonzone.net/worldsfinest/worldsfinestpage/epsched.htm THIS WEEK:
Mon 09-10-01: B-BEYOND #15 Earth Mover

Tue 09-11-01: B-BEYOND #40 Where’s Terry?

Wed 09-12-01: B-BEYOND #27 Eyewitness

Thu 09-13-01: B-BEYOND #07 Meltdown

Fri 09-14-01: B-BEYOND #47 Unmasked<-----NEW!! SERIES FINALE!!! AFTER THIS POINT, BATMAN BEYOND WILL NO LONGER BE AIRED ON THE WB NETWORK. _____________________________________________________________________ CANADIAN EPISODE SCHEDULE (BATMAN on YTV - courtesy of our friends at YTV) BATMAN BEYOND has returned to YTV and all 52 episodes are available for air! Check it out on Mondays at both 3:30pm and 4pm! THE ZETA PROJECT follows BATMAN BEYOND. Come September 15th, it'll air regularly on Saturdays at 10am. Though YTV currently has the rights to air all 109 episodes of BTAS, it has been removed from the schedule for the time being. Be sure to check back here for updates! //www.toonzone.net/worldsfinest/worldsfinestpage/epsched.htm //www.ytv.com/ytvguide news.toonzone.net THIS WEEK: Sat 09-15-01: BEYOND #?? Plague NEXT WEEK (this schedule may be slightly inaccurate) Sat 09-22-01: BEYOND #?? ??? _____________________________________________________________________ EPISODE REVIEW: (SPOILERS!) (by Justin Chen and/or Zanna) 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/btas.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! With no new episodes debuting, we have nothing to review...anyone wanna submit reviews of older BTAS episodes? We're always taking submissions! ____________________________________________________________________ BTAN's 'UP AND COMING'! by "Dick Grayson" Uusually, there's never really any buss around animated artists unless they are responsible for breaking the mold (Mike Parobeck) or breaking out into mainstream (Ty Templeton and Rick Burchett), but these two great folks below are the exception. With the work they have printed under their belt, no matter how big or small, they have proven that they will be a major part of the naimated, indie, and mainstream comicscene in the near future. Below are my picks for 'Best Upcoming Artist' and 'Best Upcoming Writer'. I was able to do a short Q & A session with the two great fellows who's names wil be very familliar sounding in the near future. BEST UPCOMING WRITER Paul Storrie (Batman Beyond #23, upcoming: Justice League Adventures) 1. How would you descibe your upcoming work on JL Adventures? Well, working on a book based on a cartoon that has yet to debut held some interesting challenges. Fortunately, DC was able to provide details about the way the characters would be portrayed and how they would interact. Probably the best way to describe my upcoming issue ofJL Adv. is that a battle against a bizarre new villainess provides J'onn the opportunity to help his teammates teach his teammates a little something and, in turn, provides an insight into his character as well. 2. Which leaguer do you enjoy drawing the most? Why? Now, as a writer, that's a tough one to answer! J'onn was the most interesting character for me to write, but I'm looking forward to maybe having the chance to do an issue focusing on Hawkgirl as well. I really like how the Animated Series have developed her for the show. 3. If you had a chance to work on favourite comic character, how would you approach it? Let's see - my *favorite* comic book character (not of my own devising, of course) is Captain America. How would I approach writing Cap? While being faithful to the exceptional portrayals of the past, I'd like to focus on the fact that, despite Cap being a man of out his own time,patriotism itself isn't dated. It is possible to be aware of the way the world works in this day and age and still believe in America's ideals. Plus, with Cap, you've got to have a ton of action, with him wading through an army or two of badguys. I think I'd try to craft a new villain or two for him to battle, guys or gals who are a real challenge for him, a real counterpoint to him, that DON'T have any connection to facism or the Nazis. 4. Do you see yourself doing this work five years from now? What do you hope to have worked on by then? Heck yeah, I see myself doing this work five years from now! I love writing comics. I'd love to make a full-time career doing them. As to what I hope to have worked on by then, that's a toughie. If Chuck Dixon ever, ever needs a fill-in on Nightwing, I'd love to do that. Captian America, obviously. The Question would be a dream character to work on. An issue (or better yet, a run) on one of the regular Bat-books. Green Arrow AND Hawkeye. (Hey, I love the archers!) Certainly I hope, by the time five years have passed, to have a few creator-owned projects completed. I've got a couple I'm developing right now. Thanx, Paul! BEST UPCOMING ARTIST Min S. Ku (Batman Beyond, Superman Adventures, upcoming: Justice League Adventures) 1.How would you descibe your upcoming work on JL Adventures? FUN... it's a hoot to be drawing the coolest characters in the Bruce Timm style! It's such an honor to be working with some of the best writers in the industry. I think the readers are in for a treat...I just hope I don't disappoint in the art department. 2. Which leaguer do you enjoy drawing the most? Why? This question should've read "which leaguer do you enjoy drawing the most except Batman" because it would have to be Batman, hands down! He's just darn cool! A close second is a toss up between Hawkgirl and Green Lantern. Hawkgirl's look is so classic (I'm glad they didn't change her look too much from the early Justice League comics) and she just has this spunk about her; As for Jon Stewart being the Green Lantern, I love the way the show's creators gave him the military background...his personality plays off so nicely with the other leaguers! 3.Do you see yourself doing this work five years from now? What do you hope to have worked on by then? (Both questions answered together). I hope I'm still drawing comics five years from now. I feel very blessed to be able to do what I enjoy doing for a living! I've already drawn THE Justice League, so I'm very content with that accomplishment. I just hope the Justice League Adventures becomes a hit and that it spins off other animated titles! I'd still love to see single stand-alone stories, but to keep a sense of continuity in the spin-off books. Thanx, Min! Be on the lookout for these two talents. They are definatly going places! Min S. Ku currently has an issue of SUPERMAN ADVENTURES on the stands, and PAUL STORRIE's amazing issue of BATMAN BEYOND is also stil available. Do yourselves a favor and pick them up! -DG ____________________________________________________________________ COMIC REVIEWS (BATMAN: GOTHAM ADVENTURES by Tim "TWO-FACE" Leighton) (BATMAN BEYOND by Tim "TWO-FACE" Leighton) (SUPERMAN ADVENTURES by Dick Grayson) BATMAN: GOTHAM ADVENTURES ISSUE: "Tuesday Night" (#42) WRITTEN BY: Scott Peterson PENCILS: Craig Rousseau INKS: Dan Davis COLOURIST: Lee Loughridge LETTERER: Albert T. Deguzman COVER ART: Bob Smith, Terry Beatty, and Lee Loughridge ISSUED: September 5, 2001 (Cover date Nov 2001) RATING: *** What a Tuesday night. Even though I prefer good ol' classic superhero vs supervillain story, I commend Scott Peterson on writing a tale focusing on a normal night of simple patrol for Batman and Robin. I'm writing this on the night of when the World Trade Centre was attacked (09-11), so I couldn't help but draw the parrallels between that and the Dynamic Duo's search and rescue efforts in a city ablaze in this issue. Peterson's minimal dialogue was great, but had it not been for the fabulous visuals by Craig Rousseau and Dan Davis, the issue wouldn't have been nearly as effective. Fire is a beautiful (but deadly) thing, and this issue proved that on both counts. I was hoping we'd get to see Firefly be the culprit rather than a computer glitch and sun flares, but just like the tragedy that befell in the U.S. (and the free world) today, sometimes grand-scale chaos comes from the faceless, the unknown. Who knew that I'd ever get this much out of what I originally thought would be just a simple little fire-fighting tale. Kudos to everyone involved with . Have a quiet, peaceful Tuesday Night everyone, wherever you may be. ;-Y ______________________________________________________________ COMIC SCHEDULES & COVERING THE BASICS This section gives a little bit more in-depth look into each monthly issue of BATMAN: GOTHAM ADVENTURES and BATMAN BEYOND. 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 (or higher) in Canada. (Both our editors and many subscribers are Canadian, hence the well-deserved "grrr".) If we are unsure of the exact date of when an issue is being released, just check out "DIRECT CURRENTS" for details: //www.dccomics.com/directcurrents/ -BATMAN: GOTHAM ADVENTURES #43 October 3rd Who's out to get Harley Quinn? Batman has to take her on as a sidekick to find out. The answer awaits deep in Harley's history...that is, if she and the Dark Knight survive the traps set for them all over Gotham. Cover: //www.comicscontinuum.com:81/stories/0107/17/batadv43.jpg FOLLOWING MONTH: All I know about this one is that Two-Face finally returns; looks like Nightwing and Robin are in it, too. Here's the cover: //www.toonzone.net/comics/covers/bga/bga44.jpg ETTERS TO THE EDITOR Due to demand by some of our subscribers, we've decided to give a "Letters to the Editor" section a shot. Feel free to submit something you'd like to say to us, and each issue we'll choose one to post and then reply to. (NOTE: It can be completely uncensored, positive OR negative, though any coarse language will be bleeped out. We want this to be a no-holds-barred column!) * * * * * * From: "Joybender" Let's face it, the new Justice League animated cartoon will be the biggest hit Cartoon Network has to date, and I'm sure will go on for many years. And with the sucess of Justice League will come a new era that finally showcases all of DC Comics other classic superheroes that have only been featured on Superfriends. I don't doubt that the sudden popularity of DC superheroes other then Batman or Superman will cause WB to start finally giving such characters as the Green Lantern or the Flash their due by giving them their own cartoons. I guess my question is, where do we concievably go from after Justice League, or is it the only DC Comics cartoon we'll ever need. And as for Batman, whose story is the most compelling and loved of the group, how will the Justice League affect the chances of Batman ever having his own show again? * * * * * * TWO-FACE'S SIDE OF THE COIN I wish Bruce Timm and the rest of the JUSTICE LEAGUE staff the very best with their show this fall. I wish I got the CARTOON NETWORK just so I could see it! However, though I feel the show will be a smash success (like BATMAN BEYOND and SUPERMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES), to me, nothing still compares to BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES. None of the other shows these same crews have been of that quality; Superman and Batman Beyond were primarily action shows (albeit good ones), but Batman looked at character far more than its followers did. Never before that time had an animated TV show geared towards children and family-viewing look at the dark side of humanity in such a fashion before. However, the rules have changed and, just as we saw the Batman movie franchise change over the years, drifting from a character-driven property to one that thrived greatly on action sequence upon action sequence, so has the animated Bat-world. No, I'm not comparing the animated crews to Joel Schumacher and his band of hacks that couldn't ever understand Batman if it bit them in the...yeah. We can always trust the animated crews to produce a quality product. However, with this shift in gears towards more of an action-oriented superhero outlook, rather than a primarily character-driven one, I would assume that, as far as BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES is concerned, it's not coming back to network TV - only, perhaps, in more direct-to-video movies. And in GOTHAM ADVENTURES, of course. Then again, it's far too early to tell. The Justice League series doesn't debut for two more months yet and it's quite evident that Bruce Timm and company are intent on making this property make the very difficult transition from comic book pages to a TV series as seamless as possible. (Fans have been dying for this series for years now, and the creators were scared to touch it simply because it was just too grandiose. This is probably why they tested the waters with various team-ups on the SUPERMAN series - and after they got that down pat, they decided to go all out.) Chances are that this new series will be spectacular. As it's on the CARTOON NETWORK and not the Pokemon-dominated KidsWB, if it keeps up a quality output, I think the network executives (and fans) will continue to support it and it might, MIGHT just have a run equally impressive as that of BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES. Heck, us Bat-fans should be lucky. The WB has provided us with 161 Bat-centric episodes (BTAS and BATMAN BEYOND, not including Superman crossovers) and only 54 episodes to Superman's name. It's quite evident that, of all the members of the JLA, Batman has the biggest fan-base and that, even if the JLA cartoon DOESN'T live up to its promise of greatness (which it definately should - just think of the merchandising!), Batman will be around in animated form - in SOME type of animated form - for quite a while to come. Wow, did Kevin Conroy luck out or what, huh? ;-Y ___________________________________________________________________ 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! (Mwuhahaha!) 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. RELATED INDICA Match the character with the "thing" in this list that is most closely associated with him/her! A: 10/6 B: Tight-Rope C: Secret Service D: Badge E: Rocks F: Terrorism G: CEO H: Japanese Tang (fish) I: Silver Dollar J: Suspended Animation K: Psychiatry L: Donuts M: Lillian N: Isis O: Street-kid 596. Batman 597. Killer Croc 598. The Mad Hatter 599. Nightwing/Robin (Dick Grayson) 600. Two-Face 601. The Joker 602. Alfred 603. Catwoman 604. Harvey Bullock 605. Ra's Al Ghul 606. Robin (Tim Drake) 607. Poison Ivy 608. Nora Fries 609. Commissioner Gordon 610. Harley Quinn _____________________________________________________________________ AND THESE ARE OUR FINAL ANSWERS (to the trivia) Answer to #596: G Answer to #597: E Answer to #598: A Answer to #599: B Answer to #600: I Answer to #601: H Answer to #602: C Answer to #603: N Answer to #604: L Answer to #605: F Answer to #606: O Answer to #607: M Answer to #608: J Answer to #609: D Answer to #610: K _____________________________________________________________________ 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, STAS and BEYOND countless times. If you have anything to contribute, feel free to do so! Enjoy! CONTRIBUTED BY STAFF: Gone fishin'. CONTRIBUTED BY OTHERS: (by Kathi Heckenlively) 1) This is regarding THE TERRIBLE TRIO episode. Apparently the voiceover director couldn't coordinate with the artist about just who actor Peter Scolari was doing the voice for which character. If you listen carefully, all throughout the episode his voice keeps switching from the blond haired robber wearing the shark head to the brunette haired guy in the bird head. This happened when they were in character wearing the masks and when they were not in the masks, like when they were talking to Bruce. It made it very confusing to keep track of the characters. (by Robyn Johnson) 2) In OFF BALANCE Batman and Talia wind up in a "cell" of sorts after the sonic disrupter is used to blast a whole underneath them. When Batman wakes up and finds that his mask has been removed, he exclaims, "My mask! What have you done with it?" Seconds later he reaches behind his head and pulls it over his face. Uhm...hello??? Why ask what Talia did with the mask when he knew it was lying at the nape of his neck?? ____________________________________________________________________ FIGURE THIS OUT! (by Marc Rosenzweig) Welcome back all Gothamites! This week I am in the middle of researching the new release of 9 Jack in the Box action figures based on an limited time offer of the animated DC Super Heroes. I am awaiting information from my sources at the Warner Bro's Studio offices in Burbank. Once I have received my information, I will be passing the juicy tid-bits on for your reading pleasures. Until next issue, remember the 1966 Batman series will be airing on the Sci Fi network this coming Monday 7/23/01, from 11:00 until 4:00pm(ish). Dont forget to set those VCRs! Same Bat-Time Same Bat-Channel! ____________________________________________________________________ FEATURED BATMAN INTERNET ENDEAVOURS FOR THIS ISSUE (feel free to submit something for our consideration) THE ANIMATED BATMAN: AN UNOFFICIAL GUIDE The Animated Batman: An Unofficial Guide (now an affiliate of World's Finest) has been redesigned and relaunched and with new features. It contains a complete episode guide/companion to BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES and BATMAN BEYOND, with complete cast credits, plot summaries and reviews, and filmographies for quick reference. Screengrabs (provided with the courtesy of World's Finest and Batman: Tomorrow and Beyond) now complement each episode entry, and an Actor's Index provides information on regular cast members and guest stars alike. Meahwhile, quick links take you to other great Batman sites, and to on-line interviews and profiles of the producers. //www.scrye.com/jallman ____________________________________________________________________ ANIMATED BATMAN/SUPERMAN SITES: Wow, our links section has grown so big that we've had to eliminate it from the newsletter! Fear not, you can still find all these links at the WORLD'S FINEST NEWSPAGE, if you follow this link...that's hypocracy for ya! //www.toonzone.net/worldsfinest/worldsfinestpage/linkpage.htm NEWSGROUPS ----- 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 ____________________________________________________________________ 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@dccnet.com 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. ____________________________________________________________________ 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/news/btan ____________________________________________________________________ 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@dccnet.com, 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@dccnet.com Thank you for your time, and thanks for reading! Tell your friends! -Tim TWO-FACE Leighton and Dick Grayson, editors ____________________________________________________________________ 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, 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, & WORKING, TOO!: Tim "TWO-FACE" Leighton CO-EDITOR AT COLLEGE, ALSO WORKIN': "Dick Grayson" AIR DATE SCHEDULES: Toonzone, Kids'WB!, and YTV EPISODE REVIEWS: Zanna/Justin Chen, and occasionally Tim "TWO-FACE" Leighton EDITORIAL: Help Wanted!!! COMIC REVIEWS: Tim "TWO-FACE" Leighton, Dick Grayson 'RETURN OF THE JOKER' GIVEAWAY: Tim "TWO-FACE" Leighton FIGURE THIS OUT: Marc Rosenzweig "BTAN ARCHIVES" MODERATOR: Eileen Delgadillo TRIVIA: Tim "TWO-FACE" Leighton PROMOTIONS, JUST GETTIN' THE WORD OUT: 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 2001. ___________________________________________________________________ Put simply, TERRORISM SUCKS.

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