Batman The Animated Newsletter #111

Batman: The Animated Newsletter
Weeks of February 17 – February 23, 2002
Volume 4, 1
Rated: PG (as with all other things Batman-related)

THIS ISSUE’S SUBLIMINAL MESSAGE: “The mantra of a superhero: ‘Be swifter, higher, and stronger.'”
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ALSO…

The votes for this year’s GOLDEN OVAL AWARDS are in! Scroll down to see the results!

We’re going to be having another interview with Terry Beatty in the coming issues (right, Terry? I think so…) However, this time we’re going to let you submit your own questions for him. E-mail any questions to me at juno@dccnet.com, I’ll pass them along to our toy-reporter Marc Rosenweig, and he’ll be interviewing Mr. Beatty shortly.
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TEN YEARS AND COUNTING

On September 5 of this year, BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES will be celebrating its tenth anniversary of production. This ranges everywhere from the show itself to the comics based upon it to books, toys, video games, merchandising…everything started on this date.

As a way to celebrate, co-editor Dick Grayson has set up a page at his WORLD’S FINEST site where he has big things planned for this momentous occasion, including creator interviews, reviews, and a poll that will ultimately decide what the “best episode ever” is.

To check it out, go to this URL:
//wf.toonzone.net/btas10.htm
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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING…
New episodes are on the horizon! Here’s what we can expect in the near future…

-INJUSTICE FOR ALL (2 parts)
The JLA faces off against a handful of their most formidable foes, “The Injustice League”, including the Joker, Lex Luthor, Solomon Grundy, Cheetah, Sinestro, and more!
Part one: Airs on February 10, 2002
Part two: Airs on Feburary 17, 2002
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NEWS AND RUMORS
(see back issues for older info)

ALL-ENCOMPASSING/OTHER
-Alex Ross has created the official poster to promote and advertise the 74th Annual Oscars this year. Take a look at the pic; does Oscar remind you of anyone?
//www.oscars.net/publications/poster74/poster_sm.jpg
-GOTHAM KNIGHTS and soon-to-be NIGHTWING writer Devin Grayson has launched her own website! Check it out at:
//www.devingrayson.com
-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)
-Batman, Robin, and the Joker will all appeared in the season premiere of STATIC SHOCK. Thanks to Andy Mangels for the scoop!
-To read an interview with BTAS/STAS/BEYOND/JLA guru Rich Fogel, go here:
//forums.toonzone.net/showthread.php?s=&threadid=15087
-The following is an entire episode-title listing for the first season of JLA:
#1, 2, 3 Secret Orgins
#4, 5 In Blackest Night
#6, 7 Enemy Below
#8, 9 Injustice For All
#10, 11 Paradise Lost
#12, 13 War World
#14, 15 The Brave & The Bold
#16, 17 Fury
#18, 19 Legends
#20, 21 A Knight Of Shadows
#22, 23 Metamorphis
#24, 25, 26 The Savage Time

ANIMATED COMICS
-BATMAN: GOTHAM ADVENTURES #48
As Batman runs a mysterious mission, a tale unfolds within the walls of the Batcave – a tale of a revealing moment from the year young Dick Grayson entered his life. Featuring a non-stop action sequence by guest-artist Rick Burchett.
Cover: //www.cinescape.com/multimedia/Batman/Comic_Book_Covers/BatmanComic_Book_Covers278591.jpg
-BATMAN: GOTHAM ADVENTURES #49
A baffling series of jewelry-store heists puts the Dark Knight on the trail of an unlikely suspect…and a brand-new villain. There’s a mystery behind the mystery in “Façade.”
Cover: //www.dccomics.com/directcurrents/comics/Apr_24/covers/down/dbatga_49.jpg
-JUSTICE LEAGUE #6
If you have ever wanted to own the World’s Greatest Super-Heroes, now’s your chance! Chronos, the Time Thief, has captured the members of the Justice League and is auctioning them off to the highest villainous bidder! Can the Justice League find a way out before they’re going, going, gone?
Cover: //www.dccomics.com/directcurrents/comics/Apr_10/covers/down/djladv_6.jpg

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

OTHER COMICS
-Good things don’t last forever. Greg Rucka is leaving DETECTIVE COMICS as of DETECTIVE #775, the October issue. Ed Brubaker will be taking over DETECTIVE in his absence, as well as continue with BATMAN and CATWOMAN. He will still be working on GOTHAM CENTRAL, the new comic series focussing on the GCPD, with Brubaker in the future. For the full story,
go here:
//forums.toonzone.net/showthread.php?s=&threadid=19884
-It finally looks like AZRAEL: AGENT OF THE BAT is going to be cancelled! After eight years (and a number of recent years with poor sales), rumours are running rampant that the title may go under very soon. Even Dennis O’Neil, writer of the entire series, isn’t negating these rumours at this time.
-Originally slated for a January 16th release, THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN #2
has been pushed back until January 30th. Release dates for the third and final issue will also be revised in the near future.
-BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS #27
Superman returns for another cameo in Gotham!
//www.cinescape.com/multimedia/Batman/Comic_Book_Covers/BatmanComic_Book_Covers278587.jpg
-ROBIN: YEAR ONE will be released as a trade paperback on April 3. Here’s the cover: //www.dccomics.com/directcurrents/comics/Apr_03/covers/down/droby_1.jpg
-The BRUCE WAYNE: MURDERER and BRUCE WAYNE: FUGUTIVE crossover is continuing until late July, with plans of a big finale. This makes it the second-longest Bat-crossover ever, second only to the immense year-long NO MAN’S LAND. In issues March through July, the cover of each chapter will feature a jigsaw puzzle piece that, when assembled, will show a face of the killer of Vesper Fairchild.

BRUCE WAYNE: FUGITIVE titles
Chapter 4: BATGIRL #27; released April 3. Batgirl searches for evidence in the murder of Vesper Fairchild. Batman, Spoiler, and Oracle appear.
Cover: //www.dccomics.com/directcurrents/comics/Apr_03/covers/down/dbatg27.jpg
Chapter 5: DETECTIVE COMICS #769; released April 10. As Batman deals with the Lucky Hand triad, the GCPD grills Alfred for details on Bruce Wayne’s escape from prison.
Cover: //www.dccomics.com/directcurrents/comics/Apr_10/covers/down/ddetc_769.jpg
Chapter 6: NIGHTWING #68; released April 10. Nightwing and Alfred search the Batcave for evidence to clear Bruce Wayne of the murder charges.
Cover: //www.dccomics.com/directcurrents/comics/Apr_10/covers/down/dnw68.jpg
Chapter 7: GOTHAM KNIGHTS #28; released April 17. Robin discovers something in the murder mystery that makes him question Bruce Wayne’s guilt.
Cover: //www.dccomics.com/directcurrents/comics/Apr_17/covers/down/dgk28.jpg

MOVIES
-A new BATMAN movie trailer is on the net…sort of. Look under SCOOBY DOO in the trailer section of DARK HORIZONS:

-ONSTAR is holding a contest where a winner gets to have a walk-on role in whatever the next Batman movie will be.
-For more news on the BIRDS OF PREY TV series, go here:
//www.filmjerk.com/020126bop.html

*BATMAN: YEAR ONE (BATMAN 5) NEWS:
-More confirmation on the 2004 release date of BATMAN: YEAR ONE. Darren Aronofsky’s next film, LAST MAN, is being filmed this summer, and YEAR ONE is likely his next project. This should start filming by mid-2003, aiming for a summer 2004 release date. Thanks to BATMAN-ON-FILM.com and the GOTHAM WEEKLY NEWS for this tidbit!
-Aronofsky is also saying that Ellen Burstyn, the star of another of his films (REQUIEM FOR A DREAM) will appear in his next film. This could be either YEAR ONE or another film he has on his slate, “LAST MAN”.
-There are also rumors that, on account of the popularity of the ONSTAR Batman commercials, the WB is looking for a suitable “unknown” actor to play Batman in YEAR ONE. (This same tactic was used when Christopher Reeve was chosen to play Superman and, to a lesser extent, the whole Michael Keaton fiasco.)

*BATMAN BEYOND: LIVE ACTION NEWS:
-No new news here.

*THE FOURTH ANIMATED BATMAN MOVIE
-No new news here

*CATWOMAN
-Don’t count on this one any time soon.

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

LIVE ACTION TELEVISION
-Casting for the two main roles of the BIRDS OF PREY series is set! Apparently the Huntress will be a regular of the series (the daughter of Catwoman, who has apparently been murdered???), but she has yet to be cast.
BLACK CANARY: Rachel Skarsten; //www.darkhorizons.com/news/bopgirl.jpg
ORACLE/BARBARA GORDON: Dina Meyer; //www.darkhorizons.com/news/bopgirl2.jpg
HUNTRESS/HELENA KYLE: Ashley Scott; //www.darkhorizons.com/news/bopgirl2.jpg

EXCLUSIVE INTERNET ENDEAVOURS:
-Nothing notable to speak of…yet.

TOYS, BOOKS, AND OTHER MERCHANDISE
-UbiSoft brought out a BTAS game for PLAYSTATION. Then a Superman game. Then they brought out a BTAS game for PS2 – and now they’re doing the same with Superman! To check out a preview for SUPERMAN: SHADOW OF APOKALIPS, go here!
//www.tothegame.com/article.asp?id=14
-SMALLVILLE action figures are being released! Check out these pics:
//forums.toonzone.net/showthread.php?s=&threadid=19732
-On June 12, 2002, look out for an animated Catwoman statue, featuring the feline fatale sitting atop a safe, also featuring Isis. It is done in the same general style as the Batgirl/Batsignal statue that was released last year. Go to //www.kebam.com to check it out!
-A new Batman four-pack is in the works, RAVING TOY MANIAC reports! Another TOYS R US exclusive, it is due out in February and will feature repaints of Batman, Robin, Ra’s Al Ghul, and…you guessed it…Talia! (About time!)
-RELEASE DATES HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED FOR ANIMATED BATMAN DVD’s! The big day is April 23, 2002. On that day, you will get:
*1 – BATMAN BEYOND: RETURN OF THE JOKER, the uncut version! Aside from a new intro by Bruce Timm and the fact it is uncut, this DVD will have the exact same features as the original ROTJ release (with storyboard scenes that were never animated but voice-recorded, and such.) Believe it or not, this movie is getting a PG-13 rating! (Though in Canada, it remains a PG rating.)
Disc: //news.toonzone.net/images/rotjdisc.jpg
*2 – BATMAN & MR. FREEZE: SUB-ZERO. This will include the trailer, an original music montage, a “Hunt for Mr. Freeze” game, and a featurette on how to draw Batman.
*3 – WORLD’S FINEST (aka, “The Batman/Superman Movie”). Includes an intro by Bruce Timm, original music montage, a featurette on how to draw Batman, and an interactive game with a Joker theme.
*4 – SECRET ORIGINS (aka, “Justice League: The Movie”). Some extras are expected. If this rehash of the three-part episode is successful, expect more JLA story-arcs to jump onto DVD.
*5 – BATMAN: THE LEGEND BEGINS. This will feature the first five episodes of the series, in episode-number order: ON LEATHER WINGS, CHRISTMAS WITH THE JOKER, NOTHING TO FEAR, THE LAST LAUGH, and PRETTY POISON. Intros and featurettes will be included prior to each episode. Also, trailers, animation tests, an intro by Bruce Timm, and interactive games, such as “Batman: Life on the Edge”. And let’s not forget the two-minute “pilot” episode of BTAS that the producers used in their pitch to the WB to create the series back in 1990. If this DVD is successful, expect more DVD collections of BTAS episodes!
-DVD Cover: //forums.toonzone.net/showthread.php?s=&threadid=19960
-Hasbro has not yet made any official announcements on a JLA toy line, but expect to hear something by the time Toy Fair rolls around in February.
-BATMAN: MISSION MASTERS 4!
This action figure line is on sale now! Each of the following figures have special glow-in-the-dark capabilities:
*Lunar Attack Batman
*Midnight Hunter Batman
*Night Fury Robin
*Nightshadow Batman
-A new animated statue is coming June 12! Check out this cool piece of Catwoman memorabilia:
//www.cinescape.com/multimedia/Batman/Comic_Book_Covers/BatmanComic_Book_Covers277257.jpg

SPECIAL NOTE:
For more BATMAN, SUPERMAN, JUSTICE LEAGUE, BATMAN BEYOND, and related stories and news, check out the WORLD’S FINEST NEWSPAGE at:

//news.toonzone.net
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CARTOON NETWORK SCHEDULE

In coming months, the CARTOON NETWORK will have the ability to show all of the WB’s superhero series. Until these dates, only BATMAN BEYOND and JLA will be on the air. Here are the times all will be shown:

Beginning Feb. 10: (Sundays)
6pm (ET) – Justice League (new episodes premiere on Sundays)
6:30pm (ET) – Batman: The Animated Series

Beginning Feb. 23:
12:30pm (ET) – Justice League
10:00pm (ET) – Justice League (widescreen)
10:30pm (ET) – Batman Beyond
2:00am (ET) – Batman: The Animated Series
2:30am (ET) – Superman: The Animated Series

BATMAN BEYOND SCHEDULE:

Mon 02-18-02 BEYOND #33 Plague

Tue 02-19-02 BEYOND #34 The Eggbaby

Wed 02-20-02 BEYOND #35 April Moon

Thu 02-21-02 BEYOND #36 Payback

Fri 02-22-02 BEYOND #37 Sentries of the Last Cosmos

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Mon 02-25-01 BEYOND #38 Big Time

Tue 02-26-02 BEYOND #39 Untouchable

Wed 02-27-02 BEYOND #40 Where’s Terry

Thu 02-28-02 BEYOND #41 Ace in the Hole

Fri 03-01-02 BEYOND #42 King’s Ransom

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Mon 03-04-02 BEYOND #43 Betrayal

Tue 03-05-02 BEYOND #44 Out of the Past

Wed 03-06-02 BEYOND #45 Speak No Evil

Thu 03-07-02 BEYOND #46 Inqueling

Fri 03-08-02 BEYOND #47 Unmasked

JUSTICE LEAGUE SCHEDULE:
Feb. 17 JLA #9 Injustice For All (Pt. 2) <———NEW!!
Feb. 23 JLA #9 Injustice For All (Pt. 2)
Feb. 23 JLA #9 Injustice For All (Pt. 2) (widescreen)
Feb. 24 JLA #12 Warworld (Pt. 1) <—————NEW!!
Mar. 2 JLA #12 Warworld (Pt. 1)
Mar. 2 JLA #12 Warworld (Pt. 1) (widescreen)
Mar. 3 JLA #13 Warworld (Pt. 2) <—————NEW!!
Mar. 9 JLA #13 Warworld (Pt. 2)
Mar. 9 JLA #13 Warworld (Pt. 2) (widescreen)

BATMAN & SUPERMAN: THEIR ANIMATED SERIES
Scroll up to the “Animated Series News” to see all the episodes airing during the marathon on the CARTOON NETWORK from January 21-26.

FOR UP-TO-DATE SCHEDULES:
//www.toonzone.net/shows/cnschedules/
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CANADIAN EPISODE SCHEDULE
(BATMAN on YTV – courtesy of our friends at YTV)

YTV has just re-added BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES to its timeslot! Set your VCRs though, kiddies, because these episodes come on at 3:30am! Ack!

YTV also has the rights to all of the BATMAN BEYOND episodes, which will air every Saturday mornings at 10:00am, and then Saturday nights (or, technically, Sunday mornings) at 12:30am.

//www.toonzone.net/worldsfinest/worldsfinestpage/epsched.htm
//www.ytv.com/ytvguide
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BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES
THIS WEEK:
Mon 02-18-02: BTAS #09 Be a Clown

Tue 02-19-02: BTAS #26 Appointment in Crime Alley

Wed 02-20-02: BTAS #07 P.O.V.

Thu 02-21-02: BTAS #25 The Clock King

Fri 02-22-02: BTAS #04 The Last Laugh

NEXT WEEK:
Mon 02-25-02: BTAS #29 Eternal Youth

Tue 02-26-02: BTAS #10 Two-Face (Pt. 1)

Wed 02-27-02: BTAS #17 Two-Face (Pt. 2)

Thu 02-28-02: BTAS #24 Fear of Victory

Fri 03-01-02: BTAS #12 I’ve Got Batman In My Basement

BATMAN BEYOND:
THIS WEEK:
Sat 02-23-02: 10:00am #28 Zeta
Sun 02-24-02: 12:30am #03 Black Out

Sat 03-02-02: 10:00am #29 The Last Resort
Sun 03-03-02: 12:30am #04 Golem
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THE FOURTH ANNUAL GOLDEN OVAL AWARDS (2001)

OK, I’ll be right up front about this. I’m rather disappointed this year. Why? We hardly got anyone voting this year. For whatever reason, we had a far, FAR lower turn-out for 2001 than we have in any of our other award polls. Why? I don’t know. Was it our questions? Would it be easier to have multiple choice? Should we drop it altogether? I promise the last won’t happen, but please, send in suggestions, because we really DO like to hear back from all you fans out there.

OK, I’m done scolding…or sulking…or whatever. Bottom line here is that we have some results to give, so let’s get to it!

THE REALMS OF THE ANIMATED UNIVERSE
#1: BEST EPISODE
40.0% – SECRET ORIGINS (3 pts) (JLA)
20.0% – THE CALL (Pt. 1) (BATMAN BEYOND)
20.0% – THE ENEMY BELOW (Pt. 2) (JLA)
20.0% – IN BLACKEST NIGHT (Pt. 1) (JLA)

#2: WORST EPISODE
40.0% – UNMASKED (BATMAN BEYOND)
20.0% – THE CURSE OF THE KOBRA (2 pts) (BATMAN BEYOND)
20.0% – COUNTDOWN (BATMAN BEYOND)
20.0% – SECRET ORIGINS (3 pts) (JLA)

#3: BEST DESIGN
This one is simple. It’s a 6-way tie between Wonder Woman, Nightwing, Martian Manhunter, Aquaman, the JLA version of Batman, and the JLU (BATMAN BEYOND) version of Superman. Each got 16.7%.

#4: WORST DESIGN
Also simple. It’s another 6-way tie, this time between Killer Croc, Zeta, the Joker, Superman (JLA version), the Kobra members, and Lex Luthor in the super-suit. Each got 16.7%.

#5: BEST VOICE
57.1% – KEVIN CONROY (Batman)
28.6% – CARL LUMBLY (Martian Manhunter)
14.3% – MICHAEL ROSENBAUM (The Flash)

#6: WORST VOICE
33.3% – BROOKS GARDNER (Killer Croc)
16.7% – CREE SUMMER (Max Gibson)
16.7% – SUSAN EISENBERG (Wonder Woman)
16.7% – DEIDRICH BADER (Zeta)
16.7% – GEORGE NEWBERN (Superman, JLA version)

#7: BEST ‘GOOD GUY’
37.5% – BATMAN/BRUCE WAYNE
12.5% – WONDER WOMAN
12.5% – RENE MONTOYA
12.5% – BATGIRL
12.5% – AQUAMAN
12.5% – MARTIAN MANHUNTER

#8: BEST VILLAIN
37.5% – JUSTICE LEAGUE MANHUNTERS
25.0% – TWO-FACE
12.5% – KANGAR RO
12.5% – CATWOMAN
12.5% – BLIGHT

#9: BEST WRITER
This one is another 6-way tie between Rich Fogel, Hilary Bader, Kevin Hopps, Stan Berkowitz, Paul Dini, and one guy that declared that he didn’t like any of the writers particularly much. They each got 16.7% of the vote.

#10: BEST DIRECTOR
33.3% – DAN RIBA
16.7% – CURT GEDA
16.7% – BRUCE TIMM
16.7% – None of ’em.

#11: BEST ‘ANIMATED’ COMIC
33.3% – BATMAN: GOTHAM ADVENTURES (overall)
16.7% – BATMAN: GOTHAM ADVENTURES #35
16.7% – BATMAN: GOTHAM ADVENTURES #45
16.7% – BATMAN BEYOND #23
16.7% – JUSTICE LEAGUE ADVENTURES (overall)

#12: WORST ‘ANIMATED’ COMIC
40.0% – BATMAN BEYOND (overall)
20.0% – BATMAN BEYOND #19
20.0% – BATMAN BEYOND #24
20.0% – JUSTICE LEAGUE ADVENTURES #1

#13: BEST ‘ANIMATED’ COMIC COVER
60.0% – JUSTICE LEAGUE ADVENTURES #1
20.0% – JUSTICE LEAGUE ADVENTURES #2
20.0% – BATMAN: GOTHAM ADVENTURES #45

#14: BEST PIECE OF MERCHANDISE
This is a five-way tie (20% each) between:
– BATMAN/CATGIRL STATUE from THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN
– BATMAN: VENGEANCE (for PS2, XBOX, Gamecube)
– COMMISSIONER GORDON 4-PACK (incl. Batman, Nightwing, and Batgirl)
– ANIMATED BATGIRL DC DIRECT STATUE
– WONDER WOMAN MAQUETTE

THE MAINSTREAM COMIC BOOKS
#15: BEST HERO
77.8% – BATMAN
11.1% – WONDER WOMAN
11.1% – NIGHTWING

#16: BEST VILLAIN
50.0% – TWO-FACE
12.5% – THE JOKER
12.5% – THE MAD HATTER
12.5% – CATWOMAN
12.5% – DUDLEY SOAMES

#17: BEST SUPPORTING CHARACTER
37.5% – SASHA BORDEAUX
25.0% – EX-COMMISSIONER JIM GORDON
12.5% – NIGHTWING
12.5% – RENE MONTOYA
12.5% – ALFRED PENNYWORTH

#18: BEST STORY-ARC
33.3% – TERROR (LOTDK #137-142)
33.3% – OFFICER DOWN
33.3% – DETECTIVE COMICS #758-760 (Mad Hatter arc)

#19: BEST SINGLE-ISSUE STORY
33.3% – ROBIN #87 (Batman betrays Robin’s trust)
33.3% – DETECTIVE COMICS #755 (Gordon’s retirement party)
33.3% – GOTHAM KNIGHTS #16 (Robin/Poison Ivy issue)

#20: BEST MINI-SERIES
100% – TRAIL OF THE CATWOMAN

#21: BEST WRITER
83.3% – GREG RUCKA
17.7% – FRANK MILLER

#22: BEST ARTIST
33.3% – SCOTT McDANIEL
16.7% – ALEX ROSS
16.7% – TIM LEVINS
16.7% – RICK BURCHETT
16.7% – BRUCE GUICE

#23: FAVOURITE MOMENT OF 2001
This came down to five events: 1) Hearing that THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN is being released, 2) The return of Black Canary’s cry, 3) Batman meets the new Catwoman for the first time, 4) Sasha Bordeaux discovers Bruce is Batman, and 5) Sasha’s first time as a caped crusader on patrol.

BATMAN: THE ANIMATED NEWSLETTER
Thank you for all your input, and we will be using this to make the newsletter better than ever in the coming issues. Thank you to all our participants!
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EPISODE REVIEW: (SPOILER ALERT!)
(by “Belle Book”)

PARADISE LOST (Pt. 2)
Written by: Joseph Kuhr
Directed by: Dan Riba
Aired: January 28, 2002
Ranking: ***** (out of 5 stars)

In Part Two of “Paradise Lost”, Batman reveals that he has some information on Felix Faust, and it’s not pretty. Faust was once a respected professor of Archaeology, who was kicked out after getting too involved with the mystic arts. He swore revenge on those who mocked him, and made several disappear under mysterious circumstances (presumably by turning them to stone). Even worse, his journal refers to Tartarus. Wonder Woman explains how her mother, Hippolyta, once fell in love with Hades, only for Hades to try to betray Mount Olympus to the Titans in return for dominion over all humanity. Hades tricked Hippolyta into opening the gates of Mount Olympus to the Titans, but the gods defeated the Titans. Hades was cast into Tartarus to rule over the dead (presumably those who were evil), while Hippolyta was placed in charge of the gateway to the Underworld. The relics the Justice Leaguers were gathering were parts of the key, broken up and scattered to prevent Hades from ever escaping. Faust evidently plans to use the key to free Lord Hades – his master. Wonder Woman as to stop Faust and Hades while saving her mother and Amazon sisters – even if she has to break the most sacred law of Themscryia to do so!

Wow, what an episode! This episode was also a definite knock-out! Kudos to Bruce Timm and crew for creating such an outstanding two-part episode! Where to begin? How about singing the praises of the story? It was action-packed, dramatic, even at times humorous (courtesy of the Flash), but what I noticed most was the mixture of ancient Greek mythology and medieval Christian legend. The flashback sequence is the prime example of this facet. It’s based on Greek myth — the battle between the gods and the Titans, and the eventual victory of the gods — but Hades’s treachery and banishment to Tartarus comes from the Christian story of the Fall of Lucifer or Satan! The mixture of these different myths or legends added to my enjoyment of the story.

There’s another part of the flashback sequence that is just as interesting, and has more to do with Wonder Woman in the comics. The Golden Age story of how Hippolyta and the Amazons came to Paradise Island (what’s now Themscryia) has Hercules secure Hippolyta’s magic girdle by deceit, and when the Amazons finally revolt and Hippolyta regains her magic girdle, they escaped to Paradise Island to avoid men forever. (BTW, I got this information from a book about the Golden Age Wonder Woman.) In “Paradise Lost”, however, it is Hades and not Hercules who deceives Hippolyta, and Hippolyta (and the Amazons) go to Themscryia to guard the gateway to Tartarus. Timm has access to DC Comics, so I wonder if he knew about the Golden Age story and adapted it for PL. In any case, I think the adaptation is perhaps better, since the deception of Hippolyta and the reasons for her being on Themscryia and avoiding men are more plausible in PARADISE LOST.

What about the characters? Hades was scary! When we first see him, he looks handsome, presumably explaining why Hippolyta fell in love with him in the first place. But we already know he’s treacherous, and it doesn’t take long for this to surface again, as he ages Felix Faust. Kuhr emphasizes the fact that the handsome appearance of Hades is merely a facade by having him become ugly by means of a revealing spell cast by Faust. I was relieved when he was sent back to Tartarus when Wonder Woman shatters the key. Good riddance!

Felix Faust, like his namesake, is a prime example of a man corrupted by too strong a passion for learning. Faust’s desire for knowledge probably comes with the territory of being a university professor. However, he wasn’t content with obtaining knowledge about normal stuff like archaeology. Instead, he yearned for ultimate knowledge, and that led him to study magic, to being thrown out of the university, to his alliance with Hades, and ultimately to his being a lost soul. Fittingly, the only “ultimate knowledge” Hades gives him is the knowledge of pain and suffering. He deserved it. Robert Englund did a good job in making me dislike this guy.

Like Hades and Faust, Hippolyta is also well-done. Her plea to Faust not to release Hades, her angry words to Hades when he shows up, and her telling Wonder Woman that now she sees the “true face” of Hades are motivated by bitter experience, and we hear this in her voice. Her one-time love for Hades makes his deception of her in the flashback sequence plausible, and I could easily figure out that her determination to leave mankind to its fate in “Secret Origins” is rooted in the pain of his treachery. And in the final scene, the conflict between her role as mother and as Queen was very palpable.

The Flash was – well, he was himself. Using his speed to steal Faust’s Medusas’s Head, making such remarks as “Anybody got some weed-killer?”, and trying to flirt with one of the Amazon Officers only to console himself by saying “She wants me” after being rebuffed – those were all vintage Flash moments. So was his protests when Hippolyta exiled Wonder Woman for bringing men to Themscryia. While Batman was right to tell the Flash not to make the parting harder than it was, I could understand why the Flash protested. He’s actually growing on me – if only because he’s so hilarious!

I liked seeing the Martian Manhunter in this episode, and not only because he used his phasing skills and knockout punch effectively. I liked seeing him say “Indeed” when the Flash said that the Amazon Officer really wanted him, but most of all, I loved seeing his attempt to comfort Diana at the end of the story when Hippolyta had to exile her. He knew better than anyone, perhaps even better than Superman, what it was like to lose all that you once had. After all, Superman was only a baby when Krypton was destroyed. He had no real memories of his home world. J’onn J’onzz did, and that’s the difference.

Speaking of Superman, his best moment was when he told Hippolyta that Wonder Woman brought the other Justice Leaguers to Themscryia because she loved her mother, and that Hippolyta shouldn’t punish Diana for such love. My heart agreed with him in this aspect.

Batman’s detective skills proved useful again in this episode. He was the one who found out the truth about Felix Faust, and his discovery of Faust’s journal helped Wonder Woman piece together Faust’s plot. Other key Batman moments include his anger at the Flash when the guy picks up a magic instrument that promptly shoots a laser blast, and the aforementioned reminder to the Flash that he shouldn’t make matters worse.

Finally, there’s Wonder Woman. She was simply brilliant in this episode! Her love for her mother was emphasized time and time again – it motivated her decision to bring the other Justice Leaguers to Themscryia, thereby breaking the law; she fought beside her mother to stop Hades; and she saved Hippolyta from Tartarus by clawing her way to safety with Hippolyta’s arm draped over Diana’s shoulder. All this makes the exile extremely painful for her and for me. I had tears in my eyes as Wonder Woman turned to leave, and thought “It’s not fair!!” But as Wonder Woman said, “The Fates were against us”. Or as my dad once said, “Life’s not fair.” That was certainly the truth here.

One final note. Am I the only one who’s noticed that just about all the characters who are spotlighted in the four episodes I’ve seen so far lose something in the process of defeating the villains of the episode these characters are spotlighted in? J’onn J’onzz lost his civilization and family before “Secret Origins” — in fact, he’s the last one of his kind. In a sense, Green Lantern lost the strength of his connections to the Green Lantern Corps in “In Blackest Night”. Aquaman lost his hand in “The Enemy Below”, and now Wonder Woman’s been exiled. What does this mean? I don’t know. Maybe it’s just a way of making the story more dramatic. Or maybe Timm’s suggesting that a hero isn’t a hero unless he loses something precious.

In any case, this was a stellar episode! Congraulations to the cast and crew are in order!

Belle Book
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COMIC REVIEWS
(BATMAN: GOTHAM ADVENTURES and JUSTICE LEAGUE ADVENTURES by Tim “TWO-FACE”
Leighton)

BATMAN: GOTHAM ADVENTURES
ISSUE: “Saving Face” (#46)
WRITTEN BY: Scott Peterson
PENCILS: Tim Levins
INKS: Terry Beatty
COVER ART: Bob Smith/Terry Beatty
ISSUED: January 23, 2002 (Cover date Mar 2002)
RATING: ***

This was a fun issue. It was about time we saw the Ventriloquist as the lead villain in this title again; it’s been, what, 60 issues? (I think BATMAN & ROBIN ADVENTURES #7 was the last time we saw him.)

The idea of separating the dummy from “Dummy” has been done ad nauseum before; Arnold wants no part in a criminal life, Scarface always draws him back. And, in the end, it always seems that the Scarface puppet is mutilated or destroyed. That type of story is good the first two or three times, but then it becomes cliche. Scott Peterson takes this in a whole new direction, though, by having the two of them fighting over who has the more brilliant schemes.

That, and seeing a gang of criminals get stuck in traffic on their way to a heist is just plain silly fun.

The issue was nowhere near being an emotionally-charged super-story or anything like that, but it was never meant to be, either. It was a fun romp which, I think, would work very well on television if new episodes are ever made again – which is, sadly, unlikely.

We don’t see Batman grin so eerily that often, either. He really does have a dark sense of humour, doesn’t he?

;-Y
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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 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:
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-BATMAN: GOTHAM ADVENTURES #47
When the criminal doesn’t match up with the crime, Batman makes the rounds in Gotham’s underworld and learns there may be a crook in the long arm of the law. (And is it just me, or does that guy on the cover look like Lock-Up to you?) In stores Feb 27.
Cover: //www.cinescape.com/multimedia/Batman/Comic_Book_Covers/BatmanComic_Book_Covers277246.jpg

FOLLOWING MONTH:
As Batman runs a mysterious mission, a tale unfolds within the walls of the Batcave – a tale of a revealing moment from the year young Dick Grayson entered his life. Featuring a non-stop action sequence by guest-artist Rick Burchett.
Cover: //www.cinescape.com/multimedia/Batman/Comic_Book_Covers/BatmanComic_Book_Covers278591.jpg

-JUSTICE LEAGUE ADVENTURES #5
March 13th
It’s “Starro Wars” when a giant starfish-shaped conqueror from space uses mind-control to defeat the newly formed League. The World’s Greatest Super-Heroes are left helpless and must turn to a mysterious old member of the Green Lantern Corps for help. But what help is there against a single enemy that can break off into thousands?
Cover: //www.cinescape.com/multimedia/Batman/Comic_Book_Covers/BatmanComic_Book_Covers278599.jpg

FOLLOWING MONTH: Issue #6
April 10th
It’s “Starro Wars” when a giant starfish-shaped conqueror from space uses mind-control to defeat the newly formed League. The World’s Greatest Super-Heroes are left helpless and must turn to a mysterious old member of the Green Lantern Corps for help. But what help is there against a single enemy that can break off into thousands?
Cover: //www.cinescape.com/multimedia/Batman/Comic_Book_Covers/BatmanComic_Book_Covers278599.jpg
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LETTERS 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!)

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Nothin’.

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TWO-FACE’S SIDE OF THE COIN

And therefore, no response.

;-Y
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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! (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.

SWIFTER, HIGHER, STRONGER
The Winter Games are in full swing, with a handful of the greatest winter nations (and a few summer ones…long live the Jamaican Bobsled Team) competing for gold in all snowy and icy sports imaginable, I thought it would be fitting to take the Olympics’ mantra and use it as a theme for this quiz. Enjoy!

706. The World Anti-Doping Agency found “venom” in the bloodstream of one athlete. Who would the most likely suspect be?

Answer: _____________

707. Batgirl does a lot of training to be stronger; in which episode do we get to see her train in the Batcave for an extensive period of time versus the Batcomputer?

Answer: _____________

708. Think hard – think REAL hard – in which episode do we see anyone achieve the HIGHEST ALTITUDE during a fight sequence? (Think real hard. This one’s a toughie.)

Answer: _____________

709. Scandal is amiss when figure skating judges award the best skaters pitiful grades and pitiful skaters the best – either 10’s or 6’s. Who would most likely be behind this scheme?

Answer: ___________

710. Which Bat-villain, considering past schemes, would most likely take up gambling in hopes of scoring a little extra cash for his or her criminal schemes?

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

Answer to #706: Bane
Answer to #707: COLD COMFORT
Answer to #708: KNIGHT TIME (Superman goes into orbit to combat Brainiac after brainwashing Bruce Wayne)
Answer to #709: The Mad Hatter (come on, 10? 6? 10/6? OK, it’s a stretch.)
Answer to #710: The Scarecrow (from FEAR OF VICTORY)
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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, STAS and BEYOND countless times. If you have anything to contribute, feel free to do so! Enjoy!

CONTRIBUTED BY STAFF:
1) In the finale of “ETERNAL YOUTH”, Batman defeats Poison Ivy by having a huge tree grow and destroy her greenhouse. As Ivy was at the top of the tree when it was growing, wouldn’t she have been crushed when the tree slammed against the greenhouse ceiling and then broke through?

CONTRIBUTED BY OTHERS:
(by “Dark Lantern”)
2) In “PARADISE LOST”, the revelation of Lord Hades is a nice parallel to the story of Dr. Faustus (from whom the character Felix Faust was based, according to JLA#10). Faustus sold his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge and mystical powers. Faust is essentially dealing with the devil of Greek Myth to gain ultimate knowledge.

3) Also in “PARADISE LOST”, the CGI fires on Themyscira are a nice touch – but how can stone structures burn?

4) When Diana hurled that huge stone column at Faust, she was also throwing it toward her petrified Mother (off screen), which doesn’t seem very smart.

5) When Diana gasps at the reflection in the store mirrors (which reveals the monster’s true identity), her reflection should have gasped as well, yet it remained stationary.
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FIGURE THIS OUT!
(by Marc Rosenzweig)

Hello and Happy New Year to all my fellow Gothamites!

I have some great toy news Pre-Toy Fair!

First, let’s start out in the Action Figures Department…

HASBRO NEWS: With Hasbro’s Batman License expiring in 2003, expect to see a few more re-painted (Re-Deco’d) Batman family figures showing up on your local toy store shelves with the release of MISSION MASTERS 4. In this year’s line up, expect to see a deluxe two-pack re-deco version of the TEAM BATCYCLE with Batman and Nightwing. The original two-pack is still selling on eBay for upwards of $25. The folks at Hasbro are no dummies as they follow the trends in the secondary market as well. When they see a void the collector’s sector has caused, they fill the need.

Mr. Hassenfeld authorizes the Bat-team to make some minor tweaks and boom, pull out the molds, re-tool the packaging, change the paint scheme and start those plastic injection mold machines a-crankin’!

Now, keep in mind, don’t expect to see the newer version of the Team Batcycle to stay on the store shelves for very long as they are much more attractive in their new paint scheme. Back in ’99, Batman and Nightwing were sporting all red moto-cross outfits in the original version.

<Tim, add photos of “TEAM BATCYCLE” here!>

Since they don’t want to waste the opportunity of a solid year’s worth of selling, Hasbro is releasing at least 2 more Batman exclusive four-packs.
Secret sources within Hasbro have leaked out word that there is a strong possibility one of two possible female figures will be tooled from scratch and be released in a four-pack set. You can expect to see at least one version of an older Batman and Robin figure which will be included in one boxed set of either of the following:
1) Talia, and a re-deco of Ra’s Al Ghul.
2) The other figure being considered for inclusion in a four pack is Zatanna the Magician! I have now idea who they would possibly include to be the fourth figure in this assortment, unless they include a re-deco Batgirl. Only Hasbro knows for sure.

This next tidbit of information is off the charts! One of the “yet to be released” boxed set will include the devious and nefarious animated version of the Ventriloquist and Scarface! I have yet to see any photos but I have heard from my sources at Hasbro that the finished prototype sculptures have been sent to Warner Bros. to be approved. Keep your fingers crossed, it should be an exciting Bat-Toy-Year!

Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s the SUPERMAN Licensing rights flying right out the window of HASBRO’s Offices. That’s right people, Hasbro did not renew the licensing agreement with Warner Bros. Superman’s toy license is up for grabs and it looks like DC Direct is going to make their move. Since Superman is not an “EVERGREEN PROPERTY” like Batman is, on top of the fact that there is no “backbone” in the way of a movie or new cartoon in the foreseeable future, Hasbro obviously feels they cant be bothered keeping the toy line in their stable. I guess Hasbro did not feel it a strong enough seller for them and decided to let the License for Superman fly away. Don’t be surprised if you see older Superman animated figs still on toy store shelves, as Hasbro cleaned out their warehouses and KB toys bought up the leftovers.

As far as JLA/Hasbro: status unknown at this time. Don’t expect too much in the way of action figures for this year as Hasbro won’t put out a JLA line until they finish working out the details of the Batman License agreement. If figures are going to be made for JLA the animated series, they wont be released until the end of the 2002, probably just in time for the Holiday shopping season. Obviously, you can understand from my paragraph above, there will definitely be no HASBRO Superman tooled for this series. So keep hold of your old animated Supes figures and pray for some cool JLA action figures for 2003!

OK, so I know this is a toy related article but I cant help sharing this news:

This info came to me by way of top people in the Warner Bro.’s offices: Warner Bros. Home Video Department is “toying” with the idea of doing the complete run of the original BTAS on DVD as a boxed set. THIS WOULD BE AWESOME!

For those of us who are over 35 years of age and remember the original 1966 Adam West TV show, I have wonderful news from a die-cast manufacturer! Last year at The NYC International Toy Fair, I was gathering information and discussing Licensing rights with the owner of Playing Mantis Toys. It seems that I may have put a bug in his ear and this year, Playing Mantis has secured the licensing rights from Warner Bro’s for the comic book version of the 60’s Batmobile. Although it is not the same one as the TV Show, I am told that the car will be very similar but not the Barris Batmobile from the 66 show!
They are similar in many ways, and if you’ve seen the Hallmark Christmas Batmobile ornament from ’97 or the Warner Bros. ’99 lights and sound version Christmas ornament, then you have a good idea as to what the Playing Mantis version will most likely turn out to be! Also, Playing Mantis has the rights to a 40’s Batmobile done in their famous die-cast lines as well as the 60’s style Batboat.

And for you model makers out there, it is only a hunch, but I would not be surprised if we will be seeing a series of models based on the same items l’ve just mentioned and a few other Batmobiles as well. If they do go back to the 40’s style Batmobile, and they already have the 60’s comic book version. it’s only a matter of time before they crank out a 50’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and possibly even the millennium edition of the Batmobile that resembles a Porsche on steroids.

Let’s all pray to the BAT DEITIES for that one! Can you imagine being able to get a 60 YEAR HISTORICAL REPRESENTATION OF ALL THE COMIC BOOK BATMOBILES? It could very well be a reality, in our lifetime.

Also on the BATMOBILE DIE-CAST FRONT, Danbury Mint was supposed to put out an exact replica in 1/18 scale of the original 1966 TV show Batmobile.
However, due to the Rights of reproduction and not being able to get ABC, 20th Century Fox, Warner Bro’s. and Mr. George Barris himself to agree on all aspects of who should get what percentage of the profits, the original TV show version has been scrapped. Seeing as how Playing Mantis was able to work around these major players and still make it work for them, we may yet still see a 1/18th scale Comic book version (similar in style and detail as the TV show version) being released towards the end of 2002 as well.

Thaaaaaaaaat’s all for now folks!
Keep in touch and if you hear anything toy-related, please feel free to share and please feel free to send in your comments!

Marc Rosenzweig
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FEATURED BATMAN INTERNET ENDEAVOURS FOR THIS ISSUE
(feel free to submit something for our consideration)

This space for rent.
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TWO-FACE’S TRADING POST

For the next few issues, we here at BATMAN: THE ANIMATED NEWSLETTER will be providing this space for all you subscribers for trading, buying, selling, and whatnot, just in time for Christmas (and beyond). So, without further adieu, here is what we have in store:

WANTED:
1) LOOKING FOR BTAS EPISODES:
Over the Edge, Love is a Croc, The Ultimate Thrill, Cult of the Cat, Old Wounds, Knight Time, Girls Night Out, Judgement Day, Beware the Creeper, Mad Love
Contact cagq64@hotmail.com if you can or would like to help.

2) LOOKING FOR BTAS EPISODES:
I live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I am looking for anyone who can help me out with obtaining episodes of any Batman/Superman cartoon – live action shows. By obtaining I mean dubs. If you think you can help me out please e-mail me at imasuperfan@hotmail.com

3) LOOKING FOR EPISODES:
JLA episodes, particularly the upcoming INJUSTICE FOR ALL two-parter. E-mail this address if you can or would like to help: cointoss@hotmail.com

4) LOOKING FOR EPISODES:
All TNBA episodes and all Justice League episodes (Non-wide screen format only)
Contact dennisc@dcsi.net.au if you can or would like to help.

FOR SALE:
1) I am looking to sell some VHS which have some BTAS/TNBA episodes on them. These VHS tapes were originally available from Columbia House. They each come in a hard case which has information printed on it about the episodes contained.
All VHS tapes and hard case containers are in excellent condition. E-mail etiquette45@hotmail.com if interested. Tapes available are listed below.

*Tape “Title” (by Columbia House): episodes contained
COPS AND ROBBERS: P.O.V., Vendetta, Riddler’s Reform, A Bullet for Bullock
FRIENDS AND FOES: Beware the Grey Ghost, The Mechanic, The Man who Killed Batman, Sideshow

NOTE: Batman: The Animated Newsletter has takes no responsibility in business transactions. We’re working on the honour system here, people, so PLAY NICE! ;-Y
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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!

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QUESTIONS, SUBMISSIONS, AND FAN-MAIL

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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

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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, 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, Cartoon Network, and YTV
EPISODE REVIEWS: “Belle Book”
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 2002.
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