Batman The Animated Newsletter #68

Batman: The Animated Newsletter
Weeks of June 5 – June 17/18, 2000
Volume 3,
Rated: PG for some “low-key coarse language and occasional griping”

THIS ISSUE’S SUBLIMINAL MESSAGE: “WE APOLOGIZE FOR THE LACK OF UP-TO-DATE AIR-DATE SCHEDULES IN
THE LAST ISSUE.”
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SPECIAL NOTICE

As it is once again the season of summer, BATMAN: THE ANIMATED NEWSLETTER will be returning to a bi-weekly format. When this changes again, we will inform you. Sorry for any inconvenience!

Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton
-editor extra-ordinaire
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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING…
New episodes are on the horizon! Here’s what we can expect in the near future…

THERE ARE NO KNOWN EPISODES ON THE HORIZON. AGH.
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WB ANIMATION SCHEDULES:
(courtesy of Brian Cruz and/or the official BTAS/STAS site)

THE NEW BATMAN/SUPERMAN ADVENTURES air Mondays thru Saturday; BATMAN BEYOND also airs on these days. Check local listings each day for what show is on at what time.

//www.batman-superman.com/batman/cmp/episodes.html
//www.toonzone.net/brian/schedules/
//www.ktla.com/backstage/programming/kids_framed.frm

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.geocities.com/TelevisionCity/Taping/2928/airdate.htm

THIS WEEK:
Mon 06-05-00: Superman #30 Bizarro’s World
Batman #109 Judgement Day

Tue 06-06-00: Batman #74 Catwalk
Superman #09 Stolen Memories

Wed 06-07-00: Superman #22 Speed Demons
Batman #90 You Scratch My Back

Thu 06-08-00: Batman #71 The Terrible Trio
Superman #28 Father’s Day

Fri 06-09-00: Superman #51 Superman’s Pal
Batman #104 Legends of the Dark Knight

Sat 06-10-00: B-BEYOND #35 April Moon
B-BEYOND #28 Zeta

NEXT WEEK:
Mon 06-12-00: Batman #73 Time Out of Joint
Superman #31 Prototype

Tue 06-13-00: Superman #18 Livewire
Batman #76 Baby-Doll

Wed 06-14-00: Batman #77 The Lion and the Unicorn
Superman #05 A Little Piece of Home

Thu 06-15-00: Batman #57 Shadow of the Bat (Pt. 1)
Batman #61 Shadow of the Bat (Pt. 2)

Fri 06-16-00: Superman #49 The Demon Reborn
Batman #100 Cult of the Cat

Sat 06-17-00: Bats/Supes To Be Announced
B-BEYOND To Be Announced

All episodes #86 and onward of BATMAN are considered THE NEW BATMAN ADVENTURES while the original 85 are considered BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES (BTAS) episodes.
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CANADIAN EPISODE SCHEDULE
(BATMAN, SUPERMAN, and BEYOND on YTV)
(courtesy of our friends at YTV)

-To find the episode guide and airing schedule of BATMAN and BATMAN BEYOND on YTV then please go to //www.ytv.com and click on the YTV GUIDE icon at the bottom of the screen. To check out the schedule then click on BATMAN or BATMAN BEYOND in the time grid and it will have the schedule for the current week.

BTAS will air at Noon on weekdays (in all time zones), and BATMAN BEYOND will air at 2:30pm on Saturday and Sunday. YTV has the rights to show all 109 BTAS episodes. They also have the rights to air the first 26 episodes of BATMAN BEYOND (all of season 1 and the first half of season 2).

*YTV has just got the rights to air episodes #27 – 52 of BATMAN BEYOND. It’s unknwon when these episode to air, but expect fall 2000. YTV may air all the episodes through in ONE run, unlike the first 26 episodes.

THIS WEEK:
Mon 06-05-00: BTAS #88 Cold Comfort

Tue 06-06-00: BTAS #89 Double Talk

Wed 06-07-00: BTAS #90 You Scratch My Back

Thu 06-08-00: BTAS #91 Never Fear

Fri 06-09-00: BTAS #92 Joker’s Millions

Sat 06-10-00: BEYOND #05 The Winning Edge

Sun 06-11-00: BEYOND #09 Spellbound

NEXT WEEK:
(these are just educated guesses – check the website next week for up-to-date schedules)
Mon 06-12-00: BTAS #93 Growing Pains

Tue 06-13-00: BTAS #94 Love is a Crocint

Wed 06-14-00: BTAS #95 Torch Song

Thu 06-15-00: BTAS #96 The Ultimate Thrill

Fri 06-16-00: BTAS #97 Over the Edge

Sat 06-17-00: BEYOND #12 Disappearing Inque

Sun 06-18-00: BEYOND #11 A Touch of Curare
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THE CARTOON NETWORK

BATMAN IS BACK ON THE CARTOON NETWORK!!!!

Thanx to CNX: Toonami Revolution – Batman: The Animated Series is getting more airtime on Cartoon Network; more accuratly, on Toonami. Toonami has a weekend block called Rising Sun which airs shows in morning hours. airing from 9 AM to Noon EST/PST. Rising Sun will be changed this weekend. Not only will Ronin Warriors be dropped from the lineup, but also, the second airing of Gundam Wing is dropped as well.

So technically, Rising Sun is missing an hour. Surely they’re not going to give that mutt an extra hour, so they’ve but in a American flavor to the block, one a familiar Midnight Run standby while the other is making its debut to Toonami (finally). Batman: The Animated Series airs on Rising Sun at 11 AM EST/PST while Powerpuff Girls ends Toonami at 11:30 AM EST/PST. This is the new Rising Sun. Check it out! Now you’l have something to watch besides Pokemon!
The lineup, as of May 13, is:

9am-Thundercats (One Hour)
10am-Dragon Ball Z (The Garlic Jr. Saga)
10:30am-Mobile Suit Gundam Wing
11am-Batman: The Animated Series
11:30am-Powerpuff Girls
(all times in Eastern Time)
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EPISODE REVIEW: (SPOILERS!)
(by Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton)

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/bats.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!

PAYBACK
Written by Robert Goodman
Directed by Kyoung-Won Lim
Animation by Koko Enterprise Co., Ltd. and Dong
Yang Animation Co., Ltd.
Original airdate: May 13, 2000
My rating: **1/2 (Out of five stars)

Gotham’s futuristic Batman tangles with a black suited, laser whip wielding vigilante called Payback. This new “defender” specializes in terrorizing the people who bully or abuse
teenagers. Based on information that Bruce pulls together from Payback’s previous attacks, Bruce theorizes that someone from the Gotham Youth Counseling Center is involved. Terry joins a teenage support group at the center to investigate.

This episode, like many of the recent episodes, dealt with troubled youth and not the homicidal, larger-than-life villains of BTAS or TNBA. There was no clever or twisted master
crime or colorful criminal character. The villain’s only claim to fame was a dark costume and a laser whip. Though the laser whip was an interesting weapon, it lost some of its impact when it was shown to be only a sculptor’s tool being used by the vigilante.

The saving element of this episode was that a bit more time was spent showing more of the Bruce-Terry relationship and showing a bit more insight into some of Terry’s detective training. There was some good dialogue exchanges between Bruce and Terry.

For instance, when Bruce is patching up Terry’s head after Terry is attacked at the center, Bruce asks, “Why weren’t you watching your back?

Terry responds defensively, “I was too busy watching my front. Am I supposed to have eyes everywhere?”

“Only if you want to live to a ripe, old age,” Bruce answers.

Sarcastically, Terry says, “You don’t make it sound too inviting.”

Later, in the last scene, when Bruce asks Payback what he is, Payback answers, “Your worst nightmare.”

Bruce replies, “You have no idea what my nightmares are like.”

The last time the words “Your worst nightmare” are spoken in a Batman episode, the impression was menacing. This time, spoken TO Bruce, the words evoke little terror, but since the words are directed at Bruce, they had a different, but significant impact.

Of some trivia interest, the actor that provided the voice for the store manager in the opening scene was Curtis Armstrong, currently seen in the OnStar Batman commercials as the Joker. (He also played Booger in the Revenge of the Nerd movies and Herbert Viola in the Moonlighting TV series.)

While this episode is not one of this season’s strongest episodes, I enjoyed the interaction between Terry and Bruce, which gave the story more interest.

Reviewed by Zanna
(Zanna_Z@NOSPAMyahoo.com remove NOSPAM to email)
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SPECIAL IN THIS ISSUE

HUGE BRUCE TIMM INTERVIEW IN COMICOLOGY
…With Exclusive “Return of The Joker” Character
Designs
(provided by Craig “Gookie” Crumpton)

From TwoMorrows Publishing (publishers of Comic Book Artist and the Jack Kirby Collector) comes the very first edition of COMICOLOGY.

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The premiere issue offers an exclusive interview by Brian Saner Lamken with Batman Beyond producer Bruce Timm, along with a sketchbook loaded with never-before-published samples of his artwork (and who did one of the covers for the mag as well. Boasting an incredibly impressive thirty-six pages, it’s undeniably the definitive interview with the artist – filled with fascinating biographical facts, insight and opinion from a major creative force in Warner Bros Animation.

But the biggest surprise, by far, are the exclusive, authorized character designs from the upcoming movie, “Batman Beyond: Return of The Joker”.

Warning: Spoilers will follow.

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Clockwise from the Joker himself are the REAL members of the Joker’s Gang: Woof, Bonk, Dee-Dee, Ghoul and Chucko. Click on the link directly above to see.

Timm also teases on the animation quality, the fates of Tim Drake and Dick Grayson, even hinting at a possible sequel to the movie, in addition to offering details on the “extras” to
be included on the DVD edition of the movie:

On the animation quality:
“We just got our first 10 minutes of animation back last week and it’s stunning. Dynamite. The animation itself is a quantum leap beyond ‘Mask of the Phantasm’ or ‘Subzero’.”

On the DVD features:
“We’re gonna try to stick as many bonus features on it as possible. There’s SUPPOSED to be a director’s commentary. Probably be a combination of Paul [Dini], [Bruce Timm], Curt [Geda] and Glen [Murakami] all jabbering away.”

The DVD will contain both the full-frame and widescreen versions; 10 minutes of extra footage (2 deleted scenes) which will probably be included as “animatics” or storyboards on tape.

He says they will explain what happened to Tim, “and there’s a line in the movie that says something about what happened to Dick, but he doesn’t actually [appear], because we might want to save that for the sequel.”

Additionally, Timm tossed out insider info on the Batman Beyond finale that will feature The Justice League of America. Characters to appear: Big Barda; a “Hawkman-type”; a Green Lantern “that you’ve never seen before”; an “Atom-type” named Micron; Batman and, of course, Superman. Regarding the “Big Barda” character design, Timm says, “we had to change her trademark metal bikini to meet standards”.

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But for those hoping for a peek at the future Superman, sorry – he’s keeping it under wraps, but does say that “he looks cool . and he will not look anything like he did in ‘Kingdom Come'”.

Timm says he has “remaining discomfort” with the JLA episode because “it has nothing to do with Batman Beyond and it doesn’t take place in Gotham City”. It’s to be a “two-parter”, “a big episode, but self-contained – Bruce Wayne doesn’t die or anything. It’s gonna be a really cool episode.” And it is not, as rumors have said, a “cliffhanger”.

The rest of the interview is equally as interesting and overflowing with various bits of trivia on both Timm’s personal background and work history. It would be a shame to give too much away – this magazine is something all Batman fans should want to own. But here are just a few highlights from the interview:

On working with Filmation (where he did layout on He-Man and She-Ra): “They didn’t encourage you to do good drawings – they wanted passable drawings. ‘Don’t bother making it good – just get it done.'”

On his work in Batman: The Animated Series
“I can’t even look at [BTAS] anymore. I look at them now and can’t believe how ugly they are. How slow they are.”

On BTAS vs “The New Batman Adventures”:
I think that the newer style is infinitely superior; all across the board, it’s better. I never like the way Bruce looked [in BTAS]. I tried to give him a Dick Tracy nose – a big, sharp nose. Overseas interpreted it as this big, ugly, broken nose. [All the characters looked] fat and baggy. By giving it that streamlined, angular style – it still looks sharp and elegant, [more consistent] and it’s just animated better.

On WB execs asking them to “update” Batman:
“WB execs were talking about ways of freshening up the show and the words ‘teenage Batman’ came up. Our first reaction was horror. ‘Teenage Batman? Aaaah!!!!!!'”

On why the JLA series will never come to be:
“Way too many characters, way too many set pieces, way too much stuff happening.”

On his “dream project”:
“I would kill to do Conan The Barbarian: The Animated Series. If I could do it my way, it would be my dream project.” [You’ll have to buy the magazine to see Timm’s incredibly cool concept art for such a series.]

On Star Wars:
“I was up for the [Phantom Menace comic] adaptation. Thank God I didn’t get it – it would’ve killed me.” [Nevertheless, the sketchbook includes a sample tryout page featuring Star Wars characters – looks like Terry McGinnis as Luke Skywalker, but still cool-looking.]

On targeted young age groups for animated shows:
“I won’t sacrifice storytelling on the altar of the fast-paced.”

Overall, it’s the sketchbook’s eye candy that makes the magazine well-worth the cost, like this rejected cover art for Mad Love and pin-ups for a DC Dark Knight Gallery book:

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Just lots and lots to oogle and admire: pencil roughs, finished sketches, rejected covers and pin-up art, and many other exclusive samples of his work like his take on such characters as The Thing, BTAS, TNBA, Spider-man, Iron Man, Dr. Strange Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Vampirella, Women of Marvel, Conan, Star Wars, Human Torch, Namor, and Johnny Storm. There’s also a sketch of a fight scene Timm never got to animate for “Superman: The Animated Series”, with Supes literally knocking Captain Marvel head-over-feet.

And those are just the highlights of this great interview. [To offer more details . well, that would probably seem less like a review and more like a violation of federal copyright laws.] Without belaboring the point, this magazine is a “must-see”, though it should be noted that it does contain nudity and the sort of cheesecake pin-up girls that Timm’s so fond of drawing and fanboys are so eager to see.
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EDITORIAL
(by Kelly Tindall)

THE RETURN OF THE JOKER

SPECULATIVE SPOILERS AHEAD

On Halloween 2000, The Joker is going to rise from the dead like the ghoul he is and begin to lay waste to the world of Batman Beyond. Now, I’m pretty much the biggest Joker fan I know, and I’m of two minds on the whole issue. It will be great to see Mr. J again, both in his past and future incarnations. I suspect that this will be a one-time-only trip, though, and let me tell you why.

The story revolves around the passing-over of a character named Jordan Pryce, or something to that effect, of what he believes is his rightful spot in Wayne-Powers by Bruce Wayne himself. This happens at a time when the Jokerz steal some extremely complex computer machinery. Soon after, the one true Joker apparently returns, seemingly immortal and immune to aging. Bruce panics, and Terry begins to wonder what’s up and why Bruce is convinced that the Joker can’t be back.

It seems pretty simple to me. The new character, Pryce, is the Joker, or is funding him. The original Joker died at Batman’s hand after killing Tim Drake and/or Dick Grayson, and through technology he has come back. I suspect he’ll prove to be an android, or perhaps, Lost Soul- style, the Joker’s mind will find itself in Pryce’s body. At any rate, it will be interesting to see.

I guess it serves as a good way to close the lid on the original Batman cartoon…with the Joker’s fate decided, the writers are free to build up and work on the future’s present without the past’s constant intervention. One last conflict between Clown and Bat, so to speak. I must say, it’s with no small amount of nostalgia that I mourn the loss of the past this October. I grew up with Batman battling the Joker, and now that the children of today are seeing the end of what I grew up with, well, I feel as though I can put some of the toys away.

I’m outta here…this is bat country! Have a good summer, constant readers.
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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! *EVIL LAUGH* 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.

“FILL IN THE BLANKS”

326. Who was the first person to learn Batman’s identity?

Answer: _____________

327. What is the numerical address of Wayne Manor?

Answer: _____________

328. What was the name of the location where the end of the episode SECOND CHANCE took place?

Answer: _____________

329. What is the only episode in which the Scarecrow showed everyone that he WAS capable of
having proper posture?

Answer: _____________

330. Which three Batman villains have ever been featured in a story that took place on Christmas Eve?

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

Answer to #326: Alfred Pennyworth
Answer to #327: 1007
Answer to #328: The Half-Moon Club
Answer to #329: NOTHING TO FEAR
Answer to #330: The Joker (CHRISTMAS WITH THE JOKER), Clayface (HOLIDAY KNIGHTS), Mr. Freeze (BATMAN ADVENTURES: HOLIDAY SPECIAL)
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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 and STAS countless times. If you have anything to contribute, feel free to do so! Enjoy!

CONTRIBUTED BY STAFF:
Na da.

CONTRIBUTED BY OTHERS:
(by “LadyWayne”)
1) In ALMOST GOT ‘IM, when Two-Face is telling his story about how he almost got Batman, he makes a point of removing Batman’s utility belt (the camera angle makes it quite clear that the belt is gone). But almost immediately afterwards, Batman lunges at Two-Face (who is holding the belt out to the side), and voila! Batman has ANOTHER belt around his waist!
There are two other times that the belt is seen around Batman’s waist when we are supposed to think that Two-Face still has it. When Batman is lashed to the giant penny (just before the weight is dropped from the forklift), there’s Batman with the belt on again. And after escaping from the penny, Batman swings down and knocks Harvey off the forklift…again, there’s the belt around Batman’s waist.
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‘UNDER THE KNIFE’ – BATMAN BEYOND UK CUT REPORTS
-by Brian Davis

Batman Beyond is called Batman of the Future in the UK. It is shown on CITV Sundays at 9.25am and they make a lot of cuts !!!! Brian Davis uncovers these cuts and lets the public know how good BB episode are being butchered in the UK.

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MERCHANDISING: WHERE THE REAL BAT-CASH IS MADE
(by anyone who wishes to contribute)

Come on…contribute…come ONNNN….
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COMIC REVIEWS
(BATMAN: GOTHAM ADVENTURES by Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton)
(BATMAN BEYOND by Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton)
(SUPERMAN ADVENTURES by Dick Grayson)

BATMAN BEYOND
ISSUES: “The Last of Her Kind” (#9)
WRITTEN BY: Hilary J. Bader & Rich Fogel
PENCILLED BY: Craig Rousseau
INKED BY: Rob Leigh
ISSUED: May 31, 2000 (cover date, July 2000)
RATING (out of 5): **

Curare’s latest appearance lacked something – but I can’t place my finger on it. Don’t get me wrong, the issue was still enjoyable. The art was fantastic – especially the cover, even though it had little to do with the story. Who did that cover, anyway? It looks a lot more detailed than those of the past; it looks like far more work was put into that one.

I know that there’s an episode with Curare that I have not yet seen, due to the lack of the KidsWB in Canada; I’ve only seen her origin episode thus far. Therefore, there’s the chance that I could be missing something that I’d need to know to understand this issue. I enjoyed seeing how Curare’s “gang” works; does it still abide by the same rules that the Society of Assassins goes by? And does it have any connection to Ra’s Al Ghul?

All of the fight scenes were a tad predictable, and all of the “moan!, “gasp, gasp, gasp!”, and “grunt!” stuff in the dialogue balloons just seemed out of place. It wasn’t a terrible issue, by any means – it just had a few miniscule recurring problems that got to me after a while.

And some queries…

1) Where did the letter column go?
2) Why did Batman just let the gang get away at the end?
3) How did Curare escape death following her debut episode, anyway?

“Too many questions…just…too many questions…”

;-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, BATMAN BEYOND, and SUPERMAN ADVENTURES. 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 in Canada. (Both our editors and many subscribers are
Canadian, hence the “grrr”.)
If we are unsure of the exact date of when an issue is being released, just check out “DIRECT CURRENTS” at //www.dccomics.com for details.

BATMAN: GOTHAM ADVENTURES #27
June 7th
Synopsis: A popular college professor of law who teaches a class on organized crime is in jail for the murder of a known mob boss. Has the professor stepped over the line and become judge, jury and executioner? Or is he being framed by a new player on the mob scene in Gotham?
Cover: //www.dccomics.com/directcurrents/comics/
June7/covers/down/dbmga27.jpg

FOLLOWING MONTH:
Synopsis: A popular musician is kidnapped by the Riddler, who proceeds to leave baffling riddles for Batman, Robin and Nightwing. But the joke’s on E. Nigma when the musician begins leaving his own clues for our heroes in an attempt to outwit the Riddler! Will the Riddler become aware of these double-crosses and end the musician’s career once and for all, or will the Bat-family get hip and make all the right moves to save the chart-topper?
Cover: //www.dccomics.com/directcurrents/comics/
july5/covers/down/BMGA28.jpg

BATMAN BEYOND #10
June 28th
Synopsis: What’s the connection between the new and improved Golem robot terrorizing Gotham City and a young autistic boy? Batman races against time to put an end to the menace of the Golem with the relationship between a father and son hanging in the balance.
Cover: Unavailable

FOLLOWING MONTH: .
Synopsis: Beauty becomes more than skin deep when Gotham’s teens start using nanotechnology to improve their bodies. Unfortunately, they become enslaved to the technology’s hive-mind intelligence. Can Batman defeat the enemy without hurting the children of the city?
Cover: //www.dccomics.com/directcurrents/comics
/july26/covers/down/dbmb11.jpg

SUPERMAN ADVENTURES #46
June 14th
Synopsis: An unforgettable tale of the Man of Steel! Alone, friendless and without his memory, Superman is forced to seek shelter in a hostile and unfamiliar town: Smallville. What’s going on here?
Cover: //www.dccomics.com/directcurrents/comics/
June14/covers/down/dsupa46.jpg

FOLLWOING MONTH:
Synopsis: The smaller they are, the harder they fly! When Superman faces an armada of alien ships surrounding the Earth, he finds himself helpless against their greatest weapon: a ray that shrinks him to the size of a microbe! And he’s still shrinking! How can he defeat the aliens and stop the effects of the ray before he goes sub-atomic?
Cover: Unavailable
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NEWS AND RUMORS

ALL-ENCOMPASSING/OTHER
-The BATMAN CHALLENGE is now up and ready at OnStar.com. Go check it out!
-Terry Beatty has been and will be selling Gotham Adventures and Batman Beyond original art on eBay. His Seller ID is: beatty@machlink.com Do yourself a favor and check out some great art!
-Craig Rousseau has been and will be selling Gotham Adventures and Batman Beyond original art on eBay. His Seller ID is: cerousseau@aol.com Feel free to check it out! You don’t wanna miss it!

ANIMATED SERIES (BTAS, STAS, BEYOND)
-YTV has just got the rights to air episodes #27 – 52 of BATMAN BEYOND. It’s unknwon when these episode to air, but expect fall 2000. YTV may air all the episodes through in ONE run, unlike the first 26 episodes.

ANIMATED COMICS
-Chuck Dixon has written an upcoming issue of GOTHAM ADVENTURES, in which Batman is poisoned and has one hour to live; he enlists in Robin and Poison Ivy’s help to find the culprit. The Penguin and Harley Quinn also appear.
-Craig Rousseau will be penciling and Rob Leigh will be inking the comic adaption of RETURN OF THE JOKER, most likely due out Oct. 18 or 25.
-Terminal (villain in HIDDEN AGENDA) will return in BATMAN BEYOND #12
-BATMAN BEYOND #15 is being touted as nothing but a “WOW” issue. Wow!
-Min Ku may return to fill in for Rousseau on Issues #13 and #14.

OTHER COMICS
-DARK VICTORY #10: Mr. Freeze enters the mix as the Batman/Gordon/Two-Face/Mob war escalates.
-Devin Grayson will be revealing the narrator of the GOTHAM KNIGHTS series in a five issue story beginning in issue #8, this August.

MOVIES
-There is a “theatrical trailer” for DARK VICTORY at the DC COMICS site. Here is the exact address:
//www.dccomics.com/features/bat_dv/dv.htm
-A teaser poster for RETURN OF THE JOKER can be found at this address:
//www.darkhorizons.com/news6/p-bb.jpg
-A SPECIAL EDITION of the 1989 BATMAN film is in the making. It will feature two previously deleted scenes (the Joker at a radio station, for one), as well as the two preview trailers and commentaries by Tim Burton and Michael Keaton. This is due out in October.

LIVE ACTION TELEVISION
-For more info about the ONSTAR commercials, go to:
//www.geocities.com/bbeyond/news.html
-Check out //www.fandom.com/batman for downloadable versions of the ONSTAR commercials if the official ONSTAR site is not being cooperative with your PC. Two of the commercials can also be found at //www.adcritic.com – just search for “Batman”.

TOYS, BOOKS, AND OTHER MERCHANDISE
-PLAY BY PLAY has released a second series of Batman plush dolls. They originally came out with 14″ and 22″ Batman, Robin, Joker, and Riddler dolls (old style); now available are Two-Face, the Penguin, Catwoman, and Mr. Freeze (new style) in 13″ and 18″. Just search eBay for these; there are a lot in auctions there at the moment.
-On September 1, it will be possible to order a copy of Paul Dini’s RETURN OF THE JOKER script through Amazon.com.
-For a preview on BATMAN VEHICLE ADVENTURE (a forthcoming Playstation game), check out this address:
//www.gameinformer.com/previews/
preview_detail.cfm?ITEM_ID=4831
-For a preivew of the RETURN OF THE JOKER game for GAMEBOY COLOR, click here:
//pocket.ign.com/previews/14819.html
-You can also find a preview of the N64 version here:
//ign64.ign.com/previews/14845.html
-The fourth and fifth BATMAN BEYOND videos, SPELLBOUND and CRUSH, are now available.

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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FEATURED BAT-SITE FOR THIS ISSUE
(feel free to submit your own for our consideration)

None whatsoever for this issue. Why am I not surprised? Sigh… ;-Y
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ANIMATED BATMAN/SUPERMAN SITES:

* – indicates a shameless plug for a site a certain double-faced editor created with his bare hands – in other words, a cheap advertising technique.

OFFICIAL SITES
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THE NEW BATMAN/SUPERMAN ADVENTURES
//www.batman-superman.com
BATMAN:THE ANIMATED SERIES
//www.batmantas.com
BATMAN BEYOND
//www.batmanbeyond.com
BATMAN BEYOND VIDEO SITE
//www.batmanbeyondvideo.com
YTV’S BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES PAGE
//www.ytv.com/shows/batman_animated/
YTV’s BATMAN BEYOND Page
//www.ytv.com/shows/batman_beyond/
SUB-ZERO: THE DEFINTIVE GUIDE
//www.batman-subzero.com
KID’S WB
//www.kidswb.com
DC COMICS
//www.dccomics.com
KTLA KIDS WB SCHEDULES
//www.ktla.com/backstage/programming/KIDSWB.htm
TOON ZONE
//www.toonzone.net
PSYCOMICS
//www.psycomics.com
RAVING TOY MANIAC
//www.toymania.com
VOICE CHASERS
//www.voicechasers.org

UNOFFICIAL SITES
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*TWO-FACE’S TOWER OF TRANQUILITY AND TERROR
//www.angelfire.com/tx/TimTwoFace/index.html
BATMAN, SUPERMAN, & BEYOND: THE WORLD’S FINEST DISCUSSION CENTER
//welcome.to/worldsfinest
THE DISCUSSION CENTER (same as above)
//www.geocities.com/TelevisionCity/Taping/2928/boards.htm
BRIAN CRUZ’ WB CARTOON PAGE
//www.toonzone.net/brian/index.html
BATMAN UK (BRIAN’S BATMAN PAGE)
//www.batmanuk.freeserve.co.uk
RA’S AL GHUL’S THE LAZARUS PIT
//zap.to/lazaruspit
THE DARK KNIGHT
//www.darkknight.ca
BATMAN BEYOND: WELCOME TO THE FUTURE
//www.batmanbeyond.net
TIM WAN’S BATMAN BEYOND
//come.to/batmanbeyond
DCU ANIMATED
//www.DCUAnimated.zzn.com
BRUCE TIMM ARCHIVE SITE
//members.xoom.com/brucetimm
BATMAN ANIMATED: THE UNOFFICIAL FAN CLUB & FANZINE
//www.batmanuk.freeserve.co.uk/club/
HARLEY’S HAVEN OF HEDONISM
//www.harley-quinn.com
GOTHAM CITY LIMITS
//www.batman.gexner.net
BATMAN: DEFENDER OF GOTHAM
//www.fandom.com/batman
THE RIDDLER – EDWARD NYGMA’S PUZZLE WEBSITE
//perso.wanadoo.fr/prospero.milan/nygma
THE BATMAN ACTION FIGURE PAGE
//www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Boulevard/7659/
CHARACTERS ON THE ADVENTURES OF BATMAN & ROBIN
//www.xse.com/leres/batman.html
ARKHAM ASYLUM
//animation.acmecity.com/saturday/352
JOKERZ TERRITORY
//members.xoom.com/Jokerz84/index.htm
THE BATZONE
//www.batzone.cjb.net/
JLA: THE ANIMATED SERIES
//animation.acmecity.com/character/375
ANIMATED TALES
//www.geocities.com/Area51/Dunes/2294/at
A TRIBUTE TO BATMAN
//www.angelfire.com/ny2/russkafin/batman.html
ANIMATED STYLE ARTWORK ARCHIVE
//hjem.get2net.dk/twt/asaa/home.html
BATMAN CEL SITE
//animation.acmecity.com/carbon/111
DARK JUSTICE
//www.mania.com.au/~grahark/darkjustice/
ROGUE AVENUE, GOTHAM
//www.ultros.com/rogue_avenue
THE BATMAN BEYOND INFO PAGE
//www.rogue-spear.com/BB
THE VAULT
//dmoz.org/Arts/Animation/Voice_Actors

NEWSGROUPS
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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
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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@direct.ca

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

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/wbc/newsletters/btan
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To subscribe email juno@direct.ca, 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@direct.ca Thank you for your time, and thanks for reading! Tell your friends!

-Tim TWO-FACE Leighton and Dick Grayson, editors
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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, jokes, 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, NOT IN A DORM: Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton
EDITOR AT COLLEGE, BUT IN A DORM: “Dick Grayson”
AIR DATE SCHEDULES: Brian Cruz, RiddlerWB (at the official BTAS/STAS site), and YTV.com
EPISODE REVIEWS: Zanna/Justin Chen, and occasionally Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton
EDITORIAL: Kelly Tindall
COMIC REVIEWS: Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton, Dick Grayson
UNDER THE KNIFE: Brian Davis
MERCHANDISE REVIEW: Various
“BTAN ARCHIVES” MODERATOR: Eileen Delgadillo
TRIVIA: Tim “TWO-FACE” Leighton
PROMOTIONS AND JUST GETTIN’ THE WORD AROUND: 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
BATMAN CREATED BY: Bob Kane & Bill Finger (who else?)

Batman and all related indicia are trademarks of DC Comics, Copyright c 2000.
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