Batman The Animated Newsletter #69

Batman: The Animated Newsletter
Weeks of June 19 – July 1/2, 2000
Volume 3,
Rated: PG for some “low-key coarse language and occasional griping”

THIS ISSUE’S SUBLIMINAL MESSAGE: “HOT TIME, SUMMER IN THE CITY, GARFIELD LYNNS IS AROUND TOWN AND MAKING IT…uhh…CRUDDY. (We apologize. We had a much coarser word that rhymed with ‘city’ that we wanted to use, but we didn’t wanna make this a PG-13 newsletter.”
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SPECIAL IN THIS ISSUE

We have a special treat for all of you out there in this issue! Hilary J. Bader, writer of BATMAN, SUPERMAN, BATMAN BEYOND, and the BATMAN BEYOND comic series has agreed to participate in an interview with us. Just scroll down to read it! Enjoy!
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SPECIAL NOTE

As of June 22, it will be impossible to reach the staff of BATMAN: THE ANIMATED NEWSLETTER at juno@direct.ca. After that date, you must contact the staff at juno@dccnet.com.
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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 06-19-00: Batman #98 Mean Seasons
Batman #95 Torch Song

Tue 06-20-00: Batman #92 Joker’s Millions
Superman #19 Target

Wed 06-21-00: Superman #45 Knight Time
Batman #93 Growing Pains

Thu 06-22-00: Batman #91 Never Fear
Superman #47 Obsession

Fri 06-23-00: Superman #46 Absolute Power
Batman #94 Love is a Croc

Sat 06-24-00: Batman #01 On Leather Wings
B-BEYOND #16 Splicers

NEXT WEEK:
Mon 06-26-00: Superman #25 Brave New Metropolis
Batman #90 You Scratch My Back

Tue 06-27-00: Batman #79 Riddler’s Reform
Batman #89 Double Talk

Wed 06-28-00: Superman #25 The Prometheon
Batman #85 Batgirl Returns

Thu 06-29-00: Superman #70 House and Garden
Batman #88 Cold Comfort

Fri 06-30-00: Superman #43 New Kids in Town
Batman #97 Over the Edge

Sat 07-01-00: 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 06-19-00: BTAS #98 Mean Seasons

Tue 06-20-00: BTAS #99 Critters

Wed 06-21-00: BTAS #100 Cult of the Cat

Thu 06-22-00: BTAS #101 Animal Act

Fri 06-23-00: BTAS #102 Old Wounds

Sat 06-24-00: BEYOND #13 Ascension

Sun 06-25-00: BEYOND #14 Joyride

NEXT WEEK:
(these are just educated guesses – check the website next week for up-to-date schedules)
Mon 06-26-00: BTAS #103 The Demon Within

Tue 06-27-00: BTAS #104 Legends of the Dark Knight

Wed 06-28-00: BTAS #105 Girls Nite Out

Thu 06-29-00: BTAS #106 Mad Love

Fri 06-30-00: BTAS #107 Chemistry

Sat 07-01-00: BEYOND #15 Earth Mover

Sun 07-02-00: BEYOND #16 Splicers
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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

INTERVIEW WITH HILARY J. BADER
(by “Dick Grayson”)

HILARY BADER Q & A
By Dick Grayson

Recently, I was able to have a chance to send off some questions Bat-writer Hilary J. Bader. Hilary Bader is known for writing the current BATMAN BEYOND comic, as well as writing for a host of shows, including SUPERMAN, BATMAN, and BATMAN BEYOND. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy!

BATMAN: THE ANIMATED NEWSLETTER#1: So, to all the fans who know little about you, care to shed the light on your background a wee bit?

HILARY BADER#1: I began as a performer. My partner and I wrote and performed Story Theatre pieces we created especially for schools. Sort of fables for the modern world. One day we both realized we were tired of the grind of touring. I couldn’t convince my partner to go to LA with me so I headed out to write for TV.

BTAN#2. What was your first writing job in television? Did you always plan to write for TV?

HB#2. As I mentioned in the previous answer, “NO” I didn’t always plan to write for TV. I came to LA with a couple of spec scripts including a STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION. Star Trek was (and maybe still is) the only TV show that would read specs submitted without an agent. Fortunately mine was read by the Executive Producer who called me in to pitch. On my second pitch they were interested in one of the stories and asked me if I wanted to be the Writers Guild Intern – like anyone would say “no” to that. So my first job in TV was writing a script for TNG while spending 20 weeks as the intern. As a childhood Trekkie this was like a dream come true.

BTAN#3. How did you end up at LOIS & CLARK: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN? Did this lead to SUPERMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES?

HB#3. As with everything in Hollywood, connections get you jobs. One of the producers at TNG had left the series to work on LOIS & CLARK. I called him and said, “Hi. It’s Hilary. You know what I want.” I guess the direct approach worked and he called me in to pitch. I sold a story which became “Chi of Steel.” At some point when Alan Burnett (Producer on Superman TAS) was looking for writers he called some people at LOIS & CLARK, they recommended me, Alan read my stuff and the rest is history.

BTAN#4. Between the two SUPERMAN series, which one did you enjoy writing for more?

HB#4. The Animated Series. I was there from the beginning so I felt more invested in it (although Lois & Clark was a blast to write.)

BTAN#5. This eventually leaded you to write for THE NEW BATMAN ADVENTURES and the mini-series BATMAN: THE LOST YEARS. Did you and Rich Fogel have that continuity between SUB-ZERO and SINS OF THE FATHER all planned out?

HB#5. First let me clear something up. BOTH Batman scripts – “Sins of the Father” and “Old Wounds” – were written by Rich Fogel alone. I had nothing to do with the scripts. When I wrote “The Lost Years” comic book miniseries both those scripts had already been written. Two of the books are completely new material and I tried to use as much new material as possible in the other three but there are scenes in three of the five books which are – at least in part – adaptations from those scripts. Rich didn’t get an “adapted from a script by” credit for some obscure credit reason that I never understood.

BTAN#6. Did you ever plan to tell more LOST YEARS tales on the television show before it was put on hiatus?

HB#6. Not really. Remember, although “Sins of the Father” aired after the comic book came out, it was actually written before the comic book. In fact we all assumed the show would have aired long before the comic book’s release.

BTAN#7. Is it different writing for the comic than the shows?

HB#7. You bet it is. There is a lot less space to tell a story in a comic book so you need to find a story that can be told in fewer beats and still be visually dynamic.

BTAN#8. Would you have rather gotten work at GOTHAM ADVENTURES? Or would you like to switch with Peterson for an issue, just for fun?

HB#8. Switching for a book might be fun, but I really like BB.

BTAN#9. What’s it like writing for characters that have just been created? Does it give you a lot more creative freedom? Does dealing with a character with huge background (ie: Superman) creates problems?

HB#9. In the present day Batman you’re dealing with 60 years of lore. With Beyond, it’s much more open. Very little has been established about Terry and his world so, yes, it does give you more creative freedom.

BTAN#10. Why is Rich Fogel assisting you with the writing duties so often these days?

HB#10. There were at least a couple of scripts where Rich wrote the story and I wrote the Teleplay. This is just one of those flukes of scheduling. Rich had TWO stories going at once and I was free so the best use of time was for him to keep going on one and for someone else to finish the other. It just ended up being me because I was free. TV is like that. There’s one show towards the end where ñ for the sake of time ñ several writers.

BTAN#11. Do you ever find it hard to sometimes write a character, or find the right motivation?

HB#11. Hmm. That’s one of those writer questions that’s hard to answer. In television you are ñ more often than not – writing other peoples characters. People you didn’t create yourself. It’s part of the job. But in some way, once you start writing, you come to feel like YOU created the character.

BTAN#12. How do you come up with some of your story ideas? Two stories you’ve done for the BATMAN BEYOND show, MELTDOWN and THE EGGBABY, are two completely different show entirely, yet you’re able to make them fit perfectly in the series without any off-characterization. Do you think: “This is gonna be a funny episode” before you write it, or are you told to write a certain way for a specific ep?

HB#12. Another difficult question. Story ideas come from different angles. Curaré came from a character drawing that Bruce Timm did. Others, like Egg Baby, I have no idea where it came from. I do think that most of the time I know what kind of sensibility the story will have when I first think of it. Egg Baby, the minute the idea come to me, was obviously a comedy. Mr. Freeze always carries some tragedy with him.

BTAN#13. In the BATMAN BEYOND credits (for the episodes), you’ve been shown to have worked on both THE STORY of an episode, and THE WRITING of an episode. What is the difference?

HB#13. Written by is a complete credit. It means you came up with the idea, developed the idea into the story, then did the teleplay with all the dialogue and scene directions. If the credit gets broken up into “Story by” and “Teleplay by” or “Written by” it means that you shared some of the duties with another writer. Someone else may have brought in the basic idea, but you developed it into story. Or you may have written the story but you split up the duties of writing the teleplay. Like, “You take Act I and II, I’ll take Act III.”

BTAN#14. Are you responsible for any of the new villains who have appeared in BATMAN BEYOND show or comic, like the two new ones who recently appeared in BATMAN BEYOND issue #7?

HB#14. Yes they were both new creations. But you have to remember they were part of a hallucination sequence. So they really don’t exist even in the real-made-up world of Batman Beyond. Huh? Most of the time in the TV series it’s hard to claim total credit for creating a character. Like Curaré. She started as just a character sketch of Bruce Timm’s. We knew we wanted to put her in the series, but first we had to figure out “who she was.”

BTAN#15. Which character on BATMAN, SUPERMAN, or BATMAN BEYOND do you find it easier to write for? Or maybe ST: TNG was easier to write for. 🙂

HB#15. I can tell you who is difficult to write for. Curaré because she doesn’t speak. They all have their moments. I really enjoyed writing Barbara Gordon, though.

BTAN#16. What can we expect from both STATIC SHOCK and THE ZETA PROJECT?

HB#16. Here’s where I think I better hand the questions over to someone else. You should contact Bob Goodman ñ one of the Superman/Batman/BatmanBeyond writers ñ who is the producer/creator of Zeta and also to Alan Burnett or Stan Berkowitz who are the producers/story
editors of Static.

Although I wrote on a couple of the earlier episodes of Zeta, I moved off Zeta and onto a project of Paul Dini’s here at WB. I’d tell you about it but I’d have to kill you.

BATN#17. Can you give us any tidbits into upcoming BATMAN BEYOND comic issues? Any surprises?

HB#18. I hate to give out too much info. All I can say is I’m very happy with issues 12 and
13.

BTAN#19. Or perhaps some tidbits into the upcoming BATMAN BEYOND season? Any episodes from you coming in season three of BATMAN BEYOND, or have you been concentrating on the two new series?

HB#19. There are definitely episodes of mine in the 2000-2001 season. And some cool villains that we’ve been waiting to see. And a surprise guest visitor. But more than that I can’t say.

BTAN. Thanx for the Q & A, Hilary Bader! It was great! Thanx!
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EDITORIAL
(by Anne Onymous)

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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.

“AIMLESSLY WANDERING…”

331. What villainous character was behind the crimes that spawned the origin of Batgirl?

A: Two-Face
B: Gil Mason
C: Rupert Thorne
D: Catwoman
E: Mr. Freeze

332. Alfred was a spy in his earlier years. What was his half of the secret code that Red Claw tried to get out of him?

Answer: _____________

333. There is an episode entitled “Vendetta”. WHO has a vendetta against WHOM in this episode?

Answer: _____________

334. Aside from Mr. Freeze, what characters are currently or have been cryogenically frozen for a long period of time?

A: Nora Fries
B: Ferris Boyle
C: Doctor Long
D: Alfred
E: Grant Walker

335. In how many “new style” episodes does Rene Montoya appear?

A: NONE
B: ONE
C: TWO
D: THREE
E: FOUR
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AND THESE ARE OUR FINAL ANSWERS (to the trivia)

Answer to #331: B
Answer to #332: “The Lion and the Unicorn”, yada yada yada…
Answer to #333: Killer Croc, against Harvey Bullock
Answer to #334: A, E
Answer to #335: C
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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:
Rien.
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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 #28
July 5th
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

FOLLOWING MONTH:
Synopsis:
Cover:

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: //www.dccomics.com/directcurrents/comics/
June28/covers/down/dbmb10.jpg

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 #47
July 12th
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

FOLLWOING MONTH:
Synopsis: Unavailable
Cover: Unavailable
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NEWS AND RUMORS

ALL-ENCOMPASSING/OTHER
-Long-time editor Denny O’Neil will be stepping down from his duties as editor of ALL Batman-related comics at DC within the next year. Bob Shreck is the leading contender to take that position.
-The BATMAN CHALLENGE is now up and ready at OnStar.com. Go check it out!
-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@aol.com
Tim Levins: tlevins

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
-Clayface returns in BGA #30. Here’s the cover:
//www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0006/20/BatGothAdv30.JPG
-Ty Templeton’s long-awaited “left-over” Joker story will be featured in GOTHAM ADVENTURES #31. He’s also drawing the cover.
-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.
-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.
-Barbara Gordon deals with the after effects of being abused by the Scarecrow (in OVER THE EDGE) in BATMAN BEYOND #13.

OTHER COMICS
-DETECTIVE COMICS #750 features the return of Ra’s Al Ghul.
-DARK VICTORY #10: Mr. Freeze enters the mix as the Batman/Gordon/Two-Face/Mob war escalates.
-DARK VICTORY #12: “REVENGE”. That’s all we know about it, aside from the fact that Two-Face is on the cover of this one.
-The HARLEY QUINN comic series will now debut in November, two months later than originally reported.
-Volume 3 of the collected NO MAN’S LAND editions will be out on September 27. It features “ASSEMBLY”, “FRUIT OF THE EARTH”, plus some stories by Larry Hama, and the various one-issue tales from April 1999.
-Devin Grayson will be revealing the narrator of the GOTHAM KNIGHTS series in a five issue story beginning in issue #8, this August.
-Nightwing will be appearing with Superman in ACTION COMICS #771.

MOVIES
-Nicholas Cage is no longer interested in working on SUPERMAN LIVES. Why? He says that it’s been delayed far too long.
-Alicia Silverstone has actually said she’d consider playing Batgirl again if given the chance. Gag me, now.
-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
-Starting in July, the DC COMICS website will be hosting the first in a series of “Gotham Girls” Flash-animated comic books on their site.
-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
-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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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@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: Help Wanted
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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AND A SPECIAL THANKS TO HILARY J. BADER FOR CONTRIBUTING TO THIS ISSUE!

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